I Miss Running

I couldn’t get my act together this week and get out of bed when my alarm went off.  The littlest guy has returned to his twice (or sometimes three) a night wakeup to nurse (maybe a growth spurt?) so I’d like to think it’s from a lack of sleep.  I am slightly OCD and so I set multiple alarms on my phone offset by 5 min – in case I shut the alarm off while I’m still half asleep.

The plan works great in theory – and most mornings, I have no problem jumping out of bed with the first alarm (I am typically not a snooze girl) – but when you are exhausted and continually hit snooze on the alarms, it means that there is an alarm going off every 5 min.  You don’t really get any sort of sleep in those 5 minutes.  It’s just enough time to start to fall back asleep before the beeping commences.  One morning, I hit snooze for 40 min.  My husband wanted to kill me.  Per his request, the alarms are now set 10 min apart.

This week was an eye opener for me.  Since most mornings I was running behind and couldn’t follow my planned workout, I fit in what I could.  I’ve noticed that when I am pressed for time, my mind and body immediately want to squeeze in a run – not a bike or swim – regardless of what I was supposed to be doing that day.  I think part of it is that I miss running.  It sounds strange to say because I am running – and often times, about 3-5x/week.  But, I miss having my whole day revolve around running – I used to eat, hydrate, sleep for my run the next day.  I like running on tired legs because of a hard run the day before – not because I had a hard bike ride.  And it’s not just the act of running – I am spending more time reading and learning about the other two sports and am finding that I am spending much less time completely focused on running. And I miss it. 

Have you read this book?  You NEED to.  I plan to do a full review on it when I’m finished!

I am REALLY enjoying Ironman Training and the opportunity to challenge my mind and body more than I ever have before.  But, I think my heart will always be with running – and I’m not sure if I will get hooked on triathlons the way everyone has told me I will.  It’s just hard right now – I sometimes feel like I resent the other two sports because they are making me tired to do what my heart wants to.

The NJ Marathon is in THREE and a half weeks (I still can’t believe that!).  Because of that I am going into (what I call) coast mode with my biking and swimming beginning at the end of next week.  After months of training for this marathon, the last thing I want to do is sabotage my race goals by tiring myself out.  I will still be biking and swimming – but plan to cut it WAY down two weeks out and then even more so the week of the race.  No crazy hard swims or rides.  I realize that this could be shooting myself in the foot for the Ironman at the end of July, but I’m hoping that a few weeks of easy to little swimming and biking won’t have a huge impact.

Workouts from this week.  VERY run-centric.  No swimming (yet).

Sunday: 30 min easy bike and 3.5 mile run (7:36 pace) – I talked about this workout here.

Monday: 6 easy miles pushing littlest guy in the stroller (8:21 pace).  This was the first stroller run for the littlest guy and the first for me since I was pregnant with him.  Success all around.  I felt great (despite pushing the stroller into 15 mph winds) and more importantly, HE loved it.  Stayed awake the whole time and didn’t make a sound!  I LOVE running with the stroller, but my oldest son never sat well in it (even when I was running) so I didn’t get to do as many runs as I had hoped for. We plan to get a duallie so that I can push both boys (now that my oldest is older, he wants to sit in the stroller!)

Tuesday: 3 x 2 mile repeats on the treadmill.  Okay. This run hurt. A lot.  On par with how this 5 mile tempo run felt.  After the first set, I was pretty close to convincing myself to do a few mile repeats and call it a morning.  I have gotten okay with suffering through ~6 min of pain on the mile repeats.  Two mile repeats are a whole other kind of pain.  Granted, my pace isn’t as fast (I was around 6:20-6:25 for most of them), but you are doing them for WAY longer.  The 8-9 min point is when I really started to hate life each time.  Less than 5 min to go, but it still felt like an eternity.  The only good thing about 2 mile repeats is that I did a slightly longer active recovery after each set.   I did a 3 min active recovery (2:45 before I started increasing the pace) so I felt pretty rested each time I started over.

Mile Warm-up: 7:52
12:46 (6:24, 6:22)
12:41 (6:24, 6:17)
12:40 (6:22, 6:20)
7 Miles: 46:46

Planned on doing a 90 min steady state bike ride Tuesday night but BOTH boys decided they wanted to stay awake at bedtime.  My youngest didn’t fall asleep until after 830 – at which point a 90 min bike ride was clearly not happening.

WednesdayRest Day

Thursday – If you are up early enough reading this, I will be in the middle of a (planned) 20 miler.  Fingers crossed that I get up when the alarm goes off =)

Are you a snooze button person?

Have you done triathlons before?  Did you get hooked or did you return to primarily running? 

2 mile repeats – have you tried them? 

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    5. Your 2 mile repeats on instagram inspired me to add it to my week – but it was supposed to be this morning, but I just wasn’t feeling it– manged one set, but called it good. It was hot, and my heart and legs were heavy.

      I definitely get what you mean about running being your first love, and not sure that you’re going to fall in love with the triathlon. I did my first tri last year (just a sprint) and yes, it was fun, but I wouldn’t say I was hooked… I still haven’t signed up for a second! But I do think I’ll do a half ironman someday.
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    6. I am a super light sleeper, so I only need 1 alarm. One I’m up I’m up, sadly though, I forget to turn off my 5am alarm on the days I actually get to sleep in and never really sleep in.
      Haven’t tried 2 mile repeats, but will be soon! I haven’t done a triathalon before – I’m just now getting my toes wet (literally) with swimming 😉
      You are putting in some serious training and I have a feeling that it’s goin to show 10x fold come NJmar. and LP!
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    7. Oh I know the feeling! I’ve been training for a half Ironman so was doing twice weekly swims and bikes along with my marathon training. 4 weeks before the marathon I dropped the biking so I could focus on the run, and went down to 1x week swimming. Then, because I was away for spring break, I didn’t swim at all and didn’t feel like it when I got back, with just a couple of weeks before the marathon. I’ve been enjoying going back to being just a runner, but after Monday I know I’ll be ready to start biking (and swimming) again! It’s nice to be able to rotate between the three sports. Like you, I’ll always be a runner, but I do love triathlon! Good luck in your marathon and with your IRONMAN training! Very impressive.
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    8. I’m so guilty of hitting snooze multiple times in the morning! You said it perfectly – those five minutes aren’t enough for legit sleep, but just enough so you’re almost there. I need to put my phone way across the room so I actually have to get up and walk to turn it off. That usually works for me to combat the snooze monster.
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    9. I totally understand what you mean when you say you miss running! In all honesty, you might just love running best and that’s okay! Not everyone who does a triathlon goes crazy for them. I’m interested to see how the rest of your training goes…after you crush the NJ marathon, of course!!

      As for 2 mile repeats, I haven’t done them yet but I know they’re on my training plan – can’t wait!!

    10. i saw the title and thought whhhat I know she’s running. But as i read i knew exactly what you meant. I forced myself to start doing more strength and cross training early in the year, I can tell it’s been HUGE for me but ohh I miss running twice a day or lots of long runs or just a run because I had time :)
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    11. I am the Queen of Snooze!! I figure out what time I *actually* need to be up and set my alarm for 20-30 minutes earlier. Definitely not the best habit, but it works. Most of the time. As far as tris go, I’ve done 2 plus one as the swimmer on a team. I’ve got #3 (and my first open-water swim) planned for this June and then it’ll be back to primarily running. Maybe next year after I get the Dopey Challenge out of the way I’ll focus more on triathlon.
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    12. SUCH a good book! I realized that when I’m training for a running race I want to spend most of my time running. I did some swimming & biking as cross training and prep for the upcoming tri season but I began to resent them because they meant less running. I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels like this. Put the marathon as #1 and then once it’s over switch to 100% Ironman training. An Ironman is no joke and requires a LOT of bike and swim training as well as running. As it gets warmer out you may come to really enjoy biking!
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    13. I do the same obnoxious thing with my alarm and have been hitting my snooze button faster than I’m able to open my eyes and actually read the alarm reminders. {sigh} Thankfully, the hubs doesn’t have to deal with it much until Saturday mornings & that’s just a one time deal since I know my girlfriends are waiting for me.

      I haven’t worked my way through the book, but met Chrissie at an expo and have my signed book – and bib! She is seriously that giddy happy awesome.

      Triathlons, not so much. at. all. I like dry land and that it’s a much shorter fall to the ground running rather than biking. :)

      Two mile repeats sound like torture. Must mean I should give it a go.
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    14. I am a major snooze button lover. I too set 3 alarms 5 minutes apart and let them go off for 30-40 minutes. My husband hasn’t said anything about and I don’t know why. Sometimes I want to say something for him. On race mornings or when I’m getting up to workout it’s not an issue. It’s the alarms getting up for work that I can’t adhere to. But, I’m a teacher and workout after work instead of before because of the time I like to be at school and darkness. Your workouts look great. I can imagine how learning about an focusing on biking and swimming would lead you to miss running even though you’re still doing it. Spending time and energy on other stuff I’m sure almost feels like cheating. Now that I’ve bought a bike and have done the swim and bike portion of a spring, I’m itching to sign up for some longer distance tris into a half ironman. In the next year or two I know I’m going to be signing myself up for a full Ironman. I’m already excited just saying it. I love watching your triathlon training. I don’t know how you do it with your two boys and the schedule that you must have to keep. Congrats on a great week!
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    15. I gave up snoozing for Lent – was MOSTLY effective. I know logically if you press snooze you are not going to get quality sleep.
      It helps that my hours at work have changed from 8am to 9:30 which means I now sleep until 5:45 instead of 4:15 and it. is. glorious.

      I can’t believe the marathon is so close – hoping your 20 went well mine is set for Sunday with the Women’s half mixed…not so enthusiastic about running CP again for this training run…ready for the flats!
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    16. I really loved that book. It’s so freaking inspiring. I love running and swimming but it’s always easier to go running in a logistical sense – just get out and go but I have an easier time with swim workouts. I just wish that I could get to the pool more often than I do. I really loved the process of training for the tri that I did a while back and the race but I haven’t done another one. I think because I really don’t like biking outside of a spin studio :-) You are doing so great though. I love hearing about your training and I totally get that you miss running.
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    17. Ugh, sorry about the night feedings–I know how that goes!! You’re a rockstar for doing anything at all after nights like those.

      I’m not a triathlon girl (yet?) but I can imagine that I’d miss running if I had to find ways to work in swimming and biking on top of it. I’m overwhelmed just thinking about how you pull that off!

      What kind of running stroller do you have? I’m in the market–wondering if I should just get a cheapy to get me through the next year or two and then invest in an expensive dualy BOB when we (God willing) have our next kid. I guess there’s no telling whether two kids would like it at the same time, like you’re saying…
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    18. The alarms…are so me! I do the exact same thing with setting them at 5 minute intervals. I hit the snooze a couple of times. I’m guilty. I get the running part too. I’m now where close to the runner you are, however, I was just talking to my husband about how the urge to run more and more is strangely strong even though it is so incredibly hard for me. I don’t know what that inner drive is? I love it though. I hope you get some rest soon.
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    19. I really love this post! So honest and real, but incredibly inspiring! I can’t believe your marathon is in 3 1/2 weeks!!! You will be ready :)

      Not looking forward to those 2 mile repeats I have coming up, haha
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    20. My husband has done 3 Ironman events and so I started dabbling in triathlons to join him in shorter events… and I felt the same way. I enjoyed a bike ride for about 10 miles and then I just wanted to get off and run! When it was 20 miles I got really impatient and I didn’t want to spend my training time on the bike, I wanted to spend it running. I have now left the triathlons to him and I’m back with my one true love – running. :) I missed it too.
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    21. I am by far a snooze button person, I need to get better about it. Especially with how crazy busy my life is right now, mornings are the best time for me to be working out so I am not up so late, I just need to get back into that mode.
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    22. I really get how you feel, every time I do any exercise that is not running I wish I was running. I am so horrible with the snooze button, it never ends for me until my husband actually gets me out of bed.

      I have never done a tri before but I ran the leg for a half iron man and I’ve always wanted to. My husband took me to try out a Felt bike and he’s got me pretty convinced. My only problem is that I’m scared of swimming in open water with that many people. My brothers used to try and drown me a lot when I was little and I’m still afraid. I love the ocean and swimming and snorkeling, it’s just doing it with lots of people that bothers me. It also doesn’t help that I failed swimming lessons as a kid, I still remember crying and being the only one who didn’t pass. It kind of sticks. My husband suggested I get personal swimming lessons to get over my swimming issues. I think I’ll try a duatholon and then go from there.

      Good luck with your training, your amazing!
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    23. I’m not a snooze button-er. I’m a reset the alarm for 40 minutes later person. Normally I never hit reset and just get up but occasionally I get on these 1-2 week kicks where I reset the alarm like every day. I’m convinced that my body just needs the sleep on those days. Usually after a few days of it, though, I have begun to hate feeling rushed and having to squeeze workouts in after work. Then I’m back to the usual.

      I’m so excited for your marathon & Ironman. I feel like I’ve been reading about your training for so long that I can’t wait to see how it all goes!! Kind of like a book you haven’t finished yet & don’t know the ending of :)

    24. I get to school every morning to read your posts while I drink my coffee and get my head ready for the day. I “miss running” too, but for different reasons. The last few weeks have been hectic-a stress fracture scare, which turned out to be tendonitis, and then taking off running since last Wednesday April 3rd to rest and focus on core/strength training has me missing running. Now I feel ready to run again, but I have to admit I feel nervous about finding my “run” again and I fear injury because for a moment I saw how quickly I could lose what matters so much to me. I feel ready today though and as always your posts and accomplishments inspire me:) Thanks Michelle!! I know you will Rock the Jersey Marathon!! Keep posting!!
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    25. You just summed up exactly why I gravitated to running from triathlon…I just like running more than the other two sports. I’ll still do a sprint here and there, but that’s b/c I can still skew the training in favor of running and get away with it. With IM, you’ve gotta put in the time, especially on the bike.

      I hate the snooze button–never use it. I find it to be torture!

      I can’t believe it’s only three weeks until NJ…it seems impossible that it’s that late in the year!
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    26. yes, half the reason i don’t do triathlons anymore. I just like running. James can relate, but he also loves a good swim and bike and we don’t have kids. LOL!
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    27. 2mi repeats are my new favorite workout! I try to really push the pace but still maintain control. The rest period between each helps reenergize for the next push! It is a great workout. Good luck on the 20 miler!
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