Category Archives: Fitness

I’ve Lost that Loving Feeling

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This is hard for me to write and yet it is almost cathartic at the same time.

I don’t think I want to run marathons. I don’t think I want to run ultramarathons. It almost hurts to admit this, especially when I see the “Ultra” magnet on my refrigerator begging to be earned. I love running, truly I do, but the time it takes from my family doesn’t seem to be worth it some days. This isn’t something that just popped into my head this morning, it’s been on my heart for the past couple days. I’ve thought about it every time I’ve stepped into my gym room. Maybe it’s because I am enjoying weight lifting so much, I’m not sure, but I do know that I need to figure this out real quick. I have to register for the Skidaway Marathon tomorrow. I am going to run it, I just need to figure out if I’m running the full or the half. Half marathons are so much easier to train for, the mileage is much easier to tackle while keeping up with my life. The hardest part is that last year I prided myself on being a long distance runner and I was so excited to venture into the Ultra world. Now I don’t really know where I stand except that I don’t want to step foot on my treadmill. Running helped me lose so much weight but is no longer yielding the fat loss results that I am searching for and that may be playing a part in my mind. I am not going to give up running, I want to continue to maintain at least 20 miles a week, but that is so much easier than 35+ miles and a lot less time consuming.  blogYou never know, I may do marathons again, I’m still really young. Then again I may change my mind next week. Haha. There is a timed ultra event (6,12, and 24 hour) in June that I was really looking forward to that I may still do. The one thing many people don’t get is just how much time I have to spend running to get ready for those distances. 5 hours is just a training run while getting ready for a 50k. That’s 5 hours on a Saturday that could be spent with my family. 5 hours of running around the crappy streets of our city getting honked and yelled at. Oh, location may also be playing a part in this mental game. My options are treadmill or sidewalks next to busy streets, there aren’t any trails that are close enough for a week day run. The draw of Ultra marathons on beautiful trails is still so sweet to me and I want to do them, I’m just unsure of being able to train for them. Maybe I just need a week or two without running to show me how much I really need it in my life. Maybe I should just be a half marathon runner instead of fulls and ultras. I’ll just have to wait and see I guess.

Now what to do about Skidaway? 😦

Keep running y’all!

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High Mileage & Training Plans vs. Run Coach

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This year I have run 276 miles, 174 of that was done in the last two months (May and June). I don’t think I have ever felt more accomplished, well maybe after giving birth, haha. Seriously though, I ran 100 miles in June! I never thought a triple digit month would be possible for me but marathon/ultra training has really started to show me what I am made of. My training has definitely had it’s ups and downs, I’ve even had some breakdowns.

The past two months I have been coached by a friend that I met through SKORA. Since I was almost starting over and didn’t have a good running base I knew that would need help to get to Ultra marathon distances. There are tons of running plans out there that are great for so many people, I used one for my half and there is absolutely nothing wrong with those training plans. The problem I have with an online plan is that I am the only person holding myself accountable and in the past I haven’t been so great with getting all my runs in. Too many times I have let life get in the way and used that as a way out. Kyle, my coach, actually sits down and makes my weekly schedules for me, runs, strength training and rest days. I love the personal touch of a coach, I get emails when I have a great week, “good job” and “nice run” comments and when life does get in the way I can just send him and email and he will work with me to make sure I get my miles done! I really try to stick to my schedule as much as possible because I don’t want to make Coach mad. Haha. It sounds funny but when someone actually takes the time to write out a personalized training plan for you. It is also motivating know that they put the work in and now you need to follow through with the runs! 

 

If you are interested in getting a run coach check out Kyle!