I’m Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack

Friends, I have good news: I think my running mojo is coming back!


I had a fantastic early a.m. run this morning on my beloved C&O Canal with my dad and friends. The weather has been so nice here lately — a bit cooler and less humid! That definitely helps with the running :) So does having fast people to run with! My dad pretty much took off like a bullet right away (he’s working on his speed lately and back down to sub 7-minute miles — insane!); I stayed back with one of the other guys and still managed to pick up my pace, too.


I did 5.21 miles in 44:52, for an average pace of 8:37. Woohoo! I started off the run feeling a bit sluggish but quickly got into a groove, as you can tell by the increasing speed each mile!


  • Mile 1: 8:55
  • Mile 2: 8:51
  • Mile 3: 8:35
  • Mile 4: 8:41
  • Mile 5: 8:19
  • 0.21 nubbin: 7:20 pace (!)

We were really booking it by the end — it felt great to stretch out my legs and go as fast as I could. It helped that the C&O Canal is super flat, too :) Look how overgrown it gets in summer!



Gotta love the thick green slime on top of the water, too, haha. It didn’t smell so great ;)

Check out the cool new pull up and dip workout bar thingy that my dad bought recently to keep in the basement!


No gym required! I had fun playing around with it when we got home from our run :)




I hope you’re having a wonderful day!

Have you had any great runs or workouts lately? Feel free to brag! :)

p.s. Totally just created a “perch” at my parent’s place, hehe. I just put a box on top of a table and put my laptop on that. Perfect!


  1. 1

    I had a great 7.5 miler this am. 4 miles were quick, then 3.5 were slower b/c I met up w/ some friend’s, who are new to running. Socializing always trumps the need for fast running :)

  2. 3

    Your DAD ran a sub 7??? Is your dad Superman?? I hope I can be such an inspiration to my kids in my 50s/60s

    • 4

      I know, right?! It’s kind of insane. He used to literally win huge races when he was younger and at his very fastest (sub 6 minute miles then)!

  3. 5

    Wow – great run! I love having nice scenery to look at as motivation while I’m chugging along. Running around the same retention pond is getting old, so your post has motivated me to seek out new running ground. :)

  4. 7

    Wow! what a great run for you. Glad your running mojo is coming back :)

  5. 8

    I haven’t done it yet but, I’m attempting a tempo run tonight and am psyched about it!

  6. 10
    Anna Marie says:

    Welcome back to the world of running! I have been not running and been focusing on pilates more lately but for some reason my body was like craving doing Jackie Warners Crunchless Abs yesterday! Which A.) is odd that my body was craving a work out and B.) odd because I usually DREAD that DVD because of the horrid burpees! However I did it and felt fantastic! I am liking this listening to my body thing!

  7. 12

    I have been debating on getting that “workout bar thingy” (is that a technical term) for awhile now.

  8. 14

    So I have been working on my endurance running and a bit of speed. I am new to running this year and finished 6.88 miles last night by Lake Michigan which was fantastic! I am running again with a friend this afternoon and will run my first 10K on Sunday. I’m so excited and motivated that I may consider running my first half before the winter comes here in the north! Anne, thank you for being such a huge inspiration to me!

  9. 16

    This morning I set out to do a 3 mile run (and I really had to talk myself into it) and ended up doing 7 miles! Yes I am proud and want to brag!

  10. 18

    Woo hoo, great run! I biked to work crazy fast this week and loved every minute of it :)

  11. 20

    Congrats on the great run!

  12. 21

    Good for you, Anne. Great job. You have a terrific tan. I love that thingy that your Dad bought, looks like a fun way to exercise. I don’t use it, but my husband has a bow flex, bike and tread mill (we both use) in one of our spare rooms and he uses it every day. It looks like you are having a ball on your vacation. Thanks for the pictures.

  13. 22

    I hate running in the summer when you have to get up so early to beat the heat. I do love to get up early to run, but I hate that I “have” to, I want to chose to! Fall is my favorite time to run, anyway. I can’t wait until things cool down!

  14. 23

    The cooler weather/less humidity combo is feeling so great and i’m so motivated lately!! Going outside no longer feels like a chore, it feels amazing :)

  15. 24

    Good for you for getting back your “running mojo”! Mine has been somewhat lacking lately as well, but I’m hoping that after we move this weekend (!) I will have more time to really get back into it. You’re an inspiration! :) I did have a great 5k run the other day, and I’m hoping to have a nice 10-mile bike ride today. Happy Thursday!

  16. 25

    heck, yeah you are back baby! What a killer run!

  17. 26

    A few weeks ago my facebook status was “Welcoming back my old friend, running mojo” I had 3 strong runs in 3 days and I really NEVER run 3 days in a row, it was crazy!!

  18. 27

    All summer I’ve been commuting to work by bike about once a week. But I drive half way, park and then ride the rest. This week? I biked all the way from home to work! All by myself too. It was so great and it made my total mileage for the day 25 miles!

  19. 29

    Nice job on that run Anne! You are back for sure :)
    I had a great workout yesterday- hill repeats with the boot camp class I teach!

  20. 31

    Great job!! It’s awesome that you have your mojo back.

    I had a great workout in the weight room after work yesterday. Legs are sore today but I love it!!

  21. 33

    Looks like an awesome run! There’s nothing like the Tow Path on a nice day. It’s the best place to “hammer” out miles at a strong pace. But you’ve known that for years! Well done — and keep at it…

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