Spring Training


Let’s talk about my favorite subject , besides Jesus, of course, running! I honestly wasn’t sure if I was going to run this year or give it up and become a hiker or couch potato. The year started off so badly, and last year wasn’t exactly great as far as my running, I thought maybe I would just stop trying to find time to train for races, by myself, with various health issues and blah blah blah. Whine!  But , no, I really do NEED running in my life. And I am somewhat competitive , in my age group, so I don’t want to just go and walk races or come in last. Not for now , anyway. I am not judging anyone who is perfectly content to be last! I applaud every runner, especially the last one. But some of the races have very strict time limits and are not really for back of the packers. So, back to the grind I go!

I’ve been working on building up my mileage. Last weekend some family things and a Texas-sized thunderstorm messed up my long run plans, so today I went and ran 10 miles in town. That was the first time I’ve done that since November 28 of last year! I’ve run long trail runs and long races since then, but no hilly road runs like I do in town. And, well, I sucked. I am not in hilly road run shape anymore! I’m in slow trail run shape. Or short road run shape. But you have to start somewhere , right? So I figured 10 miles, double digits, would be a good goal. Honestly I could have done more but I was pretty tired , so I stopped at my van and called it good. It felt really good to have that done! I listened to some very informative podcasts on my run and the time went by pretty fast.

Trail Running Women is a great podcast. Click here for iTunes.

Looking over my Strava log, I see that I did ramp up quite a bit in the past week, so I will probably rest tomorrow just to be safe. I used to be able to run so much, but my hormone changes have really impacted my need for recovery. I need more! The last thing I want is to get injured again or have an adrenal crash.

So my goals for the next couple of months are to get stronger, reclaim my previous easy mile pace of sub 10 on short runs and 10:30 on a long run, and hopefully drop a couple pounds of belly fat.  But I can be happy at this weight if my body refuses to let go of the cushion. I am going to keep doing push-ups and small hand weights and the stretching/warm-up routine. Foam rolling and yoga stretches save me from trips to the chiropractor !  My only issue right now is my new shoes hurt my feet. Why is it so hard to find the right shoes?

As for races, at this time I only have one scheduled in August and one in  September, both 50k trail races, but I may add more. I want to wait and see if we are going to have a super rainy ( floods)  Spring or Sunspot level heat for Summer. I can sign up at the last minute for most races. I also hope to do more hiking before it gets much hotter. It was 85 degrees here a few days ago. Ugh. But I have to get used to it because I’m running a race in August!  So for now, I will just build up my weekly mileage and work on consistency. Life is still fairly uncertain and I am just praying that God is going to make it all work out, all glory to HIM!

P.S. I am considering taking a life coach certification course. This is basically what I have been doing for most of my adult life, for FREE. It would be great to get paid for helping people work through their mental obstacles and guide them to success! I’m also considering offering my services as a running coach. I am not certified, but I think I have enough knowledge and experience.

Happy Running!

This is a very good warm-up  routine.



  1. Sounds like you are making progress! The Life Coach idea sounds great too. I read a good book about it and it is “Christian Coaching” by Gary R. Collins. He also has a follow up course you can take to be certified. Western Seminary also has a Coaching Track you can take to get certified. I have also done some coaching but have not been certified yet

  2. Great job getting back into running! How do you find the time to train and take care of Grace? I’m training for the Cincinnati half marathon in May and I can barely get a few runs in per week.

    • Thanks! Well, I have my other kids here so I can leave for a little while and my husband is home 3 days a week, too. But even with the help, I still try not to be gone too long, too often. Do you not have any respite or a nurse?

      • We do not have nursing. Our parents watch Jackson while I go to work part-time. Also, I just listened to the first two episodes of that women’s trail running podcast and I really enjoyed it. Thanks for the recommendation.

      • I don’t have nursing either. My sister is my occasional respite provider. I’m glad you have your parents. Glad you liked the podcast! The most recent one, I think, with the naturopathic dr was really good!

  3. I am glad you are getting back to doing more miles. It only becomes harder the longer you wait. How do you intend to get into coaching running? I am also being asked for advice very often, but since I am not a certified coach, I always give it with some disclaimers!

    • I will read the fitness and health books that certified coaches read , you can buy them on eBay. But mostly I think it’s experience that is important. I’m looking at several options, but if I do coaching I will advertise locally at my gym and through Facebook. I’m sure you are qualified. Next time offer your paid services and see if they accept. You could give an introductory deal to your first few clients and ask them to give reviews later .

I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s