Adding miles week by week

This week was another week of deviated running plans.  I suppose that happens when you have a tiny human to care for and their needs out weigh your training plans.  I wouldn’t change those deviations for anything, well maybe a bit more sleep.  Little one would sleep for a few hours and then when I would go to bed, she would decide that night time was over and want to play for an hour or three.  She would eventually drift back to sleep and I’d get a few moments of shut eye.  With the crazy night time schedule, she would still wake in the morning at her usual time.

Tuesday morning, I bailed on training because I was exhausted from being up half the night. Wednesday should have been the first cross training day, and yet again I bailed. Thursday, I swore I was getting up and running no matter how much sleep I was getting (or lack there of). I set my alarm clock and proceeded to hit snooze on the first ring.  However, on round two I got out of bed and went to the bathroom to put my contacts in.  As I walked past Little one’s room, she started crying and was woken up.  After finishing getting ready to head out, she is still upset and wants up.  So, I proceed to hold her and attempt to rock her back to sleep.  To no avail I put on my Hava RS and headed out the door with Little one in tow.  Instead of running 4 miles (as per the prescribed training plan), I walked one mile with Little one at the crack of dawn.

Friday was rest day, which was Hailey’s worst night of sleep/lack there of. However, Saturday, I got up and headed to the park at 7am to run 3 miles.  I decided to switch the long run to Sunday to stretch out a little. I completed the 3 miles with no problems while it drizzled the entire time.  Surprisingly, there were a good number of people at the park that morning!  Sunday morning came and Little one finally slept through the night again (man did we miss those days). Even though it was father’s day and I should have let Jake sleep in, I needed to get my 7 miles in for training.  I got all 7 miles in with an average pace of 9:20/mi., which is actually faster than I would have liked.  I’m attempting to pace the longer runs at 9:30-9:45 and then pace around a 9:00 for race day.

I have figured out a few things that I will need to pick up for training such as new shoes, socks, foam roller, and a few massages throughout training! I am enjoying the training so far, but I know as I go on it is going to become daunting.  This marathon will be a tough task, but I am excited to tackle it!

Be confident! Be fit! Be you!

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Just keep running, just keep running

Well, another two weeks of training have come to an end.  Only this time, I wasn’t as successful in completing the prescribed training runs.  First let me recap week 20.

Was able to run 3 miles on Tuesday and Thursday morning at the crack of dawn.  I’m not sure how runners take pictures while they are running.  I don’t like to carry my phone with me for fear of dropping it and causing injury to the most precious thing I own.  Okay, maybe it isn’t that valuable, but people sure do treat their phones like a piece of the family.

On Saturday, I woke up and ran 5 miles with what seemed like little effort.  I have already started to deviate from my normal routes to ensure I don’t become bored with my running pattern.  I decided to run around the lake and then hit up some hills for the last mile and a half.  I’ve also decided that this is a great way to look for houses that are for sale!  Sunday was a quick 3 miles around the neighborhood before church.

Now, let’s recap training week 19 (I’m not sure why I decided to count backwards in my training program).

Absolutely ZERO, ZIP, NADA training runs were completed during the week.  The little one decided that sleep was for the birds and that mom and dad could simply run on fumes.  We were delighted with the opportunity to be up between the hours of 11pm and 2am.  We haven’t been awake during those hours in probably 5 years.

However, Saturday morning was a 5 mile race with a good friend.  Although the weather was less than perfect, the course was a simple trail run of out and back.  As the start time crept closer, my anxiety got to me because of the lack of training during the week.  However, I managed to find a decent pace and stick with it for most of the race!  This was exciting for me because I generally go out hard and slow down as the miles creep along.  I finished in 44 minutes and some odd seconds with an 8:50/mi pace.  Although this isn’t fast for most, I was satisfied.  I wanted to get under 45 minutes and I did just that.  I also managed to place 1st out of 7 in my age group (kind of shocking, but no one else was there).

Saturday night we had our first night away from the baby as we attended a wedding for our good friends.  Since we hadn’t experienced a night with no interruptions in over 10 months, I decided to sleep in and skip the training run on Sunday.  I’m sure at this stage in the game my training, or lack there of, won’t affect the overall performance come October 18th.

Let’s just see what week 18 looks like with training! I’m not making an promises to anyone that from here on out all training runs will be completed.  However, I do promise to continue working towards the end goal of running my first (and probably only) marathon.

As always, be confident, be fit, be you!