Friday, September 9, 2016

It's Friday + A Good Week Of Running!

Hey friends,
Happy Friday, Happy September!

Two of my kiddos started school this week and it truly hit me that they are really growing up. As we kissed our 4th grade son and 1st grade daughter on Tuesday morning and sent them on their way, I felt like my heart would burst open. They were just babes in my arms and now they are entrenched in elementary school making friends, plowing through homework and playing sports. I feel thankful that our "baby" is just three years old and her biggest mission is getting everyone to cook in her kitchen and play family. She begins a new year of preschool next week and I find myself holding onto her and yet happy that she loves school and her friends so much. Those chubby legs, sweet smell and tiny hands still have my heart and here it is: I am hands down crazy about my kids.






Running is finally going well again (fingers crossed) - I have been running slowly last week and this week. This week consisted of running one day and then cross training or resting the next day. Conservative is the name of the game - I am not taking any chances of irritating my foot again. I can't even begin to tell you how heavenly it is to wake up in the morning and walk across the room without pain. I walk around all day without pain and running has been completely pain free thus far.
My mind definitely wonders about my fall racing season - will anything come together? I am at peace with whatever God has planned for me.
I am estatic about flying to Vermont (one of my dream trips = Vermont in the Fall) in a few weeks to attend Rise.Run.Retreat. A long weekend with the most incredible women runners, in a beautiful setting with laughter, running and food - I cannot wait.
One of the highlights of the retreat is running the Leaf Peepers Half Marathon. At this point I have zero idea if I will be able to even jog 13 miles, so we'll have to see where these next couple of weeks take me and I'll keep you posted on the progress.






CIM was and is my goal marathon for the Fall. It is three months away or 13 weeks from Sunday. Again, I will have to play the wait and see game on this. So much to think about as the race is getting down to the last 500 entries and I haven't officially signed up yet - there was just too much uncertainty. I think if can get into a groove and my foot cooperates, I can train well in the coming weeks, but also I am just not the type of runner who can go into a marathon grossly undertrained. If I don't run CIM then that leaves me open marathon wise until Boston in April. I would be lying if I said I wouldn't be bummed if that was the case, but I have learned you just have to roll with the punches. I would have tons of time to get super fit and fast for Boston - I want to whittle away on a kick butt 5K and half marathon time. I focused a lot on the half last year and I am mentally ready for a big breakthrough on that distance but I haven't raced a 5K in a long time.
In the meantime, I have to say it's been cool to be on the sidelines and cheer for a lot of friends who are training and racing + absolutely killing it in their training. I had so many people supporting me last year on my journey and it's nice to give back that support. We all have our time to flourish and the path for each runner is unique and special.

Okay, wow - that was a mouthful!

Here are a few things that I am loving this week:






I loved this story and the movie looks amazing.


The 50 best running cities!! LA came in at #15 and San Francisco at #1!! Jerold is from the Bay and let me tell you - he is a Nor Cal boy through and through, so he raised his eyebrows and was super happy about this. #teamsanfrancisco


Don't forget I am giving away a Pro Massager from Myo Buddy!! Monday is the last day for entries!!

I am looking forward to a great weekend of running!!! I hope you guys get out and enjoy these last summer days of running and hanging out too.


Have a wonderful weekend.

What are you loving this week? I'd love to hear!!

What fall races are you training/planning for?


Happiness Is Running Life.

xo,
Natalie








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