Go ahead and laugh.
Yesterday Pete had to work from about 8 am until 10 pm. Normally that would be an exhausting day in itself, but add in the whole “crutching around or else face a longer recovery and experience stabbing pains in your back/butt business” and you can probably imagine the magnitude of my lethargy this morning.
This injury has been a humbling experience. I took yesterday off from cross-training, but I’m planning to go to the pool every day from now until my follow-up on March 18th. Besides that, I’ll be hanging out on my couch with my 6 month old until Friday if anyone needs me.
Last weekend I ran the Virginia is For Lovers 14k in Virginia Beach. So, how did it go? Let me break it down:
I went through the 5k 10 seconds faster than I raced a 5k at the Troy Turkey Trot in November. I didn’t take mile splits, but my first mile was 6:39 and I averaged 6:39 for the race so I’d say I ran pretty evenly. From 5k to the finish not one runner passed me, and I ran down two women in the last 3 miles (one with about a half mile to go). I felt GOOD, maybe too good. I’ve made this my goal pace for Shamrock which will give me a 1:27 half marathon if I can hold that pace for 4 more miles. I think I can do it with another month of training (especially with how far I’ve come in the past month).
The best part of the race was having my teammates out there with me, and because there were a few turnarounds we got to see each other and cheer for each other (and exchange a few side fives of course). Thank you Hollie and Steph, I couldn’t have done it without you!
Let me preface this by saying that I still have a lot of work to do, but… I finally worked my way up to my first 20 miler yesterday. It took me 2:45:17 on the treadmill, which is 8:15 pace. This is a huge improvement over last weekend’s 18 miler, which was at 8:30 pace. I’m finally feeling like I can push myself and my training is really starting to come together. I also hit 60 miles last week, which was a big goal of mine for this month.
I decided (with some encouragement) to run the Virginia is For Lovers 14k this weekend. I was hesitant to commit to this race because, after a year of running races and not being capable of pushing myself at all, I wanted to make sure I was in shape enough to actually RACE. I haven’t done any speed work or tempos, so it might be ugly, but I’m ready to finally toe the line with some confidence.
Why the treadmill? Well, the roads are totally clear this week, but 20 miles takes so long to complete. If you add in travel time to the park, setting up the BOB, travel time back, etc. it all adds up to four hours. If I do my run at home, Pete is able to take care of Emmaline while I run, let her nap in her own room, feed her, and overall it’s a lot less stressful. Yes, I would love to hit the trails, but I’ll save that for warmer days and my relatively shorter long runs.
I’ve got my tempo rundies on! Today’s workout was supposed to be a way of tricking myself into running faster when I’m not quite ready for a true tempo. I planned on doing 8 miles alternating easy miles with marathon goal pace miles. Because I was pushing the stroller for this workout, I had to modify my pace and truly run on effort. The workout was going really well until Emmaline woke up and started screaming for no good reason I could think of. She normally loves the stroller and sleeps though the whole freaking run, but of course she had to choose today to revolt. Thankfully I was near my house when it happened so I took her inside, changed her, and calmed her down. At that point I had one easy mile and one MGP mile left, but I couldn’t focus with her being upset so I just ran the last two miles as a cool down and tried to keep her calm. I finished the 8 miles in exactly 66:00 and my three “fast” miles were 7:11, 7:04, and 7:02. I suppose I could have just left Emma crying in the driveway and finished my workout, right? Um, no. So despite everything not going perfectly, I’m satisfied with my effort.
Hard to believe it’s been a year. I’m sitting here holding my own child and I just can’t imagine going through something like that.
This morning I ran 6 miles OUTSIDE in my new shoes. I felt pretty swell until a guy passed me during my third mile (he was either wearing headphones or ear muffs, not sure). I picked it up and ran too fast for that mile, so I was hurting a little more than I should have been. I won’t elaborate because I don’t want to sound negative, but I will say that I will enjoy returning the favor of passing him when I get in better shape. Anyway, total time was 45:52. New shoes were light and comfortable and I felt strong so I’m happy!
Yesterday was not a great day, but I’m learning to stop being so hard on myself. Even though I had to keep stopping and starting, at least I got it done. I think this training cycle is going to be a big, fat lesson in patience… but I’m excited to start this journey. Much needed rest day today for us both!
Five miles in 41:02, another day on the treadmill. It almost didn’t happen, but I’m too damn stubborn to give up when I set my mind to something. I had to wait until Emmaline’s afternoon nap because she had a rough morning, and she woke up a few times during the afternoon nap but I managed to get it done. I’ll spare you the details of how many times I had to hit the pause button, as well as the details of my temporary moment of insanity. Just as I finished, the UPS man rang the doorbell with a delivery. It was a surprise from one of Santa’s elves in Boston… NB 890’s aka Barringers! So pumped to try these out.
Don’t be jealous of my photography skillz.
Day one is a success! I managed to squeeze in a 4 mile treadmill run in 32:50 while Emmaline napped. It’s raining today so a stroller run was not an option. We’re working on crib naps and extending nap times, so I will hopefully have at least two opportunities for short runs during the day if it rains. We’re also working on tummy time, as seen here! I read that babies are supposed to be up to 90 minutes of tummy time by three months, so we have some work to do. Hope everyone is having a good day!
Emmaline Lily was born on August 31 weighing in at a hefty 6 lbs 2 ounces… although I have to say she felt a lot bigger than that. My recovery has gone well, and she’s been a pretty easy baby so far. We’re up once or twice at night and lately she’s been sleeping at least one 5 hour stretch. I started easy running when she was 2.5 weeks old, beginning with one lap around my neighborhood (.62 miles) and gradually increasing the distance and speed. It hasn’t been easy, but I’m grateful for the ability to run even a little bit. We just started using the BOB with the infant car seat adapter this week, and she loves it! It puts her right to sleep. Next weekend we will be taking our annual trip down to North Carolina for the Bertie Spooktacular 5k. It’s a small race, but one of my favorites, and it will be a nice, easy (hopefully) return to road racing for this mama!
Bella is enjoying her last few days of being an “only child”. According to my pregnancy app, baby should make her appearance in about 9 days (give or take), which is hard to believe. My doctor does not want me to go past 41 weeks, so that means baby will definitely be here in 16 days, but for some reason lately I’ve been feeling like she might actually come on time.
I’ve been running or run/walking 4 miles almost every day this month. Today I ran the full 4 miles and felt pretty darn good. Of course, this is all relative as I probably average 10 or 11 min miles, but it feels much faster than that.
A few other fun things I learned at my doctor appointment yesterday. The baby has a lot of hair (who knew you could see that on an ultrasound), I could see her practicing her “breathing”, and she’s in the perfect position for delivery already. High five, baby Turner!