Running. Lifting.Blogging. and LiviNG lIFE IN THE hAWKEYE sTATE!!!



Just a general life/running/fitness update since it’s been over four months and this blog was on the back burner for a hot minute or two.

Actually, you’re never really too busy to do something that you’re super passionate about (at least in my humble opinion). But, that’s exactly the excuse I kept telling myself as the weeks and months ticked by…and I still hadn’t gotten out a new blog post. That, and the fact that my running turned into absolute trash the minute the weather got humid/hot/gross. And I have been writing up to 60 articles work wise each month…so I felt a little burnt out when it came to writing and blogging. But I’m here, and VERY excited to be back. Mainly, because life is going so well right now…and my running is finally back on track.

Let’s rewind for a minute to last week. I felt horrible, wasn’t recovering well from my workouts at all, AND was not sleeping much either. So, I made the conscious and difficult decision to just lift/run when I felt like it (aka when I felt physically/mentally like it would be a good quality workout). Which, ended up with me only running and lifting three times last week. I also managed to walk 3-4 miles on three other days as well…and take the dreaded complete rest day on Sunday UGH. Then, today happened…

It really is something magical, when everything falls into place and you get in the perfect run.

Fancy Garmin GPS running watch, check. New Under Armour running shoes, check. New music, check, Epically fast 5 mile run, CHECK. It was one of those, oh well today SHOULD be a good run after last week’s laid back schedule…but you just never know when it comes to running and me. Or new music. Especially when it comes to just randomly downloading the new Jonas Brothers album, because NOSTALGIA!!! Anyhow, things started off well, aside from the fact that I took off way too fast and it was a bit too windy for my preference. And, then I hit 2 miles and felt like throwing in the towel ‘cause running is HARD. Downright impossible at times.

But, I knew my body was capable of sooo much more. So, I sucked it up and kept on going and going and I felt like I was dragging my feet the entire time…but I didn’t let that phase me (that much). Before I knew it, I was nearly the 4.5 mile mark. The farthest I had ran last week was 4 miles. I was definitely happy with 4.5, but not satisfied. 5 miles was the goal I had set out with, even though it seemed unreachable given the circumstances. I. did. it. I ran 5 miles in a time of 47 minutes and 21 seconds. No walk breaks. No pain. Minimum mental f-bombs were dropped. SUCCESS.

And just like that, I caught the bug again.

The drive and desire to run around in circles for an eternity, jamming out to new music and feeling powerful. Proud. On top of the world. It’s a feeling I’ve been lacking over these past four plus months. A feeling I wasn’t quite sure I would ever get back. But, here we are. And, I can’t wait to see what these next several months and weeks hold…both in running and just life in general. I’m literally the happiest I have ever been in my 23+ years on this earth. Fitness/running is a huge part of my life, BUT it’s not the only part or the thing that my life revolves around anymore. I fit it into my life.

I took the time yesterday (Sunday) to schedule all of my workouts for the next 3 weeks, including goal distances. And, what I’m planning on eating Monday-Saturday this week. I gave myself every weekend off, the entire weekend. This was designed so that I can have fun/spend time with important people in my life without having to stress about getting up at 3:45 a.m. to run and lift the next day. I haven’t had a complete weekend off since like last November when I went on an all day shopping trip to Chicago…and that involved a lot of walking too.

Since it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged, I’m not entirely sure how to end this post. The main thing I want you (whoever may stumble across this random blog and post) to take away is this: just because you’re struggling now, doesn’t mean you’re going to be struggling forever. Or a day, week, month(s) from now. Do your best, and know that things will get better. Not easier, but better. Going forward, I am aiming to post on here 2-3 times a week about whatever happens to be going on in my life, both running/fitness and other stuff as well. So, if you’d like to follow along, I would greatly appreciate it!