Eleven years ago (yikes, time flies) I spent the summer converting myself to an ultra runner. Everything about running was new again as we adopted “the new pace” (slower to accommodate more miles) and practiced eating on the run, and made new friends. As is the case with most big goals, the journey was the best part, not necessarily the final destination. That’s sorta the case this summer. Except not converting into an ultra runner, but a faster runner. There is a new pace for sure….everything is either much faster or much slower. I’ve got a nice little group of new buddies and it’s great to have the support on the hard days. Even thought I still do a lot of the work solo, texting friends keeps me accountable. This week was the first time I got a big drop in my track times which was really exciting. I haven’t done this much speed work since high school and it was nice to see it finally took me to a new gear. I have no idea if ultimately I’ll end up that much faster, but it’s fun to have all new routes, all new running and new friends.
Otherwise summer is insanely busy. I have no idea how we managed during the school year, and I already fear the fall for all the things that will be going on. I had a mini meltdown this weekend that I just need one day that isn’t go, go , go from wake up to bed time. Maybe this weekend? I thought summer was supposed to be lazy…
And now some go, go , go begins. Gym, day, swimming, groceries, and vet appointment. At least one small thing in this house seems to have an appointment every week, hence part of the insanity. It may be an iced coffee day…
This week was our first week of summer break, a big build up week for running , and our first week of heat. I quickly realized that even though I still have to work, not having a set time to get Jasper to school by does make the mornings a little more relaxed. It’s not much, but an extra 10-15 minutes to run or have a cup of coffee feels fantastic. I don’t think I realized how scheduled everything is during the school year. We tried keeping Jasp home all day with me on my off day, Wednesday. He did that before kindergarten, but we always had therapy appointments that ate up the day. Over the school year I got very used to going to the gym and running errands all day and getting a ton done. I told him we had to do a few errands and chores in the morning. This week worked pretty well. He went to the gym with me and we met up with a friend with boys his age, so he had playmates in gym childcare. Then off to Costco where the trip only cost me a set of $10 early reader books. If he runs errands with me it end up costing me something everytime….. Hard to argue with books though…..
So it was a big running week. I was pretty excited that things are picking up. I had a moderately tough track day, a marathon pace tempo run and then hills. I also started a weight class with a gym buddy. The gym run group was full of nice folks, but their shorter runs just weren’t helpful to marathon training so I gave it up. A couple girls from the group got me to go to a weight class (similar to body pump) and I love it! Every muscle group gets worked and I was sore after! It meant giving up my yoga day and doing it another day (with not as good of a teacher), but I thought the weight class was that good. No way could I replicate that workout on my own. Plus I have weight lifting buddies….how cool is that?
The runs were tough as I mentioned but I am really starting to feel an extra gear kick in. I’m doing more during the week and less on the weekend (very Hanson’s plan-ish). I was happy with my times this week and that is pretty much never the case! Next weekend we finally bump up the long run and I cannot wait.
Summer is also in full swing. Jasper had two days this week where he swam for 3 hours. He also gets swimming at daycare and lots of outside time….this is all great but he’s been falling asleep at 7:30 and up at 4:30. We can seem to break the cycle because he’s playing so hard all day and tired from getting up at 4:30. Can’t say I don’t mind the evening time but was irked this morning when he was up at 4:45 I was didn’t need to get up until 6:00, which is my sleeping in. Sigh…..
And yes, snowballs! It’s finally hot enough. It has to be really hot for me to get a massive cup of ice but we are there!
Summer kicked off this week and I cannot believe I have no pictures….so you get DaVinci. Jasper had his last day of school and I was able to leave work early to make it to their party. We’ve already started endless swimming once the rain let up. It rained everyday last week a ton. Jasp and I are compiling a list of Pinterest crafts and desserts we want to make this summer. If ever there was time to be envious of teachers….I wish I had summer off! We have so many things planned!
This was a down week on the running schedule. There were two workouts but they weren’t too hard. The challenge this week was two days of 3:30 am wake ups for our conference at work. I had to shuffle the schedule some and actually did a workout one of the days, waking up up just a little earlier. I’m glad it’s done. That is about my waking up early limit. Combined with all the end of school activities, I was glad it was a down week. I was pretty tired. Today I ran alone and I feel like my “easy” pace is starting to pick up after a month of 2-3 consistent speed days a week. This week is supposed to pick up miles and I’m excited. I’m ready to feel like fall marathon training is really happening.