I’ve been super lucky over the last few months. I’ve landed my dream job, broke a new PR and I have the best friends and family to hang out with on my off days. Life. Is. Amazing.
Living in the moment is one of the most important mantras that I am constantly reminding myself to remember. I honestly wake up (some days completely exhausted) but I feel so fortunate to be where I am and doing what I love. Running, working out and combining it with my PR career – it’s incredible and I cannot feel any more blessed.
I was reflecting on my running habits from last year to know and I am SO much more laid back and it has improved my quality of running. Last year, I was very focused on my pace. Constantly checking it and making sure that I was keeping up. If I wasn’t, I would be disappointed. Now, I actually run for fun. I go out with a goal because I am a natural goal setter but I don’t take it too seriously. I get a runner’s high, come home and surprise myself after I check my watch. I can now consistently run 7 miles at an 8’07 pace and not feel wiped afterwards. This is a big win for me. I now run with the Nike+ Run Club at I have never run with a group or without music for 5 miles until now. I make new friends every week and actually talk to people during my runs. I can focus on my breathing when I don’t have music blared in my ears which, was a HUGE thing for me. If I’m running alone, I’m jamming out to music and probably singing along during my runs but group running has given me a whole new feeling and love for the running community.
At the beginning of April, I broke a new PR. I ran the Harry’s Spring Run-Off in 40:37 and placed 11th in my age category. I haven’t PR’d this race in 4 years. I will have a full recap on the blog but I feel like I have to thank running less and running more quality runs to this PR. Also, meeting up with people in cold and rainy temperatures and not heading to the treadmill in freezing conditions has made me stronger and loose my wimpy attitude of not running in the negative temperatures.
I am in the best shape mentally and physically and I’m so excited for this
race running season. I took out race because I’m all about enjoying fun runs this year. I can’t lie – my goals are real for races but I really wanted to enjoy my adventures towards those goals. I signed up for the Beaches Jazz Tune U 20K. It’s an un-timed event and I am super excited to run for fun in the sun. I have my eyes set on a 1:45 half marathon in the fall and I don’t think I am far fetched from it.
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