On Monday evening after the kids went to bed, my husband approached me and said he wanted to talk. “Are you pregnant?” I asked him? “Divorcing me? What is going on?!” And then he broke it to me: he’s sending me and my two oldest kids to Disneyland in California with my best friend and her two kids as my 40th birthday gift! YEAH! I never ever would have guessed I’d want to celebrate my 40th birthday in Disney-someplace, but this is seriously amazing! I haven’t seen my best friend, who lives in California, since my wedding and since then she had another child and I had three! Finally I’ll get to meet her son and she’ll get to meet two of my three! And her son is 7 months younger than my oldest and 12 months older than my middle, so they will have so much fun together! Upon hearing the news, my second thought after “Awwwwww!” was “I want my sister to come!” Like I said, never would have imagined my 40th at a theme park, but this plan could not be more exciting to me!
Needless to say, after hearing the news, I got busy finalizing plans without blowing the news to my kids. I spent most of the next day frantically booking a hotel, confirming plans with all parties, debating the flight situation among other things. Fun, but stressful!
On top of that, I found out a couple of weeks ago that I was nominated to talk at the TEDxCLE conference this year. WOW! I was unbelievably excited, flattered and amazed at the opportunity. I very well know that I don’t have the most impressive resume or a big draw name. I mean it when I say that just being nominated is the award! I saw this as a huge opportunity to challenge myself and put myself out there. I researched and thought and compiled. I knew NOTHING about the conference theme or what they might want to hear from me, but I thought about what interested me and what contribution I could make to the world of ideas. I worked very hard, in between taking care of my kids, making Disney plans and getting in my runs, of course. My interview was this weekend and I really enjoyed it. I’m not sure my ideas are what they’re looking for, but it was great to get out of my comfort zone, pitch something and get to know my interviewer and about TEDXCLE a little bit. I really want to give a talk, don’t get me wrong; I feel like I have many things to share. However, I am at peace with however things shake out.
Because everything piles on at once, the weather here was nutso cold. First my son was off from school on Mon and Tues for Presidents Day. I had a one day reprieve before the arctic descended and school was called off on both Thursday and Friday. Thank goodness for our Y! It was an off week from classes so the pool was open both days. My kids are now old enough that I can take them all swimming at once. Phew! So we packed in the warmed-up car and headed to the Y. They played with friends while I ran and then I took them swimming after. It worked out great!
So I guess to sum up the week, I’d say despite crippling stress that I felt deep in the bones of my neck and shoulders (crazy!), having serious trouble sleeping all week, terrible weather, three kids cooped up in the house almost every single day and excitement every which way I looked, I managed to nail my first week of my plan from Greg McMillan. My paces were slow, almost embarrassingly so, but I am committed to accepting myself where I am and going with it. No judgments (at least I’m trying really hard not to judge myself!)
Mon: Off! I might just keep this going for all 16 weeks. It’s nice to have a day to not worry about getting a run in.
Tue: 8 with hill reps. Ok y’all. I saw this workout and I though Pshaw! Cake! But after actually doing it, I uttered a completely different exclamation. Workout was 6-8 x 60-90 second hill reps of 6-8% grade at 5k effort. I strapped on my timex and hit the road. I ran a little over 2.5 miles to a decent longish hill with good visibility. The weather was cold – 15 degrees – but there wasn’t much wind and the sun peeked out! I fully expected to do 8 x 90 second reps, no problemo. I started up and noticed my hill got gradually steeper and steeper which meant my perception of speed went from “Woo! I’m going fast!” to “OMG! I’m in a tar pit!” … and that was just the first 45 seconds! I made it to about 80 seconds to a crack in the road that screamed finish line and that was enough! Despite feeling slower increasingly more difficult (hello lung burn!) I managed to run the next 5 faster 74-75 seconds. After 6 I felt like I might puke. That was seriously the hardest workout I’ve done in a long time. I decided to do one more rep going the other way which was a more gradual hill and I felt like I was flying for 90 seconds! I then proceeded to jog home gobsmacked!
Wed: OUCH! My legs, particularly glutes and calves were lead. I did a 45:00 Piyo class followed by 4.65 miles in 40 minutes on the Y treadmill, which while (relatively, mind you!) slow as hell, was probably too fast for me that day.
Thu: OUCH still! Legs were still super sore. Really stressful and busy day, but managed 5.5 in 46:00. Same story as the day before. My HR was way too high and I should have sucked it up and run 9:00 or even slower. But luckily with relatively low mileage I can live and learn and get away with it.
Fri: 7.35 in an hour. I had a 60 minute run with the last 20:00 at half marathon effort. I am out of shape, for sure! And I think the crushing stress of the week really affected my running. I decided to behave myself and run slow for the first 40:00, which I did. Probably about 8:45-8:50 average and then I started at 7:20 and dropped the pace until it felt right and unfortunately 7:08 was about right for now. Patience!
Sat: The temperatures warmed way up, but of course it blizzarded all morning. The roads were terrible and we were busy, so I jumped on the mill and watched 2 amazing TED talks while getting in 5 in 44:00 which felt really good. I actually felt like I was jogging and the leg soreness and heaviness from Tuesday was finally gone.
Sun: Had to get out early and alone. The roads were still crappy and it was 12 degrees, but the sun was pushing through that winter hazy sky. I just loped along for 12 and enjoyed myself. I discovered that long runs are way more enjoyable when you don’t care what pace you’re running.
Total: 42.5 and 1 45:00 Piyo class.