Happy Friday! I am so thankful I can still run outside because this time on my own before the craziness of kids/school happens is so needed for my mental health.
When I got home yesterday from my run I realized I did the same distance and same average pace as the day before.
I’ve had a lot of people reach out to me asking what they should do now that their races are canceled. Keep training? Back off on mileage? Keep up with speed work?
I think the answer is so unique to each runner and what feels right to them now. Some of my friends have decided to keep up with their training but move from marathon training to shorter race distance training (to avoid injury/mental burnout from marathon training for too long) and then you have people (like me right now) that have zero motivation to do speed. If I don’t have a race on the calendar (Indy Mini was cancelled) or people to do speed with, I have zero drive to do anything but easy running and trail running.
This article—> ‘Why to Train Like You’ll Be Racing- Even When You Won’t Be- Variety in distance and pace will keep you physically and mentally fresher’ is reminding me that even if I don’t have a race, I should be adding in some variety each week for the physical and mental benefits. Long runs, speed days, easy runs, hills etc are a great mix whether or not you are training for a race! If you are wondering what to do now, I would definitely read this article and really pay attention to what your body/mind is telling you to do. If you are feeling frustrated that your race is cancelled and you want to throw your watch away and trail run every day, awesome. If you want to keep up with the schedule you were on and do your own virtual/personal race on the day that your race was supposed to happen, awesome. I think we are all experiencing so many different emotions right now about the situation of our world but if we can add in some variety we should!
After almost a week of being in sweatpants and not getting ready I decided that getting ready for the day would help my brain to feel more normal again.
Multi-tasking blow drying my hair while putting on make-up:
Brooke told me she wanted to get Skye ready for the day. They came out in twinner outfits. Sadly it was too cold for jumpers but hopefully next week it will warm up again.
We were able to go and visit with my parents for 30 minutes!
This is not how we normally celebrate birthdays but I feel very lucky I still got to see them.
I’m finding that when Andrew is gone, the only way homeschooling is going to happen peacefully is during Skye’s nap. Brooke and Knox can read and do journal writing when she is awake but for the things they need my help with, it’s working better to do it when Skye is asleep.
Knox’s teacher is doing video-chat/reading/math with him 3 times a week! WOW!
I went from an overload of skiing pictures to now hot tub pictures. This picture is from Wednesday but we also were in there for almost two hours yesterday too!
We had French toast (with Great Harvest bread:) for dinner.
Next up was a much needed walk outside together. During this time I’ve seen way more people out walking and riding bikes with their family and I definitely hope this sticks forever!
I put the kids to bed crazy early (they ((I)) needed it ha) and Andrew got home and we caught up on A Million Little Things.
Do your runs each week vary a lot or a little?
-Right now there hasn’t been very much variation but during marathon training last year each day felt so different from the next!
What shows/movies have you been watching during this time at home?
Looking forward to anything this weekend?
Are you running more, less or the same during this time?!