Going Going

Between selling, buying, packing, training, planning M's first birthday - I just can't wait for May 29, June 6, and June 20 to be come and gone. But I know even after the half marathon, after we officially move out, and after we officially take possession, there will still be something on my plate. So I keep going.

I go'ed 15km on Friday night. Here's who is on the pathways on a Friday night from 7:45-9:15 on a long weekend. Police officers on a bike. I thought I'd be friendly and say hello. But it came out like this (picture shy bashful 14 year old girl who has a crush) "hhhiii". Yes, my voice was barely above a whisper; so embarrassing. On with the run. The next obvious group or non-group of people have to be single people. Well, solo-ists at least. What married person would choose to spend Friday night running, oh right, me, the mother. There was a cute couple on a tandem bike. And then as I approached Eau Claire there they were. Innocent young couples (<23) taking photos on their iphones and generally being wholly unaware that people are actually trying to exercise and 'get the heck out of my way retards... ugh!' Nothing better than running along cologne infested pathways. But the geese were overly polite and stayed well out of my way (nothing worse than an angry goose), though they still need to learn not to poop on the paths. The beaver was busy building his dam and generally the paths were nice and clear being so late at night. It was nice not to have to dodge around amblers and 4-people-across groups for a change on what is normally an overly busy pathway.

Today the plan is to go 16+km around the reservoir. Dave is going to keep me company and my mind off the pouring rain and my aches and pains.


Fitter, Further, Faster

Yep, all three in one run today. Fitter because my avg. beats per minute are dropping. Further because I did 12km. Faster because I avg'd a 5:50 pace (vs. 6:00 or higher). And I'm happy to say I did this all on a windy day. Not breezy, windy. The in-laws took Mallory for a walk while I ran. Here's what I concluded today: I'm a wuss - I'd rather be indoors riding my bike. But I substituted a bike ride yesterday rather than have two windy workouts in a row. I've complained many a time about the wind and how much it sucks. Today there were lots and lots of people out running despite the wind. I need a mental shift if I'm ever going to PB again because training is hard work, including running in the wind.

I'm toying with the idea of trying to PB my 5km time this summer. I would have six weeks post 1/2 marathon to work on speed. I'll have some distance under me that I can keep up once a week and then I can push for time. But this is a very very gutsy move. Current PB pace is a 4:42. I was only averaging a 4:50 pace doing 600m repeats last night. So to conceivably do a sustained pace sub 4:42 is asking a lot of this body. I think I should focus on completing this half marathon and then decide if I'm in any shape to work that hard.



There was so much to be thankful about this morning. First, it was warm enough to wear a skirt. Second, I felt hot wearing said skirt. Third, my hubby was home to watch Mallory. Fourth, who doesn't love a smiling baby first thing in the morning? Lastly, I had a massage booked for later in the morning.

Right on track with my overload and fatigue training principle I put in an 11km run from the front door of the house. Not so easy when you're trying to avoid large hills so as not to stress my slightly aching right hip. I aimed for the most scenic route I could but somehow I was still not distracted by that or my music and the run was a push. But I made it home in one solid piece just in time to jump into a chilly tub. Thankfully the sun stayed out all day so I promptly returned outside to warm up the cold legs.

I'm excited to get out and do speed work tomorrow night. I'm such a sucker for punishment.


Full Steam Ahead

Vacation is over and I must get going. The training plan looks like this - run two days, cross train, run two days, rest. The runs will go like this 1. tempo 2. go long 3. go longer 4. punishment via speed or hills. The cross train day will be a core and upper body workout. The rest day is real rest. the kind with my feet up - ideally being rubbed by Stu. Though maybe as the weather is so beautiful, Mallory and I will get a walk to the park in.

Yesterday I did the mother's day 5km with my mom. It wasn't quite tempo but fast enough to count for something good - a PB for my mom. Though I know she can do a lot better. Mom can run far - she just finished the Boston Marathon for goodness sake! I know she can do faster over 5km - she just needs to tap into the excitement and thrill of running so fast you can't breathe and want to puke. I happen to love running like this, which I why she is going to pace me through the distances I need to do in order to run a successful half and I am going to push her over the short courses.

On track with the training plan today (albeit two days in) I did a beautiful 10km through Griffith Woods (New Discovery). I had to bop and weave through the trails a bit to accomplish the distance but it was well worth it. It was so fresh in the woods; the birds were singing and I saw a loon - I can't remember the last time I saw a loon, they are so beautiful. Overall I felt pretty darn good, pretty confident, and well, just plain pretty. My heart also seems to be liking running better than it has been, I am no longer pushing the red line 2km in, more like 6.

I have been reading about running while on vacation. Run Like a Mother (or here) has been a great book to get me motivated and know that I'm not the quirkiest, the slowest, the fastest, or alone in my quest to conquer distances and speeds. Sarah and Dimity are hilarious (read about them). But I have come to realize that I need a running partner, or partners who are hopefully also mothers. I need someone to get me out the door and away from all the packing and planning that is currently taking place (moving June 6 - half our worldly goods into storage, half into a 2 bdrm condo; seeking new house to buy and renovate). If you're reading this and you want to run a 5:45/6:00 min/km pace with me, or you know of someone who could, please connect us.