First off, Rediscover Joy👉 (Being 'with' more, laughing more, racing more)
- Grade: A-
- Being 'with' more: This one has opened my eyes to how important relationships are to me; even as an introvert. I don't think I ever really realized that. From family to friends to co-workers to running buddies - - people matter, a lot to me. I like deep relationships with few and genuine relationships with many; where both sides truly invest. Whether it was more frequent or more consistent connects, more check-ins, or long over-due re-connects....the past 6 months have been awesome. People can and do fill your heart (*I am not stupid, I know they can do the opposite too, that's why you choose wisely) 💗
|Whether it's work buddies...|
|or hot pizza dates with this guy?|
|or running week in and week out with the old crew...|
|or adding new ones to the crew....|
|...or long overdue reconnects.|
- Laughing more: Absolutely. I have not laughed so much or so hard, so often in a long time. 120% of this goes to Justin. While I am often the butt of the jokes or commentary😖 I can also dish it out pretty fast...but I guess more than anything I don't understand how I lived life without him. We celebrate 2 years in less than a month, and I was the one nervous about marriage; and now I don't know what I would do without it.
|From playing sports, to watching sports....only thing with Justin is he (actually along with my coach) don't understand bets, and paying up when you lose. Maybe it's a male thing.|
|anything for free stuff 😜|
- Racing more: Well, not so much, Boston didn't happen, and thus all the races leading up to it never happened either. And that was rough. But, I am probably the strongest and healthiest I have been in a long time now, and actually just got my first race under my belt last weekend. I went to Chicago for the Spring Half Marathon with a goal of 1:25 in my head. It came pretty easily through 7, with my splits dead on 6:23/6:24, without much effort. At around 7 you hit the lakefront, and the wind had different plans for me. That was miserable. I tried to refocus and race not for time, but for place, a true race. And I ended up 1st in AG, and 6th overall, which for a bigger race, I'll take. I left, confident in my fitness, and excited that I was on the right path.
|The lack of fans in Chicago, tells you how cold, windy it was - that city is usually electric with their fans! Even so, I don't regret it, because it ended with finish line hugs from mom❤|
- Grade: B (solid)
- This is a tough one for me, but owning it, has made me think twice before I do anything. I'm getting older 👀 but I find myself so much more tired now than I ever have been. Work, travel, training wipe me, by Wednesday, I cannot wait for my Saturday nap! I am much more intentional about not working as much at night, being okay just sitting watching movies with Justin, and leaving that load of laundry or unswiffered floor until I have more energy😊 And I think it has actually helped my running, I am not burning it so hard, all the time. Unfortunately, with work/travel it's hard to really have balance and so be it, I love what I do, and it works for me, and I do my best to manage the ebbs and flos to enable recovery.
- I think I also have found a great thing with my PTs @ Spooner PT. I see Torrey and Brian once a week for a tune-up and strengthening/stability work. They are so vested in me and my dream; I sincerely feel like they rebuilt me and genuinely care about getting me there. I look forward to Monday nights with them.
- I started Cryotherapy ( by recommendation of Brian) - at USCryotherapy; and man has that made a huge difference for me. I could and probably will write a whole blog in it because of the amount of questions I have gotten around it; but for me I really feel like it has decreased the overall level of inflammation in my body, and enabled me to get ahead of negative inflammation and feeling really good.
|That'd be me running in -180 degrees! You have to keep moving so you don't get frost on your eyelids (Or at least I do!)|
Third, Regain my mental Mojo.
- Grade: B-
- On the one hand I just got off the phone with my coach, Adam, and he said, I quote, "you need to be less cocky"- now granted that was in regards to a bet I had with him, that I won, and just like Justin, he denies it, (*must be a male thing, see above), but still that's swagger 😉
- And in regards to running when I get the prescribed paces, workouts, I don't get the anxiety/fear I used to, in fact, I kind of like the tempo run now! In the bigger picture, I see that after everything - that I can handle a split/pace.
- Even after my first race back last week, it didn't go as planned, and I honestly can tell you, it didn't really bother me. I felt how I wanted to feel through 7 miles, weather I can't control, and I knew, and was confident enough to know, the result was not indicative of my current fitness. Now, am I ready to qualify yet, heck no, but headed in the right direction, yep.
- So, where I lack, is the bigger picture, of truly believing I will and can achieve my dream. Letting it all play out, trusting the training, believing in the run. Feeling really far off still.