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Tags: 5ks, Half Marathon, Racing, running, Wedding Runs
Categories : running
That’s my goal for the year. Nothing else. While it would be fun to break a PR in some distance, that is not a goal this year. I just want to have fun. I think I’m over racing right now.
Once I dropped the Wisconsin Half from my schedule I realized the only races I have on my schedule are fun 5ks, three of which are connected to weddings. I think this says as much about my friends as it does me. I have the Tie the Knot Trot 5k next week, the day before two wonderful friend’s get married and then have a 5k in June as part of my friend’s bachlorette weekend and a 5k the day of another friend’s wedding. I kind of love that. And then in August I will be running the second annual Bacon Race. I mean who doesn’t want to run for Bacon? Ragnar isn’t really a race, it’s just a lot of fun.
I never got into running for the medals or for the race bibs. I run because I enjoy it and it’s a good form of exercise for me. I frequently forget that I don’t need to have a race on the schedule, that I don’t need to run a certain distance. If I feel like running a half marathon this year I will, but otherwise I am not registering for anything.
Other than that I am just going to run. Run as fast and as far as I feel like. Run with friends. Run with groups. Run when I want to instead of when I have to.
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Tags: 30DayShred, Core, Jillian Michaels, Racing, running, Strength, training
Categories : Training
Nothing. And I like it.
I ran with a new running group last night. It’s one I’ve known about for awhile and just have never made it to a run before. It was fun. It reminded me of my running group in DC. Lots of chitchat, talking about local races, plans for the year. And then someone asked me “What are you training for?” And for the first time in as long as I can remember I responded “Nothing”.
And that’s true. I’m not training for anything right now. Sure I have some events on the calendar, but nothing major and nothing I’m training for. It was really nice to say that. It takes pressure off myself. It’s exhausting to always be training for something. Why I felt like I need to is beyond me. There is nothing wrong with running for the sake of running. I like to run. I like to race, but that doesn’t mean I need to always be training for something. No wonder I was burned out.
So far I’m really liking my plan of race less and be smart about my running. In addition to running I am actually doing some strength and core work for the first time in years. I hate(d) strength work, but it’s supposedly important and all so I guess I’ll give it a try. I started Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred this week. I bought maybe a year ago, and then promptly ignored it. Since I decided to mix things up a bit I dusted it off, removed the plastic (more evidence I never touched it), got out my hand weights (also still with the tags on them), and my mat and pushed play. I’ve done it four days in a row. Day two was the easiest. I’m not sure how I feel about it on the days I run, but since my mileage is (purposely) low I’m giving it a try. By starting it last weekend my goal is to do it every day before I leave for South America (the timing worked out quite well, there was no forethought on that one).
The plan will continue to be run and have fun, mix it up, and finish #30DayShred.
In the mean time I’m heading to Madison for Badger Basketball and shenanigans with Katie and Jen.
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Tags: Badgers, End of Year, Family, friends, New Year, Racing, running, travel
Categories : Just Me
I guess I can reflect a bit since it is New Year’s Eve and all.
On my way into work today I realized I was offered this job two years ago. That phone call started me on a crazy journey. There is no way that I could have predicted the last two years.
One year ago I was on my way to LA for the Rose Bowl with my very best friend in the entire world. Now that is something we started talking about doing when we were students in Madison. It took a lot of years, but we made it and we loved every moment (except the final score).
Today, I am stuck working on this pointless Monday that should be a holiday, but I refuse to waste a vacation day on it. And because of that I am blogging.
Over this past year I went from having a job to actually enjoying my job. I have coworkers that are friends now. I have a boss who wants to help me grow as an employee and a person. I feel like I am getting more towards what I want to be doing. And my job hasn’t made me cry this year.
I bought a house this year. I ran a bunch of races. I loved running. I hated running. I traveled from coast to coast (with suitcases full of beer and cheese). I made new friends. I spent time with old friends. I spent time with family. I visited breweries and vineyards. I cooked new meals. I adopted a second cat.
It was a busy year. It was a fun year. Here’s to another great year.
Tomorrow is New Year’s Day or as I am calling it, Rose Bowl Day! Go Badgers!
Happy New Year Everyone!
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Tags: Racing, Resting, running, Traveling
Categories : races, running, Training
I crossed the line. I am past it. I have gone too far. I am racing too much. And I did this to myself.
When I registered for the RnR USA Half Marathon something like 6 months ago it was of course the only thing on my March schedule. It was a no brainer to me. I run the National Half even with it becoming part of the RnR series.
Skip forward a few months and there was this great deal for the RnR New Orleans race, $35 for a half marathon! Knowing it was 13 days before DC I thought about it and figured I would take it easy and use New Orleans as a nice training run for DC and have fun with some friends. Ha, instead I let loose in New Orleans and killed my PR. Yay! No really, Yay. I was and still am very, very happy with my race in NOLA. I didn’t push it at all in the not even two weeks between races in an attempt to allow my body to recover and prepare.
On Saturday I put on a happy face and was content with my race. The more I think about it the more I am not happy with it. I should have run it better. I should have done better mentally. I should have finished faster. But I did not. There are any number of factors that contributed to this. My body is tired. It was humid. The course was hilly. But these sound like excuses to me and I just don’t think I executed well. I know it wasn’t a bad race, but it was not a good race either. I know I am capable of more than what I ran on Saturday.
I really have no desire to write a recap of the race this time. I had fun running with Emma and seeing all of our friends out on the course. I was happy to run in DC again, but that is about it. (The rest of the weekend was awesome.)
As I move forward I am trying to schedule races smarter. I am still looking to the Wisconsin Half to serve as my A race this spring. I know that if I continue to train smart and prepare myself mentally that Sara and I will kill it. I know we can do it.
Add into all of this that I am supposed to race an 8K this coming weekend. I don’t want to. I don’t want to race again. It’s been so long since I have run an 8K that I should PR, but if I don’t I will be pissed. I don’t really want to be around 40K people. I want to bond with my couch again. I want to sleep in my own bed.
I really, really don’t want to wear myself out and not enjoy running. That was not fun last time it happened. Thankfully this is a recovery week and I will just run and enjoy it.
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Tags: Racing, Racing Friends, Running Friends
Categories : family, friends, races
I could write a November in review post, but it wouldn’t be all that exciting. I ran, not as many miles as I should have. I ate a lot of food at Thanksgiving. I dealt with the weather getting colder. Blah, blah, blah.
The best thing I discovered this month is how great it is to race with friends! And I don’t just mean go to races with friends, which is fantastic, but to run the whole race with people.
At Tyranena I ran the entire race with Sara. It was fantastic. We had a ball.
A week later (because I’m crazy) I ran Chicago’s Perfect 10 with Mo. It’s amazing how the miles just fly by when you are chatting with a friend. And, she is super speedy which helps push me.
And last, but certainly not least, I ran a Turkey Trot with my family. I don’t even know how to express how cool it was to cross a finish line with my dad.
I have gone to many races with friends and that is lots of fun on it’s own, but before this month (minus the St. Louis debacle of a race) I had never run a whole race with a friend. I actually thought it was weird that people did this. I know, silly me. The best part about this discovery is planning for next year. Sara and I are going to break 1:55 together at the Wisconsin Marathon in May. I will convince my dad to do some more local races with me. And when Mo is injured or having a slow day we get to run together.
So thanks running buddies, I had a fun month racing with you.
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Tags: Family, friends, Half Marathon, Racing, Tyranena Beer Run, Tyranena Brewery
Categories : family, friends, races, running
I am going about this one completely different than I did for RnR St. Louis. I had goals there, the went bad. I want to run and have fun. One of my best friends is running her first half marathon on Saturday! I am so excited for her. This was 100% her decision to train for and sign up for a half marathon. A lot of our mutual friends think I coerced her into. I did nothing of the sort. She decided on her own to fly to Wisconsin to do this race.
Her training has had all kinds of ups and downs. DC weather, travel, illness, single parenting, but she has stuck through it all. We joke about me having to switch between Coach Renee and Friend Renee in our emails and texts. I have had so much fun helping her create a training plan and talking her through it all. It has helped me realize how much I have learned over the past several years. With each race I do, I learn more about myself and more about running and racing. Sharing that with someone close to me has been fun. She will arrive with smiles and she will leave with smiles. I know it.
On top of Thai Phi running her first half this weekend my brother and his friend are coming along. Many of you probably know by now that my brother does not live near me. In fact he lives most of the year in Europe. I am elated that he is coming home even if it is for not a very long time. I don’t remember the last time I have had family at a race. (This is not to say that my parents aren’t amazingly supportive because they are). I am just excited to have people to come a long and cheer.
- Have fun
- Finish the race
- Help TP have fun
- Cheer loudly when she crosses the finish line
- Enjoy the finish line festivities