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Double Days and Dealing with Disappointment


This was from my run last night! Right now I’m on an endorphin high and it’s because I’m finally getting into a routine of running. I cannot lie, fitting it all in for me is a very hard task. I work around 55 to 60 hours a week, I try to spend time with B when he’s actually home from work, since his schedule changes so often, I have friends and family that I try to see as often as possible and I do try to do my hair every day so I don’t look completely homeless. I try to cook and clean as much as possible around the house and sometimes it’s just a lot.

I struggle with dealing with the disappointment of skipping a run. In the past I would get really discouraged when I missed a run and would let it really derail my training. This time around I’m taking it all day by day and working my hardest to fit it in and still have a happy medium with my social life. I sometimes try to fit too much in and beat myself up over it, which isn’t fair to anyone. Running is fun, it brings me happiness and allows me to clear my mind but running isn’t my entire life. I need to remember balance and that missing a run isn’t going to completely ruin my training. I need to remember than when I spend time at home when B, or decide to take the dogs for walk instead of going for a run, I’m not ruining my training plan, instead I’m enriching my life.

Last week I was really happy with my mileage of 22 miles for the week. It’s been a long time that I’ve ran that much in a week. I have to get in 30 miles this week and I’m 1/3 of the way there already with 10 miles under my belt thus far.

Doing double days is difficult for me, but I know it’s going to all pay off when Ragnar comes around and I will be running on tired legs, quite a few times. I also know it will help with the Dick’s Pittsburgh Half two weeks after and I won’t be feeling tired and hopefully my legs will be fresh! I do know that when I am feeling a bit down, I watch the #runfor videos… they always are so inspiring and I would be lying to say I don’t look forward to them each week!

Monday I ran with B in the evening (he hates running) and I did a double day running 4 miles in the morning and 4 miles at night yesterday. My legs didn’t feel terrible after my morning run or my evening run and with Wednesday being my planned rest day I felt pretty normal. If I had time to go for a run I would have today.

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Tomorrow I have another long morning run of 7 miles and then Friday I have a shorter run, which I want to push the pace on. I want to run hard for 5 miles just to see where I’m at. Saturday I’m going to do another 8 mile long run in the morning and Sunday I will take a rest day for family activities and celebrating Easter! I would like to do a double day on Sunday, but it’s just not in the cards.

I have still been foam rolling a lot, and it seems to be helping my IT Band. My confidence is finally back and I feel completely normal when I run, instead of being so worried about how my legs are going to feel afterward. It’s a freeing feeling.

I’m just so happy to be pain free and able to run.


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