Friday Five – Five Highlights from My Summer

Hard to believe, but today marks my first full day back at school.  Although I’ve had various planning meetings with coworkers this week, my 2016-2017 contract starts today.  Yes, its quite unusual that we’re starting on a Friday this year, but with us getting Inauguration Day off due to traffic in the DC area, our school board decided to add a professional development day to the start of the school year to make up for the additional day off in January.

This summer has flown by.  I know they say that time goes by faster the older that you get, and this summer flew by at record speed.  I tried my best to absorb as many moments as possible with my little man this summer, but of course I always want more time with him.

As my summer comes to an end, I’m holding onto some great memories from the summer, including:

1.  Last month while my mom was here we took little man on a road trip to northern New Jersey to visit my grandfather.  While we were there we took little man in the pool for the first time.  It was very special that my grandfather and little man got to spend as much time together as they did.

These two just couldn't get enough of each other

These two just couldn’t get enough of each other

2.  On July 30th, Preston and I celebrated our five year wedding anniversary.  It also marked little man’s first sleepover at Camp Grandpop (Preston’s dad’s house) and our first night away from him.

Celebrating five wonderful years of marriage

Celebrating five wonderful years of marriage

3.  Earlier this month I finally started running with little man in the BOB stroller.  Not only does taking him with me for runs make getting my runs in a bit easier, but because little man loves being outside its also another way that he and I can spend time together.

After our first run with the BOB stroller

After our first run with the BOB stroller

4.  We spent an absolutely wonderful 8 days at Disney World with little man.  Even with being there for a week, we still didn’t do everything that we would have liked to.  Nonetheless, we made some great memories and I’m so glad that little man seemed to enjoy Disney just as much as we had hoped that he would.

Little man LOVED meeting Mickey Mouse!

Little man LOVED meeting Mickey Mouse!

5.  There was nothing better this summer than spending time with my little man.  I loved seeing all of his smiles, hearing all of his giggles, and cuddling with him as much as I did.

The start of a new school year is certainly bittersweet, but it has me eager to look forward to all of the breaks during the school year when I’ll be able to spend more time than usual with my little man.

QOTD: What was one highlight from your summer?

As always, thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well!

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon Training Log – Weeks 7 and 8

What a roller coaster of a two weeks its been!  The past two weeks have been filled with lots of highs, a bit of stress as we got ready for vacation, an incredible vacation at Disney World, but sadly included little man and I getting sick.

Our gang of 11 with Mickey last Sunday

Our gang of 11 with Mickey last Sunday

During the week leading up to vacation I was able to successfully keep up with my training.  Not only did I complete my first run with the BOB stroller, but I also made it to the gym for a weight training session.  I ended my 7th week of training with an early morning run on the hotel treadmill after getting into Orlando late the evening prior.  I enjoyed a beautiful sunrise run around the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney early in my 8th week of training, and then later that day started feeling a cold coming on.  By the time I woke up Wednesday morning, I was extremely congested, and I’m still fighting the symptoms of my cold now.  Even though one of my monthly goals was to keep up with my training while we were on vacation, I decided that trying to push through feeling sick to continue running would take away from my ability to enjoy little man’s first trip at Disney.  Tomorrow will mark one week since I last ran, and hopefully soon I’ll feel up to working out again.

I was treated to an absolutely beautiful sunrise over the Seven Seas Lagoon during my one and only run at Disney World last week

I was treated to an absolutely beautiful sunrise over the Seven Seas Lagoon during my one and only run at Disney World last week

This coming week is going to be all about getting back into our routine.  Little man goes back to daycare today, and starting today I have a series of half days at school filled with meetings, and I’ll be back at school full time starting on Friday.  Although students don’t start school until after Labor Day, there’s a lot of work to do in advance of them coming back.  As I continue to recover from this cold I’ve been battling I also need to find time to get back into my training routine.  With Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly less than a month away, I really need to buckle down and focus on ramping up my mileage.

Week 7:

Mon 8/8 – 3.10 mile run with the BOB, 0.61 mile cool down walk

Tues 8/9 – 30 minutes on the elliptical, 35 minutes of weight training (upper body, lower body, abs)

Wed 8/10 – Rest day

Thurs 8/11 – 3.10 mile run, 0.28 mile cool down walk, 15 minutes of strength training (lower body, abs)

Fri 8/12 – Rest/travel day

Sat 8/13 – 3.10 mile run on the treadmill, 0.31 mile cool down walk, walking around Disney

Sun 8/14 – Walking around Disney

Total Weekly Mileage – 13.12 miles (11.90 miles less than week 6)

Week 8:

Mon 8/15 – Walking around Disney

Tues 8/16 – 3.10 mile run, 0.33 mile cool down walk, walking around Disney

Wed 8/17 – Walking around Disney

Thurs 8/18 – Walking around Disney

Fri 8/19 – Walking around Disney

Sat 8/20 – Walking around Disney, travel day

Sun 8/21 – Rest day

Total Weekly Mileage – 3.43 miles (9.69 miles less than week 7)

Total RnRPhilly Mileage – 133.11 miles

QOTD: When does school start where you live?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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Friday Five – We’re Off On Our Disney Adventure!

One year ago on August 21st, Preston and I found out little man’s gender.  We traveled to Disney World and St. Pete’s Beach for our babymoon, and on our first full day of vacation did a gender reveal with Mickey Mouse at Epcot.  Today, just one week shy of the anniversary of our gender reveal, we’ll be traveling back to Disney World for little man’s first trip there.

During our gender reveal last August with Mickey

During our gender reveal last August with Mickey

There’s so many things I’m looking forward to about this trip, including:

1.  Taking little man on some of the classic Disney rides, including Dumbo, Its a Small World, and Winnie the Pooh.  I can’t wait to experience the magic of Disney through his eyes!

2.  Introducing little man to Mickey Mouse.  He loves his stuffed Mickey Mouse so I can’t wait to see how he reacts to seeing the real thing.

Little man with his Mickey Mouse a couple of weeks ago

Little man with his Mickey Mouse a couple of weeks ago

3.  Getting to ride the thrill rides that I couldn’t go on during our last trip, especially Space Mountain and Tower of Terror.

4.  Getting to share this experience with Preston’s side of the family.  There are 11 of us traveling to Disney for this vacation, and its sure to be a memorable trip.

5.  Its a family tradition to go to the hat store on Main Street at Magic Kingdom.  I can’t wait to get little man his first Mickey hat!

Our family photos from last August

Our family photos from last August

Be sure to follow along in our adventures on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.  And you can count on a recap of highlights from the trip once we return!

QOTD: What is your favorite ride at Disney World?

As always, thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well!

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon Training Log – Week 6

This week marked the halfway point in my 12 weeks of training for Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly.  After completing a nine mile run on Saturday, I’m feeling pretty confident in my preparation for next month’s race, which is an especially good feeling to have as we get ready to go on vacation.  Depending on how I’m feeling after vacation, I’ll either complete one or two double digit long runs before my ninth half marathon.

During Saturday's long run, I encountered another deer.

During Saturday’s long run, I encountered another deer.

One of the things that helped with this past week’s training was the weather.  Our streak of 90 and 100 degree days finally ended this past week.  The lower temperature and humidity has been extremely motivating and helpful in getting me out of the house to train.  I’m doing the best that I can to balance the demands of being home with little man and training, but we finally have our BOB stroller assembled and ready to use.  I’ve taken little man out for a couple of walks in it, and I can certainly feel the difference between it and our regular stroller – it makes for a much smoother ride.  Depending on how this week goes, particularly with Preston’s schedule, I may try to take little man for his first run in it.

I was able to complete my three runs last week solo, but if needed I'll take little man out with me this week.

I was able to complete my three runs last week solo, but if needed I’ll take little man out with me this week.

This past week reminded me of the need to be flexible.  Preston got stuck at work on Tuesday, and didn’t get home in time for me to be able to go for a run.  My planned run on Tuesday had to be moved to Wednesday morning, which wasn’t ideal since I had planned runs for Thursday and Saturday.  While not ideal, as a mom you do what you have to do.  But now that the BOB is ready to go this should help on days when I can’t get out for a run on my own, as long as the weather is cooperating.

It’ll be another busy week as we prepare to leave for vacation.  Hopefully I can be just as productive with my training as I was this past week.

Mon 8/1 – 30 minutes on the elliptical, 25 minutes of weight training (upper body, lower body, abs)

Tues 8/2 – Rest day

Wed 8/3 – 3.20 mile run, 0.26 mile cool down walk, 3.03 mile walk

Thurs 8/4 – 4.00 mile run, 0.37 mile cool down walk, 15 minutes of strength training (lower body, abs)

Fri 8/5 – 1.88 mile walk

Sat 8/6 – 9.00 mile run, 0.68 mile cool down walk

Sun 8/7 – Rest day

Total Weekly Mileage – 25.02 miles (13.06 miles more than week 5)

Total RnRPhilly Mileage – 116.56 miles

QOTD: What have you recently seen while out running?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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Friday Five – Potpourri v. 15

My apologies for the late post this morning.  Now that its August and I’ll be headed back to school before I know it I’m trying to soak up as much time as I can with little man.  That means less blogging in the evenings so that I can spend more time with him and Preston, and doing more of my blogging during nap time.  There’s also been a lot going on that’s worth celebrating.

1.  Its been an exciting week at home with little man.  He’s hit a number of milestones this week, including having his first tooth cut through.

His first tooth is finally here!

His first tooth is finally here!

2.  Just this morning little man said his first word: “Mama.”  I’m so proud of him!

3.  This summer I surpassed logging 1,000 miles for charity using the Charity Miles app.  My current total is actually 1,099 miles, but I didn’t check my Charity Miles profile page until this morning.  Still worth celebrating, even if its a bit late.

charity miles

4.  Preparations are well underway for our big trip to Disney World.  I’m a planner, and have been working on a packing list for awhile now, as well as a shopping list for Target for once we arrive in Orlando.  I’m hopeful that all of this planning will pay off and make for an easier week away from home with little man.

5.  This weekend I’ll be increasing my long run distance again.  With six weeks until Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly, and my plan to cut back on mileage while we’re on vacation, I know its necessary to get in a solid long run this weekend.  My long run two weeks ago was 7 miles, and this weekend I plan to head out for 8.5-9 miles.

QOTD: What are you celebrating this week?

As always, thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well!

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August 2016 Monthly Goals

Confession time: I completely forgot about one of my July goals after I wrote my goals out.  100% completely forgot about it.  Not because I wanted to, but there were more important things on my mind.  July was an incredibly busy month.  Between spending the first week of the month at my parents’ house in Illinois, followed by working the other three weeks of the month part time on a curriculum project, I had to prioritize my time and some things just had to go to the wayside.  A year ago, heck even six months ago, I had a much more difficult time doing this.  But I’ve slowly been coming to the realization that I’m not superwoman and therefore cannot do everything that I have my eyes set on accomplishing.

In addition to not being superwoman, spending time with this cutie is one of my top priorities right now

In addition to not being superwoman, spending time with this cutie is one of my top priorities right now

July was also an incredibly hot month here in the DC area.  I lost track of how many days in a row that the temperature hit the 90s or 100s, making it extremely difficult to consistently get little man outside during the day or in the evening for a walk in his stroller.  Nobody can control the weather, so all I could do was do my best to meet my July goals.

july 2016 goals

1.  Run, walk, and elliptical at least 70 miles.

Grade: A++

This is the one July goal that I not only met, but crushed.  My July mileage total was a whopping 81.8 miles, 48 miles of which I ran.  I hope I can be just as successful in August.

2.  Strength train at least three times per week.

Grade: C

This has been a goal that I’ve tried to meet for three months now, and can’t seem to reach.  I must be better about this, even if its only strength training for 15 or so minutes in the evening.

3.  Take little man for at least three walks per week.

Grade: B

Given the unbearable heat, I did the best that I could with this goal.  There was only one week that I met this goal (the first week of the month when we were visiting my parents in Illinois).  Part of what allowed me to meet my goal that week was the cooler weather, but also there were several mornings or afternoons when I didn’t have access to a car, and therefore our only way to get out of the house was to go for a walk.

4.  Keep my house clean.

Goal: B

Despite completely forgetting about this goal, Preston and I did fairly well with keeping up with the housework, but there’s always room for improvement.  Was our house clean the entire month?  Of course not.  But was it better than it has been in recent months?  Absolutely.

August is going to be yet another busy month for me.  It’ll include a week away on vacation at Disney World (we’re now in the single digits countdown!).  Once we return from Disney, I’ll have a week of part time work with several meetings at school before I head back to work full time during the last week of the month.  I’m going to do my best to cut myself a bit of a break this month, but I also want to make sure that I stay focused and keep up with my half marathon training.

aug 2016 goals

1.  Run, walk, and elliptical at least 85 miles.

Since I logged 81.8 miles in July its only natural that I up the ante this month.

2.  Strength train at least three times per week.

It needs to happen.  End of story.

3.  Keep up with training while on vacation.

This goal might be even harder to reach than my strength training goal.  Whenever we go on vacation, I always make a point to bring workout clothes, but most of the time don’t workout as much as I intend to.  The one vacation that I’ve successfully done so was last August while in Florida on our babymoon.  Once we return from Disney, three will be exactly four weeks until Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly, making it imperative that I keep up with my training while we’re away.  I do plan to cut back on my training mileage while we’re in Florida, but I still need to make sure that I’m getting my runs in.

QOTD: What are your goals for August?

I’m linking up with Ange and Carmyy for the Monthly Goals linkup.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon Training Log – Week 5

Thank goodness this past week was a cut back week for my training mileage.  Outside of training, it was quite a busy week.  On Thursday, I finished up my summer curriculum project.  Though my work over the past three weeks was quite rewarding, I’m looking forward to not having to work for the next several weeks so that I can go back to enjoying being a full time mom to little man without work trying to distract me.  Speaking of little man, on Thursday it finally cooled off enough for me to be able to take him for an evening walk in his stroller.  It was a great way to celebrate being done with my project.

All smiles since we were able to go for a walk

All smiles since it was finally cool enough to be able to go for a walk together

Friday afternoon little man and I took my mom to the airport so that she could fly home to Illinois (she graciously offered to come here to take care of little man while I was working on my curriculum project so that we didn’t have to put him in daycare).  Unfortunately, massive flight delays resulted in her first flight of the day being so delayed that she would have missed her connection and been stuck in Chicago for the night.  So we returned to the airport to pick her back up and she wound up leaving at 6 a.m. on Saturday.

Saturday was special because it marked five years of marriage for Preston and I.  Midday on Saturday we drove little man up to south Jersey to drop him off at my father-in-law’s house for his first sleepover there.  He slept through the night for his Grandpop, and the two of them had a lot of fun together while Preston and I celebrated our anniversary with an afternoon at a winery in Pennsylvania followed by dinner at an historic inn.

Celebrating five wonderful years of marriage

Celebrating five wonderful years of marriage

On the training front, it was a bit of a mixed week.  I only completed two of my three planned runs.  I had planned to run 4 miles yesterday, but was too tired and couldn’t get my head in the game, so I opted to skip it.  I rarely skip my runs, but since we were out of town celebrating our anniversary I decided that it was a good enough reason to not head out for my planned run.  In the long run, one missed run won’t negatively impact my training, and since I still have a month and a half til race day I’m not worried.

The success of Friday morning’s run made up for my missed run though.  With the break in the heat and humidity, I was able to push myself a bit harder during that run.  Not only did I get a new 5k PR, but I also got a new mile PR (it wasn’t one of the splits from my run, but rather was from about miles 1.5-2.5 of my run).

All of the stats from Friday morning's run

All of the stats from Friday morning’s run

And to top that off, I crushed my July mileage goal, which was to log 70 miles.  My July total was 81.8 miles!  I’m ecstatic!  I plan to reflect back on all of my July goals later this week.

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This coming week my mileage increases again.  Without my mom here anymore, I won’t be able to run in the mornings like I have been for the past couple of weeks.  I’ll be back to evening running once Preston gets home from work.  We’ll see what happens to my pace!

Mon 7/25 – 30 minutes on the elliptical, 30 minutes of weight training (upper body, lower body, abs)

Tues 7/26 – 3.62 mile run, 0.41 mile cool down walk

Wed 7/27 – Rest day

Thurs 7/28 – 1.91 mile walk, 15 minutes of strength training (upper body, abs)

Fri 7/29 – 3.10 mile run, 0.37 mile cool down walk

Sat 7/30 – Rest day

Sun 7/31 – Rest day

Total Weekly Mileage – 11.96 miles (8.65 miles less than week 4)

Total RnRPhilly Mileage – 91.54 miles

QOTD: What was your July mileage total?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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Friday Five – Happy 5th Anniversary to My Husband

Five years ago tomorrow, Preston and I said “I do.”  The past five years have flown by, as we’ve kept ourselves quite busy and experienced and seen quite a bit together as husband and wife.

Photo Credit: Mark Romine Photography

Photo Credit: Mark Romine Photography

Our first year of marriage included lots of travel.  We spent two weeks in Hawaii for our honeymoon, went to Disney World with his parents and siblings (which was also my first adult trip to Disney), went to rural Indiana for Preston’s best friend’s wedding (they were each other’s best man), and spent Spring Break in Key West.  I also graduated from grad school.  Sadly, Preston’s mom passed away over Mother’s Day weekend that year.

During our dinner on the beach in Maui, at Disney World with my in-laws, before the start of Preston's best friend's wedding, and watching the sunset at Mallory Square in Key West

During our dinner on the beach in Maui, at Disney World with my in-laws, before the start of Preston’s best friend’s wedding, and watching the sunset at Mallory Square in Key West

Our second year of marriage included more travel.  We celebrated our first anniversary with a trip to Napa and Sonoma.  A month after our anniversary we met my parents in Chicago for a long weekend, and they brought the top of our wedding cake with them so that we could partake in the traditional eating of cake for our first anniversary.  We spent a long weekend in September in San Antonio with Preston’s best friend and his wife.  In January we traveled to Disney World where Preston ran his first marathon.  In February, we expanded our family and adopted our dog, Riley, from a local shelter.  We also went to Illinois in June to surprise my parents with a party for their 30th wedding anniversary.

In Napa celebrating our 1st anniversary, cutting into the top of our wedding cake, in San Antonio with friends, and Preston after crossing the finish line of his first marathon

In Napa celebrating our 1st anniversary, cutting into the top of our wedding cake, in San Antonio with friends, and Preston after crossing the finish line of his first marathon

Our third year of marriage included yet more travel.  We celebrated our second anniversary with a two week trip to southern California.  That trip included my first visit to Disneyland, as well as visits to Catalina Island and San Diego.  In January we traveled yet again to Disney World, where Preston completed the Dopey Challenge and I ran my first half marathon.  That summer we traveled to both the Outer Banks and rural Kentucky for weddings, and bought our first house together just before our third anniversary.

My first trip to Disneyland, on Catalina Island, after my first half marathon, and in front of our first house

My first trip to Disneyland, on Catalina Island, after my first half marathon, and in front of our first house

Our fourth year of marriage included lots of running, which was a welcome distraction from our almost year long journey to become pregnant.  We went to Disney World at Christmas time with my in-laws.  Over Spring Break, we split our time between Cocoa Beach and Disney World.  In April, we found out that I was pregnant, and soon after also found out that my sister-in-law was pregnant (the cousins are only eight weeks apart).  We also went to Seattle in July for a wedding.

At Disney World with my in-laws, our pregnancy announcement, and sightseeing in Seattle

At Disney World with my in-laws, our pregnancy announcement, and sightseeing in Seattle

The highlight of our fifth year of marriage was preparing for the birth of little man, and then of course enjoying his presence after he was born on December 23rd.  I can’t imagine life without him in our lives.  We found out that he was a boy during our babymoon to Florida, where we did our gender reveal at Disney World before heading to St. Pete’s Beach for the rest of the week.  Since he was born, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed experiencing life through his eyes.

Our gender reveal with Mickey, at our baby shower with our parents, the day of little man's baptism, and our family photo from little man's 6 month photo shoot

Our gender reveal with Mickey, at our baby shower with our parents, the day of little man’s baptism, and our family photo from little man’s 6 month photo shoot

I’m so grateful that Preston and I have gotten to travel and experience as much as we have in the first five years of our marriage.  I can’t wait to see what the next five years brings!

As always, thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well!

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How I’m Staying Motivated to Train During the Summer

Two weeks ago I shared tips for summer training.  No matter how many things you do in order to make training during the summer more bearable, even the best athletes find it difficult to stay motivated to train during the summer, especially when the heat and humidity spike high.  Even though I surprised myself with a PR at ZOOMA Annapolis last month, I’m hopeful that my hard work will pay off at Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly in mid-September, which is my goal race for the fall.  So what am I doing to stay motivated, especially during the current heat wave?

summer motivation

1.  I’m focusing on positive thinking and believing in myself.  Sure, the heat and humidity are challenging my ability to push myself, but if I don’t convince myself that I can push through the difficulty that comes with training during the summer, then how can I physically expect myself to meet the challenge?

2.  I’m staying focused on my goal.  While I haven’t set my race goals yet, and won’t until closer to race day, I know that I want to push myself to PR.  And if I don’t keep my focus on that goal as I train, then I won’t be able to reach my goal in September.

3.  I’m making my training a priority.  Summer is always a busy time of the year, and this is my busiest summer yet since I’m now a mom.  But as I look at my calendar each week, I’m prioritizing my training in order to make sure that I still fit my training in, especially my long runs.  Even when traveling, I’m making sure to do my best to still find time to train.

Despite the hilly area that I was in this past weekend while in New Jersey, I still made sure that I got my long run for the week in.

Despite the hilly area that I was in this past weekend while in New Jersey, I still made sure that I got my long run for the week in.

4.  I’m reminding myself that its okay to slow down.  While this seems counterproductive to my goal to PR, its not only okay to slow down during the summer, but its essential, especially when its super hot and/or humid outside.  My speed will come back once the heat and/or humidity are more favorable.

5.  I’m reminding myself that fall PRs are made with hard work during the summer.  I constantly remind myself of this, especially when I don’t want to head out the door for a run or in the middle of an extremely difficult run.

QOTD: How do you keep yourself motivated to train during the summer?

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon Training Log – Week 4

If my silence here on the blog for the past week is any indication, this past week was extremely busy.  Not only was it the second week of my curriculum project (this coming week is my last week that I’ll be working on it), but on Thursday little man, my mom, and I drove up to northern New Jersey to visit my grandfather.  We thoroughly enjoyed our long weekend with him, and while we were there also got to visit with other members of our extended family during a pool party and BBQ at his house on Saturday.

These two just couldn't get enough of each other this past weekend

These two just couldn’t get enough of each other this past weekend

Speaking of the pool, little man got to experience swimming in the pool for the first time this past weekend.  He wasn’t so sure of it during his first time in the pool on Friday, but thoroughly enjoyed it on Saturday.

pool baby

My happy little pool baby

Just because we were out of town didn’t mean that I let me training go to the wayside.  I headed out Saturday morning for a seven mile run to be greeted by the heat (it was already 83 degrees when I finished my run at 9:00 a.m.), and the tough hills of northern New Jersey.  It was by far my hardest run since I started training again four weeks ago, and there were many times when I wanted to stop running and just walk back to my grandfather’s house.  Thank goodness that many of the sidewalks that I ran on were shaded, as I’m pretty sure that that’s the only thing that gave me motivation to continue on with my run every time that I wanted to throw in the towel.

One of the many hills that I ran up, and then down, during Saturday's long run

One of the many hills that I ran up, and then down, during Saturday’s long run

Our current heat wave is supposed to continue on for the foreseeable future.  Though summer is my favorite season, its making training quite challenging.  Although I completed all three of my planned runs for the week in the morning, instead of in the evening which is my usual pattern, my strength training once again fell to the wayside this past week.  Since this coming week is a cutback week for my training mileage, I really need to focus on making the strength training a priority.  I don’t want to have another week where I only strength train once.

Mon 7/18 – 30 minutes on the elliptical, 25 minutes of weight training (upper body, lower body, abs)

Tues 7/19 – 3.46 mile run, 0.24 mile cool down walk

Wed 7/20 – 2.33 mile walk

Thurs 7/21 – 3.11 mile run, 0.45 mile cool down walk

Fri 7/22 – Rest day

Sat 7/23 – 7.00 mile run, 0.37 mile cool down walk, 1.04 mile walk

Sun 7/24 – Rest day

Total Weekly Mileage – 20.61 miles (3.06 miles more than week 3)

Total RnRPhilly Mileage – 79.58 miles

QOTD: How are you handling the current heat wave?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

WeeklyWrap

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