When I was in high school there was a summer that I went over to my neighbor’s house a few mornings a week from 6-7:30 to be with her kids because her husband left early to work and she went out to run or work out at that time. The kids usually slept the entire time I was there so it was the easiest job ever but I remember wondering how in the world my neighbor got up every morning to go RUNNING (waking up early to go sit on her couch and watch Saved by the Bell to get paid was hard enough…). I was running at that point in my life once a week or something and I thought it was great and all but I didn’t get it. Until now:) I totally understand now how those miles (or doing whatever it is that you need to fuel up) help us out so much in every relationship we have for the rest of the day so you fit it in whenever you can. I’m glad I could help her that summer to get those endorphins while also earning money to put gas into my gold Crown Victoria.
8 miles @ 7:27 average during Skye’s nap (Andrew was home).
PS Megan sent this to me… can you believe Mark Wahlberg works out at 4 am every morning?!
PPS I don’t recommend wearing your running tights backwards on a run. It was a crazy morning between getting the kids up and to school after the Thanksgiving break, Skye screaming for a good chunk of time (teething:) and just normal life stuff so I wasn’t paying attention as I was getting dressed. I didn’t realize until I was already going and didn’t have time to go home to switch them around ha so they were just very uncomfortable for the run. Wear your running tights the proper way;)
Leftover soup for lunch. It had been way too long since my last chocolate covered cinnamon bear. These things are too good.
I got in some organizing during the day. In just 7 weeks of living here you couldn’t see the ground in our mudroom anymore so I attempted to organize it. Luckily, our mudroom has a door so you can close it when it gets really crazy in there. I also organized the fridge which was very needed after Thanksgiving.
Skye was pretty cuddly for a lot of the day…
We got in some reading of the classics…
Constantly trying to figure each other out.
Skye added a new word to her vocabulary… she says, “GO” whenever the kids stop pushing her around the house ha.
Andrew was gone and I really outdid myself with making a fancy dinner for the girls and me;)
The other night we watched Christmas With a View on Netflix… it was so incredibly cheesy. Andrew is a saint for watching it with me.
Let’s talk about coaching plans for a second.
Mary was one of the major reasons I finally got that sub 3. She is a beyond fabulous coach and the perfect fit for me! We decided on Friday though that I’ll be taking a few months off from being coached and then after the 50 miler (and a proper recovery) we will be working together again. I kind of live on both sides of the spectrum with my running… I go from needing all of the structure (down to the minute of each run) and speed work to needing to just run what my body wants to that day (which I need to switch out of for this ultra training). It’s weird how I go back and forth. I also am just not feeling the speed (even though a few weeks ago I had asked her to still give me some speed:). I had a mini speed workout on my plan last week and I just couldn’t bring myself to do it (ummmm a few months ago you couldn’t have paid me to veer off my training plan). My body and head just aren’t wanting to do speed yet for some reason. Andrew is heading into a crazy amount of shifts and his capstone and so my running schedule is a bit unpredictable now and changing week to week based on his work and when we can get a babysitter to hit the trails together (teach me how to love the treadmill again please because I am going to be on there more often). Long story long, I’m just going to use a training plan (and probably mix the days around a bit so it will be a bit more flexible than I’m used to) for the ultra. I will 10000% be back to Mary for when I get back to road racing because she is amazing and can get me to my potential.
Andrew and I have been flipping through a lot of plans and books to figure out how to go about this and I wanted to ask any of you that have run an ultra if you have a plan you recommend!! We have about 16.5 weeks until race day
I get hungry just looking over some of the different plans… look at these back to back long runs! This will be very new to me because I’m used to a complete rest day after a long run. (sorry for the blurry photo)
Any great plans that you recommend for the ultra?
Where do you usually get a training plan for any of your races? Do you tend to lean towards more structured running or whatever you feel like running or does it change back and forth?
Most organized spot in your house… least organized spot?
Anyone else love the cheesy Christmas movies? Send me your recommendations please!