Sunday, September 30, 2012
Here is my recap from this past week:
Tuesday early a.m. 4 miler
Wednesday early a.m 4.5 miler
Friday mid-morning, while youngest at preschool 8 miler
Sunday/today late morning run after church 4 mile - Not giving the times this week- just doesn't matter.
It was a good week. I feel pretty relaxed going into this week, my last week of training. My goals for the week: eat healthy, keep hydrated (not with caffeine products: too much java or pop), take it easy ( no major cleaning/projects around the home), and last but not least: good sleep! That one is hard for me due to my love for reading- so I'll have to get to bed earlier if I want to get my daily fix of a good book.
I thought it was a perfect way to end my book finishing listening to my recent running buddy- "The Friday Night Knitting Club". It was a great companion (audiobook) I listened to during the last few weeks of running. Kate Jacobs, author, did a fantastic job of character development along with giving each of these different characters/ladies interesting stories of their own which were interwoven together. When I googled the book I was happy to read that Julia Roberts is producing the movie based on this book and that there is a sequel "Knit Two" out also. I look forward to reading or listening to it soon. Great week to end week 17.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
I'm getting ready for Chicago next Sunday and so I thought I should update my playlist and put in some new tunes to get me motivated for the big race. I have put together several playlists over the years and have found that on race day some songs get skipped despite being some of my favorites- sometimes you just don't feel it. I therefore, always over estimate my time on the road to make sure I have enough songs to get me to the finish line. I also always just hit my shuffle so that I'm kept guessing on race day and looking forward to what I will be running to over the next mile or when it gets really long- what I will be running to the next minute.
So I'm asking you- What is your favorite "go-to" song? You could run the race with me next Sunday when I add it to my Playlist.
So my BRB must have ESP because before I could get this post out she asked when she could "drop something by my house". So I swung by on my way home tonight from errands and picked up - a lovely gift of 4 CDs full of new songs she had burned for me from her music library. Now I know what this means: it means a mom of 3 who does tons for her family and friends took time to organize these great CDs for me. Now she is pretty techno savy so I'm sure it didn't take her long, but still it is time and for a mom time is a very valuable commodity. Thanks for the tunes- so looking forward to listening to them tonight as I watch Saturday night College football- and making my first draft of Chicago 2012 playlist even better!
So let me know what song you would add and after the race I'll share my playlist with you so you can know who/what song made the cut.
Monday, September 24, 2012
“All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hour’s toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one… characteristic we must posses if we are to face the future as finishers.”
Sunday, September 23, 2012
This past week was the first week I felt a little of the "marathon crankiness" setting in. I use to have this occur quite frequently during training in year's past- especially during my high mileage weeks, but after my little "fish tank" fun last summer I quickly realized no one should ever get cranky/grumpy when able to be physically able to train for marathons. You should appreciate the ability and time you have for training. I just couldn't get rid of my "ugh" towards my running this past week. I was suppose to run 27 and only did 26- that always is bothersome to me, although 1 mile shouldn't cause you to fail at finishing a marathon. However, if you consistently don't finish your goal mileage for the week that can become an issue. So I rarely like to miss my goal. Then my slowness or lack of speed is still present. I'm just running 10:15 min miles consistently and 10:15 min miles won't get me a PR for the marathon.
So I've been pretty "cranky" free, except this past week I started letting the self-doubt, voice in my head, set in. Things I said to myself were: " Are you sure you have given it your all", " What if I don't PR the marathon?", "What if I get the bothersome pain tightness from hamstring that runs into both sides of my ass?", " What should I listen to- book on tape or spend $ and download new songs for an awesome Marathon Playlist?",
Really do any of these questions really matter? Nope- Because...
Two weeks away and I've given all I can give; I can't change my training schedule or mileage now (people who try to pack it in at the end normally end up with injury prior to race day from over use or injure self on day of race.
So what if I don't PR- as one of my friends said "are you running to PR"- of course we all want to get better, but I'm running to finish something- a goal, to end healthy, have fun, and hopefully run fast, but if I don't run fast then not the end of the world.
If I do get hamstring/ass pain so be it- all I can do is foam roll and stretch as much as possible and leave the rest up to the higher being.
Lastly- my music/book selection is really trivial- lucky I'm in a race that allows Ipods, etc and lucky enough to own an IPod.
So I take a breath and can't believe I only have two weeks more left of my training schedule. The time has flown by and I've trained on my own and know that my self-doubting voice needs to go back to sleep for at least two weeks more.
Past week: 4.66 miles Tuesday a.m. was just dog tired and couldn't seem to push myself to do the full 5. Wednesday did a speed work out on treadmill- 3 miles at great pace (8:50 mile pace), paid for it the next day with sore tired legs during my 6 miler. Then 12 miles Saturday a.m. Cold and Windy out- feel like I didn't know how to dress for the weather- overall o.k. clothes, just needed to have gloves.
So moving onto this week- 4, 4, 4, 8- yep its a taper.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Tuesday woke up and ran with my head lamp for the first time. Thanks to the coach. It was dark, but not too cold. I had a good 5 miler.
Wednesday night I did a 30 minute spin at the gym while my son was at soccer. His practice was next to the gym so it worked out perfectly for me to bring my daughter with me to the gym and let her eat her dinner while I rode on the bike. She did pretty good. I did get a "look" from one older lady when she left. It was one of those "great another kid being babysat by a Iphone while her mom is selfish and is working out" looks. No really- I only had about 10 more minutes left on bike and daughter was done with her dinner and was ready to leave. So I bribed her with the Iphone. You know what my daughter likes to do with my IPhone- no crazy birds, or zombie games, but instead loves looking at my photos from the phone. It can entertain her for quite awhile- 10 minutes minimum :). I just smiled at the "old grumpy lady".
Thursday- read "hamster wheel" posts from earlier in the week for details- short story- it was raining so ran 8 miles on the treadmill.
Saturday, today, ran my 20 miler. I'm again a little disappointed in my time 3:30- wanted closer to 3:15 or 3:20, but am happy that I finished the second half strong. I listened to another book on tape/E audio from the library- "The Friday Night Knitting Club" by Kate Jacobs. I really am amazed at how I've fallen into friending audio books this training season. I've always found it hard to stay focused on the stories when listening to audio books, but with running this training season it has been different. I was pretty amazed at how fast the 20 miler went by and that is thanks to my friend "Eaudiobook"
Another great week- I stretched and foam rolled a lot more than I have in the past and I think it helped with my sore muscle issues. Now I taper- only 3 weeks until the marathon. This was the first week I kind of was missing my adult beverages and chewy candy and so wanted to make peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies- guess it is a good thing I'm tapering.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
I listened to two Another Mother Runner podcasts and then switched over to my "girl power" playlist. A little Aretha, Katy, Florence and the machine, and Kelly helped me finish strong.
It was a good run and my time was good. That is one advantage with treadmill you can set your pace and just run. The towel over the treadmill is a must for two reasons: I sweat a lot- so quick way to towel off and secondly watching the time and mileage is mentally taxing on me.
Glad I got the 8 miler in and so glad didn't lose my sanity during the run. Hopefully I won't have to be challenged like that again for a long time.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Well then I couldn't back to sleep. I was bothered that my daughter was lying next to me in bed sleeping peacefully and I wasn't sleeping peacefully. I started doing my "what am I doing wrong, why is she acting this way, what am I doing to not stop the behavior" oh and then the random "when am I going to fit in an oil change for the minivan?".
So after about 20 minutes of lying there I said "screw it" and got up and just started my run earlier than planned. I tried a new running accessory this a.m.- Head lamp. Yep- I'm officially a running geek- when I get the fluorescent running vest than I will reach the ultimate "Running Geek" status. The head lamp worked great and I needed it for that early of a run. Although I'm loving the cooler running mornings it stinks that they are darker running mornings now- O.k. enough of the running tangent.
I returned home, took a shower, got dressed for work and my bathroom door opened and the "hellish 4 year old" says " mommy I like your outfit"- is she bipolar? So i kiss her goodbye and off to work.
Three hours later I'm sitting at the workplace and I'm already hitting exhaustion- did I mention it is only 8 a.m. Well I made it through the day and then went and picked up "the 4 year old" who came bounding up daycare stairs singing "no crying/ no whining at drop off or preschool". (Another story for another time, but the short story- the first 2 weeks of transitioning to a new daycare room and a new preschool room she cried either at drop off or going from her daycare room to the preschool room which is all within the same building; hence the song at pick up). Skip forward to bath time- MELT DOWN CITY! I swear I'm waiting for the police to show up at my door because of how ear piercing the screams are coming out our open windows. My son helped me quickly close as many windows as we could due to her screams/crying. He knows the routine pretty well by now due to her gracing us with her TANTRUMS on an almost every other day basis recently. After forcing her to be in her room- shutting door and walking away- I returned to ask her to join me and son in nightly reading. She fell asleep during my reading of "Stormy"- third book in the Misty of Chincoteague series. I carried her to bed and exhaled as she said "goodnight mommy".
And then I realized... Today is 9/11- no I realized that about oh mid-morning, but I reminded myself that after both kids were safely, soundly asleep in bed. I remind myself that today's morning escapades and later night escapades with my youngest are nothing compared to what could be happening, what I could be thinking about or remembering in a horrible "first person" way.
So what if I had to get up earlier than planned- I was able to run- safely.
So what if I have a 4 year old that is pushing all the worst "chattynatty mommy" buttons- at least I'm able to have those buttons pushed, not like some of those unfortunate moms and dads that got to experience 9/11 in the "first person".
So what if I am not doing the best parenting/discipline I should be- at least I'm able to experience being a parent to healthy kids alongside my living/breathing hubby and not like some of the widows who also got to experience 9/11 in "first person".
So I just couldn't post this post on 9/11 because my frustrations with my 4 year old are nothing, NOTHING, compared to what life could be. So I'm utilizing the scheduled Post option provided by blogger.
My chattynattyness has gotten the best of me in this one- sorry for too much sharing/whining/ and mommy frustration. I think something must be in the water because a few other mom's I either know via blog land or real life land have reported the same TANTRUMS, "defiance", and wonderful outbursts occurring in their world too. So I share the above in hopes that someone reads this and thinks "Yes- I'm not the only one that is either experiencing a similar situation or have experienced the same situation"- of course minus my 9/11 remarks- We all need to remember 9/11 and be thankful to hopefully not have had a "first person" experience on 9/11.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Thursday 8 mile mid morning at a 10:15 pace (1 hr 22 min)
Saturday early morning 12 miles at a 10:16 pace (2 hr 3 min)
Sunday early afternoon 5.12 miles at a 9:44 pace (49 min 55 sec)
So these are just numbers right? I ran a little over 30 miles this week and 3 of the 4 runs I thought I was running pretty fast. However, I wasn't running as fast as I thought I was during 2 of them. The question- Why do I think I'm running fast, but I'm not running faster? I have been trying to check my watch during the runs this week and quite a few times my pace was below 10 min mile so I started thinking "Am I checking my watch only when I think I'm going fast?"- Maybe, but I really don't want to be a clock watcher so now what...
Does it really matter? No really does it really matter if I'm running 10:30 pace or 9:44 pace. At the end of my life probably not. Does giving my all matter? ABSOLUTELY! So I carry on with my training with little less than a month left before Chicago. I will try and run fast when I can and likely will continue to be who I am- which looks like a 10:15 pace runner.
Upcoming- this week is a big one. Only 3 runs this week due to one being a 20 miler. I'm still having some muscle soreness in my butt muscles ( I know TMI) along with tight hamstrings so will plan to make it a priority to be stretching on those days I'm not running and also getting some pool time in to work some of my other muscles.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
The below taken from the author's own website for The Paris Wife. I don't think it gives anything away and supports why I so enjoyed the book- its Historical Fiction- YES!
PAULA McLAIN ON FACT vs. FICTION IN THE PARIS WIFE
About the Author
Thursday, September 6, 2012
1. Never wake sleeping babies.
2. If a baby doesn't like a pacifier within the first 1-2 weeks of life try it again, they may surprise you and like it.
3. Kids eventually do sleep through the night.
4. Yelling really doesn't accomplish anything but teaching them how to yell back at you or others. (it is the worst to hear your child yell or say something in anger that you have said yourself- they've learned it from someone- you).
5. Each child/sibling is different no matter if they came from the same two people.
6. If you expose kids to a variety of different arts/entertainments/sports/books- they will be just as eccentric as their parents.
7. Christmas isn't really about the presents, it is about the memories and time together. From my youngest, I've learned that the Christmas presents she "really, really" wants are normally the ones least played with- go figure.
8. They are little kids, but have emotions just like big people: crabby, moody, unexplainable- so just give them love, ignore the outbursts, and try to not take their behavior personally (still trying to learn that last one).
9. Talk to them about their days like the little "big" people they are and they will be excited to share their days with you.
10. Parenting is the toughest job I've ever had, but most rewarding.
I think 10 is enough for now- Thanks for teaching me my children!
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
This is what my runs look like for the past month. If you haven't tried it yet- DailyMile is great! All you have to do is login, track your workouts and you can pretty much add whatever you want to from weather, to clothing wore, to "pick your smiley or non-smiley face" scale. Anyways- above gives you the "list" form of my August runs. I put in some major time, but it paid off. I ran 118 miles this past month. I'm injury free and still going and as you can see I have more "good" runs than "alright or Blah" above- another good sign.
Here are my favorite August quotes/ideas from The Runner's Book of Daily Inspiration" by Kevin Nelson
August 3 "Don't overwork; enjoy yourself. Be creative above what you do. The motivation for running has to come from inside. If you're not enjoying it, you won't be motivated."- Martha Cooksey, marathoner
The author's answer to the above quote is to "cut back". Either on mileage or days of running. I thought his signs of overworking were pretty spot on: chronic fatigue, listlessness and increase in aches and pain. I'd add crankiness, even though exhausted difficult to sleep, and of course with me craving bad foods to help boost energy: candy, pop, coffee, fatty foods (fries, burgers, etc).
August 4 "Beyond a few tests and some prescriptive advice, there is really nothing I can do to you or for you. If anything happens, it will be because you do it to and for yourself." - Dr. Art Mollen, advising runners
Author's answer for the above: revisit past success. "go back to the tried and true". I love this line from Kevin "In a sense, going back to basics is a return to trusting your instincts... Most likely, you've layered on complications where before it was simple". I think this line is not only true of running but others things in life like parenting, marriage, friendship, etc. Basically I took away don't make it complicated- simplify it.
August 11 "Whatever the emotion, whether it ranges from annoyance to rage, from disquiet to terror, from guilt to remorse, one of the best remedies is vigorous action. Sport is the therapy best suited for the instant treatment of emotional distress". - George Sheehan, philosopher- runner
I couldn't agree more!
August 15 "That daily life is really good one appreciates when one wakes from a horrible dream, or when one takes the first outing after a sickness. Why not realize it now?"- William Phelps, writer
Kevin wrote "Here's a sure cure for the running blues: take a forced holiday from it. That will cure your blues in a second."
Yep this is true for me. Prior to "fish tank accident" last year I would become extremely cranky and start to detest my training about week 12-16 or so of my 18 week plan. However, when forced to not run for a month last summer and truly be worried I wouldn't make it through training let alone run the Chicago Marathon last year, I came out of that event/time with a new outlook. I am rarely cranky when it comes to my weekly runs. Yes, some runs are harder than others, and yes I get down when my times are slow, but I don't detest running or feel like I have severe PMS during weeks 12-16. I take each week for what it is- another week I'm lucky to be running.- seriously, take a break from running if you are getting burned out- don't let yourself run/work-out, etc and after lets say a week of that look at how you feel and if you are a "runner" you will be chomping at the bit to get back out and start running.
August 17 "Good enough never is." - Debbi Fields, founder, Mrs. Fields Cookies
I think when you have been running for awhile this line is so true. As a runner you are always striving for a faster time, longer mileage, quicker recovery, leaner physique, etc. "Good enough never is"!
August 20 "This is a magic moment for me. It's something I've been dreaming of all my life."- Lameck Aguta of Kenya, after winning the Boston Marathon
Kevin's take: "One of the most wonderful things about running is that magic moments are still available, and that they are available to all in the most ordinary ways."
We all have "magic moments" in life- not only running related, but life related: getting married, buying your first home, traveling to a place you've dreamed of going to, reading a book that made you a different person, and of course becoming a mom.
August 22 "One of the best things about running- if not the best- is running with a friend... You've heard it before, but it's so true: there's nothing like good conversation to make a run fly by." -Gail Kislevitz, runner
I never knew about the benefits of running with a friend until last year. Two words: Free Therapy. Yep that is what a running buddy is. Not only do the runs fly by, but it is truly therapy. Last year was a magical year of running for me, because I overcame an obstacle- injury and also decreased training time due to injury. I don't really think it would've been so "magical" without my BRB. This year has been different. BRB is running with me in spirit and we talk about runs/training, but she's taking a sabbatical from running world and so I'm back to running solo. It truly was a wonderful experience last year and I hope I will soon again experience it. Miss you BRB!
August 30 "Every time you live through something like this, you'll be tougher for the next time. You've just got to keep fighting and fighting and fighting until it breaks, and it will break." - Dusty Baker, baseball manager, advising a young, slumping player
Kind of timely due to some of my longer runs I've struggled with this month of August. I just have to keep "fighting and fighting and fighting"!
August 31 "How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward." - Spanish proverb
It is at times hard "to do nothing". This is a motto of not only a runner, but also a mother runner. I need to be better about planning "resolution-free day" (is what Kevin calls them). Planning is sometimes my middles name, but you can always plan rest or "resolution-free day" into the "to do's". Something to shoot for.
Well that ends August and so I march... well really RUN on into September. Only 5 weeks left until Chicago Marathon so I best stop writing tonight and get to my foam roller and stretches. Best of luck to those of you who are training/running races this month.