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Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Running | 4 comments

Half Marathon Training, Week 4 Recap + Some Random Running Thoughts

Hola & happy Monday! I hope your weekend was a great one, filled with lots of fun and some relaxation. We went to our local Outlets shops, cheered on Atlas during his soccer game, hit up a playground and enjoyed some time at home so it was a good mix of fun and rest over here.

Below is last week’s half marathon training recap. I definitely didn’t hit all my workouts/runs and to be honest I was really beating myself up over it at the beginning of the week. That schedule I made is sort of haunting me because I’m task oriented and I view those workouts and runs as tasks that I must check-off each day and I have to remind myself that my race schedule is a guide, not a mandatory order. So, I loosely followed my guide and that’s what I’ll keep doing for the rest of the month and I hope it pays off on race day! ūüėČ Moms just got to go with the flow, am I right?!

  • Monday: Off
  • Tuesday: 5 Miles @ an 8:01 pace
  • Wednesday: Off (This was Atlas’ birthday and I probably could/should have squeezed in a workout, but I opted for sleeping in after staying up way too late wrapping presents on Tuesday night. #reallife)
  • Thursday: 8 x 400’s on the treadmill – I ran around a 7:30 pace for my speed intervals and I was so tired when this run was over
  • Friday: Cardio strength workout at home
  • Saturday: 3.2 Miles @ a 7:45 pace
  • Sunday: 10 Miles @ an 8:04 pace

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+ Some random thoughts on running/random thoughts I have while running:

  • I know people love to hate on the treadmill, but I like it. I took Thursday’s speedwork to the treadmill because I knew I wanted to run a 7:30 pace for those 400’s and I knew the treadmill would hold me accountable to that. Sometimes when I’m running around a track, I have a tendency to slow down when I start to get fatigued and while my Garmin keeps me honest, the treadmill keeps me on track because in order to slow down I have to make the conscious decision to bump the speed down. When I’m running around a track, I tend to just slow down naturally when I get fatigued. Probably a sign I’m not a real athlete. But whatevs. Actually, the donut I’m currently eating is probably the real sign that I’m not a real athlete.
  • Speaking of treadmills – during my long run on Sunday I kept thinking, “If I finish this run, I won’t do another long run outside until race day.” I drove to a new spot for my long run this week in hopes of running an easier course. I did luck out and get about 4 miles of flat road on the run and that was pure bliss for my legs, but the other 6 miles were still quite hilly and I seriously struggled through them. I can’t fathom running any farther on hills so part of me is really considering doing my final 2 long runs on the treadmill…but then part of me is like, “I’ve come this far, may as well finish strong on those hills.” I don’t mind 5 miles of hills, but 10 miles of rolling hills is just a lot. But I think the fact that I now don’t mind 5 miles of hills shows major progress because when we moved here I could barely do 3 miles of hills.

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  • Having water available¬†on long runs makes the biggest difference. Holy cow. When Dave & I lived in Florida we lucked out and had a water fountain that we passed on our long run route and then when we moved to NYC, there were water fountains in the parks so we always had access to drinking water on our runs. That is not the case in Georgia. There are no water fountains to be found anywhere so I ran 10 miles Sunday without 1 water break. #brutal. Even if I’m not thirsty, I just like knowing I have the option to get a sip of water at mile ‘X.’ It’s mental for me.
  • When I set out for my long run on Sunday I wasn’t feeling it. I was just feeling kind of ‘blah’ probably more related to stress than running, but I spent the first 2.5 miles thinking about how awful the run was going to be (because of those dang hills mentioned above) and as a result those first 2.5 miles felt really awful. But then I started thinking about how I tell Atlas that God wants us to do everything without complaining and how I was being quite hypocritical in that moment. I really shouldn’t complain about running because running is such a sweet gift from the Lord. The fact that I am healthy enough to go out and move and release those endorphins is such a blessing and yet there I was, complaining in my mind about how much I didn’t want to run 10 miles. As I was running, I began thinking about how crazy it was that I was dreading my long run when just a few weeks ago, I was so pumped that Dave signed us up for the Rock n Roll Half Marathon. But isn’t that how life goes sometimes? We get SO freaking excited when we create a goal and we come out of the gate so strong, but then when the work starts to get really tough, our excitement fizzles out and our commitment to the goal can sometimes burn out. I thought about how character doesn’t come from setting a goal, but rather from accomplishing a goal despite adversity and how that truth really applies to every area of my life. Whether it be running, or marriage, or parenthood or a career…anybody can step out in faith and set a big goal, but only the person with a committed heart will have the tenacity to accomplish what God has put in their heart to do. Then I brought this thought full circle back to my complaining and I realized the root of my complaining can usually be traced back to 2 things. Forgetfulness and Ungratefulness. I wouldn’t categorize myself as a chronic-complainer (but then again, who would?) but I do have a tendency to complain when I get stressed out and sometimes my complaining will only manifest itself in 1 sentence – “I’m so stressed!” When I forget how faithful God has been to me in the past, I tend to get overwhelmed with the future and that can lead to complaining in the present. Or in the case of my run Sunday, I forgot that¬†my legs powered through 9 miles a week ago so I became overwhelmed at the thought of running 10 miles. Forgetfulness leads to complaining for me. And ungratefulness does the same thing. When I fail to focus on all the good around me and instead focus on the few not-so-good things, the complaining starts. So during the beginning of my run, I was all, “My legs hurt and I’m tired because I was up with Andi Rose again last night and I would rather be in my bed right now. Or better yet – a hotel bed where I could order breakfast.” But I ran better and happier when I shifted my thoughts to, “I’m so lucky that I can run – That I’m not in a wheelchair and I’m not sick. I’m so lucky that Andi Rose is teething because that’s a sign that she’s growing. I’m blessed that Dave is willing to wake up with her in the morning so I can get my run in early before it gets too hot.” So, those thoughts took up about 1 mile of my run and then I spent another mile thinking about these sunglasses I really want and then the rest of the miles¬†I thought about what donut I was going to get when I finished. And that’s that.

recovery-food

Phew. That was quite the tangent, wasn’t it? If you made it to the end of that marathon, perhaps you deserve a donut.

How was your weekend? What do you normally think about while running? Any treadmill lovers out there?

 

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Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Running | 0 comments

Half Marathon Training, Week 3 Recap

Since Dave was out of town, running was hard to squeeze in¬†during week 3 of my half marathon training. I knew when we signed up for this race that I was going to have to be flexible and go with the flow because training for a long distance race with babies at home to consider is totally different than what I’m used to. So this week, I just went with the flow. I focused on strength and core work since I couldn’t run and I actually enjoyed the change of pace after 2 weeks of running, running, running. I did hire a babysitter on Wednesday to come sit with the kids during their nap time so I could squeeze in my tempo run and luckily Dave was back on Friday so I could get in my long run. ūüôā

  • Monday: 21 Day Fix Dirty Thirty Workout + 10 Minute Abs
  • Tuesday: Rest
  • Wednesday: 40 minute tempo run with 15 ‘fast’ minutes at a 7:50(ish) pace thrown in the middle + 4 hill sprints (I do a 1 minute recovery between each sprint) & 5 more ‘fast’ minutes thrown in at the end – this ended up being right under 5 miles ¬†(like 4.89 miles, I think?)
  • Thursday: 21 Day Fix Extreme Upper Body + 5 Minutes of Abs (Those 5 minutes totally count, right?)
  • Friday: 9 Mile Long Run @ an 8:08 pace¬†9-miles
  • Saturday: 21 Day Fix Lower Body + 10 Minute Abs
  • Sunday: 21 Day Fix Cardio

Dave had to work over the weekend, so that’s why no runs happened on Saturday or Sunday. 10 miles is up next on the long run agenda. I have moments where I’m like, “Meh, 10 miles. I got that.” And then I have moments where I’m like, “I wonder how Dave will fair with the children when I die during that run. I should make sure he knows that corn isn’t considered a real vegetable, otherwise he will feed them chicken nuggets and corn on the cob every night and think he is winning at life.”

I hope your weekend was a good one & I hope your work week goes by fast! This week is Atlas’ 3rd birthday. It is kind of blowing my mind that I have an almost-3-year-old.

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We are celebrating my sweet, tenderhearted, boo-boo bear loving, mac-n-cheese obsessed, little boy all week long! We were asking him tonight what he wanted for his birthday and he said he wants to sleep in bed with me. He loves coming into our bed lately. It is so cute…and also a little annoying…but mostly just so cute. When Dave was gone last week, he slept in our bed and he is such a cuddle bug. Needless to say, he wasn’t thrilled when Dave got back and he got booted back to his room.

 

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Posted by on Sep 25, 2016 in Running | 0 comments

Half Marathon Training, Week 2 Recap

Hello hello and happy Sunday to you! I hope your weekend has been a wonderful mix of relaxation and fun activities. Our neighborhood pool closes tomorrow for the season, so since today is the last day to swim I’m thinking my crew will be hitting the pool up after nap time.

This week wrapped up week 2 of my half marathon training plan and I was a little all over the place this week due to our crazy schedule, but I’m rolling with it.

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  • Monday: 21 Day Fix Total Body Cardio + Core Work (Dave wasn’t home this day so I couldn’t fit in a run)
  • Tuesday: 5 Miles @ an 8:06 pace
  • Wednesday: 7 X 400 Meter ‘Sprints’ (I use quotes because I’m not entirely sure my body knows how to actually sprint)
  • Thursday: ¬†Much needed rest day
  • Friday: 8 Miles @ 8:04 pace (this run felt surprisingly good – except for one spot at mile 3 and mile 5 hurt – just mentally I was like “blah – I still have so much farther to go and I want to be done” But I changed my thinking and then I enjoyed it again.)
  • Saturday: Rest (I shouldn’t have rested this day, but my mom was visiting and I just opted for more play time with her and the kids because that’s real life sometimes
  • Sunday: 3 Treadmill Miles @ a 7:50 average pace (this was supposed to be my ‘race pace’ – ‘race pace’ hurts)

So that’s that! I think my hardest run of the week was either the 400 meter sprints or the 3 miles at race pace. I think the 3 miles felt especially difficult because my legs were fatigued from my long run. My breathing felt good, but my legs just felt so dang heavy. I missed some strength/core work for sure, but this upcoming week is another crazy one for us due to some travel so I don’t anticipate getting in all my runs this week, but I should be able to get in more strength this week. Hopefully it all balances out in the end, right?

 

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Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Fashion, Girly Things, Running | 4 comments

Fall Fitness Uniform

I spend too much time online shopping, and someone should totally benefit from my hobby (Not sure if ‘hobby’ is the right word…perhaps skill? problem?). If you’re in the market for some new athleisure gear (aka ‘mom clothes’), I’ve got you covered!

 

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I recently purchased 2 knotted t-shirts and I love the flare the knot adds to an otherwise plain jain shirt (similar here and more expensive version here). (The knot does come up kind of high on the June and Hudson shirt though, so if you are considering that purchase, plan on wearing it with high waisted jeans or leggings…unless of course you don’t mind your stomach showing…then get it, girrrrl!) I think the one I linked above is so cute and sporty and perfect for transitioning from a gym workout to running errands. I need another fitness jacket like I need a hole in my head, but I am swooning over the collar of that hoodie. I bought a ridiculous amount of hoodies while we were living in NYC (because I would wear 3 at a time some days) so I can’t justify buying that jacket, but I keep looking at it and thinking how much I want it. But I’m starting to think it doesn’t get cold in Georgia, in which case I’ve got half a closet full of jackets I’m going to need to sell…

I tried on these faux leather leggings in Athleta a few weeks ago and I cannot stop thinking about them! OMG. They are SO cute and I felt so chic in them, and who doesn’t want to feel chic while still being in comfy leggings?

The tote I linked is reversible, so you’re basically getting 2 bags for the price of one (‚Üźthat’s what you tell your husband). #practical

And I’m still obsessing over those adidas superstars. They are available in pink and green now too! Gah! But I would still get the white and black or white and gold, just because I like pieces that match everything so I have the option to wear it more often.

Most days my ‘mom uniform’ consist of either jeans and a t-shirt ($5 Target t-shirts for the win) or a cami (my¬†absolute favorite cami is here) or some kind of fitness get-up. See Exhibit A…

mom-uniform

If you read yesterday’s post and you’re wondering how that 5 mile run with the double stroller went…well, it didn’t. I bailed on that idea. Both my kids have runny noses and so I let them sleep in and I was not pushing the beast of a stroller over all our neighborhood hills in the heat of the day. I worked out at home and I’m just rolling with it and hoping I can tweak my schedule this week to make up the run. Blessed are the flexible for they will not be bent out of shape, right?

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Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Family Fun, Running | 6 comments

Weekend Things

  1. I’m in full blown fall mode over here. Except, I’m still in shorts and a tank top because it’s 90 degrees in Georgia. Mums and pumpkins adorn our front porch and I’m loving it so much…I just wish I could enjoy it without sweating my face off. I’ve got to soak up this fall decor while I can because Christmas stuff goes up¬†the first of November.¬†front-porch
  2. I snuck off to Target while the kids napped on Sunday since Dave was home to watch them. Going to Target alone is the stuff of dreams. I perused the store for over an hour (PURE bliss) and I walked away with these vitamins (I’m becoming obsessed with this entire line of gummies), some more fall decor (see thing #1) and some candles. This adorable sign was only $5. Target for the win. Every time.¬†fall-decor
  3. I also snuck away on Saturday during nap time to get a manicure. This happens about once every 5 months and it is something I should really do more often because having painted nails makes me smile.
  4. I got in a 7 mile long run on Saturday with Ob. It felt good…not great…but good, and I’ll take good. I posted a recap of week 1 of my half marathon training over the weekend too! If you’re interested you can check out that post. I forgot how much I love starting Saturdays with a long run. I also forgot how tired long runs make me.¬†running-buddymorning-run
  5. Atlas and I baked cookies on Saturday for my post-run recovery meal. He trashed them up with a million sprinkles and marshmallows. He’s so my kid. Seriously – if you haven’t made these cookies yet, you haaaaave to bake them! SO SO good.¬†cookie-monster
  6. Baby wrap headbands are everything (this headband is also giving me all the fuzzy feels). I wish I was as cute as Andi Rose. I do want to point out though that we did run out for a few quick errands while she was in this outfit and she took off the headband and everyone told me what a cute little boy I had. Ugh. People! baby-head-wrap
  7. I got my pumpkin spice latte + breakfast sandwich from Starbucks on Sunday morning and it brought me an unreasonable amount of joy.

Our weekend was pretty low key. Both my babies are fighting a little cold, so we didn’t venture too far from home, but sometimes that’s just what the doctor ordered. We did get my phone fixed (yay!) and Dave updated my i-phone to the new software. The emojis are all different. I sort of hate change so I’m meeting this new software with some resistance. And I really want to know why they (‘they’ being the ‘tech gods’) made all these updates and they still failed to give us a cuter pumpkin emoji and a flamingo emoji?! #priorities

What was the best part of your weekend?

I’ve got to push the double stroller for my 5 mile run today because Dave’s work schedule is cray (I think I may be too old to say ‘cray’ but I’m going for it) and then I get to go to the dentist. Hooray for Monday!

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Posted by on Sep 18, 2016 in Running | 0 comments

Half Marathon Training, Week 1 Recap

Hola! I don’t usually blog on the weekends, but I wanted to pop in to share a quick recap of how week 1 went down of my half marathon training! You can see the schedule I’m following here.

Monday: 5 miles @ an 8:22 pace + 3 hill sprints (about 35 seconds in length) – this run felt really hard, despite the ‘easy pace’ because I ran a very hilly course

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Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: 35 minute tempo run comprised of a 10 minute warm up @ an 8:40(ish) pace, followed by 15 minutes at a 7:30 pace and then a 10 minute cool down at an 8:30 pace, then 10 more minutes of walking. I also completed a 10 minute ab circuit following my tempo run.

Thursday:¬†45 minutes of strength (21 Day Fix Upper Fix + a NTC workout) – I opted out of the optional 3 mile run for this day because Dave was out of town and I didn’t have anybody to watch Atlas and Andi Rose.

Friday: NTC Workout (Dave was traveling back home this day and so I couldn’t make a run work with him not here)

Saturday: 7 mile run @ an 8:08 pace. This run was hot and humid and I didn’t love the course, but overall I felt pretty good with that pace.

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Sunday: 21 Day Fix Dirty Thirty workout

I think I did a good job sticking to my schedule this week and to be honest, I didn’t miss that 3 mile run on Friday. 4 days of running may end up being too much for me, as I think my body does best on 3 days of running. I feel like I can run faster when I’m not running quite as much. But I’m going to stick to the training schedule as best as our personal schedule allows for the next 2 weeks and then reevaluate where I am and where I want to be. I may end up dropping down to 3 days of running, but I want to at least give it 2 or 3 weeks with the added mileage to see how my legs feel. I may be forced to drop down to 3 days of running just because at home workouts are more realistic since I don’t always have Dave around to watch the kids so I can run…we’ll see!

My plan is to post these weekly recaps each Sunday, so after my half marathon I can go back and see how my training worked. If I get a time I’m super proud of then I can refer to these recaps moving forward and if I get a time that isn’t so stellar I can go back and look to see where I may have gone wrong in my training. And if you’re training for something, hopefully these posts will serve as motivation for you. ūüôā

Happy Sunday!

What was your favorite workout of the week?

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