Hello August

July was a good month. We had some good weather (I do love it warm!), I got in runs most days of the week, I stayed injury free, and ended up with more than 130 miles:

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And so, enter August.  I only have a few goals this month as it relates to working out:

  • Stay injury free
  • Keep up the running (3-5 miles most days of the week)
  • Get in 2-3 “long” runs (6 or more miles)
  • Get in 2-3 stroller runs while the weather is still nice
  • Continue with my diastasis recti abdominal repair exercises

Sounds reasonable enough, right? We’ll see how it goes! 

In the meantime, here’s what this week looked like:

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A Few More Weeks

I realized this week that I just have a few more weeks of summer. A few more weeks of “sleeping in” until 5:30, a few more weeaks of running during the daylight and a few more weeks of my favorite season. 

It’s bittersweet – I’m not ready for back-to-school and all that comes with it. So instead, I’m just in denial and going to enjoy the next few weeks and stop thinking about what’s to come. That’s healthy, right?

Knowing that, here’s what the week looked like:

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I’m Still Running

My baby boy turned one this week. And it made me sentimental, about not only how fast the time goes, but also feel proud. Proud of me.

Too often, I think negatively about my running abilities. I had a few mornings this week where I stopped to walk, because I was hot or tired. I bemoaned how my speed still hasn’t picked up since the baby was born, and if anything, I have gotten slower this time around. I groaned about my diastasis recti, angry that I still have it, and the back pain that comes with it.

But on GM’s first birthday, I suddenly felt grateful and proud. Grateful that I’ve been able to run consistently since having him. Grateful that I can bring him along on a stroller run. Grateful that I can get outside for alone time on mornings when my days are jam packed and filled with family. And proud – proud that despite everything going on in my life and all the change the past year, I’m still here, still running. 

Here’s how the week went – and spoiler alert, I was still running:  

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Consistent

If I had to pick one word to describe my workouts this week, it would be consistent. 

I was consistent, getting in my “feel good” (4-5 miles) runs every day.  I was consistent, doing my diastasis recti exercises every day. I was consistent, getting in my step goal every day.

So, I also guess you could say it was boring, because there’s nothing exciting to share!

Anyway, here’s what the week looked like:

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Taking it somewhat easy

Some weeks I feel on fire — I could run forever, wake up as early as I need, and just keep going. And other weeks, I’m tired, my body is sore, and each mile run feels harder and harder. This was one of those weeks — random parts of me were feeling sore and I was tired in the morning, and I’m just proud for getting outside most days.  This week, my goal was to get outside and get in a file miles each day, plus keep up my diastasis recti exercises as much as possible.

Anyway, here’s what the week looked like:

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I love summertime

I’m sure I’ve said it before, but I LOVE summertime. It is my favorite season of the year. Yes, it’s hot. But I love the longer daylight, the morning LIT runs, sleeping a little later (no school bus!) and the carefree feeling all around.

This week brought the end of June (!), a celebration for my oldest (he turned 6!) and the start to a long weekend.

Anyway, here’s what the week looked like:

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5K medal and feeling hot hot hot

Well, I’ve got my heat training done for the summer just this week. June in Cleveland can be a variety of temperatures – 50s, 60s or even 70s and 80s. But this week we nearly broke records with highs in the upper nineties and “feels like” in the 100s!

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Thankfully, I run in the morning but even then, I had some hot runs. It was in the 80s at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday and Wednesday’s run may have “only” been in the upper 70s at 5:30 a.m. but it was so humid it felt like I was swimming! Because I didn’t have anything on the calendar for training, I was able to just take it easy and run what I wanted both days. But it wasn’t easy!  

Then, Saturday we had signed up for a 5K that was in our neighborhood – and the temperatures broke just in time. Race time temps were in the 60s and breezy – nearly perfect! So perfect, that I ended up winning a medal … but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Anyway, here’s what the week looked like:

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Helllllo June!

Being on vacation last week, I somehow missed that JUNE is here. JUNE – holy smokes. I hate how fast summertime goes – it’s my favorite season of the year and I wish it would last forever. The sunny days, sleeping in, endless daylight … anyway, it doesn’t, but I’m trying to make it last as much as I can!

I was able to get in a run outside all week – even on the day it was pouring when I woke up, I managed to get in a few miles later in the day, which is very unlike me (typically if I don’t work out first thing, it isn’t going to happen). 

Here’s what the week looked like:

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A Few Days in Chicago

We just got back from a few days in Chicago for a fun family vacation. My son’s last day of kindergarten (!) was the week before Memorial Day, so we decided to spend the week out of town and took a road trip to the Windy City. Unlike last year, where I was doing my running streak and had to get in a run each day, this year, I was looking forward to taking a few days off, but also running a few days while I was there. And that’s exactly what I did! I was able to get in a a few runs on my trip, but on the days I didn’t get out, I instead took long walks with the family and still got in my step goal. 

I love getting in runs in new cities. It helps to break up the boredom of running the same route(s) day in and day out, but it’s also a great way to explore.  

Here’s what the week looked like:

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Recovery and Whatever I Want

For those of you that missed it, my half marathon/5k races came and went! Here is a recap of how they went last weekend.

Spoiler alert – I had a great time! FB_IMG_1653142410577

So, that meant this week I was going to do whatever I wanted. Sleep in? Sure, why not. Run a little? Yes! I didn’t have any plans, and it felt GREAT. Here’s what the week entailed:

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