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March Madness

I’m not talking the NCAA college bracket ‘March Madness’ per se. It’s also a great way to describe our lives right now – ‘March Madness’. We normally are busy with work, events, and house projects, but we have been battling illnesses around our house and that just affects everything. One of the first things impacted with things like illnesses arise is my training. Rob, Chase, and I keep passing around different viruses which require rest and taking care of each other. And all of our sleep suffers when a toddler is ill. 😦 This wave of sickness has caused me to miss two 5K races already this year and we’ve missed out on other activities like an Easter party for Chase. I’ve learned where possible, that I need to register at the last minute because I never know if I will be racing that day. I have two half marathons planned this month and we shall see if I can get to the starting line. I was feeling bummed about my lack of training and I looked back at this time last year only to see that March was no better then either. Perhaps we won’t be illness free in March until Chase gets a little older. Based upon the collapse of my training plan once again, I think I’m going to abandon the idea of having a formal training plan for any race. Instead I’m going into “Mommy Maintenance Mode”, which means getting in workouts every time my schedule allows, but not getting hung up on a specific training/building plan. These days inevitably my training plan falls apart and then the training plan is not of any use because the mileage/workouts can’t easily be jumped back into. Instead I hope to remain healthy enough to run and just finish a 5K-half marathon any day, with no specific time goals. My posts to this blog have been low because of the lack of formal training and races completed. This change (or acceptance) of my running will then mean less posts because I won’t be accomplishing specific goals. However, I plan to write about races and special events for those considering them for their future running schedules. And as Chase gets older we will start to travel more I’ll have more to post about that as well.

Hope your training and 2015 race season is going well!

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8 Years – A look back on all the running versions of myself

This past weekend marks 8 years since I started running. In an attempt to not re-write what’s covered in the ‘About Me‘ section of my blog. I just want to post a few pictures and say that I smiled running my 9 miles outside Saturday thinking about how I’ve been all sorts of running versions of myself over the last 8 years….

The newbie – Circa 2007

My first run – Miller Park 5K

Newbie Half Marathoner – Circa 2008

2008 Go! St. Louis Half Marathon

Newbie Marathoner – Circa 2009

2009 Chicago Marathon

BQer – Circa 2010

Mercedes Marathon 2010 010

2010 Mercedes Marathon

2010 IL Marathon

The injured runner – Circa 2010

Bad fall on a 5 mile run. May 2010

Boston Marathoner – Circa 2011 and 2012

2011 Boston Marathon

2012 Boston Marathon

The Often Running Racing Team Runner – Circa 2010 and 2011

ORRT 2010

2011 Rock and Roll Half Marathon – Chicago

The pregnant runner – Circa 2012 and 2013

2012 Rock and Roll Half Marathon – St. Louis — 7 weeks pregnant

2013 IL Marathon’s 10K – 8.5 Months Pregnant

The mommy runner – Circa 2013 to forever

2014 Canal Connection 10K

Cheers to many more years running and finding more versions of myself along the way.