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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Workout(s) – let’s start at the beginning – since it’s been a long 3 days since I have posted and there has been a lot of activity going on in these parts – none of which is noteworthy or otherwise important to making the world going ’round, but stuff you should be aware of nonetheless…I try to do my part
Confessions of a Running (among other things) weekend
1. I ran 20 miles in the rain. And did not shrivel up and die. This is 20 miles that almost happened on the treadmill because the weather was indeed rainy. And cold. And I wanted no part of it, until my husband called me on it and said suck it up and get your hiney out there. Ok. I will. The treadmill and I aren’t really speaking these days anyway. We are pretty sick of each other. This is what it looked like when I left…
This was misty rain, high 30’s, that turned into complete rain by the end. I looked like a wet dog. I apologize to the citizens of my nice town for having to witness me running through your nice streets looking like a drowned rat. I wasn’t happy about it either.
This is what it looked like approximately 1 hour after I got home. nearing 53 degrees. that sun would have been nice 3 hours ago.
Hubs had already left the house with the kids. He drove them around and did various things, most of which I will never know – but which certainly included finding me at different points on the 20 and cheering me on. sweet little family I have. Anyway, that left me with an empty house, and the sweet temptation of not going. Not really. That thought would never cross my mind. Running is usually the first thing that pops into my mind if I have “free” time. If there is such a thing. I very much look forward to the long runs. My break. That’s a funny statement, but true. I love them. But, the rain, I do not love. I suited up and stood at the door for a good 10 minutes not wanting to go out. If someone handed me ski goggles and a parka, I probably would have put it on for the run. It was just one of those days where I didn’t want to be cold. Or wet. Too bad for me. Stepping out of my itty bitty comfort zone. Do it. I finally took the first step out the door. It was like I was jumping out of a plane, taking that plunge out into the cold rain. I’ve never been skydiving, but I can only imagine that jumping from an aircraft from an insane elevation and running out into slightly blistery, chilly but not too cold weather are very similar experiences and require much the same “do or die” mentality. thought you would agree.
Put the gloves and the headband on at the last minute. SOOOO glad I did. Lifesaver. Those are Old Navy “compression” tights – I get them in “tall” size and they still don’t cover my ankles. I wouldn’t really call them compression, but they are fantastic, especially for less than $20.
On a scale of 1-10, this run was a 5. I completed it. It was a fantastic run. I felt great. But I didn’t hit my goal pace, and I was ALL OVER THE MAP in terms of pace. I don’t like this. I want to be consistent. I am HORRIBLE at pacing. I am clueless about my pace if I don’t look at the garmin. My goal was to slow this one down. Try to keep around 7:45 min miles. This was kind of a hilly run.
I didn’t slow it down to the 7:45 pace. I was kind of close – 7:24 pace. Not really close. I get anxious that with all the hills, that my pace will get too slow. So, I end up keeping the pace a tad faster, to compensate for the slow down that never happens. Let me explain…here are the splits and you can see how spastic my times are…
That first mile was a “test” to see if I could handle my pace without looking at the watch, like a big girl. I failed. I actually thought I was going slower than that. Then look at all those other miles! They are all over the place. Granted, some are due to the hills, but still. The last mile was on purpose. I had planned on pushing the last mile a little bit.
I am an idiot when it comes to my own pace. Gotta keep working on that. More me, less garmin looking every 20 seconds.
I love to run. This is why…no matter where you start, you never stop getting stronger, faster, better at your own run. There is always room for improvement – no matter what your level is. It never stops being challenging. You can always do better. You can always learn something – about running, about yourself, about training and what works and what doesn’t. Love it.
Hills are fantastic. Do the hills.
As a result of some good reading in The Runner’s Body and a timely email from a very knowledgeable reader – I used no fuel for this 20. My body was none the wiser. I did have breakfast about an hour and a half before I left, a packet of oatmeal. Other than that, I didn’t take anything. I didn’t get hungry. I didn’t get tired. I’m sure my muscles would have enjoyed some delicious glycogen in the form of sport beans, but they are in training, too. It’s all about training my body to use fat as an alternate energy source to carbs. That was the other reason I wanted to slow the pace down. I am not going to get into the whole reasoning behind it now. 1, because I don’t really know a lot about it, and 2, what I do know, I don’t want to get into details in this post. I will work on a more educated post about it and about what I read from The Runner’s Body. I made sure to refuel after the run. In a timely manner, to repair and replenish those baby muscles.
Running in less than ideal situations is not going to kill me. It may near drown me, but it won’t kill me. I’m the type that usually likes the cookie cutter, perfect race situations. And I’ve been very lucky with the races I’ve done. But, that won’t always be the case. Use the crappy weather to train for it. You probably won’t see me out there in a hurricane, but I can handle some rain.
2. Workout #2 – I ran on Sunday – the day AFTER my 20. This is a first for me. I usually pull the “I just ran 20 miles yesterday, I can’t possibly run anymore miles more than 24 hours later”. That’s a load of crap for me. One reason being that Sundays have been a rest day for me. When I really think about it, that is a waste of a perfect running day. I need to use the weekend to get miles in because the weekdays are unpredictable for me. I lose a good run day if I rest on Sunday, when there may also be a day or two during the week that I was planning on running and it can’t happen for some reason. (That happened today) #2 reason is I am in shape enough where running the day after a long run should not be an issue. It is probably good for me. Whaddya know. It was another great run. AND…..I kept it slow! Recovery. Let the muscles heal and get all the crazy running toxins out. Whoa. Too exciting. 8.75 miles. felt like I could have run 10 more. I nailed the 7:45 pace on the head. Would probably have been good to even go a little slower. I have a small fear of the “8” minute mile. That’s discussion for another day. Or maybe a therapist. All these things I learn about myself when I am running.
3. Hello. My name is Katie and I am addicted to Lululemon. I blame it on my mom. It’s not my fault. She gave me a gift card for Christmas. That got me into the store and now I can’t stay out. Thank you mom. In all seriousness, THANK YOU. I didn’t know what I was missing. Shirts with long torsos and long arms. Pants that don’t move around when I run and that make my 8 foot long legs look even longer. Who doesn’t want these things??? I’m in. I took my little Anna there with me and the sales people were in full force “kill the customers with kindness and off the wall energy” mode. They must keep an IV of caffeine behind the counter. There was a level of peppiness and energy I have never experienced before. WOW. I may have added a couple things to my collection.
4. I treated myself for a long run not well done with a little Ben and Jerry’s Frozen yogurt. I was trying to get Anna to get some sort of chocolate ice cream so that I could do what any good mom does and steal bites off of her little sundae. I almost had her, until she saw the rainbow sherbet. It’ll get them every time. It must be the pink and orange swirl that speaks to them, “pick me little kids, it’s like a little rainbow party in your cup. I’m way better than chocolate fudgy gooeyness”. All lies. But my kids go for it every time. Not my thing. I was forced to get my own baby cup of chocolate.
I had no choice but to get a treat for myself. I had to feed that pretty vein bulging from my forehead. It was hungry. I think it must mean I’m really smart, all that blood flowing to my head.
5. Workout #3 – starimaster – easy 50 minutes. I set my alarm for 4:45 to get to the gym for an easy 6-8 miles today. I was actually so looking forward to this run, that I couldn’t sleep last night – or that may have been because a certain 2 year old couldn’t sleep last night, nor could a certain 5 year old who ended up in my bed – either way, I kept looking at the clock. Unnamed 2 year old got up at 4:30, and I was so excited to have 15 more minutes to sleep. I should have just gotten up, because either I didn’t hear the alarm, or it didn’t go off. He got up for the day at 5:15, at which point it was too late for me to go to the gym because I had to workout with a friend at 6:15. BUT, glad I ran yesterday! Point proven on making the best of Sunday as a non rest day. I was still very much missing my miles today, but I got on the stairmaster because like I said, my home treadmill and I are not on good terms. I will run tomorrow. With some tempo and speed.
6. I got the new issue of RUNNER’S WORLD. My husband pretended to throw it out and this made my heart skip a beat. Don’t do that.
I always wonder how they pick these seemingly random cover people? Sometimes it’s a well known runner, other times, it’s not. curious. I don’t hear them knocking on my door. I’m unknown. Pick me pick me. 🙂 Whilst I was stepping away, I got a chance to read through it a little bit. LOTS of good info in this one. I will share at a later date some of my favorite things from this issue. because my favorite things should be your favorite things too. for real. or maybe your favorite things should be mine. that’s probably a better idea. or you will end up spending way too much money on Lululemon, designer jeans and dark chocolate.
7. I am beginning the countdown to marathon #1 of the year. 40 days. Shoot. That’s not very long. Long enough for me to start going crazy about it!!! I can do that just as well, if not better, than I can run it. I need to learn how to divert some of that anxious energy into training, planning and running energy. My poor poor husband. He is a good man. For dealing with my running ramblings and nonsense. I think he’s learning how to ignore like any good husband.
8. I’ve been wearing these little beauties all day.
If you think that vein in my forehead looks big, you should see the ones in my legs. not pretty. They need all the help they can get. I usually wear them on the longer runs, but I was wearing the leggings, and that combo doesn’t work so well. They are great for recovery as well. They make my calfs feel happy and relaxed and loved.
So that’s the 411 on what’s went down this past weekend. I’m working on some nutrition posts and other fun stuff. I’m not sure what happened, but I posted this yesterday, and it wasn’t up today, and all of the bottom part was gone. hmmmm. what’s up wordpress. You don’t like my post? Anyway, here the weekend confessional post is again. I’m sure I left out some very witty comments that I had originally put in, such is life.
I want to know….
How was everyone’s weekend?
Any good running? Any races happen that I should know about?
Do you wear compression socks?
I think I had some other questions that I can’t remember. Feel free to fill me in on your super spectacular lives that are probably way more interesting than mine 😉