Posted 4 hours ago

Friday is my scheduled day off, but I did 7 super easy miles just to get in some more volume and burn some more calories so I can enjoy Friday Happy Hour. Someone’s sulking because I didn’t take him running.

It was too hot, Hutch! You would have died…maybe literally. Pathetic Dog. Won’t even lift his head to greet me. Grump.

Posted 19 hours ago

7/31/2014 - Thursday

"Easy" group run. 6.75 miles on mixed granite and single track trail at 7:49/mile. This is not my "easy" pace, but it’s good for me.

It’s getting a little difficult to fit in my running with the husband’s new coaching gig. He leaves at 5:30 or 5:45 in the morning, so I don’t think I’ll be able to keep up my morning running routine. And typically evenings are sacred family time, so i am not willing to make that a regular thing. This is unfortunate. There may be a lot of early morning treadmill miles in my future with the baby monitor.

Posted 2 days ago

7/30/2014 - Wednesday

Easy 6 miles with my Dad. Nice way to start the day.

Can’t believe Summer is almost over :(

Posted 3 days ago

7/29/2014 - Tempo Tuesday

I can’t run with my group for the next couple of weeks because my husband is off at some summer training, so I got a run in while my little one is at day camp.

10 mile tempo run at 7:49/mile on the course of my October marathon. It is on a crushed granite trail, so it was good to see what the footing feels like. Ran negative splits with the last few miles around 7:30 pace. I didn’t warm-up, so it took a few miles to drop the pace down. I’m pretty happy with this. I miss the long tempo runs that are a staple of the Hansons plan, so I am going to try to mix a few in there here and there.

Posted 4 days ago

7/28/2014 - Monday

6 easy miles with a friend.

I seem to have come down with a sudden onset cold after my long run yesterday. Within the span of a few hours, I got a sore throat, chest congestion and cough. I also seem to be losing my voice. This was unexpected!

Posted 5 days ago

13.3 hot, hot miles at 9:12/mile. I started out slow and then slowed down some more :-/

My only chance to run today was at 11:00 and it was already a steamy hot Texas day. I just headed out without a plan and wandered, drinking water at whatever random fountains or faucets I could find. Found myself at the lake at 12 miles, so I stripped of my shoes and shirt, dove in and floated on my back for a few minutes before climbing out and running home. Bliss.

49 miles for the week.

Posted 6 days ago

That’s my watch casually tossed on the ground, while my husband’s is being charged… That’s not how I left it.

I had planned to try to get an early morning long run in, but things just didn’t go as planned. My husband has a meeting this morning, so I needed to be back by 7:00, so I set my alarm for 4. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get to sleep until after midnight.

This morning, when I went to unplug my watch, I found it lying on the ground beneath the computer with a dead battery. Looks like “someone” unplugged it to plug in their own watch.

Whatever, I headed out anyway, but I just couldn’t get into it. It was pitch black. I felt completely disoriented without my watch to monitor pace and distance. And, I was just dead tired and grumpy. I know, I know, excuses. Oh well. I ended up calling it quits at 5 miles.

Posted 1 week ago

7/24/2014 - Thursday

10 miles at 8:38/mile. Ran on my own today. The run group is doing an easy run on a hilly loop today, so I decided to skip the 45 minute drive and do it on my own. Finished at 11:00 and it was HOT. Off to lunch with my mama now.

61.8 miles over the last 7 days! I might take a rest day tomorrow.

Posted 1 week ago

7/23/2014 - Wednesday Recovery Run

Wednesdays, I meet my Dad for 6 easy, conversational miles together. After last night’s track work, this is exactly what the doctor ordered. My legs felt trashed when my alarm went off this morning, but they feel a zillion times better post run.

I made the Racing Weight Cookbook Salmon Cakes for dinner last night. So far, everything that I have made from the cookbook has been a hit. They were so easy and really tasty. Canned salmon, who new? They were a hit with the 4-year old, too. We have been an our A-game since we got back from vacation with our nutrition. Hopefully I can keep it up when school starts.

Posted 1 week ago

7/22/2014 - Tuesday Track Day

2.3 warm up

Per our coach, this was to be an “all out workout”, thus the long rest intervals at the beginning. He shortened it by removing the initial mile at the beginning because the heat index was over 100. No complaints here.

1200 - 4:22 (5:49 pace)
4 min rest
1000 - 3:41 (5:53 pace)
3 min rest
800 - 2:52 (5:44 pace)
2 min rest
600 - 2:08 (5:42 pace)
1 min rest
400 - 78 (5:12 pace)
30 sec rest
200 - 38 (5:04 pace)

.5 mile barefoot cool down and drills

This the hardest I have pushed myself in years. It was so hard, but so fun. And, I wasn’t last! Success! :-)