Weekend Highlights + 20 Mile Success

This past weekend was amazing! Thank you for all of your words of support and good luck wishes for my husband! He is officially a half-Ironman! =)  Below are some of the highlights from our weekend:

– Crossing Finish Line with our youngest. I can’t stop smiling at this picture. This is the first finish line the little guy has crossed.

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 Half Ironman: Despite the heat (it was 90 degrees + super humid despite being a week into October), a pinched nerve in his neck last week (he was on steroids and muscle relaxers until race day to help with the pain and stiffness), a flat tire on the bike and bad stomach cramping during the run, my husband crossed the finish line!! There will always be something to complain about if you want to, but we are focusing on the good instead. He is a half-Ironman!

Still smiling at mile 6.5

Still smiling at mile 6.5

Weekend with our youngest – It was so fun to get 24+ hours with just the little guy. I put a picture up on IG last week and mentioned how I am loving my 90 min twice/week with him right now while my oldest is in “class” (it’s a toddler program that focuses on being around other children and the beginning parts of taking directions/listening). I love that they have each other. I grew up with three sisters and can’t imagine my life without them in it. But, it’s a constant struggle to give them both the undivided attention I wish I could give them. So I will gladly take these special moments when I can.

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– Family to help out: My mom and youngest sister watched our oldest – as much as I would have loved to have both boys, logistically, it would have been tough to be at the race for hours with both of them. So, my oldest got to have a fun sleepover and I received a ton of pictures and updates on how their day/night was progressing.

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– Better appreciation for being on the “other side”. I didn’t race the Half Ironman, but I was absolutely exhausted Sunday evening and most of Monday. My son and I made our way to the race site early on Sunday (8am) in order to try to see Paul come out of transition (which we did!). After a short run with the stroller, we went back to hotel to shower and get lunch. My son and I then set up a little area along the run route where we got to see Paul at the halfway point and then again as he was heading to the finish line. I’m not complaining at all – I loved every second of the day – but it is exhausting to try to be at various points along the course (and with a little one in tow). Between carrying him (20+ lbs) and a backpack filled with a few toys/books, diapers, snacks, camera, water, I felt like I had just run a marathon.

A snack and a toy all in one!

A snack and a toy all in one!

– Recovery miles with a friend. I was so excited to meet up with Amanda (aka Miss Zippy), one of my favorite bloggers, and her daughter for a few recovery miles on the very, very hilly run course. I met Amanda last year at the Runner’s World Festival – and practically jumped up and down when she emailed me to tell me how close she lives to the race course.

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– Meeting Judith: After saying goodbye to Amanda, I was getting ready to start running again, when I heard someone calling my name. I turned around to see Judith, a running mom of 3 who reads my blog and who lives in the area.  She had been driving by in the car with her family when she saw me and came over to say hi. Meeting and chatting with her was so amazing…and huge congrats to her – she recently qualified for her first Boston and will be running it this April! =)

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Recovery miles with my buddy. I took the little guy in the running stroller for my six recovery miles. Amanda and I ran about 3 together and then I turned around and ran back to the race area. I expected some company with me for the miles, but the little stinker was slacking and slept the whole time!

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– Long Run Success. So now for some training updates. I had a redo with last week’s 20 miler. Plan called for 20 miles with 12 at MGP. I was getting myself worked up over the workout. I know I can run 12 miles at that pace. I ran 12 miles 20 sec/mile faster a few weeks ago at the Philly Half.  But I was worried about doing it on tired legs and then tacking on some more mileage at the end.

I did 2 warmup miles (8:08, 7:33) with the 2nd getting progressively faster until I was running close to goal pace (7:20). By mile 2 I started questioning how I would run another 10 miles at this pace. I forced myself to break this run up. 12 miles seems so daunting. So instead, I focused on 5 and then 7. I decided to fuel and hydrate at mile 7 (mile 5 of MGP). Although it wasn’t too hot (70), it was 90% humidity and I was soaked by mile 5 or 6. Once I got to the 6th MGP, I began counting the miles down, just focusing on one at a time.

I was pretty spent when I hit that last mile but forced myself to finish strong. Not my fastest mile of day, but not my slowest. I refueled/hydrated after those miles were over. Unfortunately, I realized I still had another 6 miles left to run. My legs were tired. I felt a bit shaky (I think from not eating anything prior to run). These 6 miles were not as fast as I would have liked, but I was thrilled to have nailed the MGP miles.

Splits: 8:08, 7:33, 7:16, 7:14, 7:13, 7:18, 7:16, 7:17, 7:16, 7:17, 7:17, 7:15, 7:16, 7:15, 7:53, 7:46, 7:41, 7:49, 7:47, 7:27.  The 12 MGP miles averaged out to just under a 7:16 pace, so a bit under goal pace.  Average for 20: 7:27.

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– First 60 mile week! This was my first 60+ mile week since 2009 (when I was training for Boston).  Pretty excited about how strong I have been feeling with this higher mileage. Less than 6 weeks until Philly!!

What was a highlight from your weekend?

What has been your max weekly mileage? 

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    1. I wrote that already but again, huge congrats to your husband! Btw, you’re such a wonderful family, I just love the way you support each other! My highest milage for the NYCM is 45 miles and I hit it twice already. I’m going to hit it again for the last time next week. Unfortunately, I’ve been sick with the flu since yesterday, so I don’t know what my training will look like his week. I’m just worried about my half on Sunday…
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    2. It was so great to meet you, Michele! You are who I think of when I’m having a tough run. I channel your stamina and enthusiasm and sense of balance and that helps me get through!! So glad you had a blast over the weekend—your husband rocked a tough course in that muggy weather. Loved the pic of him with your youngest!! Let’s stay in touch!!

    3. Looks like an awesome weekend to me…family time, time with friends, running, all of it!

      That’s an awesome 20 miler, really solid with the paces too. I have really enjoyed following your blog and you training this year and I think you are setting yourself up for an awesome Marathon in Philly.

      Highlight of the weekend was a new marathon PR by 4 minutes :) 3:17!
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    4. I hit my highest mileage week this past week. Total of 52 and I had my long run cut short by 2 miles due to a storm. My last 50 mile week was a year ago and I remember being so tired. Now I’m stronger and faster. Feels great!

    5. Awesome weekend, for sure! So happy we got to meet up and that your husband had a good day. Huge props to him for finishing out in those awful conditions! When I went to my daughter’s soccer game at 3, across from Centennial, there were still tons of people on the run course–brutal! Your little running buddy is the cutest–glad I got to see him before he conked out!

      You are in great shape going into this marathon. Can’t wait to see you rock it. I had a 60-mile week, too, last week!
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    6. I have been traveling with my husband over the weekend for his first residency interview. He did great and I loved seeing him finally getting to the end of the first stage of this journey!

      Congrats to your hubby! There is nothing better than cheering them on :) I will be doing that this weekend at the Chicago Marathon!
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