I hope this training block of having only men to chase after for many of my workouts results in a big Boston PR in 18 days. It’s been hard!
Sixteen miles @ 7:19 average. 4 mile w/u, 10 x 1 minute fast, 1 minute easy, 10 x 30 sec fast, 45 seconds easy, c/d to 16 miles. Keeping track of what number interval you are on for this workout is rough, I need to program it into my watch next time.
I felt tired, but that’s normal for this workout when the taper is just beginning. It’s coming off three 80 miler hard weeks, so it’s to be expected… Another reason I felt so tired–> I kept up with one friend for the first three intervals, which killed me because it was way too fast for me. It doesn’t matter how many years I train, I will always find myself making that mistake at least a few times each training cycle.
I did some heat training for this run… I wore a t-shirt when it felt like sports bra weather to me;). I finished up with 15 minutes of pilates for my morning.
I wish I had kept track of how many of these I took throughout this training cycle. I’m sure it is in the hundreds.
And now they are working on our floors!
We got out for a walk, thankfully.
We have been eating a lot of chipotle lately. However, I was pretty upset with how much bigger they made Andrew’s burrito than mine.
The cake they had for Andrew on his last shift at the hospital. They are not happy he is leaving them, ha.
The kids are thrilled to be done with FaceTime goodnight calls with Andrew and have him every night.
I shared this on IG, but I thought I would share it here too. So many parents feel guilty about going running, but here is why I think you shouldn’t:
One of the many reasons why I think parents should follow their dreams or have interests and hobbies (running:) that they do just for them:
Having something like running helps me not to rely on my kids to fulfill my dreams.
If we can maintain our sense of self through parenthood, we won’t depend on our kids to make us happy. Keeping our identities gives them room to grow and follow their passions and interests. I think it takes stress off of children as they grow up when they know their parents have things they love and aren’t expecting them to fulfill their needs. Taking time to do something for ourselves helps our children to feel like we aren’t trying to live our lives through them.
So, next time you feel guilty for heading out the door for a run (or whatever makes you feel YOU), remember that you are showing your children how important it is to take care of yourself as an adult, to avoid losing yourself in other roles and to continue to play. This action gives them the freedom to be who they are, which in my opinion, is one of the best things we can do for kids!
And to end today, I have 5 random things to end with today, so let’s get started…
1. This one will offend many… some of my running friends had difficulty talking to me after I told them this;). I don’t separate my laundry. Yep, everything goes in together. It’s not right, but I’m okay with being wrong when it saves me 483 hours a year in laundry;). Anyone who protests this method of mine in our home is welcome to do the laundry themselves.
2. I have a hernia in my belly button area. Always have, and always will. It feels creepy, and I make my kids feel it every now and then to gross them out, haha.
3. I hate the lights being on in my house. Please give me all of the natural light but do not turn on a light because it makes me squint. I prefer walking around my house in the dark.
4. I currently use six blankets at night, one of which is heated. I can only fall asleep when my face is frozen, yet my body is toasty.
5. I eat the peel of mangos. Not every time, but I love to eat a mango like an apple:)
Any weird/random things about you that you can share with me?!
Did my laundry fact make anyone feel upset?
How do you avoid any feelings of guilt you may have for running?
Rachael asked if I could ask any of you for help on this, “I had a tibial stress fracture last year, and I still have swelling on my tibia a few hours after every run. My doctor says it’s likely tissue irritation from the lumpy part of my healed bone, but it is freaking me out so much! I had a stress fracture on the same spot five years ago and never had any post-run swelling (it’s healed on MRI and I’ve been told by 3 doctors that I’m fine to run. No pain while running, just swelling afterwards and if I really press on it it’s tender and I can feel kind of a little half pea-sized lump on the bone).”