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Thursday, September 1, 2011

thankful for the small things....10K race approaching

So halfway through week 5 and I am at 24 miles:) I will run another 14-16miles in the next 2 days and get close to 40 miles this week. 
The last few days I have been enjoying running SO much! 


I think part of it is due to the fact that I found a running partner who is willing to get up and meet me downtown at 5:45am a few times a week. Stephanie at Soggy Runner Girl is awesome!
With us both being moms and having busy husbands we LIKE to get up when it's still dark outside to ensure we get our run done and out of the way before the craziness starts:) 


On Tuesday I met her for a beautiful 8 mile run on the waterfront downtown. We get to cross a bridge over the river and watch the sun come up. The sunrise reflects off the beautiful glass high rise buildings and casts a beautiful glow on the river. As we run this route, I feel SO thankful. 


Thankful to have a friend to run with. 
Thankful to currently have 2 working legs to run on.
Thankful I have a passion that brings me joy. 
Thankful for my family. 
Thankful I am ENJOYING this great blessing of running at the moment. 
Thankful...honestly...just for LIFE!


My favorite time to run is EARLY in the morning. There is something extremely special and spiritual about this time of day. I always feel closest to God at this time of day also. To be out in the world before the world is awake...it is still quiet and still and so peaceful to me.


But even on the days I've had to run alone, I have still felt an immense amount of joy. 
Sometimes we can get stuck in a rutt and it's hard to get out the door...we don't really enjoy our runs etc..and I'm sure that will return...but for now I am still in that euphoric phase where I am so happy to be moving again and working my butt off to get back the fitness level I had a few months ago. 


Running with Stephanie a few days a week forces me to hold a pace that is just slightly challenging...our 8 miles at an 8:05 pace the other day was perfect. My legs didn't feel heavy til the last 1.5 miles. Then it is good for me also to take a few recovery days like today when I ran 4 miles at an 8:30 pace. 


RACE:


I am excited for my 10K in 3wks....eeeek. I know I will not even get CLOSE to PR'ing on my 42:30 but it will be good for me to see where I'm at and feel the burn of pushing my limits. I am hoping I can hold a 7:15 pace for 6.2 by then:):)  I should be up to 50 miles by then and so I will JUST be reaching some good base mileage. I am really curious to see where my abilities are at after 8wks of just base running. Should be interesting:)


well, off to bed...got to be downtown at 6am tomorrow morning:) and then rush home to be BACK downtown for a wedding at 10am:):) I love my life. 



5 comments:

  1. Okay, okay, maybe I should come run!! I love mornings too but the getting up part is awful!! But once you're out there.....

    What time tomorrow?? 6? I am supposed to do a tempo though but I don't even know I'll have it in me to do that. hmmmm.

    Love your words here girl. And your header. Beautiful!

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  2. Mornings are my favorite time to run too! I am so happy the your legs are healed and allowing you to run again:) oh... and your new display picture is AAmazing. You are beautiful!

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  3. Great header!!! Things are going WELL for you Nicole! Awesome about the running partner. I generally run alone but I ran a tempo with a faster friend this week and I LOVED it-loved the push. I am searching and hoping we can coordinate plans a little to do this a few more times in the next 2 weeks!!

    Great to hear your excitement about the 10K!!!! I think you will surprise yourself here. Such a great feeling to just come back from injury, get in a race, feel that chest burn, that adrenaline and remember why you love this in the first place!! You also have a GREAT outlook!

    You sound HAPPY. Content and HAPPY and I'm HAPPY for you!!! This forced break has served you well on many levels. No doubt you will get your fitness back and MORE. Can't wait to see what's in store for you here!

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  4. Beautiful picture! I love that you are so happy and feeling back to yourself! Keep it up. You are doing fantastic and cant wait to see how the 10k goes. :)

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  5. Firstly that pic is AMAZING!!! Wowzers, no wonder your friend wanted you to be his running model!

    I am so happy to hear that your training this week is going well, girl you deserve it! You have a fierce competitive spirit and I would say that even if you feel like you are not at your fitness peak come your 10k that you are still going to blow away your expectations.

    I haven't had a peaceful early morning run in WAY too long, don't have the energy to meet up with someone at 5:45 to knock out some miles while the sun is still waking. But I do love that time of day when the suns glow begins to light up everything and it just feels so peaceful.

    Hope your holiday weekend is lovely :)

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