GIVEAWAY!! Momentum Jewelry

I’m so excited to announce that I will be doing a giveaway on my Instagram.

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I thought I’d write a little something here, just incase you don’t follow me on the ‘gram.

I’ve been an ambassador for Momentum Jewelry for a little while now – and they are such a fabulous company.  It’s funny how much their wraps inspire me.  If I’m feeling like my running isn’t going well, I put one on, and know I have support behind me, no matter how fast (or slow) I run.  They encourage me to get through the bad runs, and push me harder on the good ones.

I’ve reached 2000 followers on Instagram (which is a lot for me!).  I’m so excited that people want to see my journey.  Everyone of my followers encourages me to go out there and give it my best shot (whether you realize it or not), so now I am able to give back a little to all of you.

Head over to my Instagram to check it out.

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Playing mind games – 6 x 800m

A good workout deserves its own post!

Yesterday morning my alarm clock went off at 5:30am.  I turned it straight off.  Nope, not going to run.  Maybe I can run later today.  Maybe I should just have a rest day today, and move my run to tomorrow.  But then I thought how good I would feel if I completed a run.  I thought about having time in the evening and not worrying when I would fit in my run.  I thought that I could actually wash my hair, and it could be clean for two whole days.

So, I got up, laced up my shoes, and went out. Continue reading

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