Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Training Tuesday - Week 11 of 22

So I have officially finished half of my training! Holy crap. I'm going to be running a marathon in 11 weeks, and you know what? I'm going to be AWESOME!

My tempo run went fine. It wasn't super fast, and actually was the slowest tempo run that I'm done so far but I am happy with it. I was very tired that morning, and managed to get to that little side street that was 0.8km to the end and back and managed to run 12 laps of it, and since it is really flat it should have been a good run, but I kept falling behind a bit and struggled to catch up. That's already there is next week, or actually two weeks.

My long run this week was amazing! I managed to eat enough food, the weather was perfect, and I got to sleep in before running! I so rocked this run it's crazy. My goal pace was supposed to be 7:40 - 8:10 and I ran a 7:34 with a moving pace of 7:27 so that is fantastic. I have a feeling that my coach will be increasing my tempo and speed runs pretty soon after seeing these awesome numbers.
7km = 53:37 (7:39) - 14km = 54:45 (7:49) - 21km = 53:16 (7:36) - 28km = 50:14 (7:10)

The easy runs were pretty good this week. Thursday's run was fun and easy and I did it at night because my husband had an early morning meeting and I needed to take the girls into daycare. However, the Sunday easy run was pretty hard. I pushed myself on Saturday for my long run, which is awesome, but meant that my short little recovery run, was HARD on Sunday. I had to really push myself just to get a 7-something pace. For the first half my legs felt as if they were made of lead and that my shoes were full of cement.

Needless to say I a looking forward to my rest week next week.

Monday, July 30, 2012

No more excuses!

I was reminded of this by a friend the other day. I suggested to her that we go for a run and she said it was supposed to be hot all week. I had to laugh because I'm visiting for one afternoon and she actually said hot all week. I even offered to push the heavy kids, but that's okay. It did make me think about giving up the excuses in my life too.

Yes I do lots to keep my girls well fed but some days I slack and feed them hot dogs or let Katrina not eat her veggies and Lillian have too much juice. Whenever that happens, but I feel like I should try harder. The same with cleaning. After they go to bed at 8pm and I'm tired and should clean up the house, I don't and instead go watch tv or read in bed. I also have been slacking a bit in my own eating lately. I find myself in the pantry nibbling on crap far too often lately. This is my weakness, and I need to drop my excuses and work hard on getting in more fruit, veggies, multi-grain carbohydrates and lean protein. So my focus for the next week, while I am on a rest week is to avoid the sugary junk and instead eat the good, wholesome food, that I know my body needs for training.

I also have to focus on getting my cross training workouts in. I keep making excuses to myself because I am very busy with feeding my family, keeping my house clean, eating right, running a lot, and everything else that my life is filled up with. I know it's hard right now to add another thing on my plate but if I want to succeed in this marathon training I need to stop wussing out and really push myself out of my comfort zone, even if it hurts.

So this week I'm going to do my cross training and avoid processed crap to eat good wholesome food instead. Wish me luck. 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Baby love!

Mmmmm blueberries!
Lately, Katrina has been growing a lot! She's gotten really good at pulling herself up on things and walking along the couch and bench. She also has gotten so good at feeding herself. She eats some things with her fingers, and can even do a few things with a fork, like spagettii with sauce. Such a cutie pie. You should see her try to drink blueberries out of a bowl! Then she'll wear the bowl as a hat!

Mmmmm spagettii!
Lately, she's been such a happy little monkey! I have a feeling that she's enjoying being the only child for a few days. Her big sister is off visiting Oma so she's been the queen bee around here. All the toys are hers to play with, all the food is hers to pick from, all the chips are hers to steal from daddy. Life is pretty sweet for her!

So that is all. I just wanted to share my super cute and super hungry baby with you all!
Mmmmm chipies!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Am I just CRAZY?

No really do you think I'm crazy?

Honestly I've been asking myself this a lot lately. I wonder it when I am eating my after dinner snack on Friday. I wonder it when I am dragging my butt out of bed at some awful early hour. I wonder it when I'm running my crazy long run on Saturday morning. I also wonder it when I'm planning my life for the next few weeks. There are days that I am so tired I can't think straight, and some that I drink a good litre of coffee just to get through the day! On these days I really start to wonder if maybe I've just lost my mind in this whole marathon thing.

It's said that the hardest part of running a marathon is the mental challenge of getting through that distance. There is a point in every race where you doubt yourself and your mind plays tricks on you. I think this is true for training for a marathon too. I've hit the half-way mark of my training and my mind is starting to play tricks on me. I am starting to doubt myself despite my advances in pace and distance. I know it's silly. I know I'll be so proud of myself afterwards. I know I'm fundraising for a great cause, but I just don't feel like it anymore. I've lost the fire in my belly.

Before when I didn't run for more than 48 hours I was going in withdrawal. I would feel like I was being lazy, and go stir crazy until I could run again. But now when I don't run I feel relief and plan what all I can get done on that day since I'm not spending an average of 1.5 - 4 hours preparing for, actually running and then cleaning up afterwards. I spend over almost 7 hours a week just running, and that doesn't count the getting ready before hand, or cleaning up afterwards. No wonder I feel like I never see my husband anymore! All that time comes after sleep, work and tending to the girls' needs.

Oh well. I may feel like I'm crazy or that I can't do this at times. I may even feel like I'm stupid for doing this some days, but I am also proud of all my hard work and everything I've accomplished. Like I said earlier, the training, and the race have their lows and highs, and right now with so much still to go, after putting so much work in already, is just a bit of a low for me. I'll be back with that fire in my belly in no time!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Getting excited.

So there is no weigh in this week because I'm only weighting myself bi-weekly. I figure that I am a bit scale obsessed and so shouldn't weigh myself too often as a way to try and listen to my body. So far I think it's been going fairly well, but it's still a bit hard to eat only the food things and not find myself in the pantry eating the sweet and snacky foods.
Lillian with her ponies!
Tomorrow I am going to be going out for lunch with my mother. She's up for a few days visiting us to see the girls, and we never get to go out just us so tomorrow she's going to pick me up from work and we'll have a nice girls only lunch and let the girls have a good time at daycare. The past few days we've been discussing about whether or not to pull the girls out of our new daycare and let me know mom watch them. I love the idea of oma taking care of them, and saving some money would be great, but there are other things to consider especially since they love the daycare they are in and I couldn't be happier about that. So we are not entirely sure what we are going to do, but right now I'm trying to figure out what is best for the girls and our family at this time. Every time I think I've made my choice someone says something and it makes me change my mind again.

But that's life right? You have to think things over and weigh all the possibilities. I'll let you know what I decide to do, when I know what I'm going to do!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Training Tuesday - Week 10 of 22

So this week marks the end of Week 10 of my training, which means I'm already running week 11 and am almost half-way through this journey! I'm both excited and proud to have made it this far, especially since this week marks only the second time in my running life that I have run over 50km in one week.

My two easy runs went well. On Thursday I got up really early and just pushed myself to get it done as quickly and safely as possible. I picked a new route that was sheltered so I had shade for the run, but I will admit the bushes made me a bit nervous since it was pretty lonely on that path, and very hidden from cars and such, but I guess that's the price you pay for shade. My Sunday, easy run was on my treadmill, partially because of the heat outside, but also because of my poor feet being hurt by my long run. Figured the belt on the treadmill would be softer than the road outside.

My speed run this week was a challenge. It was crazy hot that day, and while running the first 1 mile speed part I had a very hard time breathing due to the extreme humidity. Now I have to wonder whether the throat/ear thing I was developing had something to do with that too, but at the time I didn't know what was coming. I find it hard to find a suitably flat area to do my speed and tempo runs in and the one I headed to for this morning is a bushy area, so while there was a nice breeze out, my road was blocked with so many trees, which did not help me in that heat. So as I ran that speed mile I turned around and headed home. I knew I wouldn't make it through another mile of that, so I figured I could finish the run at home in the basement on the treadmill. I'm glad I did and during a conversation with my coach later she said she approved my decision to do that, and it's nice to know I always have that option if I need to take it.

My long run on Saturday went very well. Due to my bad ear/throat virus thing, Steve didn't want me running too far away from the house, so I stashed my food, water and gatorade on the front porch and ran my 5.2km long conservation route 5 times. That meant every 40-42 minutes I was back at the house and could refuel and use the bathroom. I had endless food, water, shirt changes and bathroom breaks while Steve had the peace of mind of knowing I was never more than 2.6km from our house. I think this was the best run to date. I ate extra calories on Friday to fuel me and added protein to my Saturday morning breakfast. I put almond butter into my huge bowl of oatmeal, and added an egg to the side. I ate as much as I could manage before the run, and it worked! Though honestly I had a hard time eating during the run because of how much food was in my belly to begin with. But the end result was worth it. I didn't pass out or throw up, and my goal pace was 7:40-8:10 and I nailed it with 7:47, and I felt amazing.