Running On Average

Spring’s Rough Start- Shaking It Off

Lifestyle | March 21, 2017 | By

This was my daughter yesterday:

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And this was me:

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It was the first day of spring and I was initially excited for it. But between little miss nap-fighter, sinus pressure, and being suuuuper tired, I was feeling pretty cynical about the whole spring forward, fresh start, never miss a Monday business. I’ve been having a rough few weeks lately- ahem pregnancy hormones- and I ended up skipping the yoga class I planned on taking this morning. And eating too much chocolate. And snapping at my daughter who was so tired, but took a crap nap and was being difficult at lunch (so difficult).

But by 4:30, I finally got out for a trip to Target and a cup of coffee in me and was feeling better about life. It helped that my coffee was in this new cup that Dave and Riley surprised me with this weekend (they realized I’d been down!).

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And I decided it’s time to put on my big girl pants and handle it. Because I do want to spring forward and start fresh, especially with my current hum-drum attitude. I love winter, but this one has gotten me down and I’m ready to shake it off!

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So the plan for today is to publish a post, get some laundry done (#momlife), get organized, and go for an outside run- alone!- when Dave gets home.

Bring on the spring!

Are you spring cleaning? Fresh starting? Enjoying a nice latte or some chocolate?

Welcome to Running On Average!

Lifestyle | March 14, 2017 | By

Gooood morning! Did anyone out there get slammed by Snow Storm Stella? We didn’t and I am profoundly disappointed. I mean, I knew we wouldn’t, but we didn’t get a single snowflake. Bummer.

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No snow this morning!

On the bright side, I get to take Riley out for our doughnut date today. And coffee, let’s not forget the coffee.

I know I haven’t been active on the blog much lately and while it may not look much different, there has been a lot of work going on on the “back end.” (Like learning that it’s called the back end.) Hopefully by the end of the month, I’ll have things running more smoothly and will be blogging on the regular again.

The name is meant to be more relatable both to my life and to the average runner. I am no elitist and I am no Carmen Sandiego; I am just a busy mom who likes to run when she can and still chase her dreams. So my running is not as exciting as other fitness bloggers, especially right now, but I feel like I can at least offer a little something for the average runner to relate to.

Hopefully I’ll be running on the regular soon, too. I had some pretty great workouts this weekend- 5.25 miles on Friday morning then spin class Saturday morning- but am battling the start of a sinus infection and haven’t worked out since Saturday. Sigh.

In OTHER exciting news, back in January I was accepted to write as a contributor for the Pittsburgh Moms Blog and my first post publishes today! It’s about regaining momentum during back to back pregnancies. Go check it out!

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Outtake from the blog photo shoot- she’s too cute!

That’s really all that I have for now. Keep running my friends and let me know if a snow storm is headed your way! Smile

Blog Updates

So as much as I would like to believe that I am still in my young twenties, jet-setting around the globe and running fast races, that’s not my life anymore. And will not be for a very long time, if ever again.

And I’m okay with that.

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WanderlustRunning was created as a person who was just that: a runner with insatiable wanderlust. Now, I still am a runner with insatiable wanderlust, but my life is consumed by so much more now. Namely, a husband and children.

And I’m okay with that, too. In fact, I prefer it.

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However it is creating some dissonance with my blog. I feel like a fraud writing under that title or, at the very least, like I am misleading anyone who might stumble across my little corner of the web. To remedy that and feel more true to myself, I’ll be rolling out a new blog title this week and will hopefully be giving my blog as a whole a makeover soon. But bear with me because I am a total rookie to all the technical aspects of blogging (despite having a blog for years).

I still plan to write about running and traveling, but I will also be writing more freely and comfortably about the rest of my life. If I haven’t run much, I won’t write about it. Because right now it feels forced and nobody wants that. It’s boring and awkward.

Hopefully these changes will allow me to blog, Instagram, and just generally feel more confident and legit in my work. I’m pretty excited to get them started!

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So stay tuned and keep an eye out for some big changes!

Week of Workouts

Running | March 2, 2017 | By

Hey, all! We’re officially into March and with my plan to make this month one of action, here is a recap of my weekly workouts. Only two this week, because I’m battling my insides again this morning.

On Monday, I decided to try something new. I took Riley to South Hills Power Yoga for our first Mommy and Me yoga class! I was a little nervous because I had no idea what to expect and I haven’t taken a yoga class since before she was born.

Overall, the class went well. We placed our mats in a giant circle around a bin of toys and the kids could either participate with us or play with the toys and run around the empty half of the studio. Riley was the youngest of the runners; there were two babies who could only wiggle.

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The mama bear within me is apparently strong and I spent more time keeping an eye on her and making sure she was okay or not in anyone’s way than I did focusing on my yoga. I did get a pretty good workout in and had some struggles with certain poses. Going from high to low plank was a big one because my belly just kept getting in the way! We did a lot of chair and warrior poses and I can still feel it in my upper arms and shoulders!

The studio was right next to a Panera, so of course we went next door afterward for a latte. Winking smile

By the time we got home, Riley was passed out in the back seat so I think it’s safe to say all the running around wore her out!

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Tuesday morning, despite accidentally sleeping through my alarm, I managed to get up an run 3.25 miles on the treadmill. MUCH better than the two mile walk/jog I thought was going to happen going into it.

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I LOVE the feeling of a good run and taking pressure off myself during pregnancy has reignited my love of running. I’m so excited to see what I can do in July when I start postpartum running!

Monthly Mileage and March’s Call to Action

Lifestyle, Running | February 28, 2017 | By

Hello! We’ve reached the end of another month so quickly. I feel like I was just writing a recap for January!

Instead of going through all my resolutions, I’m just going to stick with my mileage. My February goal was 28 miles. I achieved…. 34.3! Look out, world, I’m ready to run an ultra!

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In all seriousness, I’m very proud of those miles. For starters, I’m still running more than I did when I was pregnant with Riley which is a huge boost, because I feel infinitely more out of shape than I did with her.

Secondly, the past two weeks have brought some challenges with my intestines and I’m not sure if they are pregnancy or ulcerative colitis related, but the discomfort/pain has made me back off running. The baby’s health is first and foremost and if I need to take some extra rest time for my body to heal, then that’s what I am going to do, no questions asked. It seems to be on the up and up, so hopefully we’ll continue that way and March will go off without a hitch.

Speaking of March, the word I am going to embrace and embody this month is:

-Action-

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I’m a dreamer and a thinker, but I have a hard time putting plans into action. After some deep diving, I’ve realized that I’m afraid to do things wrong, that I’m not good enough to do something, or that I simply don’t know when/where/how to start. Basically I’m a perfectionist with low confidence.

But I’ve realized that by letting these doubts and uncertainties crowd my thinking, I’m missing out. On things as little as buying home décor to as big as writing.. and finishing… a novel (I have three started). In March I want to work on making myself move, getting the courage and motivation to stop thinking and planning, writing and rewriting to-do lists and just freaking DO it already.

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Who’s with me? Let’s carpe the hell out of this diem! Smile