Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I Know, I Know...I've Been Missing Again

This whole "week between posts" thing isn't purposeful, but unfortunately, blogging is at the bottom of the totem pole as far as concerns right now.

I've been having a pretty down couple of weeks. Not just because I've been easing back into running and having to take it slow is a little depressing...But that's part of it.

Report cards are in, and the clean slate of a fresh quarter feels freeing. I'm hoping that "free" feeling sets in soon, because right now I feel as stressed as ever. And unfortunately, that's rolling over into my fitness life.

Have I mentioned lately that I've realized that I kind of hate "working out"? If I'm going to be active, I prefer a whole-body activity that's fun and helps me forget I'm staying fit. That's why I love running...it doesn't feel like exercise! It's also why I'm quickly becoming a SUP addict.
An evening paddle on the backwaters.
This past week, my Ragnar team met to discuss team names, payment plans (holy expensive race, Batman!), singlet designs, and more! I'm so excited to get to know all the women on the team better. I work with two of my teammates, but the others are virtual strangers (or "friends waiting to be made").
SO EXCITED!
Saturday Matt had a SUP race and won first place in his division! Is it wrong that I'm a little jealous that he's been paddling for a short year and is already winning races, and I've been running for 4 years and have only placed once? (Third, I may add.)
The starting line.
Matt's in the center, hauling tuchus!
Of course, SUP is a relatively new sport and the races are smaller, but still. He's definitely found his niche.

I'm so proud!
I went for a nice 4-miler last night. My legs felt like lead after paddling 5 miles Sunday, but it feels good to be building up my mileage. I have a 10k this weekend that I loved last year, and I'm hoping that I'm in good enough shape that I enjoy it this year (although I'm not looking to PR...Not after having to take time for recovery.)

My foot was completely pain-free during the run! Now that I'm refocusing on a shorter distance race to end the season, I feel a lot happier and less stressed about meeting any goals. I'm just letting my foot heal, enjoying myself, and running because I want to.

This will be my first half marathon run alone, so it will be a milestone no matter what. I'm really looking forward to relying on myself for the entire race.

Also, like I said, I've been having a rough few days. I came home today to Matt waiting to greet me, holding these:
And they're my favorite, to boot.
Day. Made.

What interesting fitness activities do your friends or SO participate in?
Are you excited that The Walking Dead is back? I AM!
What cheers you up when you've been down?
Besides running and blogging, what have you been up to this week?

ABK

16 comments:

  1. Aww! That was so sweet of Matt to buy you flowers <3 (And btw - give him my congrats on his race!)
    I'm so glad that running is becoming fun for you again! And yay for no pain in the foot :D

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    1. Re: running being fun...I'm so glad, too! I was beginning to wonder if it ever would be fun again!

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  2. I've run three half marathons and, though I enjoyed the one I ran with my college roommate immensely, I still liked the one I ran by myself better. When I'm with other people, I feel way more pressure to perform. It was great to just be able to run how I felt without thinking about another person.

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    1. I think my PR is going to always be the half from last year, where I ran the first 10k with a buddy to pace me. But I know this one will mean something to me in a different way!

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  3. WOW! Congrats Matt! When I was running the other night I saw some people SUPing (?) around the inter-coastal by my apt and thought of you guys - it looks fun!

    Flowers cheer me up, but I rarely ever get them. Instead Adam usually just brings me chinese food, haha. Nothing like a little chicken and broc to cheer this girl up!

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    1. Chinese food is a good alternative to flowers! It took 5 years of convincing, but he finally "gets" that flowers once in awhile for no reason make me really happy haha

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  4. What a sweet guy! You are lucky! And congratulations to him. I hope this week is better for you than last week. It seems as though it already is.

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    1. You're right...it's already better!!

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  5. That is so super sweet of your husband. :) Big congrats to him! SUP look very fun....I still think I'd be too scared to try though! LOL.

    Good luck to you in your ten k this weekend!

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    1. SUP scared my pants off at first, but now I love it!

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  6. What a lovely thing for him to do!

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  7. You have so much going on girl!!!!!
    Keep doin' your thing! You are rockin' it!
    Have an awesome 10k! Can't wait to hear about it! :)

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    1. It's true, there's so much going on right now I'm channeling Dory the fish right now...just keep swimming!! Thanks for the love!

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