Yo. Here I sat in my home office, sipping fancy coffee, and dreaming about adopting all the puppies. Actually I’m sitting on the floor of my living room drinking coffee mixed with sweetened condensed milk (so good for you) and playing tug of war with my little baby Ruth.

It’s gloomy out which is making me super happy right now. A) I don’t feel bad for being lazy. B) I can get inside chores done…after I finish being lazy. C) I’ll drink all the coffee and write some stuff.

 

So lets get something straight. A while back, I talked about my goals to run a fast enough time at my next marathon to qualify for the Boston Marathon. After a couple months of speedwork, strength training, hill and long runs, I found myself feeling super stressed. Those feelings of failure crept into my mind and kept telling me I am not made to run that fast. I cannot run a 3:30 marathon…blah blah you get it. Instead of giving up, or building up more stress, I just told myself to go out there, have fun, and not put any more pressure on myself. Instead of trying to run my fastest 10 miles, I’ve been going at a steady, comfy pace. It’s been a lot more enjoyable since this “head chat” went down and I’m once again excited for the Erie Marathon in September.

So lets chat recent training runs…over the past month I’ve gotten in a couple 16 milers (one included that nasty loop of hills from my previous post), a really great 10 miler, some shorter sprints and some mile repeats. They’ve been a little on the slow side but like I said above, that’s OK! Shoutout to the 20 miler I’m supposed to run on Saturday…it might turn into an 18 miler but that’s alright with me.

Plus, I found a new long run snack…sour gummies. Not sure why I did not think of these before. I’ve had a knack for sour candies since I was a tot, so these snacks fulfill my needs to still act like a child. Oh and the best part about running…post run brunching, doi. Get all sweaty and tired and then shovel in some carbs, protein, and chocolate milk. Laugh until your abdominals cry, then go home, hop in a salt bath, and wash away any soreness that might try creeping in.

Other than running, I’ve been working on eating more vegetables. I learned how to roast vegetables the other week (yeah I know I’m a helpless 27 year old), and it’s been life-changing. My faves are sweet potatoes, onion, zucchini, and peppers. And I’m weird. I top my roasted veggies with ketchup which probably defeats the purpose of a veggie but I’m an adult and can do as I please.

Also, my gal pals and I tried out this new place in South Minneapolis called F45 Training. It’s been a blast! It’s 45 minutes of fun and tough movements but goes by super fast. It actually makes me feel like I’m back in high school sports which brings me great joy. The workouts are different every time as are the time domains you are working/resting for.

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In a nutshell, it seems like all I do is run, workout, eat, and talk/dream/think about dogs. But you gotta find your passions and you gotta chase them. It’s like why would I spend my time doing things I do not enjoy…nope not a chance.

Happy rainy day my friends.

-Hales

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