Workout – lets backtrack to yesterday, because THAT was a flipping fantastic workout that kind of lasted all day, and that needs to be talked about. and today’s hasn’t happened yet. nothing to report there. I had speed on the schedule (my favorite!) – 9 miles total run + 3 mile walk = 12 miles in the books (I’m really good at adding) with some strength exercises in the middle…here’s how it went down:
6am session, gym treadmill – 6 miles total (I wanted to get 8-9 total, with 6 fast. didn’t have time)
1 mile w/u @ 7:45, 2 miles @ 6:10pace, .5 mile jog @ 7:45, 1 mile @ 6:14, .25 mile jog @ 7:45, 1 mile @ 6:14, .25 mile c/d @ 7:45
(check out those beautiful sneakers. we’ll talk about those later. lets just say, I’m sorry saucony, I cheated on you. and I think I enjoyed it.)
11am – Walk with kiddos – 3 miles total – at a lightning fast 16 min pace. whoa. slow down Katie. I used to run a lot with the jogger, but now that the kids are bigger, A. they don’t like to sit in it and I have to stop every 5 minutes. B. I really think it throws off my running form, the way I have to run to push it (because my form is so spectacular). C. It’s really heavy, at least 100 lbs, probably more. This is how the walk started…2 kids in the seat…
This is how the walk ended….one little piggy ran home, one in the undercarriage. he doesn’t like to sit still.
2:30pm – I squeezed in some strength work in the driveway while the kids were playing. I’m sure my neighbors think I am crazy. I am. I do this often in the summer because the kids want to be outside. Being the responsible mother that I am, I feel the need to pay attention to them. I think it’s perfectly normal to do plie squats and lunges up and down the driveway.
5pm – Session 3 for the day – Lucky me, I did get to finish off my speed work – outside!
3 miles total – 1 mile @ 5:56pace, 1 mile recovery @ 7:35, 1 mile @ 6:03
This was nice because it was less than 20 minutes. Like I never even left the house. I have never done speedwork other than on the treadmill or track. My only option was the road last night. I normally don’t do a full mile for recovery, but the route made it so that’s how it happened – It’s fairly flat for one mile from my house. Then there is about a 1/2 mile incline, then I turn around and ran the half mile back down for another fast mile. I didn’t want 1/2 of the speed mile to be downhill. totally cheating. The mile back home has a slighter incline than the mile out. If you can understand anything I just wrote, I’m impressed. Basically, 2 fast miles, 1 slow. Outside. New to me. I had to push myself instead of a treadmill setting the pace. I was pretty happy with it.
With all that running and funning that went down yesterday, Funkmaster Katie successfully left the funk in the beginning of the week and was able to get on with her life. so says the third person she is talking in.
Sometimes I get wrapped up in the things I have to DO, instead of the things I should do. like playing. with the kids. I get stressed about the floors not being clean, and the laundry needing to be done, and the closets needing to be organized and dinner needing to be ready promptly at 5:30. yes, there are daily responsibilities that must get done. But the truth is, I need to play with my kids. the other stuff can wait. Yesterday came very close to me “needing” to get the other stuff done, that would have been a very bad decision for all parties. we have had some unseasonably warm weather meaning the kids don’t come inside until bedtime. I chose the wiser and played with the kids yesterday. The chores got ignored. new motto – why clean, it’s just going to get dirty again. We soaked up the sun. We got some vitamin D. without having to take a supplement. saving money all the time. We ate some froyo.
We played in the fountain that was not yet a fountain. apparently the town is saving money too. turn on the darn water!
The floors went dirty for another day. The laundry was still in the basket. It didn’t go anywhere. damnit. Dinner was made and it was eaten. and we stayed outside all day. success in my book. and funky mama kate was back in the game….at least for another day. 😉
So, I have a lot of fun things I want to talk about like running shoes, clean cooking, upcoming races and much more…so many things, so little time, so stay tuned my friends. Blogging as a stay at home mom with 3 little kids not yet in school full time leaves not a lot of time to post once a day about all of these fun things brewing in my head, so every other day is what I shoot for. somehow it gets to be 8:30 at night and it’s the first time I have stopped moving all day – from running kids around town, kissing boo boo’s, doing homework, planning meals, making food, running, cleaning up food, going to the grocery store for the 12th time…the list goes on. It always comes back to balance for me. I’m finding I am not the best at finding balance in my life, but I’m always trying. “A” for effort. Balance the things you love to do, like to do, need to do, have to do, don’t want to do but really should do. It all works out.
How has the weather been in your neck of the woods?
What is your least favorite chore? Most favorite?
Where do you like to do your speedwork? Track? Gym? If you don’t do speedwork, start 🙂