Time Flys

It’s amazing how quickly time goes by.  It seems the older I get, the quicker things go.  Each year seems to go by faster than the last and each day/week is the same way.  I can’t believe it’s been 10 days since my last post on here.  I have a ton of posts started and I need to set them up to post, but time just got away from me.  Before I jumped into those though, I just wanted to pop in with something a little more relevant and updated.

Tomorrow we are running the Get to the Green run (5k/10k) in Five Points.  This was the very first 5k I ever did.  I had high hopes for this to be my sub 30min 5k.  That is not going to happen though.  Training has been tough with everything else going on in life and I’ve been fighting a nagging injury in my left arch that kept me down a bit.  I’m hoping I’ve figured it out though.  I removed my inserts and put back in the factory inserts this week.  *Knock on wood*..my foot didn’t hurt after my last run.  Keeping my fingers crossed though.  That said, I’m planning to take Yota.  Maybe he’ll pull me fast enough to get a decent time.  Andy is doing the 10k (actually kind of jealous he is doing the longer distance).  This year both races get a finishers medal which is new and I’m really excited about adding some more hardware to our bib/medal holder.

My sister Taylor, myself, and Andy at last years Get to the Green race

My sister Taylor, myself, and Andy at last years Get to the Green race

On another running related note: Today, we signed up for our first half marathon and entered a lottery for our first full marathon.  We signed up for the Palmetto Half (which is in exactly one month..crazy I know, but I think I can make it work) and entered the lottery for the Marine Corps Marathon.  I’m way geeked out about both events and am super pumped to train and accomplish them.

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Also, I’m doing a #30daysofYota photo a day project on my instagram.  If you don’t already follow me, head over and follow me: https://instagram.com/blonde_designer/

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There is so much more I want to share, but I have to get some other posts out first before sharing those details..and NO I am NOT pregnant (I know there are those of you thinking that).  Until next time!

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Catching Up on Life

Good afternoon!  I figured my first post back from my blogging hiatus would just be a life catch up.

September has been a very busy month.  It started with a bang with the Blythewood Labor Day 10k which I’ve also blogged about.  You guys allowed me to pour out all of my pitifulness and offered back nothing but support and encouragement.  For that I am so appreciative and want to thank you for your words of kindness. Writing the post alone really helped in moving past the bad race and get back into the swing of running.  That said, September has been a pretty good running month.  I’ll do another post specifically on catching up on running.

Another exciting thing going on is something I’ve been keeping quiet lately.  However, I think it’s time to let it out.  We are building a new house! Those that know us personally, know this already and are probably sick of hearing about the new house, but we are so excited.  I’ll also do another post dedicated to the new house and provide lots of pictures of the house up to this point.  We are really hoping to be moving in by Thanksgiving.  The house in itself takes up a lot of free time.

Because we are planning to move soon, we have been working on our current home to get it ready to rent.  We opted to try and rent it out versus selling it.  Wish us luck on that new adventure.  However, I feel like I’ve been painting for months.  Before I was painting some of current furniture to better go with the theme of the new house and now we are painting some of the rooms in our house to better neutralize the colors and pallet of the house.  I will be so happy when we are done painting!

Mid September we ran another 10k and you can expect a race recap for that race soon.  That same weekend we also took a mini trip to Pittsburgh to see a Pirates game and a Steelers Sunday Night Football game.  Another dedicated post coming for that trip.

I spent a good solid week with a horrible cold that pretty much made me worthless for most of the week.  By the time I was getting better, we were starting to roll into October and I realized that I hadn’t posted in forever!  Last Saturday we ran a 5k and did some major underbrush clearing at the new house.  Now here we are today!  Like I said, I really just wanted to do a quick life recap.  I’ll get into the nitty gritty details in the dedicated post of each topic.  Look for more coming soon!

My First 6 Miler

Last Monday I ran my first run over 6 miles.  To say I was nervous was an understatement.  However, I was also very excited.  I was doing a completely new route as well and I was anxious to see how it went.

Normally I wouldn’t write a post just about one run, but this run was different.

The run started out pretty nice.  The weather was gorgeous.  I perfect cool temperature and the sun wasn’t really out for the first half of the run. Other than some small inclines…the run was predominately downhill it felt like for the first couple miles.  I was in for a rude awakening though around mile 3.  That’s when the hills started.  There must have been like 5 up and down hills between mile 3 and 4.  Having really only done gradual inclines…these hill’s were brutal! They definitely added some spice to my run.  Once I got to a point that I knew was going to be pretty flat until I got home, I was starting to get a little pumped.  I was doing 6 miles…WITH HILLS.  I finally felt like I was going to be okay with the 10k.

This run felt pretty special to me all week.  It felt like such a huge milestone and it had me on a running high all week.  I felt like no run was too long now.  I know it’s only 6 miles and I have a ways to go before the half and full marathons..but I’ve never run 6 miles in my life.  I don’t think I’ve even walked 6 miles in my life.  I am just so excited and pumped still.

I feel like I will actually make it on my 10k on Monday and I feel like I can go  in with time goals instead of just the goal of finishing.  I can’t wait to recap my first 10k next week.

Thanks for sitting through this self-indulgence post.  I’ve just never gotten that kind of high off a run and it felt blog worthy..so here it is.  Have you ever had a run that really sticks out to you as an awesome run?  Do you remember the run that really felt like a milestone to you?

Weekly Running Update

Hello everyone!

After some gentle pushing by the hubby..I’m writing this post tonight.  I don’t know that I’m really up for it.  I got a tooth pulled today and was feeling great while I was still numb..but the numbness is starting to wear off and the pain pill opportunities can’t come quick enough.  My gum is insanely sore and tender!

Anywho..let’s get into last week’s running.

Sunday: Rest Day
Monday: 5 Miles – Treadmill Run
Tuesday: 2.09 Miles Outside Run – 1 Mile Stationary Bike
Wednesday: Stretch Day
Thursday: 4.05 Miles
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: Rest Day

Weekly Mileage Goals: 11 Miles

Actual Weekly Mileage Total: 11.14 Miles – 1 Biking Mile

So it was a much better week this week.  I think re-evaluating my running plan and setting goals that are closer to my running ability helped me push past the uncomfortable level and gave my body time to rest as well.  Completing my goals this week was much better on my self esteem and my confidence.  Foam rolling and incorporating a true stretch day in my week was very helpful as well.

This coming week will be a little different because Andy and I are running the Hot Summers Night 5k on Saturday night.  I can’t wait because this will be the first 5k since I got serious about running and I’m anxious to see how I do.  Hopefully I come back next week with a great running week and a successful race.

So how is everyone else doing..I know a lot of people are in the process of training for other races.  It seems like race season is upon us..at least for us anyway.  We have a race about every 2 – 3 weeks from here until the middle of October.  We just signed up for a random 5k/10k in Coshocton, OH for August 17th.  We are going to be visiting Andy’s parents that weekend in Marietta, OH and this is about 2 – 2.5 hours north of where they live.  So why not get up uber early to go run a race in a different state?!  I’ll be doing the 5k and Andy will be doing the 10k.  We are also contemplating the Columbia Half in December…but I’m a little nervous.  That’s a big jump from where I am now and that little nagging voice in me says I will be pushing too hard, but the optimist in me says I have time to train still and that I can do it.  It might not be my best time possible, but just being able to finish will be awesome for me for my first ever half.  We’re getting way ahead of ourselves though.  I hope everyone has a great week and I’ll talk to you guys later.