3, 2, 1 … I’M BACK!!!


I’m please to announce I can finally resume a normal routine as Budget
season (for now) has come to an end at work!  I had to take a break from blogging because life was so consumed with work and I had to make the right decision which was to put Race it, Live it, Love it on a tiny “PAUSE.”  It’s too bad the “PAUSE” couldn’t have just existed in this realm of my WordPress account it instead happened in my running and personal life too.

I’ve come to accept a few things as well as learning a lot about myself during this duration of non stop chaos and “PAUSING” from all other things.  I sum it up to the part of the marathon mile 21-23 or so when you’re at your breaking point, everything hurts, body starts shutting down, and you start to become slightly delusional.  Then of course there is the end of the race which is how I felt after this busy work period and I just wanted to crash in a bathtub of ice…scratch that…sleep – A LOT! And finally after the celebrations there is picking up the pieces of your life before training started and trying to establish a “normal” routine whatever that means right?

Overall, I wish I had a better handle of how things would play out the past few months of 2014 but there are just some things that are beyond controllable. I was extremely sick a few weeks of January into February. Work kicked into high gear and I felt as though I never caught my breath from being sick.  I’m disappointed to type it but running was pushed to the wayside, eating healthy took a back seat, and I had very little time to devote to family and friends which made everything in my sphere of life really stressful and difficult. “Picking up the pieces” of my life after this busy season ended has been hard to face because I have no clue how I let myself get so bad and let things get out of hand.

Here is the deal! 3, 2, 1 …

I was afraid to run at first…
Call me crazy but I didn’t want to face my shoes, the old running paths, or even put on my garmin. All of it was intimidating. My dog even was feeling the pain of not running with me by acting up and disobeying commands. Lilly was ultimately my saving grace…it took the happy look she made when I put on my shoes to realize “yeah your right pup I LOVE TO RUN TOO lets do this – together.”

I ran a 5k race purely for fun
I was in no way In my best running shape for a 5k March 16th but I did it anyway. I ran into my running girlfriends I used to run all the time with during marathon training so we all ran the race together and caught up. I was happy to run the race for fun and run with the girls that made running so fun for me in the past. It felt good to cross that finish line and prove hey I still got this even though I’ve not had much time on the pavement. Sometimes All I need is a dose of running friends and a fun race to get back in gear.

I signed up for two more races and by chance got into another
Look at me I run one 5k and gain a whole lot of confidence. Actually, what happen was I was able to get into the Marine 17.75k (April 12th) which in turn means if I finish that race I’ll be running my 4th Marine Corps Marathon this fall. I also signed up for the Marine Historic Half (May 18th) which will be my official and likely only spring half. I’m feeling gutsy admitting it but I’d like to go after a 1:38 that’s the goal anyway. So I need to go find my speed that I’ve tucked away for the past 6 months! Lastly, I was offered to purchase a bib off someone who unfortunately is injured and can’t run the cherry blossom 10 miler (April 6th). I certainly have my work cutout for me and boy is the pressure on now that I admitted my gutsy goal.   Having races lined up is intimidating but it’s just what I need to focus on long-term running and health and get me out from this funk I’ve been in.

I not only tried my first spin class I ran a 5k after too
To everyone out there that suggested I try cycling/spinning you were right…it’s the most amazing thing ever. I may have discovered my new obsession.  I finally stopped making excuses and signed up for a spin + run class offered through my friend deirdre at REV UP cycle studio. I have a huge inspirational crush on Allie who does dulathons and this was a similar concept class; we spun for 45 minutes then hopped over to Charm City Run to run a 5k. Such a cool concept but might I suggest not trying both in the same day especially if spinning for the first time. I was able to fly like the wind with my jelly legs after the spin at 7:45 pace but the legs were cramping at the end a lot..hello out of shape holly. It was an awesome experience and I’m hoping to be attending more cycle classes here in the future one tomorrow and one Friday! Yay to switching things up and trying new things.

Getting back into the grove is hard
It has not been easy but I’m pushing myself to do the best I can when I can. I have my moments when I get home and I want to crash on the couch or make an excuse, but what has helped is I envision the run on my commuter train home and it makes me look forward to it when I walk through the front door.  Now that I have my running back I’m starting to feel more like myself again and just happy…its been a while but I’m glad to be back!

Ever let yourself go? diet, exercise? How do you get back on track?

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Just a twenty something DC professional dedicated to my personal running goals and blogging about fitness, food, and fashion goodies! Follow me as I continue to discover the right balance in this crazy busy world. Cheers!
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18 Responses to 3, 2, 1 … I’M BACK!!!

  1. Welcome back, Holly! As we say in the military, “left foot, right foot, repeat as necessary” :) I have full confidence you’ll quickly find your groove again and do great things with your races this year!!

  2. dcborn61 says:

    We’re all happy to have the running, happy Holly back again. Now the fun starts to hit that 1:38 half!

  3. The first couple of weeks will be tough, but then it will all come back to you (you should blast Celine Dion when that happens). I am not sure I’ll be able to hang with you at 1:38 pace for the full 13.1, but I’ll train to go as far as I can with you! I will keep you updated and you do the same! I am also looking into spin! How does your bum feel? :)

    • Holly says:

      Haha…Mallory I might just need Celine Dion! That should be my goal at least. I’m crossing my fingers you sign up and run with me we could both push one another! My butt hurt so bad…still hurts…everything I’ve ever been told about spinning was true it worked my booty and wore me out. Thinking it’s a nice change to running to break things up!

  4. Meaghan says:

    The first few weeks are SO tough- I took several months off after my first marathon (oops), and had to start back up run-walking! That was demoralizing after having run a marathon, but after an adjustment period, it does come back quickly!

    Sprinning is my absolute favorite workout for when I’m feeling unmotivated/dreading a bad run. Once you get on the bike you feel so much better and you get told what to do and just have to follow along :)


    • Holly says:

      Meghan I’m so glad you get where I’m at. It’s hard getting back in the groove but I supposed that’s what starting fresh means. I’m glad spinning has helped you through some bad runs I’m hoping it helps me too. Thanks for stopping in and reading I’m enjoying catching up on your blog!

  5. It’s hard to come back after a busy period, but eventually you get back into the groove. I try to do the easiest things first, small modifications in heating habits, fitting it even a bit of exercise here and there.

    • Holly says:

      I like this approach a lot! I’m always pushing to accomplish huge things when maybe I should start small …at least in this case. I’m going to take this advice! Thank you!

  6. piratebobcat says:

    Yay, you’re back! I was wondering what ever happened to the Nike photo shoot you were in – is that the result in that one pic? I clicked on it, but it wasn’t big enough to get a good look. Did you tweet it?
    Glad you’re well!

    • Holly says:

      I’ve been enjoying catching up on your running. I wish they had released all the photos but all I get are official released photos from the nike twitter and Facebook page. Hoping to get back into the groove and write a whole lot more about running! Ps when you post about tacos I want to go get tacos haha!

  7. cldem says:

    We’re all still here! I know exactly how you feel, as I often go into a work bubble and emerge feeling like I was in a box and the world kept going without me. I hate that first run after a break. Even though you know you can’t decline that fast, you feel like you’re going to disappoint yourself.

    I’m also running the CUCB 10 miler! I’m excited. It’s a month before my spring goal half so its perfect to test out the speed & strength work I’ve been doing to see if my goal is achievable in May.

  8. vitatrain4life says:

    YES!!!! So many great things in one post – I don’t even know where to begin. First off – just forget about where you have been and focus on your bright future and the amazing races you have lined up! Second – I’m beyond excited that you loved spin so much and rocked that bike/run. I cannot wait to see what you do in the coming months. You’re off to a great start my friend :-)

    • Holly says:

      Thanks so much Allie! You’ve kept me motivated with all your posts…especially the ones about your coach being hard on you! Its time I step things up a bit I think…new year…new attitude…new bar to rise to. right?!

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