I’m exhausted. Completely and totally mentally exhausted. And it’s not from training.
It’s from my 3 year old that doesn’t stop.
I mean he literally doesn’t stop.
He is the kid that needs to be entertained every single second of the day, and if he’s bored? Well then he acts out in any negative way just to get attention.
This….is about right.
He’s probably your typical 3 1/2 year old, but Mini #1 was NOT like this, so this is new territory.
This week brought us a new change with Mr. Cupcake back to work, but he’s traveling. He was gone for the entire week. They boys have had him home every night for the last 3 years, so this was a huge adjustment. I’ve got to give props to those single parents with young kids out there, I have no idea how they do it.
Thank goodness for my training and my runs, because I’m pretty sure it’s the only thing that kept me sane this week.
60 min run in Gear 1 (2:2 breaths). 6.5 miles in 60 min (9:14 pace)
My speed in Gear 1 is increasing as training goes on which is definitely the goal. Race pace will be in Gear 1, with the ultimate goal of a 9 min/mi pace…uggh, just saying that makes my stomach turn. It makes me nervous and it makes me self doubt myself. I have doubts that I won’t be able to hit that goal. I’m really hunting down a BIG PR for this race, so I’m feeling a lot of pressure. Not from anyone else, completely self-driven. I want this. Bad. But I’m afraid I can’t make it happen. But I know if I continue with the negative talk it surely won’t happen, so I need to figure out a way to squash that!
60 min yoga + speedwork
I have been craving yoga. I’ve been totally bad at taking care of my body in terms of rolling, stretching, etc and now that my neck was feeling better I felt like I needed yoga. I was torn because I had speed work on the schedule too, but decided the yoga HAD to happen.
My body has been dying for some #yoga. Yea I’ve been that person that says “do as I say, not as I do” when it comes to the restorative parts of #marathontraining I’ve slacked off on the stretching, foam rolling etc and I’m starting to feel it. It was soooo great to get back to it today. I put off my run until tonight so I could get both in…here’s hoping that I don’t blow it off later! BTW, loving my new @caliabycarrie capris!! #motherrunner #40thMCM #runwiththemarines #sweatpink #fitmom #fitfluential
Luckily, I was able to get the speedwork done after the kids went to bed. I hate running at night, so this was a mental challenge, but I think I nailed it. 30 min of speedwork 10 min @ 9:05, 2 x 2 min @ 7:53, 2 x 2 min @ 7:47, 8 min @ 8:57 (3.5 mile)
So I had a chat with my coach on Tuesday and he was saying how he really wanted me to get outside. I told him that with my current situation and no childcare, I was stuck on the treamill. Well, I woke up and the weather was beautiful and I was so pissed that I had to run on the treadmill. I decided to dust off the BOB and go for a stroller run. I hate running with the stroller and was really hesitant because of just getting over my neck issue. My form always suffers when I push the stroller which really stresses out my shoulders and neck. I must have been feeling brave because I decided to go for it. The ipad was charged up, I packed a bunch of snacks and we headed out on the Mt. Vernon trail. This was at the beginning of the run….we were all smiles. Those quickly went away, lol. As seen on Instagram.…
Props to all of you #stroller warriors out there. I was getting down this morning because the weather was so incredibly beautiful and I was stuck inside on the treadmill….again. I thought about taking the stroller out but kept telling myself how much I hate it and how my form suffers. I hadn’t run with the stroller in over a year, but I talked myself into doing it. Not going to lie…it sucked and it was one of the hardest runs I’ve ever done. Pushing over 100 pounds for almost 8 miles is HARD! Bottom line is I’m so glad I did it and pushed mentally through something I had set my mind against. It’s truly all mind over matter sometimes. All that being said…I think ill pick the treadmill over the stroller next time 😜 #fitmom #fitfam #motherrunner #marathontraining #runner #instarunners #werunsocial #werundc ##runwiththemarines #sweatpink #fitapproach #fitfluential A photo posted by Sue (@thismamarunsforcupcakes) on
The Mini always loves to stretch with me, and I love that!! He wanted to run too but we forgot his shoes. I literally threw him in the car, pajamas and all before I changed my mind and backed out of doing this run.
My little buddy joined me in my post run stretching. I love that the boys love to work out with me @fitapproach #motherrunner #motivate #sweatpink #marathontraining #momofboys #instarunners #werunsocial #werundc #runwiththemarines #running #womensrunningcommunity #asics
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It was a very tough run despite managing a pretty decent pace.
7.5 miles in 1:11 (9:30 pace)
Tempo run: 2 Miles @ 8:27, 6 min @ 9:20, 2 Miles @ 8:27
Total 4.5 miles @ 8:38 pace
Mr. Cupcake came home on Friday night for the weekend and I was able to get my long run outside thankfully. The plan called for 55 minutes at LSD (long slow distance, 3:3 breathing), then 55 minutes at gear 1 (2:2). This was tough. The humidity was awful, we barely slogged through this run. 12 miles @ 9:35 overall pace We even got the chance to go out to breakfast afterwards and replace our glycogen stores Mimosas, bloody mary’s, omelets and bacon…I think that covers everything! I got home, took a shower and for the first time in a while, decided to foam roll. I admit, I am SO bad at foam rolling. I went to do it the other day and realized my foam roller is so worn down and soft that it wasn’t really effective so I went out and got a new one. Paired that with some compression and all was good in the world. My legs actually felt great!
A so-so 12 miles this morning slogging through the humidity. I had childcare so took it outside but immediately wished I had stayed inside on the mill! But THIS is what I call a successful recovery after a long run!! I’ve been terrible at rolling lately. My roller is so old and soft that I had to go out and buy a new one yesterday…this one is awesome. Add in my @lilytrotters and I’m a happy girl! #motherrunner #fitmom #fitfam #running #instarunners #werunsocial #irundc #marathontraining #runwiththemarines A photo posted by Sue (@thismamarunsforcupcakes) on
Overall it was a great week of training despite the circumstances!! But I now need your help…..I’m really worried I set too lofty of a goal!!
Tell me, how do you change your mindset to I CAN instead of I CAN’T?
How do you stop the negative talk?