Parsley’s Training Log 8.6-8.12

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, Iย 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!

I have fun trying to sprint, enjoy long runs in the mountains, and everything in between. Former competitive runner (3 x marathon OTQ & trail marathon national champion) currently working through a lingering injury. I write about trying to stay competitive while raising young kids and moving into a new post-competitive stage.

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  1. Ha! I totally get you on the MRTT thing, except I was probably always the one causing everyone to start late. Oops! But there’s no harm in running around the parking lot or a short out and back while you wait ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Ha! I did actually try that the first few times, doing laps around the block until the group started. But it felt a little weird and I got the “who does she think she is/ a little too hardcore” vibe so decided just to suck it up and wait.