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by Allie on June 26, 2014 · 28 comments

in Marathon Training,Yoga

Hi!

Wow, it’s been awhile. I’m so thrilled you’re here! That was a much longer break than I anticipated, but much much needed. There was a time when I was so focused on blogging that it started to get in the way of my life and I needed to shift around my priorities. Now, coming back, I hope I can find a good balance.

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The last five months were…whew…a doozy. In January, when I left off here, I was finishing up a 6-month long yoga teacher training course as I was starting my new full-time job. I squeezed in my runs/workouts before work by waking up at 5AM (SO much coffee!!). Working out in the morning made for a much more pleasant workday, but it also wore me the hell out.

Running in the freezing cold half asleep meant my mileage (and strength training) took a bit of a nosedive. Speaking of running, let’s talk about…

Marathon Training…again!

I didn’t run a marathon in 2013, which I really regretted. I ran even more than when I was marathon training the year before, so I coulda woulda shoulda. At the beginning of this year, I set out to register for a fall marathon.

Well? I got lucky and got a spot in the Chicago Marathon via the random draw lottery. Fingers crossed, I’ll be toeing the start line on 10/12/14. I didn’t get into the NYC Marathon lottery just a couple weeks before that, so I was definitely squealing and galloping around work when I received the email saying I got a spot.

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I just started officially “training.” I use quotation marks because I’m deep in this I-know-I’ve-run-a-marathon-but-I-really-don’t-know-if-I-can-do-this mindset. There is some serious doubt up in this brain. I alternate between “I can’t do this” and “%$&#” while I run.

I was running 7-10 miles on nearly every run this time last year. I rarely stopped to walk and my pace was so much faster. I had to restrict myself from running more. Now, I feel like I’m craaaaawling and more than happy to stop after 5 miles (and every mile before that). I know my mind is the only thing holding me back. I really want to run the marathon (and not have to defer my entry to next year) and I know it’s just a matter of snapping out of this terribly negative mindset.

I want to document my training this time around, so the plan is to check in here about that. Maybe once a week or so? Probably after my long runs because I’m always inspired to write afterwards.

Teaching Yoga

During the tail end of yoga teacher training and the first few months after graduating I really didn’t practice much yoga at all. Sounds backwards, I know, but I was just too exhausted from work. I finally made a commitment to practicing 1-2x/week and then back up to 3-4x/week. I started to restrengthen my yoga muscles so I wasn’t always OMGsore after practice…just slightly sore.

I also finally started really pursuing finding teaching opportunities. After auditioning, I landed two positions at two different gyms (one is a kids class!). I know I never blogged about my YTT experience like I had anticipated, but I hope to backtrack someday. Better late than never, right?

More about teaching my very first class later! Soon. And about how much the yoga community has helped me…and somuchtowriiiiite!

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What else? Oh I turned 26! I celebrated with a bubbling (!!) cocktail, sushi and enough appetizers to feed a small country. Like tempura calamari, crispy fried shrimp, and bacon potato skins. I knew two servers there and they hooked us up!

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I’m really optimistic about blogging with some sort of regularity. I really do miss you all! Talk to you soon. xoxo

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kathy June 26, 2014 at 11:05 am

Woo hoo!! So glad you are back! I know all too well what it’s like. I’m so excited to hear about your YTT training experience as I went through it last year :) One tip of advice that I received (it helped me A TON!!)…always keep your personal practice, don’t use teaching as your practice because you will burn out very fast. Keep up a home practice and/or take classes with other teachers as it will keep you inspired and ready to share more with your students.

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2 Allie June 26, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Hey Kathy! I’ve heard that tip from many other wise yoga teachers, too. Thank you for the reminder.

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3 clare @ fitting it all in June 26, 2014 at 11:09 am

Glad to have you back! I’d LOVE to learn more about YTT!!

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4 Allie June 26, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Hey Clare! Though I haven’t been commenting, I’ve been reading your blog regularly (because when you aren’t spending time blogging you have that much more time to read!). I’m so happy for you…career wise, personal life wise and everything else. Have fun with those kiddos :)

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5 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More June 26, 2014 at 11:10 am

I made the Chicago Marathon lottery too (!!!!!) which is really freaking exciting and scary because this will be my FIRST. I’ve done 3 half marathons but this will be my first attempt at the full…eeps!

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6 Allie June 26, 2014 at 9:46 pm

Cool!!! We should have a meet up! You are gonna rock it. How exciting.

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7 Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run June 26, 2014 at 11:11 am

Glad to see ya again! :)

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8 Aleksandra June 26, 2014 at 11:20 am

Glad to see you in my reader again! I had been wondering what you were up to. :)

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9 Katryn June 26, 2014 at 11:25 am

Yay! Welcome back! I just came back from a trip to Chicago and LOVED it. What a great city for a marathon! Don’t doubt yourself! You got this!

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10 Kaci June 26, 2014 at 11:26 am

Man I’ve missed your blog & witty humor!! Major congrats on your amazing yoga accomplishment, & happy belated birthday! How are we 26? ha Hope ya have a great day!

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11 Allie June 26, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Aww I’ve missed you, too. Though with FB and IG I feel like I see you every day :) .

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12 Lauren June 26, 2014 at 11:28 am

So good to see you back lady!

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13 Casey June 26, 2014 at 11:57 am

Yay :) . Thanks for the update Allie! Happy to hear you’re doing well!!

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14 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! June 26, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Excited to see you back around these parts! Yoga has recently become very important in my life so I can’t wait to read about your experience with YTT.

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15 Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine June 26, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Yay welcome back!!!!!!

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16 Mary June 26, 2014 at 1:07 pm

How exciting about your Chicago marathon place! That’s one race I’d love to run one day. I’ve been in a bit of a funk with my running this year too. After having a great racing year, my times seemed to go backwards, and I need to stop Garmin-watching and complaining and start picking up my speedwork again instead!

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17 Allie June 26, 2014 at 9:50 pm

So frustrating, right?! I’m not even hoping for speedwork from these legs right now. I just want to run and not stop! I ran my entire marathon only stopping once to pee and now it’s like I made it a mile…stop…!! It’s all about the comeback :)

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18 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health June 26, 2014 at 3:15 pm

so nice to see you back!!

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19 Julie (A Case of the Runs) June 26, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Glad to see you back. Good luck in your training. The 5 AM thing… you’ll get used to it. ;) Until winter time, that is.

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20 Andrea June 26, 2014 at 5:33 pm

So glad you’re back!! I LOVE your blog!!

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21 mai June 26, 2014 at 9:45 pm

glad you’re back! i’ve missed your blogging!

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22 Brandy June 26, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Welcome back! :) Was glad to see you pop up in my reader!

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23 Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona June 27, 2014 at 12:46 am

I’m glad you’re back! I’d love to hear about your yoga teacher training.

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24 sarah (SHU) June 27, 2014 at 5:27 am

YEAHHHHHH you’re back :) we so need to catch up!
also next winter if it gets too cold you know where you should go . . . xxxooo

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25 Allie June 27, 2014 at 9:27 am

SHU!! I’ve been keeping up with your life and yes, I thought about escaping to go down there like every other day this past winter. No lie, I searched for jobs in Miami. Miss you!

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26 Megan (The Lyons' Share) June 28, 2014 at 11:12 am

Welcome back! Would love to hear about YTT! I’ve run Chicago twice and it was brutally hot both times, but it has such great crowd support and is a really great course! Excited for you!

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27 Kellie July 16, 2014 at 1:46 pm

So glad to have you back! I know blogging is not a priority & happy you took the time off that you needed but you were very much missed!

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28 Kellie July 16, 2014 at 1:47 pm

So glad you are back! I know blogging is not a priority & glad you took the time off that you needed. Very happy to have you back though as you were definitely missed. Can’t wait to hear about everything that has been going on lately!

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