Big News!

 

Oh, boy. I look back on my last post and I can’t believe that it’s been so long since I have disappeared. But there is a reason and I figured it was time to finally share it with you.

 

Big News | amotherspace.net

 

Our big news is that Little E is going to be a Big Sis. Baby #4 will be arriving in late October!

I’m currently in the middle of week 13, right at the end of the first trimester and has it ever been a rough one. Nausea and exhaustion basically have taken over my life and I’m not even accomplishing the regular day to day activities that I need to do so this blog took the back seat.

Not only did my blog stop but my running came to a screeching halt as well. The last time I ran was several weeks ago and it was tough to get through because of the nausea. I’m hoping that with the end of the first trimester arriving soon that I will be back out there running again. I miss it terribly and I feel more like ‘me’ when I’m running.

I can’t say that I’m going to write much over the next few months as I make my way through this pregnancy but I may find I want to write more once I start running again. I am still posting pictures over on Instagram so be sure to keep in touch with me over there.

Pretty soon we will be a family of 6!

 

Big News | amotherspace.net

 

——————————-

Find A Mother’s Pace on…

Twitter @amotherspace3

Facebook amotherspace3

Instagram amotherspace

Pinterest amotherspace

Bloglovin’ A Mother’s Pace

RSS amotherspace

Blue Skies

It hit me over the weekend that Valentine’s Day parties are already this week. It’s already the second week of February. How did that happen? So, we’re busy making Valentine’s for class parties at the end of the week. I finally decided on this cute idea that I found over on Pinterest.

Valentine | amotherspace.net

Who doesn’t love a s’more? Of course the example online was a little fancier than mine but this will work just fine for us!

Last week was a great week of running and probably my highest mileage since marathon training in the fall. 25.5+ miles of running with two beautiful runs outside. It warmed up toward the end of the week here which was just in time to get some outside running in over the weekend. I’m thinking of switching my 2 non-running days to week days so I can get out more on the weekends in the fresh air.

Blue Skies | amotherspace.net

Clear blue skies on a warm winter run outside just can’t be beat. I’m completely ready for spring now with this little taste of warmth!


weeklytraininglog

Weekly Workouts

Daily Mile | amotherspace.net

Monday: 3 miles (9:28 pace) + 15 minutes Kettlebells & Core Work + 15 minutes Relaxation Yoga

The treadmill, kettlebells bright and early in the morning and relaxation yoga with my husband in the evening.

Tuesday: 5 miles (9:03 pace) + 15 minutes Relaxation Yoga

My 5 by the 5th virtual race. (read about it —->here) A 5k with a warm up and cool down to make 5 miles even.

Wednesday: 1 mile (8:35 pace) + 30 minutes Spin Bike + 30 minutes Strength Circuit

I started with a warm up on the spin bike then moved right into a Jillian Michaels strength circuit that I have. The circuit has me on and off the treadmill and so I clocked a mile on my ‘rest’ day. Oops! Then I hoped back on the spin bike to cool down before foam rolling a little bit.

Circuit Training | amotherspace.net

Thursday: 4  miles (9:13 pace)

I was dreaming of warmer weather on my treadmill run this morning. As much as I’m extremely happy that I own a treadmill, I’m ready for spring and early morning running outside again!

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 9.03 miles (10:06 pace)

A long run on a beautiful and sunny day. I felt slow today and my legs were heavy but it felt great to be outside.

Sunday: 3.5 miles (9:54 pace)

An afternoon neighborhood run in the 70’s today. It was almost too warm. Almost. Shorts in February are fantastic!

Sunny Sunday Run | amotherspace.net

 

Weekly Run This Year Update

Run This Year | amotherspace.net

My goal for the year is to race shorter distances but I’m going to Run This Year again in 2015! I’ve signed up for the ‘Run all year and win prizes option’ Ha! I’m probably not going to make it past 2,015 kilometers like I did last year but I’m still hoping to get a lot of miles in throughout the year! 2,015 KM is 1,252.06 miles or just 104.34 miles each month.

 

 

Weekly Running Miles: 25:53

February Running Miles: 25:53

2015 Running Miles: 130.29

2015 Running Kilometers: 209.68

No Excuses | amotherspace.net
——————————-

Find A Mother’s Pace on…

Twitter @amotherspace3

Facebook amotherspace3

Instagram amotherspace

Pinterest amotherspace

Bloglovin’ A Mother’s Pace

RSS amotherspace

{February 2015} #5bythe5th Virtual Race

It’s time for my favorite virtual race of the year! Laura over at Mommy Run Fast hosts the 5 by the 5th race each year and I’m participating in it once again in 2015. The runners that have signed up for the race choose if they want to run a 5k, 5 miles or a combination by the 5th of each month. It runs from February through May.

A year ago when I ran the 5 by the 5th virtual race I ran my 5k personal best at 24:38 which is an 8:03 pace. I call this my PB instead of my PR because it wasn’t at an official race. My PR in the 5k distance is 25:38 as of last May at one of our local 5k races.

Initially when I thought about this virtual race series I wanted to improve my 5k time from last year but running 3.1 miles at that pace is very intimidating to me right now. Instead I’m deciding to do my best for the fitness that I am right now and try and improve on that over the next couple months of the series.

That makes much more sense, right?

One resource that I will reference throughout the next few months is Tina Muir’s guest post over at Laura’s blog called How to Train for a Faster 5k. Tina, an elite runner that also blogs over at Fuel Your Future with Tina Muir, shared five workouts for a faster 5k. Perfect timing!

So how did my first 5 by the 5th race of 2015 go? Ugh, it was hard and not as fast as I wanted but it gives me a good baseline as to how I want to improve over the next few months.

#5bythe5th Virtual Race | amotherspace.net

I ran the 5k during the week in the morning which meant that it was on the treadmill. As much as I would prefer to run these virtual races out on the street I am not running outside in the early morning right now mainly because of the darkness. So I hit the treadmill instead.

I ran a mile warm up in 9:32. Stopped for a drink of water. (I’m not coordinated enough to drink water from a water bottle on the treadmill. Maybe a bottle with a straw would be easier?) Then started back up for the 5k. I started at 7.0 speed on my ‘mill, which is an 8:34 pace. Ideally, this was the pace that I wanted to hold for the entire 3.1 miles.

That didn’t happen.

After about a mile in I had to slow it down. I punched in 6.5 (9:14 pace) and held that for awhile before jumping back up to 7.0. I did this back and forth pace for the remainder of the run except in the last quarter mile I pushed the pace up to 7.5 (8:00 pace) for a strong finish.

After I finished the 5k, I started my cool down. In total I ran 5 miles with an average pace of 9:03.

It completely showed on this run that I haven’t done any formal speed work since training for the Chicago Marathon. Yikes! Of course I’ve done an occasional fartlek workout or 400 repeats here and there but this run has convinced me to add it into my weekly rotation!

5-by-5th-Medals | amotherspace.net

 Are you participating in the 5 by the 5th virtual race? Do you run speed work every week?

#5bythe5th Virtual Race Recap! | A Mother's Pace #runchat Click To Tweet

——————————-

Find A Mother’s Pace on…

Twitter @amotherspace3

Facebook amotherspace3

Instagram amotherspace

Pinterest amotherspace

Bloglovin’ A Mother’s Pace

RSS amotherspace