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!

 A RACE FULL OF FUN AND SURPRISES

The weekend started off with the Ladies Rock Dayton 4 miler with some friends. The three of us are running a half marathon at the end of June, so this was a fun warm up race. 

  

This is a new race and it didn’t disappoint. The swag bag was full of goodies. There were chocolates, a healing salve, useful coupons, drink koozie, a bag, and a nice Brooks race shirt. 

  

The course was on a bike path along the Great Miami River and wound through Carillon Historical Park where it finished. It was about 85 degrees, but there was a nice breeze so it didn’t feel too hot. 

At the finish line we received an awesome beer glass and a drink ticket. 

   

 

The after party was one of the best I have been to. They had a bartender, and a spread of food that included hummus, pretzel chips, donuts, veggies and dip, bagels and cream cheese, cookies, and some great healthy red velvet and cookie dough dips! I forgot to take any pictures of the food, but it was yummy!

They announced the overall top three winners and then the announced the overall Masters winner. Imagine my surprise when they called my name!  I was shocked to be on stage! The prize bag and bouquet of flowers was amazing!

   

 

I ended up finishing 12th overall, 1st overall in the Masters division, 2nd in my age group. How did I end up 2nd in the 40 + Masters age group and still win overall Masters you ask? The overall winner was the 41 year old winner of my age group and you can’t win two prizes! The “old” girls really did ROCK this race!

This was such a fun race and a great time with friends. I can’t wait to run it again next year!

A LONG RUN DESERVES…

A delicious dinner! 



Usually after a long run I am not very hungry. I know I need to replenish with calories, but sometimes that is hard for me to do right away. 

Today after my 20 miles I wasn’t too hungry so I had some peanut butter crackers. I was taking my kids to the park to play so I made sure to get some Nuun and also a Diet Coke (there is something about a Diet Coke after a long run that I just can’t resist). 

I snacked some in the afternoon and then started dinner. Alex requested bacon wrapped chicken and I was really glad he did. It hit the spot! 

See ya real soon! 

Keep running and keep dreaming!

RUNNING REDEMPTION

After my mental block during my run yesterday, I was determined to redeem myself. 

I only had 1 mile to do to keep up with my running streak and I was ready for it. 

At the halfway mark I knew I was running fast, but could I keep it up?

I finished and saw this!



I crushed the run!

I believed I could and I did!



BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! 

WEEKLY WORKOUT RECAP WEEK NINE

This was our second five day week of school in a row! We did get a scare on Wednesday night with some snow, but not enough for even a delay. Winter sports and activities were ending this week and spring sports are starting, so I am starting to get creative about fitting in all my runs. Especially since the mileage is starting to ramp up.

MONDAY
Yogalates
1 mile run outside @ 7:46 pace 🙂

TUESDAY
Strength and conditioning class
4 mile run on the treadmill @ 8:40 pace

WEDNESDAY
Tabata class
8 mile run on the treadmill @ 8:28 pace (I was glad I ran inside, it was cold and was snowing quite a bit when I was finished)

THURSDAY
I was the only one to show up for strength and conditioning due to the weather. The instructor offered to give me a one on one session, but I decided to go home and chill before getting my day going.
4 mile run on the treadmill @ 8:37 pace.

FRIDAY
1 mile run on the treadmill @ 8:15 pace.
1 mile walk at increasing inclines.

SATURDAY
8 mile run outside. My phone died on my run and tracked 6.3 miles @8:22 pace. Based on when I finished the rest of my run, I would guess my pace was about 8:35.

SUNDAY
15.3 mile run outside @ 9:21 pace.
This was supposed to be 17 miles, but I felt like I was on a roller coaster mentally and physically the whole run. After stopping to walk twice towards the end, tiptoeing on ice in many spots, and my legs tightening up on me I decided to call my husband to get me 😦

After thinking about it, I think I didn’t give myself enough recovery from my hard run which was late afternoon on Saturday. My husband also reminded me I haven’t done a long run outside in over a month.

Weekly mileage 41.3 miles
Monthly mileage 46.3 miles
Yearly mileage 297.3 miles

What do you do after a run that didn’t go as planned?