First Half Marathon- Woman Rock MN

I woke up this morning not sure if I would actually be able to run. My knee was already a little sore and I couldn’t stop myself from questioning if this was a mistake. But I pushed those thoughts to the back of my head and pushed on.

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The weather was perfect despite the threat of rain. The temperature was low to mid sixties and there wasn’t much wind. The race didn’t start off like I would have hoped. They had a silent start and when we headed to the start line, we discovered the race had started a minute early. I don’t know about you but this kind of threw things off for me. I tried not to play catch up but being at the back of the race wasn’t encouraging.

For the first six miles, I was able to find my rhythm and somewhat enjoy my run.

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And then the knee started going, then came the rain, and hills. That’s when I split off from my running friend and switched between walking and running. I think at this point in the race, my goal was to finish without blowing my knee.

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I’m not really excited about my time but I am calling this a win. I finished the race, without killing my knee, and I wasn’t the last one running.

As I am typing this out, my knee still kind of hurts but it isn’t sharp or anything. I am worried I won’t be able to run my full marathon in early October or be able to run my 20 mile capital run in September.

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What did I learn:

  1. I need to bring more fuel. I realized very quickly that what I brought was not enough. Luckily the race was handing out gels and I was able to take advantage. But the sugar in those things killed my stomach.
  2. Come rain or shine, the race is on. I didn’t bring anything to throw on right after the race because honestly I didn’t even think about it. Which was mistake number two because I not only cooled down surprisingly quickly, but I was wet from the rain. Not a good combination.
  3. It’s okay to walk. Seriously, it is okay! It’s not the end of the world if you have to walk.
  4. Get to the start line early! We were waiting for our other friend to join us who often runs late. Mainly this cost me mentally but it also put me behind in regards to my time.

Overall, I am glad I ran the race. The experience I am walking away with will help prepare me for my other races.

Have you ran a half marathon? I would love to hear how it went or your thoughts on mine!!

Half Marathon Training week 18 (Marathon Training week 9) & Whole30

Monday: 3 Miles Hill Sprints
I was supposed to do 6 miles but I ran 13 yesterday and my legs are simply tired. I did somewhat half ass hill sprints like I was supposed to but I’m done. Good news, my knee is better and is just sore right now instead of screaming pain.

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Tuesday: Hot Yoga
What a mess! This class was horrible. The instructor didn’t show us how to do any of the moves. Instead, she just walked around the room calling out positions. I felt like I was in a class that spoke a foreign language. I’m not sure how much of a workout I actually got but I did leave frustrated.


Wednesday: 6 Mile Zero Runner
My knee was hurting today so I decided to stick with the zero runner. I also started work this morning so running outside wasn’t really an option. Unless I wanted to run in the dark, which didn’t sound appealing.

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We have had some crazy storms come through lately. Absolutely beautiful!!

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ThursdayFriday: Rest
I was running late Thursday and couldn’t work in a run and by Friday, my plate was full. I’m really going to have to make sure next week I work my runs in. I will say my knee has been hurting a lot lately. I went to the chiropractor on Friday and he set up a plan. Hopefully, it works and this knee pain will be something of the past.


Saturday: 12.5 Mile Run
Running in the rain was a different experience. My schedule had me down for 15 miles but my knee just wouldn’t allow it


. The last mile was more of a walk, shuffle, am I actually moving kind of run. But eventually I admitted defeat and walked the rest. Hopefully my knee calms and I can continue with my training. My pace is about 30 to 45 seconds slower than I normally run during my slow runs but I think that’s why I was able to run as far as I did. I guess I’ll see what the weeks bring.

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Total Milage: 21

Wow, that wasn’t very much..


Whole30-
This is the last week of eating on the Whole30 diet and I am feeling great!! I still miss things but I love how I look/feel.

Me

This picture was taken on Saturday after my run. When I met up with my friend to start running the first thing she said was how amazing I looked and how small I was. Gosh, I love great friends!!

How was your week?

Half Marathon Training week 17 (Marathon Training week 8) & Whole30

Monday: 7 mile trail run
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I’m not really sure why this run was such a struggle. Maybe I am still recovering from the hill run on Saturday. Who knows but it was one of those runs I contemplated the stupidity of what I’m doing. 7 miles is a long time to doubt your abilities.

I’m glad I pushed through and finished the run. I’d say I won this mental battle.

For me to get my miles in, I had to get up really early to run. Again I have no idea what I am going to do once I return back to work. There is no way I would have made it back home in time to shower and get the kids up to leave. For those who run in the morning, how do you do it??


Tuesday: Walk/Run 4 Miles
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I am so disappointed! I went out there needing to do five solid miles and right about 2.5 miles, my knee started yelling at me. From there I just needed to try to make it back. I walked… I walked a lot. And all I can think is this is it. I’m not going to make it. It’s my stupid IT band. It is so tight, working it on the foam roller almost has me in tears. Ahh, I just want to scream I’m so FRUSTRATED!!


Wednesday: 7 Miles Octane Zero Impact Machine
Running

Ok, I refuse to throw in the flag. I just need to figure a way around this. I had seven miles to do and after talking with my running group on Tuesday, they suggested the Octane machine.
Octane fitness

The machine looks kind of odd but it supposed to help. According to the website, The Zero Runner is a hybrid of a treadmill and an elliptical so you get the best of both – a true running motion without the impact. It is a powerful tool that enables runners to better manage repetitive impact forces that over time that can damage the body.

I’m not 100% sold on the idea that this machine is exactly like running. I will say that after doing 7 miles on it, my legs were somewhat like jello but my knees felt great.

I guess I would compare this machine to the ideal running situation- where all you do is run on a complete flat surface, no hills unless you move the resistance. My pace was faster than I would normally run outside but I haven’t really ever tried running on a flat surface before.

Either way, I’m just glad I was able to get the miles in. My knee still hurts and I still want to die when I foam roll, but I’m going to keep at it and hope for the best.


Thursday: Swim 450 meters
Kind of depressing isn’t it? Trust me, I know. I wanted to go further but my goggles broke. With my spare sitting at home, I had two options: end early or ruin my contacts and try swimming without. I’m sure you can figure out which option I took. But to be honest, it doesn’t surprise me that my goggles broke. I have had these since I was a competitive swimmer in high school and chlorine is a nasty chemical.

Looks like I will be buying a new pair. Tomorrow I am going to try Yoga. Maybe adding that to my schedule will help loosen my IT band. Who knows, I’ll try just about anything though.

I did make a killer dinner tonight: Pesto and roasted red pepper chicken with asparagus, green beans, and tomatoes.

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 Friday: Hot Yoga
Whoever said yoga was easy, they never took a class like mine. I’ll admit, I don’t like yoga. Well, let me rephrase- I didn’t like yoga until I took this one. The description of the class is: a dynamic and empowering yoga practice where music supports the energy of the class and integrated sequences build heat, strength, and endurance in the student. Temp: 95+

The instructor was named Kim and she was amazing. Her voice was perfect and I was surprised I actually had a difficult time/workout. As someone who runs four days a week, I thought I was in shape. Nope! The class was packed and for good reason. I was so jealous of the guy sitting next to me, he ended up taking his shirt off and I wish I had the guts to do that. It was really, really warm though!!


Saturday: 1 mile Zero Impact Machine
One mile you ask?? Yes, one silly, lonely mile.. I am at the gym and really getting into my run. Everything feels great and I’m making progress on the Zero Runner. And then the electricity goes out. Honestly, I didn’t look at my machine to know exactly how far I went. But based on how long I was on it, I assume I was over one mile but under two. I was so frustrated but even more so when the machine would’t turn back on. I guess I’ll be doing 13 miles tomorrow…


Sunday: 13 Miles Impact Machine
I was not into this run. I stayed up really late last night helping my Mother-in-law make my son a weighted lap blanket for him to take to daycare tomorrow. True to the purpose of the machine, my knees felt great and I didn’t feel the harsh impact on my body. But my thighs are tight and I can tell I pushed myself harder than I should. I just wanted to be done. Doing 13 miles inside is torture. I did listen to a book on tape and that was fun.

Total Milage for the Week: 32


Whole30:

Well, I am almost done with this and I am glad. I like how I am feeling and looking but this diet is really messing with my running. My chiropractor thinks I am not replenishing my electrolytes, potassium, or magnesium. And in response, my body is tightening up and I’m getting hurt.

The thing is, I can’t drink coconut water. I have tried three times and all I end up doing is drinking nothing because I would rather drink nothing than coconut water. Which is not a good thing! I miss the easiness of drinking sports drinks. I did find a spray that is sugar free and seems to be whole30 approved. It’s an electrolyte spray you add to your water. Not sure it will help but finders crossed.

I am loving the food we eat on this diet. And giving up chocolate, ice cream, etc is almost worth it to not have to count calories and eat whatever I want… almost.. One more week and then weigh in 🙂

Half Marathon Training week 16 (Marathon Training week 7) & Whole30

Monday: 6 Mile Trail Run
I had a great run this morning. The trails were quiet and I was able to find a solid rhythm around 10:30. I was supposed to run two miles at my marathon pace and the rest slow. I know after the first two miles I should have slowed down but I couldn’t. Don’t you ever wonder if you can do it? If you can run faster than your slow pace? I have been so many miles at my slow pace that I started questioning if I could even run faster. Tomorrow I promise to take it easy, but I am proud of today!

I think I might need to get a head light because I had to wait 30 minutes before it was light enough to run. But honestly I don’t think I would enjoy running the trails while it’s dark.

I am feeling really good about myself and how I feel/look. I can tell my face has thinned and my stomach has gotten smaller- all from reduced bloating. I have to laugh because my husband started Whole30 on Saturday and he is having more of the ‘typical’ symptoms- the headaches, feeling hungover even though he didn’t drink, cravings, extreme tired… He doesn’t eat as well/clean as I do and I think he is paying the price. But the thing that makes me laugh is the reason he is struggling with this ‘diet’ is because and I quote, “Vegetables aren’t really my thing.” Oh my!

Breakfast: Spinach Eggs with half an Avocado
Lunch: Leftover sweet potato hash browns, half an avocado, and two fried eggs
Dinner: Chicken Hash


Tuesday: 4 Mile Run
I’m pretty sure the cloud cover was the only thing that saved my run. It is really hot and humid out and this was at 5:30 in the morning! I really wanted to run with Lifetime run club tonight but national night out made that impossible. I really miss running with them! Again, the trails were quiet and I found myself a little board. I ran faster than I was supposed, but not my much. I was just so bored and with the humidity, I wanted the run to be over.

Can’t you just feel the humidity coming off this picture??

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It was one of those runs that if you stopped, all the air around you seemed to stop. There wasn’t a breeze or any movement.

Breakfast: Spinach eggs, half an avocado
Lunch: leftover Hash
Dinner: Shrimp cocktail and green beans


Wednesday: 3.71 Miles
Wow, what a horrible run! I ended up sleeping in because I was supposed to run with my team. Little did we know, the weather today was going to be worse than yesterday. It was over 100 with humidity and I just couldn’t run outside. So my husband and I packed the kids up and we went to the gym.

I was supposed to run 7 miles but my knee hurt and I had to cut the run short. I was really disappointed in myself and upset that my knee hurt. I will be spending some time rolling it, that’s forsake. After getting home, I iced it on and off the rest of the night.

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Breakfast: Spinach eggs, half an avocado
Lunch: leftover Hash
Dinner: Pork chops, Portobella mushroom cap, asparagus.


Thursday: Rest day
My knee feels better this morning but I am going to take it easy and foam roll it just to make sure. I noticed the longer I was on it, the worse it felt. So I ended up going back to the chiropractor and getting it taped. The taping really helped and it feels considerably better.

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Breakfast: Spinach eggs, half an avocado
Lunch: Pork chops, Portobella mushroom cap, asparagus.
Dinner: Chicken with pesto, zucchini noodles, baked potato


Friday: Swim
I know I need to add cross training into my routine, especially with my knee acting up. So we went to the gym after my husband got back to work and I can’t believe how quickly I lost progress. By the end of last winter I was easily swimming 1,500 to 2,000 yards. Today was not the case.

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I did 100 yard warm up, 400 yard pull with 20 second rest in-between every 100 yards, and a 50 yard swim. I just want to shake my head over this. I am going to try to get back in the pool every week and really focus on getting back to wear I was.

Breakfast: Spinach eggs, half an avocado
Lunch: Chicken with pesto, zucchini noodles, baked potato
Dinner: California burger, baked potato, asparagus

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My youngest decided he needed to help Mom foam roll. Please don’t mind the mess in the background 🙂 It has been a busy week!


Saturday: 12 hilly miles
What a hilly run!! Luckily the weather was beautiful but I really wanted to die near the end. At one point in my run as I was running up a very long hill, I looked down and realized I was walking.. I have no idea how that happened but the rolling hills were killer.

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Looking at this, it does’t seem like it was that bad but trust me, it was a hard run. Especially with my knees killing me, I was really excited when it was over.

When I got home I looked at my splits and I was really happy to see that I stayed close to 11:30 for most of them. Only once did I get in a 12 minute mile. Whoop Whoop!!

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Sunday: Rest Day
I actually don’t feel that bad today. I woke up with a headache, telling me I need to drink more water. But overall, my knee feels fine, my legs aren’t really all that sore, and I feel good.

Total Milage: 25

How did your week go?

Half Marathon Training week 15 (Marathon Training week 6) & Whole30

So this week my husband is out of town and I am stuck on the DreadMill. Since that is beyond boring, I’m not going to take pictures of my dusty treadmill just to fill space. Don’t worry, I am still going to post what I ran but I am also going to talk about my journey on the Whole30 diet.

Monday: 4 Miles
Two miles were at an easy pace and the other two were speed work. My thighs are really tight and sore from my stupid run on Saturday. But I took it easy and added an extra minute to onto my pace for the slow part of my running. I have a feeling the foam roller and I will become really close.

Today is also day one of Whole30 and so far, so good. I normally eat a somewhat clean diet with the exception of sugar and dairy. Giving up my creamer in my coffee was not fun but it’s doable. The only thing that was different today was how my stomach felt. I ate until I was full but my stomach almost felt hollow. Now, to clarify. I am not counting calories or limiting what I eat beyond the restrictions of Whole30. But after eating it was almost like my stomach didn’t have that bloated, uncomfortable feeling where the food you eat sits heavy.

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My breakfast stayed the same- spinach eggs. My avocados aren’t ripe yet so I did miss that this morning.

Lunch: Leftover trout and broccoli from last nigh.

Dinner: chicken Hash with grated sweet potato and spinach. (Below is a picture of my dinner)

Hopefully tomorrow goes as well as today!

 

Chicken Hash


Tuesday: 4 Miles

Wow, I must say this was probably one of the best runs I have had since before I got sick. I ran slightly (15 seconds) slower than my normal slow pace but I felt amazing. I felt confident in my stride and I wasn’t uncomfortable at all. And you know what, I didn’t eat anything before I ran. Which is unheard of for me!! I need to eat all the time. And still, my run was amazing! I’m not sure if this was a fluke or if it had anything to do with starting the Whole30. But I really hope my run tomorrow will be just as good!

Here is what I ate today:

Breakfast- spinach eggs
Lunch: I finished off the leftover trout, broccoli and had a small helping of chicken Hash
Dinner: Pad Thi and dang was it amazing!! I put too much sauce on it but it was tasty!

Pad Thi


Wednesday: 6 Miles
Todays run was a bit harder. I did three miles, or close to three miles at my almost marathon pace- around 10:30/45. The last three miles I ran at my slow pace -11:15. I had to stop a couple times, one to let my dog outside, another to blow my nose, and one or two times just because it was a hard run. I’ve noticed this week I am sweating a lot more. I’m not sure if it is from being inside, on the treadmill, or because of the diet change. Again, I didn’t eat prior to my run and just as I was nearing the six mile mark, I was thinking some food would probably help.

Tomorrow is my day off from running and I couldn’t be happier 🙂 I feel like I might be fighting a slight cold. My husband thinks it might be due to the diet change, but I’m not so sure. I skipped my allergy meds for a couple days and wondering if it might be that. Either way, hopefully it doesn’t last long. I’ve also noticed I’m tired. I didn’t sleep the greatest last night. But this all typical symptoms (tired and not sleeping the greatest) within the first one or two weeks of the diet. I guess it is your body changing or something like that.

Breakfast: Spinach eggs with a half avocado
Lunch: Leftover Chicken Hash and an apple
Dinner: Shrimp Fajita Salad

Shrimp Fajita


Thursday:
No running update because today is my day off 🙂 So I will say the Whole30 has been going a lot better than I thought. Today I am hitting my cravings and it’s not fun not giving in. Mainly I have been craving something sweet but I have also been craving Peanut Butter. Weird.. As an afternoon snack I had a big scoop of almond butter with some carrot sticks. Not exactly what I was looking for but not bad.

I did wake up this morning without a voice and a little congested. I broke down last night and took my allergy pill which is not Whole30 due to the starch in it. Then I discovered Zyrtec is Whole30 approved so I went out and bought that. I wish I would have discovered this a little sooner but now I know.

Breakfast: Spinach eggs, 3/4 avocado, and apple
Lunch: Leftover Pad Thi
Dinner: Homemade Chicken and veggie soup

Below is a picture of what the soup looked like before we added the homemade bone broth and put them in the pressure cooker. Since some of the ingredients came from our garden, each jar came to just under $1.

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Friday:
Again, I did’t run today. Although my voice is better, it still isn’t back fully. And I really, really, really want to run tomorrow. I have been stuck inside all week and the weather has be absolutely beautiful out! And I mean it has been nice, cool, and in the upper to mid 50’s. And I was stuck on a treadmill… Ugh, so it goes. So I will trade in today for a guarantee tomorrow!

I had a dream about food last night- it was an waffle that the person trying to get me to eat it supposedly said it was made out of bananas.. yeah, weird dream.

So far I am feeling good on my diet. I can tell carbs have crossed my mind a lot today but the cravings weren’t too tempting and they passed fairly quickly. It took me two tries to make homemade mayo. Do not use Extra Virgin Olive Oil, ew!! Below you see a roasted red pepper sauce, regular mayo, and the combined roasted red pepper mayo which is fantastic. I bet this would be amazing on a burger!

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Breakfast: Spinach eggs with a whole avocado
Lunch: leftover Pad Thi and an apple
Dinner: Grilled chicken with a roasted red pepper mayo and roasted carrots, sweet potato, green pepper, and a couple shallots. I also had two dates with dinner, not as a dessert. I wanted the extra carbs for my run tomorrow.

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Saturday: 9 Mile Hill Run
I woke up with my voice still being off but wanted to run. Meeting up with my run group was like meeting friends I haven’t seen in a while. The atmosphere was energetic, everyone was in good spirits, and I honestly missed these people. Even though I haven’t made many friends in the group, the ones I have are amazing and so supportive!! As you can see, I ran nine miles on some hills! I was proud to get my pace back on my average 11:15/30. This was the first run outside all week and I LOVED it!! My legs are a little tight but that’s kind of expected.

For my run I packed two containers of a water/coconut water mixture. Oh man, I couldn’t do it. It was so gross. I also packed a homemade pouch of banana and almond butter mix. I didn’t end up eating it until I was done with the 9 miles and it gave me heartburn. The heartburn didn’t last long but it was uncomfortable. Near the end of my run, it was getting more and more difficult which told me I should of ate something around 6 mile mark. I do wonder if I would of had regular water if that would have made a difference because I just couldn’t drink what I brought and I was really thirsty near the end.

This is a picture of the group I ran with on Saturday. And if you can believe it, this isn’t even everyone.

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And I can’t help but post a ridiculous picture of myself and one of trails 🙂

Breakfast: Sweet Potato, onion Hash
Sweet Potato hash
Lunch: Leftover Grilled chicken with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Dinner: Grilled MahiMahi with steamed green beans. (sorry, forgot to take a picture)


Sunday:
The week has come to an end and I am feeling really good. My stomach isn’t bloated, I can actually fit into my clothes (comfortably), and for the first time in a while I am feeling good in my own skin. I don’t mind how I look in the mirror anymore. I am sure there will always be areas I don’t like but at least I can look at myself without being bombarded with negative thoughts.

My running this week went better than I thought.  Total Milage: 23

For the first time I can run on an empty stomach and I don’t need fuel until around 6 miles- the one hour mark. I know this might be normal for some of you but it isn’t for me. And it is wonderful not to have to constantly eat just so I can run.

Breakfast- leftover veggies reheated, mixed with a scrambled egg and salsa
Lunch- Shrimp in a homemade cocktail sauce (YUM!)
Dinner- Sweet potato hash browns, poached eggs, and half an avocado

Yum

Running Week 13&14 (Marathon Training Week 4&5)

Life has gotten away with me and I completely missed my post for last week. Hence me doubling up 🙂 My house, including myself have been sick so unfortunately  there isn’t much to update..

RunningMonday: 5 Mile Trail Run

I underestimated the humidity and heat this morning. Luckily I brought Gatorade with me but I still ended up stopping.. a lot. I should have just ran slower than trying to stick to my running schedule. Lesson learned.

 


 

RunningTuesday: 3 Mile Social Run

I had a pretty good run. It was still hot and humid but not nearly as bad as yesterday. I ate dinner before my run which I think helped with the fuel. I think I might be one of those people who needs to eat a lot before and during a run. Oh well, I’m going to call this run a success!


 

RunningThursday: 11 Mile Trail Run

11 miles this morning and one of the best runs I have had in a while!! I finally have the fuel figured out and again I ran with two great people. Our conversation kept me motivated and the run ended up being a really nice one!!

 

 

Oh, we saw deer on the trails too!! Beautiful view this morning 🙂


 

RunningMonday: 6 Mile Trail Run

Easy 6 miles this morning. The run felt good and the weather was nice. Half way through the run I noticed my water bottles were leaking and my entire back side was wet… not cool at all. It was actually a little embarrassing but luckily there weren’t many people out. I hope this doesn’t mean I need to get a new running belt.

I love how the sunrise is reflected in the pond. Absolutely Beautiful!


RunningSaturday: 12 Mile Group Run

Wow, that was a lot harder than I would have liked. But considering it was my first run since getting sick this week, I’m just glad I was able to get the miles in.

I ended up running the last three miles by myself and honestly that was the best decision I made. I was trying to keep up with my running group and my body just wasn’t ready. On my own, I slowed my pace a great deal which helped but the last two miles I still ended up doing some walking. It was just too humid out for this run to be anything close to enjoyable. We started the run around 6:15 and it was already 83 out. Take into account the humidity and my phone said it was closer to 87.

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I’m really sore after the run and pushed myself too hard. Which was so stupid of me. Now I am going to need to take it easy this next week if I want to stay on track.

Overall Milage for the TWO weeks: 38

Running- Week 12

Monday– 5 miles

Running sprints slightly hung over was not ideal.. I’ll be honest, I had to stop once or twice but I finished. Happy 4th of July everyone!!


 

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Tuesday: 3 miles

Ran three miles on the treadmill. With 60mph wind, we lost electricity shortly at the house. Luckily it came back on right away and I could finish my run. Wish I could have ran outside but glad I didn’t have to battle the wind. And really the run wasn’t horrible. I watched an episode on Netflix and that helped.

Johnny Pops

 

I get done with my run and come upstairs to find both my boys running around, bouncing off the walls. Come to find out my husband gave each of them Jonny Pops… the coffee flavored ones. Guess what the first ingredient is, that’s right cold pressed coffee. His response was he thought they were chocolate…

 

 

 

 

 


Running

Wednesday: 3 miles

Not a great run today. My hamstring is killing me and I had to slow my pace down a great deal just to make it through three miles. My goal was four miles with short sprints worked in but I’ll settle for three painful miles as long as my hamstring starts to feel better.


Thursday-Friday

Not looking good, my legs are tight and my hamstring isn’t wonderful. It does feel better but I’m not sure if I will be able to do my long run tomorrow..


 

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Saturday: 10 Miles

I had a great run, but I’m definitely tight and will need to spend some time with the foam roller. I’m starting to understand fuel and think next week’s long run I will be better prepared. Loved running with lifetime Run! Such a great group of people and a wonderful community.

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Total Milage: 21