Lately…

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Lately…It appears that maybe spring is here.  I did my first run of the season in a tank and shorts yesterday.  When I was getting dressed for the run, I realized that I have 2 short sleeve workout shirts (besides race t-shirts).  I never think to buy short sleeves.  I go straight from long sleeves to tanks.  Does anyone else do that?

Lately…I’m in need of a new lip balm to wear when I’m running, hiking, biking or outside.  Can anyone recommend a great lip balm with SPF?  More specifically one that doesn’t taste like I’m eating chemicals and doesn’t need to be reapplied every 5 minutes?

Lately…I’m still goal-less.  I was wavering about running the New England Mountain Series.  The big draw back was that most of the races are far away, like 3 hours away.  I’d have to do 6 of the 8 to get an automatic entry into Mount Washington next year.  That was my whole point in doing the series.  Since I hemmed and hawed too much, the decision was made for me.  The first race sold out a few days before I decided to do it. That kind of sealed the deal.  Weekends are already crazy with kid sports.  Adding in 6 hours of travel time for a race (that is relatively short), doesn’t seem worth it to me.

Lately…there is a chance that I might do THIS race.  We potentially will be in Michigan at that time.  The race has been on my radar for years so maybe this is the year.  If I do it, it’ll most likely be the marathon.  But we’ll see what happens in the next month. Why does a trail marathon sound appealing to me but a road marathon is a definite NO right now?  Hahaha!

 

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Lately…I’m still scared to train for anything.  I think that’s why I can’t pick one race to go after.  Running is going very well but I still have fears that I’m not over that hump yet in the injury comeback.  For instance, after Sunday’s 12 mile trail run, my toes, feet and ankles were feeling pretty sore.  Not hurt, just fatigued from running muddy trails.  But if you could have heard the thoughts in my head…did I sprain my ankle again?…it feels tight.  It doesn’t feel good to push on that…is it a stress fracture?  When stuff like that pops up, I question everything and fear slams on the breaks of any progress I had made.

Lately…I’ve been loving how light it is in the morning.  I was at the gym on Monday morning and was shocked to see shadows from the sun.  It didn’t do that last week!  Crazy how much daylight we are gaining each day.  I LOVE IT!

Lately…I’ve been reading actual physical books!  Amazing, right?  Years ago, I picked up Jay Dicharry’s first book, Anatomy for Runners (affiliate link), and got some great injury prevention ideas.  His newer book, Running Rewired, (affiliate link) is even better with more exercises and workouts for stability, strength and speed.  I’ve been incorporating a lot of the exercises and have noticed a difference.  I highly recommend it to any runner.

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The other book I’m reading is North by Scott and Jenny Jurek.  I’ve been of fan of his for years since we are practically related anyway (see THIS post if you are wondering what I’m talking about).  When he broke the speed record for the Appalachian Trail in 2015, I followed along with his journey on social media.  It was amazing to see his transformation along the grueling trail and to now read all the behind the scenes info. Another highly recommend book to read for inspiration.

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12 comments on “Lately…

  1. I can totally relate about not wanting to commit to train for a race! I never seem to wear short sleeves when running. I got one Athleta t-shirt this winter that Ive been wearing for layering and occasional treadmill runs, but I doubt I will wear it outside. It’s probably because the temperature seems to jump from cold to hot in like a week.
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  2. Conquering your fear of training for a big race is definitely going to be a tough mental battle but, if anyone can do it, it’s YOU! Maybe be ok with whatever happens, even if that means being injured again. I know I don’t have a clue how you feel but I know you have to at least try again and again…like someone else you know and love…Desi?? Again, you can tell me to shut it but I really think having a goal will do you good!! And I have no clue why a trail marathon sounds better than a road one but you GO mama :-)))
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  3. I love the picture of you running on the trail. It makes me want to go out and hit the trails while the weather is beautiful. Tomorrow. Also have been wanting to read the Jurek book. Reading this post gives me the incentive to find it. I love to read physical books too – much better experience than using an e-reader.
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  4. I can imagine how nervous you are to get back on a race plan! You have been running so well and I think all the strength work you are doing has had to make a difference for you.

    I’m anxious to read Scott Jurek’s book–but I’ve got 2 other running books lined up. It might be a good one for summer!

  5. Yes, I love my Rodan + Fields lip shield and especially the sunscreen. Broad Spectrum SPF 25 effectively blocks harmful UVA rays with SHIELDrf, our exclusive complex of Avobenzone and colorless carotenoids, while moisturizing lips with Shea Butter, Avocado and Sunflower Seed Oil. And it smells like grapefruit! <3

  6. Yay for spring finally arriving!! I also go straight from long sleeves to tanks – I never run in t-shirts. Thought I was weird but glad to hear I’m not the only one 🙂

  7. Yey for tanks!! The only short sleeve shirts I run in are ones I received from races. Otherwise, I’m all about the tank. Also, I think sore ankles and things after a muddy 12 miles is totally normal! As long as you feel the soreness is easing away properly, I think you are good to go (my expert non-medical opinion, of course haha). Your body knows best.
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  8. You should go for that trail marathon! It’d be completely new – nothing to compare it to – and fun!
    Running Rewired is on my list of books to read! I just finished Good Omens (fiction) and am delving into a huge pile of running books. Right now, I’m reading Run Strong, Stay Hungry by Jonathan Beverly and it’s really enjoyable.
    I practically live in tees for running this time of year! It’s often too chilly for tanks but too warm for long sleeves, since most mornings are in the 40-50s. Athleta is my favorite!
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  9. I think many of us can echo your hesitancy to sign up for a race. That’s why I usually signed for for so few–i usually got injured just in time for them! Also I’m cheap, but that is another story…

  10. I think this is the 3rd time I have seen Running Rewired mentioned. It sounds like a must read. I am currently reading Let Your Mind Run by Deena Kastor and finding it very inspiring.

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