I hope you’re doing well! This has been a crazy winter for sure, and I’m just grateful that the temperature has warmed up a bit and that I don’t have to run through snow, ice, and slush!
Since it’s the last Friday of the month, I’m joining Marcia for Runfessions! It’s been 10 months since the last time I’ve shared any (wow!), so let’s get to it!It's time for some running confessions, aka #runfessions! Let's catch up! #runchat #bibchat Click To Tweet
This month kicked off my training for the Delaware Half Marathon, which so far has been going really well! Once again I’m working with the amazing Coach Laura, and I’ve really enjoyed being back to running 3 days a week. I’m also doing a lot of strength training, which is a welcome addition. With so much uncertainty these days, I really needed half marathon training. It’s given me structure and every run feels like an achievement. I was really feeling lost for a bit with my fitness, but now I feel like I’m on the right track.
People often are surprised when I say this but I am an EXTROVERT. The pandemic has been difficult for people like me who thrive when being around a lot of people. I haven’t run with anyone in almost a year, and while I do enjoy solo runs, I really miss my running buddies. I haven’t felt comfortable with reviving my running club at work, but it’s getting to the point where I need that interaction again, even if we are all running in a socially distant manner. There are the Trail Sisters that get together, but I have to figure out something that works with my schedule.
I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but I’ve come to realize that my default pace has dropped to 12 to 12.5 minutes/mile. This is without walk breaks (though I have dodged a lot of ice lately). My easy pace is normally around 11 minutes, at least it was pre-pregnancy. Now that I’m getting back to running consistently and strength training, I thought that would equate to me picking up some speed, but apparently not. I know patience is the game, but I can’t help but be a little disappointed. I think trying to compare myself to other postpartum runners is always a recipe for disaster. I just need to be happy with where I am.
I thought I should end my runfessions on a high note…you know how I was so intimidated about running with Baby E in the BOB stroller? Well, I fell in love with it and now I miss running with her! The winter weather has been so brutal, but I’m hoping that the temps will rise, the streets will clear up and we can finally get back out there as soon as possible! She is always so content in the stroller, but now that she’s a toddler, she’s changing and I want us to enjoy this experience while it lasts!
What runfession would you like to share?