Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Week 7 of Half Marathon Training and Spring Dash 5 miler Race Recap

What I did follows:

Monday: Stretch and Strengthen

What I did: I wasn’t able to get anything done on this day because errands and books overwhelmed me. L

Tuesday: 4.5 mile "easy" run
What I did: 4.6 mile "easy" run with the stroller:
I decided to go the the Centennial Trail and run with the stroller since it was a fairly nice day. I felt really sluggish but my pace was faster than I thought it was.

Total Time: 42:25 for 4.6 miles Average Pace 9:13/mile

Wednesday: 8x400 5k pace
What I did: I didn’t workout or do anything, I was exhausted since I was up till 3 am the night before and I just rested.

Thursday: 3 mile "easy" run + Strength
What I did: 1 mile “easy” as my warm up to 4x400 @7:03/mile pace & 4x400 @6:53/mile pace
With jogs in the middle and half mile cool down. I followed my run with 100 crunches, seated 140 lb leg press, 55 lb hamstring press, 55 lb quad extension, 50 lb hip adduction and abduction, 30 regular push ups and stretching

Run Time: 1 mile warm up @ 9:47 followed by 4 miles at 32:39 Average Pace: 8:09/mile

Friday: Rest Day
What I did: I rested J

Saturday: 4 mile Pace run

What I did: I rested since I had my race on Sunday.

Sunday: 9 mile run

What I did: Spring Dash Coeur d’Alene 5 mile race plus warm up


I didn’t sleep very well on Saturday night/Sunday morning due to Miss Bean waking up several times for nursing sessions. I planned to wake up at 7 am because the race was at 10 am and I wanted to get there at 9 am and it takes 20-30 minutes to drive to Coeur d’Alene. Miss Bean had other plans, she was nursed from 7 am to 7:30 am and then instead of allowing her to go back to sleep I just woke her up since I knew we needed to leave in an hour. I was planning to wear shorts but then the weather said it was 40 degrees and I don’t like being cold so I opted for my Lululemon Capris instead J We got packed up to go and then headed to Starbucks so my hubby could get some food and I got my pre-race drink of a short americano with 1 pump of cinnamon dolce. When we got into Coeur d’Alene at 9a m I had to go potty so I had my hubby drop me off at “The Shops” and I took my phone and said I would just run to whereever he parks because I needed to warm up. I knew that I wanted to run at least one mile because usually my first mile is the slowest so I needed to get that mile done with so that it wouldn’t be in the race. After I did my business I headed out of “The Shops” running while texting my hubby asking him where he parked. He texted back and I met him a couple blocks down the road and by then I was only at about a half mile so I told him I was going to run around a little more and meet him back there. I ran down a block or two and into a residental neighborhood and then back out and back up 2nd street where all the quaint little town shops are. I felt calm but I had an underlying gut of uneasiness because I knew that I REALLY wanted to qualify for Second Seeding for Bloomsday which is 5 miles in 37:00 minutes or less.


Let me give you a little history as to why I was unsure I could even attempt to accomplish this goal. Back in February I ran a 5k and didn’t hit anywhere near my goal, in fact it was over 2 minutes slower than I “thought” I could do. But, I was just coming out of an injury as well as I had gotten this awful cold and couldn’t breath well. I also hadn’t ran much in the 3 weeks prior to the race. SO I know that the race wasn’t really a RACE but it really had me doubt my abilites and I started to think maybe I wasn’t really as “fast” as I thought I was. A couple weeks after the race I was talking to my sister-in-law about Bloomsday and she had ran Bloomsday the year prior and would be automatically in the “Yellow” seeding which is towards the front but behind the Elites, Second Seeding and Corporate Cup. And I, even though I have lived in Spokane almost my whole life, have never ran Bloomsday. We were talking and she said “Oh you should see if you could race and get into the Second Seeding because they are right behind the Elites.” So we looked up at the qualifying time and I really didn’t thing it was possible due to where I was with training and I laughed and said “Yeah Right?! Maybe next year.” Now Fast Forward to the end of March and my training is going good and I hadn’t been expereincing an injuries and I had started speedwork and realized I was faster than I had been during my 5k (Go figure?!) I decided to ask my speedy friend Tasha at Healthy Diva to pace me for Bloomsday since my “fast” is her “slow” although knowing it’s 1 week after Eugene Marathon I wasn’t sure she would want to but I know she is a running phen so she probably would be running by then. She agreed to pace me. Then in April I was signing up for Bloomsday and it said that my proposed time to finish would put me in the Yellow Seeding however since they didn’t have a time on file of me running 5 miles or more at a 9:40/mile average that they could not guarntee me Yellow Seeding. Therefore, I then freaked out a little because Bloomsday has 50,000 runners/walkers/strollers/wheelchairs…you name it…it’s there! I’m thinking of weaving in and out of all these people and seeing my goal not being met due to the amount of obstacles I have to weave around. I message Tasha and she says to calm down and that there is another race (Coeur d’Alene Spring Dash) before Bloomsday that could get me qualified and that I could try for Second Seeding. I think “Oh ok, what was that time again to quailfy?” I didn’t remember the time but I did remember that I had thought before that it was out of my range. I looked it up and it was 37:00 for 5 miles a 7:24/mile average…hmm…still not sure so I told Tasha that I would do a “magic mile” the next day and then let her know. The next morning I ran my “magic mile” in 6:39 (recap can be found here). I then signed up for the race after checking runnersworld calculator to see if it was plausible, it said I could run 5 miles in 36:37 (race miles that is).

Sidenote end

While Running my warm up mile I felt anxious but then I calmed down a little once I saw my hubby. While running my warm up I realized that it was too hot for my long sleeve Under Armour Hot Gear top so I strip it off to just my running tank. I pinned my number on and we walked down to the starting line. Miss Bean was in her stroller and happy as a clam J I still had a half hour before the race started and I was jittery so I decided to go run more. I slowly jogged a little and then did some acceleration strides and then I jogged back to where my hubby and Miss Bean were. Then at about 15 minutes till start, I stretched a little and then a crowd of people started lining up for the race so I figured I better get up closer so that I don’t have to weave through people. Then they announce that if you are trying for Second Seeding that they have a section in the front for you, “Ooo…sweet!” I think but then as I was navigating through people to get to the front I realized not many people were up there and except one dude who didn’t look very fast and then 7 other runners that look like “pro” runners. I started feeling totally out of place and I started thinking “I shouldn’t be up here. I look like I’m trying to be fast and I’m not.”

Then they start playing EYE OF THE TIGER!!! LOL You have got to be kidding me!! I chuckle and smile. Thank You God for helping me lighten my mood!! A sweet girl, probably about 14 was  my guess, asked me what time I was aiming to finish, I told her sub 37 and she said she was aiming for 36-37. I told her that I bet she would do it. She looked fast, who knows she could be the next Shalane or Desi. Then they  announce that they are a couple minutes to start and thank everyone for coming and running and it’s their 30th Anniversary, yada, yada, yada. “Ok get started, already, I want to get this over with!”, I agnoized in my head. I remind myself of my splits I wanted to run“7:28,7:28, 7:19, 7:11, 7:11” .Then the countdown begins 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. I had my finger on my start button of my Garmin and clicked it right before I went over the line and it didn’t beep, ugh, clicked it again and BEEP it went. I’m running down the street and see my hubby and Miss Bean and I wave,

I then look down at my Garmin and it said 5:48/mile pace, “Ahhhh!! TOO FAST!! Slow down, Slow down, why does it feel comfortable running at this pace??” I continue to slow down and after about a ½ mile I was still in the 6’s and by the end of the first mile I was finally in the 7’s. “Oh shoot, did I screw up?” I feared. Then I encouraged myself, “Oh well, just keep going and slow it down, remember your splits 7:28, 7:28, 7:19, 7:11, 7:11”  My mile 1 was 7:07 and I was tracking at a 7:23 for the 2nd mile per my Garmin but then at 1.90 miles I passed mile 2 marker. “Are they joking? Oh crap is my Garmin that off?!” Then I start feeling the 60 degree weather and the sun and then there was a small hill. My paced slowed and people started passing me. I heard another runner say that her Garmin said she was at a 7:40 pace. I looked down and mine said 7:17. “What?!”  I know it’s all averaged out but I was starting to doubt how fast I ran.  I started to get hot and my Garmin average pace got slower and slower. When I ran past the 3 mile marker it said I was running at a 7:55/mile pace. I thought “Well I’m done, I’m not going to make it, that’s slow and there was no 8 minute miles in my plan.” However, I didn’t do the math at that point but my Garmin said 19:48 at mile 2.9…which happened to be right by mile marker 3, which is an average pace of 6:38 per mile at 3 miles. I knew the Garmin was off at this point. I thought that there markers could be off too. I knew that I had hit the button late and that it would be off a 1/10 of a mile but I wasn’t sure that I could keep up the pace for 2 miles. There was a girl running in front of me and I wanted to stay close to her because I knew she was either trying for a sub 37 or close because she kept looking at her Garmin. But I didn’t know now if her Garmin was correct either because mine was soo off. At this point the mental battle began and I didn’t know if I should just screw the Garmin and just run by feel or if I should just slow down and take it easy. I thought, “I’m just not fast enough, this is my “fast” I need to accept it”, the average pace was reading in the 8’s by then. I decided I would continue to run as best as I could and not look at my Garmin if possible. I hit mile 4 and my Garmin’s time was at 28:20 and I deducted it from 37:00 real quick to see what mile I would have to run to get 37:00. 7:40! I can do a 7:40 I thought. So I picked up the pace and started running faster but then there was a little hill and then another and I tried my best to power up the little hills without loosing speed but my Garmin said I was running an 8 minute mile and hadn’t been decreasing. Ugh!! “Why do I keep looking at this thing?!” I told myself to just run. I told myself that if I got up to the finish and saw that I missed it my seconds that I would probably be mad at myself but at least the McMilliman finish time predictor would be wrong because it said I could race 5 miles in 38:11. After I crested the little hill I ran down and knew there was only about .30 of a mile left. I powered my legs forward and started to catch up to the dudes that past me earlier. I saw my hubby ¼ a mile out from the finish line. He was yelling “GO!! GO!!” I saw my stroller but didn’t get a view of Miss Bean, my hubby told me she was clapping for me as I ran by, Aww!! Love!! I saw the clock and it said 37:11…Yesh!! I powered through as it clicked from 37:18 to 37:19….19 seconds…I missed it by 19 seconds.

My Garmin read 4.91 miles, I clicked it off at 37:36.  Technology…(que Kip from Napoleon Dynamite “I love technology”)…I hate technology or is it just because I’m stupid and I gave up because I didn’t know what time I was at because I wasn’t in control and didn’t know because my Garmin was off? What happened to the runner that didn’t have a watch and that loved to run because running was fun and freeing? What happened to the girl who set a sub 2 half goal before she knew anything about running and that a sub 2 goal was a lofty goal to set for your first half? Knowledge. Knowledge of my times by Garmin, although not always accurate. Knowledge of others times and wanting to be like them, to be “faster”. Knowledge that if you fail you have to write it out on your blog and everybody else gets to read how you failed. This race was an eye opener for me in that we can only limit ourselves. WE are the ones that decide what we think is fast or slow. My time for the 5 mile race was a good time. It was even a PR for me. I didn’t meet my goal but does that make me any less of person? I will not allow what the time on the clock is to make me feel bad about myself. I will pick myself up and try again. Because that’s what goals are for. They are meant to be met, if not today then another day. I’m not going to agnoize about how I didn’t meet my goal because the world is still turning on it’s axis. I will continue to run because I love running. I will continue to race because I love racing. I will continue to set goals to accomplish and I will continue to endeveour to reach them whether I reach them today or another. My point is this: Believing in yourself is about the ability to realize your strengths and your weaknesses and to continue to move forward even when you get knocked down. Believing in yourself is about not giving up when the going gets rough. Believing involves perserverance and endurance and following your heart when your head wants to lead. I’ve learned my lesson now and I’m back to what I knew before. Run for the love of it!
Miss Bean and I after race.

Official time: 37:19
Average Pace: 7:28/mile
124 out of 1,199
4th in Age Group 25-29 (awards for top 3, bummer!)

Total Weekly Mileage: 16 running miles

Do you run for the love of it or do you find yourself getting caught up with the time?

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Spring Dash Coeur d'Alene-Qucik Recap

Hello Friends,

Here is a quick recap of my race and events this weekend. I will do a full report with my weekly log probably tomorrow.

Saturday Miss Bean and I went and picked up the packet:
It was rather uneventful; no expo because it was a small race and although it was a beautiful day my hubby didn't come with us so walking around only lasted about a 1/2 hour.

I received the Ugliest Shirt I believe that has ever been made plus my bib:

Made it a point to get to bed by 10 pm on Saturday night only to be woken up several times by Miss Bean for nursing sessions. I had drank around 120 ounces of water+nuun on Saturday to prevent dehydration in the event of this happening however it proved to not be enough since I had effects of dehydration at the race which I will go into on my race report. Although I will NOT blame it on dehydration because there was many other factors.

I missed Bloomsday Second Seeding by 19 seconds...are you kidding me??

Official Time: 37:19 for 5 miles, average pace 7:27/mile
Second Seeding time qualifier 37:00 or less, average pace 7:24/mile
3 seconds per mile

"What if's?" have entered my head but not much I can do. I did the best for the day and I know I will only get FASTER.

Long Story Short: Don't ALWAYS relay on your Garmin...TRUST YOUR INTUTION.

More Details to Come

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Week 6 of Half Marathon Training

Half way through training, BooYaa!!

This is a day late because I have been spending massive time getting crap taxes ready, Blah!! Thank God it's tax day and I'll be finished today! Sorry if I haven't been commenting on your blogs as much, it's because I've been fixated on taxes and just getting my workouts in but, I'll be back to normal tomorrow!! Yippee!! On that note this is a quick post but I have some pictures!!

Miss Bean on Easter!

Hal Higdon's Half Marathon Intermediate Training Plan scheduled these workouts:

What I did follows:

Monday: Stretch and Strengthen

What I did: Went for a lovely stroll with Miss Bean down to the Coffee Shop. She got a nap, I got a coffee!! J  

Tuesday: 4 mile "easy" run

What I did: 4 mile "easy" run with the stroller:

I was an exercise queen this day! Walked 1.25 miles with the stroller Ran 4.4 Miles with the stroller then “wogged” (walk/jog) with my friend for 1.25 miles. After all of that I did Zumba!!

Total Time: 40:36 Average Pace 9:13/mile

Wednesday: 40 Minute Tempo Run

What I did: This run was a struggle because I ran at a different time than I normally due and I had NO fuel and I also felt dehydrated a little. It was a battle but I did exactly what the run calls for 10 minutes “easy” 25 minutes “hard” 5 minutes “easy”

My Splits:
Mile 1: 9:17 (this felt really easy)
Mile 2: 8:00 (this felt not hard but not easy)
Mile 3: 7:52 (getting harder, wondering why I ran/walked and did Zumba the day before)
Mile 4: 7:46 (Oh my goodness, why me, why is this little hill here, ok keep fighting to finish)
Mile 5: 8:35 (kept the 7:40-50 pace for the first .25 till I hit 25 minutes and then ran “easy”)

Total 5 miles @ 41:32 8:18/mile average pace

Thursday: 3 mile "easy" run + Strength

What I did: 3 miles with stroller + Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Level 2

I did the Jillian workout before I ran and it made my legs soo heavy. This was an awesome workout though! I also walked 3 miles with a friend later that day. Miss Bean looked Ooo So Cute!!

Run Time: 3 miles at 29:32 Average Pace: 9:50/mile

Friday: Rest Day or easy run

What I did: Walked 3 miles with Miss Bean on the Centennial Trail because it was a pretty nice day J
Couple of photos I took on the trail:

 Cute little bunnies on the trail!

 Oh and I walked In flip flops too!
I then did some pilates and stretching which felt great!

Saturday: Rest

What I did: 3 stroller miles

This calls for a Rest day because it has a 10k scheduled on Sunday but I didn’t have a 10k so no need to take a rest day. I also ran in my new Lululemon Pace Setter Skirt, love it!!!

The total of my run was 3 miles in 28:05 Avg. Pace 9:21/mile

Sunday: 10-K Race

What I did: 10 mile “long” run

Yippee a FAMILY Run!! Love this!! It was a pretty nice day other than the wind, and of course I picked to run going against the wind on the Centennial Trail! The plan was that we would run 3 together and then my husband would walk back to car and I would finish my additional 7 miles and he would pick me up at that access point to the trail. Later he told me he walked 1 mile and then ran 2 miles back, making his total for running 5 miles J He made me proud!! Hoping it sparked a little desire for him to run longer…hoping!! The run was nice and steady and it felt easy running 9:00 to sub 9/min miles so my last 2 miles I ran at marathon pace. It was awesome!!

Here are my splits:
Mile 1:   9:40
Mile 2:   9:55
Mile 3:   9:57
Mile 4:   9:11
Mile 5:   9:02
Mile 6:   8:36
Mile 7:   9:00
Mile 8:   9:02
Mile 9:   8:12
Mile 10: 8:07

Total Miles 10 in 1:30:47 Average Pace 9:04/mile

Total Weekly Mileage: 25 running miles 10 walking miles

This upcoming Sunday I have a 5 mile race in hopes to get a better seeding for Bloomsday. I've been avoiding thinking about it because I know I'm going to have to push myself HARD but I know I WILL give it my BEST effort!!
After All my blogs called: Fight HARD, Finish the Race!!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Week 5 Half Marathon Training

This week while reading Dr. Seuss' Foot Book to Miss Bean she pointed at:
And said "Mama!" 
Awww, thank you little angel!!

What I did follows:

Monday: Stretch and Strengthen

What I did: I actually didn’t get anything in because I had a massive amount of errands to run and just didn’t make time for it to happen.  

Tuesday: 4 mile "easy" run

What I did: 4 mile "easy" run with the stroller:

Tested out my new Lululemon capris along with my new arm sleeves since I think I will be wearing those for Bloomsday. It was a beautiful day and had a great run despite the fact I had run 9 miles on Sunday.

Total Time: 38:18 Average Pace 9:34/mile
What do ya'll think? Should I run Bloomsday in this?

Wednesday: 7 x 400 5k pace

What I did: I didn’t do anything this day because this day went all wrong because I must of woke up on the wrong side of the bed or something. I took it easy and relaxed.

Thursday: 3 mile "easy" run + Strength

What I did: 3 easy miles + 8x400 at 7:13/mile pace + strength training

I decided to make up for lost time and combined my workouts. I did this the last time I had to do intervals and I liked it. I went to the gym since it was sleeting/hailing/snowing and I wanted to use the weights for my strength training. I ran my first mile at an easy pace with a 6% incline for the first half and then down to a 4% for the last and then dropped it to a 1% incline for my intervals. I ran 400 at 7:13/mile pace and then jogged for 200 at a 9:30/mile pace and then ran a ¾ of a mile cool down. My strength workout consisted of: 100 crunches and then 20 straight leg captains chairs, 3 sets of 7: 30 lb bicep curls, 3 sets of 7: 30lb triceps presses, 3 sets of 10: 65lb weighted row, 3 sets of 7: 70 lb sitting hamstring curls, 3 sets of 7: 70lb leg extensions, 3 sets of 10: 140lb leg press machine, 3 sets of 10 per leg: one legged squats, 20lb weighted 3foot step-ups, 3 sets of 10: 15 lb Russian twists. Followed by some nice stretching J

Run Time: 5.25 miles at 44:24 Average Pace: 8:27/mile

Friday: Rest Day

What I did: Another rest day taken over by errands, ugh!

Saturday: 3 “pace” mile run

What I did: 2 miles easy, 2 miles at “pace” and 1 magic mile

I’m planning on running Bloomsday and my speedy friend Tasha from Healthy Diva will be pacing me to run the 12k in an hour or under (Avg. 8:00/mile or less). My confidence has not been very high since my 5k didn’t go as planned even though I was sick and recovering from injury. I really wanted to PR the 5k and use it as a stepping stone for the rest of my training but, it didn’t happen. This brings me to the reason I decided to run a magic mile. I wanted to know how fast I could go if I actually pushed myself and then be able to use that knowledge to help me come to a realistic goal for Bloomsday as well as my half marathon. I still wanted to run my "pace" miles but I would run 1 before the magic mile and 1 after. Now Jeff Galloway says to run 1 easy mile before attempting the magic mile however I decided to do it this way to keep my scheduled run even though I probably could be a little faster doing it “his” way.
I started out running my warm up and had trouble getting in the grove, I had to stop twice to re-tie my shoes and stretch a little since I felt tight as well as winded, so I continued to run which ended up being a mile. I then ran a “pace” mile to the track which was 8:19 (powering up a couple small hills too, Boo Yaa!) When I got to the track I could see that there were stacks of hurdles on the side and the mats out…eek are they going to have a meet…but no one was around. I quickly took off my hat and gloves and put down my small Nathan bottle and did a little loosening up. I knew I wanted to get the mile over with as quick as possible just in case someone came out to yell at me. EYE OF THE TIGER…Ready…set….GO! I started off in a sprint and felt good and FAST, I looked down at my watch and saw a pace of 5:33/mile…holy moly!! But I knew I wouldn’t be able to hold it for too long. I finished my first 400 in a sub 6:00/mile pace which probably means I went out too fast but oh well. I kept trucking feeling like Chris Farley running after an ice cream truck. At .50 of a mile I was at 3:20 which means my pace was at a 6:40/mile pace and I was telling myself to just keep it there if I could. Then at the last 400 my mind willed my body to keep my legs going as fast as they could regardless if I felt like I wanted to puke. I dug deep seeing my hat and gloves ahead and then my Garmin went BEEP...6:39...WHOO HOO!! Praise the LORD!! Feeling like a million bucks I grabbed my Nathan and drank a little Nuun, put on my hat and gloves and then headed out like a bandit to make sure the authorities wouldn’t catch me. I had decided I wanted to run a “pace” mile after this which at first was a bit of a struggle but I eased into it and ran it in 8:17. I was going to just run about a .50 mile for cool down but then I thought about Harmony and Ryan and running for the Ulman Cancer Fund and decided why not run .50 more? I prayed for the Davis’ on my cool down, I prayed for healing and restoration and good things for them.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

The total of my run was 5 miles in 42:07 Avg. Pace 8:25/mile

Sunday: 8 mile “long” run

What I did: 9 mile “long” run

Again we had a Family Run for the first 3 miles!! We are on a ROLL!! But you know… that’s just how we roll? LOL The family run was fun but my muscles were tight and I really didn’t have a lot of energy to keep going after we split BUT I DID IT ANYWAY. I decided to run up another hill that is almost a mile long, once I did I wondered if I was still sane especially since I did speed work the day before! I really don’t have a lot of details on this run other then I just wanted to be done with it so I could enjoy the rest of Easter Day with my family. Overall it really wasn’t a great run for me.

Here are my splits:
Mile 1:   9:29
Mile 2: 10:00
Mile 3:   9:39
Mile 4: 10:28 (Ugh! Hill!)
Mile 5: 10:26 (Ate my PB GU (tasty) because I thought it would help me have more energy, It didn’t)
Mile 6:   9:00
Mile 7:   8:52 (Just want to be down ALREADY!)
Mile 8:   9:37
Mile 9:   9:07

Total Miles: 9 in 1:26:41 Average Pace 9:38/mile

Total Weekly Mileage: 23 running miles

If you are interested in logging miles with me for TEAM DAVIS to help fight cancer with the Ulman Cancer Fund please contact Harmony at , if you want more details on the raising funds or if you would like to donate refer to Harmony’s Blog at Keep On Keeping On.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Week 4 of Half Marathon Training-EYE OF THE TIGER

 EYE OF THE TIGER!! BAH HAH HAH!! Just kidding, I've been in a weird mood since my husband, while trying to motivate me to run the other day, told me to think EYE OF THE TIGER, I like the Rocky films and they are inspirational although in some ways slightly cheesy but, I LIKE CHEESE!!

What I did follows:

Monday: Stretch and Strengthen

What I did: 40 minutes of Yoga with Stretching and it was wonderful since Miss Bean slept the whole time. This was the first day of fighting back at cancer with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Team Davis and I wanted to log some miles however it was pouring rain outside so I went to the mall and ended up walking only 1 mile since Miss Bean could only take the stroller for so long and we kept passing a store with a bunch of stuffed animals that she wanted so she was not enjoying being in the stroller. She enjoys the stroller outside however when inside she is not as big of a fan of it.

Tuesday: 3.5 mile "easy" run

What I did: 4 mile "easy" run with the stroller:

Ran with Miss Bean for 4 miles to add a little extra for Team Davis, GO TEAM!!

Total Time: 40:03 Average Pace 10:00/mile a

Wednesday: 35 min Tempo Run

What I did: 35 min Tempo Run
Went to gym because it was raining in the morning but the rain departed by the time I got up to my in-laws house to drop Miss Bean off and I didn’t have my Garmin so I had to go to the gym (BLAH!) to make sure my pace increased through my run. I actually did pretty good on this run because I felt good and had lots of energy. I ran just as the plan prescribes: 10 minutes easy, 20 minutes hard with the last 10 minutes being the hardest and then 5 minutes easy. After I ran I saw a StairMaster free and I really have been wanting to do stairs so I did 1 mile of stairs in 12 minutes.

Total Running Miles: 4.14 miles @ 35:00 minutes Average Pace 8:27/mile

Total StairMaster Miles: 1 mile @ 12 minutes

Thursday: 3 mile "easy" run + Strength

What I did: 3 “easy” miles with stroller

Rain…seems to be a trend these days but it’s spring so what else should I expect?
April showers bring May flowers or March Snow/Hail/Showers brings April Showers??

Run Time: 3.11 miles at 30:09 Average Pace: 9:41/mile

Friday: Rest Day

What I did: I wanted to get some Yoga in but it did not happen and I also wanted to do some walking but that didn’t happen either. However, I did get to go down to the opening of Lululemon and I treated myself to these:
Run: Inspire Crop II

I also got the Pace Setter skirt but I'm having a hard time finding an image that will work. You can find it on their website: Lululemon


Saturday: 3 “easy” mile run
What I did: 3 miles with the Stroller.
My dailymile details say it all:
Super heavy today, stroller felt heavy and I just felt like a Clydesdale running down the street. BLAH!! Hoping tomorrows run will be better!
The total of my run was 3 miles in 31:11 Avg. Pace 10:23/mile

Sunday: 7 mile “long” run
What I did: 9.56 mile “long” run (I inteded on running 8 miles with this run since last weeks long run was 7 but I’ll explain later what happened and how I ended up adding 1.56 miles to it.)

Again we had a Familly Run for the first 3 miles!! My Hubby struggled with the run and I pushed the stroller halfway through the 3 miles, not by his request I just told him to switch since I wanted it to be easier for him. I had in my mind I wanted to run up a hill that was almost 2 miles long and had wanted to only run 2 miles before I set out to run the hill but I decided I wanted company for a bit before I split off. My hubby told me when I was running off Miss Bean had woke up and saw me running away and said “Mama” and waved goodbye and then said Oooo and pointed watching me run away, Awww melt my heart J When I was 3.66 miles my Garmin had stopped, I don’t know if it had lost signal or if I accidentally hit the button and I didn’t notice it till about ½ mile down the road and turned it back on. I wasn’t sure how long it had been or if it was even a ½ mile that was my “guesstimate” so I decided I would run for 8 miles anyway and have to map it when I got home. I ran about a ¼ mile more and met the beginning of my hill and started climbing. Let me just say that there is virutually no “flat” spots on this hill, it’s 99% hill with only a short tenth of a mile drop before another incline, it’s a climb of over 500ft of elevation per my Garmin stats. I don’t know why I like putting myself through challenging obstacles but there is something about conquering things like running hills that makes me feel as if I could do anything. I also want to run an ultra one day and this is a taste of climbing moutains for me. While running up the hill I was thinking of many things such as: “Why am I doing this?” “When is this hill going to stop?” “Dig Deeper!!” “I RUN THIS BODY!!” (Dorothy Beal) “I can do ALL things through Christ, even running or “jogging” up hills, it does say ALL” “Oh Yeah, Take that Hill, You ARE NOTHING!!” Once I reached close to the top and there was the little .10 dip I raised my arms up like Rocky (well it was more of a stretch just so I didn’t look like a total weirdo if somone happened to be looking out their window, lol), EYE OF THE TIGER (lol), Praise the Lord!!, I climbed up another .25 mile and then reached the top and looked down and what a glorious sight to see. Now for going down, I knew I didn’t want to fly down but I didn’t want to go super slow either. There was a lot of gravel on the road too so I wanted to be sure I wouldn’t slip and fall. I hit mile 6 after I started my descent and looked down at my Garmin to see the pace of 12:34 for the second mile of the climb and I got a little choked up remembering that less than a year ago, 8 weeks after Miss Bean was born, when I started to run again, still being 40+ pounds over weight, my miles where at this pace. I remember being so upset at myself for gaining so much weight (I gained 74 lbs total over my pregnancy) and not being able to run during my pregnancy due to the first misinformed doctor I went to who told me not to run anymore (I had ran up till I was 7 weeks pregnant in hot temps too!) and even though my OB told me I could run a month later it was too late because I had lost majority of my fitness and my heart rate would shoot up in the 150’s very quickly. I then began to focus on NOW, NOW I can run(jog) up a hill at a 12 minute pace and my easy pace is 9-10 minute miles, with a stroller nevertheless! Running down the hill I started to become so thankful for all the things in my life and I started thanking God for my family, for running, for being able to accomplish the things I put my mind to and for helping me get back in shape, ect.(yada,yada,yada!) (Sidenote: I will say that I have 2 lbs now to pre-baby weight however, 3 lbs are fat stores and milk from nursing so “technically” I’m at pre-baby weight. It may have taken 13 months but HEY! I did it! ) I reached the bottom of the hill and realized that I was already at 7. something miles and that my run was going to go over my intended 8 miles. I first thought “Oh No, I’m increasing too much mileage this week and what about the 10% rule” I then said “BAH!! I FEEL GREAT!! Who gives a rip!! I’m running the rest of the way home!” Which ended up being 9 miles on my Garmin. When I got home I mapped my run and found out it was actually 9.56 miles so, I was pretty accurate thinking I had lost .50 of a mile, pretty cool…pretty cool.

Here are my splits:
Mile 1: 10:32
Mile 2: 9:43
Mile 3: 9:50
Mile 4: 3:52 (this is where it stopped and that’s all my Garmin says)
Mile 5: 11:39 (1st mile up hill)
Mile 6: 12:34 (2nd mile up hill)
Mile 7: 8:42 (1st mile down hill)
Mile 8: 9:06 (2nd mile down hill)
Mile 9: 9:06
Total Miles 9 in 1:25:08 Average Pace 9:28/mile

Total Weekly Mileage: 25 miles (23 running miles, 2 walking/stairmaster miles)
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