Archive for March 2014

100+ Miles in March

 

I set out in March with the goal of completing 100 running miles. All the miles were specifically in my training plan but when I saw that FitFluential was holding a #ffmarchmiles challenge to run 100 miles I had to play along. I thought it would be fun to officially keep track after each run instead of weekly like I normally do.

 

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To join in on the challenge, I posted all of my workouts on Instagram and posted how far along I was in my mileage. I hit 100 early this week and kept running to hit 128.52 miles for the month so far. I have a few more miles to log today to cap off the month.

It’s my highest mileage month in awhile and it feels good. I like the longer 5 and 6 mile runs during the week and I also am enjoying that only 1 or maybe 2 runs a week are around 3 miles.

My long run this past weekend was 13 miles. It worked out better for my family to run in the afternoon on Saturday instead of in the morning. I put Little A down for her nap and I headed out while my husband stayed home with the littles. It was a beautiful spring afternoon. The temps were in the mid 60′s and the wind was manageable. It should have been a perfect run.

 

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I was seriously lacking energy even before starting this run, which didn’t help things. My long run goal range is between 9:30 and 10:50 (according to the McMillan Running Calculator) but I would really like to keep it closer to the 9:30 side. I finished this run with a 10:09 average pace (with a strong finish) but most of the run I was hanging on to a 10:17 pace.

That 10:17 pace felt so hard and it just makes me doubt that I can finish my upcoming half with a 9:05 pace. I’m counting on the fact that this was just a difficult training run and the adrenaline of running in a race will help me achieve what I have been working towards.

 

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Weekly Workouts

Monday: 3.1 miles (9:22 pace)

Tuesday: 6 miles (8:56 pace)

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 5 miles (9:00 pace)

Friday: 3.1 miles (9:26 pace) + 15 minutes NTC Arm Definer

Saturday: 13.25 miles (10:09 pace)

Sunday: Spin Bike 30 minutes + 15 minutes NTC Ab Burner

 

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Mileage for Saturday is off this week. I actually ran 13.25 miles but my GPS stopped at 12.87 for some strange reason.

 

Run This Year | A Mother's PaceOne of my main goals for 2014 is to Run This Year in kilometers. That’s 2,014 kilometers or 1,251.44 miles.

Weekly Running Miles: 30.45

March Running Miles: 128.52

2014 Running Miles: 307.65

2014 Running Kilometers: 495.11

 

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How do you get past a mentally tough training run? How do you move past a difficult run?

 

 

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Running Outside Again

My race last week completely changed my training plan for practically the entire week. I rested on Monday instead of Wednesday and tried to jump back into it on Tuesday. My two treadmill runs of the week were tough but the light side of that is that I only had to run twice on the treadmill.

 

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I was able to get out and enjoy our spring weather 3 times last week. I ran in shorts for the first time this spring in our neighborhood for a nice 5.5 mile run on Friday.

 

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Then on Saturday I ran to a local park. It was cooler and wasn’t quite shorts weather but it was a pleasant run all around. It was an out and back route and I was very thankful that the wind was at my back on the way home.

I wasn’t feeling the strength training so much this week. It’s much easier for me to complete an entire workout downstairs (treadmill + strength) without getting distracted. If I run outside, the second I come inside my 12 month old sees me, wants to nurse and my workout is finished. I suppose that means I need to wake up earlier and do strength before running outside!

 

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Weekly Workouts

Monday: Rest Day

Tuesday: 3 miles (9:22 pace)

Wednesday: 5 miles (9:07 pace)

Thursday: 3.1 miles (9:36 pace)

Friday: 5.5 miles (9:56 pace)

Saturday: 10 miles (9:36 pace)

Sunday: Spin Bike + 20 minutes strength + core work

 

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Run This Year | A Mother's PaceOne of my main goals for 2014 is to Run This Year in kilometers. That’s 2,014 kilometers or 1,251.44 miles.

Weekly Running Miles: 26.61

Weekly Average Pace: 9:32

March Running Miles: 98.07

2014 Running Miles: 277.20

2014 Running Kilometers: 446.11

 

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Is it spring like weather for you yet? How was your training last week?

 

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What’s for Dinner

March Madness, weekend errands, running and family time has filled up our weekend. It’s been a hectic one so I’m jumping right in today with some photos of meals from last week and then our meal plan for next week.

[breakfast]

Due to lack of planning on my part we ended up with green yogurt and granola on St. Patrick’s Day. The kids thought it was fun though so it was alright. Next year I’ll be more creative.

 

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[lunch]

I enjoyed a snack plate recently for lunch. It was fun to eat a variety of foods and very filling. Hard boiled eggs are so good. I don’t know why I don’t make them more often.

 

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[dinner]

Tilapia Tacos, one of my favorites. I never imagined that I would like fish tacos until I tried them and now it’s something we make often and enjoy.

 

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[dinner]

Spring is here and that means that we’re grilling out again. I enjoyed a burger after my long run on Saturday and we also grilled out more food for upcoming meals this week. And when I say ‘we,’ I mean my husband. He’s the one that grills in our family. Nothing complements a good burger more than a side of sweet potato fries!

 

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And that brings us to next week. Here’s what I have on our meal plan for the week.

[monday] Frittata

[tuesday] Grilled Sundried Tomato Sausage

[wednesday] Leftovers

[thursday] Sweet Potato Topped with Chili

[friday] Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos

[saturday] Grill Out

[sunday] Slow Cooker Chicken with Rice Pilaf

 

Is your weekend busy or relaxing? What’s something that you have planned for dinner this week?

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