“Running is only real when shared” isn’t that what Chris McCandless said in the book/movie Into the Wild? Okay, fine it was actually a quote about happiness but for a lot of us they’re one in the same. I’m starting to see that I’m finding so much more happiness in running now that I am making it a point to do it socially and that there are countless benefits in community and running with others.
- I submitted my first recipe to be published in our local health and fitness magazine, which will hopefully mean more traffic coming towards my site for healthy recipes. One huge thing that I’ve struggled with is the organization of my site and not having an easy way for visitors to scroll through and find the recipe they need. Amanda encouraged me to update my theme and I splurged for Foodie Pro, which is scary and exciting all at the same time. I have MLK holiday off work so I’ve been up all night trying to update as much as I can in the low traffic hours, but I have a long way to go so please be patient with my construction.
- I’m also co-leading a women’s small group through my church that met for the first time last night and I am still on cloud nine from how amazing it went.
- I painted my nails Topless & Barefoot*
- Speaking of nails, I learned how to plug my tire that had not one, but two nails in it.
- And I ate my body weight in this guacamole. I’ve made a million different recipes and I’ve finally reached perfection.
Don’t you love foods that are naturally #whole30compliant? I’m in charge of snacks for smaller group tonight and guacamole is any easy choice that even the no health nuts will love! Recipe for THE best guac: 5 avocados mushed in a large bowl, 1 heaping tbsp finely chopped sun dried tomatoes, 2 tbsp finely chopped red onion, 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, juice from 2 limes, little salt, little pepper, little paprika and mini peppers for dipping!
Last year, I worked with a coach from February to December to go for a sub 1:30 half and a major PR in the marathon. It was such a great learning experience, but it was also pretty intense and since each workout was so calculated, it was really hard to run with other people. I was either focussed on pace the entire time and looking down at my watch instead of engaging in conversation or I was calling all the shots and being a running diva. It was just easier to run on my own than drag everyone through my rigid workouts.
Now that I have a lot more freedom in my running, I’m taking advantage of the amazing running community that I’m apart of and running is more fun than ever.
Monday: 6 mile Hoka test run with Fleet Feet
The Fleet Feet open group runs are my favorite way to start out the week. I went after my first day of work at my big girl job over a year and a half ago and it’s where I met my first friends in this city. On Monday the Hoka rep ran with us and let us try out these Stinsons*. I provided an affiliate link if anyone’s interested, but I will always be honest when I review any product on this site so I must say that these are not my favorite. Hokas are SO comfortable, but I can’t run in them for the life of me. I would love a pair to work in since I’m on my feet all day and I don’t care at all about how they look, but it’s just too much cushioning and makes me feel like I’m running in a pool of glue. I ran at an 8:05 pace, but felt like I was pushing closer to 6:30. You can find my favorite shoe recommendations and a guide for how to pick them here.
Wednesday: 6 miles with Erica
I got to run with my friend/neighbor Erica 3 times this week, which is probably why I’m raving about how much I love running with other people. She lives less than a mile away from me so we leave at the same time and meet right in the middle. On Wednesday we wore our matching Lululemon Speed Shorts and did 6 miles on the Greenline at an average of 8:18 pace.
Thursday: Track with Fleet Feet
This was my second night back on the track and this time we did a 1.25 mile warm up, 2×200 with 200m recovery, 6×400 with 200m recovery, 2×200 with 200m recovery, and a 1.25 mile cool down. I ran the splits with my friends Rosie, Dave, and Eric and we alternated pacing for each lap. This was the first speed workout I’ve done in a long time where I wasn’t obsessing over my watch and pace and it was honestly a blast. I also wore compression socks because my calves have been chronically tight since my marathon in December, but they didn’t bother me during the workout so I guess it helped.
Splits: 37, 40, 1:28, 1:24, 1:24, 1:24, 1:24, 1:26, 37, 35
Not killer, but good for slowly easing back into things.
Saturday: 11 mile long run with Fleet Feet
We met at 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning for a long run through East Memphis. I was reunited with my incredibly fast friend Kathleen who set the 7:50 average pace. I had so much fun catching up and running with her, Erica, and Tom. Yes, I chose to post the worst picture of myself, but Erica and Kathleen look good in it so I couldn’t help it.
Sunday: 4.5 miles easy with Erica and her baby
My social life did not stop there and yesterday I met Erica for a leisurely 4.5 miles at 8:50 pace while she pushed her baby in a stroller and held onto her dog.
After our run, I look my last picture for the BGBInstaChallenge and purged all of my old running shoes. I’m so bad about throwing them out (or donating them like I did yesterday) because I’ll randomly wear an old pair to work or I want to save them for the “yard work” that I never do.
I’m not going to post a training plan for next week because it would literally look exactly the same as this week and I’m finding that I really don’t even need it to keep me accountable. Running with my friends is all the incentive I need.
- Push each other
- Friendly competition
- Explore different parts of your city
- Keeps your mind stimulated
- More cool opportunities like test runs and pub runs
- Networking- I’ve run with some pretty important people in my day!
Tell me about your run group or running buddy
Whats your favorite part about running?
Give me a couple updates in your life!