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the ‘mill

We woke up to a day filled with this … img_5438

My kids had a snow day and the roads were a wet, sloshy, slippery [beautiful] mess.  If it was a cold, dry snow, I’d be tempted to try to run. Not in this 33 degree slush!  Thus, I headed to the gym this evening for a run on the ‘mill (aka treadmill).   While I do have a secret love affair with running speed and tempo runs in the ‘mill (more on that later) I dread [I MEAN DREAD] a normal run on it.  A 6 mile run outside goes by quickly and doesn’t feel long.  On the ‘mill it always feels so much longer and faster than what it says my pace is.  So I slogged my way through 6 miles. At least the run got done!

img_5461And I pretty much felt how I looked post run … shew,it’s DONE.img_5463

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here we go again

Hello long lost blog that no one except my family reads! (and I’m not even sure how much they read it!!!)

My youngest (of 3) started kindergarten this Fall, which naturally leads to a lot of introspective thinking.  What do I do all day?!?!  Many of my friends homeschool their kids, and while only a few have even hinted at saying this, I’m sure they do wonder what I do all day and [this is self imposed] probably think I’m totally lazy, selfish, or both.

I’m not ready to go out and get a job for 2 reasons … 1) this is my year for coming up for air after having 3 kids fairly close together AND 2) I don’t want to give up what time I do have with my kids (before and after school, weekends, breaks, and SUMMER).  Thus, the natural thought is get a job in the school district – preferably at THEIR school.  But then, my oldest goes to middle school in a year and a half (HOLY CRAP) so that makes it all the more complicated.  So thus, still just thinking … breathing … and really enjoying running in day light hours while they are at school instead of 5am!!!!

Yet back to the introspective thinking … 3 things keep popping up in my heart and brain.  1) I love to write yet I feel like that part of my life is so dormant and those brain cells are on life support.  2) I love fitness and helping Moms be more fit and healthy.  3)  volunteering at a homeless shelter.

While I know #3 is TOTALLY random, I can’t shake that feeling.  We’ll see what comes of that.

With the love for writing, I’ve thought writing on this blog will help bring those brain cells off life support.  So here I am, wanting to write, and being 10.5 weeks away from my 3rd Boston marathon (6th marathon).  Stay tuned!!!


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week 5

My plan was to back off ever so slightly this week … but that didn’t seem to happen!  Next week is my last week before the TAPER starts!!!  My body is R E A D Y!  Actually, my mind is even more ready.  I am tired.  Hard to believe Fall 2012 was the last time I trained for a marathon. I forgot how worn out marathon training makes me.   It really is like adding in a part time job.

Another solid week of 50+ miles :)  51.4 miles

6.1 miles, 8:17 pace (I had tummy “issues” during the night, and had to swing by the house after 4.5 miles to use the bathroom but then finished the run. I think my body was MAD at me for what I splurged on aka Easter Candy / bread)

10 miles – speed on the ‘mill
2 miles w/u
5 x mile w/ .25 jogs
6:59 – 6:57 – 6:54 – 6:51 – 6:38
2 mile c/d

8.1 miles, 7:40 pace – intentionally ran hills
it’s amazing what having a Gu before a run does – that little bit of caffeine for this addict and just a big of energy to get me going
yoga – it was a sub teacher and really was more stretching than yoga.  I was bored but it was also probably really good for me :)

8 miles, progressive tempo, on the ‘mill
2 miles w/u, then dropped pace each 2 miles
18:02 – 16:00 – 15:00 – 14:11
CXworx core class (knees were achy during the squats/lunges part)

3.3 miles, super easy, 8:37 pace

16 miles, 8:41 pace
“Best of Seattle” loop
I ran slower than normal so I wouldn’t get lost! :)  It was good to have a relaxing long run though!

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week 8

The next 4 weeks are CRUCIAL.  I had a *great* week.  Then Friday late afternoon, I was feeling off. Before bed, I got cold and stayed COLD for hours.  I wasn’t sleeping. Then I got HOT.  I took my temp and it was 100.1. What the bloody shinhj hkherh hkthth?!?!?!  I just got over being sick. I CAN’T be sick again!  I googled running with a fever, got some healthy fear, a lot of frustration, and turned off my alarm.  I woke up Saturday morning with no fever, and feeling so so. I got better as the day went on. So, being the runner I am and having that irrational runner mentality that not running is horrible and will ruin everything, I got all my run stuff ready once again and set my alarm for 5:30am, to get some food in me and be out the door by 6:30 for 18 miles solo.  Knowing my body wasn’t 100% was probably a good thing, because I ran my 18 miles at a comfortable long run pace. Last Saturday’s run was too fast and I hurt for days.  Train to race not race to train.

So here was last week … 46.5 miles

Monday – 5 miles, 8:45 pace
holy moly my legs hurt so dang bad from Saturday – I was slow on the uphills, but downhills hurt SO bad!  Was supposed to run 7 miles, but ain’t no way that was happenin’

Tuesday – 10 miles, intervals, treadmill
2 miles warm up, 3 x 1/2 mile w/ 2 min jogs (3:20 – 3:17 – 3:19)
20 min @ 7:53 pace – 2.52 miles
jogged 1:30
3 x 1/2 mile w/ 2 min jogs (3:18 – 3:18 – 3:17)
cool down ~ 1.2 miles
This was a new workout for me – breaking up the intervals like that – it was GOOD!  I was spent but felt awesome by the end!

Wednesday – 6 miles, 8:30 pace
quads finally loosening up

Thursday – 7 miles tempo on the treadmill
2 miles easy warm up, 3 miles tempo (2 miles in 14:59, 1 mile in 6:55)
2 miles solid pace (not cool down pace) ~ 8:15/8:00

Friday – yoga

Saturday – notta

Sunday – 18 miles, 8:22 pace

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week 10

61 days to go!  I am entering into the key training time.  Being sick last week was SO frustrating.  Yet I know I have established a great pace and I am excited to really ramp it up!

Last week was basically a wash … 15.5 miles

Mon/Tues/Wed – nothing
Thursday – 2.5 miles easy on the ‘mill, CXworx core class
Friday – nothing
Saturdayfinally feeling a bit better and too anxious to not run any more – 13 miles, 8:11/pace.  I was planning on running closer to 8:30 pace or even slower, yet I felt amazingly ok.  

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Week 11

Last week was rough. Between fighting a cold and getting knocked out by a cold, my mileage was down. After a lot of weeks of building, that may not be a bad thing.  But I am still sick. I *NEED* to get back training! :) I keep hoping and praying that I’ll wake up in the morning healthy … not so as of yet :(

5.3 miles, 8:14 pace

5 miles on the treadmill – speed workout cut short – here’s the recap
CXworx core class

wow nothing like a yoga I class to make you feel like a weakling! This was a GREAT class – worked me!!!

4.34 miles, 8:24 pace
I wanted to go further, but didn’t want to over do it. I was hoping a run would knock it out of me, but after I finished, I started thinking running probably wasn’t wise :(

Friday & Saturday
sick and rested, actually spent most of Saturday in bed. I was that sick.

Hot Chocolate 15K – 9.3 miles, 1:13:24, 7:54 pace

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it got me and Hot Chocolate 15K

Well, as I mentioned in my last post, I knew my body was FIGHTING. And it LOST.  By Friday I was sick with a nasty cold. The kid that sits in your head and makes it hard to move. I had a fever by Friday night. Saturday I was in bad shape.  I was signed up to run the Hot Chocolate 15K Sunday.

The plan had been to get a good, fast race in to help with my marathon prep. I have a hard time racing during marathon training, because I am so focused on getting my long runs in. I wanted to do at least 1 race this go around.

So much for that plan.

I woke up Sunday morning feeling a bit better, so we headed into Seattle for my race. I was coughing like a 60 year old chain smoker so my plan was to run the race – not race the race. I had been placed in corral A, but moved back to C with a friend who was in town from Tennessee.  I am typically a lot faster than him, and the competitive side of me still wanted to make sure I beat him, but I figured I’d at least run with him for a bit.  We started off at a steady 8 min pace.  A mile or so in, we had a long hill and I pulled away. And never saw him again.  For the whole race, I ran solid. Not really pushing but trying not to back off.

It was my slowest 15K to date (only my 3rd ever!) – 1:13:24.  I was 257 out of 5439, 90 out of 4115 women, and 21 out of 711 in my age group.  The HARD part is, I probably could have been top 10, maybe even top 5 if I’d had a great race. I killed me watching the leaders pass during an out-back stretch.

I am still sick and hope to kick this soon.  Being sick does NOT fit into marathon training!!

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