Thinking Out Loud..

Recently I’ve been seeing Ms Gina over at Health Love and Chocolate posting about the Thinking Out Loud party that Ms Amanda puts on! I decided that I needed to get in with the fun!

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Since this is a ‘thinking out loud’ post I’m just going to let my thoughts ramble on..

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Tuesday night we started to get snow.. yup, snow, in the middle of March.. Michigan is just a WONDERFUL state.. ugh. But seriously.. snow. I got up at 7, because that’s basically my ‘sleeping in’ time, and decided at 7:30am to shovel. Oh the joys. Not to mention that it was just wonderful because the snow was coming down so hard that by the time I finished shoveling there was a fresh layer of snow on the drive and sidewalk again.

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But despite this snow. You know what’s exciting?! 1. Getting to drink coffee out of a coffee mug instead of a travel mug. 2. Knowing that UPS has a package that is supposed to be delivered!

So I’ve been on a bit of a shopping spree. I KNOW I KNOW, I shouldn’t, but sometimes I can’t help it.. And since I KNOW you guys want to know what I’m waiting for in the mail, let’s talk about it.

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1. THIS backpack.. I’ve been using a Vera Bradley tote and I think that it’s part of the reason that my back has been bothering me so much, so I decided to get a new backpack because the only one that I have (well still have, since I downsized) I’m bored with!

To understand the second thing I order you need to understand, first, that I’m a bit insane, and secondly, that I really enjoy running. You see, I volunteered at the Shamrock and Shenanigans 5k on Sunday which means that I have a $30 Running Fit race voucher heading my way soon… SO I’m debating what race to use it for. Tuesday I signed up for two races; Trail Half Marathon and Weekend Warrior Half Marathon. This means that the $30 needs to go towards another race, specifically a Running Fit race.

The next logical race to use it on would be Run! Woodstock in September, but I’ve been going around and around with what distance I want to run there. You see, at Woodstock you can run a 5 mile, half, full, 50k, 50 mile, 100k or 100 mile. Let me say really fast that I’m DEFINITELY not wanting to run the 50 miler – 100 miler, but I’m debating doing my first ultra (the 50k) or the half.

So I took to facebook to ask a running group I’m in about running an ultra.. and.. I’ve decided to be insane and go for it! Since June – September is basically tri season for mean, it means that I would be training for an ultra while tri-training.. I believe that might be a good thing because it will keep me ‘cross-training’ and I won’t end up injured.

SO. #2. Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons! It was a suggestion from someone on the SEMR group page and I decided an ultra training book wouldn’t be a bad idea.

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Alright. I’ll get back to talking about my leap to running an ultra once I actually sign up for it.. I was just too excited to not tell you guys!

Well I hope you enjoyed my thinking out loud! You all are troopers!

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I’m a Winter Warrior!!

I’m officially a winter warrior. First because I signed up for the Winter Warrior Half Marathon series. Second because I realized that I LOOOOVVVVEEEEE running in this nasty wintery Michigan weather. Seriously, I absolutely love it. I’m not sure if it’s the weird looks that I get, or the fact that when I pass someone running now I know that we’re both warriors.

BUT. I wanted to write a post telling you a few, weird, reasons why you should consider taking your run outside this winter.

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1. Running through the snow can make your day. Seriously, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. I’m more likely to go outside to run if it’s snowing versus not. Not to mention it’s just pretty when it’s snowing.

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2. You’ll never think your house is cold again. Well, maybe when you wake up.. but once you get back from a run in 20 degrees weather you house is now an oven. You’ll thank me when you realize this.

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3. Showers are never better than when you’re using it to thaw out your body. So, I’m not going to lie, it IS cold some days. Some days are colder than others, obviously, but it is cold. But that post run shower is heaven sent. I may or may not double my time in the shower if it’s post cold run.

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4. You’ll master the snot rocket. Oh yea, you know that’s attractive.. But let’s be honest, every runner needs to know how to do it.. and now you’ll have to.. plus there aren’t that too many people around to get in your way.

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4. The looks on peoples face is SOO worth the run. I’ve been running a lot of my runs in the dark, so I can’t be 100% sure. However, I always think that they look at me, then to the thermometer in their car, then back at me in awe/disgust/amazement.

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5. You get to buy all sorts of new running gear. Don’t have running tights? Need them. Don’t have cold weather long sleeves? Need them. Don’t have a reflective vest? Need it. Don’t have winter/trail shoes? Ok, so these are optional.. but the non-runners don’t need to know that.. aka: NEED THEM!

What is on your MUST HAVE list for running outside in the winter?

As a reminder, please check to my post on Fight For Air Climb post, or donate here.

Holiday Streak: Week One!

So I told you guys that I wanted to do the Runner’s World Holiday Streak, even though I was starting it late. Well guess what? I completed day EIGHT today! Let’s check out how I did really fast.

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December 5th (day one): 2.25 miles on the treadmill.. It wasn’t until afterwards on the stair master that I decided it was going to be the start of my Holiday Streak!

December 6th (day two): 5.25 miles.. I love my 5mile route, only sucks is that it’s not lit well enough to be a good ‘night path’. =[

December 7th (day three): 3.25 miles.. Fit this one in at 4:30pm.. It gets dark here at 5pm.. Got it in JUST before it got dark.

December 8th (day four): 3.10 miles.. Also love THIS 5K route, but again, not good for running in the dark.

December 9th (day five): 1.00 miles.. My first ‘just squeeze it in’ run. My roommate and I had a TON of errands to run, so I just did my mile, scarfed down dinner, then we ran errands for almost two hours.

December 10th (day 6): 1.01 miles.. Another ‘just get it in’.. but this time it’s because I was in a bad mood and just needed a glass of wine.

December 11th (day 7): 3.13 miles. FINALLY mapped out a 5K route that would be good at night! I was excited, plus I love running into ‘downtowns’!!

December 12th (day 8): 1.01 miles. Sadly on the DREADmill this morning.. BUT, I’m hoping that when I get home I’ll have some time before going to get dinner with a friend to do my new 5K route again!

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Well there you have it folks. 8 days and going strong!!