The first week of Christmas break, I had fantastic mileage. The second week I slacked a little…I didn’t do a long run this past weekend due to an impromptu arcade day with my little. Fun world is one of her absolute favorite places so it was a family outing there for us! I absolutely HATE arcades germs, germs, germs!)AND all things video games-but I LOVE her so I opted to switch up my long run to Sunday. This little face Full of excitement was worth it:
Sunday dawned slushy, rainy, icy, and just plain old disgustingness. My husband is a nervous Nelly if I go running outside in bad weather, so I opted to treadmill it. But, UGH…..I got to mile 2 on my treadmill and literally could not fathom going one step further, and called it quits. After my 13 miler on New Years Day, I couldn’t deal with ANOTHER long run on the treadmill for the week!
Monday: 400s Workout on the track, 7 miles total.
Wednesday: 9 easy and very hilly miles-8:28 avg pace
Thursday: Awesome marathon goal pace workout. 2 miles @ 7.4, 4 miles at 8.4, 5.5 miles at 8.5, 1.5 miles at 8.8-9.0 for a total of 13 miles in 1:33:45
Friday: 4 miles, 7:40 avg pace 30:55
Saturday: 7.20 easy miles with pickups at the end, 7:55 avg pace
Sunday: 2 miles on the treadmill.
Total Mileage:42.2 miles, Average pace for the week: 7:46
My next marathon is 7 weeks from this past Sunday! It’s coming FAST! And I’m sosososo excited. One of my goals from NOW until TAPER is to get my mileage UP a little higher. One week, I’m in the 50’s, and the next week, I’m right back down in the 40s. I know that “cut back” weeks every once in a while are GOOD for your body, but I need to intensify my training over the next month until its time to taper.
Lately, Ive been getting a lot of great emails filled with awesome questions! Below are the most popular questions that I get asked on a regular basis (some by runners and some by non runners..)Some of them are terrific running questions and I can’t believe I’ve never shared their answers before. Some of them are downright intrusive and leave me just saying “Ummmmm……..??? (FYI: The innapropriate ones are on here to give you a little laugh, I’ve never been asked them via email, I am only sharing them for your LOL-ing pleasure! )
Are you a morning runner or a night runner?
I am a 100% more efficient morning runner. I have always found it easier to spring out of bed and push through a difficult workout rather wait until after I come home from work to do so. HOWEVER…I am a high school teacher and have to be at school for 7. This means that I have to be out the door by 4:55 am and home by 6:00ish to get ready and leave for work. During the winter I just cannot get out the door. I’m way too clumsy and it is typically way too icy outside-I’m terrified I’ll slip and fall. So April-October/November I’m a morning runner… But the rest of the year I’m a night runner!
Whats your favorite weather to run in?
I’m a weirdo who loooooves to run in heat and humidity. Inappropriately so!
What’s your favorite sneaker?
I’m a Brooks shoe snob, but I’ve tried new balance, Adidas, reebok, and asics. The Brooks sneakers just seem to fit my feet the best and make them the happiest! I wear the Brooks Ghost 7 for my long runs. I also love the Brooks Pure Project line and have several pairs of the Pureflows. I love them! I wear them for all different types of runs from my long runs to my track workouts. I also have the Pure Connects and they are my newest obsession—> and I am loving the way my feet fly in them!!
Does your husband run?HAHA! No. He randomly will hop on the treadmill, but that is the extent of his running. I would love for him to take up running but he swears it’s not in the cards.
Have you ever pooped your pants while running a marathon? I’m not sure WHY so many people like to ask this question? I don’t think I’ve ever wondered about that about anyone, ever.. I guess Uda Pippig is quite famous for a little incident she had and maybe since then, people have been curious? I don’t actually know if she peed/poo’d/Ant FLO came a callin’ but SOMETHING happened to that poor woman while she ran (and won!) the Boston Marathon!!! Anyway, im not going to answer that because I’m a lady. And also because I don’t think you really want to know.
Do you still get your period? Again with the innapropriate-ness in question asking. (This ranks #2 in popularity with non-runners-men especially like to ask this?) I’ve actually had men NOT close to me or even related ask me this before…it’s so weird and I tend to get locked into an awkward, uncomfortable stare until realization hits….
Don’t you get bored while running? nope. It’s kind of my thing.
What kind of music do you listen to? I’m a country music lover but my tastes can be quite eclectic. Eric Church, Taylor Swift, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Breaking Benjamin, Buckcherry, LL Cool J, NKOTB, Kid Rock…these are all frequent flyers on my running playlists.
What do you eat before a run?
It depends. If I’m going before work, I just have a couple sips of water, and eat when i get back. If it’s after work and I’m only running a few miles, I’ll have a small snack an hour or so before, like an apple with PB, or a honey stinger waffle.
What and how often do you eat before your long runs?
Before a long run, I usually have a big breakfast sandwich.
During a 20 mile run, I usually carry 3 Gu’s with me, and I take them at 7, 14, and if I need the third, typically at 17-18. I hate needing to take a third (they are expensive!) but sometimes I’ve just gotta do it. The faster I run, the more fuel I seem to need!
How in the world can you do 20 mile long run on a treadmill? It’s not my favorite. Not at all.
Not even a little bit. But when it’s blizzarding outside and you have a
Long run on the schedule -sometimes you just gotta suck it up and do what you have got to do.
Toenails: Do you have them all? Feet gross a lot of people out, so I’m not sure why so many people like to ask this? I lose one every now And then, and my feet get pretty beat up along the marathon training process. Currently I have them all!
Would you ever do an Ultra or a 100 miler?
NO. my husband asks me this ALLLLLL THE TIME. He is convinced I will someday want to do one. I am, however, quite positive that 26.50 (when I don’t run the tangents!) is my max! No offense to those of you out there who have/are training to run them…I think you are bad ass!! But, Just like the marathon, or, even how running isn’t for everyone–an ultra is not for me!
What’s your Bucket list race? okay, no one asks me this one, I just wanted to put it here! The Boston to Big Sur Challenge. This is something I would LOVE to do! I know how crazy it sounds, and it would also be extremely expensive…..but it’s totally worth it!
And this is where I leave you today! Happy first day back to work to any one who was off for the holiday break! I’m already missing my legging lifestyle!
Until next time, vacation!
Any more random fun running questions?