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Getting back into running: Take 2 (or 3?) of 2017 (And that time I hired a running coach.)

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Ooops.

I went another four months without a single blog post. Funny how that keeps happening this year. (Note to self: Start scheduling time to blog in your Google calendar.)

To be fair, the past three months have been a bit (a lot) crazy and, at times, stressful.

A family situation in September took up a good chunk of my time until things settled down at the end of October. I couldn’t go to Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly and by Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn exhaustion had crept in, so I skipped that race as well.

In between, my running was all over the place. I averaged 7-12 miles a week most of the time, and somehow scrounged up a couple 20-mile weeks when I didn’t have to work. My nutrition went out the window and I gained weight.

When November rolled around, I knew the time for change had arrived. I tried to coax myself into coming up with a concrete running and nutrition plan. Ultimately, I realized I needed help.

So I did something I’ve never done before — I hired a running coach!

It boiled down to this: I needed someone to hold me accountable to training, to start running consistently, to push me harder than I would push myself and to help me figure out how to tweak a plan if I felt really sore or pulled a muscle somewhere along the way.

I knew Kristen of The Concrete Runner through the Rock ‘n’ Blog team, and my friend Steff completed her Elite Running Academy program and gets custom training plans from her.

I liked that the plan wasn’t just about running — it also focused on nutrition with intermittent fasting and carb cycling (two things I’ve never tried) and strength training (which I desperately needed to get back into my routine). I chose the Elite Running Academy VIP program because, well, I’m needy. I wanted to be able to communicate with my coach whenever an issue or question arose.

I’m about to start week 4, and I’m already seeing results. It’s easier to get out of bed in the morning for my runs. I feel that urge to hit the pavement. The one time I was legitimately too tired to run in the morning, I squeezed in a run after work — and on an empty stomach, no less. I’ve lost a few pounds. I’ve started paying attention to macros for the first time. I don’t crave cheese and carbs as much. I’m no longer overindulging.

I can’t wait to see what the next month of training brings!