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April 15, 2014 by Amy B

You know it’s been a long time since you’ve updated the blog when you have to go back and read your last post to see when it was that you last updated your blog. (And then you see a ton of comments you haven’t approved or replied to and feel a little bad about that.)

I’m out for Cellcom. My husband successfully assumed the registration (thank you, Cellcom for allowing people to transfer bibs) and he has started a last-minute “cram for the half” training plan. His goal is to just finish (which he’ll totally do) and I know when he gets to the starting line he’ll probably go nuts and end up PRing or something. More power to him.

The decision to drop was based on a number of reasons, all of which I won’t get into here right now but there was definite training plan burn-out involved. Add in the hockey weekends and missed long runs and when it came down to it, I didn’t feel I’d be able to do the race justice. This is the first time I’ve deliberately dropped from a race for which I’ve registered. I have always been a member of the “run no matter what and finishing is enough” camp, but I’ve gotten to a point in my running life where that just doesn’t work anymore. I don’t know what that says about me as a runner or a person. We can get into the deep therapy sessions later.

I’ve also felt completely off physically and think I need to get back to just enjoying running. This weekend I made it out for a six miler, the longest run I’ve done in, well, a long time.

It was slow and it was easy, and despite the less than favorable weather, it was actually enjoyable. I kept waiting for the stomach cramps or intestinal distress to occur. It didn’t. A happy gut for once, I guess.

So this spring hasn’t quite gone as I’d planned. I shouldn’t even call it spring – do you see how much snow is still on the fucking ground? We’re also getting up to another 12 inches this week. Yeah, spring my ass.

My current state of fitness isn’t exactly what I’d hoped it would be when I committed to running all fall and winter. Some days it feels like all the training I’ve done has been for nothing, but I know it’s not true. (SILENCE THE HEAD VOICES!)

I’m out for Green Bay but not out completely. We’ll see how things go for awhile. Meanwhile: enjoy running. That’s the whole point, right?

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Runner, Eater, Mother, Tweeter

Amy, July 2013

I'm a thirty-something suburbanite turned ruralite living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Wife, mom of two, eater of all things delicious, and a runner. This is where I blather on about running and health. Baby Number Three will be here in November (so yes, I'm a little crazy), and I'm running through my pregnancy for as long as my body's willing and able. There's also more of me at amyupnorth.com. Read more here.

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