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



When I started blogging in October of 2017, I never though I’d see the day when I was “too busy” to put up 2,3, or sometimes 4 blog posts a week.

Then again, I also never though I’d get back down to a weekly mileage total in the low 20s…but life changes. And, somehow neither of these things has drastically altered my life. Although, I would definitely like to work my way back up to running 6 times a week with a total of 30 miles or so. But for now, I’ll settle for weekly blog posts/running re-caps each Sunday; and running/as often as my body allows. Oh, and for celebrating every big and little victory along the way…even if it’s only a small victory like having 3 out of 5 runs this week in the 9:20 pace range.

A much as I miss all the free time I had for blogging and over-analyzing every run when I was in college, I am sort of digging this whole being busy all the time Monday-Friday and most weekends. It also probably doesn’t hurt that I’ll be writing 1 or 2 articles every single day going forward for my new (1 month down already!!) freelance writing gig. Plus, warmer weather, longer runs, and better blog post are just around the corner. And, I’ve somehow manged to make it a whole 2 weeks without falling. The only real thing to complain about is a. that the twisty trail is still closed and b. there’s a whole lot of rain in the forecast for next week…two perfectly manageable obstacles.

Although today was my first run with my new Garmin Forerunner 35 watch, I can confidently say that this watch is going to be a game changer with my running.

I mean, I’m constantly aware of my heart rate and the screen stays lit up the whole time I’m running. So, I can glance down at my wrist anytime to see where I’m at distance, pace or time wise. It’s a magical device. Except, for the fact that I though it would be a “good idea” to set the goal pace for 9:15…without knowing that the damn watch was going to vibrate at regular intervals when I wasn’t running at this pace (aka all the freaking time!!). But, luckily, I was able to ignore it for the most part this morning because I was too busy wiping sweat and snot out of my face. And, trying my hardest to run as far as possible.

It was cold out this morning, 30 degrees and 8 mph wind cold. Still, a long sleeve shirt and running tights seemed like enough layers and running 7 miles seemed like a fairly reasonable goal after how well last Sunday’s 6 miler went. Well, surprise, surprise today’s run didn’t go nearly as well as last week’s. Still, I managed to get in 6 miles at slow, consistent(ish) pace of 9:46. My heart rate was actually pretty normal too, and now I get to learn all about/become obsessed with another running metric: cadence. It’s basically just a fancy word for how many times per minute your feet hit the ground while running. I know my form isn’t the best, so I wasn’t too shocked to find out that my numbers where right in the middle. Not terrible, but not super stellar either.

Overall, I’m really proud of everything I was able to accomplish during the month of April; both fitness and non-fitness related.

I completed the first month of my freelance writing job. I got both faster with running and stronger in the gym. I only feel 1 time and sprained 1 ankle. I was able to adjust my running route. AND, I finally made the decision to upgrade my running watch, which is hopefully all the motivation I need to get back to running 6 times a week and running 7-9 miles once a week. There were definitely some bumps in the road (literally) along the way, but everything worked out the way it was supposed to in the end. I also discovered and started binge watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix. So, before you know it I will have all the answer to all of life’s questions and be jumping hurdles on a regular basis in no time at all.

Did I mention how excited/ready I am for warmer (but not too warm) temperatures and longer runs? Because literally that’s all I was thinking about this morning as I was struggling through the cold weather just to get in 6 mediocre miles. That, and how good the pancakes and eggs were going to taste post workout.