Just a normal running scene… belly band keeping me running happy, Brooke reading to me her book because she woke up earlier than ever for school (no school on the weekend is rough for her), 12 fans on me and who knows what is happening with my hair;) I did 5 miles on the treadmill and then it was time to get the kids ready to go for the day. It was life changing once Brooke started getting herself dressed in the mornings for school… I just have her clothes out and she gets ready herself.
Pancakes and bacon for breakfast…
And then I took Brooke to school after that!
I came home, felt good and wanted to get in a few more miles. Andrew and Knox joined me on their bikes before Knox left with his mom until Wednesday!
Another 3.2 miles for the day = 8.2 miles! The farthest I have gone in quite some time. 8.2 miles is my current long run and instead of normal race training where the long run would be increasing each week, I’m sure I’ll be decreasing each week down to 0 miles once I have this baby and then for 6 weeks after that.
PS I saw this and I had to laugh;) Luckily, I’ll be in (sleep deprived) newborn heaven so grunpy won’t be a big problem in two months but I definitely have had times in life where this was so true:
Do you ever split up your long runs? I remember back when I was a teacher there were a few weeks where I had to split up the long run. There were some weeks where I just didn’t have a 3 hour block of time to do my long run (Saturday mornings I taught spin and Sundays were my day off). So, I would get in 12 miles before school and 4-8 miles after school and have that be my long run for the week. While I don’t think it is going to be great for your race training to do this all of the time, I don’t see a huge problem (at least for me personally… my fastest marathons yet included a week or two of splitting up the long run during that training cycle) doing this every now and then!
Splitting up the long run isn’t quite as effective (mentally or physically) as doing your long run all at once but if time/coming back from an injury/someone that often gets injured, weather make it so that splitting up a long run is your only option one week, go for it. Try not to do it often when training for a big race but sometimes life comes up and you gotta do what you gotta do.
This article explains a few benefits of splitting up a long run… FORM and finishing up your long run after work/life/a few hours away mentally and physically is TOUGH and that can help prepare you for those final miles of your race!
This article talks about why you REALLY need those long runs to be done all at once in order to rock your marathon (or whatever race you are training for):
Long story short: Get in those long runs all at once but if you have to split it up, go for it. PS if the reasoning for splitting up your long run is to sleep in longer or finish up your favorite tv show… JUST GET OUT AND RUN and do it all at once;)
A few of you have been asking about what watch I am using—> It is the Suunto Spartan Trainer (with wrist heart rate)! So far I love it and I promise I’ll have a detailed review up soon once I get to know the watch a bit better. This is a big change for me, I’ve used a Garmin for almost 10 years now so I really want to learn everything I can about this one!
Something I love is that it asks you how you feel after a run and yesterday I entered ‘excellent’… runs after a rest day always feel the best for me.
Lunch included a tuna wrap (yep, still loving tuna fish but sticking to once a week like my dr recommended) and a smoothie!
While talking to you lovely people over the internet my trusty heater is now blasting heat on me at all times:)
Brooke worked hard on some cards for my parents.
And then it was time for my 30 week appointment! Things are still going great with this little girl and her growth!
Brooke LOVES going to the doctors with us because they have suckers there.
From the doctor’s office we made it over to my niece’s volleyball tournament!
My sister has two thumb suckers! Brooke wasn’t a thumb sucker (and wanted NOTHING to do with a binky… even though I tried so hard for her to love it) and Andrew told me Knox was the same way… I wonder if our baby is going to!
The volleyball playing kept going after the game too.
And then my brother-in-law took us out to dinner to celebrate my nieces tournament!
We went to Brasas Mexican Grill (in Provo by the old Movies 8) and we will be back. I had the most amazing burrito with peppers, potatoes, pico, cheese and chicken and I’m already wanting another one.
And then this was dessert. While I was planted in front of the tv. My kind of night!
What about you and your long runs… ever had to split them up? How do you think that works for you and your training?
Thumb suckers… were you when you were young or if you have kids, did any of them suck their thumbs?
When was the last time you were gRUNpy?
What sport(s) did you enjoy/play growing up?