Back at it!

Back at it!

Well, after a long week off of running I’m finally back at it. I could tell you every excuse as to why I didn’t run; 3 Christmases, ice storm, snow storm, no treadmill, no gym membership, -16 below weather and wind chill, over-time at work, yada yada yada…but what it all boils down to is motivation, or lack there of it, rather. I still could have squeezed a workout in somewhere…even under all the circumstances. All week I felt guilty for not sticking to my running schedule. To have a positive outlook however, I am blessed to have spent time with my family and loved ones during the holiday. I am blessed to have a job where I can work over-time, and I am blessed to be able to go back out there after a week off and get an 8 miler done. Looking forward to tomorrow’s run…will opt for another route though.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!

It’s been a crazy busy week and with our recent ice storm shortly followed by a snow storm, I haven’t been able to get my running done the past couple of days. Not only am I antsy to get out the door, but I am hopeful that the city sidewalks are cleared for running.

Today was a great day.  I have been so blessed to have spent a wonderful day with my family. Merry Christmas, everyone!

My first one..

..My first blog that is. My name is, Rachel and I decided to start this blog to document my journey as I train for my very first ultra marathon. I’m an average runner from, Iowa that very much enjoys the outdoors and all of the beauty that it holds. What started in high school as a love for track and field, I’ve continued to carry the love for running ever since. Over the past 10 years, I’ve completed 7 marathons. In the Fall of 2009, I qualified for the Boston marathon and ran it in the Spring of 2010. It was my dream to qualify and run in such a prestigious race. My love of running continues with each day, and even though there are some struggles and challenges that go along with it, I couldn’t imagine my life without it. I hope you enjoy the journey with me, as I blog about embarking on a new dream of completing a 50 mile ultra marathon. And then…who knows where my next journey will take me.

Icy trail.

We’ll, I’m into my 6th week of training now and as winter is in full swing, Mother Nature welcomed us with an ice storm covering all city sidewalks and trails with a thin layer of pure ice. I had cancelled my gym membership back in August because I had decided I would try to save a little money and do all of my runs outdoors. Boy I was sure regretting my decision to cancel after today…
My long run today consisted of a 13 miler (which felt more like a marathon after I finished). It was physically and mentally exhausting! Not only was it a terrible idea to run out on the icy trail anyway, but there were also many obstacles I had to overcome with this run; a fallen tree on the trail to name one.
In ’09 when I qualified for Boston, I trained through one of the harshest winters Iowa had seen in a few years. Having experienced that, I figured I could handle a little ice. I was wrong. The trail was so icy, not even my yak tracks could cut it. I ended up running along side in the grass which really wasn’t any better. Also, my pace was about 2 minutes slower per mile than what I normally run. But hey, in the end I ran 13 miles just as I needed to, even if it didn’t go as smoothly as I planned. It’s all about the journey and some days will be more challenging than others. Today was one of those days.