BRF (Best Running Friend)

I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would have a BRF. Best Running Friend. When I first started running, I wasn’t going to run outside and thought I would spend all those miles and hours on the dreaded treadmill. Well that changed and I started running outside. It definitely helped with the change of scenery and everything that went along with it. Well then last summer, while I was training for the Marine Corps Marathon, I got another BRF on the weekends. I had babysat her kids years ago and still do on occasion. I don’t know exactly how it got started, but she said she would run my longer distances with me so that I wasn’t running alone but it also gave us time to chit chat and talk about random stuff.

K and I running together on Saturdays or Sundays then turned into texting each other and signing up for races and discussing which ones we wanted to do next. Which is how we came to the DC Rock n’ Roll half. YAY! I ran this race last year and was sick during the race. I still finished in 2 hours and 40 minutes. My goal this year, is to finish in 2 hours and 39 minutes or faster. I haven’t been able to train like I had hoped. Working 2 jobs does that and limited sleep and on top of all this find this really awesome guy who encourages me to do more and more each day.

I couldn’t ask for a better running friend. She’s awesome! She is faster than me but runs with me and walks if I need to walk. I can’t wait to find more races and have our running dates back. I find out next week if I made it into the NYC marathon and if I did, I’ll have lots of running to do.

On another note, if you are snowed in a cold here’s a picture from my favorite place to run during the summers.

Cape Cod

Hope you have a good Thursday and I hope you find yourself a BRF!

Do you ever…

Sparkle Skirts

The beginnings of my sparkle skirt collection

Do you ever have those moments where you just don’t want to do something but know it’s for the best that you do that? Well that was me last night going to the gym for my run on the dreadmill. I have been such a slacker since late September and need to get back on track. I have been dealing with some injuries and I know that rest and listening to my good friend helps, but I miss my cardio and I know what I need to do to get it back. I mean I’m huffing and puffing going up the stairs to my condo. It’s a wake up call and so NOT COOL!

Well I put on some sparkle, my turquoise sparkle skirt and gunmetal gray visor from Sparkle Athletic, and went to the gym.  Yeah, I knew I would get the looks like “OMGsh what is she wearing.” and the “Is she really wearing that?” look. But, I needed the extra oomph to get through my dreaded run. And you know what…it worked! I was able to knock a few minutes off my overall time since I just started running again. I did something a little different on the treadmill. Walked .25, ran at 6.0mph for .25, 6.3mph for .25, 6.6 mph for .25, 7.0mph for .25. I know, for someone that dreaded going to the gym last night (and it was packed) I didn’t do to bad for the first mile and it flew by rather quickly. I did the same concept for the next 2 miles but started my run at a faster pace after the .25 of walking to get my legs back. Long story short my last .25 ended at a 8.0. SHOCKED FACE! I totally rocked my run last night. Giddy lady right here. Some of my confidence has been restored with my running, and now I just have to translate it to running outside again. Hopefully once this snow passes and it gets a tad bit warmer, there won’t be a problem.

I did even coach in my sparkle skirt on the pool deck last night. Had to bring some sparkle there too! The kids loved it!Today, I’m taking a day off and just getting some stretches in, but hope to be back in the gym tomorrow as long as my mind doesn’t get the best of me. And yes I will be having that glass of wine tonight to salute my run from yesterday! Cheers!

Happy Wednesday!