Inspired, refreshed, missing it...
You guys, the 2nd edition of Another Mother Runner’s What a Mother Runner Looks Like has been published. You can find it right here. I’m choking back tears. I’m so honored to be included, inspired to pick up and keep going, and just overwhelmed by the women featured. Cancer survivors, mothers with 5 plus kids, women who have lost pounds in the triple digits. They aren’t perfect, none of us are, but they are all strong. All so inspiring. Proud of where they are. Every women featured has a story. You only get a snippet here, but there is a story there and they have all picked up their knees, tied their shoes, pulled that sports bra over their messy ponytails and hit the streets, the treadmills, the trails.
I’ve been pretty honest here, I think, about my struggles with my running performance lately. Now that the weather in the early mornings is reaching the teens it is even harder to find the motivation to get out there and run. It takes like 20 minutes just to get dressed with all the layers. I’ve been transitioning since I don’t have any races until Spring to train for. I’ve struggled with making up my mind on what I wanted to do next. Keep hitting the streets early in the morning or pressing play on the dvd player and sweating. I’ve wanted more muscle and I think I finally have made up my mind on what it is I’m going to do next. Honestly, I’m a little scared and it is hard to find the drive I had when I was running. I miss that feeling of dominating a workout and feeling so completely strong and confident and WANTING to do it again every day of the week.
I haven’t ran since last Thursday morning when I did my own little turkey trot before heading out to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. Again, the run was slower, the weather was warmer, but my performance was slow and I actually am starting to feel like I’m out of shape. The last thing I want to do is start over. My body, mainly my brain, had such a hard time adjusting to the intensity when I first started turning it on and I suffered with frequent aura migraines. I fear that happening again if I let up. I love getting out for a run when I feel like running without a second thought or a hesitation of fear that I will die or it will hurt too bad.
After scrolling and reading the blurbs on these mothers I feel so renewed and refreshed; aching for that feeling again. Last night we moved a tv downstairs to the basement and I’m starting P90x for my cross training/off season workouts. It will be tough. I’m a little scared, but I know once I get going I will be fine. I really want to knock out a half marathon next season sometime. Again, scared! But, I have to start somewhere. So, I will cross train until the weather is nicer then I will hit the streets again. I’ll hopefully shoot for a half sometime late summer or fall. We will see how it plays out. Right now, I’m excited just thinking about it. It feels good to be there again.
I’ve been too down on myself lately and I need to get back in the groove again. This was the perfect push I needed to remind me why I do it all. Go check out the post and if you have time check out the 1st one. There are some great ladies in there too. Come back and tell me what you think. I would love to hear your perspective. I also want to hear more from so many of these ladies featured. I found a new running/mom blog today, Small Town Runner, and a very impressive runner/mom on facebook through some of my already favorite runners. And, they have 3 boys!! Do you know of anymore? Keep sharing their links. I love finding new ones. They keep the inspiration alive and hold me accountable for making sure I’m staying in the game. Ones with 3 boys are icing on the cake!!!
How do you train during “off” season?
Have you done P90x before? What did you think?
What running/mom blogs/facebook friends do you recommend?