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Mileage Monday

Well, last week’s Mileage Monday post came out a little more heartless than I meant it to. My intention in that post and on this blog and in life in general is to be encouraging, but I worry that some people may have felt more defeated than encouraged by my rah rah mentality. So, I humbly give you a disclaimer:

While it IS nearly impossible for me to fit in all my miles into my crazy life, I make it a priority because running is the one thing I can control while everything else skids out. And when I say “skids out,” I’m talking like major life crisis, not just a traffic jam or a malfunctioning bulb in the Christmas lights. The more difficult it becomes for me to fit in a run, the more necessary it is that I do.

My running mileage is not done in an effort to be healthy and balanced or to grow old to see my great grandchildren get married or for any other sort of honorable reason, no. I run because I have an insatiable hunger for the way it fills me up with clarity and pushes out the angst. When the day comes when I will be unable to run, I will no doubt find another vent between here and there but until then, while I can, I will run.

70 miles for the week looked like this:

Monday– I got 9 miles in on the treadmill while Jesse napped!

Tuesday– Well, I did a 2 mile warm-up and then 8x800m repeats but I kept the recovery pace at an 8:30 min/mile clip (400m) so I didn’t run the 800s as fast (I did them each in 3:09). It was a really, really great workout. Not too tough, but just enough to make my face purple. 8 miles total.

Wednesday– Just a slow 10 mile recovery run on the treadmill.

Thursday– A treadmill run while Jesse napped and Callum was at preschool. I managed 9 miles with 10 pickups just to get my legs turning over.

Friday– An 8 mile treadmill run at 8 min pace.

Saturday– Well, my first 20 miler in a really long time! I had to divide it up so that I could feed Jesse. I did the first half at an 8:30 min/mile pace and the second half at a 7:25 min/mile pace.

Sunday– A slow 6 miles pushing Jesse in the stroller in the rain!

Why do you/do you not run? What drives you? What holds you back?

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  • Amy Lauren December 17, 2017, 12:14 pm

    I’m not running right now but we were at just at lunch with some friends and talking about this, about how it is hard to get workouts in during the holidays and sometimes family has to take the #1 spot. Yes, that is true, but sometimes it is more important to get the workout in when things are going crazy in life because running, or whatever workout someone does, is that constant in the sea of chaos. I remember when my grandma was dying, I went to the gym and lifted weights one night, then went to see her at hospice… she died a few hours later. But I was still going to the gym, still perservering with life because it kept me sane… but NOT ignoring the chance to see her. I think it’s that way with you- running makes it to where you can be a better wife and parent to your kids.

    Also, plenty of people have much worse habits they make time for, but when a mom and wife makes time to train for a race, those same people make a big deal out of it like she’s not doing her responsibilities…. *sigh*.

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile December 17, 2017, 1:36 pm

    I can’t really explain my “need” for running and it probably seems strange to people that I push so hard to do something that is constantly causing me to get hurt and frustrated. But it’s something I make time for because it balances out everything else in my life. I have to agree with you that there is time for things that you really want to make time for.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com December 20, 2017, 3:25 pm

      That’s what I admire the most about you! YOU have tenacity like nobody else!

  • Kimberly December 17, 2017, 2:45 pm

    I hope you are ok. Sending positive vibes your way.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com December 20, 2017, 3:25 pm

      I’m…okay. Thanks Kimberly. <3

  • Jennifer December 17, 2017, 4:07 pm

    What you say is true; if it’s a high enough priority, it’ll happen. For me, I started realizing I needed to run to stave off panic attacks, and all of a sudden, it became easy to make the time, because I knew I was going to do it NO MATTER WHAT. To be sure I get my runs in every day, a lot of other things slide. However, I think the problems start when running isn’t your number one priority. For many people, running is important, but they maybe have another interest or passion which trumps running. And if you’re a mom with young kids, it’s very very hard to have more than one passion. I find that extremely frustrating, as there are other things I’d like to do, and the decision to run no matter what means that I often can’t do them.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com December 20, 2017, 3:24 pm

      Jennifer, you are SO RIGHT about that! About what you say about only having one passion when we’re a mom with young kids!!! I guess it helps to know that it’s just a phase?!?! I dunno… but you’re right. It’s very VERY frustrating.

  • Erin December 17, 2017, 10:15 pm

    “I run to gain clarity and push out the angst.” That’s the perfect quote to explain why I run. I love it.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com December 20, 2017, 3:20 pm

      Thank youuuuu Erin!!! It just felt right when I wrote it.

  • Ana December 18, 2017, 9:16 am

    I’m sorry, I missed the previous week post… I will go and check it out.

    I really admire that you set your priorities and stick with them. And whatever keeps you going everyday, and keeps you where you want to be.

    I run because it keeps my brain balanced, my body wants it now, it needs the accomplishment of a number each week. I need that soreness each day, to remind me that my body can still do things that I never thought possible. It sounds like I’m all over the place, but those are the things I tell myself when I go out for a run.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com December 20, 2017, 3:19 pm

      No, you don’t sound all over the place at all! I totally get it! So maybe I’m all over the place too… hmm… ha ha ha

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe December 18, 2017, 10:59 am

    running is my barometer for how I am REALLY doing. I am incredibly in tune with myself and my body and my emotions, but I also have a stupidly high pain threshold and shrugging it off threshold. Running brings to the fore the parts of my life that I am too stubborn to acknowledge or oblivious to.
    Also, how crazy is it how similar oblivious and obvious are????? just realized that.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com December 20, 2017, 3:19 pm

      That’s a pretty amazing discovery–oblivious and obvious. How ironic! I love it!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets December 19, 2017, 11:15 am

    I haven’t been swimming in two weeks and I really miss it. It’s such a good thing for my mental health especially with a teething toddler. Sigh…hopefully tomorrow.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com December 20, 2017, 3:18 pm

      Did you get out there? I hope so! And I hope Ave feels better soon, for her sake and yours.

  • Helly December 20, 2017, 9:54 am

    I like how hard it is. How hard I can make it. Like you said, it’s one of the few things I can control. There’s not a lot in life we can.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com December 20, 2017, 3:18 pm

      Right?! RIGHT.

  • J@n December 22, 2017, 10:28 am

    What was the question again?

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com December 24, 2017, 5:33 pm

      Describe this morning’s bowel movement.

      • J@n December 27, 2017, 4:10 am

        Easy. But do your other readers really want details of my shitty life? Having said that, you’ve given me a great idea: a log log or – better still – a log vlog! I just regret that smellyvision never took off. Mind you, people would probably think is was just crap.

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