monthly miles {september}

This was the last full month of marathon training and a weird month altogether with Irma arriving right in the middle of it. Nonetheless, here are the details…

Total miles: 124.74

Fun places I ran: Sarasota, Oviedo, and east Orlando… routes that included stops at McDonald’s because that became our thing during training the last three months.

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Races I ran: No races!

Favorite running thing this month: My Trigger Point Foam Roller has been one of my favorite things this month. I’ve had some calf pain the last two weeks so this thing hasn’t left my side. I’ve even taken it to work a few days to roll during lunch. It’ll also be making the trip to Chicago with me.

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Longest run: My longest run of the month and of my life was 22 miles! Overall, it was a good run, but it was sunny and hot when we ended.

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Non-running workouts: I scaled back on my cross training this month. I did the spin bike, as well as some strength training with free weights.

Next month: The Chicago Marathon next weekend! After the race, I’ll be enjoying easy, fun runs for a little while.

Happy running!

 

Marathon Training {Week 14}

It was another weird week following week 13 and hurricane Irma. Greg left town on Sunday to visit his brother in Colorado.

Monday & Tuesday

Rest days due to single parenting duties, soccer practice, and open house. I was also still recovering from my 22 on Saturday, so I didn’t really mind the two days of rest.

Wednesday

I pushed my 5 mile speed workout to Wednesday after work when Greg got home. The workout was 400 repeats:

1 mile warm up
400m (8:15-8:45)
Recover (90 seconds)
Repeat 8 times
1.2 mile cool down

My 400m splits were 8:18, 8:32, 8:45, 8:30, 8:19, 8:29, 9:43, 9:28. The 9:43 split was only .14 miles which was my own fault for hitting the lap button unintentionally on my watch. Overall, it was a good workout. Afterwards my calf was really bothering me. I spent the rest of the evening rolling it.

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Thursday

I woke up with a very sore calf on Thursday so I opted to skip my 6 mile run. There was no need to push it this week. I knew I needed to let it rest and heal.

Friday

Another rest day.

Saturday

Thanks to taper time, we only had 12 miles on Saturday. I ran intervals with Heather during the run which was a great change of pace. My calf hurt afterwards, but I spent the rest of the day moving it to keep it loose. I also got a pedicure and wore my calf sleeve the rest of the day.

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Sunday

I went out for my recovery run at 1pm on Sunday. It was hot. I got in 3 miles and felt pretty good. It was good to get my legs moving though I was dying of sweat when I got home.

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Two weeks until race day!

my weekend in photos

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mumford & sons concert with the girls on thursday.

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picture day on friday!

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friday rainbow.

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12 miles with the girls on saturday morning.

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saturday morning soccer!

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watching moana with the twins.

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he built a cruise boat.

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i never realize how long his hair really is until it’s been cut.

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ready, set, go!

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sunday funday.

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a little crafting tonight. we’re disney ready!

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we had a great weekend. how was yours?

Marathon Training {Week 13}

Happy Monday!

Hurricane Irma really impacted this week’s runs, but I pieced them together to get as many miles in as I could.

Monday

Rest day/hurricane day. I only left the house to walk around the block and we didn’t have power, so I couldn’t get in a treadmill run.

Tuesday

I skipped the early morning run on Tuesday due to barely sleeping (on the couch). I got in four miles quick miles around my neighborhood with the hopes of trying for speed work the next day. I also checked out the storm damage along the way.

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Wednesday

Since we stayed at the hotel on Tuesday night, Heather offered to meet me for a run on Wednesday morning. I realized at 4:45am that I forgot to pack socks, so we settled for 3 miles together (me being sock less). I did some weight training once I got back to the hotel. After we got home, I put on shoes (and socks) and headed out for 5 more miles in the heat.

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Thursday

Heather and I did 2 miles on the treadmill before meeting up with the group at 6am for 4 miles outside. The 4 miles were a mix of running and walking and chatting.

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Friday

Rest day.

Saturday

We met at 4am to start our longest long run of training. Due to different schedules, there was only 6 of us that ran on Saturday. We had a large loop planned out, but ended up doing 11 miles out and back for our total of 22 miles. It was a hard, but good run. The last 7 miles were directly in the sun between 8am and 9am and it was downright hot. We were all on the struggle bus at that point. Our route ended about a half of a mile short so we got in a little recovery walk after it was over.

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This run was a challenge physically, but also mentally and emotionally. We shared stories of how supportive our families have been and how amazing our friends are. We were treated to Starbucks coffees after we returned from our run from our friends, in addition to an onslaught of sweet and encouraging text messages. I teared up just reading through them. I’ve been blessed with such an amazing support system throughout this journey.

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Sunday

I was supposed to get in 5 recovery miles on Sunday but I arrived at the Y a little too late for 5 miles. I could only get in 2.5 miles before childcare closed. The miles felt pretty good considering how tired my legs were. 2.5 miles are better than no miles!

Less than 3 weeks until race day. Bring on the taper!

Hurricane Irma // September 2017

It has been a crazy two weeks since we arrived back in Orlando from Labor Day weekend. I didn’t go into much detail in that post other than we were going to be preparing for a hurricane, and boy did we. When I got to Target on Labor Day, I was a little caught off guard to see the water aisle was almost completely empty. I knew Irma was out there but I didn’t know people were already starting to prepare. She wasn’t supposed to arrive until the next weekend. That night, the governor declared a state of emergency for Florida. The rest of the week was spent preparing, watching, and waiting.

We’ve been in Florida for ten years now (which is crazy in itself), but we really haven’t had to deal with hurricanes much. In October, hurricane Matthew forced us to reschedule our Disney cruise but thankfully, we saw minimal damage in Central Florida due to a quick shift in the storm at the last minute. Irma was much different.

UCF cancelled classes on Thursday and closed campus on Friday. Greg and I were thankful that the kids were going to have school on Friday so we could finish getting the house ready without have to worry about entertaining them. Late Thursday night, the governor decided to close all schools, college, and universities in the entire state of Florida. So much for our free preparation day on Friday. We still were able to pull in all of the furniture and clean up the yard. Greg put up some boards on our front windows over the weekend. After my long run on Saturday, I went out to get some last minute supplies and decided that was the last time we’d be going out. It was crazy! We had plenty of food, water, and gas at this point. We continued to watch the Weather Channel as Irma made her way to Florida.

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It rained most of Sunday as Irma made her way up the state. This storm broke many different records due to her size and duration. She impacted the entire state of Florida for well over two weeks. We spent a lot of time doing indoor activities, including building Legos.

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The worst part of the storm came through in in the late Sunday night and early Monday morning hours. Greg and I laid on the couch most of the night watching the news and the Weather Channel and listening to the wind howl. The sound of the wind will be forever etched in my mind. It was scary. The sounds that came along with the wind made it even worse. Originally, our main concern was the water pooling on our patio, but the bowing sliding glass doors quickly became my main concern. Throughout the night, we could see shingles start piling up in our yard, but we weren’t sure where they were coming from. We made it through the night with power, but we lost it at 6am on Monday morning. Crosby sat in his bed and cried because his room was “pitch black” he said (which is was). We continued to have tropical storm force winds through Monday morning, but we were able to walk around the neighborhood on Monday afternoon to assess the damage.

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We were very lucky that our damage was minimal. We had to have a couple places on our roof re-shingled, but it was far less than some of the other roofs in our neighborhood (mostly the two story homes). There were a ton of trees down, including our neighbors, but our oak tree stayed upright. We also only had one panel of our pool screen rip.

The rest of the week we were in survival mode as we listened to the constant hum of our generator. School was already going to be closed on Monday and Tuesday to assess the damage from the storm. Thankfully, Crosby’s school made the decision to open at 11am on Tuesday, so he got to go to school and enjoy the air conditioning. On Tuesday, the decision was made to continue to close schools on Wednesday and Thursday. Kenley was able to go to gymnastics since the gym had no damage and still had power so that was something fun for her to do. We headed over to dinner at a friend’s house on Tuesday. We were also very lucky to get a hotel room from one of Greg’s coworkers. We stayed in the air conditioned room on Tuesday night, but the kids didn’t go to bed until very late so it was a different kind of miserable.

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On Wednesday, we got word that schools would remain closed through Friday. We also got a portable air conditioner from a friend to put in our bedroom. It was our saving grace! Kenley slept on the air mattress and Crosby slept on his own mattress in our room that night. They loved having a sleepover in our room. Greg and I decided to take Crosby out of school on Thursday and head down to Disney World. If we were going to be hot, we may as well be hot at the happiest place on earth.

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We had so much fun at Disney. There were hardly any lines and there were already Halloween decorations up! The best news was that while we were there, our power came back on! I was very close to crying tears of joy at that moment.

The storm impacted everything. Many businesses were without power, but if they did have power, the delivery trucks weren’t able to get here to deliver food and supplies. Even today, there were a lot of empty spots on the Target shelves.

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We tried to get back into our normal routine this weekend. I ran on Saturday morning and met the fam at Kenley’s soccer game. We celebrated Wyatt’s birthday on Saturday night with a slip-n-slide at his house. We meal prepped today and headed to church tonight at a completely different location, thanks to Irma. It’s been a long week but we’re all very excited to get back at it tomorrow!

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So long, Irma. I’ll be happy if I never have to hear your name again!

Marathon Training {Week 12}

This has felt like the longest week ever as we have prepared for the hurricane to arrive in Florida. I also can’t believe I am less than a month away from race day!

Monday

Rest day!

Tuesday

Tuesday was a nine mile repeat ladder workout with target paces:

1 mile warm up
400m (8:15-8:45)
800m (8:30-9:00)
1600m (8:45-9:15)
x 3
2 mile cool down

I crushed this workout. My ladder times were as follows:

400m (8:22), 800m (8:40), 1600m (9:02)
400m (8:24), 800m (9:01), 1600m (9:00)
400m (8:40), 800m (8:46), 1600m (9:13)

It felt so good to run nine miles before work. I was on a runner’s high most of the day.

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Wednesday

I headed to the Y after work and rode on the spin bike.

Thursday

After coughing during the night, I woke up feeling pretty crappy so I skipped my early morning run. We ended up getting out of work early due to hurricane prep and I had every intention going to the Y to get in some treadmill miles, but once I got home, I went right to bed.

Friday

The kids were out of school so we headed to the Y for a little bit. I ran and walked three miles on the treadmill. It was hard and I was really worried about my long run on Friday. However, it was good to sweat a little bit.

Saturday

The training plan called for 18 miles, but we weren’t sure what weather to expect on Saturday morning. We were all okay with trying to get in as many miles as we could and calling it a day if needed. There was a little bit of lightning during the first 8 miles or so. We stopped at Publix at mile 5 to pick up the second group of girls for our run. We figured we had their cars if we needed to stop at 13 miles. We got out to our 9 mile turnaround and it was drizzling a little bit. The rest of the run was great though. We stopped at our usual McDonald’s at refill our Camelbaks between miles 10 and 11. From there it seemed like we were outrunning the dark clouds. It started drizzling a little bit again at mile 17 which was by far the hardest mile. I was mentally and physically done at that point. It was my slowest mile of the day, but I finished all 18!

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Afterwards, we headed into the Walmart Neighborhood Market for some last minute “necessities”.

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Sunday

I got in 4 recovery miles on the treadmill at home since we weren’t in any position to run outside. Thankfully, I had no excuse but to run since we were cooped up inside.

Hopefully, Irma doesn’t interrupt any runs this week, but only time will tell! One more week until it’s taper time!

 

my {long} weekend in photos

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saturday morning started early with 16 miles.

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we headed straight to the pool to celebrate sagan’s birthday!

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crosby loved seeing his friends who we haven’t seen in a while.

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after the party, we loaded up to head to grammy’s house.

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gorgeous sunset.

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sandcastles.

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i ran the bridge on my five mile recovery run on sunday.

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greg and i snuck out during nap time for a beer.

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beach day, part two.

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loving life.

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kenley’s pet for a couple of hours before she released it back to its natural habitat.

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labor day boat ride.

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styling.

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back to reality and preparing for a potential hurricane.

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we had a crazy busy day on saturday, followed by a relaxing sunday and a great long weekend.

how was yours?