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Business…my computer is sick:-(  sad.  something is wrong with it and it’s really throwing a wrench in my technology reliant life.  I don’t get to see the internet until after the kids go to bed at night.  we miss each other.  there are lots of other things that happen then.  when the kids are in bed.  rated G stuff.  like laundry.  dishes.  tidying up the homestead.  fun. 

Workout – I’ve been bringing on the sweat these past two days using the stairmaster.  I honestly don’t even know how long I was on it today in total, but it was split up between some time at the gym and then more time at home.  It was hard.  My legs were not in it.  I think they were still upstairs sleeping in bed.  All the more reason to pump it to level 20 and make them work.  😀  they worked and I think I sweated (word??) more than ever.  it was hot next to that furnace.

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glistening sweat.  happy to have done the workout.  this is the “ab ripper” instagram effect.  a good one.

   
I had a total mental battle today about running.  But let’s back up a minute.   I ran Sunday, day after the half.  I had no plans to run or do anything yesterday.  but got antsy and had a good stairmaster/strength workout at home.  I think the master said it was 9 miles.  not too shabby.  Last night I decided I really needed to get to the gym this a.m and run.  This a.m. came and I turned into a big baby and didn’t want to go.  Some self talk about how miserable my day might be if I don’t go, and something like the last time I checked I’m still training for 2 marathons so not running for the second day in a row won’t help me much.  I got to the gym.  First step.  Whoever said the hardest part about running is taking the first step, lied.  Not true.  not today anyway.  Made it to the gym, and I REALLY didn’t want to run.  I got on the treadmill.  and I started the treadmill.  and I took the first step.  it was still hard. and I REALLY didn’t want to run even more.  I made it one mile.  fantastic.  and then I saw the stepmill open up.  I let the run go and moved on to plan B.  I ran up to that machine as fast as my non wanting to run legs would take me.  By then, my gym time was coming to a close.  Unfortunately, I can’t spend hours at a time working out.  I do have responsibilities at home that look like 3 small children.  So I only got in about 35 minutes, promising my legs, that were cursing me at the moment for putting them through that,  that I would do more later.  And I did more later.  no running.  lots of stepping.

Point of this rambling being a few things – don’t give up on any sort of workout without a fight.  don’t give up on anything that you really know you want to or should do without trying.  My five year old is into saying I can’t, before she even tries.  Every time I tell her, you can and you need to try.  We don’t say can’t and not only do you need to try, but you have to put in a good effort.  that goes for me, too.   

I think the recommended time for cardiovascular activity per week is 150 minutes.  That’s 30 minutes, 5 days a week.  That is NOT easy for a lot of people to do.  A lot of people, I’m sure, don’t try hard enough to get it done.   so many excuses.  Just TRY.  I LOVE to workout and there are days, like today, where I just don’t want to do it.  It’s hard.  But, I KNOW in my knower that it is good for me, that I will feel great after, and that I need to do it.  Even if it’s not what the original plan was – improvise.  I actually had a fantastic workout today.  It may not have been running, but it was really good.  My legs may have been telling me they needed a break, and they got a break.  from running.  I think I still got in some good training for the marathon.  My legs were tired.  I was not injured, sore, or hurting, just tired.  they will be tired when I am running 26.2 miles.  I’m just not big on excuses.  low tolerance for that.  I don’t think excuses don’t get anybody anywhere.  we get in our own ways more than anything else. 

I got sidetracked, or off track from the marathon training when I decided to run this past half marathon.  It was a good distraction.  It gave me a good little push toward the marathon and excitement of running.  It gave me something else to “do” on my way to the marathon.   There are a lot of people who train for races with races.  I can totally see the draw.  It makes it fun.   I think it’s ok, and even good sometimes to get off track, as long as I know how and when to get back on track.  It’s time to get back on track.  I need to get my focus back on the marathon, and refocus my training.  get back to my plan, and the little changes that I’ve made to it, like adding in more hills.   

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So, I can do some other things, other than talking running and training nonsense.  It all makes sense to me, but often wonder if it makes sense to anyone else.  just nod and say yes. 

#1 – I make a pretty stellar minnie (or mickey, depending on who you are talking to) mouse pancake. 

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Anna had an insatiable desire for pancakes yesterday.  She just couldn’t let it go.  Come to find out, Curious George was eating syrupy, delicious pancakes.  she just had to experience this, or her day could not go on.  as soon as she finished the mouse cake, her appetite changed.  she just had to have a red pepper. 

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we are still trying to figure out what planet she is from.  

#2 – speaking of mice, I am a phenomenal mouse catcher. 

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Yes, that is a real, little mouse I saw run across our mudroom floor.  ick.  after I found my breath and composed myself, I got that little sucker out the door.  after I got a picture.  pretty sure he was one of the 3 blind mice.  it kept running into the walls.  makes me crawl a little just thinking about it.  yuck.

That’s about all I’m good at this week.  hoping I don’t have to pull out my mouse hunting skills again though. 

I am going to get back to planning out my weekly workouts.  I have to refer back to my smartcoach plan and make the adjustments at the beginning of the week, so that I know what is coming. 

I have 6 and 1/2 weeks until my first marathon of the year.  whoa.  that means only 4ish weeks left of serious training.  holy moly.  my #1 and #2 running goals this week are to get in a good speedworkout that is part of a semi-long run, like 10-12 miles.  and to get a 20-21 miler in at a slower pace than I have been doing.  That means allotting enough time for it so that I don’t have to go fast to get it done.  and this information is because you lovelies truly care about my plans for the week.  🙂

With my sickly computer, I will be sporadic in posting this week.  I hope the mice stay away, friends, unless they are in pancake form.  that’s gross.  not actual mice in pancakes.  mouse shaped pancakes.   

Who’s running and how is the ‘running’ week going?  How are the workouts going?  any fun and exciting new ones?

Do you like/need to plan your workouts/runs for the week? 

What is your favorite breakfast food?

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About msfitrunner

I am a 29 year old stay at home, hardworking mom to my three little loves! My oldest little darling is 5, little sis is 4 and baby brother is almost 2. I have been married to my Mr. Wonderful for almost 7 years (ahhh!). My faith and my family is my rock, and I have a newfound LOVE for running. Maybe it's more of a necessity at this point - to maintain household peace and my own sanity, but whatever it is, it's working for me and I'm loving the racing. The vegan world has been calling my name, so I am testing out those waters as well! That's a tough one with three little picky eaters at home, but I am having fun coming up with new recipes and trying out new things. Follow along as I chronicle this crazy running life, and ALL the craziness that goes with it!

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  1. The treadmill and I are starting to have a love affair. I petered out the last .15 miles today because Pandora kept playing SUCKY music on my “running” station…I blame it TOTALLY on them!!! But I have really enjoyed the runs indoors for some reason. Plus I finish and do a small strength workout and hop back on and run as fast as I can for as long as I can…no limitation on what the expectation is except get FASTER!!! Next week the kiddos return to school so I will be back to 6 am gym rat runs but if the weather turns warm I look forward to some early morning trail runs…YIPEEE! I ALWAYS have to have a PLAN for the week or NOTHING will get done!! It is often derailed but at least I have a goal. Breakfast food of choice…as of late…yogurt, some fruit. I am not a morning eater and I don’t eat before morning workouts and post workout…who’s really that hungry. I need instant blood sugar help (protein and sugar hence the greek yogurt and fruit). Can you do a review on your GPS tracker device thingy…desired features, price, extra coolio options, user friendly etc. Thanks!!!

    • I’m glad you are loving the treadmill, because I am just about burnt out on it! I have never run this much on the treadmill, and I am soooo ready for outdoor running. I will work on a review for the garmin, for sure!

  2. Running is going ok. I’m still dealing with back pain (not during, but after running). I’m in the process of doing physical therapy and hoping to get it all figured out. When I’m training for a race, I like to have it all planned out. I really like the structure of a set plan. If there are days that I don’t feel like working out, I just remember that I always regret NOT doing a workout and never regret finishing a workout!
    My favorite breakfast food is oatmeal or oat bran. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day!

    • I like that about regretting not doing it, but never regretting finishing it – I will have to remember that! I just came across an article about back pain and running, but didn’t read through it. Is it from a back injury, or aggravated by running? I hope you get it figured out! I love oatmeal for breakfast too, never tried oat bran.

  3. Great post! Agree with you regarding no excuses. Especially no excuses for doing the minimum recommended cardio per week – it’s your life folks! I do like to plan my workouts for the week. Helps me to make sure I am fitting them all in and getting enough in terms of speed intervals, longer steady runs and a bit of tempo. Plus, I LOVE planning so I get a little high from seeing it all written out. Breaking out my garmin today – haven’t used it in a year. Going to start running via heart rate. I have a feeling I am capable of pushing the pace based on HR. Have a great day!

    • I like that same feeling of having it planned and then being able to “cross it off the list”. I’m interested to know how the heart rate running goes. I was just talking to someone about that, how if I ran by heart rate, I wonder if I would push my pace more because I don’t think I’m getting it up there like I used to. I think my body has gotten used to a slightly faster pace. Very interesting! Hope you are having a great time in FL!!

  4. just discovered your blog from the hungry runner girl… i enjoyed reading this post and getting to know you a bit! if i keep reading, maybe i can have abs like your’s? 😉 looking forward to reading more! oh, and my favorite breakfast food is usually of the sweet variety… pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, etc.

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