My 6-month run challenge: weeks 14 and 15: putting the fuel back in.

I am in a bit of catch-up mode on writing about my run challenge, and part of the reason for that is that I just haven’t had much to say, because things have felt a little ho-hum for me, a little bit of a struggle intermixed with being uber focused on barre n9ne training and getting myself completely ready for my first class (thank you all so much for your comments and support, each and every one of those made me smile to read!!). So I shifted my run challenge into maintenance mode…I got all 4 runs in each week, but did not do my longer run.

And intervals. Oh, intervals. I kinda kept them at a ‘just good enough’ field goal pace. I didn’t push it too hard. Why? Because I plain ‘ole didn’t feel like it. And also because the one I’ve made for myself recently is more about ‘rolling hills’ and keeping my pace steadily faster but not balls-to-the-wall fast. But I’ve done that one the past three weeks. When sure, I could have gone to one of my more puketastic variations (that I’ve been borrowing from some of you fabulous runner friends too!), but I didn’t. Because I didn’t wanna and because training for barre n9ne has been tiring. Mentally. Physically. All of it.

But then I read a post from Tina (again with a great post at the right time!) and now that I’ve gotten through my first class (next one on tap: Sunday! woohoo!), and I feel less anxious about it and more excited, I am ready to put the fuel back into this challenge and push myself…because I know I can do it, and not shy away from it so much. Because I’ve taken it a little easier the last few weeks (completely warranted IMHO), but it’s so easy to then just slide into routine/maintenance mode, too. And to think you ‘can’t’ or have gone as far as you are gonna go.

But already, this week, while 2 of my 3 runs haven’t been the most enjoyable, they were outside. And outside is where I need to be. Because it’s harder. Because there are more elements to battle (hello freaking wind from hell today!), and because the starting to get warmer! 63 degrees already today, people! This is incredible!!! And because daylight savings time is right around the corner. (wheeee!).

So, with all that preamble aside? I am ready to get back to it. To hit month FOUR with a vengengence. To run more outside. To get back to my long run (once I can run outside for these runs consistently, I’ll add on to the 7 miles I’ve been hovering at). And yes, to get back to some puketastic intervals. Anyone have any suggestions on goodies for me to try? I have a few tucked away, but am always looking for more. I know you got ’em, share ’em, will ya? 😉

**asslap to everyone adding some sweat to their lives, no matter what form it comes in…yoga, running, walking, swimming, kickboxing, barre, you name it, it counts ;-) **

14 thoughts on “My 6-month run challenge: weeks 14 and 15: putting the fuel back in.

    1. That is actually exactly what I was thinking this morning when I really had to push through that run!! good thing I wasn’t alone, not sure I would have kept at it!

  1. Congrats on the progress, push yourself our of your comfort zone. I ran the LA marathon a few years back and it was a great experience. Happy running!

  2. I love this!! You had every reason to pull back on running this past month, I did the exact same and was totally fine with it. Sometimes you choose your battles at a given moment in time and then you shift your focus back to it when the time is right. So now that the time IS right to kick things back into gear with running, I think you ought to run the intervals I did the other day. Killer good times 😉

    1. Thanks sis. I think you’re right, we both had the need to pull back recently. But now? Time to re-energize this plan and conquer some more puketastic runs 😉 Maybe I’ll do yours..

  3. i ran 3 miles monday, 4 miles yesterday, and 3 miles today. 5 miles planned for saturday!

    i’ve done all my runs outside too!! remember when i was like “i LOVE the treadmill!” Well, don’t love it so much anymore. I haven’t done any of my half training runs on the treadmill and hope I don’t have to! it has been freezing in the mornings though! today i needed TWO long sleeved tshirts. also want to buy some gloves…
    can you believe i’m already thinking, “hmm maybe i should sign up for another half in the fall so i keep running” hahaha
    good for you on intervals!! I’m not there yet. right now, it’s just about distance, maybe i’ll push my speed at some other time…

    1. I am so impressed!!! That is awesome, friend. I told you that you’d love the outdoor runs way more once you adjusted. It is harder, but it is also so much more enjoyable! Two shirts…wow, I didn’t even wear that today and it was 50 😉 I’m so excited for your half marathon experience!

  4. Your progress is amazing – congrats! I am dying for the time change – can’t wait to be able to run outside in the evenings again.

  5. I think that runs outside make all the difference. They just feel different (and better) and I find myself more motivated on those runs. Hopefully, with daylight savings and this spring-like weather, more outdoor runs will happen this month! But it also sounds like you needed to pull back a little and focus on other things. It’s all about finding the balance that works for you, right?

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