6 miles for #sundayrunday in my new shoes! I’ve been a loyal @asics Gel Nimbus wearer for about 8 years. I’ve tried some different brands on from time to time, but nothing has that fits like a glove feel to me like Asics. I can always tell my shoes are wearing out when my body starts to feel a little more beat up from my runs. So in a late night, Amazon deal seeking, they only have 1 left in my size, shopping frenzy- I accidentally ordered the wrong shoes 🙈 I got the Asics Gel Cumulus 20s instead of the Nimbus. I almost immediately exchanged them. But after reading some comparison articles I decided to give them a try. The cushioning isn’t as pillowy as the Nimbus, but they feel more responsive. So I’m excited to keep trying them. Any other ASICS wearers out there? #sundayfunday #asics #newshoes
I would have been happy to take a rest day today, but childcare dictated that today needed to be my long run day. Thankfully it was still not a very long, long run. It was supposed to be a fast finish long run. I didn’t quite meet my goal paces (8:15). After keeping the first 7mi right around 9:00, I was only able to turn it up to 8:37, 8:38, 8:32 for the final 3. It was so hot and humid. This completes my first 4 weeks of training for the @philly_marathon! For my first 4 weeks I focused on increasing intensity before increasing volume. In the past I would feel like I needed to immediately start building my weekly mileage and long runs. But I often found myself exhausted and burnt out later in the cycle. I’m hoping this approach serves me well. I am really trying to focus on the week I’m in and not overwhelm myself with the big picture. I was dreaming about a slushee for the last few miles and had a cherry limeade one after. So good! #longrun #phillymarathon
1 up, 2x2mi, 2 down- 7mi total. Goal pace 7:30-7:40. Splits 7:34, 7:22, 7:35, 7:16! I knew this workout was going to be the most challenging and my anxiety producing run of the week. Last Wednesday I got a lot of great support on my post. One that really stood out was from @jeph.runs.wincity. He really nailed it. Jeph said, “keep running to reach your goals and not training hoping you don’t fail. That slight difference makes it so much easier mentally. One is fear, the other is passion.” BOOM. I really had been operating under a fear of failure mindset through my spring marathon training cycle and it was so exhausting. I think that I have made some great strides in improving this, but I have a long ways to go. So today I really focused on the idea that this workout was just another step towards reaching my goals and nothing to fear or be stressed about. The sun, heat, and humidity were back, but I felt confident and ready to attack!
Hills for breakfast! I’m always looking for creative ways to get my workouts in with the kids. So I thought I’d try something new today rather than suffering through a treadmill workout. I live at the top of a hill on a private street. I did my warm up and cool down on the treadmill and took Kaan outside with me. I explained that he could play in the yard and on the driveway and that I would just keep running past the house. My hill is about .2 long. So I was never more than a minute away from him being in my sights. With each pass up and down the hill I could make visual contact with him and wave. On my 5th pass up I looked over and he was mowing the lawn with his toy mower with his shorts around his ankles 🙈 So I had to pause my workout and run over to help him pull his pants up 😂 Besides that it worked out great and I got an awesome workout in! 1 up, hill repeats x8, 1 down- 5mi total. #hillrepeats #nevermissamonday #mondaymotivation #momlife
6 miles for Sunday Runday on country roads this morning. I saw 8 deer and had a rooster scare the crap out of me! 🤣 🐓 Temps were only in the 60’s 🙌🏻 with 100% humidity. So it actually felt pretty nice out haha. I tried my new @aftershokz headphones today and loved them! I could hear my music so clearly while still being fully aware of my surroundings (hence my heart stopped when I so loudly and clearly heard the rooster crow!) I had a new VO2 max detected on my watch today! And I’ve noticed my HR being lower for my runs. So I’m feeling encouraged! #sundayrunday #countryroads #aftershokz
Every year in August I think back to when I was a high school cross country runner. It’s where my love of distance running began. And it’s this time of year that we would be practicing for our upcoming season. So I did a small part of my run on the grass today and spent quite a few miles smiling and remembering those years- The first time I kept a mileage log, wore a stop watch, logged 20 miles in a week. How we ran in Umbros with scrunchies in our hair. How my teammates became my best friends and I realized that runners were “my people.” That I gained confidence and learned to use my elbows on the single track portions of our course to block opponents. That I held a boy’s hand for the first time on the bus ride home from a meet. How I proudly wore my letterman’s jacket. Where I found out that my coach ran 26.2 mile races and my dream of becoming a marathoner began.- I had to bring the kids to my parents today for my run. And I knew my dad would be worried because I said I’d be about 1.5hrs which was an underestimate. Sure enough as I rounded the last corner to hit their street, I saw my dad in the front yard looking for me. I yelled out, “Dad, I have about a half mile left!” He nodded and waved. I ran that last half mile with a lump in my throat. Just liked he’d waited quietly on the side lines at all of my meets, waiting for me to round that last corner to the finish line. All these years later, my dad was still watching me run and waiting for me to finish. #crosscountry #XC #longrun #marathontraining
30 min @onepeloton ride with @mattwilpers. This was my first ride with Matt and I hear he’s the man for marathon runners! Followed it up with strength, core, and stretching. Thanks for all of the encouragement on my post yesterday! And thanks for all of the great input on wireless headphones from my question in my story the other day. This community is so amazing! It is the best support system and I’ve learned so much from all of you! #crosstraining #peloton
This workout was hard for me. I thought I liked tempo runs, but this morning I felt anxious and negative about it. I told myself I was slow, old, and not getting any faster. Ugh. My goal pace for the tempo miles was 8:00-8:10. My splits were: 8:07, 8:05, 8:06, 7:57, 8:08. So I hit them all, but in my mind they should’ve been faster or at these paces shouldn’t have felt so hard. I just couldn’t shake the negative thoughts today. #temporun #workoutwednesday
Yep! That’s Kaan & I next to a giant banana split 😋 Our little city is the birthplace of the banana split! We did a 4 mile stroller running tour through town and around the park. I’d actually missed running with the stroller after having so many stroller runs last month. It’s just insanely hot and humid here today. A perfect day for ice cream! #strollerrun #bananasplit #sweatfest
Not running today, but a special hike with my daughter! It was on my summer bucket list to take her hiking at this awesome camp and retreat center I used to visit every summer as a child. I decided this was the first year that she was old enough to hang, as the hike to the cross is a half mile straight uphill. We had a nice time exploring and it was really nostalgic for me to visit after all of these years. #fitfam #hikingadventures #optoutside
Runner in the city! A great morning of running through Pittsburgh- over, under, and alongside the bridges. It is always a treat to get to run in the city. I ran on a nice river side path with great views of the city, bridges, stadiums, and water. Then made my way across some of my favorite bridges! #pittsburgh #runpgh #cityofbridges
Humid, hilly, rainy, fast finish long run. 11 miles through the neighborhood to hit my 1,000th mile for the year! See my story for the elevation profile. My goal was to hit around 8min pace for the final 3 miles. Splits were 7:58, 8:00, 8:04 🙌🏻 with the final 1/4 mile being a pretty steep uphill. At first I was regretting my decision to do this run in my neighborhood because it’s hills in every direction, but I felt really strong. I also didn’t know that there was an active construction zone on my route that I apologetically ran through twice 🙈Looking forward to a date night with my husband tonight! We haven’t had one on one time since our trip to Colorado in June! 😳 #longrun #marathontraining #hillsfordays #fastfinish
6 easy recovery miles on the treadmill. After running so much on the treadmill over the winter, it is really hard for me to hit start. These 6 miles felt like they took sooooo long and it took a lot of discipline not to just run fast to get it over with. It does make me appreciate and enjoy any run I can do outside so much more!
Gasping for air, gutting it out, running in the rain. Today’s workout:1 up, 6x800 w 2 min recovery, 2 down, 7mi total. I hit all of my splits right around 3:30, which was faster than my assigned pace, but right on the goal pace I set for myself. It was very humid and this felt pretty hard. There is a park that’s almost exactly 1 mile from my parent’s house (warm up). And it has a walking path that’s a little over a half mile long (perfect for 800s.) The path is not perfectly flat and I felt every slight incline, but I’ll take it over the treadmill! We’ve been getting a lot of rain and a portion of the path was flooded (see my story for a pic). So each lap included running through a large section of water. Despite these various obstacles, it felt great to succeed at this workout. I was reflecting on this on the drive to my parents today. One of the things that I like the most about running is feeling like I’m succeeding. It is a small area of life where I can have goals, challenges, and successes. This has been increasingly important to me since becoming a stay at home parent. Over the weekend I said to my husband, “these kids make me feel like I’m failing daily.” I am hard on myself as a parent and runner. But I’m sure many moms and dads can relate to these feelings! I’m so thankful that running gives me an outlet for stress and achievement. #intervals #800s