March 9, 2015

Hope springs eternal

This weekend, daylight saving time began which is always an initial indicator that spring is on the way. While I never like "losing" an hour of sleep or anything, I do appreciate daylight when I leave work. The light in the evenings helps me make time for various outdoor activities whether it be running, walking the dog, or a little yard work.

Spring is a finicky season. In Virginia, we have crazy weather swings which always leave my body and home HVAC system feeling a little ragged. Last week, we had an afternoon with sun and 70 degrees, followed by snowfall the following evening. Who thought that was helpful?
Enjoying some momentary warmth after work in SHORTS!
Spring also ushers in racing season. For the last few years, I've had a few big races on my calendar where I hoped to PR. This year is an exception. While I have races on my calendar, I generally don't have any intention of making PR attempts. It's a strange feeling but one I'm embracing fully. I like that I don't *have* to hit certain mileage or paces. When I talked to Mom yesterday she asked what was on my plan for mileage. I was confused. I don't have a plan. I generally know how far I need to run to maintain half marathon base mileage and given I have a race this week, I figured I would probably hit 7-8 miles depending on how my hip and knee were feeling.

I know that one day there will be a big spring race on my schedule. For now, I'm just enjoying the new season, of running and life.

What gets you excited about spring?
{Christine}

23 comments:

  1. Last week's weather was definitely crazy, and its even crazier to think that its going to hit 60 degrees today, yet we still have snow on the ground. I am more than ready for Spring to stay here!

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    1. It was really weird running on Sunday in a short-sleeved shirt and jumping over snow piles. I'll take the warm weather any day even if there are ugly brown snow piles still lingering.

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  2. I think we all need a time when we aren't pressured by running schedules or big events...it's nice to just do your own thing for a little while (at least that's how I feel sometimes)! :) I hope you enjoy it and I also hope you guys have true Spring weather soon! It's been ridiculous here as well. It's killing me that I can't get in my flower bed and spruce it up!

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    1. I really is...and everytime I have this time, I take it for granted but it really is such a blessing. Can't wait to see photos of your flowers - seeing new growth in my yard always makes me so happy!

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  3. No training pressure is an amazing feeling! It's great to just run! Enjoy that feeling girl!

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  4. This spring I am just focusing on rehabing my knee/leg. No goal race here for sure. I hope your hip/knee is doing ok. -M

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    1. That sounds like a good plan. After Rock 'n' Roll DC, my full time focus will be strength training to hopefully kick this achiness in my hip and knee.

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  5. It sounds like you're enjoying your running for fun right now :) I'm looking forward to a break between my half marathon next week and the time I begin training for the Wine and Dine half. Like you said, I have some races planned for that time but they're for fun.

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    1. It has been fun and I've enjoyed the balance it's brought my life. I have a few small trips planned this spring to see family and whatnot and it will be nice to not feel the pressure to fit in runs in awkward times/ways while I'm traveling.

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  6. Love having an open calendar and doing what brings happiness and joy in the moment (or the season!). As long as you are enjoying running, that's what's most important :)
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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  7. Just running to run, is the best. Shows your love for running when you do it to do it, not just because a race is planned:)
    I love spring! In Utah we sort of skipped winter for the most part, seriously it's been spring like temps all winter, and we only had our first really valley snowfall last Monday:) So I have been enjoying spring temps since December, LOL But I am looking forward to the days I can soak in the rays a little again:)

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    1. It's amazing how a little sun and warmth can add a spring in your step! It's been such a great mood lifter for me.

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  8. Awesome!! I really really need to do this and yet I say it and it never happens :)

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    1. Haha I totally understand. It's a rare thing for me! ;)

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  9. As you know, I'm just doing what is feeling good for that moment. A bit running burnt out here like we talked about so just doing what feels right at the moment. It's nice having the open calendar to run or not, with lots or not so much mileage. Just hoping the warmer temperatures stick around. No more snow/frigid temps please!

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    1. That's the best. I always seem to find my love of running again when I let myself run because I want to, not because a training plan tells me to! :)

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  10. As you know, I'm just doing what is feeling good for that moment. A bit running burnt out here like we talked about so just doing what feels right at the moment. It's nice having the open calendar to run or not, with lots or not so much mileage. Just hoping the warmer temperatures stick around. No more snow/frigid temps please!

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  11. It's finally get warm in Michigan! We hit 40's. You'd think it was a heat wave :)

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    1. I bet the 40s feels like the tropics for y'all!

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  12. What a nice approach. While I am excited about the upcoming spring season, I know it will be busy. It is nice having an open calendar to do as you please.

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    1. It is! I have a lot of social events in the springtime so I'm happy I can enjoy those without always feeling like I "need" to go run.

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