Trying to keep up the marathon prep…

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I’d do a training update, but it’s just not that interesting. I’ve been consistently running hills once a week with my new neighborhood buddy. The rest of the week is pretty mellow. The weekend has it’s long run, and I’ve been really working hard on working in the “other stuff”. I only make it to yoga class once a week, but all week I try for about 20 minutes an evening of something…yoga, core, lunges etc. I’m doing push ups everyday. I still do my hamstring chiropractor stuff every couple of days. All this is the hardest part for me. It does chip away at my time in the evenings to relax, but if you want to run marathons when you are old, you have to do something to prevent them from breaking you.

This weekend it was just me and Jasper, so I plotted a down week for mileage. I did two 10 mile runs on the treadmill and am calling it a good effort. I am well aware there are those who will bust out a 20 miler once their kids are asleep and finish a run at midnight, but I don’t have the mental fortitude for such things. 3:30 am runs before work, yes, midnight runs, no. The really neat thing that happened this weekend was Jasper did the child care at the Y. I’ve never really done it since he’s already in child care 40 hours a week. But we walked by the child care area on our way to flag football ( extreme cuteness BTW) and he said he wanted to go. So today I found a core class and dropped him off at child watch. The class was amazing and I will definitely add it to my rotation and Jasper said he loved child watch! I think because it’s just a lot of toys and art supplies, not like his school where’s there’s a schedule, he really enjoyed it. It’s a perfect way to sneak in a short class and actually use they gym. In all our time there I’ve only done yoga and swam in the kids pool. I could also sneak in about 6 treadmill miles if I needed to long run (run on my home treadmill early morning until Jaspy wakes up and then later do a second run at the Y). Anyhow, this is very exciting to me since Jasper and I are solo a lot. We followed child watch time with a couple hours at the pool and then fro yo. So, a good day.

Yesterday we did kid sports all morning and into the early afternoon, and then went and saw the new Planes movie in the late afternoon. It was really cute and I loved the nod to the National Parks. I also loved that it’s a relaxing, not hot and outside activity. This weekend has been heavily slanted toward activities that completely wear me out…..

As much as I think we did pretty good all weekend, I am looking forward to running outside this week though. I’m also wondering how sore that core class is going to make me tomorrow….

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Sunday is the new Saturday…

Saturday morning has been “long run Saturday” for me ever since I quit working weekends about 11 years ago.  That’s a lot of Saturdays.  I always preferred Saturday to go long for two reasons:  1.  If something goes wrong, weather, stomach ache, you name it, then there’s still Sunday to get the run in.  All is not lost.  and, 2.  If there are fun weekend plans, they can happen after the run.  There’s no worries about eating food at a barbecue that will sabotage a long run, no worries a beer will cause dehydration…the run is done, so on with the weekend.  But kid sports have changed all that.  After several weekends, and two in particular of feeling like crap all day, I am finally giving in and admitting I just cannot run > 2 hours, shower, eat, and be ready to leave the house at 8:30 to spectate one of Jasper’s games.  Not to mention rushing out for errands immediately post game and not eating a real meal until hours after running 16 miles in high humidity (and not getting morning coffee either…the horror!…yes this scenario just happened to me).   Jasper gets Saturday, I’m taking Sunday.   Nothing goes on Sunday morning…it’s a relatively guilt free run.  Why did it take me so long to give in and change days?  I’ll just deal when social functions come up Saturday, and figure out a way to fuel my long run the next day, but Saturday has become so rushed and crazy, it’s the busiest day of the week.  Yikes!  I’ve also learned that finishing a long run in the Texas summer heat, and going straight from run to shower, means general misery the rest of the day.  For some reason, my body needs at least 10 minutes or so to cool down before a shower, or I spend the rest of the day feeling like I have a mild hangover, like I never quite “normalize” post run.  So bring on the Sundays!

Fever boy returns and running through the pines…

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When you spend your vacation in urgent care you get an orca…

Jaspy and I just got back from our trip to Washington to my parents’ house. We were about an hour away from Seattle on Whibdey island. 6 months ago I wouldn’t take him solo on a long flight, but he’s been doing pretty good so we gave it a go. He did about as good as I could have expected….there were still challenges but I never felt like he was out of control. BUT, he woke up feeling bad the day we left and started running fever on the airplane. He was roasting by the time we got there and said “my cheek hurts ” but pointed to his ear. I knew there was no way we could wait that out until we got home on another long flight, so off to urgent care it was…for pretty much a whole day. But otherwise we had a lot of fun. Can’t argue with cool temps, pine trees and beach in the midst of a Texas summer.

Running was heavenly. I didn’t take any pictures, because but here’s an interwebs picture of part of a route I did:

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Photo from Langley half marathon website

Lots of pines, ocean views, and some roads so heavily forested it was like running in a green tunnel. Lots of hills. This is my favorite kind of running. All the beauty of a trail, but the smooth, worry free footing of a road. I did a 6, 8, and 7 miler, which was pretty decent mileage for a vacation. I also ate lots of good food, so the miles were appreciated!

Today is slowly about getting back to routine and re-adjusting to running in ing high humidity….although today wasn’t too bad. Fever boy is much better and slowly getting back to his routines. I’ve got some work in the running dept over the next week… this marathon is really approaching quick and it’s time to up the ante. So until my next pine tree fix…..Texas summer running it is!

Holiday running and more…

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Fuel on yesterday’s run…

I’ve had some good runs as of late. Last weekend I mapped out a hilly, pretty 14 mile loop starting and finishing at my house. It’s my new favorite run. It’s challenging, goes by plenty of parks for water and bathrooms, and in can add on little bits to make it longer. I did it again this weekend and made it 15. During the week I did a couple challenging runs with my new buddy, and I did a yoga class the night before my long run. Basically I made it a really tough week and I can tell I’m starting to get back into shape, ever so slowly. That’s one thing I love about marathon training. One week I can do things that two weeks ago seemed impossible. It was a binge training week with no off day. Stephanie was in town, and it was fun to check out the new boardwalk downtown with friends. Today was a slow run solo knowing tomorrow is an off day and my legs get a break.

Meeting friends at town lake was strange. It was a reminder those days where we ran through the hilly neighborhoods or did multiple trail loops followed by giant breakfasts at Magnolia cafe are gone. I rarely have time to make it town lake anymore, and I certainly don’t have time for breakfast. I also don’t eat giant breakfasts anymore because I am old and if I order eggs and queso I might as well just apply it directly to my thighs. It’s not that things are worse or better now…just different. I miss those days, but sometimes I love a solo long run through my hood finishing up at my doorstep and having my green smoothie while I stretch. Still memories are a nice thing.

It’s a cut back week since Jasper and I will be out of town. We are going to my parents’ in Washington. I’m curious if the mild weather will make running feel easier, because the humidity has been brutal this summer. Pine trees will be nice too.

Oh and Jasper is once again the real endurance athlete. 4 hours of swimming on the 4th. He hit his sudden out burst of “I can’t swim anymore!” At the four hour mark. It was impressive. Oh, and we’re a obsessed with snow cones. We have a trailer at Jasper’s school and one by our house. I’m getting to the point of needing at least one snow cone a day….

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Snow cone eating….cotton candy for Jasp, Keep Austin weird for me (lots of tropical flavors plus whipped cream. Heaven.