Workout(s) – yesterday – the replacement long run/2 hour and 15 minute cardio hop at the gym. in hindsight, this was probably completely ridiculous, crazy and unnecessary in the actual useful training aspect of a marathon- but mentally, it had to be done. I chose not to do the long run because of some sassy shin stuff going on. genius Katie decided that my “long run” was going to be the cross-training equivalent. I say it had to be done for mental reasons, because it was supposed to be one of my last long runs and I need to go into the marathon knowing that I at least put my best effort forward. The craziness that was yesterday’s workout was : 30 min elliptical(3.75 miles), 50 min stepmill, moving stairs, hell on a revolving staircase…(6miles), 30 min elliptical(3.75 miles, shoot me now), 25 min stepmill(3 miles, if I didn’t get off then, I was going to throw myself off the second level stepmill onto the moving treadmills below) 17 miles equivalent but nothing like running, so it doesn’t really matter anyway and it’s not even close to the 22 I was supposed to do, but let me be happy about it because I did the right thing by not running and protecting my shins from further destruction. done.
Today – don’t get mad at me. I ran. I hadn’t run since Thursday and my legs felt 100%. but that’s not why I decided to run. I’m trying not to be the idiot that’s all oh, I didn’t run for like a day and now I feel fabulous and all healed and I’ll go run 18 miles in my old shoes again. no. I’m trying to be realistic and smart and I don’t think today’s run was 100% stupid. I have read and consulted very wise resources (google and webmd do count) that said easy running on softer surfaces with minor shin splints can be helpful. I’m not going to go into anymore detail, nor am I giving you my sources. I gave myself a limit of 5 miles total, with 1/2 mile each of warmup and cooldown. I may have started to get anxious that I have not gotten in enough tempo runs, and I think I have ZERO runs at my marathon goal pace, or MGP for you fancy schmancy acronym people. I was also itching to try out the other pair of racing flats I ordered…
those pretty saucony’s type A5. front and center. they have been calling my name for days. heaven on my feet, they fit like a glove. in love. I thoroughly enjoyed the musha experience, but this is going to be a tough one. they are very different shoes, very different fit. I might still be a saucony girl at heart. I think they might trump the kinvara for 5k’s, half marathons. because I only did 5 miles in them today, I’m not positive on marathon distance, for me. I am considering it….I haven’t made a final decision yet, but heavily leaning toward the saucony type A5 for the racing flat over the other two there…stay tuned….I did keep the mizuno waverider 15’s for my daily trainer, long run shoe.
So I may have done those 4 miles at 6:48 pace, few seconds faster than MGP. and I might have felt wonderful, and giddy and like a little child let loose in a field of daisies – if little children in a field of daisies experience pure bliss and enjoyment. but I stopped myself in the middle of my sun shiny fantastic run, at my pre-prescribed time of 4 miles. I might have been hurting a little bit. and now I will take another couple days off. I promptly slapped some ice on those poor overworked, under cared for shins.
I might have some skin falling off due to frostbite, but my shins will be feeling great . blurry children are a common occurrence in our household.
then I wrapped them with some love and they are feeling mighty fine.
compression calf sleeves. don’t leave home without them. they are my new bff’s. they don’t leave my sight. or my legs. these are cep brand. love them.
Rolling and more icing on the agenda for tonight. I’m going to keep pumping them full of TLC and take a couple more days off from running. I finally have a speedwork partner to do track work with, starting this Wednesday, that I am SUPER excited about. So I want to make sure my legs are ready to go by then.
and there goes the weekend….it’s 8pm and I do believe this might be one of the first moments I have had to stop moving. in my home. this is why blog posts generally do not happen on the weekends. I also do believe I have some new readers taking a gander at my little blogger over here, so hello to you lovely people and thank you for stopping by. where you will find all sorts of nonsense about the craziness that is being a stay at home mom to three children ages 2-5, running like a madwoman to keep my sanity and so that everyone in this house survives, and trying my hardest the keep the kidlings and the hubs living a healthy, happy, fun-filled life along the way. don’t be alarmed when you see things like this…
when timeouts stopped working, we discovered hanging them from the gutter was a far more effective form of punishment. I’m kidding. believe it or not, they love this. they ask, “will you puhleeeeeeeeeeese let us hang from the gutter!?!?!” ok. fine. one more time. I’m telling you, they are not human, these children that I gave birth to. they have no fear. and they are very strong. don’t mess. especially with that little one on the end.
that’s just some of the fun and crazy times that go down in the edwards’ household. all in a weekend. let’s list out the rest of the weekend and the thoughts for the upcoming week…
I totally forgot I ordered these little treats, and when they came I was so pleasantly surprised…I’ve been wanting to try them for months, and finally bit the bullet…
and then was a tad disappointed when I realized how small they were….
fits right in the palm of my hand. what? they don’t come supersized like everything else in this country?? oh, you don’t need a MASSIVE amount of food to supply the nutrition that you actually need?? got it. good stuff. I like the cute little packaging. these will be stored away for a rainy day/special treat snack.
2. I got to go out to dinner last night with the hubs and some good neighbor/friends. this is exciting on so many levels – it gives me an excuse to finally get out of my sweaty gym clothes and shower, and put on REAL clothes…
I don’t have to cook, think about cooking, decide what to cook, clean up a big mess from cooking. wonderful.
and I get to enjoy a cocktail. or two. not three. that would be ridiculous. for me. two is pushing it. for one short evening out.
3. I consulted with Mr. McMillan. I’m not so sure about this dude. this activity would fall under pre-race anxiety/dealing with a minor “injury” and doubting my training activities. I punched in my recent numbers, which would be my last 5K and then my last half marathon. according to him, I’m at least 3 minutes off from reaching my eager beaver super ambitious 2:59:59 marathon time. I am sure he is a wonderful gentleman, and I’m sure he is very knowledgeable in all things running, and with all due respect, I hope he is wrong about my projection. I’ve been visioning myself running through the finish with seconds to spare just under 3 hours. then I start crying because I got my sub 3 hour marathon. so I guess if I don’t actually get it with this next race, I’ve at least done it in my head during my training runs and speedwork. no I’m not crazy. I think visioning yourself achieving your goals is a really important part of making them happen. it solidifies something in your mind that makes you believe you CAN do it. whether or not it happens, is another story. but it gives you the extra push that you need when you need it. it takes practice, just like the physical training and running. but I don’t think the vision of me achieving my goal is going to cut it. I will keep going until I get it. so bring it on McMillan. You say I’m off by 3 minutes. I say you may be right, but you may be wrong. I’m going to work hard to get rid of those 3 minutes.
4. I have completely fallen off of my training plan – and decided to take a look at what the next 3 weeks actually look like…
I would love to get that 20 miles in on Saturday. fingers, toes, eyeballs crossed that I am feeling fine to run it. not so sure about all of the other runs this week. I see a lot of cross training/strength training in my future. my basic running goals from here on out are just to get in 2-3 more speed/tempo runs and at least one decent long-ish run. that is all. anything above that is icing on the cake. I don’t think that is too much to ask.
5. Every Sunday, I have high hopes of planning out the meals for the week, organizing my life and getting my act together. none of that happened today. tomorrow. maybe. I would love to only go to the grocery store once. I would even be ok with twice. but this 5 times a week nonsense has got to stop. going to the store at 4pm with all three kids, getting stuff for dinner that night is really just poor planning. I’m going to get back in the groove of planning. everything. Maybe I should start by visioning myself going to the store once a week and successfully planning out the weekly meals and daily schedules. then I will cry when that actually happens.
6. In my defense of poor planning, I feel like I have entered a new and changing stage with my kids. one that has left me in between the old and the what is to come, trying to figure out how to make things work now, because kids and their needs are always changing. as a stay at home mom, to 3 children, that are very close in age, very different in personality, and always growing and changing behaviors and developmental stages, I find that the way our day goes and the schedules we keep and the flow of daily life changes a lot. The toddler years are tough, and they require a lot of flexibility because toddlers (especially little boy ones name Luke) require a lot of attention. that means a lot of best laid plans just don’t happen – like making plans in the first place. and a lot of energy is willingly and lovingly spent on these delightful little beings. which means sometimes at the end of the day when a lot of stuff still has to get done – it just can’t get done. the energy is not there to do it. or to even think about it. and that’s ok. so we go through these different stages all the time and keep adjusting. and keep figuring it out. all the while remembering that if it takes me 5 trips to the grocery store a week to get done what could take 1 trip, but I have given my little loves my time and energy in between – it’s all good. and where someone else may have it all together at one given moment, it doesn’t mean that I have to. eventually, I’ll have a moment in time when my life is organized. a work in progress. and I will practice visualizing it until it gets there 🙂
Now, I know a lot of you out there had races this weekend, and I’m dying to know how they went!!!!
Leave a comment and brag about your race day! good or bad:-)
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