Archive for September 2013

A 4th Birthday + My Weekly Training Log

It’s been a whirlwind this week. My son turned 4 on Sunday and we had a big party over the weekend. 

Between getting ready for the party, decorating the cake, getting ready for company and just plain life, there hasn’t been much time for anything else. Except running. It takes a lot for me to not fit running in.

I had to adjust my training plan to do my long run on Saturday instead of Sunday. It may not seem like a big thing but I still wanted to get miles in and so I ran a little on Friday too. I usually rest the day before a long run so I just ran the miles easy.

Saturday I woke up to lightning and so it was 10 miles on the treadmill. Or at least almost 10 miles. I ran about 4.5 and then got off to finish the run outside. I was sweaty and it was a windy 50ish degrees out so I ran down the street and decided to turn around and finish the run on the treadmill. Brrr. It wouldn’t have bothered me if I had started outside but the change in temperature in the middle of a run was too hard for me to handle. 

I ended up doing about 9 miles but had to stop because of chafing. I was in so much pain I just couldn’t finish the last mile. But that is a whole other blog post.

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Weekly Workouts

Monday:  Rest Day

Tuesday: 3.1 miles, NTC: Arm Definer

Wednesday: Rest Day

Thursday: 6 miles

Friday: 3.1 miles 

Saturday: 8.9 miles 

Sunday: Rest


Total Running Miles: 21.15
Weekly Average Pace: 10:15

September Running Miles: 78.78 
2013 Running Miles: 377.94


Do you like to take a rest day before or after a long run? Or both?


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A Midday Run and Breakfast Twice

When I woke up on Sunday it was a beautiful 52 degrees. While I was very excited to have the opportunity to run in that temperature I was even more excited to spend some time with my family on a weekend morning. I opted to stay home and have a relaxing morning.

My husband made pancakes. 

A Midday Run and Breakfast Twice | A Mother's Pace

For the owl and train lovers of the household.  These whole wheat pancakes are our favorite recipe, delicious!

Of course pancakes are not the best pre long run fuel. I had to nurse Little E before heading out anyway so I waited for her next feeding time. She ended up taking a huge nap in the morning and by the time I was ready to get out and run it was already 12:45. So much for my late morning run I had planned!

It was still only 75 degrees out so not unbearable. Just not as nice as it would have been early in the morning. 

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It was sunny and there was a little breeze which made for a nice run. I had 8 miles on the schedule and it went by very quickly. My goal pace was between 10:16 and 11:30. I’m trying to stay at the lower end of all my pace goals to prepare for my upcoming half marathon. This run was right on target. 

Distance: 8 miles
Time: 1:22:32
Average Pace: 10:18 

A Midday Run and Breakfast Twice | A Mother's Pace

I started listening to “Reconstructing Amelia” by Kimberly McCreight. It’s my next book club book and with only a week to read it I figured that I better get the audio version plus the kindle version. With Whispersync I can go back and forth between the two. I love that feature. It’s a good book so far too. I finished 8 chapters during my run and then I’m still able to read before bedtime or while nursing Little E. It’s 12 hours long so I know I won’t be able to listen to the whole book while running before Monday. I also like to read a little before bedtime so having both versions is working out perfectly. 

Finally, I’ve discovered the best post run meal. Even better because it was made by my husband.

A Midday Run and Breakfast Twice | A Mother's Pace


Fried eggs, avocado, hot sauce, salt, pepper and a side of toast. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is….this is my favorite after running. Just looking at this photo is making me hungry again.


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What’s Next?

Last week was all about recovery from my half marathon on Saturday. I took the beginning of the week off and then the first couple of runs back were at an easy pace. By Saturday I was ready to get back to work because I have another half coming up and I only have 3 short weeks to train for it.

I did so much better (postpartum) than I had anticipated with my recent half marathon which made me motivated to do even better at the next one. Better, meaning that 2:04:33 is my current PR and I would love to beat that time. I’m not sure if it is asking too much to bring my time down by 5 minutes in such a short amount of time but I’m going for it.

So I visited the McMillan Running Calculator site and plugged in my recent numbers. A 2:03 half marathon pace is 9:23. 

9:23.

It’s going to be tough but I know I can do all the training paces so it will just mean beating the mental challenges on race day.


My plan is to stick to the lower pace in the ranges from McMillan shown above and to work on being positive during my running. Mental toughness!

Also, I’ll have a couple of speed work sessions which will include mile repeats at an 8:45-9:01 pace.

The next couple of weeks will be challenging but I’m looking forward to it!


Weekly Workouts | A Mother's Pace


Weekly Workouts

Monday:  Rest Day, NTC KG’s Pro Stretches

Tuesday: Rest Day, NTC Sculpted Arms

Wednesday: Rest Day, NTC Ab Burner

Thursday: 3 miles

Friday: 4.51 miles, NTC Leaner Legs

Saturday: Rest Day

Sunday: 8 miles (long)

Total Running Miles: 15.51
Weekly Average Pace: 10:23

September Running Miles: 57.68
2013 Running Miles: 356.84


How were your workouts last week? Do you jump right back in with running after a race or take a little break?


I’ve linked up with Jen over at Marathon Mom today.

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