Jan 28

Weekly Run Down: The Longest January Ever!

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | Uncategorized

I’ve seen a few memes about how we’re in the 9th month of January, and I’m starting to see what they mean. Shouldn’t we be in February by now?

I’m so glad to be back blogging (and let it STICK this time!), and now it’s time for another Weekly Run Down with Kim and Deborah! I love keeping up with everyone and seeing how they’re doing with their running and workouts!

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Jan 21

Getting Back to Business!

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | Uncategorized

Well, hello and Happy New Year! I can’t believe this is my first time writing in 5 months! Forgive me if I’m a little rusty…I don’t even know where to begin!

First off, Run With No Regrets is still here! I’m still running and sharing my experiences, largely on Instagram @runwithnoregrets. Last year, my big focus was on the Rehoboth Beach Seashore Half Marathon, which took place in early December. I’m happy to say that it was my strongest postpartum race to-date. I promise to share my full race recap on the blog soon. Those are still my favorite types of posts to write!

Currently, I am out of training mode and getting used to having a little more freedom. I thrive with a structured running schedule, but it was a lot of work last year and I need more flexibility these days. I don’t have any goal races for this year, but I plan to explore more on the trails and do some local races that I’ve never done.

One area that I hope helps in this regard is being a member of The Vibe: A Bibrave Community. I’ve been a Bibrave Pro since 2016, and in 2024, the program has pivoted to focus more on the racing experience. I’m curious to see how things go and hopefully I’ll have an opportunity to travel to a new race this year.

On the Peloton front, I’m still enjoying the app, and now that I’m not on a coaching plan, I decided to focus on doing strength training through the app. So far, I’ve focused on lower body and strength for runners classes and have kept them to 20 minutes so that it’s more likely for me to get them done. These classes are definitely harder than I expected and I can’t imagine using more than 10 lb weights anytime soon. I do miss barre and plan to mix in some of those workouts as well. It’s been a good challenge and I always love recommendations!

Weight loss was actually a big thing for me in 2023. I reached a certain peak that I only experienced during pregnancy, and I was dealing with constant stress and picked up a lot of unhealthy habits. I tried to get into intermittent fasting and learned that it was NOT for me. Then I got into the Noom app around June or so and it was a real game-changer! I was able to lose about 15-20 pounds from where I started at the beginning of the year, returning to a weight range that I probably hadn’t seen since before getting married. Being accountable for calories really made the difference for me, and Noom has a lot of psychological tips and tricks that provided great insight. Now I’m in maintenance mode, and honestly starting to see myself slip back into some old habits, so I’m going to be working on focusing on consistent meal tracking to help guide making better decisions.

On a personal note, I have a 4 year old! How did that happen?! E is doing very well. She’s a lot of fun and full of personality and energy! She’s really gotten into music and sings all day long. We got her a guitar for her birthday and she’s like a little singer-songwriter with that thing! Bret and I will be together 12 years next month…it’s just crazy how time flies. This week has been a bit rough with all of the snow so we’ve all been a bit stir crazy. We still love our hikes so hopefully we can get out there when the weather warms up next weekend.

Of course I have written so many paragraphs after thinking I didn’t have much to say! I’m hoping that the Weekly Rundown will be my opportunity to share my fitness/workouts consistently; thanks to Kim and Deborah for hosting! I am only running about once a week since January and I’d like to get out there more, so I appreciate any encouragement and all the motivation!

How was your week? Did you experience any of the winter storms?

Aug 05

Ultimate Coffee Date – August 2023

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | Uncategorized

Well hello there! I can’t believe it’s been 5 months since I’ve shared an update. I hate that so much time has passed, but I would love to join you for a virtual coffee catch-up! Cheers to Deborah and Coco for hosting these each month!


Coffee Catch Up – Where to Begin??

If we were having coffee, I would tell you…that again, it’s been way too long. I never meant to spend this much time away from the blog, but as we know, life happens! After all these years, I’ve been struggling to figure out how to keep this blog engaging. Last month actually marked 10 years since starting Run With No Regrets! While I haven’t figured anything out, I’m glad to still be here!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that 2023 has been a pretty good year so far! Honestly, 2022 was ROUGH. I had a lot of stress that I was managing at work and it trickled down to everything else going on, which is the absolute worst. This year has been flying by in a good way. I’d love to hear how things are going with you.

If we were having coffee, I’d be super excited to tell you about my running!! Things have been going really well. For the past few months, I’ve been training for the Rehoboth Beach Half Marathon that takes place in early December. Coach Laura has given me a great plan that I’ve been building on, and I’m so happy to see myself getting stronger again. As you know, this summer’s heat and humidity has been brutal! Summer running is my Kryptonite but I’m pushing through! I’m thankfully injury-free right now (I had a bout of plantar fasciitis last year) and excited to see how I continue to strengthen in the months ahead.

I’d also tell you when it comes to running, even though this isn’t a Runfession post, that postpartum running has been quite the humbling experience for me. I wanted to be one of those moms who “bounced back”, but I should have known better. I’ve run 3 half marathons since having E (one being on the trail which was amazing!), but having the time to train the way I like to just wasn’t in the cards at that time, so I should have done a better job of managing expectations. Now, I’m so glad that I have sort of figured things out to balance training with everything else. Most of the time I do my weekday runs before work, which means I’m out the door by 6 am, sometimes earlier (as long as the sun is up). I never thought I’d be that person but it’s working! Prior to that, I’d be too drained to do my runs in the evenings.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you about E!! She is an incredible little girl and very much in her threenager stage. She had a great year in preschool and is truly thriving. She loves to sing and dance, draw and paint. She absolutely loves being in the water so we’re planning to get her back in swimming lessons soon! When we had her 3rd birthday, we got her a cake with Spidey and His Amazing Friends and she loved it -she’s all about using her superhero powers and getting the bad guys! Bret actually still runs with her in the stroller at least once a week so I’m happy the BOB is still getting some good use! We haven’t gone hiking as a family in a while, but we agree that her time in the Osprey carrier is coming to an end very soon. Most of the time she wants to be on her feet and exploring with poles just like us!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’ve been using Noom since June to try to return to my pre-pregnancy weight. Over the past year, with all of the stress I had, food was my comfort and I did creep up to a weight that I wasn’t happy with. My sister was the one signed up for Noom and we decided to do it together, and it’s been surprisingly very effective! Earlier this year, I thought intermittent fasting could be the “solution”. I read a book, worked my way up to it for a month, and it didn’t work at all. Noom has the psychological approach to things which has realy been a game-changer for me. And since starting the program I’ve lost about 8 pounds and apparently the difference is visible. I may have mentioned in the past that salads aren’t my thing, but I’m trying! Do you have any favorite salads that you recommend? We’ve also signed up for a new CSA this year and the veggies keep coming!

Okay, okay, I’ll stop there! I hope you’re doing well and I plan to check out my fellow bloggers’ posts to see what’s been going on. I truly miss this community and I need to figure out how I can keep this place going. Do you think training posts would be interesting? Or maybe I should stick to runfessions and coffee dates for a while…

What would you share with me over coffee?

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