Running is an emotional rollercoaster and some Monday Matters!

I’m pretty happy that I have a planking buddy to help entertain me while doing core.  She held her plank longer than I expected her to.

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Earlier today I was texting with Hollie about my run this morning.  We came to the conclusion that running is quite the rollercoaster and I loved the emojis she used to express this:

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My run on Saturday had me feeling like a million bucks.  I was smiling, confident and hitting my splits——>  fast forward 48 hours and my run today was a different story.  It was a strugglefest and at one point I just sat down on the curb for 2 minutes because I was frustrated (but I did get back up and finish the run at least;).  It really is crazy to me how pretty much EVERY emotion can be experienced while running.  The not so favorite emotions sometimes experienced while running are totally worth it for the really great ones.  The not so great ones just make me hungrier for a good feeling one again.  And like my coach told me today… I am NOT going to hit every pace/run that he assigns me (even if that makes the Type A in me die a little bit;)

.5 miles @ 9:00ish pace, 5 miles @ 7:12, 3 miles @ 6:35 (6:29, 6:35, 6:40), .5 miles @ 9:00ish.  The three miles in the middle were supposed to be at a 6:25 and there also wasn’t supposed to be a break but I most definitely did take one.  I have a really good feeling about Friday’s 19 miler though.  A really good feeling. 

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Time for some Monday Matters:

-Flying poodles.  I had a little white poodle growing up name Crystal and so that is what Brooke calls her poodle stuffed animal.  My parents gave me my poodle when my sister moved out of the house to go to college because I was missing her like CRAZY and needed a little buddy around the house.  

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-I don’t know how I forgot to tell you about this a few weeks ago but Brooke has her first ever KIDS RACE this Saturday.  She already has her gear out and ready to go.

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-Turns out we will be twinners all winter long. 

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-Every now and then I have a strong craving for diet coke but between the caffeine and carbonation that stuff will make my stomach explode now.  So instead I go get a flavored water or sobe in a big old cup in order to help the craving pass:)  I do miss caffeine but I feel like I sleep so much better now without it. 

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-Brooke told me today that chocolate grows inside of pumpkins…. I can see where she gets that idea when every pumpkin item that we ever eat includes chocolate with it!

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-Came across this quote before my long run last week and I couldn’t stop thinking about how dead on it was…

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-Somehow whenever I wear my brown coat Brooke turns the drawstring into a leash and she pulls me around town.  

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What are some of the latest emotions that you have experienced with your running?

-Frustrated, confident, surprised (I thought I saw a snake but it was a twig), happy, content, peaceful, defeated, elated and the list goes on and on.

Did you have pets growing up?

-We always had a dog or two and I had a bird for awhile too.

Share some Monday Matters with me pretty please!

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LOVE that quote and Coach Hadley is my coach!

Lately, running has left me fatigued and second guessing my NYC training. I know these are normal feelings during taper, but it’s tough.

I had two dogs growing up: Casper and Macy.

Monday Matters: It’s a rainy day, but I got to have lunch with two of my favorite girlfriends and my heart is happy!!!

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Happy, comfortable and confident would describe my latest run. I’ve probably jinxed myself and tomorrow will be a killer now!

We always had cats (even though my mom, sister and I are allergic) and a dog. And currently we have a dog!

Monday matters…my doctor found a lump last week and I found out today that it is nothing concerning! Phew!

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I’m so glad it was nothing concerning! Congratulations!

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Thanks! Me too!

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OK, Brooke’s running outfit is too precious.

I have definitely experience frustration lately with my running! I am sometimes too hesitant to run certain paces and end up staying too comfortable. I need to be better about being uncomfortable.

Monday matters: I have been craving Chipotle all day long, and I can’t wait to go home and get in my PJs and watch Gilmore Girls on Netflix. I’ve become addicted to that show all over again just like I was in high school and college!

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Seriously… that show never gets old to me! Enjoy and make sure to pick up Chipotle on the way!

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I had five different dogs growing up (we always had 3 at once) and now I have a puggle named Charlie.
Lately runs have been feeling good and rejuvenating, but I’ve also been keeping it easy after finishing my first marathon earlier this month.
Monday Matters: I’m bakig bread right now and it’s making the apartment smell so good!

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I can’t even get over how cute Brooke is. I love that she carries little stuffed dogs everywhere. Lately, I’ve been feeling confident about running. We’ll see how I feel in a couple of weeks once I start training for my first “marathon” (I’m going to do a 26.2 mile training run at the end instead of a race!).

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Love that race outfit for Brooke! She’s going to have the best time :)

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I do mean that too. As long as the end is winning, everything else is between is whatever. I feel like half the emojis could be used for rollar coaster emotions.

I’m just relaxing and enjoying these couple of days off…the calm before the storm.

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We had lots of hamsters and gerbils as a kid. It wasn’t until I was junior high that we got a cocker spaniel. After 13 years we had to put him down. It was absolutely heartbreaking, but I’m very grateful that the whole family got to say goodbye.

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Running =s all the emotions! I had a race cancelled this weekend (weather) which was a roller coaster on its own!

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CANCELLED!?!? Boo…. that is tough! I hope there is another one coming up soon!

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Running – hmm is on it’s upswing but I’m happy that I’m not training for anything at the moment. I want to love it again for the freeing feeling.

We had cats, dogs, fish, a bird and my brother had a mouse at one point. (we kept the cat away from it).

Second opinion for my husband today. Slightly better news than our last visit but we still have to see one more doc before a treatment plan is formally recommended.

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I hate those twig snakes!! Don’t worry, I see a lot of imaginary snakes too!

Yesterday’s run was a cold and rainy 12 miles and it was awful, but I’m still really glad we did it and now I’ll be more prepared in my race is cold/rainy!

I had a lot of fish, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, and 2 dogs growing up. Now I just have one cat and that’s the perfect amount for me!

Monday: I’m celebrating my 30th Birthday a week early with my running buddies, since one of us will be out of town for my actual birthday. But I keep reminding then that I’M STILL 29!!!

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Oh fun!!! Well, happy birthday today and next week! Good to know that I’m not alone with the snake thing! Boo to your rain yesterday but I hope your next one is the best ever!

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Today I felt relaxed and happy on my run. The fall colors lots and easy pace made me happy! This was a huge contrast to Saturday’s run, when I felt tired and a little defeated. You never know what you’re going to get with running!

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I think it’s funny how you’re wearing your winter jacket with open toe shoes. Lol! You two look adorable in your matching jackets.

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During my 23miler a few weeks ago I sat down on some large rocks on the side of the road at mile 18 and had to give myself a little pep-talk. I was so tired and fighting a cold but still had 5 miles before I was home. I bargained with myself to get to 20 at a certain pace and then I could run/walk whenever I needed to the last 3 miles.
Running is hard and awesome all at the same time!

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I am frustrated today because I was told no running for 6 weeks ?. I developed a stress fracture during training and refused to accept it until after my marathon. Ran the marathon last Sunday and am in a boot today. At least I can still bike and swim?

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NOOOO KATE!!!! I am truly so so sorry about your injury and the time off. This breaks my heart. I hope that your 6 weeks go by fast and that you get endorphins from biking and swimming! PS congrats on the marathon:)

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Emotions…oh yah…I feel them. I felt like I was going to cry when I crossed the finish line yesterday at my 1/2 marathon. It was my 7th this year (14 total) and I ran a 10k the day before. My finish time was about 8 minutes slower than what I was hoping for, but I was filled with such a feeling of “I did this!”. I did not know how my body would react to running a 10k with a 1/2 the following day. For me…this has been a big year…I gave myself a pretty intense race schedule (even though I just kind of run…and not necessarily “race) with those 7 half-marathons.

My Monday Matters…man, I am tired. Cannot wait for my pedicure in 2 hours!!! :)

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Ahhh!!! I went to Austria over the weekend and got appendicitis out of nowhere! Now I’m recovering from surgery and wondering how on earth to go about getting back into running. I’ve never been that good… Or that fast… But I love it so much and have never been in a position where I’ve been told to take three weeks before attempting any kind of exercise. I have to build up slowly – but what does that mean? Short distances? Slow jogging? Both? How much do I push myself? I am just generally feeling crappy and so bored of laying down already. Boo. Running is emotional. :(

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I had a little dog for 12 years. I got teased about crying when we had to put him down. Some people just don’t understand.

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Oh man, my runs the past week have come with a very similar range of emotions… I still always feel lingering pain from my injury the first few miles, and even once I get going at full speed every now and then I get a twinge of pain, so my emotions are usually a mix of frustration, peace, gratitude, exhilaration, panic, fear, and finally contentment. Glad I’m not the only one!

Current running-related emotion: fear and frustration because it looks like it might rain tomorrow morning, but I want to run… Sigh.

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Running has been a real roller coaster for me lately. I’m just now getting back into it after giving birth 7 weeks ago. There are times when I feel like I am starting over from scratch and then moments of hope when it feels really good. I am nowhere near where I used to be, which can be discouraging at times. I keep reminding myself –> patience patience patience!

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That quote is pretty awesome! I need to remember it is a privilege to run, and not that its a chore. Thanks for the reminder! :)

I’ve been really frustrated that I haven’t been able to run due to waiting to see if I was pregnant or not. I ran angry miles on Saturday because I’m not, it sucks, but running will help get me through this.

We had two dogs till I was about 6 (and we put them down when we moved out to Utah).

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I’ve tripped twice in the last 2 weeks, so my running emotions have been fearful and hesitant. Super annoying!

We had SO many pets when I was growing up. My maiden name is Fultz – so Fultz’s Farm was an apt description. Dogs, cats, dogs, turtles, dogs, fish, dogs, squirrels, dogs, guinea pigs, dogs, frogs, dogs, lizards, dogs, and rabbits. Did I mention dogs??? No matter what else we had, we always had dogs!

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FEAR FEAR FEAR! I feel so mentally weak right now after some terrible training runs. I’m about to do some yoga which always seems to get my head right. I just need a large dose of perspective before I go out in attempts to PR in my half marathon Saturday!

I had a poodle too growing up named Sandy!

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I’d love to hear more about your non-running goals in life.

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I have been following you for months now and this is the first time I have ever commented… I can’t tell you how much I needed this post tonight… 2 sundays ago I ran my first 5k race… and I rocked it!!! my fastest 5k time ever… yesterday I went to my parents to run a 5k route around their house and at the halfway point I went into my mom’s house… started to cry and said why am I doing this…. she looked at me and said… you had break.. you caught your breath now get back out there and finish it. It inspires me that even someone like you with your Kick Ass paces and rock star stamina has a run that leaves you not happy :) so thank you for this… and thank you for all your honesty in your posts…

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Why do you expect every run to feel good? It always surprises me when people say that. I struggle, good, struggle, good – it’s up and down for everyone I’m sure. I think you over-think and are putting too much emphasis on running sometimes. You run, you blog about it…it’s a lot. That would give me enormous anxiety and might for you whether you realize it…or not. Just a thought…have you seen this video spoof?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V68SMFrpFt8 :)

I find doing stuff for others – particularly my Job and volunteering helps heaps to take me out of my mind.

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Love the quote about training. Mindset makes all the difference!!!

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2 weeks ago running was tiring, last week it was awesome, this week it’s frustrating. I totally agree it is a rollercoaster! But I think that is what makes the good runs so so good is because we have something to compare it to.

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Running is such an emotional rollercoaster! Lately my runs have been happy and a lot of fun. I’ve been running shorter distances and taking my goofy dog with me. He makes it a lot of fun!

When I was growing up we had dogs, cats, chickens, hamsters and rabbits! We almost got sheep at one point.

I started looking for a holiday party dress today because last year I had less than a week to find something to wear and it was NOT fun. I hardly ever dress up, like, ever.

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Good luck to Brookers! The first race of many!!

My Monday matters includes finally getting signed up for a Halloween Race! Woo!

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My runs have been so slow. Today I ran for 40 minutes and at 18 minutes I wanted to stop at 20 but just kept pushing my mind to hang on. Needless to say if I can’t make it through 40 minutes how am I going to run s marathon in 5 days. Crap!
I had a cat growing up.

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i’ve got to know where you got those beautiful peep-toe booties?!

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How fun that Brookers has a race, her race outfit looks speedy!

No running for me while I let an injury calm down so yes, lots of emotions. But grateful that instead I’ve gotten some beautiful mountain bike rides in and am getting cozy with my elliptical again.

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I actually thought that was really cute that you sat down on the curb to contemplate. And your statement: “crazy to me how pretty much EVERY emotion can be experienced while running”….as an ultra runner, running for 12 to 24 hours we go through many many ‘patches’ of feeling on top of the world, to absolutely no…I can NOT go one more step. Everyone’s energy ebbs and flows.

Push yourself but not to destruction. Be kind to your body, it’s the only one you will ever have.

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I can’t even get over cute Brooke is! Major pony tail envy, as always.
xo, tara

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I probably cry during my run once every other week. I don’t run nearly as far as you, but even shorter runs can bring out the emotions. With life just going on while you feel stunted, is an overwhelming experience. Running helps.

I hope Brooke enjoys her run! My youngest (14) has decided he wants to join the high school cross country and track teams. STOKED!!!

Monday matters: polyps in my uterus and my dog gave us a stroke scare. My dog is better. I do not know about my polyps. I feel they can have my uterus, however. Take it!!!

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I’m SO excited for Brooke’s first race this upcoming weekend! I just know she is going to absolutely rock it!

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Ohmigosh! Brooke’s running outfit is too cute! Why can’t our tuning clothes be that cute!

My last long run had me frustrated, excited, anxious, oh… and tired! ;)

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Love the emojis! Toward the end of my training for my last half marathon it would have been all tears and a smile at the end! HA
Brooke is so adorable and I love that she is laying out her running gear! A runner at heart already!

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Brooke’s hair is so long! Can’t wait to hear about her race :)
I had a cat, Mitch, growing up. He was black and white and had a goatee, and totally rocked. We got my horse, Zeik, when I was ten. He lived until I was 29, and he was my absolute best friend. I think pets are awesome for kids, as long as they aren’t allergic.
I’ve felt frustration, excitement, and exhaustion on my runs lately. The exhaustion isn’t necessarily from running, but from working 12 hour night shifts, going to school, and running. Good gravy, I feel like I’m training for another ultra when I’ve only been doing a handful of 5ks.
I’m so excited about your training buildup!!!

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I can relate to the twig/snake scenario….I was running this morning and startled at what I thought was some huge bug…it ended up being a leaf skating across the road in the wind. I felt like a fool then ?

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Looking forward to reading how Brooke gets on with her race!

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