Hello, friends! I know I've been missing for a week but with Memorial Day weekend and my trip to Minnesota, I have been enjoying life and have put the blog away for almost a week. This week has been great for running. Whether it is raining or sunshining, I have been motivated to run, even if the runs do not go as planned because in the end I have decided to celebrate each run as a victory, because regardless of my pace or timing, a finished run is a finished run.
I am still in Minnesota and it is amazing how motivated I have been to run here. The photo above was in Kansas (notice the sucky time) and the one a little further down is my average runs here in Minnesota (better times make me happy). Not sure if it is the wide open roads of the quiet mornings but there are two things I more aware of his week. First, I am actually enjoying running in the morning here and second, I do better time wise here (probably because it is not as hilly as in Kansas).
One thing I noticed when I spent my holidays here was that Minnesota has some crazy gorgeous sunsets. But running in the mornings have made me see that it also has some amazingly beautiful sunrises. How can you not get motivated and inspired with a sunrise like this? I was so inspired that I did not turn on my GPS until was half a mile into the run (this was a 4-mile run instead of 3.5 miles).
But what I have loved the most is getting to see the small little town that will be my future home while everyone is asleep and without me getting the "who is that girl?" stares :-) I have encountered a few early bird though and they were very friendly. I have decided that running is the best way to get to know a town. You really see it in a whole different way.
In all the running training has been going really good although strength training basically did not occur this past week. But that is ok. To be able to actually concentrate just on running was really good and really beneficial especially because it allowed me to gauge a little bit better how I feel on my runs when I am not tired from the strength training workouts. Definitely a good week of running with the majority of my runs in and feeling good. No foot pain whatsoever. And that alone is a good thing.
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