This happens every. darn. year. When the vernal equinox rolls around, I automatically assume that it is spring. Then I find myself so, so, so very bitter that the Northeast’s temperatures haven’t gotten on board.
No one warns you about how obsessed with the weather you become when you start running. Sure, we all talk about how how exhausting those first short runs can be. But we don’t talk about the utter despair you feel when you have 8-miles on the training plan and it’s 33-degrees and pouring down rain.
I run to help me deal with my inherent bitterness, not to help it fester…
We’re excited to return to our regularly scheduled Tales From Another Mother Runner Thursday and to keep the #TAMRTour momentum going. (TAMR rhymes with BAMR, btw.)
Today we’re profiling Kara Douglass Thom, a mother of four kiddos in the Twin Cities. Kara is going to join us on the Midwest leg of our #TAMRTour in mid-May, when we’re going to hit Indiapolis, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, (likely) and Minneapolis/St. Paul. You can RSVP for all the events here.
My running history: I started running and racing in 5Ks after college. 5Ks turned into 10Ks, then marathons, then triathlons, then Ironmans…
TO: Molly W., Best Running Friend
FROM: Sarah Bowen Shea, Another Mother Runner
CC: All women runners taking on 26.2
DATE: 8 April 2015
RE: Marathon Running Advice
Per your marathon preparation following the Train Like a Mother Marathon: Own It plan, here are some tips, pointers, and reminders for your marathon this Sunday.
Do not sneak in any last-minute training. You followed the plan nearly perfectly (except for those few days when you were on business in snowbound Ohio), including three (3!!) runs of 20 miles or longer…
These past few weeks, I’ve been doing my best to be deliberate with my actions, be mindful of moment, and to practice patience. Why? Not sure. Just feels right.
I’ve started a gratitude journal, as suggested by Kristin Armstrong on our AMR podcast, and that’s going fairly well: I hit it 4-5 times a week in the early a.m. with 4-5 reasons I’m grateful in each sitting. (Although Kristin does 10 reasons daily, I deliberately picked a small journal, and told myself filling one page is enough.)
On spring break, I read and surfed twice (loved it!) and played endless games of Phase 10 in Mexico, where it’s easy to do all those things when I was surrounded by 12 entertaining family members; when I deliberately left my laptop at home (traveling without it is so light and easy!) and kept my phone in the off position; when the hardest choice of the day was fresh mango or fresh orange juice for breakfast…
Amy Blake, our #AMRinSaucony, remembers March. Which came in–and left–like a lion. A vomiting one, in case you were wondering.
When we last talked, I had big plans for March. And I have to say that the beginning of the month went great. The running continued to progress in a good direction. I’m finally to the point where I get about a mile out from my house on my little neighborhood scenic route and don’t think to myself, GOD WHEN WILL THIS BE OVER? While I’m not breaking any speed records, I did manage a sub-11:00 mile a few weeks ago during a hard, concerted effort. I pushed through and won…