half marathon training, moving forward, Thankful

Week 8 long run/Thankful #4

I have been down for the count for exactly 3 weeks. My last long run was Christmas where I was able to run 5 miles fairly easily as I’ve been running 3-4 miles for quite some time. I’ve only walked/ran a couple of times since then, so decided I either 1. get off my butt and run (even if that meant some walking due to coughing still), or 2. ditch the notion of running the Gasparilla half marathon on February 24th in St. Petersburg FL. My hubby is also running this race, but is three weeks ahead of me in training and I know he didn’t want to slow down to run my slower pace so I sent him off for his long run so I could run solo.

The temps were in the perfect low 60’s and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. There were however, left over winds from the crazy storms we got last night which took my breath away several times. I ran the first loop (3.2 miles) slowly but I felt quite strong. I started to feel a little light headed, so I ran past my house to fuel and take a potty break. I had a HUMA chia gel which are my go-to for long run fueling, some water, and I headed back out. I did ok until I hit mile 5 and this was my “wall” to today’s long run. I slowed to a pace of 11:54 and mile 6 was an 11:53. Thankfully I caught a second wind and my last mile was 11:14 with an average pace of 11:18. I am learning that it’s not always about pace, and that I need to celebrate the distance.


Today I am thankful for:

  1. Long runs=therapy sessions. I am thankful for the hour and twenty minutes I had to myself to think, process issues and just enjoy the sunshine.
  2. The ability to run as I get older. My knees have 30+ years of running in their  history and I often struggle with a short run. Thankfully supplements, creams, and knee braces are my saving grace.
  3. Sleeping in. I know, I used this one yesterday but having the extra day to the weekend did wonders for my sleep deprivation.
  4. Sunshine and perfect running weather.
  5. Perspective. I used to always worry about running faster and running farther. Now I simply try my hardest and enjoy every mile.

Did you work today? What’s your favorite way to release stress? Are you training for any races right now?




marathon training

Week 12 training wrap up

Last week was a GREAT training week for me.  I pushed myself, made a new running friend, AND did some new fueling for my long run that REALLY seemed to help me from fading out the last few miles.  Sorry for some of the repetitive information, but I really wanted to log the breakdown of my week because I really am feeling strong because I’m old and don’t want to forget.

Mileage breakdown goes a little like this:

Total mileage: 30.34 miles which is my highest mileage for a week this year.  Those of you that have been following me for a while, know that my training plan is modified to save my debilitated right knee.  I have patella femoral syndrome, and very little cartilage left so I use the run less mantra.  I do ONE long run on the weekend, and two modified shorter runs during the week.  I also try and walk 1-2 times per week.  So 30 miles is AWESOME for me.  YAY.

Strength work outs: I did weights twice last week!  Met my goal!!!

Yoga: Wednesday yoga sessions are becoming a regular in my house!  Winning!

Long run: my last week’s 18 miles got flip flopped as I had the half marathon last weekend.  I met up with my new friend, Teri as I previously mentioned, and managed a strong 19 miler.  The last few miles were really tough, but I kept movin’…

 Ya gotta be silly to survive 19 miles, right?
Fuel: For my shorter runs, no fuel.  Just water or Nuun when temps got too hot to run without hydration.  For my long run I had a granola bar for breakfast, and 2 bottles of water.  It was going to be a very humid run, and I didn’t want to dehydrate.  I carried a 16 ounce handheld filled with Nuun, and tried to fill up at all the water fountains.  I had a Huma Chia gel at miles 6, 10, and 15 and salt tabs at mile 6 and 12.  I found by fueling every 4 or so miles after the 6 miles mark kept me feeling strong, YAY!!!

Sunday for Mother’s Day my family took me downtown Chicago which is one of my favorite places.  We ate, we shopped, and we walked just over 3 miles! It felt great to stretch my sore legs.  AND, I got a new Garmin Vivofit, ate at my favorite restaurant, and shopped at my favorite clothes store-Free People.  I did also breakdown and by a new pair of jeans, one size larger than I normally wear because my legs just won’t accommodate skinny jeans anymore.  😦  My weight is back at post pregnancy weight so I need to figure out my diet.  I eat healthier than I ever have, but am guessing my love for wine is jacking with any sort of weight loss.  I’m guessing the desert pictured below isn’t helping, either, LOL!!

          All in all it was a GREAT training week, and GREAT weekend.  I am beyond blessed with amazing friends and family and I am reminded of it, daily.

How was your week in regards to training last week?  What did you do (if anything) for Mother’s Day?  What are you big plans for this week?

Have a great week, y’all!

❤ Michelle