Friday, September 26, 2014

Getting my running ‘Mojo’ Back

Happy Friday everyone! Sorry for the bit of silence this week. I found that company I was looking for earlier this week – it is called Airrosti! I had my first session on Monday and my second one yesterday. Usually Friday’s are my long run days, but since I had my appointment yesterday, my doctor advised that I do a 2-mile recovery run today instead, and move my scheduled 6-miler to tomorrow. His advice for today’s run was to do intervals – 1 minute walk + 1 minute run at a normal pace + 45 seconds at a quicker pace. Since it was easier to keep track of intervals and time at the top of each minute, I added 15 seconds of normal pace running to each 45 second quick pace interval. This essentially made it 2/1 intervals for the duration of my run.

Today’s run went incredibly well – it gave me a ‘win’ that I desperately needed, and I feel like my running ‘mojo’ is starting to make its way back! I went over to The Woodlands Waterway path for my run today, and it was just gorgeous outside! The sun was out and the temperature was about 75 degrees. Perfection.

My view during the runimage

I also noticed the leaves on the trees starting to turn colors…hints of Fall are in Houston! image

Doing intervals this new way actually made me realize that intervals aren’t so bad. I have talked before about how it keeps me from getting in my zone, but I felt strong mentally and physically today. My runs earlier in the week were miserably painful, but today I never passed discomfort. Definitely a win in my world right now! My first mile pace was 10:58 and my second was 10:15 – I was ecstatic when I saw those times!

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Since my training schedule is a bit off this weekend, and I will be doing my long run tomorrow, today’s run was essentially replacing my 3-miler scheduled for Sunday. So after my 2 miles, I decided to just walk one extra mile for the books. Usually I really dislike walking – I always want to go FAST (if my husband or parents are reading this right now they are probably laughing because of how true it is)! Fortunately a few minutes into my walk, my brother video Skyped me from South Korea and kept me company for about 15 minutes while I got that last  mile done! Must have been that awesome brother/sister connection since he called at the perfect time - Thanks Brad!

Awesome motivational sign I saw on the path!image

Wish  me luck on my long run tomorrow! Those miles are getting DONE whether I need to run, walk, or crawl!

QOTD: Have you had a personal ‘win’ this week yet?

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  1. That's awesome! I'm so glad you're getting back into it and feeling strong!

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  2. I have my first appointment on Tuesday. I'm hoping this will get things to loosen up.

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  3. Good luck lady!
    Love your headband :)

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  4. I'm so glad you were able to get a run in without pain! I'll be sending good vibes for you tomorrow. :)

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  5. Yay! So glad you were able to run without hurting! Good luck with your upcoming 6 miler. I've been using intervals for my running (4 minutes running, 1 minute walking) and it helps my legs last longer before they start getting sore.

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    1. Thanks Emily! I am hoping I can build up to intervals like that! Running for just 2 minutes seems so short lol!

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  6. SO glad your last run went well! That looks like a lovely path you were running on. I had ONE excellent run this week where I just broke 8 min miles for 4 miles. But then again, those kind of runs do not happen often! Have a great weekend! -L

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    1. Lacey that pace is amazing!! Way to go! I hope you had a great weekend :0)

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  7. Ah I wish there was an Airrosti near me! I'm glad you were able to get in a good run and good luck with your 6-miler!!

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    1. Aw man that stinks they don't have a location near you... I hope they expand to more states in the future! They are amazing!

      Thanks Courtney!

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  8. It sounds like you had the perfect workout and of course the Woodlands waterway is a wonderful place for a run. When Tom was commuting to the Woodlands from NH, I went down a couple times and absolutely loved spending time walking on that waterway. i did not run at the time. Good job on getting back on your running schedule and hopefully your long run goes well today!

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    1. Thank you very much :0) The waterway is definitely gorgeous and the fresh air was great. I need to stop using the treadmill so much and enjoy the outdoors, especially with Fall arriving!

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  9. I bookmarked Airrosti. Might be helpful if I find myself injured, too. I hope your running continues to be pain-free!

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    1. Thanks Tina! If you ever need to, go see Travis Moore in The Woodlands...he is fantastic!

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  10. Good luck! I hope your long run went well today!!

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    1. Thanks April! It went well for the most part!

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  11. I'm so happy for you getting back into the groove!

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    1. Thanks Sam! And it's all good, I've had commenting issues in the past on other blogs too lol!

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  12. Great job lady! Hope your run went well yesterday!

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    1. Thanks Maria! It went well for the most part!

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  13. YAY! This is great news, I am so happy that you have found something that is working and now your getting your mojo back, Hooray!!! Also, the pictures you took on your run are beautiful, so such a pretty area to run in for sure!
    Hope your other runs are going great, I am so happy for you Lauren!!!!

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    1. Thanks Kristy!! The waterway is a gorgeous area to run... I need to stop using the treadmill and enjoy the fresh air and outdoors!

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  14. Way to go on your awesome 6 miler!

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