Hey there!! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. It was another crazy busy single parenting week/weekend….going on 4 weeks now! Yikes, it’s been tough on everyone around these parts. This is kind of a lengthy post today, but lots of pictures and less reading
I can’t believe that the marathon is less than a month away! Training has been going so good that I’m kind of worried when it’s just going to come crumbling down around me. Every time I hear a sniffle or a cough I’m running to the medicine cabinet and popping echinacea, zinc, vitamin C and elderberry like it’s going out of style. I’m having the boys put on their On Guard essential oils every morning because I REFUSE to get sick!
Now that both kids are back in school I”m lysoling everthing…JUST.IN.CASE.
I’ve also been busy getting ready for Ragnar DC this coming weekend! I know I haven’t been talking about it a lot, but yep, I’m doing it and I’m the Captain of the team, so I’ve been busy getting everything coordinated. Our team is the No Drama Mamas (and we are hoping to stay true to our name and if you see any of my teammates not abiding by our name I encourage you to slap them). So if you are out running Ragnar DC this weekend make sure you keep a look out! I’ll be Runner 8!
I am so freaking excited for Ragnar I can’t even tell you. By the time it gets here I will have been single parenting for 5 weeks, and I am in desperate need of a break! Now, while I would prefer a spa weekend, this will have to do 😉
Anyway, on to the recap!
On the plan: REST
What actually happened: You better believe rest happened. I was actually really sore from the half marathon the day before. I’m not usually sore after a half marathon but I did run it much faster than I am used to….And yes, I know I haven’t done a recap yet, I just haven’t had the time.
On the plan: 15 min Gear 1, 20 Min Gear 2, 5 Min Gear 1, 20 min gear 2
What really happened: Despite the speedy miles, this run was actually pretty tough. My legs felt like lead and I was just tired.
6.9 miles in 60 min (8:40 pace)
On the plan: 40 min Gear 1 (9:06), 25 min GMP
What actually happened: So at the beginning of training I told my coach that I wanted to run a 4 hour marathon, but my goal pace was around a 9 min mile for the entire race. When I saw a run with GMP (goal marathon pace) on it I wanted to check back in with him to just confirm that we were on the same page for this GMP. Well, after my half marathon, he thinks that my GMP should be 8:48-8:58. I almost spit out my drink when he said that. I mean I know that I just ran the half marathon at an 8:30 pace, but because I knew it was going to be over in 13 miles. The second 13 miles is a totally different animal. But, I’ve trusted him this far, there is no turning back now, so that is the new goal pace 8:48-8:58. That would be a goal of a 3:50-3:55 marathon. Holy crap. That is scary to think about to be honest. I need to start setting up my A, B & C goals ASAP.
It’s been pretty cool to watch the paces change in my gears as training has progressed. My gear 1 times started at around a 9:30 pace and now they typically hover in the 8:45-9:00. There really is something to this breathing thing!
7.2 miles in 1:05 (9:01 pace)
On the plan: rest
What happened: rest
On the plan: Long run….3 hours in Gear 1
What actually happened: So I had to do my long run on Friday because over the weekend my kids would be home and entertaining them for 3 hours while I ran on the treadmill is virtually impossible. I really wanted to be able to focus on the run and not worry about jumping on and off to break up fights, get snacks, etc. In fact, I think I was actually complaining on Instagram that I was going to have them home with me but I totally forgot they were both in school. Sad part is that I still did my run on the treadmill despite them being in school. I didn’t have time to drive to the trail, get my run in and get back to pick up Mini #2 from school in time, so the treadmill it was anyway. Yes, I swore I would NEVER do a 20 mile run on the treamill again, but I’m totally addicted to the Blacklist right now, I was ok with it.
I prefueled with my Amped and E+shot. I’m telling you this stuff is amazing.
I had one bottle of water with my Enduropacks electrolyte spray and one bottle of Nuun for hydration during the run. I took a second E+shot at Mile 10. At mile 12 I opened a bag of Honey Stinger chews and didn’t even make it through the entire bag by the time I hit 20 miles. The run rocked. I felt fabulous until the last 2 miles or so. Nothing major, my legs were just getting tired. This was the fastest 20 miles I’ve run…EVER…by 16 minutes!!
20 miles in 2:59
On the plan: REST
What actually happened: The Color run. Mini #1 had been begging to give this race another shot. After the debacle last year I was hesitant but he had run a 5K very successfully in the spring so I figured what the heck. I also registered Mini #1 because I knew I wouldn’t have a sitter to watch him.
Yea….it ended up pretty much the same as last year except it was cooler and there weren’t as many complaints about the heat and being thirsty. We did a lot of run/walking which I was actually just fine with because I was tired after the 20 miles.
I don’t think I’ll do a full recap on the Color Run but here are some fun pictures of the morning.
I’ve got to say, this really pissed me off. Now I know that doing a run like this you sign a waiver and can expect some stuff to get in your face, so I made the boys wear sunglasses to protect their eyes. Yet somehow the volunteers STILL insist on squirting little kids in the face! I had to do an eye wash with water I had in the stroller to get it all out. I felt so bad for him. Yes, I know it’s a hazard of the run, but it seems like common sense to me to not get it in a kids face….am I wrong on this one? I know I said the same thing last year, but COME ON!
Yep, I wrapped the BOB in plastic bags! I did NOT want to have to clean it later! Everyone pushing a stroller was SO jealous.
Flash to the future for when Mini #2 is old and has grey hair…
So, this coming week is going to be CRAZY!!! Talk about running on tired legs? My mileage peaks this week with about 50 miles on tap. I’ve got three heavy duty runs Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and then Ragnar Friday and Saturday!!
Don’t forget the #BOSUStrong Challenge is still going on!! You do NOT need a BOSU to participate! And if you do participate Sweatpink is picking a winner a week to win your very own Bosu!!
How did ya’ll do on Week 2 of the #BOSUSTRONG Challenge?! I hope you showed everyone how YOU keep balance in your life!
On to WEEK 3!!! This week its all about stretching and toning – so make sure you join in on the fun!
Week 3: My 5 fave stretches and 3 tips for toning your BUTT!
I can’t believe its already week 3 of the #BosuStrong challenge, time flies when you’re having fun! Last week we focused on balance and I was proud of myself for nailing my runs and getting some strength training on the bosu!.
Since we’re talking about stretching here are 5 of my all time favorite stretches:
- I love to stretch my legs by doing forward fold.
- My favorite total body stretch is downward dog.
- I swear when I do yoga it feels like I have no cares in the world.
- I stretch my mind by taking a hot bath and zoning out.
- I try to stretch out of my comfort zone by trying new things and not being set in my ways!
And if you’re looking for a great way to tone your butt, here are my fave 3 tips:
- BE CONSISTENT
- DO DEADLIFTS
- RUN HILLS
Here are your prompts for this week!!
(Make sure you tag @Bosu_Fitness on Instagram & @BosuFitness on Twitter):
Monday, 9/28: We’re starting the week with some side lunges! Show us how you work those inner and outer thighs @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad
Bonus: Y’all know we love to #jumpjoymonday! Show us your BEST jump shot and tag @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad
Tuesday, 9/29: It’s #tempotuesday! Show us your fave body toning move @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad
Bonus: It’s #triceptuesday and we want to see you dip! Now drop down and give us 20 tricep dips. #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
Wednesday, 9/30: Grab a partner and show us how you tone it up together! @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad
Bonus: #workitwednesday, show us how you’re workin’ in a good stretch this Wednesday and tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
Thursday, 10/01: It’s #totalbodythursday. Show us your favorite total body stretch. #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
Bonus: Give us a #tbt of a time when you really stretched outside of your comfort zone (feel free to get creative!) #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
Friday, 10/02: #FreeFriday. Show us your favorite stretch! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
Bonus: Happy #forearmfriday. Show us a move that helps you stretch and tone #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
Notes: You do not need to own or have access to a BOSU to participate. By participating you will have a chance to win a BOSU and other fun prizes. And please, if you are using a BOSU throughout this challenge, never stand on your BOSU with the dome facing down (images or moves down on the BOSU incorrectly will not count during this challenge).
What is your favorite way to fuel for a run or a race?
What do you do to prevent yourself from getting sick before a big event?
Anyone else doing Ragnar DC?