One of the worst news a runner can receive is that their running shoes have been discontinued. And I received that news this summer. After crying myself to sleep, I decided to try on the Nike Free RN and the Nike Free RN Distance. Upon trying them on, I decided that I like the RNs better than the Distances. Some reviewers said that the new Free RNs were comparable to the 5.0s, so I decided to buy them and try them out. I have been running in them all summer.
They do they job, but I don’t love them like I loved the 5.0s.
Anyone else feel down when their favorite shoes are retired? What do you do when that happens?
And, some catch up:
- B had to head back home to work Tuesday, Wednesday and half day Thursday, then he’s flying back here to us. Connor asked why he has to go home to work, “So that we can pay for trips to the beach.”
- Posey threw up last night. At 12:50. I swear between the hours of 12:00 and 1:00 I am the most dead asleep. She handled it like a champ (boys and girls are very different when throwing up, by the way.) She woke up acting like her normal self and has been great all day. Cross your fingers the throwing up ends there.
- I’m almost done with The Light Between Oceans. So so good. I think tomorrow night I’ll put the girls to bed, leave the boys to the TV and sneak out and go see the movie.
I get asked so so many times how I got started in running or how to get started in running. I know I’ve written about this before, but lets do it again because if it helps one person find joy in running, I’ll write about it as many times as it takes! Going from nothing to running isn’t easy, but it is possible. I’ve done it once in the beginning and then once after each pregnancy with my girls so I consider myself somewhat of a starting-out expert.
- Make a time goal, not a distance goal. Make a goal to go for a certain amount of time (not that you will run to a landmark or distance.) Run when you can, walk when you must.
- Be consistent. Your endurance won’t improve much if your runs are sporadic. Try to make a habit out of it.
- Go outside. I’m not a huge fan of treadmills- especially in the beginning. It’s too easy to step off when it gets hard and your feet should set the pace, not a belt. Plus, one of the biggest benefits of running are the ones that you get from being outside- sunshine and fresh air.
- Find something that will help keep you motivated- a friend, a playlist, or an upcoming running event that you’d like to participate in. Don’t let a 5K or 10K scare you. You can do it! I promise promise promise. Everything seems impossible until you do it.
- It will be hard. There will be good days and there will be not-so-good days. Don’t get discouraged. If you are consistent, the good days will eventually start to outnumber the not-so-good.
- No comparing allowed! The only person you should compare yourself to was who you were yesterday.
Running is very rewarding. Some people only see the pain, but if you look for the good, you’ll see that there’s a whole boatload of it.
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Training week began with an easy 4 miles on Monday. Like I said, I had been sick with a cold and cough during the weekend, so I wasn’t feeling my best. The goal was to just finish the run. I was coughing pretty frequently during this run, but I finished it. Usually when I’m sick I feel better after running, but on this day, I felt worse when I got home.
Tuesday I took off because I thought if I gave my body one more day to feel better, I’d be 100% by Wednesday morning.
Wednesday I ran to a nearby park that has some short, steep hills to do my weekly hill workout. Coach wanted me to do ten repeats of 45 second climbing with a 2 mile warm up and a 2 mile cool down. The park is two miles from my house, so that worked out great. B went in late on Wednesday so I didn’t have to wake up super early either- a good thing when you’re trying to let your body get well. (Blocked out the map so the creepers can’t wait behind a bush and attack me on a dark early morning.) This workout felt next to impossible. Breathing was hard. My legs were jello. I had to walk (what felt like) a thousand times. I tried not to get too down on myself- I reminded myself I was sick, I wasn’t used to hard workouts quite yet, and I would get better.
Thursday was a five mile run on the treadmill at home after Lou went to preschool. 6.7 mph and 1.0 incline. I might have caught up on Bachelor in Paradise while running. So trashy yet so entertaining. Was feeling a bit better by then.
Friday morning was long run day- 10 miles. I started off really slow and steady knowing that I would be lucky if I finished all ten miles. I brought a handheld water bottle with me filled with ice and Gatorade. Drank it at mile 5 (the turnaround.) I knew by mile 7 that I would survive the run and I got excited so my legs started moving a little faster. Or maybe it was the sugar in the Gatorade
I was up most of Friday night (because of Lou’s Pukefest 2016) so I postposed Saturday’s run to Sunday. I hardly ever run on Sundays, but I really really really wanted to complete all the runs for the week. The run was a 2 mile warm up, 3 miles @8:20-8:25, 2 mile cool down. I started at our rental beach house by running north for one mile, then turning around and running south for 3.5 miles, then north again heading back home for 2.5 miles. There was a headwind while I was running north so keeping an 8:20ish pace didn’t feel super easy, but it did feel easy for the last half mile running north before the 2 mile cool down.
I’m feeling much better today, which is great news. Being sick has been super frustrating because I hardly ever get sick. And I never get coughs. This one seems to be dragging on forever. Ready for a good training week with lots of good runs by the ocean.
I’ve been in a funk ever since my kids started school.
Motherhood is so weird because one second I’m like, when will I EVER get a moment alone??? There’s always somebody there! and then the second they all run in different directions I’m like, I’m so lonely. It’s so quiet.
That’s basically what I’m feeling now. When kids are little they require constant supervision and care. Once upon a time I changed diapers, I tied shoes, I wiped faces. Now that my kids are older the mothering role has changed so much. I have become a driver, personal assistant, time manager, personal shopper, menu planner, the list goes on and on. I can honestly say that I love and have loved every single stage that my children have gone through, but it’s so crazy that they are all creating these lives of their own. I’m here to be a cheerleader of that life, a supporter, and someone to drive their homework to school when they forget it for the 7th time
My motherhood role as of late- It’s a very cool thing. It’s an honor to be the one they run to when they are in need of something to help them in their quest to create their own cool little life.
It’s just been a little bit of an adjustment.
(Training week in review coming at you tomorrow.)