Hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful Easter! We started off the day with baskets, an egg hunt and lots of candy and chocolate.
Shortly after the festivities, I headed out for my last long run – 18 miles. I can’t say it was a great run. It was incredibly windy (weather app said ~20 mph winds) but it seemed to be gusting MUCH stronger for a lot of the run. And it never seemed to be at my back. It was just one of those runs where you just want it to be over. Lately, I’ve been feeling really bored and lonely for the longer runs and would love to have a friend to chat with and keep the miles easy and relaxed.
The plan for yesterday’s run was 14 moderate pace and then 4 fast finish. Well, the fast finish didn’t happen. I guess technically it did happen because I pushed harder those last 4 miles, but I didn’t come even remotely close to the paces that my coach had scheduled for me. I’m chalking it up to the crappy wind.
18 total miles – 7:52 pace. Ran blind for the first 14 and then spent 4 miles staring at my Garmin hoping the miles would tick by faster (and that my pace would drop). Neither happened.
After the run, we all showered and got ready for an afternoon and evening at my sister’s home to celebrate Easter with my entire family!
I played around with homemade cake pops last week – and they were a huge hit with the boys – so I decided to make them for the Easter celebration yesterday! Still have a few tweaks to make – but they are looking (and tasting) much better!
With Boston just two weeks away, I’m getting excited for some serious downtime post-race. The last couple of months have been hectic in the Gonzalez household. Back in late December, my husband and his then-boss purchased a company, left their jobs and set out in building/starting a new company. We’ve made some sacrifices to make things work and there’s still a lot of unknown about the future of the company. But thankfully, right now, the company is headed in the direction that we were hoping for. It’s an incredibly exciting time in our lives and I’m beyond proud of and excited for my husband!!
The great news is that my husband now works from home. And it’s been amazing for so many reasons – my husband gets to see the boys at lunchtime and he’s down the basement in case I need anything. It’s also allowed me some flexibility with running and doing things around the house. But that’s when he’s here. The downside is that the company is located about six hours away – and so he’s been traveling a lot – most weeks from Sunday through Thursday.
I’m not going to lie. Training the way I want has been difficult when I’m alone with the boys. One of the boys is always with me – and up until this week, the weather hasn’t been ideal for stroller running. So it’s meant a lot of treadmill running. I dislike having to run on the treadmill so often – but even worse, it usually goes hand-in-hand with tv time for the boys. Which makes me feel incredibly guilty.
These are the days where I question why I am doing what I am doing. Is it worth it to put the boys in front of the tv for an hour so I can get in 7 or 8 miles? I really don’t know. I like to think I’m pretty dedicated when it comes to following a training plan but on the flip side, what’s the cost and how is it affecting my family? There are plenty of circumstances and life situations where training for an event or distance needs to take a backseat. I’m undecided about what’s happening post-Boston – but it may mean cutting back on mileage and intensity for a few months.
And so the reality is that I’ve cut some runs short or I’ve broken up longer easy runs into two easy runs (4 or 5 miles in AM and then +3 or 4 miles in PM after they go to sleep) just so they aren’t watching more than 30-45 min of tv at a time. Core and strength work hasn’t happened post-run (because it would just mean another 30-45 min of tv for them). So I have been doing it at night. Some nights I have the energy and motivation at 9pm. But there have been some nights where it just doesn’t happen.
Sleep has also been a rough area in the house. Both boys typically wake up and come into our room during the night. When I’m alone with the boys, this often means we all end up in one bed. Which I truly love – but it means a lot of broken sleep for me.
It hasn’t been the way I’ve wanted to train and it’s frustrating at times because I feel like there’s no routine (we ALL thrive on structure and routine in this house). But in the broad scheme of life, I know my race times mean so little compared to all the other things going on in our lives these days.
To add to the craziness of the house, we now have a 2nd dog – a puppy!! We have been on the hunt for another little dog to adopt for a couple of months now and after being approved for adoption by Social Tees, we decided to focus our attention solely on the dogs from there. Two Thursdays ago, I hopped on their website (as I do most nights) and saw the listing for a 9-week old Yorkie/Terrier mix. After a quick “Are we crazy?” discussion with my husband, I emailed the rep from Social Tees. At 3pm the next day, I got an email that we could adopt her if we wanted – and if we could be in the city by 6:30pm to pick her up!
Meet Attie!! Her full name is Atalanta which is the female goddess of running and speed. We wanted 24 hours to name her to get a feel for her personality – she is full of energy and spunk – and felt that the name fit so well.
I think that about covers things here! I have one last long tempo this week and then it’s nothing but easy miles until Boston!! 14 days to go!
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