My first tempo run after having Skye was a success.
Yep, still obsessed with the AirPods. Seriously, they might be the greatest running invention since GPS watches. I do not have to adjust them at all during the entire run. Also, a few of you have asked about what I carry my phone in and my favorite thing is the Nathan Hipster Belt. Yesterday I had to grab Andrew’s belt because mine was in the wash and I was reminded throughout the entire run all over again how much I love my belt:)
I did a mile warm-up and then set out for 30 minutes at a comfortably hard pace to see about where my tempo pace is right now. I ended up going a bit harder than comfortably hard and finished with a 7:00 average so I think my tempo pace is probably around a 7:07 average (no science behind that… it’s just what my brain thinks).
My splits were 7:05, 7:05, 7:03, 6:51 and 6:54ish average for the last .29! Speed work is kind of a game for me which is why it makes the time go by so fast and it makes running fun for me. I did the first two miles according to feel of where my tempo pace is right now and then for the last two I just tried to go a bit faster so I could have a negative split.
*It getting lighter outside earlier and earlier.
*The return of my runner’s cough. After I finished I sat on the side of the road for a minute and experienced runner’s cough. I get this when I stop running after I push myself during a run. I haven’t had that since my half-marathon last April when I finished. This cough isn’t a fun experience while it’s happening, but it’s fun to be back pushing myself outside and working hard.
*Clear roads so I don’t have to dodge ice/snow.
Stretching is beneficial still if it happens about an hour after you finish your run right? After getting Brooke to school, feeding Skye and eating some oatmeal and yogurt… I got to business on stretching. I started feeling pretty tight after those tempo miles so the foam roller was especially fun and painful later (ps how I foam roll is here ((it’s a video)).
PS I thought this was funny and it carries us right into our next topic, I always want pancakes.
We made it over to IHOP for free pancakes. As you know, I’m a huge fan of free food.
My mom met us there too.
I had a sweet potato with chicken for my real lunch but these pancakes tasted so good.
Our afternoon was filled with all sorts of randomness including a lot of UNO playing while feeding Skye.
And later on Skye watched another baseball game with Andrew.
Real life parenting… mid evening was R.O.U.G.H. but a few chores, making tacos for dinner, early pajamas and some hugs help to turn things around.
I am a huge fan of Gwen Jorgensen and I am loving the episodes she is posting lately about her training. I love how she is setting some huge goals (the gold at the Olympics for the marathon) and I love seeing how she is going about it.
In case you were wondering, we do not style Skye’s mohawk each day… it just comes that way naturally which I love.
Skye has been sleeping through the night for about 2 weeks. I call sleeping through the night going to bed at 9 and her getting up to eat anytime between 4:00-6:15 and then she goes back to sleep and that is when I run. Right before she started sleeping this long she was waking up a few times at night and one night Andrew put her down in her room for her to sleep instead of in our room. He is a genius. From that day on, she has been sleeping way longer stretches.
My conclusion of why she is sleeping so well now (and yes, sleep regressions are up ahead but I’m enjoying this now)… I WAS THE ONE WAKING HER UP.
I snore. Loudly. Poor Andrew. And I think I was waking her up during the night with my snoring. Andrew has learned how to block out my snoring but Skye has not yet;) Now that she has some peace and quiet in her room she is sleeping like a champ.
Also, I need someone to sleep train me now. I keep waking up in the middle of the night frantically searching for Skye in our bed (she has never slept in our bed but in my dream she is and I wake up thinking that she is)… it’s the strangest thing. I wake up Andrew as I am searching under the covers for her and freaking out that I can’t find her. It’s so weird. And then I’m up for a while after that because of my heart rate from the weird dream/search that is going on at night. Has that happened to anyone else? My mothering worrying goes around the clock.
Long story short, we cannot take any credit for Skye’s good sleeping right now (but I think I can take some credit for waking her up with my snoring for a few weeks there).
Do you bring your phone with you? How do you carry it?
Does anyone snore? Does anyone have a significant other that snores? What helps to stop the snoring… after 32 years, it’s probably time I start finding a solution for this.
Favorite tempo distance… how many miles do you usually tempo for when you do a tempo run?
Please rank the following breakfast goodness in order from best to worst… pancakes, waffles, omelette, cinnamon rolls, crepes, french toast, parfait (and feel free to add in other delicious breakfast meals to the ranking)!