I think it’s in our nature to apologize for leaving the blogosphere and failing to post for a good 2 months. I’m not going to do that, though. I knew eventually when life calmed down and I had a minute, I’d pick back up the writing. And I have.
As you may know, a lot changed this summer. I quit my job, took a 2 week road trip out west with the fiancé, rented a UHaul and moved to a new city (Memphis, TN), started my new job the day after moving, began running with a new training group and coach in Memphis, got married (wahoo!), graduate classes for Jon started two days after our wedding, and now I’m out of breath.
The next few posts are mostly going to be catching up on the last few months. Hopefully this will get me back in the writing groove—if nothing more than for myself so I can look back on this crazy time and not forget it all!
New City, New Friends
The past two years spent in Jackson, TN completely blew me away. When I moved home two years ago, I was dreading it (moving back to your tiny hometown after college sounds sooo delightful, right??). I never in a million years thought this time would be so fruitful, but it was. I met and became friends with some amazing people. I ran with the same four people every day at god-awful hours of the morning, but that’s what makes you stronger, right?? I laughed and cried and told stories with these 4 people. They became my best friends. Needless to say, I was sad about moving to Memphis, mostly because I’m not super outgoing, and I like routine. Once I make friends, we are usually friends for life. Change can be hard for me.
I started my job right after moving, and truly truly love it. It isn’t something I ever thought I’d be doing, but it pays the bills, is stimulating for my mind (I hate being bored), and it’s from 8-5, which allows me to get in a routine with training.
Speaking of training, I jumped straight into the Memphis heat (IT.IS.AWFUL), and decided to embrace it. I didn’t think I would have a ton of personal bests this summer with racing due to the heat, but the spring training must have had its perks because this summer has been phenomenal for me in terms of racing (I’ll get to that in a minute).
As I said in a previous post, I started working with a coach out of Memphis, so I am really excited to be in the same city as him and the other people he coaches. They are super strong runners, so I know it’s only going to make me better. The style of his coaching is different from how I trained in the past. It’s not for everyone, I realize. If you thrive on hitting a certain mileage each week, prefer long-runs over short interval sessions, and can’t imagine a day running fewer than 4 or 5 miles, then you probably wouldn’t like this style (Nothing right or wrong about either! It’s all about what you thrive better on). For me, this style has worked. I’ve consistently gotten faster the last 4 months.
I am excited to recap some of the races over the last few months. I really surprised myself with my fitness level! Stay tuned for race recaps from the 2 mile to the half-marathon. I’ll be posting those soon. (promise I won’t wait 2 months, this time!)
Happy Friday, everyone!