Being Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

Remember how I threw out my running plan last week? Yeah I still don’t have one and I’m okay with that. This Vermont winter has been unforgiving with the snow, ice, and negative temperatures and while I run in it as much as possible, I also recognize when it’s not safe for my health to be out for extended periods of time. This has meant it’s been really hard to follow the running plan I designed for this first race of the year.

My training has been all over the place, but that’s okay. It’s the first race of the year and the first race helps you get back in the swing of things and remember what’s it like to race 13.1 rather than just run it leisurely.

Once the warm weather hits, it’s going to feel great to train again. Until then, I have a solid base of mileage that I’ve been maintaining. This week will be a 45 mile week! Crazy! Here’s the plan for the week that I literally decided two minutes ago (I had to move last Saturday’s 14 miler to the beginning of the week due to a wind chill advisory over the weekend).

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Sure, I’m going to want a PR in this first race of the year, but let’s be real… If you want to race at a certain time you have to train at that time too and I have not been until the past couple weeks. Recently, I pushed myself for about 5-6 miles of an 8 mile run to go at a fast pace I haven’t done since last year before my knee injury. It DRAINED me (shh don’t tell the fast people in my running group that… because you know… runner’s ego).

It felt great at the same time though. I miss speed work and pushing beyond my comfort zone with my running. The greatest lesson I’ve ever learned with running is to become comfortable with being uncomfortable. As soon as I embraced that (and it took me quite awhile to embrace it), my times started dropping considerably. If you don’t push yourself to that point, you’ll never know what you’re capable of in a race.

Of course, that being said. You should never push yourself through injury, sickness, or if something just doesn’t feel right. There are limitations and taking care of yourself is more important than a PR.

Happy happy Monday!

I Threw Out My Training Plan

Well I didn’t physically throw out the training plan as it’s on my computer, but I deleted it. A year ago, I would have never done something like this – I’m someone that will follow a training plan exactly after I make it, but this plan just wasn’t working for me. I found myself unmotivated, having to add rest days because of snow and ice or my knee, I often had to change the days of the week I could do my runs, etc. The plan just wasn’t working and I had to step back from it. And, you know what? It’s totally okay to do that…even if your stubborn runner’s brain is telling you otherwise.

I do have a race in about 5 weeks, so it seems like a weird time to reinvent a plan, but that’s what I’m doing! I’m also using this first race of the year as a stepping stone for the several other races. It will be a way to just get my body and mind used to racing again as the first race of the year always feels a little rusty.

Anyway, here’s the plan for the week. I’ll be making a plan for the rest of this cycle before my race later this week. Until then, I’m just going with the flow!

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Happy Monday!

Making a Comeback!

Wow – my first blog post. I have been meaning to write a wellness/health/nutrition/I’m a running nut blog for awhile, but life got in the way a little bit. In fact, I was injured for the last 3 months and as a long distance runner, I felt very unlike myself and dare I say even a little embarrassed. When your fitness routine revolves mostly around running and it suddenly is taken away from you, it can definitely have a major impact on your life. All I can say is that I now appreciate every step I take now and every day that I can lace up my sneakers and head out the door.

I’m happy to report that the last few weeks have been successful with running  – so much so that I’ve signed up for two half marathons and will be signing up for a half ultra when registration opens. After a great 2016 racing season, I’m so excited to push harder in 2017 and reach new goals.

I constantly get asked for my weekly fitness plans so to give you an idea of what my week looks like, I’ve included it below. Please note, what works for me, may not work for you so please take in consideration your goals or fitness levels before diving into a fitness plan.

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One last week of building a solid base – next week starts the crazy difficult training. Can’t wait! Every day running feels better and my body feels stronger.

Thanks for reading –  I am so so SO happy to be writing this post and jumping into contributing to the health and wellness world.

Happy Monday!