Taking it Easy and Rompers

Workout

Monday- 3 miles with Brittany + Paula Radcliffe NTC workout from this girl=)(<—–love it!)

Brittany and I got up nice and early and got a few miles in. I have forced her to run with me, I’m slowly making all my friends run so I can have a running buddy every day of the week. I’m not sure how they’re liking it, but I’m loving it.

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Yesterday we got to meet up with friends and family and head to the water park. I love days out in the Sun with friends and letting J be wild and do what he wants.

Cousin matching rompers haha

Cousin matching rompers haha

Him and Lacey holding hands on the way back to the car

Him and Lacey holding hands on the way back to the car

Being a mom, some days can be really hard. This last weekend was one of the hardest for me. J is usually very happy and kind but Sunday he was out for me. I felt bad that he was so sad, but I was also exhausted. Other days it’s hard because all he wants to do is mess up the room I just cleaned or draw all over the walls and then pull all the toilet paper out and shove it in the toilet. So, yesterday was great and I felt so spoiled that I get to have days like that. I’m a lucky momma=)

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Taking it Easy

I have a very obsessive personality. If you can’t tell, when I find something I like I usually do that thing over and over because it’s comfortable and I like my schedule.

Running has been my ‘thing’ for awhile now, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love what running has done for me. I use it as an outlet and a way to chat and catch up with friends, and as a way to set goals and push myself.

I have also become quite obsessive about the numbers. I love pushing myself to go faster, farther or whatever it may be. Those are all great, but sometimes you just gotta take it easy. I mentioned in my goals this week I didn’t want to worry about my mileage, but I’ve also put timing on the back burner too. This week I’m running for fun and for fun only. I want to listen to music, run with friends, or just listen to my feet hit the pavement.

As important as pushing myself is, I think giving myself a break is important too.

Why do you run?

Why do you push yourself, or not?

About Sugar Plum Runner

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Runner! I grew up in WA state, but currently reside in UT with my husband Josh, son Jackson, and 2 daughters Lily and Claire. I love running, but I have never been so inspired to run, race, and blog about it since 4 years ago after I had Jackson. I grew up playing soccer and cheered in high school. My favorite part of both sports(and yes I consider cheer leading a sport) was the conditioning. I found myself running after practice was over on my own. That's when I realized that running may be the sport I really loved.
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27 Responses to Taking it Easy and Rompers

  1. First of all, you look great in that mint swim suit! And I run because it is truly hard for me, I’m not a natural runner, so each run I finish is an accomplishment and I feel good about it. Right now I’m focused on endurance over speed.

  2. I’ve talked about why I run in the past, and like you it’s because I really like to push myself. Running makes that really easy by having tangible outcomes, e.g. distance, and speed. I think it’s great to take some time off from constantly pushing. I cannot imagine how difficult it is to be a parent! Having a tough weekend must make you really appreciate how good he usually is!

  3. I run because I love the way it makes me feel. Even on my toughest runs, I always end with a smile because I have accomplished something and I am proud of myself for pushing through. I also run because it’s a release from daily pressures and a great way to set the tone for the rest of my day! I am definitely focused on the numbers…especially because I am hoping to run a speedy 5k in September, but my numbers seem to indicate that I’m slowing down. I have to keep in mind that I am not yet used to the heat and humidity of summer, so once I get used to that, I can focus on getting faster again. I’m happy because I’ve noticed my times getting less slow this week (knock on wood).

  4. megbek says:

    Running buddies are the absolute best! It makes the run go by so much more quickly when you’re out there with someone else. Aw, J is such a sweetie, and I’m glad you got to enjoy your day with him yesterday. What I’m more glad about is that you get to go to the pool so much lately! I want in on that action ASAP.
    As you said in your comment yesterday, we are very similar in a lot of ways and this running commentary just solidifies that. I am also obsessive with my numbers (distance, time, splits << in case that isn't made clear in my incessant posts about it) and sometimes, taking it easy is what reminds me of my love for running. Most of the 5K's I do, I don't race them, in fact, I've only actually race three of them this year (out of like 30483048034830!). I find that those races are so much fun and definitely a necessity. I couldn't agree more about setting goals and achieving them, but like you said, taking it easy is what is important sometimes. 🙂
    Have a wonderful day!!!

    • I’m glad to hear that other people obsess over numbers sometimes too. I love that you can run for fun as well. Great job on all your 5k’s and the ones you chose to race. I need to remember that. I can run as many events as I want, but should choose specific ones to race.

  5. I’m totally number obsessive, too! Sometimes it’s good because it makes me push myself a little bit harder…but sometimes it’s bad because it can make me push myself TOO hard. I’m glad to hear that you’re enjoying your runs and not focusing too much on distance or pace. Your body doesn’t care how many miles you run, just that you’re doing it 🙂

  6. Erin says:

    Gah I feel you on having those rough days with the little man (my yesterday) I think it’s great you are taking some time to just focus on running and not the numbers!

  7. Runner Girl Eats says:

    I run because it makes me feel strong and I loveeee the endorphins. I get caught up in the numbers and beat myself up about not improving at the same rate as other runners all the time. I take one run a week with no watch/GPS so that I can focus only on the good feelings of pounding the pavement. It’s my fav run of the week!!

  8. jumpeatrun says:

    I can get pretty obsessive about the numbers if I let myself. I think it’s good to push yourself, but even better when you can listen to your body and rest when it’s needed 🙂

  9. freudenberg4 says:

    I use to be so obsessive about the numbers. As I was training for my first marathon last year I decided that it was not worth it! I was just wanting to finish and if I reached my time goal, then I reached my goal. But for some reason this helped me come over the obsessiveness of the numbers. I still have issues at times if I look down and I am going to slow or something, but I just tell myself that my body is needing to go this pace!

  10. i think you put it perfectly, when things start to get obsessive it is always a good choice to give it some space.

  11. Love this post! This is exactly where I’m at in my running right now. I’d gotten way way too obsessed over it, and I want to just start over from scratch. LOVE little J! Too cute 🙂

  12. ribbonrunner says:

    Oh I’m so glad you liked the workout!! Thanks for the link shout out! I love running and tend to also get obsessive with the numbers and then sometimes feel bad when I’m not where I want to be. Lately, I am running for fun as well because I know I can’t get all crazy on the numbers being post baby. Loved what you said about motherhood too. It is good to hear other moms have difficult days as well. My moment was last night when I thought I would cry if my little guy woke up one more time…okay maybe some tears were actually shed haha. But it is all worth it with even one sweet grin from them huh!

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