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I am really excited because I’m currently on day #5 of having a running coach again. I am the type of runner that really loves having a coach. I love having a plan to follow. I love having someone cheering me along and someone that pushes me and helps me to find my potential. Having a coach really is so motivating for me. I see my biggest running improvements (mentally and physically) when working with a coach so after a few weeks of building up my mileage/speed a bit on my own after having Skye, I just started working with Mary! A bit after having Skye I decided I wanted to work with her! I’ve followed her for a long time and I really love her coaching philosophies and her approach to training. I feel like I can relate to her on a lot of things and a lot of the workouts that I have seen her do/prescribe are very different than anything I’ve done before and I’m ready for the challenge. We talked on the phone for a while in February to see if it was a good fit and it is:) PS I know I’ll get questions about why I’m not going back to previous coaches and the answer is they have all been amazing and I LOVED working with them but I just felt really good in terms of working with Mary. It is the perfect set up for where I’m at now!
She sent me my plan for this week on Saturday and I’ve already looked at it about 45 times because I am so excited about it.
This is something I’ve been meaning to ask you… When you have a training plan for a race, do you tend to follow it exactly or change it around to better fit your needs/schedule/how you are feeling? I have only really ever followed two training plans before (this one and the one from Hansons Half-Marathon Method) and with both of those I followed them mostly but switched things around a bit too. When I have a coach I am SOOO type A about it and follow things exactly (unless I’m having a bad day and can’t hit the workout)… it helps me to keep my easy days easy and my hard days fast.
Now let’s talk about Sunday. It was Skye’s first Sunday at church!
Bur first, we practiced our selfie game and she is getting really good them.
Brooke and I had chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast (Andrew was fasting and I talk about why we do that HERE once a month but I won’t be fasting until I am done breastfeeding).
Skye was pretty excited to get in her dress and go to church.
We woke up to some new snow but it melted on the sidewalks pretty quickly which is good because I’ve got some running to do this week.
One thing that I’ve noticed since Skye was born is that Brooke wants to be on my lap way more than she used to… I’m wondering if that has something to do with the fact that I am holding Skye a lot so if I’m not, she wants a turn.
For dinner we invited over a bunch of Andrew’s cousins (he has 37 cousins on just his mom’s side of the family) for tacos! The group that came over are all in college right now so they were just thrilled to be fed and to be in a house:) It was fun to hear about all of their dating and school stories!
They brought this amazing sheet cake and left some at our house when they left.
Brooke impressed them all with her gymnastics of course.
After they left, we got a few things done around the house. I not only put out my running clothes for the morning at night but also each of the kid’s outfits to help the craziness of morning.
These guys finished off the night with Homeward Bound.
PS on Saturday before my run I tested out a new pre-run fuel (literally seconds before leaving… I just needed to grab something fast) and it was not my best idea. I don’t think I like Fruit by the Foot anymore. I need to stick to something extremely plain and eat it 30-60 minutes before I start.
PPS I love watching youtube videos of a day in the life of different athletes (especially runners) and really enjoyed this one about Amelia Boone… She makes me want to do an ultra marathon.
Time for an easy run today! I’m looking forward to my final episode of Dirty John (such a crazy podcast) and getting my legs moving after a rest day.
I’ve got another workout of the week for you! I LOVE Ladder Intervals. They keep you from getting bored because you are switching off between so many different paces/distances and they kick your bootie:) You choose your active recovery… a walk, a jog or a slow run. Let me know if you try it, I love hearing from you!
Training plans… where do you get yours? Do you follow them exactly or alter them or just use a training plan for the big workouts and do your own thing for the rest?
How many cousins do you have?
What type of run do you have today?
Who has done an ultra before? If you haven’t, is it something you ever want to do?