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My last long run

ostomy running run exercise training half marathon race stephanie hughes stolen colon crohn's disease ulcerative colitis inflammatory bowel disease ibd blogI have almost completed my training for my third half-marathon coming up in April. I have at least made it through the hardest part of the training. I finished up with 11.15 miles running in the windy, rainy, freezing cold. I may have considered going a little further, but the weather prompted me to keep it shorter. Which is fine, considering that is longer than I have ever run in training before my other two halfs. I will now taper down a little for the next two weeks before the race. I’m actually pretty excited about this race. I have trained better than I did for the previous ones and I think this might be a good opportunity for me to PR. I’m at least hoping to break the 2:30 mark, which barring any injuries or something like that, I think I’m in pretty good shape to do.

I shot a quick video this morning as I was running, so I thought I’d share a little of my training with you! (The audio got a little messed up at the end… not exactly sure why, but oh well.)

Holiday hangover

I know I’m not the only one that feels like this after the holidays. For the past three months, every four weeks we’ve had another day of celebration and another several weeks of preparations and decorations. And you all know that I am a big fan of the holidays, any holiday, but I am also a big fan of when they are over and we can all get back to business as usual.

I love having a chance to celebrate with family and buy gifts to surprise people and seeing beautiful lights and trees everywhere I go, but it gets exhausting. All of the decadent meals and extra desserts… and extra alcohol. It’ll wear you out. We don’t think we make New Year’s resolutions because it’s a new year, it’s because we have to make up for everything we indulged in over the holidays!

I usually love a big New Year’s Eve party, with yummy foods and drinks and sparkly outfits, but this year, I’m thinking that an evening at home in some stretchy pants sounds more enjoyable. (Or maybe I’m just getting old…)

It has also been hard to get motivated as so many people have been off from work and there’s been so much going on that I haven’t been as good with my training. But that’s OK, the real training starts this week! We are just 15 weeks away from race day so it is definitely time to get things going. No better time to start than the beginning of a new year!

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