Back to when I shared my running story with @run.always May 2016
Running has given me a huge amount of strength to overcome so much shit the past 4 years. this photo is taken 7 days after running my first marathon, I was taking part in a local 10k race and smashed a pb
A RUNNING STORY
I used to love running when I was young. I was regularly picked for the 100m sprint on sports day. Being small and light it suited me.
I carried on running whilst at college, and when studying for my nursing degree, at this time I was only doing 5k at the gym, on a treadmill, a couple of times a week.
I went on to have 3 children and recently decided to lose my baby weight. I started dieting and managed to lose more than 40lbs. It was after losing this weight that I decided to start running.
At first it was just to clear my head and burn off some steam - my first run was horrific and I managed 1.6 miles and couldn't get my breath. After that I kept going and managed to push up to my first 5k in almost 7 years. It wasn't pretty and I was slow.
These days, with my music on and the trail under my feet, I feel totally at peace and relaxed. Who would have thought that running could be so cathartic?
I fell in love with it and completed my first marathon in April.
I can't express enough how much running has helped me cope with stress and depression - not to mention the amazing people it's brought into my life. I also juggle looking after my 3 children. My youngest son has autism and running has really helped me deal with this, it gives me an outlet and an escape.
Running is no longer just a way to burn off steam, it's now a part of me. I am a runner and I feel the most alive when I run. I love running again.
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#tbt to a few weeks back during @stpeterunfest and one of the last times I ran. 😮
If you’ve been thinking you haven’t seen or heard from me in a while, you would be right. I’ve been a little quiet on the social scene lately and, to be honest, I’ve barely ran much at all over the past two months. I have my reasons, being sick is one of them (twice in a 30 day span), but mainly because it’s been a whirlwind of a social functions and long work hours for the past few weeks. Birthday parties, family visiting from out of town, a house full of guests, and more theme park action than most Floridians aim for in one month. And while I enjoy the action packed adventures with my family from time to time, I cannot deny the part of me that thrives on routine and schedules. Yes, I am THAT girl. Early bedtimes for me please 🙋🏻♀️
With all of that being said, I realize one of the things I’ve been missing the most during this time has been a consistent training routine. I’m the first to admit I fall off the wagon and let things slide if I don’t have a goal set somewhere off in the distance. And while I can neither confirm or deny my plans for a spring marathon, I can tell you I have some really great coaching plans scheduled on the horizon (more details on that in a future post). ▫️
Now brings me to the part where I shrug my shoulders some more and admit I have not secured ANY racing plans over the next 6 months but I’m itching to run so I need some race ideas. I’ve done all the local races and while I enjoy them, I really want a new-to-me goal race to aim high. So sound off in the comments. 📢
Where are you racing in the new year and why should I join you? I would love to know about your favorite winter/spring races.
This was just a fun run. I had no agenda and no training goal.
◽️I told myself that I was going to take months off of training and concentrate on rebuilding muscle and deal with some persistent problems. I’m falling off the wagon, and my son has already called me out. I’ve become inconsistent with P90X3. I’m running more and planning races that I swore that I wouldn’t do this year. I feel like the best thing is to stick to my plan, but I doubt I have the will power. I’m not quite ready to give up, and my family isn’t ready to let me. Every time I go for a run, a family member gives me the evil eye. They are trying to keep me on track with my goals. My oldest son just gave me a lecture. I spoke it aloud, so now they are trying to help me to keep me accountable.
◽️Runners: Have you been through this? I have no acute injury, but I have issues that I need to work on, and I’m getting burnt out earlier and earlier in the training. Maybe I should get a running fix by volunteering at a race. #skirtsports#fitnessfriday
I had the best morning on Sunday running & hiking. The weather was perfect! It was exactly what I needed. Yesterday, I was so busy that I didn’t run or workout at all. I’ll probably add a little bit more to today’s routine to try and make-up for it.
◽️How about a question? Mountains or beach. I had both on this hike/run. Ok, it might be a push to call these peaks mountains, but definitely mountain-ish...lol..hard question for me....mountains.
I don’t run 6-7 min miles
I’m 45 in less than 2 months
I’m not an expert in running and I have a long road ahead of me if I really want this goal of mine but I have to put work in.
I’m so glad I have some really good people coaching me and giving me advice, MY EGO as a young kid would be pissed that I’m not as fast as my counterparts but I must remember a things ...... time, patience, consistency and work.
So this week I put up 40 miles, which in the grand scheme of things ain’t shit BUT one of my coaches said, if I keep doing what I’m doing and don’t give in to fear, doubt, jealousy and the EGO, I will achieve my goal, it takes time and discipline and will power, all things that I have in my utility belt.
So to all these young whipper snappers that are blowing me out the water with super fast times, remember this......
The classic tale of the Rabbit and the Turtle, slow and steady wins the race, I will put the work in and I don’t care how slow it is to get there but I will get there!!!!! Remember the Turtle had the last laugh 🐢
Yesterday was the perfect afternoon...a little running & hiking with my favorite guy. I’m feeling better, so I’ll run a few easy miles today too.
◽️How about a “this or that” question? The holidays usually mean fun and games. Do you prefer puzzles or board games? I prefer board games 😊.
Honestly, my running has been almost non-existent, recently. Bronchitis really sidelined me. I’m on my last day of meds. That run in the pic was fueled by too many puffs from the inhaler. I’ll give you an update in a few days.
◽️How many of you will start your decorating this weekend? We are a two tree family 🌲🌲, so I’m hoping to get the artificial one up soon. We’ll wait a week or two to put up the real one.
◽️I do lots of giveaways, because I like to bring more value to my followers. If a brand asks me to try a product, I always ask for one for you all too. I try not to require tagging for entry, but sometimes the brand controls the terms of the giveaway. If you ever need to friend to tag in a giveaway that you want to enter, don’t hesitate to tag me. I’m happy to be tagged 😊
◽️Someone told me, recently, that they don’t enter giveaways, because they think the winner is pre-determined. That is against FTC regulation. It certainly isn’t the case in my giveaways, and I assume that most people follow the rules. I pick winners randomly using a comment picker, or I assign each entry a number and randomly choose a number. Congratulations to @1111sch. This is her second time winning one of my giveaways. Keep entering @1111sch. You are a lucky gal 🍀
#marathontraining is serious business and at (most) times, painful. So here’s a reminder that one day it will all make sense, along with how long you have to go before that may happen! Weeks till:
Berlin - 2
Chicago - 5
Brooklyn - 7
Marine Corp - 8
NYC - 9
Philly - 11
Tokyo - 26
Boston - 32
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