Winter Is Here

I’ll try not to complain every single week from here through the end of March; however, I hate winter running. 

Now that that’s over with, I’ll say that I ran almost every day this week (yay!), but only one run was outside. Every other day was on the dreadmill, at o’dark thirty, when it was either icy or just too cold (for me) outside. Thankfully, I was able to get in a few outdoor walks during the day, which made all the difference in my moods! So even though I was stuck on the treadmill, I found myself getting in at least a mile walk outside a few days in the (cold) sunshine with at least one of my kids. They don’t hate winter like me, and I’m trying NOT to instill the bad attitude in them!

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Every Day I’m Treadmilling

Well, winter finally arrived in Cleveland. It was a cold, dark and we had our first real snowstorm. I know it’s January, but I’m still not ready for it to be like this. I prefer 30+ degrees and dry ground for me to run on. I  decided to ignore the elements this week, and instead of running outside, I stayed indoors, did some kettlebells, did some abs and ran on the treadmill.

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2021 Running – Year in Review

Happy New Year Running Friends!

Where did the year go?! Looking back at where I was last year at this time, it’s amazing how much has changed, yet how much hasn’t (how are we still in a pandemic?!). As tradition goes, it’s time for me to look back and see how the year went.

Compared to other years, 2021 meant much fewer races, not as many miles as 2020, and an end to my running streak. Some of the highlights of the year include:

My longest running streak, ever: I made it 411 days of running at least a mile every day. As I became more and more pregnant, this turned into a run/walk streak (emphasis on the walk), which lasted 537 days. My last day was 7/13, and my baby was born 7/22! I also did the #RWStreak from Thanksgiving to New Years, but I think that’s enough streaking for me for a while.

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photo from the day I hit one year!

My most pregnant miles: While I was much faster running with my firstborn, I ran and walked the most this pregnancy. Thanks partially to my running streak. I’m hoping it was what helped my labor go by pretty quickly, and me be able to get back into running at six weeks postpartum.

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The return to in-person racing: 2021 only included 3 races for me – 2 virtual and 1 in-person. The in-person was just a 10K (as part of the Cleveland Marathon race weekend), but it was SO great being back out there and running the streets with others racing!

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Running with my kids: My oldest has shown some interest in running, and we’ve run a mile together! It’s just a mile usually, but when the weather was nice, it was great to go for a run with him or get out and run around the block after I would come back from my run.

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Total mileage for 2021: 1,375.1 miles

Goal mileage: 2021 km or 1255.8 miles

2022 Goals

  • Add in something else besides running into my schedule. Yoga? Stationary biking? Hiking? I don’t know what it will be, but I need to start doing something besides running sometime. Even if it’s just stretching, abs and/or kettlebells!
  • Continue to run, injury free. I had some bad plantar fasciitis in 2021, but when I got pregnant it went away. I’d like to keep it away, as well as any other injuries!
  • Run in-person races again! With the new baby, I know I’m challenged to fit in running. But, hopefully I can make time to train for some races or at least fit in some events in 2022.

Questions for you:

  • How did your 2021 end in terms of running?
  • Any goals for 2022?

I’m linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down.

Happy Holidays – Weekly Run Down Edition

Happy holidays and Merry Christmas! I can’t believe Christmas is OVER, and I’m trying not to feel the pang that often hits me after the holiday season. Instead, let’s focus on all that has been wonderful and all that is running-related!

This week, I kept up my unplanned running streak, so much that I may decide to complete the Runner’s World #rwstreak and run every day through New Year’s Day. What do you think? Should I keep it up?  

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Warm Holiday Season

Man, is it really nearly the end of December? 

While I’m ready for the holiday season, some time off of work and with the family (and no school for the kids!), it doesn’t feel like the holidays. I’m not going home for Christmas this year (thanks, pandemic) and also,  it has been WARM! That’s right – I was able to run in capris twice this week because it was in the 40s-50s even before the sun came up. And I loved it!

This week, I got in an outdoor run nearly every day. The weather was just that good!

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Weekly Run Down: A Good Week

Looking back at this week in terms of running, I can say it was a good week.

I got in 4 outdoor runs, 3 indoor runs (thank you, treadmill!) and I felt pretty good.

I’m still not getting any faster (thanks, postpartum running, breastfeeding and lack of sleep for that), but I’m not injured, I’m still getting in my miles, and overall, I’m feeling good.

 

(This is one of my favorite versions of this song – I believe I first heard it in an episode of Luther)

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Weekly Run Down: December Is Here

December is HERE! And with that, we actually had some great weather this week. I was able to get outside half of the days and run outside. And one day, I managed to run in capris because it was in the 40s!

I wouldn’t mind if it stayed this mild all winter. We had some snow on Sunday, but it melted and stayed dry the second half of the week, which made my runs outside that much better. And with that, I wrapped up my November with about 109 miles run.

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Here’s how the week went:

 

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Weekly Run Down: 2nd Annual Turkey Trot

Was Thanksgiving really 3 days ago? It feels like only yesterday that I was counting down the days to see my family and celebrate the beginning of the season. My parents came into town for a few days, and it was great to see them and enjoy some turkey and quality time together. 

Speaking of turkey, this year also marked the second annual family turkey trot — instead of doing the large downtown race (which I do enjoy), me and my brothers- and sisters-in-law did our own run around our neighborhood. It’s a fun tradition, and works out perfectly since we all live so close to one another. My oldest brother-in-law and his son started out by running from their house. Then they picked up my sister-in-law and her daughter at her house (about .75 mi away), then they picked up my other brother-in-law and his dog at their house (about another .5 mi away), and then they picked me, B and my younger brother-in-law at our house. Then we ran a little ways around dropped everyone else off at their houses. It was the perfect start to my Thanksgiving morning!

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Weekly Run Down: Longest Postpartum Week

Running is my stress therapy. It helps soothe my anxiety. It makes me sane. 

So it should come as no surprise to me that my first full week back of work was also my highest postpartum mileage week. At least I have a coping mechanism?

The week included a mix of outdoor and (mostly) indoor runs. I became familiar with my treadmill again, and was so grateful to have it when it was very dark, cold and snow/rain was coming down!

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Weekly Run Down: Time Change

I’m one of those people who likes “fall back.” I’m an early riser, and I don’t mind it being light in the mornings. I like the fact that my body thinks it’s later than it is, which makes a 4:30 a.m. wakeup alarm that much easier. And I don’t mind it getting dark at night. I have 3 kids, and we don’t spend much time outside after 7:30 p.m. anyway!

So, the time change helped me this week. It wasn’t quite light when I went for runs in the early mornings, but it was nice to feel almost rested in the mornings when I woke up — or at least as rested as one can be with a 3-month-old nursing baby.

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