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Hello!!

What a crazy 2 weeks it has been! I’ve been running a few miles a few days a week. I missed my long run last weekend due to crazy work and traveling schedules.

BUT, today I ran a 5k to support the ADA (something I really like but that’s for another post!), and it wasn’t too bad! I got in at 33:30.4 which is pretty good considering the heat and how little I have been training.

But that’s not all!! I got a medal for being 3rd out of 3 in my age group haha! I wasn’t too far behind 2nd place which made me feel good. Any day I get a medal is a good day! It was fun to support a great cause and enjoy a 5k in my hometown!

I know people shame default medals sometimes, but I’m here to celebrate default medals!

I think sometimes, it is ok to be happy with a default medal. Sometimes, you’ve had two years of not training and eating poorly, and you’re trying to get back out there and get healthy again. Sometimes, you need a default medal to know that you can get back to where you once were as a runner.

Here’s to finding encouragement in the little things!!

What is a little thing you find encouraging?

What do you love most about small races?

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Week 1 DONE!!

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Woohoo!! I’m happy to say I completed all of my schedule runs (& then some!) last week! Here is what my week looked like:

Monday- REST before the big race on Tuesday. We went to the expo, shopped, and ate some delicious food.

Tuesday- PEACHTREE!! My favorite race of all time! I didn’t do as well as I am used to at a 1 hour 16 minute 10K, but hey, I completed the race!

Wednesday- 2 mile recovery run in the middle of the day! What was I thinking? I ran in a hilly area at noon, but it wasn’t actually that bad, and maybe I burned some extra calories!

Thursday- 3 mile run in the morning, not too bad, but a slow time.

Friday- REST! I did take my dog for a nice long walk Friday night.

Saturday- 4 miles aka my first “long run” of the half marathon training. It went really well. I ran the entire first mile without walking which is something I had been struggling with this week. My legs were tired, but the weather was perfect and the route was fairly flat.

Overall, a great first week of training kick-started by the Peachtree! I can’t wait for the next Peachtree when I will have trained for the run!! One thing I struggled with this week was tired legs. I felt like I was running through concrete, and I can’t tell if it was because I am starting pretty much from the beginning with running, or if something else is causing it like not fueling properly.

What are some tips you have to deal with tired legs?

What do you do to fuel for weekly workouts?

xoxo

Clare

Back in the Saddle

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Today was the first official training run of my half marathon training! I did 2 recovery miles. My legs were super sore from the Peachtree the day before, and I had some lower back pain from the race yesterday.

I started run-journaling again today. I used to record all of my runs with the time and pace along with a little bit about how I was feeling on the run that day. I have decided to do that again so I can look back and see how far I have come!

Along with training for the half marathon. I am starting to try to eat healthier to get back into shape. I am trying to cut out extra sugars and eat more fruits and vegetables. I am also trying to reduce how much I am eating out. I got into a bad habit of eating out at school and after work, which has contributed to a much less healthy lifestyle.

I’ll keep you guys updated on my training and transition into a healthier lifestyle!

xoxo

Clare

How do you try to eat healthier on a budget and without much time to cook?

How do you stay motivated to finish your training when things get crazy with work/school?

A Year Later

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In training for my Thanksgiving Day half marathon last year, I ran a 10k trail race at a local park.  Prior to this race, I had not been training, really at all.  I ended up walking most of the race, especially since it has 3 majors hills in the last 3 miles, and my time was 1:16:02, which is about 15 minutes slower than my usual 10k time.

This year, I decided to take the challenge again to see if I could better my time.  I trained for about a month leading up to the race.  Race morning it was SUPER cold and windy, and I was a little nervous about how the weather would affect me since I hadn’t gotten used to the cold yet.

On the first turn around, they did not make it clear where we were supposed to turn around, so everyone made the mistake of running too far.  When we got into the woods, there was a really long downhill, so I took advantage of that and gave myself a nice lead over the other runners.  I felt good the entire race {except those brutal uphills!} and never walked which is a goal I had for this race.

I ended up coming in 1st overall for the women and 3rd overall for everyone.  Granted this race only had 16 people, but hey, I’ll take it!  My time was 1:09:28 which is not what I was hoping for, but it was a 5 minute improvement on last year.

Have you ever run a race one year and then run it again the next year to see how you improved? Also, any last minute tips for my half marathon in 3 weeks are welcome! 🙂

Back into the Swing of Things

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As runners, we all make (or at least try to make) running a priority in our lives.  Sometimes, it’s really easy to do this, but sometimes, life gets in the way.

For me, it was the beginning of a new semester of school.  For the first two months of school, I ran once and that was a 10k on Labor Day (which was ROUGH let me tell you..haha!)  But finally in the beginning of October I realized that I should probably get training for my half marathon on Thanksgiving.  So in slight panic about how little time I had to train and how little I had run in the past 2.5 months, I got back into the swing of things!

It can be really hard to make running a part of your regular routine after a long time off.  I have found three things help me to get motivated to get out there again:

1. Sign up for a race!  I mentioned this in an earlier post about staying motivated after a big race, and this truly is one of the best ways to get motivated to run again.  No one wants to go into a race knowing they didn’t train at all, so if you sign up for a race, it will be a huge motivator to get out running.

2. Schedule your run like a meeting!  If you find yourself saying you are going to run, but then finding an excuse not to do it, schedule your runs like meetings.  You wouldn’t skip a meeting just because you didn’t want to go, so if you treat your run like a meeting, you will be less likely to skip!

3. Make a Goal Chart!  This is one of my favorite ways to motivate myself to run.  Every time I finish a race, I make a new chart to help me visualize how I am going to reach my goal for the next race.  This helps to break the goal into bite-sized pieces so it isn’t as intimidating.  It also motivates you because you know exactly what you have to do for the day!

Next time you find that life has gotten in the way of your running, try one of these ideas to get back on the road!

xoxo

Clare

Confession Time…

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[It’s about to get real y’all! haha]

So the main reason why I started running was to lose weight.  I started almost 2 years ago with a small running group that did a maximum of 2 miles along with strength training for tennis.  I really enjoyed the group and that fall, I did my first 5k.  That next summer I ran my first 10k (the Peachtree) and from then on I’ve been addicted to racing and running!

Along the way, I have struggled with my weight and eating healthily (if that’s a word? haha).  Finally last fall, I got it under control with counting calories and running, and I was at a comfortable weight for my height and I felt good about it, then the Christmas season happened…I gained about 15 pounds in 6 months.  It has really affected my running.  I have had less and less motivation to run, and I really struggle with eating healthy.

I find myself eating unhealthy foods {and not in moderation} and most days turn into “cheat days.”  Even when I do hit my calorie goal, it is usually not with healthy foods.  I really want to eat healthy and clean and stay away from junk food, but the temptation is very real and hard to conquer.  I get really discouraged and just give up.

I’ve tried to up my mileage, reduce my calories, cut out certain food types, and many other things, and I never stick with it.

If any of y’all have tips or suggestions for me, that would be awesome.  I’m struggling with what to do, and I don’t want to keep gaining weight like I have been.

 

xoxo

Clare

Excuse my absence…

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Hi everyone! I am back from my almost month-long hiatus! After the Fourth, things just got super busy & I didn’t have as much time to run and blog as I hoped I would. Unfortunately, I haven’t been as focused on my running goals and keeping up my training in the past month as I was before, and I think a lot of that has to do with the Peachtree being over.

A lot of times, runners training for a big race (either a new distance or a really fun race such as the Peachtree Road Race) will stay very dedicated to their training in the months and weeks leading up to the race. They think everything is great and they will just keep running & training hard after the race. But many times after the race, there is a sort of let down, and runners find themselves thinking “what now?” This often leads to a lack of motivation to run and train. I know for me it certainly does!! And this is not a fun time because its kind of like “well, if I don’t have a big race coming up, what’s the point of training?” And it can be hard to get out of this slump.

The good news is, there ARE ways to get out of the post-race slump! Here are a few of my favorite ways to get back on the right track post-race:

1. Sign up for another race! It doesn’t have to be a huge race or a longer distance, just any race will do. For example, after I ran the half marathon in November last year, I went ahead and signed up for a low-key 5k in December that I knew I could do well in so I would have a reason to keep up training.

2. Look for a running partner or group that will keep you on track! Running with other people can really spike your motivation to get running. You are more likely to go for your run if you know that someone is counting on you to run with them. (Plus its nice to have someone to talk to on long runs!)

3. Reward yourself for your hard work! Go to your favorite running store, and buy some new running clothes, shoes, or accessories. I know nothing gets me excited to run like a new pair of shoes or some new stuff to try out!

4. Destination running (at home!) Find somewhere fun that you want to go to near you such as a store, coffee shop, park, or whatever you want and run to it! Tell a friend to meet you there (with a car! haha) and this will motivate you to get out the door. For example, if you live near a mall, you could tell a friend to meet you at the mall, and you could run to the mall. I, personally, would be more motivated to run if I knew I had a fun day of shopping ahead of me when I got done running!

These are just a few tips of how to get back to running after a big race, and I hope they help you like they help me! Feel free to comment some of your favorite strategies of how to get out of the post-race slump!

Happy Monday!

xoxo

Clare