After the Cleveland Marathon this year, I told myself I wouldn’t take any real time off from running. Not because I don’t think taking time off after a race is useful, but because I had worked really hard in the prior weeks to build strength and I would be going on vacation (which is when I actually run more and stay consistent anyways)! Continue reading Relaxing Runs
OK, I’ll admit it. I’m throwing this post together while on vacation, sitting next to Fritos and a Blue Moon. I’ve been running strong, though, despite my other bad out-of-town habits, which isn’t quite a surprise since I keep writing about how much I like running in other locales. But I truly do love it — the change of routes, the different scenery, learning about other places, and sometimes really challenging myself. Continue reading Mileage in the Mountains
Maybe I’m crazy, but when I see a hill, I think about running it. Sometimes I even get excited and plan on running the crazy hills that I find, especially when we’re traveling. Continue reading Munday Runday: Surprise Hill Training
FOLKS. I’m in love. Continue reading Munday Runday: Philly
I’m writing this on the plane on the way back from a trip to Florida! I was at the Everglades, Key West, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale.
The trip was pretty good, and I’m glad I brought my running shoes! I know K and I have both mentioned a few times how fun it is to run in new cities. This time however, I didn’t really experience the city differently through running (the hotels I stayed in were in military bases – I’ll talk more about that some other time).
However, getting out on the pavement during a trip felt good for another reason. It felt good because running felt like a priority. Just because I was on vacation, and my schedule was weirder than it normally is, didn’t mean that I couldn’t make time to do the things that were important to me. And that’s important, because things are always weird. There are always disruptions, there are always weird schedules, and if I always waited for things to “settle down” in order to run, I’d barely ever be out there.
When I was a kid, I wondered who the types of people were who used the fitness centers at hotels. I mean, you’re on a trip! Why bother! And now I recognize that it’s the type of people who make fitness a priority, and can’t get interrupted every time they travel. And I hope that’s the type of person I can be.
In my last Munday Runday post, I mentioned that I did a lot of track running during my vacation in Silver City, NM. I’ve actually never run on a track before (other than the “track” on a cruise last year…but that was just laps in the middle of the ocean). I wasn’t athletic in high school and I’ve always preferred running and exploring in new areas to running laps for obvious reasons. Silver City wasn’t exactly conducive to longer runs because the roads wind a lot, making traffic dangerous, and the hills in the area were so large that there was no way I could get too far. So, to the public track it is! My dad and I ran every day of this trip to get motivated to keep up our routine when vacation was over. I averaged about 4 miles on the track every day, meaning more than 15 laps. Just running in circles. Round and round and round and round. Surprisingly, I didn’t get outrageously bored doing this, but I think it was because I wasn’t running alone. I’m going to be looking into finding a track nearby with public access because it’s actually really a really useful resource. Continue reading Munday Runday: Track Running