Getting Back Into That Running Groove!

I hate coughing. The last few days I’ve been coughing so much that I keep giving myself a headache!

Yesterday I had to put an end to it all. I decided to stop being sick. Even though I still have a (dry) cough I packed up my gym bag with every intention to go running after work. I took my last antibiotic pill in the morning and willed myself to just feel better already.

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Of course I’m not crazy enough to think that just wanting to be better made me better, but it did give me the oomph I needed to hit up my favorite path after work!

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Have I mentioned how much I really like my Garmin Vívoactive? Because I really do! I love that it tracks my steps and acts as my running GPS. I especially love that I can manage my music on the run right from the watch AND that I get my text messages and emails right on it too!

This is what your steps will look like if you’re sick for a week and then finally go for a 30 minute run!

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^ Saturday I was SUPER sick and didn’t wear my watch at all. It wouldn’t have tracked anything anyway because all I did was sleep!

Yesterday’s 30 minute run wasn’t world record breaking or anything – but it’s a decent indicator of where I’m at right now. My lungs aren’t in the best shape from all this coughing and my legs aren’t in the best shape from all this rest. It is what it is — and more importantly it can only get better from here!

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Feels like temp of 88* last night!

Later this month I’ll start training for Chicago (with the help of a new coach)!

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Now that my hips feel strong, stable and pain free and now that I’m kicking bronchitis to the curb, I hope that I can really get back into the daily running groove I was so solidly in last year. It’s been so long now since I’ve consistently run five or more days a week that I almost feel like the runner part of my identity has slipped away.

Instead of being a runner I feel like I’m just someone who can run and who does so infrequently – I don’t like that. Being a runner is a part of my identity that I am really proud of and I want to feel that pride again.

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I also want to take MANY more running selfies over the next few months! Haha

Sorry I’ve been MIA while resting up from this cold the last couple of days. Catch me up – what’s going on?!

Are you racing this weekend? Any other fun plans? 

If you use an activity tracker, what’s your daily goal? 

24 comments

  1. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I love that your garmin does everything! My vivofit gives me a personal goal of about 11,000 steps a day. If I don’t run I really struggle to hit that and usually get like 6-7,000. But when I run its way more! Glad that you were able to get back out for a run:)
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thanks Lisa! Right now the Vivoactive has my personal goal at only like 6,000 steps per day but it keeps increasing every day. I guess it auto adjusts like your Vivofit! I remember back when I used to wear the jawbone up and I was half marathon training I would easily crush my 10,000 step goal every day … I can’t wait to see what happens when I ramp up training this year!

  2. Maddie @ Dixie Runs

    I’m glad you are starting to feel better! Sometimes sweating it out is the best medicine, especially towards the end of a cold/sickness. I have a vivofit that I wear most days. I don’t really have a goal but it is more of a motivation to go work out after sitting on my butt at work all day. Sometimes when I get home I won’t even have 1000 steps, so then I KNOW I have to go for a run.

    Have a great weekend!!!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Hahah I hear ya! The vivoactive warns me to get up and move every once in a while…. and you can’t clear the move bar unless you REALLY move around. I don’t know what the thresh hold is but a simple walk to the bathroom down the hall and back usually isn’t even enough to get it to clear!

  3. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    I am so sorry you were sick for so long. It is the worst. I was sick for a good week a little over a month ago and alllll I wanted to do was be better! Glad you are on the upswing and I missed you while you weren’t blogging! 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Coughing SUCKS!!!!! I seriously just … if I had a chronic cough from like smoking or something I don’t even know what I would do!

  4. Susan

    Good for you for getting a run in! I think you are well on your way back to 100% healthy and marathon training! You got this girl.

    Thought of you last night when we took our nephew to this bowling alley/arcade/laser tag place and we did the basketball game. My hoop was Miami Heat! So, I took my talents to South Beach (quoting LeBron) for an evening sine had to let my nephew have the Nuggets hoop. What did you think of last night’s game? Who do you want to win it all?

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you Susan!

      Whoo go heat 🙂

      I’m all about Golden State right now, although I feel bad that Kyrie got seriously injured. I feel bad for him as a person and also because now the finals aren’t going to be as exciting.

  5. Lily @ Lily Runs the World

    I hope you feel better soon!!
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  6. Richard

    About time you get back out there lol. I have to admit that watch is pretty slick, I love my old school 110 and can’t see parting ways with it, but yours does insert some doubt lol.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Hahha you may need to upgrade for marathon training. It’s basically an investment in your running career 🙂

  7. Lizzy

    I hope you start to feel better soon! I’m with you – there’s always a certain point in a cold where I’m like, enough is enough, and I try to act better(ish). Most of the time it works out well, I’ve found.

    Glad you’re digging the new watch. Will you be doing a full review of it on the blog?
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Ugh, yes, I am at the enough is enough point right now. The run on Thursday may have been a touch pre-mature because I spent all of Friday coughing worse than ever. It seems like my lungs weren’t ready for running yet :/ I’m still coughing today and it’s driving me NUTS!

      I did an intial review of the vivoactive here:
      http://www.blogaboutrunning.com/vivoactive-review-women/

      I’ll do a full review after I’ve had it for a month or so! 🙂

  8. Kerry

    I’m glad to hear you are feeling better! Your activity tracker looks pretty awesome. I don’t use anything besides my Garmin Forerunner during my runs.

    I have a half marathon this weekend, and I really don’t feel ready… but I’m not sure that I ever feel ready for races.

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I saw your Insta pics from today — congrats on a great race and tacking the hills!!! 🙂

  9. Hanna @ TheMillennialNextDoor

    Awww…being sick is no fun but I’m glad you’re starting to feel better! Be careful, exercising while sick can be dangerous to your immune system. BUT, you’re right, sometimes you just need to bite the bullet and get out of the house already if you want to speed up recovery.

    Want to hear something odd? I’m the opposite of you right now – I run 50 miles a week and it’s very regimented. But I also don’t feel like a “runner”. Why? Because unlike when I was just doing it sporadically, I’m not doing it for the enjoyment or the thrill of exercise, I’m doing it because I have to. You said you feel like just “someone who runs” instead of a runner, and I feel like I’m more of a “marathon trainer” than a runner. It’s so weird how we all struggle with calling ourselves “real runners”, no matter how fast or how much we run!! But we are ALL real runners. It’s pretty simple: if you run, you’re a runner! 🙂

    I’m so excited for you to start training and hear all about it! I wish our marathons were the same day again this year but ah well 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Wow that is really interesting that right now you’re not feeling like a “runner” because I would classify you as a hardcore runner right now! You’re so dedicated to your training and goals. I’m really envious of that! I can definitely see your point though. Gah, it is crazy how we struggle with the title of runner when we’re all runners!

  10. Jennifer

    Glad you are starting to feel better. I was so happy to see your IG post last night. As you know I have the FB I usually hover around 10K/day (at least). Nice when I get at least 3 miles in bumps it up to the 15K+ 🙂 Excited about your new coach, looking forward to hearing about it.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I am impressed with how many steps you get in!!! That’s so many! If I don’t run at all I’m lucky to hit 5,000 steps!

  11. Faith @ Run the Day

    I’m so envious of your garmin! Mine’s a few years old and I’m frustrated with how long it takes to find my satellite! Grr. Glad you’re back up and running (pun intended haha).
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Haha thanks Faith!

      Even my FR220 had issues with connecting to satellites. Sometimes it would take 10 minutes! This new watch connects in like 2 seconds though. I don’t know what they did to improve the GPS sensor (?) but it’s lighting fast!

  12. Liv @ Healthy Liv

    So glad you’re feeling better again now! I bet your run back felt so wonderful. I took some days off from running while I was traveling this week to give myself a break (plus I was in NYC and doing TONS of walking) and my first run back today felt incredible!
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  13. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    I’m glad you’re starting to feel better and getting back into running steadily! Bronchitis is the worst.
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