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Now what? Fitness Aspirations for my Future

Ok, I am going to try my darnedest to make this the last post-marathon post, because I have other things in my life to discuss, damn it! (Ok, that is a total and complete lie, but roll with me). Back in the first few weeks of January, I talked about all of these big bad goals/aspirations/intentions that I had for myself over the course of the year. Well, let’s just say that this is one time when intention/result were very much inferior to the follow through.

Did I run and PR ALL THE RACES? Heh.

I walked a half–so not a run, but I did get a walking half PR! And I got Mommy her PR!

mom me atl publix marathon

I ran a 10 miler. This time I actually ran it, and I guess technically it is a PR because I haven’t done any other 10 mile races.

lakefront10 suzlyfe

I missed running every single half that I had planned on running, and the two halfs that I did run were done last minute and part of larger runs.

rnr chi suzlyfe

No PR’s there, but PR for a race run with a friend!

Stolen from Mo's IG Account.

Stolen from Mo’s IG Account.

One PR that I will TOTALLY claim: my marathon PR.

tcm running

And I’m running a 10K this coming Sunday, which I am not planning on pushing, but rather to see where I am right now.

So I PR’d some races by proxy, but the only real, true, honest-to-god PR was that of my marathon. And I am indeed very proud of it.

But you know what? I want more. I know that I am capable of the BQ. I really do. That is what my training last year told me, and if I hadn’t pushed certain things the wrong way, the wrong amount, and known what I know now, then I likely could have achieved that goal. It’s funny, I didn’t start with the dream of running a Boston Qualifying marathon, but then that little sliver of an idea crept in, and since then, the seed has been there, chillin out, like a bulb over the winter.

As much as I love the marathon, and I love training, I know that I can’t do them forever. It isn’t fair to myself or Alex to always be in training (mentally or physically). But I do have 2 final marathons in my mind: the first, which is yet to be determined, is one where I will attempt to BQ. Maybe. I’m afraid to say it, honestly. Because we’ve seen what happens when I make declarations.

Classic pre marathon face

Classic pre marathon face

After training over exuberantly for my first marathon and then racing conservatively, I took the opposite approach this time around and ran for the love of it. Sure, there were days when my legs felt like lead, but I didn’t really, truly push myself, if I am totally honest. I didn’t do speed work, I didn’t work on certain things that I knew that I could have. In short, I trained conservatively and raced a bit over exuberantly. (though it was totally worth it, haha).

So this next time around? I am going to see if I am capable of finding the middle ground.

There. I Said It. For my next marathon. I want to find the Middle Ground. The one that my head, heart, and body can at least attempt to be in sync on. And if I don’t BQ? You know what? That’s ok. I have (I hope) decades to try again, if I so desire. But I think that I owe it to myself to try. And to try in earnest. Not just because I am fast (like I was). But because I believe that I have the potential to do it.

My 4th marathon? I want to do New York. Back before my “marathoning days” LOL I said that the only marathon I could ever see myself doing would be NYC. And especially now, having lived there. I want my victory lap around my old city. I got one around Atlanta, I’ve run in Chicago, and I’ve run in Charlottesville (which, I can tell you, while an AMAZING race, is NOT a “flat fast course” BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA).

But I’ve never run a NYC Race. I don’t intend to go there to BQ, and I’m sure it will be a hassle to end all hassles to deal with. But I truly love that city. And I would love to run it. For the love of the run, for the love of my memories, and for the love of what is possible when you learn to believe that you might just possibly can start to believe. And then see what happens.

Hopefully I will be more impressed.

Hopefully I will be more impressed.

I don’t know what is next for me RIGHT NOW, race-wise, and I don’t intend to make plans. Races are expensive, I tend to get hurt before them, and I don’t have any major major goals in them at the moment. I know I can get faster, but I want it to first come in service to the full. I’ve said before: I’ve a limited number of those left. I have the capacity to run many more halfs. And, as we are approaching the end of the racing season, it is now about recovering FULLY before I start to train again, and to see what the weather is going to throw at us this year.

I have 2 other goals on the horizon, accomplishment-wise:

I want to do a Triathlon. I’ve had this in mind for some time now. But I want to do the Chicago Triathlon next year or the year after. First I gotta get a bike a pool larger than 20 ft… but details.

I want to do a Ragnar and I am! Sara and I are teaming up with Mo to run Madison to Chicago next year!

For the immediate future, my routines are gonna change up. 

I am going to take a little bit of a break from yoga. GASP. This is for 2 reasons. A) the yoga for trade thing, as fabulous as it may be, is taking away those precious few hours that I get with Alex. And I need them. B) I need to let that love recharge a little bit. I have reached a sort of stasis, as it were: I’m not making any improvements to the point that I need to fish, and really delve into it, or cut bait for a bit, get all afluster because I miss it so much, and then hit it again, feel the progression, and feel the progress.

I am going to take advantage of my Class Pass. I have a month of Class Pass coming up, and I want to try out the classes that I’ve never gotten to! And it seems silly to keep my yoga thing up while I’m not using it and going elsewhere!

But if I want yoga, I have the option of my own practices as well as the intro to Muuyu that I won from Mama Salt forever and a day ago!

But first,  during the week and after this weekend, comes rest cardio-wise for the legs and back to the weights for the upper body. And let’s see what the next few months have in store for me. Maybe I’ll knock it out, maybe I’ll get injured. Maybe I’ll decide to give it all up and get cat herding.

Who’s to say? And really, isn’t that beauty of it??!

What is something that you found yourself going after, even though you never thought you would want it?

Taper time check in: HOW ARE WE DOING TAPER PEOPLE?

Who is going to let me use their bike?

 

 

 

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75 Comments

  • Reply Michele

    I really want to do NY, and really everyone is surprised I haven’t yet because I live right here, but I haven’t gotten in the lottery twice in a row! It will happen, just maybe not for a few years. I love the “no pressure” feeling after a marathon that you can do whatever you want running wise.
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    October 14, 2014 at 5:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      To be honest, I have never had the desire to run big races in the cities that I currently live in. It isn’t until I leave and get that nostalgia for them that I realize that I want to go back and have a new experience and appreciation for them.

      October 14, 2014 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply Renee @ Bendiful Blog

    I have never had any desire to run a full marathon but even for me I find NYC interesting. Like I could see myself doing it for NYC. Can you run for a city? I guess it’s possible. I love PR’s because they are the only milage race you’ve done at the level, those are my favorites. You can have the worst race ever but it’s a PR because I have nothing to compare it too! Get it girl and GET NYC!!! DO IT!
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    October 14, 2014 at 6:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You can absolutely run for a city. Just like you can run for a cause. And a city is a cause. Because it is all rooted in love.

      October 14, 2014 at 2:07 pm
  • Reply Erica { EricaDHouse.com }

    I’ve been eyeing tri’s for years. I think it’s about time.
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    October 14, 2014 at 6:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Which ones are you looking at?

      October 14, 2014 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    NYC is my dream race!!! I wanted to do it this year, but my whole being a big girl and having a job thing got in the way. But next year? Oh you better believe I’m going to try my best to make next year happen. Please run NYC with me!!
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    October 14, 2014 at 6:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Jobs are stupid. And we’ll see if we can get in!

      October 14, 2014 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    You should be proud of all of your PR’s. They all count in my book 🙂
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    October 14, 2014 at 6:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks, love. I do. I’m proud of everything I’ve done, and for different reasons.

      October 14, 2014 at 2:03 pm
  • Reply Heather @fitncookies

    Cat herding– interesting. Let me know how that goes 😉 No for real, these are tremendous goals. I love that you looked back and know what you can do differently, and BQ if you train smart. I adore you for stopping yoga so you can be with Alex more- marriage is worth more than any workout. I think the NYC marathon would be so fun!! I will never run a marathon (and I honestly mean never, ha) but that would be a fun one to be there for!
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    October 14, 2014 at 6:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oddly, cat herding can be done. We used to have to do it because we had a coyote problem at the barn and had to wrangle the cats into the barn and tack room.
      But anyway.

      October 14, 2014 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Sarah @pickyrunner

    I never started with the goal of a BQ either but I know it’s someone Iwant to do eventually. I think finding that middle ground is *so* important. If you don’t, what’s the point? Running because you love it is the most important part, in my opinion, but obviously to achieve some goals you also may have to do a little more speed. I think you’ll find it, although I know it isn’t an easy thing to balance. As for your other goals, you’ll get there. And rock them. Maybe I’ll try a tri with you (pun intended). I just have to get over my fear of open water swimming… I wish we had class pass! Everyone seems to be raving about it lately!
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    October 14, 2014 at 7:05 am
  • Reply Tina Muir

    You WILL get the BQ, I know you will, and when the time is right. Just as you told me, be proud in what you have done so far, you have come such a long way, and each one you learn a little bit more. NY will be fun, thats on my bucket list too, but definitely not in the next year! Excited for your future 🙂
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    October 14, 2014 at 7:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you. And I think that is why I knew to say it to you–I know how much both of us have learned about ourselves and our abilities during this marathon training cycle. And like you, I know that there is more in the tank. And next time, I am going after it!

      October 14, 2014 at 2:02 pm
  • Reply Mo (@rushourunner)

    What taper? Good grief, I still have 2 weeks to go…
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    October 14, 2014 at 7:11 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    Running the NYCM would be fabulous, I only wish I might be able to run a full marathon in such an amazing city. I am SO excited that you signed up for a Ragnar…you are honestly going to LOVE IT!! It is such an awesome experience that you will never forget!
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    October 14, 2014 at 7:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know! I’m so excited! Now just to wait for an entire year…. whomp whomp.

      October 14, 2014 at 1:57 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete

    I love your new goals, darling. You just finished a marathon, and if you know that you have the fire in you to push harder than that, then you GO FOR IT.

    In regards to TRI: You just let me know when we’re going for bike rides. 😉 I’m getting back into tri next year, for sure.
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    October 14, 2014 at 7:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YAY omg that will be bomb to have a personal bike tour guide. Also to take care of me when I totally bite it. Because I totally will.

      October 14, 2014 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply Nessa @ Ness Runs

    NYC sounds like a dream marathon. I would love to run it one day!
    The taper is in full swing, and it hurts, a lot! But nothing better than fresh legs on race day!
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    October 14, 2014 at 7:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Is it funny that tapers hurt? It seems so counterintuitive. Like, hello, that is backwards!! But cheers to it!

      October 14, 2014 at 1:53 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I think that everything you said makes so much sense. I am trying to get through this marathon before thinking about anything past that. The silly little “BQ” goal lingers for me as well….and a few years ago I never thought it was possible and slowly its become something I am realizing I could be capable of. However, i am trying to not make my goal to BQ. If I ran a 3:35:01 I would still be THRILLED because that would be a 25 minute PR. While it would be amazing, I think I need to work on getting more comfortable racing marathons and then maybe I can set more specific goals like that.
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    October 14, 2014 at 7:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Exactly. The BQ would be lovely, but if I ran my race and still didn’t, then I would have to be ok with that. And I think that we have both learned a lot about ourselves over the course of this marathon training. Next time, we apply all of our trainings to go to the next level. ONWARD

      October 14, 2014 at 1:55 pm
  • Reply Courtney @ Running For Cupcakes

    NYC would be amazing!!! I will always have the BQ goal in the back of my mind but I have a lot of work to do to get there! You are so close and will reach that goal in no time, and then I will come to Boston and cheer you on 🙂
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    October 14, 2014 at 8:31 am
  • Reply Sara @ Lake Shore Runner

    Can’t wait to see you hit your goals and be there along the way! RAGNAR! My main running goal is to qualify and run Boston before 30. Like you, Boston was never in my foresight until I ran my first one and realized it was a feasible goal.

    We can always go to FREE yoga at Lulu too and then get brunch. I tried out a new place last weekend and I know this is a bold statement….but I think it was the best breakfast I have had in the city.
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    October 14, 2014 at 8:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      What. I was going to comment on other things but that last sentence totally stopped me in my tracks.
      And you are so right about lulu yoga.

      October 14, 2014 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I am looking in to doing a triathlon at the moment too. it is something that I have wanted to do for a while, but I think I just need to take the plunge and actually enter one.
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    October 14, 2014 at 8:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Deal. You do it, I do it.

      October 14, 2014 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Meredith @FitNiceRunner

    Good luck with the middle ground. It’s a big place so you’ll definitely find the perfect spot. Taking a break from yoga is a great starting point, you can always throw a little bit into your warm ups and cool downs. I use it for mobility work and it’s usually pretty quick. Getting into Boston is an awesome goal. I’m just thinking about my first full (maybe) but definitely think if I’m going to go that far, I might as well try. Can’t wait to see how it goes!
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    October 14, 2014 at 8:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I. Love. That. That the middle ground is a big place, and that there is a spot for me. I will always be an advocate for trying out a full–or even just a half. Either way, you will learn so much about yourself. But the thing about a full is that it truly redefines how you consider and perceive yourself. I learned so much about myself in taking it on.

      October 14, 2014 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply Earl-Leigh

    I love your new goals! You’re already a badass and a tri would just put you over the top!!!
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    October 14, 2014 at 9:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I need you in my pocket at all times. For reals.

      October 14, 2014 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    I have always wanted to do a triathlon as well. But I am not a huge swimmer and my bike is a beach cruiser. Somethings would have to change I know in order to complete one. I think one of my goals would be to complete a 50k someday.
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    October 14, 2014 at 9:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Doing a 50k is more than I think I want to run. I totally respect it, though. If should trade off bikes (but not the cruiser, haha)

      October 14, 2014 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Cassie

    Well, before plans changed… I was going after a marathon. I never thought I would want to run one. Now I have to readjust some plans…

    Anyway, I really love that you know and acknowledge what you did and why you did and where you can improve. I did this marathon training really half ass, so in a way, I’m glad that it isn’t happening and I can really focus on properly training for the real one 🙂
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    October 14, 2014 at 10:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yeah, you definitely have a different fall plan on the table now than you did previously. But I think it is probably for the best, and will take a ton of pressure off of you. Now you can focus on getting where you need to go. And who knows, maybe we’ll run one together!

      October 14, 2014 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Brianna @ I run He tris

    YAY for a triathlon!!! That really gets me excited. How tall are you because I just might have a bike for you. 😉 I’m really going to email you about Thanksgiving sometime this week so hold me to that. I never thought I’d go after that 26.2 BUUUTTTT it just might happen. Also, I never in a million years thought I’d want to do a full Ironman but that is a bucket list item I’d like to cross off. But that is a WAY off goal when the kids are older and I’m bored. I also want to do a Ragnar at some point, too. I totally think you have a BQ in you!
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    October 14, 2014 at 10:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YAY! We’ll be out by Lake Oconee, if that helps. You would be so badass to do a full Ironman. I definitely think that you could do it, especially after having Colin’s experience.
      Tell him to find me a bad ass bike.

      October 14, 2014 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness

    Wow a triathlon! You should go for it. My sister did one (my sister got the athletic genes in the fam) and she was all “oh you know, it was cool”–um, try coolest thing ever! If i could run more than 3 miles without wanting to throw myself into oncoming traffic i would consider it too 🙂
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    October 14, 2014 at 11:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahaha. That’s like saying “oh, yeah, you know I ran a half marathon, or a marathon or whatever.” Having run one, I will still be like BOOM BITCHES. Just think, you would only have to run .1 more miles than 3 miles…

      October 14, 2014 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    whew……I’m trying to catch all of that!

    1) I have a bike-its the diamondback that you rode for awhile, but I still have it here, so it is being offered, should you want it.
    2) I want my own copy of that finish picture, please! I know you crossed the finish line, I saw you about 50 yards away from it, then I heard your name, but I didn’t get to see the actual crossing–and it is a great picture!
    3) you used to have a bumper sticker in your locker that said “You show, girl!” I think you need a new one–like “You run, girl” but not for the bathroom mirror (no, NOT there) but maybe for the fridge.
    I’m so proud of you, sweetie!

    October 14, 2014 at 11:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank, Mom, for everything. The bike I will allow you to keep–I need a road bike. But thanks! And that pic is actually from about half way through, there is an idiot in front of me in the finish pics, this one is better. But I’ll buys us a few.

      October 14, 2014 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Jill

    You will definitely BQ! You are so determined hard working and truly have a gift. What a goal to aspire to!!!
    I have had thoughts about training for a full but I go back & forth. Right now I want to focus on some other ‘life’ goals so we’ll see what happens with my running. Training for halfs works for me right now but I always have the dream of a full way up yonder too!
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    October 14, 2014 at 12:01 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that you have to take the opportunities that are presented to you–right now, you need to concentrate on your life goals–the running will be there. And so just keep building that base, and you will be able to just build build build off of it.

      October 14, 2014 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Ange @ Cowgirl Runs

    Oh, those running thoughts that take hold in your brain “maybe I’ll BQ one year”, “Hmmm, I’d like to run NY one year” and don’t let go. I know them well.
    I have nearly an hour to knock off my marathon time to BQ, but is is possible one year? Oh hell yes, I believe it is.
    And New York? Oh my gosh yes. So much yes.
    Just remember, no signing up for races for at least 2 weeks after a race, lest you end up in my shoes running an ultra Ragnar in 3 weeks 🙂
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    October 14, 2014 at 1:42 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well you are also insane. Luckily, these are thoughts that I have had swimming in there for a few months now, even in midst of it all. But I agree. Pick and choose, pick and choose. Duly noted.

      October 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply Kate @ Baking in Yoga Pants

    I said I would never run just to run, and then I raced cross country, and I said yoga wasn’t for me, and then I became a teacher, haha 🙂 NYC – what an amazing selection. Go big or go home, right?!
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    October 14, 2014 at 2:26 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahaha. The 4 horses that I said I didn’t want ended up being the ones that I loved the most.
      And I get to go big AND go home #winning!

      October 14, 2014 at 4:36 pm
  • Reply Cynthia @ You Signed Up For WHAT?!

    Great post and great way to think about things in terms of goals and also “wants”! I also took that triathlon leap and then it set me on this crazy course of obsession. But I want to do another full marathon, Ragnar, and all these running things too! Trying to think about my goals.
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    October 14, 2014 at 4:02 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I feel like the marathon opens you up to possibility of impossibility. Well, that and pain.

      October 14, 2014 at 4:36 pm
  • Reply Kirtley @ The Gist of Fit

    I love what you have on the horizon! Ragnars are a must do…at least once. Same with triathlons. Ironman?? That would be sweet, and scary.
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    October 14, 2014 at 4:43 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OOoo I don’t know if I have an full IM in me. Maybe a half, but not a full. But hot damn I would say go for it to everyone that wants to!

      October 16, 2014 at 9:18 am
  • Reply Mar @ Mar on the Run

    i can’t even articulate what is happening in my taper right now :-/
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    October 14, 2014 at 6:50 pm
  • Reply Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    You remind me a lot of myself. As soon as one big thing is over you are looking towards the next big goals. I think a middle-ground marathon training sounds like a great idea. Good luck with your plan to BQ! I know that’s never in the cards for me but I so admire those who aspire to that and can accomplish it.
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    October 14, 2014 at 8:19 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that I trying to ride the wave and the momentum. I didn’t feel the need to do so after the others, but this time, I am letting myself ride it. I used to look forward to the next, the next, because I felt like I was in a holding pattern. But now, I feel like I am looking forward for the right reasons.

      October 16, 2014 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Ariana

    I LOVE your perspective on things! I think it’s easy to get caught up in a goal and if we don’t reach it exactly the way we’d hoped “the world is over forever and ever!!”. But you really found good in everything, even if it didn’t go as initially planned. I also really like your upcoming goals! Good luck with your triathlon and Ragnar!

    I NEVER thought I had the entrepreneurial spirit – my family owned a restaurant for 20-something years and I wanted none of that! I wanted to go to work, do as I was told, and leave. But since around the middle of last year I started dreaming of running my own personal training business, and now I can’t see myself doing anything else in the future.
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    October 14, 2014 at 8:30 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, thank you so much, that means so much for you to say that (the first part). For the second part, isn’t it amazing how we run the opposite direction sometimes, thinking we want a point to point race of sorts, but in reality, we find that we want an out and back that brings us right back full circle.

      October 16, 2014 at 9:21 am
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    I can totally see you doing Ragnar or a triathlon – you’re such an athlete! I feel like everyone goes through that phase of yoga where you just feel blah and unmotivated to go. I know you’ll feel it again after a little break 🙂
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    October 15, 2014 at 11:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Can you please make me a plaque that says that first sentence????
      And I know that I will be ready to go back after a little break. I always do.

      October 16, 2014 at 9:35 am
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    You are so going to BQ sometime soon,I just know it. You know that is my goal, but every long run I did this training season made me realize how far away that goal really is for me. I need to wait at least 10 years so I can gain some extra time 🙂 Tapering is going ok for me right now, and I’m doing NO running. I’m actually going to hit the Alter G this week to let my hip rest. And we’ve decided it’s not my TFL after all…soooooo, yea. Not really sure what is up….maybe some glute max and glute med issues? Maybe a touch of bursitis? Who knows. Trying to take it in stride though and not freakout in my last 12 days before MCM!
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    October 15, 2014 at 1:14 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Either way, I think that they are all connected (the issues) but bursitis def needs different treatment. Fingers are serious crossed for you. YAY MCM!!

      October 16, 2014 at 9:56 am
  • Reply Jenni @ Fitzala

    You can totally BQ. That would be super amazing to find middle ground, but I’m really not sure if it exists on a complete level. I do think you can find it on a general level, but there’ll be times you push yourself a little hard and times where you take it easy when you shouldn’t. I think you can do it and love hearing your goals. Makes me a inspired to actually start working toward my “non work” goals!
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    October 15, 2014 at 1:46 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You work so hard, and you do so much, but you do need some goals just for you–but don’t overwhelm yourself!! I hope I can find a “middle ground” but I do share your trepidation. But I have to try, at least. We shall see.

      October 16, 2014 at 9:59 am
  • Reply Nicole@thegirlwhoraneverywhere

    Beautiful post!!! I wrote a post (for tomorrow) all about why I am chasing that BQ. Can’t stop won’t stop! I ran NYC once, I wasn’t over the moon for
    It but I have never lived there before. I think that if I had, then I would feel
    The same as you do!!!
    I’ve been talking about doing a Ragnar soon too—they sound like a blast, esp with the right group of peeps!!
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    October 16, 2014 at 5:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s why I am so excited about the Ragnar that I am going to do–I know I love and adore many of the people involved. BQ’s FOR ALL!!

      October 16, 2014 at 10:03 am
  • Reply jill conyers

    You can have my bike and one more week until taper for me. One day I will run a Ragnar!
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    October 18, 2014 at 4:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Which Ragnar are you looking towards? Any in particular? And if you are seriously about the bike, I might very well be serious too! Email me 😀

      October 18, 2014 at 11:07 am

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