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Autism speaks 1 mile run…aka get this kid some intervals, quick!

Proud finisher.

Free climbing in rock climbing class

Yesterday was the Autism Speaks 8k/ kids run.  I signed Jasper up for the kids run.   A friend was on the board of this event and we mainly did it to support her and give money to a good cause.  I was registered to race, but as I’ve learned in the past, it’s better to sometimes just focus on the kids run and not stress about warming up, etc with a kid in tow.  I ran my groups 10 mile hill route the day before and had to work pretty hard to keep the guys in sight so I wouldn’t make a wrong turn.  Woke up at 4:15 to get in a treadmill run before the kids run and it was raining….which ended up scaring away a lot of runners.  I had some friends there and it was so small I easily could have raced while they watched Jasp.  Dang it….plus there was nice gift cards for prizes that normally I wouldn’t be in contention for.   BUT, it was fun to cheer on my friends who did race and have a stress free morning!  Jasp totally rocked the kids run.  This was the first run he didn’t cling to me and sorta walk most of it.  He shot out at the start and I couldn’t keep up with him and he ran just about the whole way.  I was amazed how he transformed into such a little runner in less than a year.  It was a great confidence builder for him as he suffers from a little underconfidence.  The low turn out meant lots of time at the kids post race events.   After finally  showering 6 hours or so after I woke up, Jasp and I went and saw Angry Birds.  So many good looking kids movies coming out this summer…I can’t wait!

Today woke up to pouring rain.  It’s supposed to rain everyday this week, and I hated to bail on a run.   Tried to cancel with Steve but couldn’t reach him which was for the best because as he arrived it was light drizzle and we made it through the whole run.   Took Jasp to a trampoline place since it was pouring by mid morning, plus he’d been up since 4am, so go figure that he was bored by 9am. (An aside….I still cannot believe that he regularly gets up at 4:00).    Then he played with neighbors and swam in their pool the rest of the day.  He’ll be tired tonight.   And this is the last week of school.   We are so ready for summer!

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Workouts and birthdays…

First attempt at cake balls. Need to work on my dipping technique…

Three weeks into being in the running group and hit a snag of Mike being out of town for the weekend workout.  Coach was nice enough to do it with me Friday and then I was able to go to the core class immediately after.  I was off Friday to volunteer at school.  Hills + being pushed +45 min. of core= potential to be very sore.   Then I was outside in the sun the rest of the day at field day and then a pool party.  I tried my best to hydrate but I feared major soreness the next day.  I tried an Epsom salt soak for the first time and I am sold!  Not any leg soreness to speak of the next day.  Bad headache from dehydration though.  😞

This past weekend we had 4 kid birthdays plus regular stuff.  It was super busy and Jasper was just off all weekend with 4:30 wake ups and grouchiess.  It was one of those weekends I was actually ready for Monday.  I was on the treadmill and did a recovery easy run Saturday and then did my workout Sunday.  Jasper was up so early I had company the whole time for both and Sunday I told him I had to focus and to save all his requests for post workout.  I was impressed he let me do the whole workout and I made it another week of getting in all the workout days! Major victory.   Making cake balls was about the only thing I did that wasn’t a run or attending a birthday party.  

Assuming I complete my workout tomorrow I’m officially three weeks into my “real” workouts.   I must be doing them hard enough, because I truly run easy on my easy days.   I’m still looking very forward to bumping up to longer distances, but I can tell I’m in an actual process and I can already tell I’ve picked up the pace.  All this babbling is my way of saying I’m super optimistic and feeling very excited about the whole thing.  It’s all so new to me. I’ve been writing all my own plans for over 20 years.  This is a huge shift!

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Seems to be working…

Poop emoji cupcakes as requested by Jasper. They have a chocolate malt buttercream…mmmmm.

I survived my first week of real group training.  Sorta.  I couldn’t actually meet the group during the week, but did the two quality workouts on my own, but had a friend meet me for both, so I wasn’t truly on my own.  First off,it was more repeats than I would have given myself.  The track workout was not all that bad.  As with any track workout the first couple repeats seem horrible but then suddenly I realize I’m on number 6 and almost done.  The other quality workout was hill repeats and once again, it was more than I would have given myself but doable.  I was a little sore by Friday but I also  did some gym time and ashtanga yoga which always kicks my butt hard.  I will saying paying for the group does give me a great deal of motivation to do it.  Having someone else tell me what to do even though I could easily come up with workouts on my own seems to also make me do the workouts.   The miles are less than I would have done on my own but way more quality workouts.  I was excited to meet the group again this morning and ran a lot quicker than I would have on my own, plus company was nice.  So I think so far it’s working.  I’m signed up for an 8k in a couple weeks but may just do the kids run with Jasper, but if I do race it will be a great test to see if the speed work is starting to sink in.  

Also, I learned tonight that if you plan a very rare girls night out to dinner at a restaurant in a shopping area, and you are all runners, and there is a lululemon and an Athleta in the shopping area, it quickly becomes a very expensive night out.  🙄

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All in…

Lots of running updates!   I was chugging along and then had a routine doctor appointment with a new PCP.   We were chatting and turns out she’s a runner and recommended her running group.  I’ve never joined a running group, but she planted a seed.   I’ve pretty much lost most my running buddies to moves or they no longer do marathons.   I decided to at least look into it and contacted the coach.   And just for good measure, I contacted another very popular group in town.  The popular group never responded to me.  The coach of Team Aussie ( the group I’d heard about), responded right away and was very inviting, plus I liked the fact it was smaller and more personable.   So I did it.  I paid the monthly dues (which were  very reasonable) and met them today for the first run of fall marathon training.  I also decided if I’m going to do this, I need to go all in, and follow their plan and not do my own thing on the side.  So I dropped my miles to match theirs and did a 9 mile hilly run today, instead of 15 flat miles I’d do on my own.  I was pushed and ran much faster than I would have on my own and really liked the vibe of the group.  Afterwards there were smoothies.  So I am in!   I’m really excited and think this will be good for me.  Plus it’s very close to my house and it’s a full week of workouts.  I cannot make the weekday times ( stupid downtown job!), so I’ll have to do that part on my own,  but as the marathon runs ramp up I will have a group to run with!

Which brings me to a fall marathon.  Since this is an experiment and I want to follow the group and it was too late to register for Chicago which a couple of them are doing….I registered for the Frankenthon (very small local race) again.  It’s low cost, guilt free, and hopefully gives me a good shot at a Boston qualifier.  

So I’m pretty psyched.  This is a whole new way of running for me and the first time I have ever trained for a marathon and not written my own plan.  

That’s the  biggest news in my running world.   My only exciting picture this week is a homemade lasagna I made.  Even the sauce is from scratch and there’s a ricotta filling with two cups of basil leaves blended into in there.  Gotta love runner food…