9 miles

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Things to remember:

don’t skip dinner the night before the long run, no matter how upset your stomach feels.

bring extra fuel on the long run even though you’re packing Tailwind (and replace the chews you drop on your way out the door, even if it means starting a few minutes later than planned).

ALWAYS bring a few bucks so you can buy extra water on the way when you run out (thank goodness for that secret $5 bill in the fuel belt) ( and don’t forget to replace the secret $5 bill in the fuel belt).

wear belaga socks on the long run. Your toenails will thank you.

Running skirts are the best.

The Kindness of Strangers

Who knew just a few words from a passing stranger could be the catalyst for getting your mojo back?

I went to Kean U. on Wednesday for a Rick Smith professional development workshop. When it was over, I walked the bazillion steps to my car, turned it on and put all the windows down. While I was getting my gps connected and finding my way home, a man walked by and as he did he called out

“Keep running! I can tell by your bumper stickers!”

and continued on his way.

I yelled out “thank you!”

And that was the end of our interaction.

When I got home I had mulled over the unconditional love of the running community and realized that it had been nearly three weeks since I last ran.

Then I realized that in September I would be coaching a Girls on the Run team. How can I coach girls to run, if I can’t even get my ass outside for a short 2-4 miles??

So I had planned to get up on Thursday, go do my tutoring and hit the park.

But then…. I had a headache Wednesday eve. A terrible migraine. Probably one of the worst I have had in over a year. I tossed and turned all night, alternately sweating and shivering. I woke up with only a tickle of a headache and was able to go about my day. I headed out to tutor.

I decided to come home after and rest for the afternoon….and I did….. but then I realized that some stranger told me to “keep running” ……. FullSizeRender.jpg

so I did.

9 miles coming up this weekend.

I’ve got this.

#vibrantlife

Two Weeks…

was exactly what I needed to reset and recharge…

 

brief recap/photobomb of vacation:

Spent a week visiting my sister and the little hooligans I love so much. I got so much love from them, it’s hopefully enough to sustain me the 6ish months until I see them again!

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We had such a great time with them…. and I loved spending so much time with my sister.  ❤

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After that, husbandface and I drove across the state to visit my dad in West Palm area…. and we, OF COURSE, got some beach time, alligators, and loads of family time.

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Also somewhere in there we took the hooligans to Legoland, where their aunt and uncle took them on all the rides…. these kids freaking love rollar coasters… Oh to have no fear like them!

 

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(fyi- this is what 25 pounds of weight loss looks like! WOOHOO!!)

 

A great trip, in which I didn’t run at all b/c it was basically 90 degrees or higher from the moment i woke up everyday…… Eh. I’ll get back to it this week, now that I’m home and it’s significantly cooler/less humid here!

What a vibrant two weeks! And still 2 weeks left of summer vacation!

WOOHOO!

 

(oh, and kitty update- she is doing just fine and totally made it two weeks without me! I have the best husband ever who took such amazing care of both pets while I was away)

(he came to Florida for the weekend in the middle of the two weeks but the rest of the time he was home)

How Many Steps…?

Some couple friends of mine (as in two people married to each other “couple”) got Garmins…. so now we are  in a steps challenge.

When did I get so god damned competitive?

I am currently 17,000 steps ahead. And I think it ends tomorrow.

This challenge has pushed me to stick to my training so well this week! I managed to meet or exceed my 10,000 steps per day goal 5 out of 7 days- mostly exceeding by 2000-9000 steps. I don’t know what got into me!

But I haven’t felt this good at the end of a week in a while.

Training on track all week, and hit my goal of 7.5 miles today! (which ended up being over 16,000 steps!).

AND my pace wasn’t that bad, and I ran a faster 10k than last time 🙂 I am freaking thrilled.

Tonight movies, tomorrow the beach, and Monday….VACATION.

I plan to take a little running break this first week of vaca, give my achy IT band a little bit o rest….. then hit a couple of short runs the second week when I travel down to South Florida for the remainder of my trip.

Oh man. It’s gonna be FRAKKING HOT down there!

Cannot wait to get away! It may be a solid two weeks before I post again, but have no fear, if something awesome happens, I’ll try to get something posted from my phone. xoxo

Also, please, everyone say a little prayer that kitty doesn’t decide to cross the bridge while I’m away……please.

Thanks!

Keep it Vibrant!

The Feels

This has been a really good week for me. I have gotten several runs in and am feeling way more positive and happy than I have in a long time.

Husbandface and I were talking, and I was telling him how I haven’t felt this positive about my training in a long time. And the more we talked, the more I looked back at my  running and life and I realized that sometime around 3.5-4 years ago, my running began to suffer, and become a chore, and my mood took a turn for the not great.

They say that autoimmune diseases can be percolating inside you for years before diagnosis…. perhaps that is when things started to go sideways, but so slowly we can only see it in hindsight? I’m not sure, but I am beginning to believe that a lot of the issues I’ve had healthwise the last few years can all be simmered right down to Hashimoto’s.

Fatigue, hair loss, swollen joints, depression, anxiety, weight/metabolism issues, all of it. Hashi’s has so many symptoms…. and all along I’ve been treating those symptoms, but not finding the cause for all of them. Regarding symptoms, this article was very enlightening!

In other news, I ran my fastest 5k in YEARS yesterday!


AND my fastest mile since probably 2014!

 

I have 7 miles on the agenda for tomorrow. Probably going to run it in the rain, b/c the thought of running in the cool rain is way more appealing than 80 degrees and sunny on Sunday! I am feeling like my training is right on track.

I registered for the Brooklyn Rock and Roll half…..it’s in October.

I’m considering the Navy Air Force Half in DC in September (this was my first and only half back in 2015 as my training run for the marathon)… so I feel like I am in such good shape, I should try it again and see if I can do better! I’m still not sure.

Kitty is doing as well as can be expected, fluids/insulin/new food is working…. for now.

And Monday I leave for a 2 week vacation in Florida… I’m just hoping she doesn’t die while I’m away. But that’s a discussion for another time.

 

Stay Vibrant!

On Fire….

I have been feeling really good this week. So far. Yeah, I know, it’s only Tuesday. 🙂

I hit the weekend with a nice quiet Friday night, with the intention of getting up at the butt crack of dawn to get my long run in.

Nope. Didn’t happen.  I tutored Saturday morn, then lounged around all day doing a whole lot of nothing. (also? it was about 385,493,384 degrees outside!)

Sunday was the long run, 6ish miles. I can’t remember the last time I ran 6 miles, so I was nervous….

I got up at 5:30am….. and managed to get some food in me, strap on my fuel belt, make sure my water bottles were full of Tailwind, and get out the door by 6:15ish.


6.1 miles. Done. I was so freaking proud of myself.  I kept up my intervals for the long run.  I think my plan is to run whatever during the week, and stick with the intervals for the long runs.  It seems to help me keep the energy up throughout the miles, and gives my poor autoimmune diseased body a chance to take a break now and then… maybe eventually I’ll do away with the intervals, but prob not in the marathon training….

Today though, I threw the intervals out the window and ran my fastest 5k in a while! 42 minutes…. my 5k PR is 36 minutes, but I haven’t even come close to that in YEARS. I’m actually ok with it, I don’t mind being slow. I know I’m out there getting it done, rather than home reminiscing about the old days when I was a runner. I am just happy that I can still do it, and that I haven’t allowed my age/state of mind to steal my vibrant lifestyle….. b/c I feel like this life….these last 4 or 5 years…. have been some of the best years of my life.

 

At any rate,

Thats me today. I’m not feeling the itch to write more than that. I’m happier, kitty is still seeming to thrive on her new fluid/insulin/food regimen, and as long as she’s happy, I’m happy.