With just 6 weeks left until race day, I’m beginning to get a little antsy in my training. Up until the past few weeks, I’ve felt pretty confident with my training. I’ve been steadily climbing up the mileage ladder and to my surprise, I’ve adjusted to the increase quite well. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a little daunting to take the next jump in mileage though. 18 Miles is the absolute most I’ve ever ran in one day. In 2013, during the Mich Ultra Challenge, I completed the half marathon and 5 miler one after the other without much distress or complication. Mind you, that was after running 12 miles the previous day, so I’ve felt really confident with every long run….. up until now. Even back when I was training for the Spacecoast Marathon, I had completed a couple double digit runs with ease, but I had never trekked farther than 18 miles in one day before. So going into last week’s 18 miler was definitely daunting, but I knew it was doable.
This week, I was thrilled to have a step back with only a half marathon slotted for Saturday. It was just the break that I needed before pushing up the distance increase.
Here’s the recap for the week.
Monday – 6 miles 9:15 pace
We had some friends visiting from Austin, so I took it a little easier. That night we had an adults-only evening at the baseball game. It was marvelous. I may have said out loud that I never wanted to go home. It’s been a while since I’ve had more than a couple hours away from the kiddos. Needless to say, we had a great time watching the Rays vs. Yankees. We bumped into a couple friends while we were there and we even made it on the jumbo-tron TWICE!! #RaysUp! It was a shame that the kids weren’t there, to be honest. They’ve started going to baseball practice every week and it’s going well so far. My eldest recently asked me to buy him a new baseball backpack so I can tell he’s really enjoying the sport. It was nice to have a night away from the kids but we’ll definitely bring them to a game in the future!
Tuesday – Vinyasa Flow yoga with yogaglo
Harrison’s birthday!! He’s officially one year old. And it makes me cry to think he’s growing up this quickly. Can we slow it down please?
Because of his dietary restrictions, we weren’t able to offer him a smash cake, and we didn’t do a party either….. Does that make me a horrible mom? Instead
we my husband constructed a pineapple cake and we sang happy birthday to him and let him watch his sister blow out his candle.
I’ll have his one year update on the blog this week for those of you interested.
Wednesday – 6 miles @ 9:38 pace
Woke up at 4am to run with my MRTT group. Most of them were taking it easy, but I was feeling fresh and ready for some miles. I had intended to only run 5, but I took it a mile further on a whim. I should’ve went even farther, but I had to make it back home in time to get the preschooler ready for school. Later, I had a much needed hair appointment. I was so happy to visit my usual stylist instead of the one I went to last near my house. Jose (my usual stylist) does such a great job and knows my style so well. Thanks Josie.
Took a relaxing day to unwind and rest. Getting up at 4am really takes a lot out of me. I still don’t feel like I get enough sleep. So I wanted to rest the next day and recoup before Friday & Saturdays workouts. I made veggie pasta for dinner that night and rekindled my love for noodles.
The allergist gave me the okay to offer gluten back into mine and Harrison’s diet, so I was thrilled to have regular pasta for a change instead of rice pasta. <--- that stuff is just not as appetizing. Friday – Unplanned Rest Day
I had planned to run my daughter to school for 8 miles, but I sort-of got lazy and decided to sleep in. wah wah wah…. And quite honestly, I didn’t want to run in the evening since I was going to be running 13 in the morning. Sometimes I feel like such a slacker, but then I have to remind myself how I haven’t missed a long run and I feel better.
Saturday – 13 miles
Can I just say how excited I was to only be running 13 miles. I know this sounds utterly absurd for most people, but I was thrilled to get up and run a half marathon. I got up, got dressed, pumped, ate a banana, drank some Nuun and off I was, with a spring in my step, on one of my favorite runs of this training period.
I felt good. My legs felt fresh and strong, and I held a decent pace for the duration. Unfortunately, I forgot to stop my Garmin TWICE – once when I had to stop to pee and then again when I stopped to go home – so my average was waaaaaay off skewed. But I’m thrilled with how I feel completing this amount of miles. It makes me really excited for racing my first half marathon in December. Even though my eyes are on NYC right now, I’m still planning to race hard later in the year. In fact, I’m going to say it right now. I will be training for a sub 2 – which I was so close to before I got pregnant.
But first things first, I need to focus on crossing the finish line at NYC. That’s the BIG immediate goal. Then we can worry about half marathons and sub 2’s.
After my run Saturday, we lounged for half the day and then headed in town for a stroll through the Tampa Tattoo Convention.
Even though we do not have ANY tattoos, we are mesmerized by some of the artistry that some of these tattooists possess. I’m not saying I’ll never get a tattoo, but I stand by the fact that I’m extremely picky with what I permanently wear on my body. Let’s just say I’ve thought about it, but I’m too fickle to pick anything forever. It doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate those tats around me.
Sunday – Stretch & Foam Roll
I’ve been really lazy in the foam rolling department. I need to be more diligent with bringing out the roller and just doing it whenever I’m in the living room with the kiddos. It hurts so good, but it keeps me fresh and healthy. And essentially, that’s the entire reason why we do it, right?
Overall, I really feel good about this week’s workouts. I’m still nervous for my 19 miler this coming weekend, but I just have to remind myself to take it one mile at a time.
What tips do you have for longer training runs
How was your week? Did you get in all your workouts?
Do you have any tats? Ever been to a tattoo convention?
How often do you foam roll?