Running for PR’s

Hello! Can you believe it’s already almost July? THIS IS INSANE. Time, slow your roll.

So, a few things have probably changed since last post. I haven’t eaten one donut since, and my running crew (shoutout Kit, Dre, and Bri) and I ran the Gary Bjorklund Half Marathon in Duluth a couple weekends ago. Extra special shout out to my hubby and his bff Ryan who ran the full! YOU GO BOYS.

So the half went swimmingly. However, my commute to the race was like the most stressful thing ever. I’ve done this race plenty of times and usually go up the Wednesday or Thursday before on account of my sister lives in Duluth. This time, I had to go up Friday after work since I just started a new job and do not have any vacay time yet. The trip that normally takes 2 ish hours took just about 4. It was exhausting. To make matters more stressful, I drove over a lift bridge as the bridge was getting ready to raise and almost shit myself. My phone also died and I lost the address to where I was meeting the run crew for family dinner. That was it for terrible experiences though…the fam dinner was phenomenal and after a walk along the beach, it was time for bed.

Fast forward to 3:50 AM the next morning and it was time to wake. You see, the half starts at 6:15  which is pretty fricken early for a run. “Run with the sun” as I like to say. Anywho, we got to the start line, peed, and waited. I was feeling a little tired but ready to roll.

Fast forward 1:47 minutes later and I crossed the finish line with a new personal record. My goal was to keep an 8 minute mile which I didn’t actually do but the PR was exciting. Next up, the Erie Marathon in Sept. Really kicking it in gear and hoping for a Boston qualifying time (more to come on this later).

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Sam’s medal and my medal!

After the half I was freakishly sore for about 5 days. My hips, ankles, and hamstrings were like wtf Haley. So I took it easier last week and only ran Thursday and Saturday. Saturday marked the start of Marathon Training and I ran 13 easy miles that felt like shit. I felt tired, sluggish, and my calves locked up about 5 miles in. But I got in the miles and took a nap about 2 hours after getting home.

I also decided on said run that I am going to share my training experience with you all. The high’s, the low’s, the poop your pants moments, the snacks…a journal of my training program. If you’re thinking, “man, that sounds boring,” well, I’m not forcing you to read it. If you do read it, I love and appreciate you.

So, moving on from running-last Sunday I forced my dog Ruthie to wake up at 5am and go on a lovely hike at the state park in my hometown. I wanted to get there when it opened to miss the crowds.

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Climbed a big hill for this view

This is one of my most favorite hikes and there’s nothing like being the only people/animals on the trail when the sun is rising. I would do this every morning if I lived closer to the park…someday 🙂

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Ruthie and I at the waterfall
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Just a baby in nature

That’s it for now-stay tuned for some running posts coming at ya in the next few weeks.

XOXO

-Hales

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Chilled or Lazy?

Couple things. I’m typing this from a chair in my backyard (I’m thirsty because my dog just spilled my BLL during a hyper spell but I’m also too lazy to get up and get another RN) and the double u on my keyboard is broken thus making it really hard to use (insert double u)ords that start (insert double u)ith this letter.  Please bear (double u)ith me.

So-a lot has probably changed since the last post eh? I accepted a position back at a large corporate Bank and man has it been different. Said position started Monday. I’ve been getting home at 3:30 PM every day since and it’s very strange. I feel like I have so much time on my hands which is nice but also odd.

Coming from a gal (double u)ho’s usually moving around or doing something active it’s been (oh, guess my cue is broken too) (cue)uite an adjustment. Actually, I spent a majority of my time driving to and from my parents house just so I could go on hikes at the local State Park (double u)ith them and my pup. I could take a stroll around my neighborhood but it’s flat and doesn’t have a waterfall running through it. Like (double u) TF Haley. Chill the eff out.

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Hiking pals

Sam said something tonight that really struck me. “Enjoy your time-relax…(double u)rite a blog post CHILL.” He’s absolutely right (I rarely say that hehe).

One thing I kno(double u) about myself is that it’s very hard to just sit in the moment and not do anything. I feel lazy, useless, bored (am I really bored or do I just tell myself this?)…Instead of focusing on all the active things I could be doing (hiking, biking, baking, cleaning, running, roller blading…) I need to focus on (double u)hat I am doing. Maybe I am just going to sit outside and drink a margarita for a night. Maybe I am going to take the dog for one stroll around the neighborhood instead of 3. So (double u)hat if I feel like viewing a TV sho(double u) one night…there’ll be plenty of time to be active.

I just think it’s crazy ho(double u) the mind can put so many ideas into the brain. I already got a workout in this morning but my brain is like oh, you’ve been sitting for an hour, you suck. Go do something lazy girl (sadness).

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Guess I’ve been active since childhood 🙂

Am I going to be able to fix this overnight? Ha-probably not. It’s something I’ve struggled (double u)ith since High School. It’s something that makes me me. I’m constantly trying to (double u)ork on this-to tell myself that I am worth the break…That it’s okay to not do anything for a hot minute.  But there’s al(double u)ays that part of me that says no, you need to do something.

Do I need to find a hobby? Should I join some sort of club? Start painting? Start a journal (isn’t this my journal?). IDK. Maybe I just need to play more candy crush 🙂 Do you find yourself thinking the same things? Lets share ideas, shut that rude voice off, and let ourselves be enough because (double u)e totally are.

Cheers.

-Haley