Good morning lovlies and gents! I hope you have you have an amazing week and get out there to hit the pavement, the trails, the pool, or whatever it is you do this weekend!
First, this post has been prompted by a fellow blogger who is one lovely nosey rosy and wants to hear about the misadventures of running and I hope you get a kick out of it too! So by request:
Awkwardly. All over the road/trail/subdivision/place. Happy. Unbridled and a little reckless. Alone. Each of those divulge a little about how I rock my runs. Yes, at times I get out there, turn right back around, say <expletive> this, and snuggle right back in with the hubby. Most days though I haul myself out of bed and get to running before the roosters (and subsequently the sun).
Lately I’ve been waiting to run in the middle of the day though, funny how that works. I want to be a morning mover and in every other aspect I am, it’s time for me to bring morning and running together as one – The Morning Run. I love love love winter running though and it’s become sweater, hot coco, sub freezing time again so the early mornings will start seeing my face. Boom. Just like that. Regardless, let me take you through my typical run. It starts way before hitting the pavement.
Old Fashioned, 100% Natural Whole Grain. Love the plain, no nonsense of it!
#2 Smoothie and water.
Smoothie love. Erry day.
Sorry about the screen shot, it didn’t want to save to my camera rolls. First world problems.
Always an amalgamation of applesauce (usually plain, sometimes cinnamon), juice (any will do), ENERGYbits (shameless plug: use promo ‘thesaltypretzel’ for 25% off), kale or spinach, sometimes protein powder and any frozen fruit; blueberries, mango, and pineapple are my favorite! Topped off with a glass of cold water.
#3 Get dressed. For me this literally means slip into a dress. I am a mega convert. TMI warning: I used to chaff ALL the time, with this adorable little number not only is that ahem *issue* no longer an issue but I feel super feminine which I not only love but is quite the accomplishment given I am one hot mess post runs! Check it:
Other parts of dressing? The Garmin 910XT, Brooks Trace 12s, compression shorts and either ProCompression Marathon socks for long runs or just the basic no shows. Luckily I don’t have too many issues with blisters (knock on wood). How could I forget my bra?! Moving Comfort Juno keeps me covered and under control with restriction. Don’t forget to add reflectors to your get up too, especially in the dark. I wear a Road ID visor (as well as an actual ID) and just picked up a reflective vest – YOU CANNOT MISS ME but please don’t hit me 🙂
Depending on weather I will throw on a running jacket and/or ear warmers.
#4 Grab nutrition. This means my water bottle and ENERGYbits or bladder that stays pre packed. Most often I opt for the water bottle option that has the nifty pouch for dah bits 🙂
#5 Get out the door. Slip the house key into my bra or compression shorts (for those with handy pockets) or in my water bottle pouch.
And this is where we get mainly into internal dialogue. Yes, I laugh at myself far more often than I’d prefer to admit so feel free to laugh with me! I run alone most of the time, someone always always always knows where I am though
#6 Warm up. Typically this is the walk from my front door to the park that’s 1/2 mile from the house! I focus on waking up every fiber in me.
“Wiggle my toes, yeh, they’re still here. Shake out my legs, yeh, they’re feeling strong. Hips, good, no issues. Fingers, yeh, a little cold but that’s why I brought gloves. Arms, shake ’em out, oh no, don’t do that; someone might see your jiggle, hey, at least you have the jiggle, go to the gym and change it if you don’t like it. Ok, yes, I have my arms, good. Roll my shoulders. Ah. And yes, the brain is on and working. Great. Let’s run.”
#7 Miles 1-3 “Phew, this feels good. Glad I have my reflection vest, these cars are out too early, am I sweating already? It’s ten degrees outside, great.”
I love where I run, I wind in and out of a mostly tree covered path on a nicely paved surface so I get the experience of semi trail running with the benefit of roadie miles too. Usually quite a few people are out there and it’s friendly runner galore which is nice to know someone’s got your back!
#8 Miles 4-8
“Why?! Why Am I Here?!” Oddly enough some days these feel like death miles and others they feel like glorious easy albeit sweaty miles. Take the hint – I sweat buckets and buckets. If anyone has
My longest run has been eight miles so once I tack on more miles the insanity will ensue I’m sure!!
#9 Cool down. I take this time to assess any weakness I’m feeling. Sometimes my arches hurt, sometimes I can really feel my lower back whining. One day I felt something nagging the top of my left foot – I had two blisters, great stuff right there! I analyze what I did on my run that I liked, what I didn’t and what I’ll change next time. Typical runner stuff right?
Said watch 🙂
#10 Shower. No explanation needed.
My Garmin doesn’t work inside, does this mean the foot pod needs to go on the Christmas list? Seriously though. Ha! For indoor workouts. Geez, I’d never.
Besides, getting out of sweaty clothes is harder than you think, I’d hate to time myself. You think my running is slow…enough!
Run and done in ten simple steps!!
Here are a few bonus questions:
What’s been working for your training so far?
What’s up?! Whoo!! In little bundles so you don’t get readers block 🙂
Positive vibes. YOGA – two words: stability, leaner. ENERGYbits – like a fine wine, just keeps getting better. Running dresses – no chaffing makes a happy runner and skirt convert.
Compression shorts – no Marilyn Monroe shots here. Smoothies – do a body good. Oatmeal – my perfect pre-race fuel. Changing up my routes – I get bored entirely too easy not to do this, it keeps me interested and running on different terrain works your muscles differently!
Not paying attention to the watch – I know when I tick off miles but wait until I get home to look at my splits, this is getting me used to running based on feeling and so far so good. Reading running books – it’s awesome motivation (Born to Run, Eat & Run, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running).
Staying organized – it’s easier to go directly to the pile of clothes and grab an outfit to get “autodressed”. Vaseline, uh huh, no Body Glide here. The Stick – ’nuff said. Compression socks – found these on accident but they’re a game changer. Twitter – what an amazingly supportive and uplifting system.
Sports drinks – yes I still use them and probably will continue to until I can find something that delivers the same mega punch in the same amount of time, once I want one, I need it. Family – I have the most supportive family, go get one. Gym membership – I have unlimited options with this, I can play basketball, swim, lift, anything I want, it’s already there.
Coach. We’ve yet to have a training session or built a schedule but I already know he’s going to be a good thing. Virtual 5ks, maybe these should be Twitter since that’s how I started but I’m digging them, every month!
Whattt?! Running shorts, they’re so last year. Sweet fuel like Sport Beans, at least for the long haul. Beef jerky, yeah, it just wasn’t good at any distance.
Music – I hate it while I run, I always feel like I’m going to get kidnapped so I don’t worry about it and talk to myself instead. Partners – I just don’t play well with others, I need to compete with myself, not others; sorry guys, we can race together though? Heck, I might even get enough to pace you…one day. I’ll play well with others by then.
Maybe this list isn’t as long but it’s just as, if not more, important.
How have you been feeling on your runs?
Good, sorta. I feel great getting out there and through about mile three to five. After that things warp into hell at different miles on different days. Once I know it’s over (for now) I am elated and so proud of myself that I am one day and one workout to a better me. I love to hate it and love to love it even more.
What do you think about?
I think about everything. How cliche, allow me to clarify.
I think about how much longer I have, how far I’ve come; on this run and since the beginning, how good I look while running (don’t lie to me, you think about it too), which leads into how my form looks, how my body feels, what my mind is doing (thinking, eh?).
I pray a lot, about how I can make it one more mile much less 26.2 or 140.6, about my husband and how I hope I’m not taking valuable time away from us (hence why I’m running after he leaves for work), about how I know my life will turn out the way it’s meant but if He could show me all the options and let me choose that’d just be fabulous, about the turmoil we live in today and how hopefully running is one way He can use to quiet my mind.
Some days I wonder what the heck I’m doing out there, especially when it feels like I’m shuffling and can’t make it any further but I’m still at least 1/2 a mile from home, more often further. Then I remember that I’m running to prove something to myself and to catch that elusive goal of being enlightened and fulfilled. I remember my mom who is my biggest supporter not knowing how far a marathon is but telling me to go for it (after checking with my doctor to make sure I could make it that far – thanks Mom). I remember that my step mother hasn’t given up a millimeter in her battle for breast cancer, diabetes, or life; the very least I can do is put one foot in front of the other. I remember that as much as I hate those miles, I always hate myself more for not getting them in.
I remember why I run, why I sink so much effort into constant discomfort: running is a direct reflection of who I am. Want to be tough? Go put in more miles, pay your dues, earn your blisters. At the end of the day it isn’t about how others see you, the sub-4 marathon, or even the tape at the finish line. Running comes down to having the heart to prove yourself stronger time and time again. You can. You do. You are. And so am I.
Is it hard to go out and run sometimes?
Yes, some days I feel like a Mack truck ran me over, checked in the rearview, and backed over me. On those days I do one of two things a) just don’t get out of bed in the first place or b) cry it out, usually as I run. I try to always choose b) but more often than I’d care to admit a) happens. Some days are just meant to stay off the pavement.
Three Fab Favs:
Five is simply overrated this Friday.
3. Five Better Names for the Half Marathon brought to you by THE CLYMB
2. Beautiful Things by Gungor. Ahh. My Ben Rector Pandora channel in general, it’s mellow and is really awesome, it’s a taken a lot of time to get every single song to be rad but it’s there.
1. Just Be You brought to you by Danica at It’s Progression
Alright, hope I’ve kept you sufficiently entertained and from doing your real job! Happy Friday y’all!
What have been some of your favorites this week? Did you like hearing about my runs i.e. should I blog about the ruffrage more? 😉