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Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Family Fun, Running | 0 comments

Half Marathon Training, Week 6 Recap + Weekend Fun

Hola! This weekend went by way too fast for me and I’m already wishing I could go back and re-live it. My mom drove up all the way from Florida to visit us and watch Atlas’ last soccer game.

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Part of me is glad soccer is over and we get our Saturday mornings back, but part of me is really going to miss watching Atlas run around (albeit somewhat aimlessly) the soccer field holding Boo Boo the Bear.

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Atlas had fans travel from all over the place for his soccer games. My mother in law visited us from Pennsylvania and got to watch 2 of his games and my dad and stepmom also got to watch 1 of his games. He’s got a little fan club, no doubt about it. 😉

My mom graciously offered to babysit our munchkins on Saturday night so Dave & I could go out and we were so excited to have a date night! We met up with some friends from our small group at church and had a delicious dinner and we left saying, “Why do we not do this more?” Dave & I hardly ever step away from our kids, but when we do I feel like we just bond so much and return home feeling refreshed. We are hoping to make date night a more frequent thing moving forward! Also, I feel the need to wear white pants every time I get away from my children…because hello! Nobody is wiping pizza sauce on my pants. (& if you know me in real life and we are friends, then you know I do still wear white pants around my kids…because apparently I love living life on the edge.)

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Sunday was spent doing some blog related things, dining out for a quick lunch (I got this greek salad and I can’t stop thinking about it because it was SO good), perusing Dick’s Sporting Goods (I’m loving the new Calia workout gear by Carrie Underwood), grocery shopping with Atlas (Dave stayed home with Andi Rose so I could have some one-on-one time with my boy) and cooking a healthy dinner (we need some healthy food back in our lives STAT).

Half Marathon Training, Week 6 Recap

And here is the recap of week 6 of my half marathon training….

  • Monday: 5 miles @ a 7:53 pace
  • Tuesday: Rest
  • Wednesday: 11 miles @ an 8:08 pace
  • Thursday: 21 Day Fix Upper Body Workout + 10 minute abs
  • Friday: Rest (I say ‘rest’ – I cleaned our house while simultaneously chasing 2 kids around, which felt like a freakin’ workout)
  • Saturday: 10 x 400 sprints on the treadmill (I averaged around a 7:10 pace for the ‘sprints’ and I kept my recovery time super slow, but super short) + 1.5 mile cool down run (5.37 miles total)
  • Sunday: 21 Day Fix Dirty Thirty Workout

I had to do my long run on Wednesday because of Dave’s work schedule + Atlas’ last soccer game. Getting that long run knocked out mid week made for a super nice weekend!

Random Thought on Running

I give mad props to all the moms of young babies out there who train for marathons. I love running, but I also really love sleeping and trying to balance those 2 loves with 2 small children is hard and I’ve come to terms with the fact that while I have thoroughly enjoyed training for this race, I like having the option to sleep in on days when I need sleep. Having to run forces me up and out of bed and while some mornings that is such a blessing, there are other mornings where I’m like, “Dang, I wish I could sleep for another hour and just workout at home for 30 minutes later in the day.” I never regret waking up to run, but it sure is extra hard during this season of life.

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And once again, I feel like I could solve this problem if I just had a treadmill in my house. If I had a treadmill in my house, I’m pretty sure I would have already signed up for 2 more long distance races. First world problems, no?

Happy Monday, friends! Let’s hope today goes by as quick as a Saturday! I’m already looking forward to next weekend. Dave suggested we drive up to the mountains next weekend because he knows my love language. He said we can be leaf-lookers next weekend. He knows how much I love being a leaf-looker.* The question is do we give our kids lollipops or Benadryl to make the experience more enjoyable? Just kidding!

*A leaf-looker is a person who drives really slow to take in all the fall foliage. I assume most leaf lookers are over the age of 65, so I may not look the part, but you better believe I’ll have our family decked out in plaid shirts and puffer vests and I’ll most likely make us listen to Christmas music the whole time because changing leaves means the holidays are practically here! 😉

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