It’s ok to slow down, especially when you’re feeling off. Hormone shifts can do that. So can lack of sleep. Or maybe you just didn’t eat enough.
You don’t necessarily feel bad- just not great.
It’s ok to slow down. We’re runners and that tends to be hard. But it’s ok to slow down.
So today I made peace with the treadmill. I want to start logging more miles but I’m still feeling off. So slow and easy – very easy.
Slowing it down can be helpful. It helps you make sure you’re breathing. Gives you time to feel every inch of your body. Check in with yourself about how it’s really feeling. Allows you to focus on form. All of these things lead to being a stronger less injury prone runner.
So again I repeat : it’s ok to slow down
Don’t compare your slow. My slow may be different than your slow. That’s ok. Focus on your own slow. Also know that today’s slow may be different than tomorrow’s. Again that’s ok.
Want some ‘sciency’ reasons to run slow. Check out The Happy Runner by David and Megan Roche.
Since y’all asked here’s my recipe real fancy style 😂
Sauté veggies (chopped small) of choice – I used zucchini, yellow squash, carrot, onion, and orange bell pepper this time – and nuts (cashews or peanuts 1/4 cup to every 2 cups veggies) and raisins (1/4 cup to every 2 cups veggies) in olive oil with curry (2 tbs oil and at least 2 tbs curry per every 2 cups veggies)
Separately cook white rice to sticky (basmati rice works great but any white will work) 2 cups per every 2 cups veggies
Separately cook meat of choice (optional) here I have 1.5 lbs chicken thighs to about 8 cups veggies
Recently in Colorado it’s been on a pattern of snow 1x/week the be in the 40-50s. It’s gorgeous.
It also makes for some funny running stories
It was 2 days after a good heavy wet snow. About 45 out when I went to start a run. The thought was that the track was probably melted after a day and half in the sun so it would be fine to go run with the stroller and dogs.
Well I was wrong. It was almost completely covered still. At first it didn’t seem too bad. Stroller rolls quite smoothly through snow. But there’s a flock of geese that have been hanging out and their footprints cover about half the track. Each one being a spot that’s melted and refrozen. So a whole bunch of geese foot sized ice pits. Pushing a stroller through this is not only extremely difficult (as is pushing 1/3 of my body weight wasn’t enough) but feels like rolling over a washboard. Needless to say little man wasn’t happy and it wasn’t exactly runnable.
So pause and try again. Half the track is smooth snow without footprints. “I’ll just run U’s,” was my thought. Ok great the first few times but now the stroller tracks are turning into ice grooves. Once again little man not happy.
I decided to head home. Leave the dogs there, pee, grab a drink and try again on the paved trail. Honestly this wasn’t much better. Some areas were dry but about half was ice and slush pits.
Let’s just say it ended up being a painful it at all fun run. And bonus the little man o lay slept for a short bit and was awake before we were home, so no real nap.
Our family has a rather huge summer planned! It’s exciting…and overwhelming
I’m back to racing this year! Woot woot!!!
So June 1 is race #1 back for me. These means so much to me (I’ll talk more specifically about this later)
Then the man made it to Western States this year!! We’re all heading out to CA for the race and some family time.
When we get back the kitchen is getting remodeled. Yay!! But this means the house will be a disaster for a bit and not exactly a safe place for an almost 2 year old. SOOOOO LittleD and I are going backpacking (stay tuned for updates on the process of getting ready and how it goes). I’m super excited about this. It’s going to be so much fun. But I have to pretty much have everything ready before we go to CA for Western States. So we’ll be gone for a while then home for maybe 2-3 days then out in the mountains!
Talk about getting a little crazy!
Then it’s LittleD’s 2nd birthday (already?!) and hopefully family is coming out again.
And then end of September brings my big race!!
And in between all of this will be lots of hiking and running and as much mountain shenanigans as we can fit in.
BONUS: I’m super excited to announce that I’ve been invited to share our backpacking trip and some other adventures on the AllWomenAllTrails.com new upcoming blog collaboration. You can check them out there when the post or look for “Originally posted on allawomenalltrails.com” posts!!