Is it summer yet?  I’m sick of cold weather training already!

I ran three times last week.  This isn’t enough.  It isn’t enough mentally and it’s certainly not enough if I plan to successfully run Boston.  I could dwell on this or I can choose to move on and focus on the success’s I had. 

I’ve often talked about how running is not just about the physical but also the mental.  Dwelling on things that don’t go according to plan or perceived failures in your training, only bring you down.  In order to be successful and meet your goals you must use things like this as motivation, but never dwell on them and allow them to discourage you.

The positives about my week, in regards to running, were that I ran my first tempo and first 14 miler post baby #3. 

Mile 1 – 9:06
Mile 2 – 8:46
Mile 3 – 8:56
Mile 4 – 8:27
Mile 5 (tempo) – 7:07
Mile 6 (tempo) – 7:07
Mile 7 (cool down) – 9:26

This was a perfectly executed tempo.  I almost did negative splits in the warm up part, I was dead on for both tempo miles and my slowest mile of the whole run was the cool down. 

Tempos are an excellent way to include speed work in your training.  They are perfect if you don’t have access to a track or simply don’t want to do track workouts.  Include these in your training if you are at a point where you no longer walk during your runs.  It’s important that you run the entire workout and push yourself hard during the tempo portion, but not to the point that you are unable to run a cool down mile or two after.  As my training goes on, the tempo portion of the run will increase, but I will keep the mileage between 6 to 8 miles.

On Saturday I ran my first 14 miler post baby.  I had company for 8 of the miles, but had to run 6 of them alone. 

I don’t typically run with music, preferring to test my mental strength and also be aware of my surroundings.  I’m sure this has helped me during the marathon.  I don’t need any outside help to get through the race.  I DO NOT RACE WITH MUSIC.  I know I will catch some slack for this but I just don’t believe it in.  You don’t see athletes in other sports wearing music during their games, races, competitions, etc.  I think it should be no different for running. 

My goal for the run was to complete all the miles and to keep them between 9:00 and 10:00 minute pace.  I consider the run a success.

Mile 1 – 9:46
Mile 2 – 9:17
Mile 3 – 9:30
Mile 4 – 9:36
Mile 5 – 9:21
Mile 6 – 9:27
Miles 7 – 9:10
Mile 8 – 9:22
Mile 9 – 9:10
Mile 10 – 9:32
Mile 11 – 9:50
Mile 12 – 9:46
Mile 13 – 9:44
Mile 14 – 9:55
I’ve already moved on from my lack of running last week and am looking forward to a new week, a fresh beginning.

5 COLD miles tonight alone.  Thankful that I was able to literally start the week off on a good foot.


  1. You are coming back strong! Great job!

  2. thank you for the TIP
    I will try that this week.

  3. You amaze me! While I didn't start running until after I had all three of my kids, I often wonder if having something to come back to (running) would have helped me mentally. I really really believe it would have.

    I hope you're able to continue celebrating your successes!

    (I don't run with music, either. Mostly because I'm too afraid of missing a sound I needed to hear.)

  4. Keep it up, Dorothy! Sometimes when things don't go exactly according to our plans and liking during training, we surprise ourselves. That's when the magic happens:)

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Wow! Nice job on the tempo and the 14. You are totally "back"! Regarding the headphones thing- I went from one camp to another. (I used to race with headphones, but then I stopped because I just didn't want to deal with the extra "stuff" on me.)

    Just curious, after all this time off, how do you determine your tempo pace? By feel? Or are you using previous training paces?

  6. runaroundtheblog says:

    I recently found your blog and have found nothing but insightful information. Mainly because I am 16-weeks pregnant and still running. I am running a Half Marathon at 27-weeks pregnant (not to break any PRs or anything, but just to run). Of course I don't intend to run if I'm not feeling up to par that morning, but I'm going to get long runs in when I can — and not push. What are your thoughts? Can I email you in depth on this topic?

  7. Pemberton Family says:

    You are rocking it! Think about it, you have three kids and ran 7 and 14 miles this week (and one other run) that is awesome. Keep working hard, your training will pay off.

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