Saturday morning I felt chilly in my bed. It must be REALLY cold outside.
Eric typically heads to Starbucks alone for his coffee before I start my long run. It’s a 15 minute calm before the storm of watching three kids. This Saturday the littles all wanted to go with him and I didn’t want to be the party pooper mom who had to run and miss a family outing.
When we got in the car the temperature read 11 degrees.
There was no way I was going to run outside. NO WAY. I don’t like being cold.
I’ve been addicted to Dexter on Showtime lately so it was a-ok with me that I was going to do another long run on the treadmill.
21 miles later, the last at marathon goal race pace of 7:03, I felt like I could keep going. This always happens to me on the treadmill. There are many miles that think about quitting. I think about trying my run the next day or taking a step back week. Pushing through isn’t always easy but it prepares me for the hard parts of a marathon, so I never give up. Not once have the voices in my head won out and let me quit. At mile 21 I wanted to run 5.2 more just because. I reminded myself that my goal is a race, not a random 26.2 on a Saturday morning. One day I will do it just because.
21 miles – 7:44 average
Friday’s are my rest days [no cross training, no running]. Sunday I had planned on running but didn’t. Even though Friday’s are crazy I may need to start getting up at 4:30 to get a run in or at the very minimum a Jillian DVD in, because I typically end up skipping my Sunday runs.
I wanted to start the week out on the right foot so the boys and I headed to the gym.
3.1 miles – 7:19 average
1 hour of spin
1 mile – 7:25
It was my first time attempting to run after spin. It felt strange. Very strange. My legs felt like jello and my lower body did not feel strong. I have a new found respect for triathletes. Once the workout was over my first thought was – 21 miles on a treadmill was MUCH easier than what I did today.
Here is one of those do as I say and not as I do moments. If you are training for a race - working out for 2 hours a day is no big deal. If you are trying to loose weight or just be healthy I don’t recommend working out for that long. There is such a thing as too much exercise and if you aren’t recovering properly or eating well your body is going to break down.
- I read every single comment. Thank you guys for always taking the time to give constructive feedback or just generally lift me up. I’m sorry that I’ve been slacking on responding to them lately! Trying to find a mommy, training, writing, coaching balance and it has felt more complicated lately.
- Loved Katie’s disclaimer on this post http://msfitrunner.com/?p=4587 the other day – BE YOU people. It’s great to learn from other runner’s but what works for you might not work for someone else and what works for me might injure you. It’s important to listen to your body and not get caught up in comparisons.
- Many moons ago I stopped slacking on the treadmill after reading a post on Racing With Babes. Lately I’ve been really loving her posts and thought you might enjoy two of the ones I’ve liked.
- http://www.racingwithbabes.com/2013/02/goal-refresh-and-refocus.html - on training
- http://www.racingwithbabes.com/2013/01/perspective.html - on perspective
- Really excited for the latest addition the neutral Saucony line up. The Virrata is a zero drop minimalist shoe, that you can read about here – http://blog.saucony.com/saucony-lab/product-corner/virrata-0mm-drop-with-cushioning/ Counting the days till my pair arrives! Do you run in minimalist shoes?
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