Events I've Completed:

Run for Rescue - 4/30/11 - 5k - 29:05 (finished 2nd in my age)
Ojai to Ocean - 6/5/11 - Half Marathon - 1:56:37 (Ran with Lisa!)
Megan Savage Memorial - 9/24/11 - 5k - 31:16 (Ran with Bill!)
Beach Derby 10k - 11/6/11 - 56:40 (Ran with Nikki!)
RnRLV - 12/4/11 - Half Marathon 2:18 (Ran with Nikki!) Got sick by race end. Sick three days.
Surf City - 2/5/12 - Half Marathon - 1:55:02 (PR) Ran with Lisa and Sarah
Battle of the Boxes-2/23/13-5:04 Mini Helen-8th place overall team finish
Crossfit Open 13.1-131
Crossfit Open 13.2-232
Crossfit Open 13.3-183
Crossfit Open 13.4-54
Crossfit Open 13.5-49
Battle of the Boxes: Unknown Edition- 3rd place finish!


Crossfit Open 2014!

This is my before photo. I weighed 15 pounds more, was exhausted all of the time and wasn't getting better at crossfit, running or life. It was time for a change.

My before photo

My before photo

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Breaks from Running?

I've been running since January.  I've never been a huge fan of running.  I would do it as required in a crossfit workout, but have never in my life thought it'd be fun to just "go out for a run".  While in Hawaii the summer of 2010,  I didn't want to lose my fitness so I got up every morning before anyone else and went for a run of at least 5 miles.  Well of course the scenery combined with the fact that I came home without gaining any weight had me hooked.

I continued with my crossfit workouts through December.  Then in January, I decided to focus only on running.  I trained and ran my first half marathon in June.  It was great!  I thought I'd be hooked forever.  But then I experienced the letdown of no race to train for.  My next race isn't until December.  I continued to run, but haven't been motivated to do any longer distances.

We took our family vacation at the beginning of August.  I knew I wouldn't be able to get any runs in as we were going to the lake, where the low was 90-95 degrees, and we wanted to get out on the lake early.  So I gave myself the two weeks off and didn't worry too much about it.  Now that I'm back, I'm having such a hard time.  I ran 4 days this week, but only went 3 miles each day.  I couldn't believe how sore I was after the first day!  My quads were sore, my knee hurt, my hip was tight and my endurance was in the toilet.  What the heck?!  I figured since I have plenty of time to train for my next half, I can get back to my usual mileage slowly.  But I'd love to hear from some of you experienced runners.  Do you ever take breaks from running?  How do you stay motivated when you aren't training for a race?  How do you get your mojo back after a break?


  1. Well I am certainly not an experienced runner, but I am 6 months pregnant & have been on a break. I am planning on another 13.1 5 months post baby to get me going again. It's normal to have these ups & downs! Just run your comfortable distance until training! :) hope that helped at all! :)

  2. Wow 5 months post baby is a huge goal! Is this your first baby? I can't imagine running a half that quickly, but it's awesome if you can! I haven't had any good excuse to take a break other than my body needed it. This week I ran 4 days and felt good. I think because I've always dedicated the summers fully to my kids, and my oldest only has 2 more years, I felt like I needed the time with them. Now that they're back in school, it's been easier to get motivated and go.