I had been running great for a while- 30-40 mile weeks with solid speed sessions and long runs with goal half paced miles thrown in. But the past 2 weeks I've run a total of 8 miles. Life has gotten busy- a promotion at work coupled with taking on more responsibilities since a coworker left + life stuff in general has left me feeling tired after work. I would much rather take additional rest days than force myself to run when I'm exhausted. And contrary to all that fitspo garbage out there, I never regret the workout I don't do.
Scenes from RnR Chi 2012 (my fav photos ever!) and 2013 where I ran with Pete and Sara
This will by my 4th time running RnR and my plan for the race is take off conservative about 20 seconds slower than my goal pace and just chug along and enjoy it. I love running in the heat & can adjust accordingly. I also won't go balls out because L and I are going to a nice dinner post race that I want to feel good for. Oh and Saturday we are doing a beer run and going to a friends's birthday party- so if it wasn't entirely obvious before given the forecast, I won't be taking this race seriously. And perhaps that's the root of why I am so ambivalent about this race- is that I feel under prepared, as well as knowing it won't be the Pr I had been training for. And generally I don't just drop $$$ on races for "fun" anymore.
In the meantime while I haven't been running......
Life has been ridiculously good the past month. Our last Mikkeller run Club on July 4th had our biggest group ever! Join us on August 1 for our next run!
I've had some great runs- and enjoyed seeing parts of the path I hadn't seen since 2013.
I've had a blast with friends. I even drank Malört for the first time. It was gross and tasted like window cleaner.
Yoga at millennium park with Vicky and Emmers a few weeks ago was so fun! I can't wait to go back for more yoga and Zumba!
We celebrated my birthday week which has now bled into a 2nd week of celebrations and early celebrations for L.
And all of these experiences have been amazing and fun.
And I wouldn't trade any of this for running. Ever.
Yay RnR Chi, Yay.