Running Thoughts and Last Week
Running Thoughts. Man. Running is so much harder with a kid and full time job, in the summer heat/humidity, haha. Who knew?! I’ve been riding the mental struggle bus lately and I need to snap out of it. I’ll be in the middle of a tempo run and question why it’s so damn hard, when I used to be able to push myself in that same situation. Maybe by paces are too aggressive or I’m starting out too fast. I had a great run with Jolene last week and I let her dictate the pace (she’s fast). I didn’t look at my watch and just ran. It was a good mental boost that I CAN run faster.
She (Jolene) has been a saving grace for me. As we all know, the mental aspect of running is HUGE. Her and Todd give me THE BEST motivational/pep talks. I keep forgetting that I popped a baby out 7.5 months ago and before that was on bed rest and before that was on the elliptical exclusively. But then my mind tells me that there are other women out there killing it post partum, so why can’t I? Ahhh the comparison game is so evil and adds to my struggle.
My run Sunday was TOUGH and my Garmin screen was set wrong and I couldn’t tell what paces I was running my tempos at. I thought I was doing them too slow and come to find out I was doing them too fast- which would explain why I couldn’t hit my last two tempos (which were actually the paces I SHOULD have been running the first 4 at.) I pushed hard and finished, but I’d be holding back the truth if I didn’t tell you I questioned (out loud to the girl I was running with) whether or not I could do this marathon. See- struggle bus. To top it off, I chaffed SO BAD…
And yes, I used Body Glide. It actually looks worse today. Overall, I’m proud of that run and realize that I did better than I thought, but the fact that it was so tough mentally scares me a bit. Sorry for all the running word vomit. Guess I had more on my mind than I thought 😉
Vietnamese Lunch. As my training plan ramps up and I have a few midweeks runs that are long and tough. I had a 14 miler last week on Wednesday and then had to go into work- sheesh! Todd picked us up some yummy banh mi’s, a bun and beef pho to refuel. It was DELISH! They make the rolls in house. You know how important the bread component is for me, haha. If you’re in Tampa, definitely check out Thinh An Kitchen & Tofu!
Independence Day. I never posted a picture of Kara’s cute 4th of July outfit! The back has a crocheted (super weird word) section. It’s really cute 🙂