Hello.

Hello.  Anyone still there?

It’s been awhile!  Life has been busy.  And good.

The biggest change is with my Twin Cities training.  I ended up stopping the plan I was doing (even though I LOVED it – and will definitely try it again for a different marathon).  Instead, I ended up joining a new running group.  It’s a bit of a hike from my house, so I am hit or miss on making the workouts, but I felt like I needed the fun and social and mental support that a group provides.

It’s a large group!  Here we are at our long run this morning:

tc running group

Though our actual running group is much smaller because they divide us into 3 groups based on pace.  So far, so good.  Its exactly what I need.  A good mix of challenging and easy runs, a good group of people and something different.

I am starting week 6 of the 16 week program.   Whee.

Things I know I need to focus on:

  • Core.
  • Eating better.
  • Making sure to do my stretching, warm ups/cool downs and PT exercises

I am love love LOVING every second of my running this summer.  It is so great to not only be back to running, but to be back to training.  I am SO excited to actually run another marathon this fall.

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Random cliche life thought:  I am SUCH a big believer in “Things work out the way they are meant to be”.  There are a handful of things that are so so challenging right now.  But there are also many things that are going better than I ever imagined.  I feel like I’m in the right place right now.  Heading in the direction things are meant to head.  End of random life thoughts.

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Life Lessons From My Stress Fracture

The time off of running while recovering from my stress fracture taught me a lot:

How to manage and overcome anger.

How to turn my frustration into something positive.

How to deal with disappointment.

How to be patient.

Turns out these are handy things to know for life’s unexpected “injuries” too.

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Happy National Running Day!

Who knew there was a DAY created just to celebrate running?!?  I celebrate running every day!

running day

 

I am LOVING my Twin Cities Marathon training. Wheeee!

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Breathe.

Crossing out stress and writing relax on a blackboard.

Thank god I have running right now.  Deep breaths.

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Let the Training Begin!

Tomorrow is the big day.  My Twin Cities Marathon training is kicking off.

I LOVE the start of a new marathon training cycle.  I love the discipline involved with training – getting up early and getting my run in.  Eating (somewhat) better.  Drinking (somewhat) less.  Making fitness and health a priority, which in turn makes me happier and more productive in other areas of life.

Starting a new marathon training cycle is even more sweet this time, after nearly a YEAR off of true marathon training, thanks to multiple stress fractures and other health and life issues.  I am feeling really good – with solid base mileage under my belt, strong legs and lungs, and a positive attitude.

I am also very excited about the training plan that I’ll be following this time.  After looking through the ones that I’ve previously followed (Daniels, Pfitz, Lifetime, Coach MG plan, Hansons), I have decided to go with something completely different.  I’ll be following the Ultimate 26.2 Level Up Marathon Training Plan by my besties from Run The Edge.

level up

Huh?

Can a training plan that looks like a hyped up version of Chutes and Ladders seriously prepare me for running 26.2 miles?  Stay tuned.  I’ll be sharing more details about the plan, and why I chose it, in future blog posts.*

Wheeee!  Let the training begin!

*Disclaimer: Run the Edge gave me the training plan free.  I’d like to think it’s because these elite author runners recognize talent and charm when they see it.  In truth, I think they may be a bit afraid of my stalker like obsession with them and they thought free stuff might appease me.

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I Believe in Pink

pink

Someone sent me a link to a bunch of Audrey Hepburn quotes that they thought I would like.  I loved this one:

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”  - Audrey Hepburn

Since I, too, believe in pink, it made me want to put together my own “I believe” statement.  So, lucky blog readers, here you go, here’s what I believe in:

I believe in pink. I believe in waking up with the birds and starting the day with a run. I believe that sometimes you have to just trust your heart and take a leap of faith. I believe in having a passion.  I believe in second chances. I believe in eating dessert before dinner, just in case you get too full. I believe that if you want something to happen, the best way to make it happen is to do it yourself. I believe in kismet. I believe in chocolate.

Everyone should have their own belief statement. What do YOU believe in?

chocolate

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