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:
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:
Chicken tortilla soup is the most amazing soup in the world…
And when you pair it with these homemade tortilla strips, it’s just WOW…
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!!!
best thing you’ve eaten lately?
WOW for us?