why do i run?

Why?

I hate getting up early to go for a run.

I hate the feeling during a run.  It hurts.  Everything hurts.  My legs hurt.  My lungs hurt.
It just hurts.

I hate not being ‘fast’.

I hate not getting PRs.

I hate that you have to be consistent to see any amount of improvement.

I hate having to run in hot/humid about-to-die weather.

 

But…

I love the feeling after a run.

I love the fact that I can improve, if I put in the work.

I love that I can do something that other people will never be able or want to do.

I love the accomplishment of finishing a long run.

I love the sweatiness after a hot/humid about-to-die run.

I love where running can take me.

I love to achieve my goals.

I love that running is purely for me.

wannabe morning runner

Ugh.  I feel this is all I say.  So I apologize for repeating myself again and again.  I want to run mornings.  And then my alarm goes off, and nope.  Not getting out of bed.

This morning was the same.  Alarm off at 6am.  I laid in bed until after 7am on my phone: Instagram, Facebook, the news…. Finally, I got up and am now on my blog with coffee brewing.  What a fail.  Except that there is coffee.

Though, in my defense, it is raining.  And while I love to run in the rain, I hate to begin a run while it is already raining.  Make sense? I don’t know.  Anyway, I looked at the weather forecast for the day, and it looks like it is meant to be raining all day.  It was also 76F when I woke up, and the high is around 80/81F.  What’s a few degrees more?  I figure I can try to prep myself for this rainy warm run and head out for a mid-morning run.

On the cards today is a tempo run.  I’m hoping for 2 or 3 miles at around an 8:50min/mile.  We will see.  I should be able to do this.  I’ve done much harder workouts.

Let’s drink this coffee and go!

I’ll be dodging the puddles today!

 

 

hbf run for a reason – training

Only six weeks until the HBF Run for a Reason 12km.  I was going to try to find a 10 or 12km training plan to follow, and I found a few 6 or 8 week plans.  But I don’t know, I’m just not that interested in following one.  I have no idea why.  I’m just going to do my own thing, and see how that goes.  I know what I want to do, have the usual speed work day, a tempo run day and a long run day – but I’m going to run by feel and have nothing really set in stone. Continue reading

Operation BQ – Step 1

I am not a gifted runner.  I never have been.  I was always the slowest in my class at school.  Painfully slow.  I didn’t even want to participate because I knew I would be last.  Well, actually, second last, one girl was just a tad slower than me.  However, it still made me not want to run.

This is not a post about my past as a runner, which is brief: I wasn’t, and now I am.  It’s about not being naturally fast.  There are people out there that can decided to run a marathon and easily break four hours.  Heck, some even get close to the three hour mark their first try.  I am not one.  My first marathon was a a 4:46, which was in 2013.  It was a huge accomplishment to me.  I have never been surrounded by runners, no one I knew had run one before.  I was hooked.  The feeling of crossing that finish line was like nothing else I had ever experienced. Continue reading

A week off

It’s been a week since I ran The Hapalua Half Marathon.  I decided to take a full week off.  Actually, it wasn’t planned.  I was going to take two days off, then start running again.  Then I got sick, and decided, what the hell, I may as well give myself a full week off to completely rest and start fresh.

I haven’t been doing nothing – I’ve been surfing quite a bit.  I was talking to my husband about surfing, and sometimes I think – Oh my gosh, I’ve been so lazy today, I haven’t done anything.  Then I realize I have gone for a 2 hour surf.  And surfing can be intense.  If anyone has ever even had a surf lesson, you’ll know what I mean.  Put yourself on a shorter board, and that intensity goes up!  Just because it isn’t your typical ‘mainstream’ activity, and it looks like a lot of run (it is, it is so much fun) doesn’t mean it’s not doing anything for your health.  I just wish I could be a faster runner from the amount I surf!IMG_1009

Anyway, the Hapalua was a great race.  It definitely was another lesson in getting more mileage in.  Right from the start I didn’t feel ready.  At the start line I didn’t feel that excited nervous I usually do before a race.  It was more of a, oh my gosh, I have to run 13.1 miles, kind of dreaded feeling.  I know it’s because I didn’t run more than 10 or 11 miles during training.  At least I know this is where my (biggest) downfall is.img_0457

It’s Boston weekend too.  That gets me so excited.  I love seeing everyones photos about the race.  I never thought I’d even dream of running it, I haven’t even ran a sub 4 marathon… But I now have that dream… One day, I’ll get to you.  (I think when I’m in my 40’s my BQ gets up to 3:55 – maybe then!)

A bit of a mish-mash post.  I’ll post again with my next plan – which I’ll be figuring out today!

Hapalua Half Marathon Training Week 12

I’ll be writing a quick recap of The Hapalua in a little bit – at the moment I have come down with a cold, and am feeling sorry for myself.  I really just wanted to put this up.  I’ll probably need to update it too, to add in my splits for the Hapalua.  I’m pretty disappointed with how I ran.  Well, maybe I’m more disappointed with how I trained – I was definitely under trained, and really need to focus on completing long runs.

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