Monday June 22nd—Rest Day, Rest Day. Who loves a rest day? ME! ME! And ME! But I never used to. Back when I was younger, I ran every single darn day. No days off. Even if I had to run at like midnight I was running. I was crazy LOL. Crazy in love with running. Now I have one rest day. More if needed but typically one does the job. Back before the pandemic I was doing nothing on rest days. These days I am walking at least 5 miles afterwork simply because I have the time. Before the pandemic I would go from work to get the kids to karate for my son then get home well after 7:30 and then have to do dinner and all that jazz. Now we don’t have that. This Monday I went out on my bike first and rode 15 miles and then came back home to eat dinner then back out to get my 5-mile walk in. By the end I was a bit exhausted. I probably should have picked one or the other, but I have seriously been neglecting my bike this month due to my running challenges and I miss it soooo much!
Tuesday June 23rd—Today I was feeling so beat up. I think my rest day did not go as planned as far as making me feel rested LOL. I did not want to go running. At all. But I got dressed and out the door. My run was 3 mile warm up, then 8x 30 second surges at 7-7:15 pace with 4 min easy run in between, then I added on another 2 miles to make it a 10-mile day. I wasn’t feeling very surgy but believe it or not all except 2 of my surges were in the 6’s, and my last 2 were in the low 7’s where they should have been. It’s crazy that I can run a 9-minute mile then bust out some speed in the 6’s. towards the end it had gotten much hotter out and I was kind of dragging.
Then later after work we took the kids to the park so more walking and then walked to Rita’s for water ice and by the time we got back I clocked another 1.5 miles in walking to add to my virtual challenges. Yep, I’m the one that walks in circles when the kids are playing at the park and my husband is the one sitting on the bench LOL.
Wednesday June 24th—Another day that I felt beat in my body but my mind was willing to go. Sometimes it’s the opposite struggle. No matter what the struggle is, it’s always worth it to push and get yourself out there. I never EVER regret it. On the schedule today was to run 6 miles easy so I ran 10 miles easy. Again, I’m running extra for the challenge. If I wasn’t doing the challenge, I would have gone 6 and then come home and hopped on my bike for a bit. I can’t wait to get back to that!!
I then realized that I had a conference call at 10am and so I decided to walk on my treadmill while I was on it and clocked in another 4 miles, boom!
Thursday June 25th—So beat today! I opted for my treadmill as it’s a much softer surface and something different. When you are in a rut or feeling like not running you need to change things up! Today’s run was 2 mile warm up at easy pace, 3 miles at moderate pace (8:45-8:30), then run 2 miles easy. I stuck with the 7 and called it a day. I knew that I can’t push myself every single day and it’s more important to listen to your body! So I did.
Then afterwork I asked the kids if they wanted to go around the block with their scooters while I walked. They made it 3 times, which was about a mile. Then I walked another half mile before calling it a night.
Friday June 26th—I don’t know about you but I’m always happy to make it to Friday. It’s typically my most favorite day other than Saturday and Sunday. Mostly everyone is in a better mood because we are one step closer to the weekend. Anyway, it was the first morning that I didn’t feel super beat up and both mind and body were good with me getting out the door! On the schedule was 4 miles easy so I went 7 miles. I had just enough time for that before having to get home shower and get to my dermatologist appt.
Now, on the to doctor appt. I was super amazed at how efficient this process went. So different from before the pandemic hit. I waited in my car to be called in, went in, got temperature taken and sanitized, handed paper to office person, sat for a minute, went back to room and then within a minute they were in to see me. Wow! So fast. I did have to have 3 moles removed to be tested. This is nothing out of the normal for me. I have to go every 6 months because I have so many moles. I probably have had over 30 removed and tested and a few have come back severely atypical, so they have to dig more out and retest and I have been ok. But advice to anyone out there is to get your skin checked. I feel safer knowing that I go and am being proactive about my health.
Saturday June 27th—This run seemed doomed before it even was started. I got out later than normal because I slept in and it was raining when I first got up. I think I got out the door by 9:45am and headed for the track. On the schedule was a long run with some speed work built in and my favorite place to complete that is the track. As I drove up to the track, I noticed that there weren’t very many cars in the parking lots, which is odd because it’s usually crowded. As I pulled in, I noticed that NO ONE was there, and the door that had been unlocked by that man the other week was now doubly locked. WTH!!! I drove to the other end and same thing. The track is owned by Penn State Abington college but still … what I don’t get is the mall is open? And the gym but the outdoor track is locked? I’m sorry but that is straight up ass backwards. I then drove to my old high school and that was locked as well. I was starting to feel angry and frustrated and was seriously thinking I’d put my long run off till Sunday.
It was in that moment that I decided to change my mindset and drive further to my old middle school knowing that the track has no fence around it so there was no way it could possibly be locked. The only downfall to this track was that it was gravel and not asphalt so it was like running on uneven sand but hard sand at least. At this point it was a half hour after I left my house and I had to pee🤷🏻♀️. This track was super crowded with walkers and no shade at all and I did not bring enough water. My run was 3 miles warm up, 4 miles at marathon pace, 1 mile easy, 4 miles at marathon pace, 3 mile cool down. I’m happy to say that I smashed my marathon pace miles, but the last 3 cool down miles felt like death. I had barely any water left, and I was drenched in sweat. I looked like I just jumped in a pool and even my shoes were soaked, and my legs filled with dirt from being sweaty and the gravel coming up. A complete mess. Since the last 3 miles were so rough, I took them .25 miles at a time till I got to my 15 mile mark. I finished and then forced myself to walk 1 mile to cool down even more. I think it took me all afternoon to recover. I took a cold shower and then made my protein shake and then sat on porch while kids played outside. I finally felt better once the sun went down and then I got out for another 3-mile walk. Walking helps the legs recover so much faster.
Sunday June 28th—Another day that I decided to sleep in and then the morning got away from me. I usually wake up first in the house then kids then my hubs. I wanted to give him the option of working out first or heading to the store first. I also got snuggles from my son and painted my daughters nails for her. I didn’t get out til after 11am and holy heck it was hot out there!!! On the schedule was 4 easy paced miles. But I wanted to go 10. So I went 10 then walked 1 mile to cool down. I even stopped home mid run to change clothes and fill up my water. It totally helped but again by mile 9 I was feeling depleted and wanting to stop. That’s where my mind had to take over and bring you home! The rest of the day was spent recovering with a cold shower, a protein drink, hanging with the kids then over to my parents’ house for dinner. I ended up walking another 3 miles while there with the kids and my mom so that helped my legs too.
I ended the week with 59 running miles, 22.5 walking miles and 15.5 biking miles.
Monday June 15th—Another Monday, another rest day. I slept in (well, again sleeping in for me is 7:30-8:00am) and no running. And no biking either. Someone was asking if we took any rest days on twitter and I had replied yes, Monday. So, he said ok so your week starts on Tuesday. And maybe that is true. I do enjoy having 1 day off from running. It’s just so important to help keep me injury free. Back when I was younger, I would run every single day and take NO rest days. I had so much more energy and wasn’t really thinking of ever getting injured. That doesn’t really happen much in your 20’s or even in your 30’s. But get to 40 and look out! Things don’t work the way they used to. I went for my usual walk after work but this week I decided to walk more, 7 miles instead of 5, because it counts for my virtual challenges. When I walked past the track, I noticed that there were people on it but both sides were locked and it was no longer open. I asked the guy walking how the heck they all got in. Did they climb over the huge fence?? He said there was a hole in the fence at the bottom and everyone crawled thru there. OMG! He helped me get in. I felt a little scared at first like man am I am going to get in trouble .. did I just break into the track? I can’t be getting in trouble at age 42.. I have kids. Then later I saw a man who lived across the street come and unlock the one side. I went over and asked him how the heck he did that. He said that he used to coach here and had the key. Man, I really would like a key to the track too!!
Tuesday June 16th—On the schedule today was to run 6 miles easy. I went out and ran 7 miles. I secretly wanted to do 10 miles but didn’t have enough time before having to get ready for work and to my office. I keep setting my alarm to get up and out the door by 6am and it just is not happening. I am going to take that as a sign that my body needs the extra sleep. In my perfect world I would get up and out the door by 5:30am to run then come back in and get on my bike and get back out there. I miss riding my bike so much. Anyway, getting back to my run. My easy pace was right around the 9:00/mile mark. Overall this was a good and fun run!!
Wednesday June 17th—OMG everything hurt today. Felt beat up and really did not want to go running. I decided that I needed a change of scenery and opted to stay inside and ran on my treadmill. My scheduled called for 5 easy miles. I went for 10 easy miles and got it done! Felt so much better once I was done. I run quite often on my treadmill during the winter when it’s terrible weather out. The summer not so much. I would much rather get outside to run but sometimes running on the streets really beats your legs up and you need a break.
I then got out for a bike ride after work. I was going to get out for a walk so that I could do more miles for my challenges but figured that I was already burnt out a bit and that the bike would help fuel my soul and it sure did. I got out for 15.5 miles and loved every minute of it!
Thursday June 18th—Speedwork day! I had ridden my bike over to the track last night to make sure that the track was still in fact open and it was! I think that since it’s owned by Penn State Abington and school is closed that they aren’t really paying attention to it. I was so excited to get there and do a workout because it had been months since I was on there. It was cooler out and lightly raining so I had the track all to myself. That is just how I like it!
My workout was 2 mile warm up, 3×1 mile intervals (7:00-7:15 pace) with 3 min jog in between then cool down to 7.5 miles. My mile intervals were 6:52, 6:49 and 6:47 BOOM. For me doing intervals at the track is the best. The are no distractions and I can just light it up! I was riding on those endorphins for the rest of the day.
Friday June 19th—And we made it to Friday! On the schedule was 5 easy miles and I had some time, so I went 7. Another day here that I would have liked to make it 10 miles but not enough time to do that and get ready to get to the office. Our company is celebrating Juneteenth so they dismissed us early which was good so that I could get home to let my mother in law get herself home early.
My hubs is out golfing so I don’t think that I will be getting my bike in today. Only one bike ride so far this week. Not feeling so good about that. Anyone else feel like they need more time in the day?
Saturday June 20th—On the schedule today was 15 miles with the last 3 miles fast finish. My fast for this was 7:45 or better. I did 7:34, 7:34 and 7:32. I was going to stop back home mid run to fill up my water but once I got out there I decided not to. So basically, I had 16oz to ration over 15 miles. I would not recommend this to anyone😳. I was so thirsty from halfway point and on. I was dreaming of water and ice cubes and drinking one of those huge sports jugs that they have at games filled with water. I was just completely drenched in sweat. But my Odlo top was amazing and it never weighed me down. Ever just sweat so much that your top feels like it’s 5lbs? The Odlo shirts do not do this! It felt no heavier than when it was dry. My legs were failing towards the end and so I had to run with my mind. Never ever underestimate the power off a strong mind. It can take you places that you never thought you could go. Other times I try to take things one mile at a time. Or half a mile at a time…whatever it takes. Anyway, I got it done! Then we went to see my brother in law for the afternoon because he had just turned 40 yesterday. They live at the Jersey shore so it takes about 2 hours to get there. It was so nice to get off my street for the day. We haven’t really gone anywhere in the last few months and so this was glorious!!!
Sunday June 21st—My legs were feeling really tired this morning from all the miles this week! I let my hubs sleep in for Father’s Day and didn’t get out for my run until 10:30am. By then the sun and heat were blazing!! I was only supposed to run 5 easy but knew that I wanted more for my challenges. I stopped back home around mile 6 to fill up my water and headed back out. I was hoping to go 13 but by 10ish I was feeling lethargic and beat from the heat. I took things .25 at a time and only made it 11.25 miles in total. Not bad at all but not what I wanted. I got back home and hydrated and drank my protein shake and then decided to walk to and from the bakery to get my dad’s cake. That was another 2 miles! Every mile counts on foot for these challenges. We went to my parents for dinner and I ended up walking another 2.5 miles with the kids and my mom.
For the week I clocked in 55.75 miles running, 11.50 miles walking and 15.50 miles biking. My legs are ready for a day of rest 🤣🤣
Monday June 8th—Running rest days are my favorite! It allows me to sleep in (FYI: sleeping in for me is like 7:30-8:00am) Unfortunately today my daughter was up before it was even 6:30am. Ugh!! So, I changed my attitude and got up. I had my coffee, gave her breakfast and got out for a bike ride before work. I guess it was a blessing in disguise as I have been ignoring my bike a bit since last week because of the virtual challenges that I am doing. Miles running or walking count, but cycling does not. I also got out for a 5 mile walk after work! It was a great Monday!
Tuesday June 9th—Today is finally my daughter’s birthday! She is finally 7 years old. We had already been celebrating her over the last few days. I took off work so that I could spend the day doing whatever she wanted (even though we still can’t really go anywhere). On the schedule was 7 miles and it was to be a progression run where I started easy around 9:00-9:30 pace and have my last mile be down to 7:45. Happy to say that my last two miles were 7:59 and 7:42. Then I ran 3 more miles easy paced for my virtual challenge.
The rest of the morning we hung inside and then I took them for Chic Fila drive thru lunch- yum! Then back home and we put up our huge little tikes water slide thing for the kids on the street. She played with them for hours. Then we cleaned up and went over to my parent’s house for dinner and cake.
Wednesday June 10th—Today started as a doozy🥱. I wanted to get up early so that I could add on more miles on top of my scheduled 5 miles. That did not happen. I shut my alarm off and woke up around 7:30am. Ever have one of those days? Yikes! It’s like the worst way to start a day ever, in my opinion. I quickly drank my coffee and ate my granola bar, got dressed and flew out the door to get in my 5. Then a rush to shower and get dressed and get into the office. The last few weeks I have been going into my office 2x per week. The rest of the week I work from home but going in has been great because working from home is challenging with my two kids around. It takes 30 mins to get to my office, so you have to factor that in when planning your day!
In case anyone is ever curious about what I have AFTER my run I’ll share that here. I have been having this shake after my runs since late last year (December). We got a Vitamix as our Christmas present for each other and I LOVE it. I use 3-4 bananas, ice, almond milk, scoop of PB, flaxseeds, chia seeds, cocoa powder and some plant-based protein (chocolate flavored of course). It’s so good and I have not gotten sick of it. It keeps me full thru lunch and then in the afternoon I might do 2 apples with peanut butter or Greek yogurt with strawberries. I’m a creature of habit and am okay with eating the same things every single day. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that but I’m also sure that you all might get sick of eating the same thing; I get it!
Also, I did not bike tonight as we went over to our neighbor’s house to hang outside so they kids could play and the adults could have a beverage. It truly was nice because my kids play so well with their kids and I ended up having 1 ½ glasses of wine! I don’t really drink anymore so I was feeling good🤪!
Thursday June 11th—On the schedule today was 7 miles with some speed work build in. I always feel a little weary when my coach puts speed work on the schedule since the track is still locked. It’s as if I feel like running on the street is different from the track. Well in some ways it is. The streets are filled with cars, and people, and people with kids and dogs and lights and you get my drift. It’s not like running around the track where you literally have really no interruptions and can go all out knowing that any of the above things I mentioned won’t get in your way and make you stop. I mean, and also, I don’t want to come across as mean but why, and I truly am asking WHY, do I have to always move when I’m out running for someone that is WALKING? I don’t think I will ever get it. I’m the one who is exerting WAY MORE ENERGY but these walkers never ever move. Hmmmmm. Someone clue me in.
The workout today was 1 mile warm up. Then run 200m hard in mile 2, 400m hard in mile 3, 600m hard in mile 4, 800m hard in mile 5, 1000m hard in mile 6, and then cool down 1 mile. My hard was supposed to be between 7:00-7:15 and my easy is 9:17-9:05. I could not get down below 7:20 during any of my intervals. Am I worried about it? Nope! I did the best I could at that moment and have moved on. I will get it next time. It’s my effort that counts!
After my scheduled run I ran another 4 easy paced miles to close off the day at 11 miles. Afterwork I got out for a bike ride and it felt great. I clocked in 15 miles! What a great day!
Friday June 12th—Now this was a day where I set my alarm for PM, not AM. Geez. I am having one of those weeks🙃. I heard my husband get up and it was before 6am and thought that I had a few minutes left until my alarm would go off. Well, ended up getting up around 7ish instead. Thankful for my internal alarm clock helping get my butt up!! I got out for my 5 easy paced miles and then another rush back to get ready for the office.
I skipped the bike ride tonight because I got home a little earlier because they were doing a drive by parade for the local high schoolers, so we did that, and then hung outside the rest of the night. Sometimes you got to go with having fun versus working out.
Saturday June 13th—Today was day 1 of our virtual BibRave summit! We started off doing a virtual 5 mile run that had a scavenger hunt built in. The app we used was having issues so I only got 4 of the clues. All in all it was a lot of fun and I definitely would be up for doing another scavenger hunt run! On my running schedule for today was 14 miles so the first 5 was for BibRave and then I went on to do another 9 miles. I stopped home around mile 7 to use the bathroom and fill up my water bottle. I then headed over towards the track. It’s been locked up for months and I had walked past it on Monday when I was on my walk and it was still closed. Much to my surprise when I ran over to it today it WAS OPEN!!! Dude. So excited, like a kid at Christmas. I ran 3 miles on it while I was there and then made my way home.
Had time for a quick shower and then had to hop on the zoom calls we had scheduled. It was nice to ‘see’ everyone live on zoom, and then we broke into smaller meetings so that we could have a chance to get to know each other better. Then we had an awesome meeting with questions for Jess and Tim, the co-founders of BibRave. It as neat to learn more about the future of BibRave and more about Jess and Tim. Our last meeting of the day was a TikTok lesson. I am so old that I was like there is no way that I am using this app LOL. But like anything else, I need to embrace it and figure it out.
After all of those zoom calls I decided that my legs were rested enough and dragged myself out for my 3rd bike ride of the week. I knew that if I wanted to run more than what I had scheduled tomorrow it may be tough to get out so why not just do it today! I’m glad I did. I clocked in 13 miles and enjoyed my ride. Then back home to figure out dinner and hang outside with neighbors and kids until after dark.
Sunday June 14th—Second day of the BibRave Summit. Our calls weren’t until later in the day so I knew I didn’t need to get up super early, YAY! 7:30am is when I dragged myself out of bed and man my body felt like an old car. Just chugging along. How in the heck was I gonna manage to do my scheduled 6 miles plus more? I needed some coffee to think about it. All of that coffee and sitting got me feeling good and that helped PUSH me out of the door. Sometimes that is truly the hardest part about running or doing anything really. It’s taking that step to move forward. It was another cooler morning where there was no humidity and no heat. Super nice for running! My run today was 6 miles with the first 3 miles at easy pace (9:17-9:05) and then 3 miles at moderate pace (8:45-8:30). My splits were 9:26, 8:54, 9:04, 8:19, 8:31 and 8:13. That first mile though… it was like I was going in slow motion. You know what I’m talking about it! You can never trust the first mile. Sometimes it takes 2-3 miles before your body is feeling good! I then stopped home for a bathroom break and some more water and headed out for 4 more easy paced miles. That last mile was super hard and I had to dig deep to get it done for my virtual challenge.
Then to shower and make my shake and then do my posts and feed the kids and then do my zoom calls with BibRave. It was a great virtual summit weekend. I can’t wait until next year when we can all meet in person. I ended up going over to see my mom later and we walked 3 miles together. I ended the week with 8 miles walking, 55 miles running and 40 miles biking. What a great week I had!
Monday June 1st – My rest running day! I love when a month starts on a Monday. It just seems so clean and fitting. Today marks the day that I started 2 virtual runs. One is on a team of 8 where we run Across the USA. It’s 2572 miles from San Francisco to New York. And the other is a race to run across PA, which is solo and 310 miles. I’m excited for both! Today I walked 5 miles after work and that did count for both races.
Tuesday June 2nd—On the schedule was 6 miles with strides. I was to warm up 2 miles and then add in 4 x 100m at 7:15-7:00 pace with 1 min easy in between each, then cool down to 6 miles in total. I ran this on my treadmill, and it felt great! I then changed clothes and go out for an 11-mile bike ride! I love when I get up early enough to get both in before work time!
We are now doing a countdown to my daughter’s birthday as it’s a week away and she will be 7. She is just so excited! I feel bad that she won’t have a big party this year but she did already get a brand new mountain bike and I got her a few things from her brother that he will give to her on her actual birthday. We will do cake and a pinata this weekend outside with some of the kids on the block. Then on her actual birthday we will go over to my parent’s house for outside dinner and cake visit!
Wednesday June 3rd– It’s Global Running Day! Global Running Day is a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving. My coach had a time trial on the schedule, and I’ve been nervous about this for days. Ever since I saw it. The reason? It’s like proof of my fitness level and what if I suck and also, big reason here… the track has been closed and is still not open. And so, running a 5k without having to stop in the neighborhood just won’t happen. There are lights, and cars and people and dogs. I know, I talk a lot about mindset and my mindset was bad for this run. So, I needed to change that and fast. The workout scheduled was 2 mile warm up, time trial 5k, 2 mile cool down. I had to stop many times during the 5k and paused my watch. I also added this in my Garmin as a workout and then forgot to use that when I started running. So, I just told my coach what my 3 mile times were… 7:06, 7:00 and 7:12. Not bad, but I think I could have been faster in different circumstances. And I must state that even though this didn’t go as planned or how I thought, I still loved every single minute of this! It was a great way to celebrate global running day!
I then went to my office to work for a few hours. We had a bad storm here in PA. My neighbors tree fell and took up her whole yard. We lost power for a long time which was fine until it got dark and kids were like… where’s the lights, where the Netflix, it’s hot in here, blah blah. We have a generator but it can power like one thing so that is the fridge, so all the food didn’t go bad. In the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t very long but felt like forever.
Thursday June 4th—Because we had no power when I went to bed, I completely forgot to set my alarm for waking up early today. I didn’t wake up till after 7am. That meant I was only getting my run in and bike will have to wait until later. It was nice and warm already which is just my favorite. I may be one of the only people out there that loves running in hot weather. Cold weather just needs too many layers and my nose is always running and it’s harder to breathe. Anyway, on the schedule was 5 miles easy but I had some time, so I went and did 7. Plus, I’m feeling very competitive with the one virtual run and need to get in a few extra easy miles this week to help the team!
Later, after work I got out for my ride and did a little over 12 miles. While I like getting both my run and ride done before work, it’s always nice to do it after work too.
Friday June 5th—Yay for making it through another week at home! Today on my scheduled was 4 easy paced miles but I decided to double that. I got out early enough and decided to use my time wisely and get more miles for my virtual challenges. So 8 miles it was. It all felt great and my coach always says that adding a few extra miles is okay if you are keeping them easy!
No biking today. I was going to the office because my mother in law was coming up to watch the kids for us. It was nice to be at my office and to be able to get a lot of work done without a kid interrupting me all day long.
Saturday June 6th—Another Saturday, another long run! I sleep in on Saturdays now because we really have no where to go these days so what is the point of waking up at the crack of dawn? I mean, it would be nice to get to the trail early but sleeping in is just super nice!! On the schedule was a 14 miler with some marathon pace miles thrown in. It was 3 mile warm up, 3 miles at marathon pace, 2 miles easy, 3 miles at marathon pace and then 3 miles easy. Marathon pace for me is between 8:00-8:20, and easy is between 9:30-9:00. I did the first 6 on my treadmill knowing that it was super-hot out and I would need a ton of water. I then got outside for the last 8 and brought my 16oz water bottle and still had to stop home mid run for a refill. This run went well, and I hit my paces, so that was exciting.
Sometimes I still let a run on my schedule freak me out and make me wonder, can I do that? It always seems impossible until it’s done. And even someone like me who has run 19 marathons in her life, still has moments of doubt. It’s crazy but a lot of running is your mindset. A good mindset can really change everything! The rest of the day was spent watching the kids go back and forth from our blow-up water slide to the blow-up pool, and so forth. I do love the heat, but the humidity was so bad it just felt like you were walking around in soup.
Sunday June 7th—Last day of the week.. make it count! The weather was picture perfect today. There was NO humidity and it was sunny. A day that you want to spend outside all day long. I started with my run, 6 miles easy and then a quick outfit change and got on the bike for 12 miles. I mentioned on Instagram that I have no fancy bike outfits or gloves and I’m not even wearing my clip shoes at this point cause I’m just going around our neighborhood. My point with all that rambling is that you don’t need any of that stuff to get out there and get after it!
Then came back to get ready for a little outside birthday celebration for my daughter. She had fun and felt special so that’s all that matters. We didn’t go inside for the day until around 8pm so I was pretty exhausted at that point.
I ended the week with running 48 miles, biking 35 and walking 5 miles. Overall, it was a great training week for me!!
Monday May 25th –Memorial Day! A day off work. A Monday that you don’t cringe at 😊 Can’t think of anything better!! And, it’s my running rest day. No running whatsoever. It’s my only day off so I truly need it and look forward to it. I did get out for a 12-mile bike ride and stopped over to see my parents and go on a walk with mom. We walked 2.25 miles together and it was lovely!!
Tuesday May 26th—Coach scheduled me for inclines on the treadmill. I usually run hills outside, but she made this set schedule of which incline to do at 30 seconds each, so I went with it. There were 4 sets of inclines that were 90 seconds each at different inclines. The hardest were at 8, 9 and 12. Holy moly! I almost fell off🤣. And then had to repeat. You ran 2 mins easy in between sets. This was fun and made the 5 miles go by very quickly. I then did some strength training but ran out of time to get outside for my bike ride. I ended up getting out around 6pm for my ride and did 12 miles. Overall, it was a good day of training for me. I must admit though, this was the first day in a long time that I was not motivated to run. Ever since the pandemic and staying home I have been all out, guns blazing, ready to go! I guess it’s only normal to have days like this. I fought thru it and did my run. That’s all that matters!
Wednesday May 27th—On the schedule today was to run 6 miles easy. I opted for treadmill today. Some days I just drink too much coffee before I need to head out and then think… where will I go to the bathroom? Is that too much info?!
I ended up running 8 miles because I was enjoying the run so much. Because I kept the miles easy it was okay to add on a few extra. I had hoped to get up early enough to knock my ride out too but no such luck. My bed is just so comfy these days. Anyone else have this issue? This was also the first day that I was going to work at my office for the first time in 11 weeks. I only went in from 10-3ish. It was amazing and much needed. I had some quiet time to focus and make calls to prospects without a kid interrupting. My daughter cried before I left, and my son could care less. Too funny how opposite they are. I got my ride in later around 6pm but only made it 5.3 miles. I was tired and figured there was no point in pushing myself.
Thursday May 28th—Today was tempo day! Tempo is hard. It’s that uncomfortable pace that you have to push yourself to and hold for some time in order to get faster. It’s especially hard for me on the treadmill. The track is still locked and not open or that would be my ideal place for tempo. So, treadmill it was. Good news was that I got my new pair of Hoka Carbon X in the mail the day before. Love running in new shoes and I’m a huge fan of these ones. This is my fourth pair of this kind!! I ran 1 mile warm up, 5 miles that ranged from 7:42 pace down to 7:24, then 1 mile cool down. This was hard but I got thru it! And now I am that much stronger. This was also another day that I ran out of time for my ride before work, so it was done after work. I got in 12 miles!
Friday May 29th—This morning I was feeling pretty beat up today. Like, run ragged basically. Luckily my run scheduled was only 4 miles easy so I did that and then had time to jump on my bike and got in 11 miles all before work. That is the best feeling ever. My legs are so much fresher when I can ride early in the day. If you comes to working out later in the day after work the motivation to get back out is super hard. I’m pretty self-motivated but some days it’s just super hard.
Saturday May 30th—After feeling pretty beat up from the feet up yesterday I was pretty sure that this run would suck. On the schedule was a 13-mile progression run that was supposed to end up fast miles and my last mile was to be sub 7:45. Yikes! How the heck was I going to do that? First, it was hot. And I didn’t get out till 10am. Sometimes the way you think can really mess with your mindset. I had to change that thinking and do it fast! I decided the most logical thing would be to start inside on my treadmill and tackle the first half at a slower pace. Then get out for the last 6.5 miles. My handheld water holder hopefully would be enough (It’s 16oz and so I put 2 Nuun tabs in there instead of 1 to make it strong). I use Nuun for most of my runs. If you have not heard of them, check them out (nuunlife.com). They are also sold at place like target or Dicks Sporting Goods. It ended up being enough but I had to ration it out. I was craving freezers full of ice around mile 4 on🤣. I’m happy to say that my last two miles were 7:36 and 7:27!! I had done what I needed to do. Splitting up the run helped me for sure.
As for biking, I decided to skip for today and get out on Sunday. Again, no need to push myself more than necessary in hot weather. If you are in it for the long run, you must listen to your body and make the best choice for that particular day.
Sunday May 31st– Last day of the month! I feel like March and April were years long and May just sort of flew by. I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels this way. On the schedule today was 5 easy miles and some biking. I decided that today would be the first day that I rode first, then ran. Running has always been my number 1 thing. So, I always put it first. However, I know that if I want to do some real brick training that I need to ride then run. Happy to say that I did it and it went great! 12 miles on the bike, then a quick outfit change and new water bottle and out for 5 easy miles. My heartrate stayed pretty low for my run, which is always want I’m aiming for when running easy. Some days though, depending on my stress level it goes higher than I want it to, regardless of whether the running effort felt easy or hard. Do you pay attention to your HR ever? I only have my watch taking it, I did not buy the chest strap yet.
My weekly totals were 43 miles running and 65 miles biking!
My monthly totals were 186.50 running and 223 miles biking! It was a great month of training for me overall.
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I have been running for over 20+ years. When I first started running, I was in my teens and now I’m in my 40’s 🤷🏻♀️. When I first started running, I was running with my Dad. Years later I finally understood why he was always running so many miles and then ended up going out for runs by myself. And ever since then I’ve pretty much been a lone runner. I enjoy my time out there and know that I can go at my pace, and where I want, and no one will hold me back.
That brings us to this year and the now. Hello, COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing and exercising alone. I love being an ambassador with BibRave because I get to try out products and review them and tell everyone about them in hopes they may find that they need it, or could buy for someone they know.
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Monday May 18th – My day off from running. Again, it’s always much needed after hitting it hard all week/weekend and moving more now that I’m home with the kids and not at my office, sitting all day long. I worked all day long while watching kids and helping my daughter with virtual learning and then got out for my 5-mile walk. It felt great and my legs always appreciate moving but having a break from pounding the pavement.
Tuesday May 19th—My coach had some speedwork on the calendar for today. I decided to take to the treadmill and get it done. The workout was to run 2 miles easy then run 8X400’s with 2 mins easy in between each, which I changed to 400m between each because it’s much easier to figure that out on the treadmill. I did the 400’s from 7:14 down to 6:59 for the last 2. Then cooled down to 6 miles. Once I was done, I got outside for my 11-mile bike ride. It felt so great to get both running and biking done before work! I don’t know about you, but I think it’s the best way to start the day!
Wednesday May 20th—Today I ran 6.5 miles easy outside first thing. Still a little colder than normal out there, which is really making me think it’s so not May and still March. I am ready to shed the layers and wear shorts and a tank and still sweat! I did not have enough time to get my biking done before work, so I did my 11 miles afterwork. Which was nice because it had warmed up a bit and I was no longer freezing.
Thursday May 21st—Today is my Friday as I took off for tomorrow to make it a 4-day weekend and have a little less stress and not have to ‘work from home’. I woke up missing everything and felt so many emotions from it all. I miss going to the office, massages, the track, hugging my parents, going out to dinner, etc. all of it!
Today’s workout called for more speedwork, so I decided to run on the treadmill since the track is still closed. I miss the track so much!! My run was 1 mile warm up easy, 2 miles at 7:42, 1 mile easy, 2 miles at 7:30, 1 mile cool down. This felt great and not that hard. It was another day where I ran out of time before work to get my biking done so it was another day of completing that afterwork, which in all honesty is a blessing. Since I spend most of the day with the kids and trying to work, getting out after work is another time that I can have for just ‘me’.
Friday May 22nd—Today was my day off, woo hoo! My hubs golfed early in the day so there was no running first thing for me. I waited until well after lunch to get out once he finally arrived back home. It was nice to spend the morning with the kids and not have to worry much about working. We did do some biking and I got in 5.5 miles in the morning. However, it was another emotional filled day because I learned that summer camp will probably be open this summer at the YMCA. And I feel VERY STRESSED in sending my kids there. I mean, what if they get sick? How safe is it with all these other kids, and all those germs? I mean, I’m sure they can keep it clean, but I just have a bad feeling about the whole thing. I am feeling very pressured with regards to work and getting myself back to the office a few days per week. I can and have been working from home but do find it challenging to do any sort of prospecting and I’m in sales, so I have to start doing some prospecting or I’m going to finish with a very bad year. So, with all that said, I really REALLY needed my run today. On the schedule was 4.5 miles easy. I ended up running 10 miles and it started to rain about 3 miles into my run. I just kept going and going and it was exactly what I needed. Once I got back, I took a nice shower and then decided that I was skipping my bike since it was still pouring and the last time I was out cycling in the rain it was very slippery and probably not the smartest thing.
Saturday May 23rd—Ahh.. there’s nothing like Saturdays now. We have no where to go anymore so I typically sleep in when I can. Plus, it was pouring when I woke up and for many hours after, so I was waiting around for it to stop. I have no problem running in the rain, but I’d rather get out when it’s dry and get rained on. Not go out in the pouring rain. Does that make sense? It does in my head LOL! I had 12 miles on the schedule that wanted me to run the first 6 miles at an easy pace, and then add in surges after that. I was not feeling very fast or having to pick it up at any point, so I decided to skip it. I kept the miles all easy and really enjoyed every single one of them. It was humid out when I started and never let up. Around mile 7-8 I wished for a down pour and a water fountain. I got neither!! I skipped my biking today as I was pretty wiped out once I got back and know that there is no need to push it. I had an easy day on Sunday and knew I could clock in the biking with some rest.
Sunday May 24th—5 easy miles on the schedule today and they were great! It was a bit cooler this morning, so I enjoyed not running in the humidity. Loving my new marathoner shirt! It’s light and airy and I can run in it or wear it out!! I then came back and changed, ate a granola bar and got out on the bike for 20 miles. I felt amazing once I was done and enjoyed a good day with the kids.
My weekly totals were: 46.5 miles running and 59 miles biking.
Monday May 11th – As I mentioned before Mondays are my rest days from running and biking. By Monday my body is ready for a nice rest day. Though, I’ll admit if I do see anyone out for a run or bike, I do get super jealous. However, I know that one rest day per week is good for me and much needed. I do try to do some walking after work to get my legs moving. This Monday night I was able to do my 5-mile walk and it was still so cold that I wore my winter coat… ridiculous! I knew this week running wise would be kept easy for the most part to recover from doing the Yeti Challenge just a few days ago and running 31 miles in a 24-hour period.
Tuesday May 12th—Today I ran an easy 3.30 miles. My coach actually only had me scheduled to run a 5k, which is 3.1 miles, but I ran too far out and went over. Not a big deal because I kept the running on my easy pace. I then went out later in the day after work and biked 11 miles. Overall it was a good day! However, the weather still was colder than normal.
Wednesday May 13th—Today I ran 3.5 miles easy and then did 10 minutes of strength and core followed by 10 minutes on our water rower. After work I went out and did another 11 miles on my bike. Now that I have started with the biking, I find it hard not to get out on my bike every day that I’m running. I have the time so I should use it wisely!
Thursday May 14th—Today I ran an easy 5 miles and then right after my run I got on my bike and rode 10 miles. I decided that I am going to start to try to ride immediately following my run and not later in the day. I know that I actually should be riding first, then running but I’m not there yet (per the whole triathlon order but.. baby steps!)
Friday May 15th—Today I ran an easy 4 miles and then jumped on the bike and rode 11 miles. It felt great to get this all in before work. (Goals!!) The weather finally turned much warmer and it was great to not have to wear a million layers. I get so cold when I’m riding… much colder than when I’m running from all the wind. Can anyone believe that it’s finally Mid May? Some days it still feels like March. Literally with the weather LOL. Like we are in some weird time warp thing.
Saturday May 16th—Today the weather was even better! Have I mentioned that I love exercising in the warmer weather? I know, it’s not the norm. Everyone loves colder weather but I’m all happy when I’m working up a sweat. The hotter the better. Today I was going to head to the local trail but I decided to skip as I slept in and I knew by the time I got there it would be overcrowded and not the safest place to be. I decided the better option was to run 10 miles around my neighborhood. These miles felt great and I actually thought a lot about the yeti challenge I had done the weekend prior. My goodness what a huge difference it was weather wise. Once I got back home, I changed and then jumped on my bike and got out for 10 more miles. I felt amazing when I finally returned home! I had the rest of the day to lay low with the kids while they played outside… what a great day it was!
Sunday May 17th—Today the schedule called for an easy 4 miles so I ran those around my neighborhood and then got out for my bike ride. I rode 11 miles and then had a fun Sunday around the house with the kids. Now that we are stuck at home during this pandemic, I find myself enjoying my runs and bike rides so much more. I have not had any feelings of not wanting to run or bike since we’ve been stuck at home. I think some have had the opposite and have felt like they are not motivated to do anything. For me, trying to work from home and help my daughter with virtual learning and have the kids by my side for most of the day is my motivation alone. I need this alone time.. for me and for them. I am a better me because I have my alone time.
This week I ran 29.8 miles in 6 days of running, coming from the week prior where I ran 47 miles due to the challenge. I rode 65 miles, in 6 day of cycling.
Monday May 4th
Rest day for me. Now that we are stuck at home, I have been taking a 5-mile walk after work to get the legs moving. I am doing the Yeti 24-hour Ultra Challenge starting on Friday night so this week will be an easy week for me so that my legs will be able to handle the 30+ miles I will run Friday through Saturday!
Tuesday May 5th
I had 7 miles easy on the schedule. I ran outside and it was back to being colder than usual so long sleeves, pants, ear warmer and gloves. Will spring ever stay here? The miles felt good and easy (9:26/mile). My average HR was still higher than normal being at 150. My Garmin is telling me that I am overreaching. I did also ride my bike later in the day my usual 11 miles.
Wednesday May 6th
I decided to run inside on my treadmill to give my body a softer surface to run on. I ran 3.1 miles easy and my average HR was much lower at 127. I think stress also plays a huge factor in the HR. When I’m outside I’m not always running on flat surfaces, and I’m now playing frogger with all those out walking and stressed about running too close to them and I think all of that takes a toll. I also used our rowing machine and did that for 30 minutes. Overall, I felt good with both workouts. However, my Garmin now states that I’m unproductive. How interesting LOL.
Thursday May 7th
Had the option to not run or run up to 3 miles easy. I opted for 3 miles easy. It was chilly but sunny for my run and it felt great. My HR said otherwise. Again at 150. I am not sure what that’s all about but I know my body and I know that I did not run fast or feel ill while running so I’m going to just go with how I feel and not listed to my watch.
Friday May 8th/Saturday May 9th
This is the day that I started the Yeti Challenge. I was originally set to start at 6pm but decided to move it up to start at 4pm. Below are my recaps and pictures from each run. It was a great experience and I’m so glad that I signed up to do it.
Sunday May 10th
I did not do any sort of running today. I did walk 4 miles to help the legs recover and tried to take it easy all day. It was Mother’s Day and I was spoiled by a wonderful brunch, and a lovely dinner, flowers, chocolate and home made cards by my husband and kids❤️. I also got to go see my mom for an outside socially distant visit for about 2 hours. What a great way to end the week.
I have decided that after I finish recapping the last two months that I will start to blog weekly about my training. With everything that has happened with the pandemic and now me working from home I feel like my weeks and months are all mushed together. Not to mention that the month of March and April each felt like two separate years. Anyone else feel me on that?
For the month of March I ran a total of 169.5 miles and for the month of April I ran a total of 173 miles. I kept with running 6 days per week and having one rest day. My weeks were all around 40 miles per week. In March I was focused on training for my upcoming half marathon (Salisbury Half that was scheduled for 4/4) as well as for the Broad Street Run (scheduled for May 3rd). Both races ended up getting cancelled. For March and April my coach kept my long runs between 10-14 miles and gave me some with some speed mixed in, and others were just long easy runs, which by the way are my favorite! The weather was hit or miss for both months. Some days were super warm but most were on the colder side or raining we really enjoyed when the weather was nice so we could spend the day outside.
More towards the end of March I started bringing my road bike out and was riding up and down our street with my kids. My daughter finally decided that she wanted to learn to ride her bike and did so in just two days!! She is 6. My son on the other hand decided that at age 3 1/2 he was going to ride a two wheeler and did! He’s 5 1/2 now. We are fortunate enough to live on a no outlet street so the kids can all play in the street without worry of being hit by a car. I will be honest here and say that once we were ordered to work from home for 2 weeks on March 13th that I really enjoyed no longer commuting to work (40ish mins one way), wearing suits and heels, being rushed every which were, and worn thin from not having enough time to fit it all in. The schoolwork that was sent home was in paper form and we completed that each day with no issues. My daughter did catch the flu, diagnosed on 3/18. That day she woke up with a fever and a cough, both systems of COVID-19. I had to beg the doctor to see us that day. It was crazy times! Thankfully I worked very hard to keep the kids separate and my husband and I took Tamiflu to be proactive and no one else in the house got sick.
During both months I still continued on with having speed work sessions, 2x per week. To me, it was an outlet that I still needed, and now even more, because of the new kind of stress work from home created along with helping my daughter with virtual learning and trying to keep my 5 year old son entertained. The days were super long and to be honest they still are and I dread EVERY SINGLE Monday. I hate saying that because I have to also remember and acknowledge that it could be a lot worse and I have to be thankful for what I have. I also added in biking 11 miles per day 6 days per week, and keeping with having Monday as my day off. On Monday I go for a very long walk (5 miles) once work is over and I then make my husband take over with kids because I’m with them all day long. I am loving the biking and ended up logging 23 cycling miles for March, and then 220 cycling miles for April. I feel myself getting stronger from all the cycling and am going to continue with this as long as I can. Now that I have more time on my hands from not having to go anywhere I decided that I better make really good use of this time. I don’t want to look back on this time and say I watched a whole lot of TV. I want to be the strongest version of myself that I can be!