Life and Running Lately

Life at home with the boys lately has been wonderful but crazy. I continually think that the next stage of their little lives will be easier and give me more “me” time during the day, but there’s always something else that takes it away. I’m finding myself more of a referee these days – they are playing more independently (yay!) AND together, which completely makes my heart ache with happiness, but a 3 y/o and 16 m/o’s idea of playing is slightly different. My oldest wants to build huge block towers and play with his trains and my youngest wants to knock it all down and throw things around.  These difference of opinions lead to little fights that have seem to become a constant occurrence (which I know is normal between siblings!). Add to that their napping is nonexistent or at the least, short and sporadic, so I no longer have that dedicated chunk of time in the afternoon to blog, respond to emails, or run on the treadmill like I had grown accustomed to.  

Taking selfies at an early age - HA

Taking selfies at an early age – HA

This past week was filled with lots of family time, celebrations and running – which also added to my lack of blogging. We went over my aunt’s home on Sunday to visit several of my aunts/uncles/cousins and my grandmother (the boy’s GG).

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GG with 4 of her (many) great-grandchildren!

My in-laws (from Alaska!) were in town visiting for the better part of the week – they arrived Tuesday morning and are currently enroute back to their beautiful state. It’s been a wonderful week for all of us – the boys got to spend precious time with their grandparents while I had a few extra hands to help with errands and the boys. I also got to sleep in while they were here and run later in the morning while my in-laws played with the boys. Win-Win =)

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And then we celebrated my oldest son’s birthday this past as well: dinner/cake on his birthday and then a party on Sunday with family and neighborhood friends.

Out for a spin in his new car =)

Out for a spin in his new car =)

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Running Recap

Tuesday: early run on the treadmill while my husband and oldest son were off to the airport to get my in-laws. 9 miles in 1:06:54 (7:26 average pace) with a 2 mile warmup, 5 tempo miles and 2 mile cooldown. Goal pace for the tempo miles was 6:55-7:00 for first few and then if things felt good, down to 6:50. Actual splits were 6:58, 6:53, 6:53, 6:51, 6:44 (~6:52 pace for the 5 miles). This was a good mental run for me – I’ve been worrying about how much speed I lost since training for Philly but after a few tempo and fast finish runs, I feel like I’m getting close to where I was at the conclusion of that training cycle.

Wednesday: another 9 miles on the treadmill in 1:11:49 (~8:00 pace). I’ve been doing a bit more work with hills/inclines during my easy runs especially when I am on the treadmill. After a few easy miles, I began alternating .2 miles of small, short hills (2.0-3.0) with .3 miles on flat (or .5 incline) while maintaining the same pace to simulate rolling hills.

Thursday: First interval workout in months – 8×800 with a 2 mile warmup and ~1.6 mile cooldown. Goal time for each 800 was 3:10 (6:20 pace) so I started at 3:09 and dropped it down to 3:05 for the last few. I put the incline on .5 for the 800s and 0.0 for the 2 min recovery.

Friday: 9 miles – OUTSIDE! Despite it being 34 and rainy, I needed to breathe some fresh air and get off the treadmill so I bundled up and had an amazing run on the roads. There were some slightly icy sections of road but mostly it was either just wet or slushy. I ran a bit faster than I should have for a recovery run (7:42 pace) but was so completely enjoying the cold, fresh air that I stopped looking at my garmin and just ran on feel.

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My plan was to run 18 miles on Saturday morning. Unfortunately, I pulled something in my neck during the night and woke up not able to sit up without help. The pain was shooting down my neck and into my back and it was hard for me to even stand upright, so the run was obviously out. I spent most of the day lying flat on the couch. I was hoping to wake up Sunday and be back to normal but the pain was still there – so another unplanned rest day. Kind of a bummer to end a great week of running that way. But I’m just relieved that pain has gone away and that I was able to resume running on Monday.

How was your week of running?

If you blog/are active on social media: How do you find that balance with life?

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    21 thoughts on “Life and Running Lately

    1. Your training looks great- I’m a little jealous of the speed work, but I have to say, I’ve had no motivation to go super hard. I’ve been doing a lot of miles, but easy pace on most with some random hills. I did do a tempo last week similar to the one you did on Tuesday- felt good to work hard. :) Good to catch up and hear what you are up to!
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    2. Those sound like great runs! Your boys are so lucky to know their great grandma, both my husband and I lost our grandparents very young and never knew great grandparents, I’m always amazed by people who get to interact with multiple generations :)
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    3. The blogging and the life balance is so hard sometimes. I haven’t figured it out. I feel like I have and then it skews back the other way. I’m doing my best to try to focus on doing what I can when I can and not stress about the other stuff. It’s so great that you have so much family nearby.
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    4. It’s hard when kids fight, but they say it’s a great tool for them to learn to resolve problems and difficult situations, so yey to fighting..
      Those are great runs, very speedy!

    5. Oh friend, I think you are doing a superb job now! We will always read your blog because of that. No matter how little you post. I think once you find your groovr, you’ll stay there. It just takes tinkering first

    6. How great that the grandparents were there to help out and give you a break! I remember those days of having preschooler and toddler boys, the baby messing with the older one’s projects, it is very challenging! I’m impressed, really, that you keep up with that, running, and blogging. I’m sure the blogging has to take a back seat sometimes and that’s fine!
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    7. They will always fight, but I do remember some quite blissful years between the ages of 3 and 7. Mine are 15 and 16 now. Those days you are living now seem like that last forever, but the years go by so, so fast! Enjoy!

    8. I blog every day, but mostly just use it as a journal of my workouts, so it isn’t a very exciting blog! I also do not have children so that helps. Unfortunately I have a very very stressful job, which I can not blog about soooo that detracts.

      SO fun that your kids are starting to play with each other. I am the “crazy aunt” and every year when visiting my nephews, I would after about 3 days of non-stop action, wish they would be slightly more independent. This Christmas it happened…the 10 and 11 yr old were content to not be in adult company. It kind of broke my heart a tiny bit, so enjoy these moments, as I’m sure you are!!!! Great running BTW. My running week…remains in recovery mode, not that fun, not that accomplished, but pain free.
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    9. I’m still searching for the perfect balance but for now I’m making it work (I think) the best I can :) My kids are similar is age (our oldest is 4 1/2) and they are great in the fact that I can at least squeeze in a workout DVD while they are both awake – I don’t trust the 17-month-old around the treadmill yet so I stay off that until my husband is home. You are doing a great job (just in case no one has told you lately).
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    10. Hi – I blog and am very active of social media, and I also work full time. I find time to do it when I can. I make sure I have a post up about 6 days a week, and I utilize my time at night to catch up, when me and the hubby are watching tv, or anytime that I won’t be cutting into our together time. I also try to catch up on it by sneaking it in during the workday. During lunch and stuff like that.
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    11. Working full time can definitely create issues with blogging and social media. I try and keep up but the biggest thing for me is to be realistic and NOT feel guilty. NO I can’t always comment or read all the posts I want to. NO I cant write posts daily or even every other day. I don’t know if I have found a balance with it all or I am just content knowing that some weeks I will blog and do more things than others.

      Nice week of running! Looks like training for LA is going well. Glad that the neck is feeling better, sometimes the body picks weird ways to tell us not to run 😉
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    12. I find it incredibly hard to blog sometimes and I don’t even have kids! With working full time, training, family stuff, and trying to be a good girlfriend, sometimes blogging slips through the cracks. I used to feel guilty, but then I realized my priorities are correct. Now I’m trying to schedule out certain times during the day where I can blog, and then I need to shut it off and disconnect for the other parts. I also write multiple posts in one day (if I’m feeling inspired), and then save them for later in the week :)
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    13. I am a new mother and work full time, just started up a blog and trying to fit it all in but find it is doable. I think there are days where I get more energy by blogging and running than not, so I keep doing it. But when it gets to be too much, I’ll stop.
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    14. Oh, no – sorry about your neck that is never fun!!!
      Glad you had some great time with family!
      My boys are older now (15 and almost 13) so it is different but when they were little like yours I needed nap time. Even when they quit napping every day we still had a short rest time – some days it was my only break (like when my husband was deployed).
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    15. Wow. I just finished a blog post about some similar ideas. I have an older child, (my 12 year old redhead) so now my life is more about finding myself at this new stage of life. My life revolves around my relationship as a mother with my daughter, running, and teaching. I find myself trying to post a blog at least two or three times a month. I love blogging, it is a way for me to capture the heart and soul of my life. Running happens most times 5 days out of a 7 day week. I do spend most times during the week and on weekends with lesson plans and grading papers. It is definitely a balance. This year for me, it is all about seeing the opportunities that each day presents and renewal of myself as I turn 39 years old.
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    16. Izzy is finally getting to the stage where all she does is annoy her big brother. Every time I try to run at home on the treadmill, it’s always I’ve got to go potty, or “mom she’s climbing the bookcase,” or I need a different movie, can I have a snack. I feel like it’s not even worth it sometimes the amount of time I have to get off and start back up and I hate it when the treadmill times out and you have to start with 0 all over again, it messes with my mind.

      I’ve been blogging less unless I feel the need to really share something. I just don’t have time to do it all. I’ve been finding more pleasure in reading other people’s blogs with my coffee than writing my own.
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    17. Life is always busy with something. Blogging has been fun and while I do enjoy sharing my daily antics I am realizing that daily posts isn’t something I can maintain long term. So now I am trying to post 3x a week. I tend to take pictures daily that become my “outline” for my post. Those pictures get put in folders on my computer and then I can pull from that little library to write the post. My blog tends to be more journal style but I do want to take some time to create posts that are more benefit oriented. I actually thought I would do that over the holidays but my time off from work was filled with so many other commitments. I actually fell asleep last night while blogging from my laptop at 10pm. So I powered down, went to bed and wrapped it up this morning while eating my breakfast :)
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    18. I’m pretty new to blogging so am by no means an expert but having just moved house and not having our internet installed until Friday I’ve found writing down the structure of a blog post or key points to include really helpful. As soon as I get to somewhere were there is Internet the skeleton of the post is already mapped out for me and I just have to fill in the blanks. Given that ‘somewhere with Internet’ is often a coffee shop it means that I don’t end up spending hours in there hunched over a laptop.
      Having said that you make looking after your kids, marathon training and blogging look very easy!
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    19. We just adopted two babies who are currently 3 and 1/2 and 4 and 1/2 months old and it’s been hard to find time to run and/or blog! I have just started to get into a routine that feels like it is working, but it’s hard. Your post illustrates a good point that you just have to constantly readjust based on the stage your kids are in. Sounds like you are still doing a great job of fitting it all in :)
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