Friday, August 31, 2012

Feeling great.

So I ran my run today post work day and it was awesome! I felt like a million dollars when I got home and could run past the park where the babies were playing with daddy. I called Steve to have him put really cold water on the front porch for me. It was very hot so it was nice to have cold water waiting for me. I finished my long run on Friday and now can rest up both Saturday and Sunday. That is wonderful because I can spend this last long weekend of the summer with my family and more importantly try to sleep in on Saturday.

Why am I still in this stroller? I wanna get out and walk!
Our plans are to hit up Costco for some stuff, get eggs from the farmer's market, play with my babies, let my husband go for some runs, and bbq some awesome food! I'm so excited for this weekend!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pep talk!

My coach is far away right now living an awesome adventure of a trip with her mother, and she messaged me all the way from there, and it made me so happy! I expected her to be out of contact until she came back so it was nice to get an email pep talk from her. I was having a horrible night and just hearing from her made me feel better. She chatted with me about my hip pain on the weekend, gave me some tips for dealing with it, asked how I was feeling, and encouraged me. So now I am super excited and looking forward to my final run on the weekend. Then I can rest Saturday and Sunday before my tempo run on Monday.

So now I'm feeling happier about the whole thing and feel special about her emailing me! I think I'll make her lunch on her first day back since I have to pick up her veggies for her on the labour day Monday so she won't have any food when she's home.

Alright time for me to go to bed!



Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Training Tuesday - week 15 of 22

This past week has been full of some real challenges and I knocked them out of the park.



To start off my week was a crazy hard tempo run. Now I don't say crazy hard because it was hard to run, but rather because it was the hardest scheduled run that I've had to do so far and will have to do in this whole training thing, and I TOTALLY ROCKED IT! I owned that run! My breakdowns were as amazing! All of them were in the range, they should have been except for a couple which were a few seconds faster than scheduled to be. Oh well! The other rockin' part was that I had so much energy and umph at the start that I really had to struggle to slow myself down. I even checked my watch because I was so convinced that something was wrong because it felt too easy to run those paces. Just goes to show you what a difference the time of day can make!

My easy runs went well this week too. On Thursday I felt really tired but pushed out my 8k (next week it moves up to 9k) and on Sunday we had such a busy day planned that I wanted to get my run over with in the morning. I also know that Steve is trying to run more, so I kicked his ass into gear and we both hit the road with a double stroller and the whole family did a 5k run together. We even had both babies asleep at the end of the run.

My long run this weekend did not go as planned. I only managed to get just over 24km partially outside and partially on the treadmill. I have made peace with this. I was really upset after I stopped when my hip and left thigh hurt. But I thought about it and got some great feedback from other running moms and I think it's worth it to cut one long run short in 22 weeks of training, especially since I'll be running 32km twice still before my marathon. So the heat got me again, but I did managed to save some baby snapping turtles during my run, and made it through without pain the next day, so that is a win in my book.