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Running Slump

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I haven’t been on a run since my marathon. I haven’t felt up to it or I haven’t had time and it is really getting old. I have stepped on the treadmill a few times but once I’m on there I can’t seem to get the will power to run. I want to run, heck, I need to run! I have a 50k in 43 days and I have to keep my mileage base up. I’ve been looking at local races to get in my long runs but have something exciting to look forward to, so far none of them will work with our schedules. The shorter amount of day light has also been hindering my runs. I have a headlamp but I still have my fears of running in the dark by myself. I was so excited for Fall running until I realized that while other runners have beautiful trails, I am stuck with busy streets and cracked sidewalks. I’m going to try and get my long runs done at a near by park but even then it is 30 minutes away. I will get my mojo back, but even then I have the same qualm that I always have; time. I am a slow runner, so driving somewhere to get my run done just adds time and I feel bad for monopolizing even more of our weekend time.

Do you have problems fitting your runs in with a busy family schedule?

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       Fall for most runners!!

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Fall for this runner.

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!

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I was scheduled to run 4.5 miles yesterday. Well, my hubby came home from the field after almost two weeks and then we spent the day in Savannah, just shopping and relaxing. We finally got home at 2300 something and I had to run. Normally I would’ve just done it the next day….but probably not even then. I am horrible at keeping myself accountable. That is the number one reason that I hold workout challenge groups; to make sure that do the workout! Running is another story though, I don’t have a running partner or someone to hold me to my schedule. I changed that this week though! A friend through Skora is a running coach and I sought his coaching. The past 3 runs have felt like I’m running with greater purpose, mainly I don’t want to piss Kyle off. lol. Seriously though, having someone spend some of their time to plan out runs and strength training for me is really cool. A plan tailored to my level to get me to the Ultra level that I need to be at, no more cookie cutter plans from the internet. I’m really excited to get to my first full week! Already 9 miles in for May! Not that much, but considering I only got my butt up for 25.75 last month, I’ll take it!

 

Here’s to a great week y’all!

 

Oh, if you have ever thought about getting a run coach, check out Kyle!