On Losing (And Finding) The Running Mojo

by Kristine on October 31, 2014

So running. That thing I love to do.

With a half-marathon getting dangerously close (um, Sunday), I took drastic measures to get myself ready.

Do as I say, not as I do.

Last Sunday I ran 7.72 miles (10K + warm-up). Then on Tuesday I ran 10 miles (needed that double digit reassurance).


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Yesterday morning I ran 5. Which was the day after the Giants won the World Series. AGAIN. 3rd time in 5 years. Unreal.

Buster Hugs are always my favrorite part of any win.

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And this year, Hunter Pence signs.

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Even the sunrise was celebrating Orange October yesterday.

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This picture was from when I ran 13.1 in TECHNICALLY 1:49 but some woman stopped her race ON THE FINISH LINE causing me slam on my breaks before I physically crossed over. So we’ll just call it 1:50 Official Race Results. FINE. (Not bitter.)

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I plan to rest tomorrow and do a 2-mile shake-out run on Saturday (with the sole purpose of picking up my bib and trying out my new kicks pre-race… exactly what you’re supposed to do right?) and pretend like I’ve been tapering all along.

Cool story, no?

If you’ve been following along, lately my running has been… comical at best. I was sort of stuck running wise. I liked the freedom of doing my own workouts and working out how and when I wanted to (weights, sprints, SoulCycle, Barry’s, you name it I’m doing it – except yoga, I don’t do yoga). But I LOVE to run.

I love it so much that I can recognize when I’m fully burnt out on it. And when I need a break. An “it’s not me it’s definitely you” moment.

To set the scene:

2011 was all about training for CIM. And train I did, never missing a single training run and hitting my sub-4:00 goal of 3:57.

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2012 was all about ideally qualifying for Boston. I was in fantastic running shape (for me) and I started base-building, was logging 40-50 mile weeks, ran my PR 1/2 Half of 1:50 (grrr)… and then stress fractured my heel in October. Taking me out of the game for several months. Also this was pre-Soul Cycle so I couldn’t even go to my favorite spin classes every day. DEPRIVATION.

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2013 I was like YES I’m back. I impulsively signed up for the Chicago Marathon and started training, then 6 weeks from the race I just… lost it. And by “it” I mean my running mojo. It completely disappeared. I finished the race in a respectable 4:17, but my heart wasn’t in the run itself. I in no way pushed myself. And looking back, it’s disappointing. My heart was in the pomp and circumstance of racing, the running community, etc, but not the actual race. I could feel it. I just didn’t care anymore. WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO ME? Oh also I ran the Rock and Roll Vegas 1/2 on my 29th birthday with Jaime. High point.

Um also I just realized I was in almost the same outfit both times. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix the Lululemon.

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2014 I took a big, big step back from running. I started weight training, doing more strengthening exercises, and high intensity interval sprints. I discovered Barry’s Bootcamp and weights workouts which changed my body and my outlook on exercise. And while spectating the Chicago Marathon last month, my running mojo suddenly returned. As quickly as it had gone. So I promptly signed up for a 10K and a 1/2 marathon the weekends after I returned from an 8-day trip to London. And caught a cold.

Which brings us to today. With a half-marathon at the end of this week.

Truth be told, I’m hungry again. I WANT a new 1/2 marathon PR (that will not happen on Sunday but we’re thinking short-term future here). And I WANT to run another marathon next year. I’m aiming for New York. And if I don’t get it, I’ll go the charity route and raise money for a very worthy cause.

(Let’s be real too, I have massive running FOMO from not being a part of this year’s Chicago Marathon, NWM 1/2 and New York. A TON OF FOMO.)

So let’s get after it.

I’ve been (read: this week and I’m into it) been following a “plan” of 3 runs a week and 3 weight training sessions a week.

Runs: Long/Slow (10-12), Progressive Mid-Range (5-7 miles), and Speed Workouts (HIIT, 800’s, mile repeats)

Weights: Full Body Supersets (keeps the heart rate up).

Ideally the plan is to do yoga once a week. IDEALLY. I’ll keep you posted on this.

Long story short (and the point of this post)? Take a break when you need it. When you aren’t “feeling it”, don’t force it. Running should be something you love. Not something you have to make yourself do. If you don’t want to do it, don’t. Find another way to sweat and move your body. The mojo will eventually come back. Even if it takes a (literal) year.

If you run a step, you’re a runner. If you’ve done a race (any race), you’re a racer.

Take all the time you need, you’ll lace back up again. Trust me on this.

 

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Women’s Health Run10Feed10 10K Race Recap

by Kristine on October 29, 2014

On Sunday, I ran the Run10Feed10 10K race put on by Women’s Health in San Francisco. And then I recruited my favorite running friends to run with me. Because what’s a race without friends to chat with the entire way and brunch with after?  Not one I want to run (at the moment), that’s what.

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I was attracted to this event because 1) running and 2) the cause it supports. There’s also 3) Lauren Bush (or Lauren Lauren since she married Ralph Lauren’s son) is one of my fashion/do-gooder idols.

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Right now, 49 million Americans are going hungry—they don’t know when they will get their next meal. The reality is there IS enough food in the world today for everyone to get the nourishment they need for a healthy and productive life.

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It’s something we can do something about. Together, we can make a huge impact in a very simple way. All you have to do is RUN!

This fall, Women’s Health will once again host our run with a mission. Run a 10K with us, and you will instantly provide 10 meals for those going hungry in your local and surrounding neighborhoods.

Sold.

So having run exactly 3 miles in London and then 5 miles on a very jet-lagged Friday morning upon returning to this wonderful city, I was “trained”, and ready.

Expo

Held at a local running store A Runner’s Mind on Sacramento/Laurel. it took 30 seconds to get our bibs, tote bags and swag. You know I love an efficient expo.

Race

The one time jet lag comes in handy? When you go to bed at 9pm (I’ve literally gone to bed by 9pm every night since returning from London) and wake up at 5:45am raring to go. I beat my alarm to it and made a French Press full of coffee and had a banana with almond butter, coconut and honey. I figured, 6 miles, no need for my usual 13.1 pre-race breakfast. I’ll go a bit lighter.

Grabbed my Garmin (ordered a new one – it’s lovely, details in a separate post), credit card and headed out the door to Jaime’s so we could jog the 1.5 miles to the start line and warm-up a bit.

We arrived just as the group-stretching/warm-up was coming to a close (I do not do group stretching or warming up) and found Molly and Ashley and walked with the masses from the starting area to the starting line. Very confusing. Still not sure why the race didn’t start at the starting/finish area.

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Anyway.

The race was a typical SF course – up the hills to the Golden Gate Bridge, across the bridge and back, down the hills and to the finish line. There was a bit of bottle-necking on the bridge but nothing terrible. I also wasn’t running for time so it didn’t bother me at all. There was a water station around mile 3ish (on the Marin side of the bridge) so I took a cup and kept on going.

There were also copious amounts of photographers to take copious amounts of unflattering race photographs. I’m clearly off my waving game.

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Mile 4 and 5 were downhill which I always appreciate but I was confused when we hit mile 5 and realized it wasn’t too far from where we started. My biggest pet peeve in races is when the course takes you PAST the finish line and forces you to loop around. It messes with your mental game SO MUCH. (Even in a 10K).

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So past the finish line we went and looped around Crissy Field until we were finally done.

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Considering a) I have a cold b) the course is HILLY and c) I didn’t care about pace, I’m pleasantly surprised by this. Gives me a good baseline to work with.

Overall

Great race, not too big, well-organized. Fruit, bagels, chocolate milk at the finish line. Easy to find people. It was a $55 registration fee but seeing as how it feeds 10 people… it’s a donation I’d happily make again next year for a fun run on a fall Sunday.

Only can we not loop around the finish line next time? Seriously. Messes with you.

Next up – US 1/2 Marathon on Sunday! (ie: DEAR GOD).

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Eating Clean – London Edition

October 27, 2014

Happy Monday! Wanted to wrap up London (in ways that are relevant to this blog) with one last post – on food! Boyfriend and I spent the weekend relaxing, catching up on sleep (I haven’t made it awake past 9pm since I’ve been back on American soil), cooking some new meals and recipes, watching the […]

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Healthy Cookies.

October 25, 2014

And it’s the weekend. I don’t usually post on the weekends but I decided to make an exception. Mainly because of the cookies I’m about to rock your world with. Also it’s raining. And boyfriend and I are coming off of 11 hours of sleep. Yep, 11. ELEVEN. We went to bed last night around […]

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Barry’s Bootcamp London

October 23, 2014

Obviously no matter where I am, I find time to sweat. And I find places to sweat. Lacking access to a gym (Equinox is on High Street Kensington which is not exactly remotely close to where I stayed in Tower Hill), and not wanting to run every day while I’m here (I actually never thought I’d say […]

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#weonlywininevenyears

October 17, 2014

While I was fast asleep last night (HELLO 10 HOURS), this happened.     The GIANTS WON THE PENNANT. We’re going to the WORLD SERIES. 3 times in 5 years. Unbelievable. I woke up to a video from boyfriend and a Facetiming session while he was still out celebrating and I got chills. Can you […]

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A Running Update. Also, London.

October 16, 2014

Cheerio! You know what’s fun? When you wake up at 2:45am FOR NO REASON and are wide awake. Then when you fall back asleep  at like 4am you wake up at 6:30am because you stupidly set an alarm thinking you’d sleep soundly through the night and go to an early workout class. Love you so […]

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Hello London! (and… Jet Lag)

October 15, 2014

If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that upon leaving Chicago… I flew to London. sidebar: I studied abroad in London which I’ve probably mentioned one million time and I LOVE IT HERE SO MUCH. I lived in South Kensington and loved every minute of the semester I spent here. Coming back […]

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Chicago Marathon 2014 – The One Where We Spectated

October 13, 2014

So on Thursday boyfriend and I jetted off to Chicago to cheer on a good friend as he ran the Chicago Marathon yesterday (Sunday).   Also, side-bar, Chicago is BEAUTIFUL.   We found our dream house in Lincoln Park.     Going into the weekend I was PUMPED to not be running, to not have to […]

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Restaurant Review: Padrecito

October 8, 2014

First things first- BASEBALL. Bye Bye Dodgers. Bye Bye Nats. HELLO National League Championship Series! #weonlywininevenyears Now on to more (equally) important things. Saturday night we ventured out of our bubble to Cole Valley to eat at Padrecito. I’m a little obsessed with Mamacita so when I found out Padrecito was open and owned by […]

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