I spent quite a bit of time preparing for my son’s party last week. I only believe in spoiling my kids twice a year, their birthdays and Christmas. They only get a friend party every 2 years, so we had 6 crazy boys running around our house Friday night! And now I remember why I don’t throw parties every year:)
Cael is really into ATV’s, so he had a race themed party. I’m really glad two of my kids share a birthday, one less party to throw. Here are some pics:
I don’t even try to get the whole family in a picture any more. Half isn’t bad right;)
Saturday’s was short, 8 miles, because this weekend with be a half marathon. Still tried to keep the run fast even though my legs were tired from Friday’s workout. I kept looking at my garmin, and my pace was right around a 7:30 pace which was great. The weather was fantastic and I ended up ditching my jacket at around mile 3. My pasty white face even got some sun! I love summer and I can’t wait for the early morning runs:)
In honor of my son turning 9 I ran 9 miles yesterday. I was only planning on running 7 miles today, but what is two more right! I couldn’t stop thinking about him he whole time. 9 is sooo old, I mean one more year and he will be double digits:) Here are some flashback pics:
1 day old:
2 years old:
3 years old:
6 years old:
The Birthday Boy!:
I tried to do half mile sprints, but I am such a wuss this week! I ended up stopping during a couple of rounds. Here what the workout looked like:
2 mile warm up-18 minutes
.6 mile sprint at 9.0
.2 miles at 8.0
.25 miles at 7.0
Repeated 5 times
The last two I slowly brought my speed down to an 8 min. mile. The weather is warming up so I’m looking forward to running outside, wahoo!
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Last marathon I ran a 20 and a 22 miler for my longer training runs and I thought that was perfect training. I didn’t really reach my goal of running the marathon in under 4 hours. So I’ve been reading blogs and websites looking for different things to make this marathon different. When I ran the 20 and 22 they were slower runs, and I don’t think they really simulated an actual race.
So I really need to switch it up if I’m going to do better this marathon. I decided to run a 10 miler last Friday and on Saturday I ran 16. 26 total miles in 2 days. It was hard, a lot harder than the original 20 I had planned. Friday wasn’t bad, I ended up running 1.5 to the gym, 7 at the gym, and 1.5 home. I kept my breaks short. I probably looked pretty hilarious trying to get my cold gear off that fast. Total time for the 10 miler: 1:18 about 7:42 average pace.
With this training method you are supposed to keep a faster pace both days. Saturday my legs were sore and tight probably a little bit because of sprints. I didn’t know what kind of pace I was going to be able to keep. The first 8 miles were on the treadmill, and I finished by 1:03. At mile 6 I ate a bunch of pretzels and fruit snacks and at 8 I jumped of the treadmill downed a 5 hour energy and rubbed icy hot all over my legs. I hit the road and told myself just keep an 8 min. pace for 2 miles. Icy hot saved my legs. I was able to run 4 miles in 32 minutes. I slowed down a little bit but not much-I really tried to push myself. My time for the second half: 1:07:23. Total time for 16 miles 2:10:23
Sore, tired legs:)
I know the treadmill seems like a lot of hassle but I love it because 1. It’s saving my legs from the beating of the roads and 2. It pushes me to go faster. I’m still trying really hard to keep my breaks really short, but it is hard to avoid breaks when running on the treadmill and outside. I really think this method was better training than running a 20 miler. But I still want to run a 20 miler because I think I need that mental preparation!