RUNNING INTO THE SUNSET

The other day due to kids sports schedules and rain showers I ended up running later in the evening. I haven’t run with the sun setting in quite some time. 

Typically I am running earlier in the day with the sunrise. 

I didn’t want to stop to take a picture and by the time I finished the sun was pretty low. 

This is what I thought of as I ran into the setting sun!

  
Run streak day 251!

Great morning for a run!

  
I’m not sure if it was the roosters crowing as I started my run or the rising sun. 

  
Maybe the cool temperature or the nine hours of sleep I got. 

  
Maybe it’s the relief of not having marathon training held over my head. After two soccer games today as well as a trip to Target, Costco, and Kroger there definitely wasn’t time for a long run. 

  
All I know is that my run today was back on pace where it should be! I loved every minute of it!

Run streak day 240!!!

Mixed bag of emotions

Today I have been feeling a great sense of relief along with a feeling of guilt and sadness. I officially changed from the Columbus marathon to the Columbus half marathon. 

As I was getting ready to run this morning I took a look at my training calendar for the next 8 weeks and I began to wonder how I was going to fit it all in. 
Not only does my plan call for four weekends of pretty high mileage, between three of my kids we have soccer tournaments, many other league soccer games, as well as cross country meets. I started to panic and realize it would be difficult to fit it all in. 

I have run three marathons previously, but the timing of those and the less intensive training plans allowed me to run and still live my busy life. 

My decision ultimately boiled down to the fact that my family is the most important thing to me. If I tried to squeeze my long runs in on tournament weekends or any weekend for that matter, I would never see my husband and kids. If I changed my training around to fit life right now I didn’t feel I would be trained well enough for how I want to approach this race. 

As I went out for my run early this morning I made the decision to switch from the full to the half. As I ran, I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. 

Shortly after returning I told my husband and immediately made the official change online. I wanted to do it before I changed my mind. As the day has gone on I have felt relief, but at the same time a little sad and almost guilty that I am not running the full. I know it was the right decision for me and my family. 

I will be back for another marathon maybe in the spring, OR super wishful thinking that my husband will send me to Disney in January! (There are still bibs for the marathon).  A GIRL CAN DREAM!

200 down! How many more to go!?!?

Back on December 27, 2014 I started my run streak. My goal was to run at least 1 mile a day for 365 days. I set this goal as part of an online running group.  One of the members of the group is going to purchase jackets with the group name Magic Milers if you complete the challenge. 

When I first started out on this venture I thought it would be a daunting task, but I also thought it was possible to complete. As days turned into weeks I became impressed with myself for keeping up with my goal. 

July 14, 2015 marked day 200 of my run streak!  I almost can’t believe I have made it this far.  There were days in late April where I had some allergy related asthma issues and barely ran the minimum 1 mile, but I did it!  I have run in rain, snow, hot, and cold. I have run in the very early morning hours of 1 AM and the last hours of the day 11 PM. 

In the past 200 days I have run 858 miles. I have a new 5k PR: 25:50, a new half marathon PR: 1:54:39, and a new marathon PR: 4:15:22!

People ask me what I am going to do when I get to my 365 days goal. I am not really sure (I have to get there first!), but right now I think I will continue to run!

Here’s to 165 + more days of running

RUNNING WHILE ON VACATION

Running on vacation is possible with some planning. Since starting my run streak I have had to make sure I can find a place to run no matter where I am. That is not always easy. I have had to wait in line for a treadmill and sometimes use treadmills that weren’t in the best shape. I prefer to run outside, but sometimes that is not a safe option. 

  
On our recent trip to Disney World I ran everyday. I ran in the evening, early morning, and even super early morning one day. ( we arrived back at the resort from a day in the parks @ 12:50 AM, so I went for a run since it was technically the next day!) I enjoyed the scenery on my runs and welcomed the change. It was fun to stop and take in my surroundings.  My family even joined me once or twice. 

  

We ran to New Orleans and back one day

  

the family that runs together , has fun together! runDisney!

  

Checking out Hollywood Studios

    

a view of the Eiffel Tower

  

The wonderful views help with the pace!

 

   
   

Do you run while on vacation?

Do you run on a treadmill or venture out?

WEEKLY WORKOUT RECAP WEEK 19

This was my recovery week. Surprisingly, I wasn’t as sore as I thought I would be. My body in general was tired, but not too bad. 

I also had some new shoes to try out this week. Brian bought me the New Balance Zante fresh foams and they are awesome!

MONDAY

I opted to sleep in and skip Yogalates. My body was tired and needed the extra sleep. 

1 mile run. This was rough, I think I looked like an old lady when I took off. 9:10 pace

TUESDAY

Strength and conditioning. Lisa subbed which always means a good class, thankfully it focused mainly on our upper body. We did run outside some, but my legs were feeling pretty good for the short runs. 

1 mile run @ 8:25 pace

WEDNESDAY

Tabata

3 mile run @ 9:26 pace. It was so hot tonight!

THURSDAY 

Strength and conditioning

I was so tired after work and was putting off my run. I took a short nap and then laid with my legs up the wall for about 10 minutes. I got up and felt  so freshed.

  

I even had some partners for my run and for the first time that I can remember, I beat Emma! 1 mile run @ 8:03 pace

  

FRIDAY

 Ladies Rock Dayton  4 mile race @ 8:22 pace

SATURDAY

1 mile run @ 8:01 pace

SUNDAY

4 mile run @ 8:25 pace

This weeks workouts were a nice and relaxing. Now it’s time to get back into gear with my runs for my next half marathon at the end of June. 

Weekly mileage 15 miles 

May mileage 43 miles

Run streak 135 days!

WEEKLY WORKOUT RECAP WEEKS SIXTEEN, SEVENTEEN, AND EIGHTEEN

Oops! I guess I have been slacking on my recaps. Actually I knew I hadn’t posted, I just wasn’t feeling the workouts the last few weeks and writing about it at the time was making me relive a not so great workouts. I guess the whole tapering business messes with my head. It does seem to work well with my body though, but more about that later. 

MONDAY APRIL 13

Yogalates

1 mile run @ 7:26 pace

TUESDAY APRIL 14

Strength and Conditioning

5 miles @ 8:32 pace

WEDNESDAY APRIL 15

Tabata

6 mile run @ 8:45 pace

THURSDAY APRIL 16

Strengh and Conditioning 

5 mile run @ 8:48 pace

FRIDAY

1 mile run @ 7:53 pace

SATURDAY APRIL 18

7 mile run @ 9:20 pace

SUNDAY APRIL 19

4 mile run @ 8:14 pace

MONDAY APRIL 20

Yogalates

1 mile run @ 8:21 pace

TUESDAY APRIL 21

Strength and Conditioning

4 mile run @ 8:24 pace

WEDNESDAY APRIL 22

5 mile run @ 8:43 pace

THURSDAY APRIL 23

Strength and Conditioning

1 mile run @ 8:04 pace

Yoga sculpt. This is a new class at a local studio. It is a great class that I will have to try again now that marathon training is over. It was yoga with weights and a little bit of cardio. It was a great workout. 

FRIDAY APRIL 24

4 mile run @ 8:17 pace

SATURDAY APRIL 25

3 mile run @ 8:32 pace

SUNDAY APRIL 26

8 miles @ 8:48 pace

TAPER TIME!

MONDAY APRIL 27

Yogalates

1 mile run @ 8:01 pace

TUESDAY APRIL 28

3 miles @ 8:33 pace

WEDNESDAY APRIL 29

Tabata

4 mile run @ 8:56 pace

THURSDAY APRIL 30

3 mile run @ 9:02 pace

FRIDAY MAY 1

1 mile run @ 8:12 pace

SATURDAY MAY 2 

1 mile run @ 8:00 pace

SUNDAY MAY 3 

FLYING PIG MARATHON 

26.2 miles @ 9:44 pace (race recap coming soon)

So I guess I actually missed three weeks in there.  

April mileage 148 miles!

May mileage 28 miles

Run streak 130 days