Hops’ Training Log 2.27.17- 3.5.17


Finding a balance between crazy runner mom and being “supermom”…

This is my current situation: my husband had surgery a little over a week ago. The first day was pretty rough, but I tried my hardest to remain positive. That weekend things got progressively worse- my husband was in so much pain, and the kids were acting up. I felt like they were coming down with something. Unfortunately I was right. Commence a trip to the ER at 3 am with my three year old who was running a 106 degree fever. We made it home by 7 am just as my one year old woke up and threw up all over my husband and then me. Lovely.

On that note, here’s my training log for the week:

Monday 2/27: Long run on the treadmill, 13.2 miles at 7:49 average pace. I usually do my long runs on the weekends when I have my husband to watch the kids, but we had to rearrange things since he was recovering. I tried out a few iFit routes so I ran 4 miles in Shenandoah National Park (rolling hills), 5 miles in Honolulu (pancake flat), and 4 miles somewhere in Norway (which was super hilly).

Tuesday 2/28: Rest. This was the day I was in the ER with my oldest daughter and my youngest daughter was sick with the stomach bug. My mom offered to come over and watch the girls so I could run, but I opted for a nap instead.

Wednesday 3/1: Speed workout in the late evening, 9.4 miles at 6:32 average pace- my mom came over to watch the girls and I started with some activation exercises to warm up. Workout started with a 4 mile progression (6:57, 6:35, 5:59, 5:48) then 1 mile easy (6:37), then 1 mile at 5k race pace (5:26). I ran easy to the grocery store from there to pick up a few supplies and then ran back home (6:57, 7:15, 6:55, last 0.4 in 7:11)… I decided to call this workout the “grocery getter” from now on. The progression run was supposed to be 1 mile easy, 1 mile at MGP, 1 mile at HMGP, 1 mile faster than HMGP. I ran 2 miles out from my house and then 2 miles back so I could grab some water (it was unseasonably hot that day), but ideally the workout should be continuous at least until the cool down.

Thursday 3/2: 7.1 recovery miles on the treadmill at 8:17/mile. My dad came over to watch the girls. I was going to run 8 miles but had to stop a little early to help with bedtime.

Friday 3/3: 8 miles easy ย on the treadmill at 7:50 pace. I did this run at the YMCA, so we were kind of back to normal for a day. During the week I usually take the girls to the YMCA so I have two hours to run and do yoga or core work.

Saturday 3/4: 8 miles on the treadmill at 8:17/mile. I intended to do a tempo run this day but I felt pretty bad from sleep deprivation so I think I just listened to a podcast and got in some miles.

Sunday 3/5: 10.2 miles on the treadmill at 8:05/mile. It’s weird for me to have this many days running 8 minute miles, but that’s what happened. I had planned to meet up with some of my teammates but since my kids were still sick I didn’t want to pass on any germs. New plan was to run 14 on the treadmill, starting off slow and gradually picking up the pace. So I did the first 7 on the iFit course through Paris which is one of my favorites so far and then started a course in Thailand. But I got worried about my daughter who had been throwing up the previous day and I couldn’t get it out of my head. So, I stopped early and checked on her, and then ended up staying with her.

Total: 55.9 miles

I'm a mom and business owner from upstate NY. I love running, coffee, and adult beverages. Also chocolate. I'm currently training for shorter distances (mile-5k) but my big goal is to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Trials in the marathon.

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  1. Solid week amidst a lot of chaos! I did a similar progression last week but 3/2/1 (MP, HMP, 10k-ish). “Gears” is what coach called it. Tough!

  2. Oh you poor thing! I hope the kiddos and your husband recover quickly- glad running was there to keep you sane(ish)!