Marathon training week 5 in the books

Another week of training done. It’s been a hectic past couple of weeks as my kids both started daycare and the transition has been tough. Funny because the tough part isn’t them not liking it; they actually love it! The school director told me how surprised she was at how well they’ve adapted–In my head I’m thinking, “Yeah, they were probably bored hanging out with me all day.”

The tough part has really been more trying to get them ready in the morning. And the other tough part are the sicknesses. I’ve had to re-schedule or miss a few runs to stay home with them but luckily it’s still early in the training and because I haven’t really had an off season, I’m comfortable in my abilities so far to miss a run here and there.

I was able to get out there a few times last week though:

Monday I took my new shoes for a ride on the treadmill–

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Tuesday I did a 4 mile furnace run with my run club; excessive heat warning be damned..

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Wednesday was track day but I was home with my sick little one 😦 This was his actual birthday too, poor guy. We decided to celebrate anyway though with a ONE pizza πŸ™‚

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Thursday
was a cross training day but I was still home with my son. When my husband came home from work, I was so exhausted I couldn’t muster up the energy to go to the gym. I made myself feel better about it by doing an abs video at home.

Fridays are typically rest days but I was desperate need of a run. It had been a pretty stressful week with my sick kids, party planning, and just life–I knew a run would be a great pick me upper. And it totally was.

I tried out a new treadmill (not by choice. My treadmill was taken lol) and it had a cool techy screen that I couldn’t really figure out. Sometimes I like the older models of things because I feel they’re simpler to use. I’m also just not tech savvy at all :/ Anyway, I decided to mix things up and do some treadhills. Before I knew it, I had 5 miles in the bag. I was a sweaty mess and it. felt. great. πŸ™‚

My son’s birthday party was on Saturday but it was also long run day so I woke up at crazy o’clock and headed out for my scheduled 10 miler. I wasn’t sure how it would go since my husband and I had been up til midnight party preparing. I didn’t feel like a complete zombie so I was hopeful things would go well.

ItΒ went amazing.

My buddy The Running Schlub was there again and he was kind enough to keep me company the first 4 miles. We were running at a really good pace for me, slow and steady, and the whole time we chatted–mostly about basketball, so I was pretty much having a blast.

He was going 8 so at mile four, he turned around. I kept going and convinced myself to pick up the pace a little and try and negative split the second half of my run.

success!

success!

I still can’t believe how well that run went! I felt so good at the end and even my cool down mile was faster than my start. I totally felt like I could have kept on going.

I definitely think the slow start helped me not burn out. While I don’t want to always have a 4 mile warm up, I do hope to continue to stay disciplined and start my runs with a legit warm-up. SometimesΒ Often, I get overzealous and start out too fast. With shorter runs I don’t think it’s that big of a deal, but with long runs, I need all the conserving of energy as possible.

After my run, we got the house party ready! My little guy was feeling much better and did so great with all the people. He really is a chill dude so I wasn’t surprised that he handled everything with ease.

Big sister helping blow out the candle

Big sister helping blow out the candle

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Birthday cake!!! I thought he’d dig in and go at it but he was very well mannered πŸ™‚

Overall, a good running week with a great long run. Β Monday-Sunday total mileage: 25.02 miles

This is my last week of freedom before I return to work.Β The calm before the storm………

How was your weekend?Β 

Are you a chocolate cake fan?

 

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40 responses

  1. I also have “my” treadmill at the gym. I get annoyed when someone is using it, especially if they’re just walking slowly on it. You can walk anywhere! And it’s broad daylight and we’re in a nice safe neighborhood.

    Glad your son is doing better. Happy belated bday to the little guy.

  2. Am I a chocolate cake fan. Silly, silly question. Glad your behbeh is feeling better–a sick child (of the human, fur, or husband variety) is never fun. And isn’t it so, so weird how the runs that you are best prepared for can go horrifically, and the ones that you are the least prepared for can be amazing? Oh running, you are a silly biatch.

  3. Awesome job on the negative splits! I’m also a bad one for starting out too fast and dragging at the end. It just feels SO slow at the start though!
    And I’m a true believer in cake. Period. Except carrot. NOT a fan. Or fruit. Healthy stuff does not belong on my cake. πŸ™‚

  4. Awww, happy birthday little man! He is adorable. I definitely prefer chocolate cake over vanilla, no doubt! Your training is going well! Great job!

  5. Great job on your long run! Negative splits are a good confidence builder (and good practice for race day) πŸ™‚
    Your kiddo might be the only child I’ve seen who didn’t immediately smear cake on his face once it’s set in front of him. Maybe he’ll grow up just as tidy? πŸ˜‰ I love ALL kinds of cake. I’m kind of shocked when people tell me they just aren’t cake people >_<

  6. Sounds like you’ve had an up and down week! Happy birthday lil one! Hopefully you can get in a routine for getting everyone ready. I’m dreading the fall when kindergarten starts! And the other one will be in daycare. It’s going to be a challenge at first.

  7. Nice job with the runs this week! I’m jealous you can keep that pace up for so long πŸ™‚ Your son is so cute! I’m still a messy eater so I think he’s handling that cake better than I would!

  8. Am I a chocolate cake fan?! I want some now just thinking about it. Wow what a great long run. That must have you feeling great! I laughed at the idea of the kids being bored at home πŸ™‚ I am sure they aren’t!

  9. What a busy week for you! It’s always challenging fitting in your training runs with little ones…but eventually we get there. 108 is super hot…I don’t know how you run in that heat! And, I love chocolate cake, yum!

  10. Awesome job on the long run! It’s cool you get to meet up w/Richard πŸ™‚ I admire for you for getting your work outs in- it’s a challenge with work and young children. WTG!

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