The highlight of their day was this:
After my treadmill run we went over to Mer’s house to make smoothies and talk with her. She is the best.
The kids were thrilled to see her.
Lunch was this huge salad. I am not picky with salads… I could put anything on there and call it good.
Dinner consisted of more salad, foccacia bread, smoothies and sandwiches.
And Brooke’s meal came with a cookie.
If we are grumpy the next few days it is because our life consists of packing/unpacking all of my stuff. Remember how I did that like just a few months ago!?
Brooke is a good helper though.
Anyone see this happen the other day? I love watching the Tour de France while I run on the treadmill…
His bike was broken from a crash so he just ran instead. No big deal.
Let’s talk about marathon training! I’ve gotten a lot of questions about what plan I am using and what my goals are for my next marathon so now seems like a great time to talk about it!
Just the other day I was thinking about where I was at last year with my training compared to where I am at now. I was probably in the best shape of my life last July/August. I completed a 1/2 marathon in 1:21:50 (I think that is about a 6:11 average pace), I was knocking out 2:47s for my 10 yasso 800s. Most of my long runs ended with 6-10 miles FAST and I was following every single workout that my coach gave me. I would nearly have a panic attack if I didn’t hit the pace he assigned me each day.
PS I LOVED working with my coach (Dave:) and if I was training hard again right now, I would train with him 100%.
Fast forward a year to now and boom… my easy pace back then is my ‘normal/just keep running and don’t quit’ pace right now. I am nowhere near the shape that I used to be in BUT my life has changed pretty much in every way possible recently and I couldn’t be happier about it.
I determine my runs now based on what time I have that day and who I get to run with. Andrew works really early in the mornings (but he gets home earlier which is the best:) so early morning runs are about a once a week thing because I’m usually home with the kiddos in the morning. If I’ve got Andrew to run with on the weekends then that is the easiest decision on the planet for me—> I’m running with him because it is my favorite. I used to do a lot of my speed on the treadmill and to be honest… I don’t know how my body is handling hormones. The last time I had any sort of hormone was before Brooke and I just don’t feel great whenever I run fast (yes, I know that no one ever does but it is much different from what I normally feel during speed). I’m going to give this IUD a few more weeks to see if it gets feeling better (and it has been getting better recently) but yeah, running fast doesn’t feel great.
That’s the beauty about running. You can do it in no matter what stage of life you are in. I still feel like my best memories with running were when I was pregnant. Brooke and I had many great conversations over the miles and I gained so much love for my body during those pregnant running miles:)
You can run when you are ready to bust out some crazy goals, you can run shorter when life is crazy, you can run ultras at whatever pace works for you or train specifically for a 5k, you can follow a plan perfectly or fit in what you can fit in and make sure the long runs happen, it can be in the top 5 priorities of your life or the top 20… and sometimes you walk away from it for a bit and come back hungrier than ever for a personal record. It’s always there for you in the exact amount that you need it. Right now it is doing the perfect thing for me and in the future it will be there when I want to push myself really hard again and shoot for some big goals.
As far as my training plan for this marathon—> Try my hardest and enjoy this sweet time of life that I am in. Run once a week with Josse (usually a long run) and then on the weekends with Andrew and whatever else I can fit in= awesome. Things might change more once the kids are in pre-school or when I start to get in better shape. I trained for the St. George Marathon 2 years ago right after an injury… I did it in about 8 weeks of training with lots of hills, the right long runs for me and little speed work and finished in 3:12 so I’m guessing I’ll be somewhere right around that this year. Who knows though!? I’ll probably decide closer to the taper where I am at based on my training and go for that time then. I do know I want to work hard, stretch, foam roll, eat better, run 5-6 times a week and love the process.
I think one of the biggest thing I’ve learned from social media about running/life is you gotta figure out what is best for you and your family at the time and stick with that. If you are doing things to post about them, get x amount of likes, or because ‘so and so’ is doing it… I don’t know if that is the best way to go about it. Run for you. Train for you. Dream for you. You know what is best for you and your time of life and stick to that. I love running a whole lot when I am following what I know is right for me at the time (whether that be working with a coach, training my hardest or running a race for fun)…
Anyways, I can’t wait to have my best friend as my training partner and to work together in every area of life.
This is a whole new world for me and I’m sure loving it.
Where are you right now with your training? What’s the season of life that you are in? Has running always been there for you?
Ever worked with a running coach? How did/does it work for you?
Are you picky about salads? Anything you do not like on them? Fruit on salads?