I've traveled a long way on foot, both in training, and doing ultramarathons in remote parts of the world. And I've come to realize the most important aspect of the journey isn't the actual physical distance I cover. It's the emotions I uncover. Because when we're struggling, any of us, and on our own in the middle of nowhere, the facades--what we put on while others watch--come crashing down.
Adversity brings out the truth. It exposes the most raw, vulnerable and honest version of us. It can be unsettling, though, to look that deep into our soul and see who we really are. But it's also profound. In fact, I think it's necessary, because it's where we find our real voice. So we'd better come to peace with that version of us; and learn to respect and trust it. In the end, it's the only journey that matters.
Ended the week with 8 easy miles and an Epsom salt bath. This week seemed to get harder as it went on and I even took an unscheduled rest day on Friday because I did not have the energy to battle the 20 mph winds we were having just to get in 6 miles. So, I’m ending the week a bit short on my total mileage goal, but overall it was a strong week. I try to look back at each week and ask the following:
✨Did my workouts go well (speed and long run)?
If so, great, let’s replicate what I did on those workouts this past week and take it into next week (with respect to fuel, prep, recovery etc).
If they didn’t, what did I learn and what can I do differently (mentally or physically)?
✨How do I feel overall?
Do I see the week as a success? If so, what helped it be that way? Better sleep? Good recovery and self care? Keep doing that! If not, what can I change? Can I get more sleep or eat better next week so I can succeed?
My big workouts went well this week. I nailed my speed work and came out of my long run with confidence. Skipping a run bc of weather is pretty unlike me. I’d usually just hit up the treadmill, but didn’t even feel like the run was worth it and that was because I’d had a few rough nights of sleep and was just worn down. Focusing on sleep throughout this coming week! How’d the week go for you?? 📷: @dualr
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Finally got around to putting up a cork board from Hobby Lobby to display all my favorite running bibs. Have to admit, decorating a #paincave has been slow but fun and rewarding process 😁
1 Mile @ 9:36 Pace
55 Minutes Weights
Week five of #marathontraining will bring about some much harder runs, so the #runstreak and rest days, lifting, and stretching priorities will be mixing it up for March. 😊🙏
Short one today as operation cold/sick recovery continues. Today’s shoe was a new one, the @brooksrunning Levitate looking super flashy.
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You guys! I just ate this and it was sooo yummy and satisfying! I call this “Chicken -with-all-the-veggies-you-have- left- in-your fridge-Stew”! 231 Cals , super healthy and such a simple meal that totally hit the spot tonite! 😋
I couldn’t have asked for this run to go any better today! I had a 3 mile warmup to do so I decided to run those 3 with my daughters! Then 5 miles @ 8:28 avg, with a 2 mile cool down. We finally had a break in the rain and I was able to get outside without getting washed away! Loved the sunshine! I had to take a few days off of running this week so I was nervous about how this run might go, but maybe a few days off was just what I needed! Alamo 13.1 is one week away! I’m so excited to run the streets of San Antonio!! #coltstrong#marathontraining#sundayrunday#bibchat#bibravepro#runningmylife
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The Cowtown Marathon!! In summary... Ouch. 😥😵 Man, I'm still kind of in shock! I can honestly say, I gave it my ALL... I was alternating between hyperventilating and crying for the whole last mile and for a good 30 minutes after the race. After missing the crazy cutoff for Boston this year, I don't know how confident I feel about "only" a 4:04 cushion, but I will absolutely take it!!! 🏃♀️🤞💛💙💛💙
W12D7 (230/1400): Race day produced me a new half marathon PR of 1:46:49! That's a 1 minute 30 second improvement! WOO! I tried to keep up with the Galloway 1:45 pacer but that didn't happen. I don't know what possessed me to try that. My heart is generally stronger than my legs and that doesn't bode well for Galloway but hey, now we know. I dropped off from them half way through the race and just did my own thing to the end! Happy #SundayRunday Princesses!
Goooood Sunday morning 💓. Wat heb ik een leuk weekend gehad zeg. Vrijdag bij de presentatie van de nieuwe EP van mijn lieve vriendjes van @cookhousemusic geweest (check it out on Spotify 🎵). Wat een feest weer.
Heb er even van bij moeten komen, dus ben ik een tijdje offline geweest 😁. Vandaag weer tijd voor actie. Het weer dat zo aan ons wordt gepresenteerd is écht GEWELDIG. 🌳 Dus geniet van deze prachtige dag en ga ervoor! Happy Sunday 🌴🌺. xx
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Wat een heerlijk hardloopweertje is het toch vandaag!!☀️Super lekker gelopen en meteen goed begonnen met mijn training voor de halve marathon! Yes, ik ga er weer eentje lopen!🏃🏼♀️Over 15 weken sta ik aan de start van de halve marathon in Zwolle! Zin in! #letthegamesbegin#hardlopen#sundayrunday
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Despite feeling good on course, I came away with a disappointing finish time. But that is over shadowed by the fact I’ve completed my 1st Abbott’s World Marathon Major!!! 1 down, 5 to go 😀
Time for a well earned rest before focusing on rebuilding for #gcm18
Huge congratulations to @tashruns4evan@andrealrunner@mamamarmalade for their great runs!
“Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.”
I needed this run more for my heart than anything. My anxiety and PPD have been horrible lately and I’m consumed by fear in a lot of different areas. But running is my happy place. Running is my safe place. I can transform my fears into speed.
8 miles sort of easy and 10 at MP. 619 ft elevation gain. All on a beautiful day that felt like fall in Nebraska.
Running is home. ♥️
Richland Run Fest- first half of 2018 ✅ No PR today, but a nice course mostly along the Columbia River with a detour into the desert! Warmer than home, but still cold and windy. I had a tough time warming up after today’s race⛄️ What are your favorite ways to warm up after a chilly run or race?