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Hey guys!

It’s time for my monthly Lately…

Lately…I’ve been wondering if I’ll run a marathon this year. I know I want to run one but I haven’t registered for anything and I haven’t even really looked. With the whole quad thing and my focus on Mount Washington lately, I haven’t put much effort into it. Maybe it’s my mind telling me to focus on one thing at a time. Who knows. I may register for a marathon tomorrow.

Lately…Speaking of that “only one hill race”, on Sunday, a friend and I did hill repeats up Mount Aggie. Overall, I think it went well. My legs felt great. My breathing was labored but not horrendous. My heart was pounding but it was nothing that was crazy. I never felt like OMG I’m dying. It just felt like I was climbing a hill. At time I did feel like I was running slower than molasses and the wind was going to blow me over. It’s a great road to practice on for Mount Washington. Plus, it’s rather fitting that we had a view of a snow covered Mount Washington off in the distance at the summit (see pic above).

Lately…All I could think about during yoga class on Tuesday was food. I had the serious hungries going on.

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Lately…I’ve been listening to my body. For real. The old Angela would have run through my knotty quad issue a couple of weeks ago. I would have convinced myself that I needed to “run it out”. I know, I know. It sounds silly. But my runner brain sometimes takes over and all rational goes out the window. And my body is just plain weird too. See the Bird of Paradise pose up above? You would think I wouldn’t be able to do that with a knotty quad. Apparently my body doesn’t go with the rules.

Lately…I’d really wish it would stop raining. It seems the snow left and moved to rain. Is it too much to ask for actual spring weather?

Lately…I still haven’t registered for a race (other than Mount Washington). At the beginning of the year, I told myself to wait until March to run a race. Well March came and went with no race. And now we are in the middle of April and I haven’t even really looked for anything. Part of the reason is that I’m scared. Scared of injuries and feeling slower. That’s no secret. I think I confessed that every month since January. BUT I know I need to DO IT. Once I get the first race done with I’ll be good to go. When did clicking on the register button become so hard? GAH! This all reminds me – maybe I should set some concrete goals for the second quarter of 2016?

Lately…Does anyone else have a really, really hard time planning for things in advance? We’ve been trying to figure out summer vacations, day camp for the kids, etc. With my work schedule it’s so hard to plan in advance like that. And besides, I’m soooooo not a planner.

Lately…I’ve been missing a running buddy. I have been doing the majority of my runs solo. I’m craving some company. Maybe that’s why a long run of 12 or more miles has zero appeal to me right now?

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Our last long run before Boston last year and the last time Sarah and I have ran together. Oddly enough, we had plans to meet up for a run yesterday which was the one year anniversary of this pic. Too bad the weather had other plans.

Lately…It’s nice to catch up with friends that you don’t see often over coffee.

Lately…I’m so glad I committed to getting a deep tissue massage each month. It’s been amazing. Sadly, Jess, my previous LMT, had to go on medical leave. She gave me a recommendation for another LMT and she is just as awesome. Suzanne is tiny with fierce hands. She did wonders for not only my quad but my always tight neck/shoulders, lower back and calf. And she introduced me to cupping which was way cool. She’s kind of out of the way for me but so worth the drive. If you are local, you can find her HERE.

Lately…I did a really interested webinar last week entitled Run Injury Free. Yes please! I really liked the info on activating the feet before each run. Check out this Youtube video to see what it’s all about. She recommends a Rad Roller – has anyone used one before? Thoughts?

Thanks for letting me do some Thinking Out Loud.

What’s been going on in your life lately?

14 comments on “Lately

    Lately, not enough is moving forward.
    But soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. All in good time my friend. Don’t rush your goals when it comes to running. You will know when you are ready to dive back in ๐Ÿ™‚ Love that you’re getting regular massages! I always try to schedule them monthly but usually go every three or four.
    And yes, I plan my vacations about 7 months in advance so, just let me know how I can help…:-)
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  3. I’m with you on the full marathons– not sure when I’ll sign up for another. I had planned on doing one in May and mid-way thru my training I realized that it really wasn’t a good idea. Now I am signed up for a few half’s and 5k’s and all is well. I am so slow right now that I drag my running partners down, so I have been doing my long runs solo too. You’re right… it’s nice to have the company of friends for those longer runs. Come to my neighborhood for hill training! That is ALL we have– it drives me crazy to have to 45 minutes to do a flat route!

  4. Come to Washington, we have some beautiful spring weather ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m with you on clicking registration buttons – especially because marathons still scare me, I’m putting off any registrations until well after July 31. The races will always be there, so why rush? Also I love your hill running photos – those views are gorgeous!

  5. Ahh, I feel so similarly about the running thing. Excited but scared and not really sure what the plan is, which is a little unsettling but at the same time, it’s not driving me crazy as much as I thought it would. Of course, that being said, I did ask Jess to make a “plan” for me just so my runs had some purpose rather than just all easyish 5 milers. And I have to say, it’s nice to have a plan!

    And I haven’t tried the rad roller but it looks similar to two yoga tune-up balls stuck together. And you know how I feel about YTU balls! And you’ve reminded me that I need to schedule a massage.

  6. I am definitely a planner. I get all worked up when I don’t have things scheduled. I feel like I am missing something. Of course, I’m never on time for anything, only because I don’t like to have “downtime” where I’m sitting around waiting, so I usually am “right on time” (2 mins late).
    The RAD roller is quite interesting. It looks a bit too intense for me!
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