Right now I am in what I am considering my first stage of base building. Except this first stage is a lot less “building” and a lot more “rebuilding.” I am taking things slow while I become accustomed to my new school schedule. Right now I am aiming for 3-4 runs per week and 2 yoga classes per week. I treating this as an eight week “training” block, after which I will reevaluate and set goals for another block.


My major cutback in December has made running feel very rusty. I’m easily winded and even my motivation has been lacking. But I have been diligently lacing up (and bundling up…brr! I hate winter) and getting it done. Most runs are short, just 3 miles, but I have also managed a few slightly longer runs of 5 and 7 miles. Almost all runs have been run/walk intervals, but I been increasing the running and decreasing the walking with each run. I have even had one or two runs where running feels nice and shiny and I just cruise through the miles.

Yoga continues to be really lovely. Well. Mostly. My very cheap yoga mat that I bought years ago basically turns into a Slip ‘n Slide during hot yoga. Not fun at all. Last night I bought a new mat, which was recommended by someone at the studio. Fingers crossed that this one proves more grippy.


13 thoughts on “shiny

  1. I’m not sure how I keep missing your posts – seems like you don’t show up in my daily Bloglovin email. Hmmm. Anyhow, I take comfort in hearing that you are feeling a bit off in your running – because I’m feeling that too. I’m trying to take it easy before my half training starts in a few weeks, but mentally I don’t want to miss out on that “running” feeling. But each time I run it’s lack luster and makes me think I’m never going to be able to run any speedwork without injury 😦 Ok, but then again, I’m not a professional athlete and I need to make do with what I have right now. I gotta remember that. Had a chuckle over the slip and slide picture in my mind!
    ps, that looks just like a trail I run on! Pretty!!

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    1. Hmmm. Maybe I posted after the email was sent?

      Lack luster is exactly how I was feeling yesterday. Four miles that just felt like work. I’m hoping if I just diligently plugging along, eventually I’ll find that spark again. It is very frustrating to feel like a 4 miler is a challenge when in November I managed to breeze through 18 miles feeling great.

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  2. Good luck with the new yoga mat and with maintaining and rebuilding the running schedule. It sounds like you’re doing a great job balancing yoga, running, and real life which is the important thing. Just getting out there, you will rebuild your fitness and it will probably come back a lot faster than you think.

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  3. I’ve been feeling a bit off as well. I just don’t do well in cold weather and I think coming off a tough training cycle, I’m just tired, lol! I’m excited to rest once this next marathon is over 🙂

    Horray for new mat! I love yoga and wish I did it more often. My gym is really expensive and I can’t justify adding yoga classes 😦

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  4. Haha I made that exact same yoga mat mistake with a cheap Target mat at my first yoga class (it wasn’t even hot and I was slipping). So I went right back to Target and got a slightly less cheap mat that has a towel-like surface. Then I lost it.

    I’m in the same place as you with running. It’s not easy to come back after time off, especially when your mind is flooded with memories of how easy it used to be, and you log on to social media and people are flaunting what great shape they’re in (I’ve been guilty, so I guess I’m reaping what I sow, lol). Just take it one day at a time and, more importantly, know you’re not alone! Taking quick stock of all my running friends, I realize that there are actually more of us who are out of shape than in right now!

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    1. I’m glad that I posted about feeling out of shape because most of the comments have been fellow runners commiserating on their own running feeling lackluster. At least I am in good company. I think it is just that time of year. Peaking for fall races is long over, but training for spring races is only starting to be on our radars. I remember feeling like this last year around this time too.

      Oh and I am certainly guilty of the social media flaunting in the past. Last running related insta was an 18 miler..hello karma 🙂


  5. I think it’s the holiday blues for most of us. That time of year Its natural for food/family to take priority over running. And no matter what level we are at, it takes time to get back into the flow of things. You have a great plan right now so keep at it and then reevaluate to see what’s next.

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  6. I hate that feeling of rebuilding. It’s so humbling and annoying to have to start over when youve been there so many times before! Once you get back in the groove and get comfortable again it’s amazing. You’ll get there! For hot yoga, I got a thin pad that goes over my yoga mat that makes it more grippy and prevents me from slipping. I normally have the most sweaty hands ever so you can just imagine how bad they are in hot yoga and I never had a problem!!

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  7. I know the feeling you are going through. It feels hard at first coming back. That rusty feeling will be there for a little bit. But before you know it, you will be so pleasantly surprised to see that it suddenly all comes back. Excited for you!


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