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Vlog: Week 2 of beginner 50K training

I’m on Week 2 of training for my first ultra marathon 50K…and it’s been full of high highs and low lows. Some days I find my training runs easy and great, and some days it sucks. While a lot of training is mental, outside environment can sure affect how difficult your run will be. This week alone I’ve had: my earbuds quit 8 miles in to a 10 miler, a skunk chase me off the trail, terrible weather, and blisters. But it is what it is.

Also, my coach wants me to track my elevation gains on my runs. Bless her. On my run yesterday it was zero. Today, I ran 10 miles and it was 10 feet. Welcome to the Midwest, where the most elevation I get is jumping over a culvert mid-run. Onward and upward to week 3!

What works Wednesdays

If you saw my post from yesterday, you know I started a new adventure in ultra marathon running. Since I am completely new to this, I thought I would start sharing things (products, training elements, etc) that are working (or not working) for me.

Every Wednesday I’ll do a “What works Wednesday”.

And since the reason I started this blog is to share my knowledge of mental wellness resources, I’ll be doing a “What works Wednesday” for that too!

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Holy crap, I’m running an ultra marathon

First, let me start by saying that I’ve been a “runner” for most of my life. But picture this

versus this

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I ran through middle and high school to stay in shape for team sports, college and graduate school to cope with stress, and in adulthood to well, get away. Like literally to have an hour to myself away from work and mom responsibilities. I usually run daily and I run until I’m ready to call it good. I have previously run a couple of full marathons, half marathons, and 5K’s, but certainly do not have a decorated record of races. Running maintains my mental wellness, much like an oil change is to car maintenance. The research overwhelmingly points to the mental health benefits of exercise and I can vouch for that personally.

Second, most of the most enriching things in my life have come from things I did on a whim. Now, if you knew me personally, you’d find that hard to believe. I research the shit out of every purchase I make, every trip I plan, every thing I endeavor to do. And if you want to annoy me, force me to make a big decision on the fly with little warning. I mean, as an 8 year old I remember making a pro/con list in my head of whether I should get jelly shoes… you know the cheap, sparkly plastic shoes that every little girl wore in the early ’90’s that have since made a comeback (sigh). I later regret buying them as they cut the back of my heel every time I ran in them on the playground. I digress. Attending graduate school, changing career fields, going on a date (with my now husband) were all things I “acted on a whim”.

And now I can add applying for my first 50K and having my training tracked on a podcast, to the list. So here we go! I am going to figure out how to mother two little humans, work my full-time job, and train for my first ultra marathon!

If there’s one thing I’ve learned with age, is that my intuition knows me better than any research could.

You can visit Becoming Ultra http://becomingultra.com/ to see what this endeavor is about or watch my Youtube channel see how I really feel about training.

The why of “A thief called grief”

Why the heck did I name my blog “A thief called grief?” Yes, it rhymes. Yes, you have to remember that golden rule of “i before e except after c” when you are typing in the name to the search bar. But although “thief” conjures up a negative thought, the idea behind the name is simply this–once you have grieved, whether it’s a loss due to death, loss due to divorce, loss due to whatever crap life throws at you, the old you is gone. At least for me it is and was. The old you was stolen, and now you’re on a new journey. This site is not just for someone who is grieving due to death. This site is for anyone trying to find their way after the theft of their “old life”. Welcome! I hope you learn something while you’re here.

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