Wednesday, January 16, 2013

What I Learned & Loved!

I have been so bad at updating this blog recently! I don't like to write posts just because I feel like I need to write something, but while trying to fall asleep last night, I came up with a new weekly idea:

What I Learned & Loved! This will likely be a short and sweet recap of my previous (running) week: ideas of what worked for me so I can do it again in the future, things to change and highlight(s) of my week. This will be something I can reference down the road in training cycles, when I'm struggling, when I feel like things are going well. Obviously I'm a bit late for last week but here's What I Learned & Loved! from January 7-13.


Learned: Running Thursday evening, doing a circuit workout Friday night, Yoga Saturday morning followed by a run and a long run on Sunday, while getting over a cold and not sleeping enough, is SUPER tiring. This training cycle (for the NYC Half Marathon) I'm trying to add in an additional day of running (to make it 5), while still cross training. I need to better learn how to spread out my running days and/or cross training days. What I did last week was not effective and made me so tired for the start of this week. Maybe doubling up on runs one day, to allow an extra rest day, would be better for me. Or, maybe I just need to have a set day for cross training every week. I'm hoping to run Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday so cross training either has to happen Monday or Friday, but NOT Friday AND Saturday like last week!

Loved: There were two things I really loved from last week:
- I love running fast. This can mean something totally different to everyone. "Fast" is relative and that's what's so great about running. Everyone runs different paces, races and number of miles run, but everyone can get the same highs and lows, confidence and joy from running. Last week I ran my first sub-8 miles since the Philadelphia Marathon and I was reminded of the pure joy of running. I felt like I was finally back at it (after an angry IT band) and felt like I was flying!
- I love running with friends. I love running alone too, but running with friends makes the miles go by so quickly while keeping you entertained. Last week I ran with Ashley and Jess (twice) and Lora, and Fiona when I jumped in for a few miles during a race they ran on Sunday. I was tired (see above!) and wanted to stop since I wasn't running the race anyway, but I didn't because we were all together and were having fun. Thanks for keeping me going, ladies!

Post NYCRUNS 10 Mile race with Ashley, Fiona, Erica, Leticia, me, Susan and Lora!



What was your favorite part of running last week? What did you learn?

8 comments:

  1. I love the idea of learned and love - very cool! Sounds like your running is going well. Running fast is totally the best feeling ever right!

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    1. Thank you! Hopefully I'll stick with it...I just had a mini panic attack thinking that I already have to write another Loved and Learned post haha :) Hope your running is going well!

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  2. Fast fast and more fast! Nothing is better! This is an awesome idea

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    1. YES! Fast is so fun! And thank you! :)

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  3. My favorite run last week was my team in training group run. We rain 7 miles and they were effortless. I think it was because I was running with my friend, Kerry. I usually run solo during the week so when I run with someone, it's always a nice change.

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    1. Running with friends makes SUCH a big difference! I LOVE effortless runs! Best feeling ever! Congrats :)

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  4. Running fast is fun! I think what I like about it is realizing how in shape I am when I go faster than ever and being able to keep up the pace easily! Of course with my past 2 months off the road, trying to do an easy run is painful anyway but I can't wait to get back to this point! I need an easy program to built my running skills again and this time injury free! I've been lazy about it. I can't believe how "on top of your game" you are even with your marathon completed!!!

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    1. Gaelle! You need to get back to writing your blog! :) Good to see you guys last week!

      Hope your foot is feeling better and that you're able to run without pain! I'm just starting training for the NYC Half so need to get back into it...quickly! :)

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