Birthday #33 + Finding My Rhythm

Last week was a solid week of training. I feel like I have found my rhythm – I’m working hard during the workouts, running easy on the easy runs and feel recovered and energized through it all.

I ran a total of 73 miles, did core work 4x, strength work 3x, cross trained 2x (30 min each on trainer) – and did most of it while single parenting for the week. My husband has been traveling a lot for work lately and I was worried about how I would fit in all of these miles either with the stroller or on the treadmill.

I’ve learned that there will be always be an excuse if you let yourself have one. If you really want something, you will always find a way.

I also know that there are plenty of people busier than me – either at home with their kids, working full time or managing full time work and being a parent. Anytime I start to make an excuse, I think of these people and how they make their training work…and suddenly my busy week seems a bit easier.

73 miles, 7 runs, 3 workouts. Highlights are below:

Planned – 10 miles with last 2 fast finish
Actual – 10 miles @ 7:25 pace; last two: 7:07, 6:51

I started this run with the intention of running really easy for the first 8 so that I could have something left for the last two. The first mile felt better than I was expecting – and each mile after that just felt better and better. Since I knew it was a key workout for the week (I had an easy day on Tuesday), I decided to just go with it and not stress about the faster pace. Splits: 8:04, 7:45, 7:35, 7:25, 7:21, 7:21, 7:22, 7:25, 7:07, 6:51

Planned – 2-3 miles warmup, 12×400 hill repeats, 2-3 miles cooldown
Actual – 12 miles @ 7:56 pace

Hands down, one of toughest, but most fun workouts I’ve done in a long time. Coach wanted me to use 4% incline for the hill portions. I figured I’d start around 7:00 pace and see how things felt.

So 4% incline is no joke. Each 400 was about 42-43 seconds long and the recovery period was another 400m at 8:47 pace (at .5% incline). The workout totally kicked my butt – but in a great I’m getting stronger kind of way.

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Planned – 18 miles with middle 10 tempo @ 7:20-7:30 pace
Actual – 18 miles @ 7:20 with middle 10 tempo @ 7:10

This run came out of nowhere for me. I’ve pulled back a lot on long runs this training cycle. My focus has been on consistently higher mileage weeks and so most of my long runs have been slower and on tired legs.

I knew this was a big run for me and would be a good indicator of my fitness for my upcoming goal marathon.

The 10 tempo miles were strong and almost a perfect progression. I felt so great during the entire 10 miles (with the exception of 8.5-9.5 which felt tough). The 10 miles were on a rolling course – I wanted there to be some hills but nothing major. Total elevation for the 18 miles was 400+ feet.

Splits: 7:55, 7:33, 7:34, 7:34
Tempo: 7:21, 7:16, 7:14, 7:14, 7:11, 7:06, 7:09, 7:05, 7:08, 6:54 (7:10 average)
Down: 7:44, 7:32, 7:25, 7:09

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The toughest part of the whole week was staying awake at our annual Halloween Party Saturday night. I did not sit once after the long run until well into the start of the party (at 8pm). I was absolutely wiped by the time 10pm rolled around!

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The rest of the week was filled with either double stroller runs, treadmill runs and an enjoyable Sunday morning run with my husband (the boys slept over my mom’s house!).

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Puffy eyes + bags under them -> sign of a fun night!

Oh…and my birthday! We celebrated on Sunday with my family!! I’m excited to see what my next year brings! =)

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Share something exciting going on in your life!!

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    2. Way to get that training in while your hubby is was away! Man I totally sympathize with single parents or parents who’s significant other travels a lot. Mark was gone for 8 days and the only time I could get a run in (no stroller running thanks to the 4 days of downpour) was to run early or run after the kids were in bed. It’s tough to stay motivated and get on the treadmill at 8pm at night! Way to go!

    3. Happy birthday! My son’s birthday is this Saturday–we are having a bowling party with a Minecraft theme–fun times : ) What a terrific week of training for you! I don’t know how you fit it all in, especially when you are solo parenting–it’s all I can do to get 4-5 runs and 2 cross-training sessions each week. Next training cycle (I just did MCM and have two marathons in the spring–not sure yet what I will do in between), I really want to focus on core work and strength training–I slacked on those this past training cycle to focus on improving speed. I need to have a better balance so I can put it all together! I have been doing my hill workouts at a 4.5% incline, but I do timed increments (2 minutes up, 1 minute recovery) instead of measured intervals; plus I’m never sure how fast I should be running them so I always end up going kind of slow. I think I would get more out of them if I did the 400m repeats at a faster pace. Will give it a try!

    4. Our birthdays are close I presume! My actual birthday was Saturday and I celebrated with my boyfriend up in Cape Cod for a 3 day weekend. Sunday we each went for a run separately. He runs faster than me so we can’t really run together. But we exchanged highlights of our routes. Running when on vacation and there’s new scenery about is the best. You guys made a great pirate duo! Love hearing about your workouts. I’m in a funk lately and not making running a priority. I have a 5k, a half marathon and a 15K before the year is out but I’m literally just showing up and running without much plan. I had so many PRs early on in the Spring and then spent the summer injured and slow.
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    5. SO many exciting things coming up for me this year! I turn 40 in April. I am going to a two day workshop in April to earn my RRCA coaching certification. In December my 13 year old daughter and I will run the Jingle Bell 5k for the Arthritis foundation. We have run this 3 years in a rown now. I love sharing running with my daughter. I am also the ZoomaRun ambassador for Annapolis this year! Happy birthday Michele, enjoy your year!
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    6. Happy Birthday!!!! Such great pictures! And I’m so glad you’re getting all your training in. I know how hard it is when the hubs is traveling but we FIND A WAY!!! Great job and cannot wait to see how it all shakes out on Sunday…
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