Why, why do I feel the need to get my run over and done with in the noon heat and maximal sunlight? Why can’t I just wait until the evening like a sensible person? We may never know. In any case: today was a short 3.5 miles, at 8:00 min/mile, with some lunges (I dread my hamstrings tomorrow) and core stuff in the park afterwards. Fun stuff.
Yesterday I ran 50 miles from Tumalo Falls to Black Butte with my friend, Mindy. After a week indoors and not being able to run due to hazardous air quality from wildfires, the rain fell and the smoke cleared.
I had originally planned on running the Timberline Trail around Mount Hood this weekend but unfortunately the National Forest remains closed due to wildfires 😞 We then thought plan B might be to run the Three Sisters Loop, but the entire PCT was closed due to wildfires as well. So we planned a very last minute adventure up the Met Win trail and coordinated rendezvous spots for Logan to meet us (an angel human, he is). Oregon has seen its worst wildfire season ever this year, with fires ravaging many beloved places. It’s been a tough week and I felt very overwhelmed and heartbroken about what was going on. Still, we are very lucky compared to other families in the state who had to evacuate and many who have lost their homes and most of their possessions.
While you can’t run 50 miles without experiencing several emotions- including anger at yourself for willingly signing up to suffer- the day was overall absolutely lovely. We couldn’t have asked for better weather and I have a newfound appreciation for clean, fresh air. The breeze was crisp and felt like fall. We ate lots of snacks and laughed a lot (some giggling fits were out of sheer delirium). My knees and hips ached, my back seized up, and I had some trouble moving quickly and efficiently. But that’s life. You take the bad with the good and try your best to focus more on the joy over the pain.
The last video was taken at mile 42 and how I got my leg up that high is both a mystery and a miracle.
Today was my first double digit run since my 50 miler. I’ve spent the past 3 weeks being really kind to my body during the recovery process. Lots of stretching, foam rolling, and floor mobility. I’ve never taken this much time to get back into it after a big effort and I’m really grateful to have an affirming voice in Anna Mae telling me there is no need to push the miles (because there isn’t!). I’ve been enjoying the down time and more relaxed efforts.
I woke up yesterday with the long run itch for the first time in three weeks. Unfortunately, I felt a little dizzy and nauseous by midday once it rained and the wildfire smoke cleared out. So long run was postponed and I ran a 10 mile loop with 1500 ft of gain while Logan biked. I felt so strong climbing the uphill and found myself in a little winter wonderland at the top before descending back down into the sunshine.
Fit in a quick run after my night shift! Only 4 more shifts until I’m back on days!! Also I am so grateful for the awesome team of people my new job has given me with all that’s happened the past year. They even gave me a little birthday surprise since I had to work my birthday and the holiday this time around!! 👇🏼
This post may be a bit late, but I think I can finally say that I am at that point in my life where I can talk about my dark times and how the Korean variety show Running Man helped me.
Years ago I hit my lowest point, I was burned out, stressed, sad and lost. I remember seeing a random clip of running man in my recommended videos, it was the episode where Jung Yong Hwa was a guest and they went to Hong Kong. I guess it was recommended to me because at that time I grew fond of Yong Hwa because of his show Heartstrings at the time. I clicked on the video and found the show funny, until I watched every recommended video of Running Man.
Eventually, I decided to actually watch the whole show, from the very first episode. It was already a lot at that time so I needed catching up, but I didn’t mind doing so because the show makes me happy. Watching it made me laugh, and for a while I forget about my problems.
I love watching it not just because it is funny, but because I love the dynamics of the members and even the whole staff. They lifted my spirits up, slowly I was able to get back up and I realized there is always something to smile about.
To me, and I know to a lot of fans out there, Running Man is more than just a show, it’s more than just an entertainment. The members are not just celebrities, to each other they became family, and watching them made me feel I was part of that family.
To some, the show may seem foolish but what I see is this beautiful family doing their best to bring smiles to their supporters even if they make a fool out of themselves.
Just like what I went through, the show also had its ups and downs, and even came to a point of almost ending, but I’m grateful that they fought for the show, they fought for it for their fans. They could’ve ended it as originally planned to end the controversies, have other shows and get on with their lives, but they love us so much that they fought for it to go on. This is why I too will keep on supporting them.
Looking back and seeing how the show has come, I feel proud and I even tear up a bit. No matter how many times I rewatch the Boom and Just Blow number I always end up crying, just like a lot of episodes and clips of the show that still makes me emotional.
The members, the staff, the whole show though they do not know helped me get better. It was like a friend who stood by my side at my lowest and cheered me on. So I too will do the same for the show, I will continue supporting them for as long as I could.
To the members and the staff of Running Man, even the former ones, and everyone that makes the show, from the bottom of my heart, Kamsahamnida. And just like what you taught me, I’ll keep going. I’ll keep running.
Finally a run again - it’s been over a week since my last one. It wasn’t too bad overall even if I walked a good deal in the second half. On the other hand, I managed to run my favourite hill almost to the top 😁.
This run felt like a testament to all the hard work I’ve put in over the past 9 months and it felt very rewarding. Splits ranged from 7:45-19:52 and that just kind of highlights the beauty of trail running- how you can be working just as hard on a 20:00 split as a sub 8 split. Love moving efficiently through mountains. Nutrition was dialed in, legs felt great, temperature was perfect. Yo-yo’ed with the boys for a bit the first 4 miles on the way up to the first summit. After that, I passed a single soul for the next 3.5 hours and it was marvelous.
21.5 miles, 4000+ ft elevation gain, 5000+ ft loss. A good, good day.
Been out of commission due to being an old fart. Pulled my back out of alignment 2 weeks ago getting dressed. Could barely walk a few days after sitting. I’ve had a few adjustments and finally got the green light for some “light running”
It’s all relative right? I did 5 miles with Evan today before his nap. Nice and easy pace. Cool temps and a light drizzle made it very comfortable. Trying to ease back into it. Still signed up for a 50k in 2.5 weeks. 😜🤷🏼♂️
My manager called me this morning asking me to go in just for 4 hours. Matthew had uni classes all afternoon and is working tonight so I thought it’s 4 hours less that I’m sat at home by myself. The only thing I had planned was a run but it rained all morning so i wasn’t going to be going out til later anyway. So I was in with 2 girls I get on really well with and it was a decent shift.
When I left the sun was out and just starting to go down so I scoffed a banana while I got changed and went straight out for a lovely 5k! I wanted to extend it but it was getting dark really quick and my pace was feeling decent so I thought I’d just try to keep it up and get home quicker. I know the first and last splits bring the average down bc I walked a few streets before I started and I just jogged home once I’d done 5k to start getting my heart rate down but I’m really happy with the pace! It was so nice for my legs to not feel like lead as they have the past few runs 😂 And the soundtrack for this run was 🔥 Prepped some sweet chilli stir fry for dinner and am now going to play Animal Crossing and watch Netflix until Matthew gets home. Hope everyone is well!
My anxiety has been becoming problematic….. I have too many interviews and with exams I feel low. Many days this week that we’re tough to get to the gym. Ultimately was able to push through.
I do an interview. And then I spend hours and days following re analyzing every single thing that happened, thinking worst case scenario and then trying to be like “don’t do that” but also not wanting to get my hopes up. These are both professional and for a seasonal position with lululemon again (realllyyy hope I get it!! A girl needs new leggings!!)
Ate these breakfast quesadillas again today (picture from a few days back) - turkey bacon, eggs, onions + cheese on a tortilla. Really missed home one night (New Jersey) & made penne (rigatoni) vodka.
Went for a run yesterday. Averaging an 11 minute easy ish pace which is huge for me!! Does anyone know what was happening to Boston behind me?? Heard it was just fog but it was an intense cloud. Also y’all see those guns?? Becoming a strong runner:)
Hurray for breakthroughs! Never in my life have I run a 5k that started with the number 25! All the slow slow slowwwww aerobic work has really been paying off. I even managed ten miles a couple of weeks back – with zero breaks. For me, that is major. And today, I did a lovely chill five miles at 9:26/mi pace that felt as easy as walking. My legs are feeling super strong, even if my lungs still aren’t *quite* there yet. Progress feels so good when it’s hard won.
I also, erm, signed up for a half marathon next weekend. It’ll be my first in six years! Back then I said never again, but here we are. I definitely won’t hit my all time goal of sub two hours, but I would be super happy with under 2:15:00. Hell, I’d just be happy to beat my old time (2:32:00). I’m also running it for the children’s hospital where my son was taken when he was sick, so that’s strong motivation right there. 💞
5 miles at night. Thought I saw des linden on my path😂 perfect weather. great (elite) pacing. I’ve only been running once or twice a week but no matter what distance I feel strong and up for it!
Thinking of taking off a strength day and adding in another running day… thinking about doing a half on thanksgiving… I’m not going home this year and will be alone. A month would give me enough time to prepare. The weather is at that point where all I want to do is run!!! The gym has been great but I definitely am a runner and 5 days a week inside a gym is limiting me. Lol. I love the outdoors- the air, the passing by of runners, the foliage, the heart rate jump and runners high…. the river… ugh.
Kinda just doing what I want!!! One week at a time. No true goals besides consistency and working towards being better than my past myself🍂🍃🍁🥇of course I want to get stronger and lift more and run a faster pace, but right now my goals must align with what mentally gives me the most joy & peace. And for some reason I’m just really craving running a half on thanksgiving!! (My 21st is the night before sooo uhhhh TBD)
So happy with this run I could cry. 3.5 miles in 35 minutes. Did it as a fartlek run which has been really great for me lately. It reminds me I can get back to where I was, I can get faster. Stretched after, then did my upper body strength routine. I’m gonna look for a kettlebell this weekend for lower body