Marathon Training {Week 6}

On October 8th, I will be running the 40th Chicago Marathon as part of team Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Monday

After bragging last week about not missing a Monday, I missed a Monday. I traded my rest day for Monday after not sleeping very well and having super sore legs.

Tuesday

I cannot begin to tell you how happy I was to only see 4 miles on the schedule this week. My speed workout was 200m fartleks. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering what in the world that means. Fartlek is a Swedish term that means “speed play”. Thanks Google. I really liked this workout and it went by so fast!

1 mile warm up
200 meters
30 second recovery
x 12
1 mile cool down

I couldn’t bring myself to put in my target pace as 7:45-8:15 because I didn’t truly believe that I could pull off paces that started with a 7. Once I got out there, I aimed for this pace, but my watch thought I was going for 8-8:30 so I heard the “slow down” beep a few times. My paces ranged from 7:51-8:18. and I only went over 8:15 for two splits. Now I just need to reflect this when planning for my future workouts.

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Wednesday

I rode on the spin bike and read for class.

Thursday

This was supposed to be another consistent tempo run and I thought it was going to be easy since it was only 4 miles, but it was the toughest run of the week. My splits were 10:31, 10:05, 10:14, and 10:11 but I struggled through every mile. It was crazy humid and I was spent.

After work, I headed back to the Y for piyo! It felt so good to stretch and get a good strength workout in.

Friday

Rest day!

Saturday

The schedule called for 10 miles on Saturday. It was nice to only run 10 miles which wee joked about it all week. We ran in our neck of the woods again, which meant I could sleep until 4:35am! The run was good, but really humid and then hot once the sun came up. We walked a little bit during the last few times, but we got it done!

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Sunday

I slept in on Sunday and put off my run all day since we were hanging out with friends and doing stuff around the house. I was planning to meet some of the girls at 5pm for our run, but of course it was raining. I opted for 4 miles on the treadmill at home. I am usually really bad about working out at home, but I got it done. After dragging all day long, I actually felt so much better.

Since our mileage dropped this week, I went into the week thinking it was going to the easy. I was very wrong. Coming off 18 miles on Saturday was hard and the cutback week was definitely needed. I struggled more this week than I expected.

my weekend in photos

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friday night with the girls, tijuana flats, donut king, and wine.

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dessert is served!

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playing headbanz!

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ten miles with the girls on saturday morning.

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a ghost clip in july… why not?

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monkey see, monkey do.

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pool party!

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watermelon and rain break.

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these two have been friends since the infant room and now they’re off to kindergarten.

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it was so great hanging out with these girls this weekend. i definitely miss it!

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these kids had so much fun together. we loved seeing charlie and margot!

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we had a busy weekend full of friends. how was yours?

Crosby’s Nautical Room

Crosby’s nautical nursery has evolved into a big boy room over the last two years. We put the finishing touches on his room recently so I am excited to finally share it with you.

nautical boy room

nautical boy room

I can’t believe I haven’t even shared a picture of his twin boat bed. He moved into the bed about a year ago after sleeping in a toddler bed to help ease the transition from the crib. Greg and I found the bed on Craigslist so long ago and had been storing it until he was ready to use it. It is absolutely perfect for his room and we just couldn’t pass it up at the time. I believe it was originally from Toys R Us. Greg added the rails on the sides of the bed which are real boat rails. The bedding, sheets, and throw pillows are from Land of Nod in the High Seas series. As soon as I saw the life preserver throw pillow I knew this was the perfect bedding for the boat bed.

nautical boat bed

nautical boat bed

nautical boat bed

A while back, we found the life preserver on sale, so we replaced the neutral pictures to add some more color to the room. The most recent addition is the nautical flag banner. The flags are individual so we made two separate banners out of them. There has been something missing in his room and these flags are it. I love how they complete the room and fill in the gap below the tall ceilings.

nautical flags

nautical flags

Another new addition to the room is the personalized oar. We got it at The Boathouse in Disney Springs. Majority of the other decor has been in the room since he was born. It feels so good to have his room complete!

nautical boy room

nautical boat bed

Ahoy, matey!

Marathon Training {Week 5}

On October 8th, I will be running the 40th Chicago Marathon as part of team Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Monday

I’ve been going strong with my Monday workouts. I hopped on the spin bike again at the Y and continued to read for class.

Tuesday

It was another speed work day with a total of six miles. I tried a new workout and did well, but not great.

1 mile warm up
800m
90 second recovery
repeat 6 times
1.3 mile cool down

My target pace for the 800s were 8:00-8:30 and my splits were 8:02, 8:18, 8:28, 8:29, 8:44, 8:38. I hit the first four and missed the last two. I did a good job of running on each of my 90 second recovery splits though so I was pleased with the workout overall.

Wednesday

Rest day!

Thursday

I attempted another marathon pace tempo run and didn’t do well for the second week in a row. My splits were 10:38, 9:54, 10:17, 10:53, 10:43, definitely not consistent! My goal for this coming week is to hit all of my tempo miles within 10-10:10.

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Friday

Heather and I caught up while we rode the spin bikes at the Y.

Saturday

The much anticipated long run was here. I picked up Michelle at 4am and headed to Oviedo to get on the trail. The first group started at 4:45am and we did 4 miles before heading back to meet up with the rest of the group. Once we were all there, we got on the trail to go out and back for the next 14 miles. After our first 4 miles, it was hard to get into the swing of it. The trail is great since it’s shaded, but it’s also pretty boring. We finally got into our groove at some point in the run. Our first check point was at McDonald’s so we had a potty and water break. Afterwards, we pressed on until our turnaround point where we still had 7 miles to go. We stopped at McDonald’s again which was good since my Camelbak was completely empty. Plain, ice cold water tasted so good at that point. We headed back, chugged along, and finished out our run. I ran 18 miles! I was certainly feeling it by that point, but overall it was a great run.

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Sunday

I slept in and met up with Michelle and Amanda for 5 recovery miles. We ran, talked, and did a little bit of walking. It was good to get my legs moving as much as I didn’t want to.

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I am looking forward to shorter runs this week!

my weekend in photos

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the kids went to parents night out at the y on friday night while greg and i ran errands and had a sushi date!

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mid-18 mile run with the girls on saturday.

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pool time in the clear blue water.

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starfish!

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how is he so old?

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my little lego lover.

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back to school shopping with my girl.

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so much sass.

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double date at cooper’s hawk.

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5 mile run then a much needed coffee afterwards.

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we had a good rest of our sunday including seeing despicable me 3!

how was your weekend?

Marathon Training {Week 4}

On October 8th, I will be running the 40th Chicago Marathon as part of team Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Monday

I went to the Y and rode on the spin bike while I read for class. #multitasking

Tuesday

Speed work was on the agenda. I did my first ladder workout for a total of six miles.

1 mile warm up – 10:17
400m – 8:09
90 second recovery
800m – 8:21
90 second recovery
1200m – 8:26
90 second recovery
1 miles – 8:38
90 second recovery
400m – 8:21
1.75 miles cool down – 10:30

I hit or exceeded all of my goal paces for my workout and I felt really good.

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Wednesday

Rest day!

Thursday

This was supposed to be a tempo run, but it definitely did not turn out that way. My splits were 10:10, 9:48, 9:27, 10:10, 9:16. After the first four miles, I knew I wasn’t consistent so I picked it up on the last mile just so I could be done. It was a struggle and we were all really happy to be done.

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Friday

I took an extra rest day this week.

Saturday

My alarm went off at 3:42am for our 4:30am start time. We ran a route from Oviedo that took us through two different counties. Overall, I was really pleased with my run. It was better than our 14 mile run last week and we added on two miles! The last two miles were definitely hard and my legs were feeling it, but I ran my longest run ever — 16 miles!! I also found out later (the hard way) that I had some pretty bad chaffing, so I’ll definitely be taking measures to avoid that in the future.

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Sunday

I slept 10 hours Saturday night and it was much needed. I got in a five mile recovery run and shared two miles with Kenley while she rode her bike. It was hot!

my weekend in photos

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crazy girls at camp on friday.

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it was an early night for us on friday as my alarm was set for 3:45am on saturday. we got an early start for our 16 miles and still finished with the sun blazing down. overall it was a great run!

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we headed down to legoland for a few hours during the day. it was hot but we had a great time.

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getting pumped for the ninjago movie.

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after a busy morning, we spent the afternoon in the pool with popsicles of course!

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family movie night! we watched pete’s dragon.

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i was slacking on the pictures this weekend, but we had a good one!

how was your weekend?