Pimento’s Training Log 7.23.17

Behold the dried salty remnants of my hard work. EW.

For the love of gawd, I am sick of my treadmill … but desperately thankful for it at the same time. Five of my seven days running this week were in my swampy garage. EWWW. The last four summers, I was able to push my daughter in the stroller while my son rode his bike for most of my runs.

This year? My toddler is no longer a toddler but instead a long-limbed little girl whose feet touch the ground and whose head hits the umbrella top when she gets in the stroller. I’ve run with her once this summer, and I give myself one more run with it. She just doesn’t fit comfortably, and when you’re not pushing regularly, the stroller fitness ends up in the basement.

My plan is to make our last run a memorable outing: a pitstop in the woods for one last stroller forest potty stop, flower picking, snacks, and maybe one last fast mile with her cheering me on. And then I’ll retire my BabyTrend Expedition, which looks a little worse for wear but still rides like a champ and has still never had a flat or other issue. I miss being outside running more but I think by next summer, she’ll be able to join me on her bike so for now I sweat on the ‘mill while binge-watching Downton Abbey, again.

I’ve been good about taking my iron supplements everyday, and although I know it’s way too early to have affected my actual numbers, I like having an actual reason when I feel totally gaspy. It’s strange because some days I feel totally fine, but then I’ll have a day where I get through three miles and just stop, or I get winded walking upstairs. Ah well.

We are down to about a week before our big relay race. My husband and I are on a couples team, with the theme “Power Couples.” I chose Adam and Eve, the original power couple. I rounded up some skin-toned running gear for us and am making our fig leaves this week. Look forward to that race report and photos!

Look! I’m outside with other people!

Monday 7/17: 10 miles (8:23 avg. pace), 50 push ups

7/18: 6 miles (8:10 pace), core and light weights

7/19: 10 miles– AM/5 miles (7:49 pace). PM/5 miles (8:39 pace)

7/20: 15 miles– AM/11 mile workout: 3 warm up, 8×800 @6:35/2-minute recovery, cool down to 11. PM/4 miles (8:42 pace)

7/21: 3 miles (9:14 pace), core and light weights

7/22: 21 miles (8:11 pace). Felt miraculously good, ran with friends and got off the treadmill!

7/23: 6 miles (8:43 pace), 50 push ups. Got outside in the sunshine, nice way to end the week.

TOTAL: 71 miles

I'm an elementary P.E. teacher with a long-term, ongoing marathon addiction.The next big goal? Keeping up my BQ streak while aiming for a 3:10! I write about the not-so-glamorous side of running and fitting in serious training with a family while staying sane(ish).

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    1. I thought you were going to say you left it out and that was a picture from all the pollen. Wow! Can’t wait to see your pictures/read about your couples race!

  1. As you’re retiring your BT Expedition I’m dying to get using mine! Unfortunately BT made it so this stroller model ONLY works with BT car seats. Boo. So, gonna be at least another month or two before I can get Hannah in there- little peanut! In the mean time, using a non-running stroller for running…and plodding away on my mill in the garage as well!

    Hopefully the iron supplementation starts to help more, frustrating how long it can take to kick in even though it can deteriorate much faster I feel like.

    I can’t wait to see pics and read the relay recap…Naked Mole Rat Collection + Fig leaves….kind of what I’m picturing LOL

    1. You can try a rolled towel or one of those baby neck pillows (used around the top/sides of her head rather behind it) to help stabilize her head when you first have her sitting up in the running stroller when she’s so little. But of course not until she has decent head/neck control!