This week of running was dedicated to my running buddy and longtime friend, Tyler. Tyler passed away unexpectedly on July 18th, 2015, so we saw the third anniversary of his death pass this week. Tyler had just really gotten into running the year before and had worked his way up to running a few half marathons, and was just starting to train for his first marathon that summer. He was so excited to see his paces improve and to push his limits as far as distance goes. He approached running like he did everything in life, with hard work and joy. His spirit was one of a kind. Every day, I do my best to keep that spirit alive. He continues to be one of my biggest motivators when it comes to my own running. During the most challenging of runs, I think of him and envision that he is running at my side, encouraging me along the way. The photos in today’s post are from a trail that we both would run together. Whenever I run out this way, I like to think that he has just been continuing on his long run and maybe, just maybe, we will cross paths.
7/16 – I rested today after work. It wasn’t too crazy, thankfully. I have not been sleeping great. I am waking up several times a night, usually once to go pee … and then because of my hips aching! Ugh. One perk of pregnancy is that my excessive body heat has been attracting my cats to my side. They cannot snuggle enough! I won’t complain about that :)
7/17 – Today I volunteered to work at a booth for my employer at our county fair. I got a good amount of walking done walking around the midway after my shift was over. The walking was probably negated by the amount of delicious fair food that I consumed. You win some, you lose some. Baby was hungry! … or something like that.
7/18 – Today was the anniversary of my friend’s death. I ran down the trail we ran down together, running 4.1 miles at 10:35 min/mi pace with walk breaks. The weather was actually pretty pleasant, not too hot. It was a nice morning to remember him. Running helps me keep those memories of him alive, and it motivates me to keep putting one foot in front of the other. It is the same way I approach grief, putting one foot in front of the other. I am thankful. I also did a little bit of strength work at the Rec Center again. Doing my best to keep this body strong for all of the changes it is about to go through.
7/19 – Today is my husband’s birthday. We both had long days at work, so we had dinner and relaxed in the evening. No exercise for me today.
7/20 – I ran 3 miles in 10:41 min/mi pace with walk breaks this morning before work. There was humidity in the air, the kind you get before it is going to rain. It rained off and on throughout the day, but no rain during my run.
7/21 – My running schedule got a little switched around today. I had a bridal shower to attend for my future sister-in-law in the morning (it was a beautiful shower!), so I did my run in the afternoon. It rained off and on all day, and off and on during my run. The rain was actually very refreshing! It was humid when it wasn’t raining. It started raining pretty hard during my last mile home, so that helped me cool down. I ran 5.75 miles in 10:38 min/mi pace with walk breaks (and a potty break). I am having to pee about every three miles, so 6 miles may be my max from this point on. I can imagine the distances getting shorter as time goes by. I very much admire the ladies who have put in serious miles at this point during their pregnancies… whew.
7/22 – My husband and did a 2 mile walk around the neighborhood in between rounds of rain. It was nice to get moving and have some good company.
So we got through this week. There were highs and lows, but more highs. It was full of memories and a few tears. I am thankful for it all. Here is to another week, Salties. I hope you have a good one.