W.O.W. Wednesday!

I can’t take any credit for the idea behind this post because today I’m linking up with Lee from FL Running Boy. He came up with this fantastic idea and last week I decided to roll with it and link up with his post!

Today is Words Of Wisdom Wednesday. Not that I think I have oh-so-much Wisdom to share..but… I do have a couple of little things I wanted to get off my chest for both running and blogging:

WOW: Blogging
I’ll do blogging first because this one has been nagging at my mind..lately, I have been feeling like blogging is a lot of effort. Keeping up with blogs/writing/responding…it’s a lot. Yesterday, I had the day off and I had zero motivation to put together a post, or even to really catch up on my blogs. Sometimes it just feels like a lot. I spent the day in silence, reading an actual paperback book that I had wanted to re-read all summer (The Help). I didn’t even check my email once. and you know what? It felt Fantastic and I will be doing more of that. I truly think it helps to be unplugged once in a while. And since I am a full time wife/runner/teacher sometimes “something’s gotta give” and, once in a while, that something will be blogging.

I’ve said it before: if I have zero inspiration, I won’t write a post. I would rather post nothing for a whole week than subject my readers to 7 mundane posts. Not that I think every little thing I write is awesome or anything-I just would not want you to read “filler posts” because I do not like them either.

Anyway… My point/WOW is that it’s 100% ok to be you, live life, and forget that you have a blog. Because when you do write, it will come from the heart. We all can’t be inspired all of the time, now can we?

WOW: Running& The Rules
This is something that has been on my mind lately and it started right after I ran my last marathon. It’s about following “The Rules” of running. You know what I’m talking about…
-don’t go running the next day after a big race.
-take a whole week (or more) off from running after you run a marathon.
-don’t do a long run for a while after your marathon
-take it easy after racing so hard

These are all great rules to follow, but I’ve always struggled with them. I recovered fairly quickly, and although I did take a couple days off-I wouldn’t say that I followed all of those things. I did a “long run” of 16 miles two weeks after a marathon. And I felt great afterwards. I don’t for one second, feel like I was rushing anything. I love the downtime that follows a marathon-I can run however many miles I want and there are no training plans or guidelines or tapering or any other thing besides running…it’s very freeing. So I guess I’m not one to follow the rules post marathon. And that is my “WOW” message to you: that it is ok not to follow rules. You do what you want to do. You don’t have to listen to a blogger who ran a race and took a month off, heck, you don’t have to listen to me either. You do what is right for you!

While I may not feel hugely inspired to write lately, I will tell you that I feel hugely inspired to run. Usually I lose my love for running post-marathon for a few weeks. It hasn’t happened to me (yet). I still find myself wanting to run/do long runs/hit the track and I love that because being a runner is who I am and I don’t always need races to keep me going. Yes, they help for when I don’t want to lace up my Shoes that day, but I don’t find them necessary. Running is a beautiful lifetime love affair that I have going on and plan to continue having until death do us part.

And because it’s Wednesday, let’s have some randomness…

Monday I broke out “short pants” for running and it made me sad:

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Chicken tortilla soup is the most amazing soup in the world…

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And when you pair it with these homemade tortilla strips, it’s just WOW…

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My friend M is an incredibly talented baker. On Monday she brought me in a piece of the cheesecake she made over the weekend. It was incredible… Samoas Cheesecake!! YUM!!!

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best thing you’ve eaten lately?

WOW for us?

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10 thoughts on “W.O.W. Wednesday!

  1. loving that running vest; where is it from? i refuse to wear running tights until it’s practically freezing here! best thing i’ve eaten lately, hmmm, maybe some chocolate cupcakes i made last weekend!

  2. I think you have great things to say! I love reading your thoughts. And…I think all those running rules should really be more like general guidelines. Everyone is different and sometimes the “rules” are meant to be broken! πŸ˜€

  3. Things that I want RIGHT NOW: that vest. that soup, and that cheesecake. And I don’t even really like cheesecake. But that, I NEEDS.
    I have recently had a lot to say on the topic of feeling pressured. I perceive so much stress in trying to be perfect all the GD time and I’m over it. DO YOUR BEST< SEEK GUIDANCE BUT DO YOU. Whatever that might be. Be proud, but respectful. Contribute to the conversation, but not just for the sake of saying something.
    WOW out.

  4. Great post! I really don’t know how all of you keep up with blogging on top of life and running a million miles a week, but I thank you for it! I’ve tossed the idea around in my head a few times about starting my own but I think that will have to wait until life slows down.

    That soup looks amazing! Best thing I’ve eaten lately: Pumpkin Cheese cake yum! “Short pants” that’s funny…sadly I’ve already worn long pants! :/

  5. I’m with you about not writing a post when I don’t have any inspiration. If things aren’t flowing, then they just aren’t flowing. Blogging is a fun thing for me and if it feels like work then what I’m writing probably doesn’t sound good.

  6. I have definitely felt the same way with blogging! There are some days when I just don’t want to look at the computer. Great reminder to go live your life and step away from the blog occasionally.
    I have a hard time following “running rules” as well. I usually take about 5 days off from running after marathon but by then Im itching to run. I think in the past I have had races scheduled for too soon after my big race so I would want to start training again. This time I don’t have any races scheduled until March so hopefully I will just relax and take as much time as I need!

  7. Absolutely LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! your Wednesday W.O.W. Nicole!!! And I’m so with you on both topics a blog should not consume you. It can effect both your normal life and your running efficiency if you allow it. That’s why I’m not a 7 day a week blogger for the most part. And as far as running and recovery goes … ditto chica!!! I’ve never followed the traditional rules on post race recovery after my marathon I was back running four days later. I recovered fast and was completely sore-free in 48 hours. Awwwww poor Nicole has to wear short pant now 😦 you look so sad and cute at the same time. If I could I’d teleport you and the fam here the weather is perfect here right now for running πŸ™‚

  8. I love that vest and those capris!

    Tortilla soup is SOOO good. Especially with all the toppings. Yum.

    Best thing I’ve eaten lately: a Cafe Rio pork salad. I feel bad if you don’t have one in your area – you have to try it soon!

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