I haven't posted since Grandma's Marathon in June because we have had a lot going on around here. A few days after the race we closed on a new home in Hilliard Ohio, celebrated our twins turning one year old, went on vacation, and started the moving process! Moving is a stressor for sure! Ryan and I fought about way more than necessary and 99% of that was just me being stressed out. We made the final move the first weekend in August. We replaced 2 bathrooms, and went through a lot of paint. But the house is really staring to feel like home. Leaving Akron was a big struggle for me. I had my mom and Diane there to help with the kids, a job I loved working at Second Sole, and my friends and teammates of CED. The first couple weeks I really struggled to fit in running and not feel stressed about every step of it. As I have discovered places to run, and learned to enjoy them, the running slowly became more and more fun, and the miles began to feel like they were effortless again.
|These 2 have turned into real little people (see below)|
|They walk, run, talk, feed themselves, and love to be read to!|
|Ryan got my hammock up on the swing!|
So that pretty much gets us up to date! I have been running 80-90 miles a week and getting in some pretty solid workouts. This morning Ellison and Josh were in town for various reasons and I had company for 19 miles. We were suppose to run 19 @6:50-7:00 average, and we were 6:56 so it was a solid run. Tempos have progressed and week depending the 5:50-6:20 pace efforts feel more and more relaxed. Ellie and I are 5 weeks out from the Columbus Marathon on October 18th and Josh will be racing Grand Rapids Marathon the same day.
My past 2 weeks looked like this.
Monday Aug 31-Sept 6
Mileage total 88 miles
Workout 1-14 miles with 1x1.5 miles-8:27, 1 mile@5:32, 2x1000 @ 3:24, and 3:22, 1 mile @ 5:27 all with 2:30 jog between. This went pretty smooth despite hot, humid, and heavy legs.
battle--food poisoning knocked me out on Tuesday late, and Wednesday was a .5 mile run.
Workout 2- 14 miles with 4x2 miles with 2:30 recovery jog--12:01, 11:58, 11:52, 11:38 very controlled, and effortless on the first 3.
Long run- 22 HOT and HUMID miles. 10 of it with Ryan and my legs felt very good until about 3 miles to go.
Monday Sept 7-Sept 13
Mileage total 88
Workout 1- 12 miles with 5x2k running 7:04, 7:05, 7:05, 7:02, 7:15 all with 2 min jog. This was a 90 degree morning, and I was nervous the times wouldn't come. The last one was a struggle, as indicated by the time, but I got the work in.
Workout 2- 15.5 miles with 11.13 tempo 8@ 6:20 then 10x1 min on 1 min off. splits were 6:15, 6:11, 6:13, 6:15, 6:10, 6:14, 6:12, 6:11, (start min on/off), 6:36, 6:20, 6:18. Solid workout, and felt pretty good throughout. My legs were heavy and I was happy with the effort.
Long- 19 miles @7:00-6:55 with Ellie and Josh! 2:11:53 for 6:56 ave. 57 degrees made this run very very fun. It never felt like a long run, and the miles passed quickly.
I have added some extra sleep to my regimen and it really seems to be helping with staying healthy. Ryan insists on me taking a nap post long run, and he usually gets up to get the kids a drink and back to bed an hour prior to me getting up so that I can get in 9-10 full hours of sleep a night. I think this is a huge step in keeping me healthy, with all the stress of mom-ing, and training!
In 2 weeks I will be using the Akron Half Marathon as a tune up/run with your brain, and in 5 weeks I will be towing the line with Ellie at the Columbus Marathon with the goal of sub 2:43. If you are in the area come out and cheer! If you aren't all fast vibes sent our way are appreciated!
|Hoping for legs as fresh as these on the start line!|