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Today's Random Thoughts

Today's Random Thoughts

    Not a very exciting title today, I know. But, hey give me a break. It hasn't even been 12 hours since my last post and I haven't had any caffeine yet (shocking I know). I originally hadn't planned on posting again until I got back to Iowa City (seriously dreading it!!!). And I know that post will be way more exciting than this one. So, feel free to click off now if you were hoping for some type of captivating, emotionally charged, motivational story. Because I have absolutely no clue where this post is going. I guess that means we're all in for a wild ride.

    I'm not going to sugar coat it, today's run sucked, big time. Like the first 3 miles or so felt great and then things fell apart. Completely. Which sucks because I only have two more outside runs and then it's back to running inside for the next month (more on this later). The good news is, I felt like my form was way better today than yesterday, probably due to the fact that we didn't have to hit the panic button today or feel uber self conscious at any point while running. I even thought about going for 9 miles instead of 8...but I didn't want to worry my parents by being out for that long. And my Ipod was pretty much dead by the end anyway. Today was just not the day for 9 miles (and that day could be like a million runs away). But, I feel like 9 miles is definitely coming sooner rather than later...like Thanksgiving break soon. Ughhhhhh. That sound terribly awful, completely outside of my comfort zone, GREAT. Running far scares the shit out of me. Like no I'm not a "runner" just someone who enjoys running really far while jamming out to music. That's it.

    The hills really got to me today...like I was about to just start power walking up them. My legs were like no, no hills today, we're good. These are the days that I almost wish I had someone to film me while running, because I am 1,000% sure that I had quite the look of struggle on my face. Definitely not the graceful, athletic look I've been going for lately. And of course right after that first big, grueling hill, I found myself really questioning if I would be able to make it 8 miles when I was already struggling so early on. But I told that voice inside my head to just shut up and focus on the mile I was in (and on not falling, or stepping in any puddles, clearly failed at the latter).

    THIS IS MY LAST WEEKEND RUNNING OUTSIDE/IN BP UNTIL THANKSGIVING BREAK...and yes I am freaking out a little or a lot actually, why do you ask?! Ahhhhhhhhhhhh. I am dreading that first long treadmill run in the dungeon gym next Friday. I would be shocked if I even made it 4ish miles. 6 would be perfect, but like who enjoys starting their long run at 4:45-50 a.m. on a treadmill, in a gym that may or may not have random people in it that you don't know. Yeah not me...ever...in a billion years. But, I'm gonna have to like it. To make matters worse, I will no longer have access to any dumbbells/free weights besides my little 8lb dumbbells in my dorm room. Fan-Freakingtastic. And no I am not even going to consider walking all the way to the rec to lift. 1. I would have to climb the swirly thing on my walk back to Hillcrest, 2. They don't open until like 6 a.m., 3. It is intimidating as fuck to walk into the lifting areas there with all of the jacked dudes with arms the size of my head.

    Obviously I am gonna lose all my "gains" that I haven't made (ehh I have made some) while lifting in BP these past several weekends. Maybe. I don't have a crystal ball so it's hard to say (but I really wish I did...and an invisibility cloak!!). I can already tell that I am going to be way way overly emotional these next these next two days at Total Body Fitness. I love that gym more than I love halo top, Netflix, and running combined. And it's not just that they have the best treadmills, a ton of free weights + machines. Although those are some nice perks. I love it there because it's the one gym in the universe that I feel semi comfortable working out in. I'll always be that self-conscious person at the gym (even if I have the place to myself), but at least at this gym I know no one is judging me, my athletic ability, or my imperfections. In addition, the other gym members are pretty alright (actually they're super nice/motivational/etc.). So, yeah I'm pretty pissed that I have to leave that great workout enviornment for the dungeon gym in Hillcrest.

    OKAY. Let's end things on a positive note. I get to run outside tomorrow (as long as the 30 mph winds don't blow me away). AND OMG MAK IS GONNA BE AT THE GYM YASSS. 😸💪Okay, going back to Iowa City won't be that bad if these last few days in BP are gonna be so bomb. I promise no more posts until after we hit up Trader Joes on Monday. So, I guess get excited for that post because it will be better than this one, probably. Thanks for reading this post and any other of my posts. It seriously means the world to me! Also shout out to anyone brave enough to go all the way back and check out the super awkward/weird/crazy post from 2014. That takes real courage!!🙊
Trader Joes Review // 10K PR

Trader Joes Review // 10K PR

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