running + sunshine.

After waking up to snow yesterday morning, it's hard to believe I ran in the 60┬║ sunshine on Monday. It had been much too long since I'd seen the sun--and seeing spring-like temperatures in the throes of winter made this runner very happy. 

It wasn't my fastest run by far, but those six miles renewed my faith in so many things. After my marathon last fall, I hadn't felt "normal" on the road. My longest run since 26.2 had been 5 miles, so it reminded me what it felt like to get some distance in again. The quiet and solace gave me a fifty beautiful minutes to get my head on straight. It was just what I needed in the midst of a crazy week.

Running and sunshine just do it for me. Those of you who think running is a form of torture may disagree, but it is truly my respite. I am beyond grateful for legs that finally feel strong again {following my issues in September and October}. Monday's run also reminded me that spring will come--and I'll be ready for it.

 In my book, good runs are seriously good for the soul. If you're not a runner, I'm sure you have some other formula for happiness. What is your recipe for a stellar day? A good meal? Friend + family time? Whatever it is, I want to hear it :) Have a happy Thursday! xoxo {av}

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  1. I am a runner too but I cap out at 4.5 miles. Someday maybe I will run farther but right now I am happy. I hear you about running to get my head straight. I actually stopped running for awhile when I was mourning the loss of my Grandma and then shortly after, my beloved bulldog. It was all too much and I am all up in my head when I run so I took a break.

    But I am back to it and feeling great. I cannot wait for spring and outdoor running. Winters in MN make it hard to get outside!


  2. I totally, totally, TOTALLY, agree with you. There is nothing better than going for a long run on a sunny Saturday. Its been in the high 20s/low 30s here in Maine and the cold air feels so good after working out at hte gym all week.
    Love it!

  3. Well said:) Running clears my head, makes me feel strong, and gives me a little time to myself. It's my peace and my happy place. Loved this post:)

  4. So happy you're feeling strong and more like yourself! I've been doing Pure Barre for a few months now, and even though it's the toughest workout I've ever done, starting my day with it (even if it means getting to the studio at 5:30am) just sets the tone for my whole day! I feel centered, fit, focused, and enlightened--plus I love knowing that I did something good for myself. The upbeat music always puts me in a good mood! That, plus a good breakfast, and some cuddle time with my boy and my pup keep me happy :)

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  6. Girl you are SPEEDY. But I'm glad you're feeling better :) And you know I love me some running too, but I also love walking with Toby a lot. He's the best.

  7. I had an amazing run today, so I am SO GLAD you posted this!!! I rarely run in sunshine anymore (it's what I get for moving from Florida to England....) but it's still great any day :)

  8. I can't wait for it to get warmer here–I'm dying to run outside!

    The Glossy Life

  9. Good for you! It's been raining nonstop here and I cannot wait to get out into the sunshine this weekend. I'm not a runner, though I've tried to be many times, but I love zumba or any type of dance class.

  10. Can you take me on a short run? Six seems daunting, but I'd love to run a few with a pro... I'm better at friend runs.

  11. I can't wait to work up my mileage to go for longer runs. I love running when the weather is good. 60 degrees is perfect! I love how you said running renewed your faith in so many things. That happens with me too. I hope you're having a good week :) Happy running!

    xo, gina

  12. Loving the picture/collage! Running is seriously addicting. It doesn't matter how long it takes you to go the distance, it matters how you feel while you're doing it!

    That College Girl

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