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August 1, 2013

Remember this post?  I wrote pretty extensively about my utter lack of a desire to run, post-Lila.  That lack of desire lasted for a good year, I’d say.  And then, slowly, sneakily…my feet felt that familiar itch to run. 

I think the desire to start running again has come from a variety of factors.  Now that I’m well over a year post-partum, I feel like I’m finally back in good enough shape to run in the way that I want to, and not like this:

After having Lila, I *definitely* felt like that basset hound.  My runs were SLOW and HARD. And it was really frustrating. 

Also, our new neighborhood is MUCH more runner-friendly—lots of long paths along beautiful scenery:

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Love it!

I also blame the beautiful summer we’ve been having—I’m craving outdoor workouts like nothing else, and it actually hasn’t been TOO hot here.  Perfect for easy morning runs. 

And finally, I think the fact that we were traveling so much this summer had something to do with it.  It’s hard to get to a gym when you’re traveling (and not staying in hotels), but lacing up your running shoes and heading out for a run?  That’s always doable.  I made a goal to myself that I wanted to run every day that we were on our Florida vacation, and I ran all but two.  Out of fourteen days total, I’d say that’s pretty good!

I’ve also signed up for a little concrete motivation:

Yep—a half-marathon in October!  My official training will start in a few weeks, but right now I’m working hard to build a nice little base:


(my “jog log” from the past few weeks)

I’m excited to have something to train for—it will really force me to get out there and get those runs under my belt.  However, having run two halves in previous years (here and here), I’ll also say that I want to do things differently, this time around. 

I want to focus more on cross-training.  When I’ve run longer races in the past, I’ve almost always just run, exclusively—strength training, yoga, and any other form of cardio always seem to fall by the wayside.  This time around, I’d like to work at least a day of strength training (preferably two) and a day of yoga (preferably two) into my training weeks as well, instead of JUST running for weeks on end. 

To keep myself on track with this, I’m thinking about posting an “exercise log” post once a week or so, just to see what I’ve done and make sure that I’m staying on track, training-wise. 

So…yeah, that’s it.  Smile 

Happy Thursday…and happy running!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2013 8:07 pm

    Signing up for a race is always good motivation. You need to come to Atlanta afterward! We are only 2 hours from Chattanooga.

  2. August 1, 2013 10:18 pm

    Oh, I bet that one will be beautiful! Tony and I are thinking about signing up for our first halves here in Atlanta on Thanksgiving. I need to look at this one too though since it’s so close to us. I get so nervous about signing up for one. I want to run one, but the commitment is hard for me with running. It’s so unknown for me. We’ve started training and our furthest we’ve run is 10 miles. I feel certain we can get to 13.1, but I would really like to not hate myself afterwards. Congratulations on finding your happy feet!

    • August 2, 2013 5:21 pm

      Y’all should think about doing this one!!! If you’re up to ten miles, you’d be fine, you know?

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