And.. I’m back!

3 months later I promise I’m still alive.

I strongly believe that if you’ve got nothing to say, don’t say anything. So that’s how it’s been lately.

Sure, things have been happening and I’ve been running (infrequently but we’ll get to that…) but I really didn’t feel the need to update you on my daily life, seeing how this is a running blog.

About that infrequent running.

After the NYC Half Marathon I felt like I needed a break. Mentally and physically I needed a break from running. The physical therapy and the “training” leading up to the half was exhausting and stressful. That’s not why I run. I run to be free, happy, and healthy.

Although I made a huge PR even coming off an injury I definitely needed some time off. So I took it.

I ran a totally of 5 TIMES in April. May was a little closer to 10 but definitely not the standard I’d made for myself over the past 18 months.

I had some good and bad runs, but I was still running and that’s all that mattered.

I needed the time off to prevent burnout from my upcoming marathon training, to get my head in the right place, to figure out some goals, and to enjoy a social life again.

Thankfully I can say it was just what the doctor ordered, because now I feel like I’m supposed to be where I am at.

Last year during marathon training there was a stint of time where I traveled about 8 out of 10 weekends in a row between weddings, celebrations, and beach trips. This summer was much like that but instead of falling during marathon training it fell before hand. I am SO thankful for that. I feel like I can 100% focus on training this bout and not feel guilty about cheating myself.

So what have I been up to?

In April I celebrated my 25th birthday at the beach in Hilton Head with family.

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In May I organized a beach camping trip with a group of our friends.

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Then Brandon and I went on a cruise leaving out of Puerto Rico and sailing the southern Caribbean to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Barbados, St. Lucia, and St. Maarten.

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In June we visited my little brother in D.C. who is interning with a major company for the summer.

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I also realized I was less than a month away from marathon training so began to up my mileage. Imagine my surprise when I was still pulling out runs in the 8:xx min/mile.

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Then we celebrated a friend’s birthday in Charleston, SC..

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And I wrapped up my travels with my best friend’s bachelorette party in Las Vegas last weekend!

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(view from our hotel at The Cosmopolitan)

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(Bride and Matron of Honor)

During these exciting few months I’ve been thinking of my goals for the Marine Corps Marathon and what kind of training plan I’d like to follow.

Since running my last marathon I was surprised at my speed when I began training for the NYC Half Marathon, so I’d like to incorporate speed work in my plan this time around.

It seems as though I could be prone to injury, so I’m looking for quality than quantity out of my next training plan.

Going along those same lines, I want to practice yoga at least once a week to help prevent injury.

Today I sat down and vowed to not get up until I had made my plan. I did just that and am excited for the next 18 weeks leading up to my second marathon!

I’m glad I got fueling mostly under my belt during training last summer, but I definitely need some tweaking in order to feel 100% confortable on race day.

Here’s to another training cycle to 26.2!

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Travel Day

It’s a travel day!

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Leaving for NYC after work and thankfully have a direct flight into LaGuardia arriving at 6:30 this evening.

Definitely excited this day/weekend is finally here after 3 months of worrying if I’d even be able to run the race. Now I finally feel excitement and anticipation!

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Goals for the race:

1. Have fun. Who knows if I’ll get the chance to run NYC again on a closed course without tourists and New Yorkers crowding the streets for me to weave through.

2. Remember how I felt just 8 weeks ago. Unsure if I’d be able run this race. Unsure I’d even be able to train for this race. Unsure if I’d be able to race again this year.

3. Be thankful. That I am able to do everything I was unsure and worried about in #2.

4. Race. Whatever happens, happens. The course begins with 6 hilly miles in Central Park, then out on a flat course until the end of 13.1 miles. I’ve said it before and if I can match my last half marathon time (or improve it) great! If not..See #2.

You can participate, too!

If you’re awake early on Sunday, log onto NYC’s ABC 7 website from 7-9am EST to watch the start of the race and commentary during the race. Several USA Olympic team members (Desiree, Kara, & Meb) will be running, so you can see them as well!

If you happen to get a glimpse of me, my bib # is 8018 and I’ll be wearing a neon green shirt. Good luck with that though!

If you want to track me during the race to see where I’m at, you can sign up for runner tracking (I believe it’s $0.99?) to be sent to your cell phone, Twitter, or Facebook account.

In addition to the race, I’m meeting my parents and younger brother who’ve never been to NYC for a fun family weekend. Can’t wait to watch as they take it all in!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and good luck if you’re running a Shamrock Race!