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ERMAGERD IT’S NERTIONAL RERRING DER!

Monday: 20 min Stairmill (1 min lateral, 1 min forward alternating)

Tuesday: 15 hips, 10 core

Wednesday: 2.5m RUN!!! 10:00/pace (4 min running, 1 min walking), 50 pushups, 75 hanging leg raises, 100 single leg balance lunges (50 each leg)

Happy National Running Day! This might be the first time I’ve actually blogged & ran on N’tl R-Day! No IT pain might I add 🙂 And in lieu of this spectacular holiday i’ll be having fun with this post, borrowing a few running questions from Lisa @ Running out of Wine in her style.. with a wine glass in hand!

Cheers to you Lisa!

Cheers to you Lisa!

Here are Lisa’s NRD prompts and my answers..if you want to answer one or all in the comments below, feel free! Share your Run Love 🙂

  • Right now, I run because… I’m testing my IT band out, so I can get back to a training schedule!
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not running, but enjoying time off with this girl!

  • I started running because… I wanted to lose weight. 9 years ago I used to weight over 160 lbs and wasn’t active. Running was a simple and interesting new way to get in shape.

Smiling pre-race cause my knee doesn't hurt...yet.

  • When I don’t run… I cross-train. When i run...I cross train. Only running does not work for my body, plus I like the way muscles look…Right now I’m digging Kettlebells, Rowing, Crossfit Endurance and bodyweight workouts with tons of burpees, pushups & pullups. Anything that’s a challenge!

timed flex arm hang (not pull ups, but still tough!)

  • One thing that running has taught me is… It brings out the amazing in people. If you ever question humanity go watch a marathon. If you ever want to see how strong you are, go run a marathon. If you ever want to see selfless people, volunteer for a marathon. If you ever want to see people realizing their potential, stand at the finish line of a marathon. No, running isn’t everything, and running a marathon isn’t the only way to see these things, but from what I’ve experienced, it brings out really good qualities in people–> and not just the runners, i’m talking about the family & friends & spouses who support a lifetime sport and the volunteers & race directors for allowing the races to happen.
meeting new runners is one of my favorite things

meeting new runners is one of my favorite things

  • My favorite kind of run is… A race. Nothing beats the day your hard work is put to the test. Plus running a race is basically a tempo run, which are my favorite kind of runs 🙂
Crossing the finish line

Crossing the finish line

  • Right now my biggest running-related goal is… A sub 1:30 half. This is something that might take another year or two. But I won’t rest until I get it.
This face.. cause i think i can do it.

…cause i believe i can do it.

Have a great rest of the day guys! Even if you don’t run–> be active today!


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Your Biggest Running Goal

Tuesday: 6.6m easy progressive (9:00-8:00pace), 40 min full body cardio/strength workout

I don’t think anymore when I’m asked what my biggest running goal is. It’s a reaction. I say “Boston” as quickly as a dog’s head whips around when you say, “outside?” Qualifying for Boston was something I learned about while reading an issue of Runner’s World while training for my first marathon. It was something so out of reach and laughable in that moment, that i never thought i’d be actually attempting a BQ time.

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just silly happy to be running

The Boston marathon wasn’t a goal when I started running and I don’t particularly have any ties to the city, but somewhere along I felt the desire to want to run this marathon. The competitive nature in me wants to be able to get into a race based on time. The exclusive, fast, cool kids marathon, as my ego likes to call it. But the closer i’m getting to Chicago–the one marathon to rule them all (or at least deem worthy to possibly enter the gates of Boston) the closer i’m beginning to realize, the marathon might be something i’ll never be great at. And it might not even be my biggest running goal—>it’s just something I feel drawn to and something that will help me see a part of this country i’ve never been too.

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random sunset

Boston is the goal I gave myself for this year, if i don’t hit it in Chicago then i’m going to focus on other running goals which I think are a little more important to me. Here they are–I want to run a sub 6:00 mile, a sub-20:00 5k and I want to run a sub 1:30 half. Notice the trend, i want to run fast.

pretty much stoked to re-evaluate goals

pretty much stoked to re-evaluate goals

Now, let’s make something clear–my feelings, emotions and life in general have been all over the place. And this directly messes with my running life. My paces are jumping between 6:30-9:40s (emotions work just as hard for you as humidity works against you). I have no set training schedule and right now, i’m wearing half a sports bra so i don’t mess up the new tattoo and obviously i’m still feeling out/holding back because of the ankle. I keep asking myself what my goals are. Obviously–Boston, but then I’m asking why? I need something to light a fire behind me so I actually want to run Chicago fast. I’m hoping to have an epiphany out on a long run one of these days.

sunset at the gym

sunset at the gym

But I’m also realizing that Boston isn’t everything. A sub 3:35:00 does not define who I am as a runner or a person. It does not make me any better or worse of a runner. Wanting and obsessing over something is not healthy.  I figure as long as i’m running happy and training hard in the gym, good things will come. The times I want will post when my body is good and ready for them.

Until then, keep your hearts full and feet swift.

had to draw one out. colored pencil & cardboard.

had to draw one out. (colored pencil & cardboard)