This is the time of year that my heart starts to flutter when I think about running. After making it through another winter and having a serious love/hate relationship with running – now is when our relationship turns to pure love and happiness on {almost} every run.

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Monday – 8 miles pushing Colton. On Mondays I have to push him if I want to run. I embrace it and enjoying our time together because once Chloe and Miles are out of school our stroller runs are not going to happen. He fell asleep towards the end and woke up happy as could be. A double digit run and a happy kid was a double win for the day.

Tuesday – I only had a little bit of time to squeeze in a run between dropping Chloe and Miles off at school and getting Colton to pre-school so I pushed him for 4 miles and then rushed over to his school dripping sweat to get him there on time. Every year the DC humidity takes me by surprise. One day it’s spring, the next day it feels like it’s summer in the rainforest. Not that I have any idea what the rainforest in the summer feels like, but this is what I imagine it does in my head.

Sweet Colton had his first school concert and though I swear he knew none of the words to any of the songs, but it still made my day. After the concert he ran up to me – squeezed me and said I knew you would come watch me mommy. Heart melted. That kid knows how to work me over.

Deleted the splits from Monday & Tuesday on my Timex to make room for another run later in the week. If I would stop being stubborn and delete Vegas Marathon and Boston Marathon, I would have more than enough space. For now they are staying.

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Wednesday after I dropped Chloe and Miles off at school and Colton at Eric’s moms house I headed to the W & OD to run. I started way too fast because my legs were be happy to be moving and my heart felt happy. Paid for it at the end with some very slow miles, but I still finished with a smile on my face so that’s all that matters.

  • Mile 1: 7:35
  • Mile 2: 7:28
  • Mile 3: 7:23
  • Mile 4: 7:57
  • Mile 5: 7:48
  • Mile 6: 7:44
  • Mile 7: 7:52
  • Mile 8: 7:38
  • Mile 9: 7:51
  • Mile 10: 8:35
  • Mile 11: 9:11
  • Mile 12:  8:33

Wednesday night I had no kids and NO TV and NO INTERNET….. I really didn’t want to read a book and I wasn’t in the mood to take my computer to Starbucks and work, so I went on my first double run in I don’t even know how long. 4 easy miles in the misting rain. Loved it.

  • Mile 1: 8:24
  • Mile 2: 8:16
  • Mile 3: 8:20
  • Mile 4:  8:04

Thursday my speedy friend Meghan asked me to run and said she would come over to my house. Win on both accounts. My legs were dead from the day before and my body wasn’t feeling great for other non-running related reasons. We started in the 7’s, which normally would have been fine but I felt like I had been kicked in the stomach and that someone had put weights in my shoes. Normally when I am dying on a run and don’t think I can keep up with someone – I say – I’m dying today….you are killing me……this gives them the choice to slow the pace up if they feel bad for me. Either way – I keep up regardless of whether they slow down or not, because I’m stubborn like that. I knew however there was no way I could keep up so I told her she should probably leave me and she could run more miles in the time it was going to take me to finish the last two miles. She said she wasn’t leaving me. We both have been through a ton of sh*t in the past year and she basically talked me through the last miles telling me that running a mile was nothing compared to what we have had to do or will have to do, so I might as well just push through it because it was going to make me stronger. Meghan is a coach and a really great one – so she had all sorts of cheesy, motivating, nice things to say to me – despite the fact that I was running in the 9’s and it felt like the effort of mile in the 6’s. The last two miles of this ten mile run were harder than just about half of the marathons I’ve run. Not exaggerating. In the end I’m so grateful she didn’t leave me, or make me feel super slow, and that she still loves me enough that she wants to run with me next week. Another win in my book.

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After the run we got coffee and went back to my house and chatted girly non-sense. I LOVED IT. Don’t even know the last time I’ve done that, probably when I was just out of college…which means it’s been about 23049203948 years.

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  • Mile 1: 7:46
  • Mile 2: 7:50
  • Mile 3: 7:43
  • Mile 4: 8:08
  • Mile 5: 8:16
  • Mile 6: 7:56
  • Mile 7: 7:43
  • Mile 8: 8:28
  • Mile 9: 9:02
  • Mile 10:  8:48

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Friday – set my alarm for 5:30 to get up and run before I had to go pick up Colton. It was pouring and dark as heck, so I hit snooze and went back to sleep. I love the rain and I love running in the rain, but down pours that cause flooding are not my cup of tea. Colton and I headed to the gym mid-morning since we couldn’t run together outside. I went to a yoga class {figured there was no time like the present to accept how terrible I am at it and to start to get better – my future self will thank me – right?!?}. Before the class I did 20 minutes on the stair machine. I really believe you can get a good workout on the stairs BUT only if you aren’t one of those people that are hunched over gripping the sides for dear life. Stand up straight people – it’s good for you.

I had all three littles this morning and 9 am baseball and soccer games meant no run. I haven’t run on my treadmill yet at my new place because I don’t have a tv down there, but maybe today will be the day I embrace staring at the wall and listening to music OR maybe not.

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38 miles – 4 days of running so far. Certainly not as many miles as I want to be running right but ANY and ALL miles are happy miles, so I really can’t and shouldn’t complain. Thankful for a {mostly} happy week.

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161 days to Marine Corps Marathon. Already.Excited.

 

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Comments

  1. That last picture of your little man is too cute! I need to do more miles on the WOD, I always used it for biking but I never run there and I really should.

  2. Krystin says:

    Great week of workouts Dorothy, those painful last 2 miles with your friend made you 110% stronger!! Hugs to another good week!

  3. Words of wisdom from your friend :)

    Love the pic of you and your boy :)
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  4. I ran the inaugural Grand Canyon Half this morning. Toughest non-injured race of my life! The terrain was BRUTAL, saw so many people fall and injured. And they ran out of water! But it was gorgeous and sometimes the tough races are the most rewarding.
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  5. PR’d a 10K today and placed 2nd female overall. Happy Happy!
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  6. All miles are worth celebrating! They are where we reconnect with ourselves. Just want you to know that I am thinking of you. I dont really know you at all but feel connected to you through your blog and my spidey sense tells me you need my prayers.

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  8. The humidity is a killer for me too … just soaked from head to toe after the most tamest of runs!
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  9. It is always a challenge to start running after winter :) I personally love running outside, cause treadmills make me bored. So i absolutely enjoy the soft spring weather) Thank you for a great post)
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  10. Looks like a great wee of running to me. I am working on building my mileage up to before MCM and it is HARD. So glad you had some company for some of your runs!
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  11. “If I would stop being stubborn and delete Vegas Marathon and Boston Marathon, I would have more than enough space.” That’s funny. Good to hear I’m not the only one who’s strangely sentimental with some training logs ;) I’ve only been trying a Timex for about a month, but already I don’t want to delete my New York race! Why are we like this when the logs are (I’m assuming in your case too) uploaded online to a training log or stored on a computer anyway? Glad you’re having a good start to your summer training :)
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  12. So glad you have internet again – missed you! I’ve been to DC/Maryland once. It was an August trip. The humidity out there is a killer!

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