A few weeks ago, watching the USATF Indoor Track Championships with my leg propped up recovering from surgery on my injured hamstring, I found it ironic that I was drinking a beer from my 2018 Houston Marathon Finishers mug. That was the last marathon I ran fully healthy, where I “shoulda, coulda, wish I woulda” qualified for the Olympic Trials Marathon coming up this weekend. Instead, I crashed and burned both physically and mentally before I even hit 10 miles. I was left reeling for months, pondering the end of my competitive running career. Read more >>
Because not running is losing something dear to me.
Relief. When I was finally diagnosed with hamstring tendinopathy, it was almost a relief. I knew something has been wrong for awhile. It seems I’ve spent the past year or so trying to justify my disappointing race results, wanting to figure out why I wasn’t running faster. I wasn’t looking to make excuses, rather analyzing my performances to see what I could improve to do better in the future. And many times things just didn’t add up. It was reassuring to know that something was actually physically holding me back; it wasn’t just me underperforming, getting old, getting weak mentally; my body wasn’t functioning properly to run fast. Now with a proper diagnosis I can fix the issue and get back on the fast track.
After almost five weeks off due to somewhat significant, lingering knee pain, I’ve finally started running again. I figured out the issue and am staying on top of it (thank you scraping spoon!), but have not figured out my running.
Since Houston, I’ve continued to contemplate competitive retirement. I still don’t know if I’m done. I look at races and think about races, but now that I’m running again, have not made any actual race plans or become motivated to do any workouts. I think I’ll enter a few low-key, local races, to see if that stokes my competitive drive.
I took a few days off after Richmond, and then finished out a recovery week with some short, easy runs. I spent the next two weeks building up my mileage and incorporating speedwork. I didn’t have a set plan but just went by feel; I think I recovered fairly quickly since I had trained fairly well for Richmond, but didn’t run as hard as I should have.
After a lot of analysis, I tried to figure out what went wrong (other than my quad cramps). My buildup was good, but not great, as I never had any stellar workouts or race results. Ultimately, I think it came down to lack of intensity. First, I’ve been out of racing/training hard for quite awhile. After a complicated pregnancy and my husband’s deployment, I didn’t really train or run hard for over a year and a half. It’s hard to switch back into training mode, both mentally and physically. Second, I think I focused too much on mileage and not enough on getting that intensity back. While I no doubt ran my easy runs easy (especially when pushing the stroller), and probably got in enough workouts, my actual workouts weren’t hard enough.
This training cycle I’m purposefully trying to limit my mileage, and separate my mileage so that I have definitive longer days and purposeful shorter days, instead of just cramming in whatever I can as often as I can. I’m sticking with shorter stuff for my speed days to try to up my intensity, and also incorporate longer speedwork into some of my long runs.
This is what my first actual training week looked like, after a recovery week and two build weeks after the marathon.
Saturday 12/2: with very limited race options in my town, I wanted to jump in the most popular race of the year here, and kick start my speedwork. The Reindeer run is very hilly- not rolling, but long, long uphills, with a downhill last mile. I ran 45 minutes to the race start, then finished the 5K in 18:39 as the first woman, third overall.
Sunday 12/3: 2 hour long run (moderate pace, first long run since the marathon)
Monday 12/4: couldn’t fit in a run today, couldn’t bring myself to run on the treadmill, so did a quick 30 minute bike instead.
Tuesday 12/5: 30 min w/u, 4 x Bethesda Rd miles (my favorite place to do mile repeats- a rolling, curvy gravel road) 5:56, 5:41, 5:52, 5:37, 15 min w/d. 45 minutes with the single/double mixed throughout the rest of the morning.
Wednesday: 45 minutes solo; 31 minutes later w/ the single stroller.
Thursday: 35 min w/u/d to and from the track; 5 x 400,300,200,100. Took me awhile to warm up on these, but was finally feeling fast on the last set. 40 minutes w/ the single/triple strollers mixed later that day.
Friday: 45 minutes easy.
Or 10.29-11.4. Or M-2 (2 weeks to marathon).
No, that is not a typo in the title. I have spent the majority of almost the last 6 years either pregnant or breastfeeding. Last month my kids turned 5, 3 and 1. As much as I adore babies and am sad mine are growing up so quickly, I’m done. This is the end of an era for our family. I know my body will change now that it is no longer growing or sustaining another human being for the first time in almost 6 years, and will certainly have some kind of impact on my running. Hopefully this will mean extra energy now that it’s not being diverted to another person!
All the changes aren’t necessarily positive. Goodbye, pregnancy-induced (legal doping) increased red blood cells! Goodbye, nursing-induced, mood enhancing Oxytocin! Goodbye, doctor-ordered extra 500 calories a day! Hello menstrual cycle, who I have only seen in the short periods between ending nursing and the next pregnancy.
And some are positive. Goodbye, worries that running will somehow harm or negatively affect the human I’m growing or feeding! Goodbye, wider hips and bigger, uncomfortable-for-running boobs! Welcome back, body of a 12-year-old boy! Goodbye, Prolactin that made me susceptible to injury!
Sunday 10/29: 1:15 Weymouth Woods. Felt pretty good but still ran easy after racing a hard 10 miler the day before.
Monday 10/30: 90 minutes w/ 4 long hill loops in the early morning; 30 minutes with the triple later morning.
Tuesday 10/31: 1:15 w/ 25 minute fartlek on the football field; 45 minutes later morning combo of triple/single stroller.
Wednesday 11/1: 3 miles combined single/double, then decided to stop. My knee started hurting increasingly throughout my runs, so I called it a day. Was planning on starting my taper today anyway, although not quite this much!
Thursday 11/2: My knee still felt off, so decided to play it safe. Set up my bike trainer and rode 45 mins hard- that’s all my sit bones could take.
Friday 11/3: Still felt a slight pulling in my knee, hoped one more day of no running could make it go away. 45 mins hard on the bike trainer- sit bones very sore as I haven’t been on my bike in years! Also went to the chiropractor, who said my hips were out of alignment and did some adjustments.
Saturday 11/4: Switched out my oldest pair of shoes for new ones, then ran 61 mins in Weymouth Woods. Knee did not hurt like it did on Wednesday, but still felt a slight pulling. Followed up with 30 minutes on the bike since I planned on running 90 minutes today.
My coach recommended I use extreme caution over the next week leading into Richmond. Even if that means no running until a shake out the day before the race. I’m taking his advice and hoping my knee feels 100% by marathon time, so am compensating with the bike trainer in place of what I would do running. More than anything I’m trying to keep my confidence up and reminding myself of all the good training I had during my buildup, and that an extreme taper hopefully won’t erase that.
I felt great getting in one more week of high mileage. Many people take a 3-week taper, but after trying that for my first few marathons decided that wasn’t for me. I usually do better with a 2-week taper, but am going even shorter this time- most likely 10 days. When training for the 2012 Marathon Olympic Trials, I caught a bad case of the flu less than two months before the race, and missed an entire week of any exercise. A coach recommended I compensate by shortening my taper, since I already had a long rest period, and I did. It seemed to work, and since I had a stretch a few weeks ago with very little running while traveling, I’m going with the same approach.
I also had 2 races this week to report on. And they were good ones- I feel like I’ve finally gotten my MoJo back! After lackluster races where I didn’t really feel like I was racing, I finally broke through and remembered how to push myself again. Reminding myself that racing is hard, running fast does not feel good, and racing should be on a different plane than training.
Sunday 10/22: 8 miles. Was still feeling sick when I woke up in the morning, but finally seemed to shake it so headed out for a tester run in the evening. Felt good to be outside so made it an hour.
Monday 10/23: 24 mile day. Make up for my missed long run over the weekend when I was sick. 2:30 total w/ 6 x long hill loops around the hour mark, followed by 5 x gravel road miles at marathon pace.
34 minutes with the double stroller later in the morning.
Tuesday 10/24: 1:33 total, mix w/ triple/single stroller.
Wednesday 10/25: hodgepodge 14 miles. 30 minutes throughout the morning with the double stroller. 6 miles later in the afternoon on the treadmill from 7:30 to 6:40 pace. 4 miles total in the evening running to and from my daughter’s soccer game.
Thursday 10/26: 20 mile day. 2 hours in the early morning including a workout- 30 minutes, 45 minute fartlek on the soccer field complex, 30 minutes, 15 minutes of strides on the football field. Went home to eat breakfast and get the kids ready, easy mile with the triple to/from PreK.
Thursday afternoon loaded up the triple running stroller into the car- first time doing this, had to take all the wheels off but managed to make it fit! It actually folds up rather compactly- it’s just so wide it has to fit the length of the car, can’t fit in the trunk. Drove an hour to Raleigh for a Halloween costume run. The plan was for my kids to do the fun run, and then run the 5K with them in the stroller just to get some extra miles in. My two oldest had a great time in the 50m dash- they’ve been practicing the last few weeks by running up the driveway, so running on the flat track was fun for them!
The 5K. I’ll start off by saying this was a low-key event. 54 Registrants, no clock timer or certified course. Definitely a fun run feel. I was wearing my easy run/walking/playground run running shoes, and even forgot to wear my watch. But for some reason as I made my way to the starting line, people parted like it was Moses going through the Red Sea, and I found myself up front. Maybe they were intimidated and didn’t want to get run over with the triple wide? For some reason this kicked in my competitive drive, and I decided I needed to win. At the starting whistle I took off. Unfortunately this was a very hilly course, making pushing the kids+stroller who outweigh me up the hills even more of a challenge. I was near the front after the first few minutes, and after the lead guy quickly pulled away, played back and forth with the lead woman for the rest of the race. She’d pass me chugging up the hills, I’d fly past on the downhills/straights. She passed me on the final uphill, cresting less than 50 meters from the finish. I sprinted like I never have before, and edged her out at the finish line, finishing as first female, 2nd overall.
I have no idea what my time was but know that my effort was HARD. Hard enough that I felt slightly sick later. Hard enough that I was exhausted and went to bed early that night. Hard enough that I was so satisfied with my effort, I felt like I’d pushed myself to the limit. I was hauling. And weirdly I have no idea why, since it was a non-race race. But it gave me the confidence I’ve been looking for by knowing I could push myself like that, and that I could win while pushing the triple!
Friday 10/26: 60 miles easy in the early morning, Weymouth Woods trails. After the race the evening before, I couldn’t bear the thought of running with the stroller today, so got up super early to run before my husband left for work. Took it really easy since I had another race the next day.
Saturday 10/27: 18 miles total- 4 miles w/u, 10 mile race, 4 miles w/d.
Drove back up to Raleigh to run the American Tobacco Trail 10 Miler, which this year was also the RRCA Southeast 10 Mile Championships. My goal for this race was to see if I could feel comfortable running marathon pace. But I also wanted to continue working on my competitiveness, and thought this would be a good venue since it was a championship race.
The trail is a hard packed, smooth surface trail. Ideal for running. Shalane Flanagan trains on it when she comes back to visit her alma mater in Chapel Hill. It was beautiful weather race morning, in the mid-fifties.
Since I had zero expectations for this race, I also had zero nerves. The women start 10 minutes before the men which is really nice- less congestion, and keeps it easy to see your competitors.
At the start I quickly settled into 6th place. A lead pack of 3 went out, followed by 2 others. I just ran my own race- I didn’t want to get caught up into going out too fast or competing too early on. Went through the first mile in 6:00, maintained an even pace, and started picking them off. At the third mile I moved into the lead. I hadn’t set out to win this race, but once I took the lead, decided that I was going to. I saw a jogger out on the trail who had the slogan “You can. You will.” on the back of his shirt, and that became my motto for the rest of the race.
At the 5 mile turn around I saw two girls working together, only about 10 seconds back. I knew I needed to pull away and break them off. I ran the rest of the race like they were hot on my heels, even though I could tell by people’s cheers they were falling back and weren’t going to catch me. I raced it like I was racing, telling myself each mile I needed to gain ground. It worked, and I ended up finishing a minute ahead of second place, in 61:01.
I was very happy with the result. I ran a very even race, faster pace than I expected (and faster than my previous two 10 milers that I was much more rested/prepared for), and most importantly, pushed myself.
I was able to sneak (or rather pound) in one more relatively high mileage week. So two low weeks while I was traveling plus the last two high averages out to about 70 mpw for the month. Maybe not the smartest/most consistent way to train, but taking a bit of downtime in the middle of this marathon training cycle refreshed me both physically and mentally, and has rejuvinated my running these last few training weeks left before the race!
Sunday: 2 hour moderate pace run
Monday: My husband had to leave at 7:30, and since he would be out of town the rest of the week I wanted to get a workout in. Didn’t have many options in the dark, so ran 5 miles to the track. The track was unlocked but completely dark. I don’t do very well/can’t run very fast in the dark, plus I fell and skinned my front side on the way there and was even more cautious than usual, so decided to make my workout more of a track tempo, running 400s at whatever consistent pace I could hit. That way I didn’t have to worry about splits and could just use indiglo to check each lap. Ran 20 x 400 with 100 recovery, 400s were all 88-90. 5 miles home.
30 minutes w/ the double stroller later that morning to make it a 20 mile day.
Tuesday: 1:45 total running throughout the morning w/ various combinations of kids/strollers!
Wednesday: 12 miles total on the treadmill. I’ve been struggling w/ treadmill workouts- dreading them actually, because the few I’ve done haven’t gone very well. I feel like I’m working really really hard, but not running nearly as fast as if I were doing a workout on the track. I usually had to modify them by either cutting the workouts or intervals short, leaving me discouraged and worried about my fitness. My coach suggested dialing back my pace and increasing the overall length of my speedwork. I finally took his advice, and based my workout off one I liked from Poppy’s training log a few weeks ago (she ran her 800s at a faster, consistent interval. Since I’m pretty consistent on the track, I use treadmill runs as a chance to practice cut downs).
2 miles @ 6:15; 8 x 800 descending each rep, 6:11 to 5:45 pace, 2 miles @ 6:15. 1 mile warm up/down, .25 recovery intervals all @ 7:30 pace.
I really liked this workout and will probably do it again next week. In the past I’ve always run my speedwork much faster than marathon pace- I figure that way when I actually run marathon pace, it should feel easy! Hasn’t been working out too well for me with my recent race results (ie: the pace doesn’t feel easy), so I decided to actually do some workouts closer to goal marathon pace. I felt like I was working but strong and in control, and actually helped my confidence rather than destroying it like my previous treadmill workouts.
Thursday: 91 minutes total running through the morning, combination of triple/single stroller. 16 minutes w/ triple later in the afternoon.
Friday: 1:15 w/ the triple, strength work at the park about halfway through.
Saturday: Planned to do a long run workout, but woke up achy, chilled/hot flashes, headache. Felt awful all day. Put my running clothes on late in the afternoon thinking the fresh air would make me feel better, made it a few steps down the driveway and went back inside. I don’t feel like taking days off very often, but certainly did today. My only disappointment was that I was on track to make it to another triple digit week, but was not going to push it when sick to reach some arbitrary weekly mileage goal.
Triple digits this week! 102. I have not done this in years… I think the last time I hit 100 miles was in training for the 2012 Marathon Trials. But after low mileage the past 2 weeks (~40, and only that high because I crammed in two 20 milers) while traveling around England, I wanted to put in a heavy week. Might seem somewhat sporadic to go from 80, to 40, then up to 100, but I just get in what I can, and that can vary depending on life. I usually plan what I’m doing on a daily, or possibly weekly basis. And as I wrote in my last post, given my lackluster-marathon-paced-shorter-distance-race-results, I figured I’d just pound the mileage this week and go for quantity over quality.
How did I fit it in? Not a single super long run, but just lots of running. Sometimes even running three times a day!
Also, I started weaning my soon-to-be 1-year-old this week. Running with those knockers is hard (no pun intended!)… maybe even harder than the early weeks/months of nursing, when your body is trying to figure out supply and demand, so I’m trying to do it gradually. Add all the hormonal changes and hot flashes, I’m literally a hot mess, so why not throw in a triple digit running week?
Sunday 10/8: Army 10 Miler. Thankfully I stayed with someone who lived only 3 miles away from the race, so I ran there as my warm-up and avoided the stress of trying to finding parking at a race with 35,000 runners. Wrote about this in my last race report, but finished in 10th place, 61:55. Ran 3 miles back, showered, packed the kids up and drive 7 hours back home. Hours later wondering why my face still felt flushed found out they downgraded the race to a recreational run and rerouted/stopped timing people two hours after the start.
Monday 10/9: 2:16 recovery long run at the Reservoir. Felt like running out my disappointment from the ATM. Felt pretty good to loosen up my legs, although it was miserably hot and humid. Where’s the fall weather?
Tuesday 10/10: for some reason my alarm didn’t go off so I only had time for 2 miles before my husband left for work; ran 40 mins with the triple to take my oldest two to preschool, continued on with just baby in there for 35 more minutes. Humidity was still miserable.
Wednesday 10/11: Triple decker day, was kind of fun to break it up like this (18 miles total). 8 miles solo in the early morning. 6 miles mid-morning with the double stroller after my oldest rode her bike to preschool. 4 miles to and from my daughter’s soccer game in the evening.
Thursday 10/12: 90 minutes in the early morning — 30 min w/u, fartlek on the road: 15 min (5 recovery), 10 min (5 recovery), 5 min, 20 w/d. Typically I like to stay off the road and on softer surfaces for speedwork, but it’s not getting light enough for me to be able to run anywhere safely at that time except the road. 4 miles in the evening to and from my daughter’s soccer game.
Friday 10/13: 1:15 moderate pace around town.
Saturday 10/14: Found a 5K only 30 minutes away, so wanted to run it for speedwork, and to continue working on getting back into racing. 40 min w/u & 31 min w/d + strides. Race went well- I felt surprisingly strong/fast after a high mileage week. I ran the first mile in 5:45, and then the next two were faster (5:07-5:12 range). I didn’t want to break it to the high schoolers high fiving themselves after the race that the course must have been short. A little disappointing that I couldn’t get an accurate 5K time, but based off what I think was an accurate first mile, and how I felt, I think I would have been under 18. And the bonus? I won free Chick-fil-A every week for a year!!!
Have a lot going on in this one, so I’ll break it down into three sections: significant changes with baby turning 10 months, 10 weeks until marathon time, and a race that unfortunately did not feel like a race!
Highest mileage in this training cycle- 90! Might be the highest I’ll hit before the marathon, since I have a few upcoming busy weeks with a lot of travel. Felt good though and even managed an actual track workout.
Sunday 9/10: 1:45 total early morning- 35 run/35 aqua jog/35 run; 32 mins in Weymouth Woods in the afternoon. The pool closed this week so this will be my last aqua jog, which I’ll really miss. The pool was refreshing and the closest to cross training I’ll get to.
Monday 9/11: 1:16 with the double.
Tuesday 9/12: Rainy day so the high school kids weren’t on the track and my husband was working nights, so I was able to get in an actual track workout. 29 min w/u, 6 x broken 1K (600, 200 float, 200 fast). 20 min w/d. 32 mins w/ the triple that afternoon.
Wednesday 9/13: 1:10 w/ the triple in the morning, 18 w/ the triple early afternoon.
Thursday 9/14: 24 mins w/ the triple in the morning. Planned on doing a workout on the treadmill, but I cut it short. Was extremely tired, but mainly b/c I ate a really late lunch so a hard workout that afternoon wasn’t happening. Did 2 miles @ 6 min pace, then on my next cut down at 5:56 called it a day after 1/2 mile.
Friday 9/15: 1:16 total, w/ a 35 min fartlek on the football field- fast on lengths, recover widths. You would think running around a football field for 35 minutes would be extremely boring, but I like, or at least have gotten used to this type of workout. It’s easy for me to zone out and just run without having to think about what I’m doing/where I’m going.
Saturday 9/16: 2:15 long run in Williamsburg VA. Was happy to get this done since it was following a day of travel and late night (and lots of dancing!) at a wedding. It was partly on trails, and a nice change of pace and scenery.
Started off the week strong, and then had to step back and listen to my body. It can be really hard to find the balance in marathon training- you know when running high mileage and working hard you’re going to feel bad/tired/worn out. That’s putting the necessary work in. There’s also a slight panic when you realize how quickly the race is creeping up on you, and the urge to fit in as much as you can. But there is a fine line between pushing it and pushing it too much and getting injured.
Twelve weeks until marathon time! Sounds like a lot, but not really now that I’m committed. Feel like I have a lot of work to do to whip myself into race shape.
This week was mostly stroller/treadmill since my husband was out of town. My biggest lesson learned from my 5K last week was that I need to do more quality. At this point in the game, my quality isn’t going to come from the track. I just can’t count on having access to it, so don’t want to get worked up for a workout only to have to change plans last minute and be left with nothing. While I’ve been doing plenty of quality through fartleks/off-road speedwork, I need hard, timed, measured distances to really push myself, especially when training by myself.
Wanted to step back in mileage this week since I’ve been building the last three, and didn’t do a long run, so that made it easy. Finished at 69.
8/20: 35 mins to the pool, 35 mins aqua jog, 35 mins home.
8/21: 1:16 total; 26 mins to the athletic field complex, 31 mins of fartlek, 19 mins home.
8/22: 62 mins total; 40 w/ triple, 15 mins strides, 5 w/ triple home. 20 minutes in the afternoon w/ the triple to the park- very hot, humid and slow.
8/23: 47 mins w/ the triple. Intended to run on the treadmill that afternoon, but it was a long day of driving and appointments, and I had zero energy or motivation to do anything by the time I got home.
8/24: 32 mins w/ the triple in the morning. PM: first attempt at a treadmill workout. 1 mile @ 7:30 for warm up, 1 mile @ 6:00, 1/2 mile recovery @ 7:30, 2 miles @ 5:42, 1/2 mile recovery @ 7:30, 1/2 mile @ 5:28, 1 mile @ 7:30. I’ll admit, this was a little over ambitious. I intended to do 1 mile, 2 mile, 1 mile, but cut the last rep to 1/2 mile. The 2 mile segment just about did me in, and I had nothing left for the last one. The good news is the 7:30 pace felt easy for recovery, which is probably a lot faster than I run when shuffling along for recovery on the track.
My intent for the treadmill workouts will be to do longer reps (1/2 mile at a minimum) since if I ever do make it to the track, I like to do shorter stuff there. Will have to play around with my first few workouts to figure out what paces I should be running, but I think this is a great way to force me to work on turnover and speed. I had been dreading this, but now that I’ve got one under my belt, realize I need to do it.
8/25: 62 mins w/ triple in the am, 25 mins w/ the triple in the pm (broken up with 2 different stops!)
8/26: 62 mins total; 40 w/ triple, 15 mins strides, 5 w/ triple home.
Another solid week of training and mileage (75). While I haven’t started any actual long runs yet, my goal over the past few weeks was to incorporate overall higher mileage as well as higher mileage days. Once I get comfortable at those levels, then I’ll up one of my runs to be a dedicated long run.
Sunday: 1:45 total; 35 min run to the pool, 35 mins aqua jog, 35 min run home. I tried something new with this and loved it- will definitely be my new go-to Sunday morning workout for the next 6 weeks while the pool is still open. There’s a huge intersection I have to cross to run to the pool, as well as several busy roads with no sidewalks so I have to run on the shoulder. I would only attempt this early on a Sunday morning when the traffic and cars out are very minimal. But I felt like I got a lot out of it, almost like doing a triathlon brick workout!
Monday: 60 minutes aqua jog. Didn’t have the chance to workout until later in the day, and since it was hot and humid I took advantage of my husband being home early from work and went back to the pool to aqua jog.
Tuesday: 1:14 mins; 22 min w/u, 4 x Bethesda Rd miles: 5:51, 5:38, 5:50, 5:39 w/ 3 min jog between, 20 min w/d, strides. Almost to the second identical times as when I ran this workout a few weeks ago, so I feel like I’m ready to move up and increase the reps to 6 next time I run it.
Ate breakfast, took a shower, then ran 31 mins w/ the triple stroller taking my kids to and from the library for story time.
Wednesday: 1:10 total w/ the triple broken up over the morning; 25 minutes to the playground, 35 minutes with the local Moms Run this Town (MRTT) group, 10 minutes home. While it was nice to meet up with some other running moms, I don’t run with them very often. It’s hard to fit with my schedule, but mainly they always start late. I haven’t been to a single run with this group where we started on time. Trust me, I know sometimes it can be hard to get out the door on time, especially when you’re trying to juggle uncooperative kids and running apparatus. But I don’t expect everyone else to wait for me if I’m late. So as we were sitting there, 15 minutes past our start time, all I could think about was “wow, that was 15 minutes I could have been running,” and getting frustrated that my kids were sitting in the stroller for even longer. I’ll end my mini-rant there; it’s a good group and very supportive for a lot of running moms in the area, so I try to join them occasionally since I am a running mom!
Thursday: 45 minutes in the am: 30 w/ triple, 10 mins strides, 5 mins w/ triple. 31 mins in the pm at Weymouth Woods.
Friday: 1:16 total; 27 w/ triple, 25 w/ drills/strides, 24 w/ triple.
Saturday: 61 mins aqua jog; 2 miles on the treadmill from 6:58 to 5:46 pace. Slept in this morning and had every intention of doing a workout. After feeling the humidity blast as I walked out the door, I begrudgingly drove to the track. Was not too disappointed when it was locked up and there was no way in. Decided to head to the pool and aqua jog in my running clothes instead, where an older lady splashing around told me not very politely “you know there’s a shower there you can use before you get in.” I mentioned to my husband that I felt a little guilty and somewhat of a cop out for aqua jogging instead of doing a workout, but he reminded me that something that I really disliked when I ran full time was the pressure to do things I HAD to do, instead of what I wanted to do. Funny, since I just wrote about that last week. But it’s true, my heart and mind were definitely not in workout mode on a muggy mid-Saturday morning, and I really enjoy aqua jogging, and want to take advantage of the limited season to do it. So I was happy with my decision, but did end up doing a mini-workout on the treadmill when I got home to appease any remaining guilt!
Highest weekly mileage in a year and a half (70), despite my husband’s full return to work after taking leave and starting up traveling again. Thankfully it was a little cooler for a few days, so running with the triple later in the morning was bearable. I didn’t mind- I had kind of missed my little running buddies chatting away keeping me company!
I also attempted a track workout- first time I’ve run on a track in over a year! The high school track in my small town is pretty hard to access- they normally keep it locked up (actually double fenced) but since the high school football team now has early morning practice I thought I’d be able to sneak in there. By the time I found a way into the track I didn’t have much time left to run on it, so I did a shorter workout. That’s fine by me, I actually have fun doing shorter stuff on the track, and really anything at all on the track makes me feel like I’m really training!
7/30: 46 mins in my parent’s neighborhood after a late night celebrating my sister’s 40th birthday! 1 hour of family hiking.
7/31: 1:09 total with the triple, w/ 10 minutes of strides
8/1: 1:09 w/ the triple; came home to eat breakfast and then was planning on showering and walking to the library, but since it was a cooler morning and I was acceptably sweaty for public, decided to run there so got in another 31 minutes total. I felt bad about having my kids sitting in the stroller for so long, but at least fed them breakfast on the first run, and lunch on the second, things which they would have been sitting for anyway.
8/2: track day- 1: 28 total. 35 minute run to the track; 4 x 200 (39, 38, 38, 38), 2 x 400 (79, 79), 4 x 200 (38, 39, 38, 38) with 200 jog between each rep; 30 minute run home.
8/3: 90 minutes Weymouth Woods- nice to run on a soft surface minus all the spider webs; 31 minutes with the triple later that morning.
8/4: 1:10 total; 23 mins w/ triple to the park, 25 mins of drills/strides + strength, 22 minutes w/ triple home
8/5: 6 miles on the treadmill @ 7:30 pace while watching the Little Mermaid with my oldest daughter for the first time, who loved it!
It’s been a few weeks, but I’m back in the swing of things with “real” training, or at least as real as it’s going to get for me at this point. Mostly that means actually setting an alarm to sneak out the door for some early morning workouts, doing actual workouts, and upping my mileage.
7/16-7/22: 51 miles for the week, which I was happy with considering we spent half the week on vacation, and I didn’t want my running to get in the way of our trip. It was great and even though I ran lower mileage than my now weekly goal, we did some good hiking and lots of walking so I definitely didn’t lose any fitness.
**since I run by time, I just convert everything to mil eage estimates in my running log. Including aqua jogging minutes. I figure it all averages out in the long run.
Sunday: easy 31 minutes early in the morning; we had a busy day and I just needed something to get me going.
Monday: 45 minutes aqua jog in the am; 30 mins in the pm (1/2 with the double stroller, half solo)
Tuesday: 1:15 total; 20 minute w/u, 4 x Bethesda Rd. miles: 5:55, 5:38, 5:47, 5:39 (the road is slightly more uphill one way, so my goal is to be consistent or faster in each direction) with about 3 minute recovery jog, 20 min w/d.
Wednesday: 1:10 recovery run in Weymouth Woods; several hours of walking at Dollywood
Thursday: full day of walking at Dollywood, 45 minutes aqua jog
Friday: 60 minutes hilly run in Smoky Mountain National Park
Saturday: 30 mins aqua jog; 2 hours of hiking
7/23-7/29: 64 miles for the week, mostly backloaded for taking a day off and trying to get back into the 60s. This was the first time doing multiple consecutive double digits days (4) in a long time, so my legs were feeling it!
Sunday: 90 minutes of hiking; 61 minutes in the mountains of western NC- beautiful run but it was prime bear country so I was running with my head on a swivel the entire time!
Monday: off; 30 minutes hiking
Tuesday: 60 minutes Weymouth Woods am; 30 mins w/ strides pm
Wednesday: 1:15 total; 25 min w/u, 32 min fartlek at the athletic fields complex, 20 min w/d; 30 mins aqua jog
Thursday: 1:08 w/ my friend Bridget; 30 mins aqua jog
Friday: Wanted to do mile repeats on Bethesda Rd but I knew they would be slow given the build up over the last few weeks, so I decided to make this into more of a strength workout. 90 minutes total: 20 min w/u, 3 x hill loop (hills were about 2:45 each) then run over to Bethesda Rd- 25 mins total, 3 x Bethesda Rd (6:08, 6:19, 6:01), 20 min w/d plus strides; 30 min aqua jog
Saturday: 2 miles out and back fast
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