Getting back on the wagon

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This picture doesn’t have much to do with this blog post, it’s just one of my favorite ornaments!

I have fallen a bit off the blogging wagon. The past couple of weeks have been a little busy and some things got pushed to the way side.

I was sick the week leading up to Christmas, and I didn’t run at all. I was worried about not getting my miles in, but I felt like my body needed a break. I’ve slowly eased into running this week. It’s beyond frigid here this week (it was 1 degree this morning!) so I’ve been running on the treadmill.

On top of being sick, my hamstring has been hurting a little when I run lately. I think it’s a small strain, but I’m still really worried about it. The past couple days I’ve been doing some rehab exercises geared towards my hamstrings and glutes, and I’m hopeful this will help. I’m going to continue doing these exercises for the foreseeable future and possibly get a sports message (I’ve never had one of these before, but I’ve read that it can help). Between being sick and the hamstring, I really started to worry about my marathon in April. But it’s still only December, I have 3.5 months to go. I just have to really listen to my body and give it what it needs (even if that means rest).

Last Friday I received a holiday card in the mail from Angie, as part of the Holiday Card Swap. With the card was a necklace with “Run Girl Run.”  It was very sweet and honestly the pick-me-up I needed. Wearing this will keep me motivated when things get tough.

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I love charms on this necklace. (P.S. One of my New Year’s Resolutions will be to take better pictures!)

I’m so excited for New Year’s! We are going to a wedding on NYE, which I know is going to be a lot of fun. New Year’s Day is also my birthday, so we’ll be doing a little extra celebrating at midnight. I’m looking forward to starting 2018 refreshed. I haven’t set my 2018 goals yet, but I will be working on my nutrition, stretching and strength training in addition to my running.

 

Have you had any setbacks while training for a race? How did you deal with them?

How are you celebrating New Year’s?

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