I’m not feeling great. Just a little run down with some tummy issues. I pushed my goal pace run back and just did an easy run today with the pup. I walked my warm up and cool down and just kept the pace very slow and easy. And I brought along my @aftershokz Aeropex (so comfy) and My Favorite Murder to keep me company. I love listening to podcasts on my easy days with my @aftershokz. Heading to bed early tonight to try and get some rest.
I am FEELING BETTER! 🙌🏼🙌🏼 After yesterday’s morning run ended after a mile due to my stomach hurting I did manage to run 3 more miles yesterday evening, but my stomach still hurt a bit and I took it very easy and slow. My legs also felt really heavy and sluggish last night. I think my stomach problem was because I didn’t eat solid food for over 24 hours and during that time I totally emptied my guts out being sick. So any time I ate yesterday my stomach just kinda hurt, in a bloaty gassy way. It wasn’t pleasant but today it’s been back to normal after a full day of eating regular food again. Tonight’s run felt really good and I threw a few short pickups in since I had planned on doing a last workout on Monday before my half this Saturday, which I didn’t do, because #barfing and #fever. Still holding out hope I can put together a decent race on Saturday even though apparently the universe hates me, lol. I normally take the day off running two days before a race, which is tomorrow, and I think I am still going to do that even though Sunday and Monday were unexpected days off. Might as well ride this taper train allllll the way in, ha.
#ad I am proud to be partnering with @ASICS in their initiative to promote a strong mind and body thru physical fitness. How does running make me feel my best physically and mentally? •It reduces stress •Clears your mind •Decreases symptoms of depression •Alleviates anxiety •Improves brain function •Increases productivity •Gets creative juices flowing •Gives you more confidence •Boosts your mood •Improves sleep So when I am asked why I run, the question should be why don’t you run? #gt2000 8 #asics#rawarrior#ironwillironjill
2 more miles at work to complete a weeklong run streak. It’s crazy to think that this wouldn’t have been a big deal 6 months ago, but since starting over after being sick, it’s almost shocking to me that I actually can get these miles in!
We’ve officially been homeowners for 2 months 🎉 •• I knew I would love living with Q but it’s seriously the best! One of my fav things is how Q makes it a point to sit down for dinner at the table every night. . •• This is so important to me! I grew up with a family that sat at the dinner table and so did he. . •• &&& having @cleaneatzknoxville meal prepped meals for the week gives us more time to do our work and workouts, spend time in the house & together, and the only thing I have to worry about is planning dinner. . •• Does your family sit down at the dinner table?? What’s your favorite thing about living with your significant other?? #ad
I’m about to make your day with a few things about today’s run: • 1. I ended up on the wrong side of the river and had to backtrack only find out that I just didn’t look hard enough for the path that would have gotten me home on time. #directionallychallenged 2. I ended up finishing my run no where near home because of the backtrack so I had to Uber home so I could pick up my kids sort of on time 🤦♀️ (hence the pic at my kids skipping) 3. It was a long run. And I had to pee. Thought I was safe under this bridge. I WAS NOT SAFE. Mid pee I turn around and there’s a biker. I kept peeing. He kept riding. No one said a thing. I can only imagine the story he’s telling his friends right now. There’s my white ass hanging out as he turns a corner 😳😳• • 22.71km in 2:12:02, average pace of 5:49. • • • • 🏃🏼♀️💨💨💨 #run#running#runner#runhappy#runyyc#instarunner#instarunners#motherrunner#womensrunning#strongasamother#newbalancerunning#nopausesquad#adventuresofpaula
There’s something incredibly special about your first marathon. You never forget it. There’s all the feels. It’s an incredible experience and so so special ❤️ And @relentlessrunners athlete Sarah just ran her first marathon in Chicago on Sunday and did SO amazing! All the coaches were able to see and cheer her on at mile 1 and again at mile 26 and to see her pushing herself through the pain was so inspiring!! She started having muscle cramps in her legs around mile 23, so bad that she stopped and couldn’t bend her legs. A woman ran over to her from the sidelines and started massaging her legs and said to her, “you’re GOING to finish.” Sarah kept telling herself that and then the cramping eased up and kept running to finish in 4:19:51 🔥🔥 Awesome job @sayshow09
Suddenly it’s winter and friggin pitch black by the time I finish my run, so indoor selfie it is. 6 miles! I’m not doing any official speed work during this cycle except for goal pace runs on alternating Saturdays, but I am going to try Hal’s 3/1 method if I have extra left in the tank during the last quarter of some of the runs. I did tonight and kicked this baby up a notch the last two miles, and it felt REAL good.
I’m at the point in training where coffee consumption is at an all time high. There’s always a source of carbs nearby. I seem to always be charging my headphones or Garmin. My bag of running clothes is a staple in my getting ready for work routine. . I don’t have much to say about this one. My legs felt tired for 80% of the workout and the cold, windy, rainy weather didn’t help, but I’ve got a marathon on my mind. I kept repeating “how bad do you want this?” to myself during my repeats and it helped me climb out of those tough points. . 2 miles up 3x 2 miles @ threshold (7:55, 7:57) (7:55, 7:55) (7:55, 7:55) 2 miles down
Fall evening run 🏃🏼♀️🍃🍂 Always keep moving forward. Did I have the energy? NO. Was I as fast as I used to be in my 30’s? NO. But I press on, keep on, move on, and carry on. Did you know some toxins only come out through sweat? Well, that includes emotional toxins too, I would guess. Fall is a great time for changes. 💪🏻🍂🍃✝️#motivation #inspiration#runnersofinstagram#womensrunning#itsfallyall#fitnessover40
Favorite gym, favorite corner, favorite thing to do. I was asked to today if I’m struggling returning to running and lifting. I answered honestly too. Yes, yes I am. I’m not where I was before, but I’m not far from where I know I can go. Comparison is the thief of joy and we all easily fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others or even our former selves. Be kind to yourself and meet yourself where you are at right now.
I’m not sure what was going on these last few days, but I am glad to be on the other side of it, for the most part. Since Sunday I have been feeling weak, lightheaded, and my stomach was just in knots. I’m not sure if it was a short flu thing, food issues, or some other reaction, but it feels good to feel better! . Now, I do suspect that I have a nutritional imbalance. More so, an iron deficiency and I’ll know more about that after getting my blood results back soon, but whatever it ends up showing, I can’t wait to be feeling 💯 %. . Just a few days out from #rocknrolldenver . Speaking of, who’s your favorite Rock band/artist? I really love it all, but #1 is AC/DC! Happy Wednesday friends!
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