20 miles, some string cheese and committees…

  
After 5 1/2 years, he was willing to eat string cheese.  Bringing his total foods to about 6

This weekend was fairly unremarkable other than I ran a 20 miler.  There is something very mental about this distance.  19.5 just isn’t the same, even thought it probably is.   The fall weather from last week was gone and yesterday was almost 100 degrees.  It wasn’t horrible when I started at 5 am, gag, but not great either.   I was so grateful a new friend from the gym would meet me at 7 am to run about an hour.  It broke it up…I ran a loop in my hood, ran to the gym, ran with my friend then ran home.  Other than a tight right hip, I felt really good.   I was pretty functional the rest of the day, but cursing the weather gods when a trip to the park was done in 98 degrees.  In late September.  This summer wasn’t that bad, but when pumpkin spice lattes appear, I want it to feel a little seaonal.  I had to resist the urge to put out Halloween decorations because when it’s this hot still, it’s hard to get in the spirit.  And I LOVE Halloween.  But back to the run….all in all I will call it a success.

Blogging may be slim over the next few weeks.  I am in peak mileage and PTA hell all at once.  I have learned that co-chairing a committee takes a ton of time.  Perhaps the final product will make it all worth it, or it will be a huge flop as I feel disorganized and clueless.    Anyhow, every evening is spoken for:   Committee meetings or taekwondo, and when those aren’t happening I’d like to squeeze in my gym time to try and make this old, slow body faster.  And after all that, I plan to crash on a heap on the bed and watch a show with a glass of wine.   None of this makes for exciting blog material.

So I will start practicing now.   No wine, but heap on the bed seems doable at the moment.

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Casa Superhero 1K race report…

   
Our favorite race participant…Wall-E

 Entering the costume contest.  He won last year. 

  
Pre-race.  We are wearing the race shirts….we weren’t so clever to come up with idea on our own.

 
First off, Saturday I did cut back mileage with a 15-16 miler (messed up my timing at one point) with 10 miles to warm up, then met the speedwork group for 800s.  Then later I took advangae of some time while the kids (Mike’s  sister and niece were here) played in the pool at the gym and did my upper body weight routine. So I’m a little sore today!  Next week is the big 2-0.  Can’t put it off any longer!

Today I was scheduled to race a 5k, but since we had family in town, I hated to ask them to all haul out to a race early and watch Jasper while I raced.  So I just took Jasper for the kids run and it was a good thing.  I realized it was sooooo much less hassle to just go for the kids run and not try and nervously warm up while dealing with a 5 year old.  Plus I could focus 100% on the kids run.  I ran early in my neighborhood and realized I was pretty sore to do a race anyways.   

This was the first kids run that Jasper was really into.   We had so much fun and he did really good running the whole thing.  I’m most proud of him for even going because last year he got lost at this race and I spent a few minutes feeling violently ill while a volunteer tried to figure out if he’d been found.  God bless the kind family that recognized he was lost and volunteered to stay with him until I could make it over to him.  So I was surprised he wanted to do it because getting lost had been pretty traumatic.  But he wanted me to run with him and hold his hand so I did and we had a blast zig zagging and weaving through people to “kick it in”.  He seemed happy to get a medal for the first time but maybe happier that there was a comic shop giving out free Sponge Bob comics.    He did the bounce houses for awhile and I purposefully keep us away from the booth giving out Amy’s ice cream and cupcakes, mostly because I did not need that for my breakfast even though it looked amazing…… 

All in all, this is a fantastic event for kids.  My only complaint was they did the kids race after the 5k which delayed it some and kids just aren’t that good at waiting.  I hope next year they make it the first race.  

So up next….lots of marathon prep.  The weather has turned and it is time to put in the big miles!

This run is brought to you by your neighborhood donut shop…

  
When training for a Boston qualifier, fuel as the Bostonians do…

I’m sitting with my legs up…finally.  It feels wonderful.  It has been a whirlwind weekend and my longest training run since the spring.  If Labor Day is the last hurrah of summer, then the weather gods celebrated big.  Triple digits and high humidity.   When you are drenched in sweat at mile one of an 18 mile run, it isn’t going to be pretty.  I ran a loop in my ‘hood, then ran to meet to speedwork group for a quick 5 miles of hills.  Brutal in the heat, but I was saved by some angels who had some water jugs for their Team in Traning group.   So nice of them to not only give me water, but Gatorade too.  Finished the loop, and realized if I ran all the way home I’d be closer to 20 miles.  When it is 90% humidity and you’re 16 miles into a run, you don’t go looking for bonus miles.  A rough calculation in my head said I was 20 minutes from Dunkin Donuts…..and I had my phone!  I had Mike meet me there with a small, donut loving child in tow.  By this time I was stripped down to a sports bra and I apologize to all the families that had to see me run up as they innocently tried to enjoy a Saturday morning.  I typically won’t subject anyone to seeing my gut, but 90% humidity, people!   I inhaled an iced coffee which was heaven and resisted the urge to get a pumpkin spice donut.  I then wondered why I don’t end more runs at a donut shop with really good iced coffee….and I have to admit that Dunkin Donuts has really good iced coffee.   

Sunday was an easy neighborhood run then gym day.  I’ve really come to love gym day, as I do my full body strength routine and Mike joins me and Jaspy does gym childcare.  It flys by doing the routine Mike and no one is really in the gym on a Sunday morning.   I tired to do a quick 30 minute workout after work one day this week, and it was hard to get to equipment with how many people where there.  Anyhow, today I was sore, sore sore.  Steve was kind enough to meet me for a 7 miler and we had a miraculous finding of a lost car key.  

Tomorrow is back to the grind and hopefully some cooler weather. I like a nice warm day, but am looking forward to my final marathon prep runs being just a little easier.   Maybe I’ll be switching from iced coffee to hot pretty soon!

School daze and 400s…

   Obligatory first day picture

 I love how giant the gear bag is…
And we find ourselves deep in kindergarten after a week and a half.   I think we are hitting our stride with the new schedule.  It’s not that new….as we were always out pretty early but now we have a hard time that we must be out the door.  And even though Jaspy is gone the same amount of hours as always the intensity of long days of school work and then after school activities have him pretty tired most nights.  Me too ……we are busy.   I somehow inadvertently found myself on a PTA committee for the fall festival in a position I am grossly under qualified to do.  Story of my life…..and something additional for my evenings….which weren’t exactly chocked full of free time….and so it goes.

Running wise I am trying so hard to get in those speed days.  I’m so on the cusp of hitting a qualifying time. I’m still taking on the speedwork group after my long run and hoping it pays off in those final  marathon miles.  I am super duper digging the strength training days at the gym and am aiming for two sessions a week, which is a challenge with kid-tivites.   Favorite speed workouts if anyone cares: doggie warm up mile, 4 at race pace, cool down mile.  This one is also super easy to do on the treadmill, but don’t put the doggie on the treadmill. Next one:   2 mile warm up.  8x 400, 2 mile cooldown.  400s= ouch.  

Otherwise…..life with the kindergartener continues.  And maybe, just maybe fall is in the air (I can pretend, can’t I?)