Here is what I posted on Facebook today -
"I was in the middle of a tough workout this
morning (for those that want details - 12 miles total, 3 mile warm-up,
100m strides, 7x1000m repeats in 3:48 each, which is 6:07 pace, 3 minute
active rest intervals, 3 mile cool-down). It was -10 this morning so I
was fighting through this one on the treadmill (incline on a 1), which
to me always feels a million times harder for speedwork than running on
It was six o'clock in the morning. I was trying to
catch my breath in between reps #5 and #6 and convincing myself I could do
two more, and my Marcus (8 years old) comes in and in a very accusatory
tone says, "MOM!!!!! You are only WALLKKIIINNNGG. Not Running!!"
Kids. Got to love em."
There will be no getting away with any sort of slacking in this house. No siree. :)
On Saturday I wrapped up my second 100-mile week (including a 22-miler on Friday with the last 10 miles at a sub 7:15 pace). I could not be happier with how I am feeling. My training seems to be just the right mix of quality and quantity for me. I have loved the high mileage weeks and have not felt burnt out, and my paces have been dropping on the speed workouts. I have had some really good running dreams this week too. It is very exciting!
I have my review of the Brooks PureFlow 2's coming asap, but first I have a few questions that were left in comments that I wanted to answer. If you have a question for me, feel free to leave it in the comments and I will answer them in a post in the next few days.
Sybil asked - "I can't even fathom how many miles you ran. Wow! Do you ever take time off or scale back?" - Yes! I think it is important to scale back and take time off once and awhile. Ok, truthfully I don't often take days off (ok, almost never), but Coach Sage is going to make me after marathons and I do follow directions. :) I do scale back though. With this training cycle we have scaled back the mileage every few weeks, and before I started this training cycle I had my mileage quite a bit lower and almost all of my runs easier for about four weeks. The physical and mental break is nice. I do find that I feel really good at consistent mileage in the 75-100 miles a week range.
Corrina asked- "San Diego R&R? Love it! Hope I get to meet you :)" - Yes, I am pretty set on Rock n Roll San Diego the first weekend in June for my next marathon after Tallahassee. I have a Brooks teammate and friend that is also planning on running it and it will be great fun to get to meet her in person. I would love to meet you Corrina (and anyone else that will be there)! I really liked the Newport Marathon which is the same weekend, but it is a long drive from the closest airport (from what I can figure) so isn't very convenient for me to get to.
Mark - "What your plans are for New York, 2013. Are you taking the refund, or running one of the next few years?"- I am going to take the refund. I can get into the NYC Marathon with a qualifying time and would have to repay to run it again anyway, so I don't see a reason not to take the refund. Josh got in for 2012 by fundraising and he definitely wants to get to run NYC, so he will take the guaranteed entry and I will have a blast playing cheerleader for him with my parents and getting to see the NYC Marathon as a spectator!! I am scaling back my marathons and NYC doesn't fit into my plans this year or next. I am actually excited for the opportunity to support Josh and be a spectator at such an incredible race.
Kim asked - "I am just curious, and I don't know if you have addressed this before,
but when do you fit your running in, with your busy life? Do you get up
way early?" - I say this a lot, but the key for me to fitting in all my miles is not to wait until I find the time, but to make the time, and plan. I am also very grateful that Josh and my older kids are very supportive and helpful with Noah when I need them to be so I can run. (And the little break from being "on duty" is really nice).
Every night I lay out my running clothes and shoes, and any other gear I need. I look over my training plan every night as well so I know what I will be running the next morning. I am up almost every day at 4:30am, which gives me about 30 minutes to get dressed, use the bathroom, wake up, etc. and 30 minutes to do strength or core work before I start running at 5:30. Most of my runs are somewhere from 1 hour and 15 minutes up to 2 hours and 45 minutes. Josh gets up with the kids on school days at 6:30am and makes sure they all stay on track eating, getting dressed, etc. On the weekends, in the summer, or on days that there isn't school, I am done running before the kids even wake up.
On "double days" (days when I run twice) it is a little bit trickier. If Josh or one of the teenagers is home I make sure everyone is settled and then I can sneak out for a quick run (afternoon runs are usually only 6-7 miles), and if just the younger kids are home, I jump on the treadmill. It takes planning and a willingness to get out of bed super early. Our schedule, my daily to-do list, and the care that Noah needs during the day makes it necessary for me to run really early (or really late).
Sometimes we have appointments out of town and I have to get an even earlier start. Sometimes kids are sick or Josh is out of town (that will be fairly frequent now that coaching season is upon us) and I have to change things up to make it work. Life happens. But running is very important to me. I love it. It makes me a better person. It is a part of who I am. So I make the time everyday. I never regret it.
L.A. Runner asked- "Do you feel that you run better later in the day? Or do you do better very early, like before the
kiddos are up? I have mixed feelings. I think I am more motivated if I
do it straight out of bed, but sometimes I can pull of faster runs if I
do it later. I'm guessing because my body is warmed up and more awake." This is an easy one. I almost always feel a MILLION times better first thing in the morning. I feel faster, sharper, and just more ready to run. I have always been a morning person and am useless after about 8pm. Plus, my body does not handle solid food well before a run, so it is so much easier for me to just wake up and run and then eat, instead of trying to plan eating around a run later in the day. I have come to enjoy my afternoon runs on double days, but those are always easy-paced.
Ok, time to make some dinner. If you have a question feel free to leave a comment. Happy Monday and Happy Running! :)