8/31/14

I want to quit running races

Hellooooooo! I haven't written a post in a while ... I'm honestly so busy lately with the back to school frenzy and all things child-related. I'm still running on my plan, but have been doing quite a bit of thinking lately about the "bigger picture" in terms of my runs. I think I'm ready to discuss it ...

I want to quit running races. Now, let me clarify, I am by no means a seriously fast runner who BQs every year, etc. I've never been that runner. There are many other runners with more abilities than I have in that regard. But, I am that runner that many of us have become, the runner who has a typical Spring and Fall race season, time goals, etc.

It is no longer making me happy. The idea that I have to be on "a plan" every Spring and Fall is sucking all of the joy out of running for me - now. Believe me, training plans are a great thing and necessary, especially for beginning runners. Without them and a coach/running support network, a beginning runner can easily fall off the wagon and not make it. Without proper guidance, easily avoided injuries can strike. Training plans are great! I'm, however, now bored to tears with them.

I've done them enough. I've run every major race distance now from 5k to full marathon. I have more than enough medals. When I run on the training plans now, a little voice keeps telling me "what for now, you already have the medals".

Races cost a lot of money. The logistics, the crowds, all of it - a huge ordeal. I used to thrive on the excitement of it and as a runner in the early stages, I needed that mojo to get through it. The crowds and excitement truly help carry you through it! I'm no longer needing it, however.

In a nutshell, I know that I am mostly done with the need for all of this. Quite frankly, it's all turned into a circus of extremes that no longer interest me. From Boston making their entry goals even stricter to the latest reports from Competitor that they think a sub-2 hour marathon may be had soon ... it's become extreme. Ultra runners surgically removing their toenails, come on now.

I feel no joy from the race environment anymore. It's true, I could seek out smaller race series to avoid some of the frenetic craze the other higher profile races have become. But even those races are slowly getting more intense each year. We all really know, it's about money. The bigger, the more money raked in from us. We need more gear, a new thing came on the market to help you magically not get ITB syndrome, this new fuel now will truly help because the old ones are no good, now one brand is no longer cool and this new one is so now you need to buy all new tees to support the new brand, etc. It's all about $$$. I'm guilty myself of having become caught up in it all, I admit it.

I just simply enjoy running. It's the race events and marketing to us runners I no longer enjoy. I thought if I registered again for another Fall full marathon attempt I'd find myself in the zone again, but it's just not happening. I've been getting my miles run on the plan, but I'm honestly not jazzed. The joy is just not there and I don't think that is coming back.

I miss the early days where everyone was simply running, doing a race or two, and then back to just pleasure running. Now everyone is frantically trying to shave off more time, trying to get on the cover of magazines, promoting whatever brand gives them the time of day, and running for every cause on the planet. There just isn't any running for pleasure and healthy fitness.

I want to be THAT runner. The one who runs every other day for fitness and enjoyment and then goes on with living a normal life. I want to talk about that. Yet no one seems to be doing so anymore. Or, I'm sure folks are doing that, they just aren't considered interesting anymore. And that to me, is sad.



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Christina

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8/17/14

A long run in the rain

Run run run! I am slowly getting back into the mental zone I need to be in and focus on this upcoming race season. This summer was pretty busy for us and usually harder for those of us with kids out of school to schedule our "me" time in, but somehow I was able to keep my mileage up. I now need to get my brain back in gear and start concentrating on the specifics like speed work and planning my run weeks better.

A long run in the rain


Because...  I ended up with a long 12 mile run this weekend in the rain. Ooops! I didn't pay attention at all to the weather like a good runner should. Had I known it was going to be raining most of the day on Saturday, I would have done my long run on Friday instead!

12 mile run in the rain

Oh well, it honestly wasn't too bad. It was raining, but not storm-pouring. Just a constant regular rain that set in around mile 4 and didn't let up until I was pretty much done at mile 12.

Knock on wood, I've been feeling really strong and well on these runs. No hint of trouble or injury niggle. I'm really hoping to have a steady and productive race season, but taking it all one week at a time. I'm still running my new "way" with more rest days and that is making my run days so much better! The Saucony Cortana 3s have really been working out well for me. I noticed they are already being phased out for the next model ... *sigh* ... that happens too quickly in the running shoe world, in my opinion.

A new hamster


In other news, we have a new (and a 2nd) hamster now. This one is a big chunker and super friendly. Our other hamster is small, fast, and won't let anyone catch it. Our daughter had been so excited to get a hamster last Christmas time, but that one hasn't been too much fun, so we caved in and let her get another one. Lesson learned ... make sure the hamster you choose for your child lets the store clerk pick it up easily! We keep the hamsters locked up and away from the other pets ... although we've been making sure the cat and dog get a lot of supervised sniffing with them so they are used to the idea that they are "part of the pack". The dog has accepted them, for the most part, but kitty is definitely still a kitty and waiting for his opportunity to strike ;)


Our new hamster



School has started up and we're slowly back into a routine. I have a few more loose ends to wrap up, like finish registering my kiddo for the sports she's doing this Fall and get one more Chicago trip booked. That reminds me, at some point I need to start figuring out our 2015 travel plans too!


Happy runs everyone!



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Christina

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8/10/14

Returning from Washington DC, a wedding, back on the marathon training plan

Hello again from a mini-break from the blog! I'm wrapping up summer vacation, travels, back from our family wedding, and ready to get back into routines. I'm always amazed at some of the momma runners I follow who are able to keep their blogs alive while in the midst of major life moments. I kind of zonk out a bit in that department :)

Returning from Washington DC and a wedding


We traveled to Washington DC for a 5 day total trip for my brother's wedding last weekend and I knew each hour of each day there was accounted for. I didn't even bring any running shoes/gear with me because I knew it would be pointless. I just decided to enjoy time with family, relax as much as possible, and live in the moment. My daughter was the Flower Girl so my task was to make sure THAT went down smoothly - and she did a fabulous job! I wanted to wear heels, but at the last minute decided not to. I knew I'd be chasing after my Flower Girl and well, I'm training for another marathon, so no need to trigger anything wonky like Plantars, right? (I'm still petrified of injury after last marathon season's fiasco!)

All dressed up in Washington DC

My flower girl

Back on the marathon training plan


I looked at this week on my marathon training plan when we returned and was really motivated to make sure I got in all of my miles. I'd been a bit loose with my training plan for a full two week period with travels to Chicago and Washington DC and I didn't want to go into a third week off the plan. This week went well and I got in all of my mileage so I'm happy for that! I'm entering the double-digit runs again on the training plan so it's time to get serious. The Monumental Marathon date isn't that far away anymore.

Our pets have been attached at the hip since we returned. We had a great pet sitter so they were able to be in the comforts of their own home!

Kitty was glad to see us after our travels


My to-do list is still huge and I need to get back to all of my organizing projects I've been working on. School starts next week and I've got some mixed emotions, but am glad to have all of us back into routines soon again. All in all, summer vacation went well this year, but now it's time to get back into school mode. 3rd grade for my baby! They grow up way too fast ... *sigh*


Happy running everyone!


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Christina

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7/30/14

Wrapping up summer vacation, Chicago, a good shakeout run

I'm currently in a bit of a whirlwind mode, wrapping up the last parts of summer vacation! I knew last week and this week were going to be a bit hectic and I would need to let my current marathon training schedule go a little to the wayside. Sometimes life gets in the way and you just have to accept it. I was mentally prepared to allow these two weeks as freedom from following the schedule perfectly, so I'm ok with it. Travels, an important family wedding, and a few other items are on the calendar that are currently taking precedence. Coincidentally, Amanda aka Miss Zippy, has a post up today discussing the importance of allowing oneself to let the training schedule slide now and then. I definitely agree!

Chicago weekend trip


My daughter and I did a whirlwind Chicago trip this past weekend with one of my close girlfriends and her daughter. I always love going to Chicago! I used my Overland "Donner" bag on this trip as a travel crossbody. It's one of my favorite travel bags and has two side pockets for water bottles, perfect for me and my daughter. You know how we runners need our hydration ...

Weekend in Chicago

... and of course we hit up American Girl to blow a fortune.

American Girl Chicago


Post-Chicago shakeout run


I'm still dealing with shuffling summer time child care and my runs, but was able to get Grandpa to swing by after Chicago so I could get an 8 mile run in. We walked so much in Chicago and my legs were actually pretty tired, but the run felt good!

A nice 8 mile shakeout run


I'm a bit tight on time and have a million tasks to accomplish this week involving the wedding and am in a frenzy-mode now. I'm not sure when I can get my next run in, but I will try. By next week, I should be able to start getting back to my normal routine. It's amazing how much you miss your normal boring old schedule when you aren't on it for a while!


Happy running everyone!


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Christina

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7/23/14

Running updates, an organized runner, the Fossil Sasha bag

Oh my, it has been a week since I posted. This summer is just flying by and I am finding myself so busy. And we still haven't done our two mini-vacations yet! I had mentioned a while back that I was working on home organization (re-organization) and more painting projects (kitchen island). They are honestly consuming quite a bit of time. Between kiddo out of school, spending more time in the nice outdoor weather, and my organizational projects, I am not online as much. I'm sure many of us SAHM runners are in the same zone. Fortunately, my running has been going well and I have been able to keep to my marathon schedule this summer.


Running updates


I thought I needed to update my readers again on how my running has been going since I changed my method. It's currently going so well! I've posted about this before and I am truly amazed at the difference in my running. My runs are all better, stronger, and more productive. I make almost every run count. Adding extra rest days into my running weeks has made such a huge and noticeable difference - for me - and I think I will always set up my running weeks in this format. With a kiddo out of school, the less run days per week fits that method and I've had a stress-free running schedule all summer since I don't have to find as many child care options. Of course, I could run on the treadmill, but I just don't want to. Long story short, I am back in love with running and enjoy every run!

Still wearing my race hats :)

Long run days and feeling good

A typical run week has lately looked like this:

Week day runs: 5 miles = mile 1 warmup, miles 2-3 steady to tempo, miles 4-5 marathon pace
Longer runs: 8 +/-  miles = mile 1 warmup, miles 2-7+ marathon pace

Before, I would have run more 3 mile runs on week days and needing more of those run days to make up the mileage. Now, I get more miles done in one day, yet still meet the correct weekly mileage goals on my plan, and I have extra rest days. My body is responding so well to the rest. Never underestimate the power of rest and recovery!


An organized runner


I always see joke memes and such on social media related to how we runners have a messy household because all our time is spent running. It is very true! My house isn't actually messy, but for the past several years where I have been becoming a dedicated runner for life, many household projects and organizational needs have been neglected. I think this is fairly common for most of us; we just run out of time to get household tasks done as well.



To be honest, I have a structured and need-for-routine personality. When I was younger, a few classmates would poke fun at my "OCD", as one often liked to call those of us who lean more on the organized personality spectrum. During my elementary years, I loved having my school folders and notebooks tidy and organized, pens just so, etc. My bedroom was never too messy or in disarray. That extended into college years and I had a hard time if I had a roommate who was a complete slob (and oddly enough, those were often my roommates!). I used to think there was something wrong with me since folks like me are often called "OCD" and "anal retentive" (the other lingo of the time). Seriously, I was just made to feel that something was wrong with liking to be organized.

As I got older and began working in the technology career field, I learned that in fact, no, nothing is wrong at all with being organized. In fact, it is highly important once one becomes an adult and enters into the world of work! I'm also pleased to see that the world of organizational products and ideas has really flourished! From Martha Stewart really spearheading a lot of the movement in the United States, to the Europeans giving the world IKEA, and one of my local favorites, the Container Store and Staples, just to name a few, organization has really taken off in a good way.

I've also discovered several organizational Youtube vloggers that have been helping me come up with new ideas. In particular, Alejandra of Home Organization with Alejandra.tv is great with updated organizational concepts and fresh ideas!



Since I've been neglecting areas of my house with running consuming most of my spare time, I'm now trying to get back into my organizational projects and many of my to-do lists. I'm also realizing these aren't going to be overnight projects, but rather months of work. I need to compartmentalize and take it all one room/project at a time. Here is an example of what is on my to-do list:


  • Master closet remodel to utilize space better and contain sweater/cardigan storage better
  • Kitchen island build and kitchen cabinet refresh/reorganize
  • Create my craft/home office space back upstairs rather than keep downstairs in main living area
  • Reorganize formal living/dining space and change furniture layout


The Fossil Sasha bag


I had a birthday not too long ago (after age 40 they aren't exciting to mention) and I knew I wanted to either treat myself to some new jewelry or a new purse. When it comes to style, I will spend decent money on a good purse, a good shoe (and obviously good running shoes!), and good jewelry. Shirts and bottoms, usually from Target or so :)  I hemmed and hawed a bit on a purse decision and stumbled upon the Fossil "Sasha" during a big Macy's sale. I have been looking for a warm brown larger crossbody for the Fall season for a long time and this one actually matched to what I've been looking for! I've been trying to find one similar via Coach, but Fossil fit my needs better. I do like the Kate Spade Cobble Hill Curtis and had that come in a warmer brown, I may have gone that route, but I'm happy with this bag. I think it will be a good August-November bag. The Kate Spade Cobble Hill Curtis bag in black may go on my Christmas wish list if it is still available ;)


The Fossil Sasha bag


Happy running everyone!


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Christina

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7/13/14

Running race hats, new makeup, detoxing after the holiday

Hello! I'm wrapping up my week with a quiet Sunday morning, a cup of coffee, and a nice rest day. I ran all of my planned miles for the week, had a sports chiro and massage therapy appointment, and did a little shopping, Our daughter is back from Grandma's and we've since had a few swimming pool days as well. All in all, a nice summer time week! We have two trips coming up in a couple weeks so things will get busy soon. I'm trying not to look too far ahead on my running training plan (that usually freaks me out), but I do know I'll have to juggle a few runs when we go on our trips. I'll cross that path as it arrives :)

Running race hats


I've been wearing my running race hats lately during this summer. Since I've let my hair grow longer, it ponytails nicely and the hats have been useful in keeping the sun off of my face a bit. I used to never wear hats much because I always felt they overheated my head, but I seem ok with them now. I have so many hats from goodie race bags! I chose my Air Force Marathon series hat this weekend for inspiration. Plus, that half marathon is my next planned race. I also ordered a new pair of Saucony Cortana 3s and they arrived. I like all 3 colors they made for this model! (white, blue, and bright orange)

Wearing my race hats for inspiration

New makeup


One of my upcoming trips is an important family wedding out in Washington DC. Since I'm part of the immediate family and will be in professional photos, I realized I needed to get some new makeup in order. I usually don't wear too much makeup on a day-to-day basis, but lately I've been experimenting more with new-to-me products. You know how you get in a makeup rut and wear the same thing for years? Then all of a sudden you realize you got older and your skin changes and you need different things? One new item I picked up this weekend, with the help of the makeup ladies in Macy's, is the Urban Decay Flushed Bronzer and Blush. I had originally gone in with the notion of a different product based on my online research, but this one was clearly the better choice for me. With my coloring and summer skin, it really set well on my face and I liked that you actually get two products in one (nicer for the pocketbook). The company is cruelty-free as well so that made me happy. I wish Clinique would get there ...




Detoxing after the Fourth holiday


We've also been detoxing from last weekend's holiday eating! My goal this week was to make sure we all had plenty of healthy greens :)

Detoxing after the holiday



Happy running everyone!



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Christina

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7/8/14

Running without obsessing, purposeful blog posts, home projects

Hello! The holiday is over and we're back to a regular week with rainy and humid weather. I'm actually a little glad to be back into somewhat of a routine. Well, with school not in session, routine isn't what we technically have, but we have a quiet week with some of our regular activities - running (in between rains), tennis, and Taekwondo. I finished up week 2 of this marathon training plan and am feeling good. Of course, it's just the beginning ;)

Running without obsessing


One thing I'm really noticing is a major mental shift for me as a runner. I had another "Runnerversary" on July 1st, and I was kind of ambivalent to it. A year or two ago, it was a milestone! Now, running is so much a part of my regular life that it isn't as earth-shattering. Does that make sense? And I like that it is part of my regular life. It's just something I need to do, like brush my teeth, cook dinner, run 8 or so miles, just a part of my normal now. In fact, I don't even frantically log all my mileage now right away. I just look at my plan, run what needs to be run, and then maybe once a week update my logs. If something starts hurting, I stop running for a while. I rest more between runs, yet seem to make my weekly mileage goals without a problem. Running has just become simple for me now and I don't feel the need to obsess. That's a good thing :)

Wearing my race series inspiration hat during the Full Marathon training!

Wearing my inspiration race series hat during full marathon training


Purposeful blog posts


I've been only posting on here twice a week lately, but that is mostly because I do have a kiddo out of school, we have warm weather, and we are just busy. I've also been tackling so many home projects while the weather works in my favor. I know the Google traffic SEO experts would frown, but honestly, daily or every other day blogging becomes kind of repetitive. I feel that I rather wait until I have something more interesting to post about than to continuously post the same thing over and over like "I ran, then I ran again, then I ate oatmeal, then I ran". I'm feeling the need to post less frequently during the week, but to post more purposeful posts when I do post.

Date time with hubby at our favorite Korean restaurant after our long run day on Saturday!

Lunch date at our favorite Korean restaurant


Home projects


Since I finished up an old furniture repurpose paint job last month, I've got a new BIG project going on. We're going to build our own kitchen island! Our kitchen is fairly large if we get rid of the dining table we have stuffed in it and actually use the dining room in our house for dining. We need more workspace in the kitchen! Oh my ... it is exciting yet overwhelming, but I know we can tackle it. We're going to build the base ourselves (since I'm a 'self-made painting expert by now' and hubby is a 'crafty fellow when he wants to be'); however, we'll have the countertop professionally done. We're going to put in a kitchen-grade wood counter for the island and we're using stock cabinets from Home Depot for the base because quite frankly, I've done a full professional kitchen remodel before in a previous house and I have no intention to ever spend that ridiculous amount of money again. The plan is for the island to look something like this in a similar size, but in a creamy off-white and without the legs:

 Free standing kitchen island




















Happy running everyone! 



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Christina

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