Observations in Bullets:
- The first mile of my short runs (this week 2 miles total) feel SO hard. Yet, when I do twice the total distance the other days those first 2 weren't as hard. Definitely mind over matter. Clearly knowing I only had to do 2 made it seem like they should be REALLY easy.
- My calves felt a little sore this week.
- Today when I did my long run (6 miles) the last 3 felt easier than the first.
This weeks plan called for the following:
Monday - Yoga. It was easy and I have to admit I really enjoy Yoga Monday's.
Tuesday - Run 4 miles. I ran by work and it was a little sluggish.
Wednesday - Run 2 miles. I felt really sluggish but then it was over. A little dodging and weaving around classrooms of children.
Thursday - Run 4 miles. It felt good to get out this day.
Friday - Rest day and rest I did!
Saturday - Cross train 40 minutes. I didn't do a thing. I'm not good at this cross training stuff. It feels like such a chore to get it in and Saturday's are so busy for me. I need to think about how to get better at this.
Sunday - Run 6 miles. I was up at 6:45am and my friend Rebecca picked me up. We headed down to our usual spot and logged the miles quickly. We tried our first round of "fuel". Blueberry/Pomegranate GU Chomps. They were tasty. Sweet .. but tasty. Well .. okay .. they weren't gross.
I can't believe that we have passed the halfway point in our training and it just gets harder. I keep questioning whether my body can handle it. I read blogs by all these other runners and the vast majority of them are so much younger than me. I never really thought of myself as "old" but kind of I do these days. I will be turning 37 exactly 1 week prior to race day. Gosh I feel old. I beat up my body as a teenager. I played all kinds of sports including softball, basketball, volleyball, and swimming. The softball took a serious toll on my body I think. I have bad knee's because of it. So now I wonder if I've ruined parts of me. Not to mention I've carried 4 babies and had 4 c-sections, the last one was less than a year ago. But I am a classic Type-A personality. I will push myself because basically I get a rush out of doing it. Plus I'm uber competitive. And it feels good to be pushing myself athletically again.
I digress .. again. So this week we're upping things again. Here's what we've got on the schedule, I'd be lying if I said it didn't intimidate me.
Monday - Yoga
Tuesday - 4.5 mile run
Wednesday - 3 mile run
Thursday - 4.5 mile run
Friday - Rest
Saturday 50 min cross train, I really hope to get on the bike
Sunday - 7 mile run (I've never run that far in my life)
From this weeks long run on, they will all be distance PR's for me.
Deep breath ...
I'm a little scared.
Oh .. but look at my cute family! We took some family pictures last weekend and I love how they turned out. These weren't professional (I feel like I should point that out).