- I really want to do another marathon as I've only done one (but trained for 2 others!)
- It's close to home and inexpensive
- It's flat
- All the people I run with are doing it
- it would be good practice to prepare for a faster spring marathon
- I'm already up to 12 mile long run and the race isn't until Oct
- I still weigh a ton and tend to not lose much weight when I am running long
- My feet ache bad from the added weight (but my knees feel okay)
- Is it too much too fast?
- My time will likely be around 4:45-5:00 at the pace I am currently running
If I decide to do it I picked a relatively conserative plan that only has me running 4 days a week around 30ish miles, so I can still make a spin class and my weight lifting classes. Or should I just train with my friends so I get out there and run and just do the half mary I have planned and save myself up for a spring marathon where I can hopefully go out there and get that 4:20 marathon I was planning on last year? Thoughts?
You weigh 14 lbs now and have gotten huge, you are quite a bit bigger than the other kids of your age in our new mommies group. The last 3 months have been fun having a calm easy baby that I could pretty much lay anywhere, but I am looking forward to the new you that needs a lot more attention and wants to roll, crawl, sit up etc!
One of the reasons I am down is that we are having issues with Fonzie. He's always been a bit bad and neurotic. But Wed when my neighbor walked up onto the porch he nipped her in the calve, just a little nip, didn't break the skin or anything, but I was shocked. He's always been a bit fearful of people, but never indicated he might bite. Sometimes when Gary gets home and he is really happy, he jumps up and nips Gary in the butt, never does it to me, but this was different. He did it twice real quick and then backed off and was fine in the house. I chalked it up to him being protective b/c she came up on the porch and told myself I'd just have to watch him better from now on and not leave him loose when people come over. So, then yesterday the mother in law, who isn't a huge dog lover was coming over, so I held Fonzie as she walked in the back door and Gary gave her a treat to give Fonzie, which he took, but then he did the same thing to her after I let him go. UUUUGGGH. Not good, a really scary bad habit that I now have to figure out how to deal with. It's not like I can practice the scenario, who is going to volunteer to walk into my house and maybe get bit? My plan is to keep him on a leash from now on when people come in, which is all well and good, but its another level of worry that I now will have when people come over. I know it's a fear thing with him, not an aggression thing. I read all kinds of stuff on the Internet last night and they all say the same thing, keep them around people, establish that you are top dog etc. So, I will definitely be taking more time to train him. I hope he grows out of some of his anxiety issues. I've never had a dog so scared of everything. I can't figure out where it came from since we've had him since he was 8 weeks old. La sigh.
On a better note, how cute is my baby! She is in a little dress my sister Melanie got her.
I had a nice weekend. Friday night we had dinner at out neighbors house, they are expecting their first child in a few weeks. Sat I got up bright and early and met Sara and Harley to run the Muddy Paws trail race. Well, they call it a race, but the trail is so damn hard I have a hard time even getting through the 5 mile loop. But we did the 5 miler, then we went out to the road and ran another 4. I had had really shitty runs all week, so I was dreading that long run, but managed okay. I am kind of sore today and my throat hurts (i think from running the air conditioner for the first few times), so I think I am just going to take it easy today. Maybe I'll run a few miles tonight.
My goal this week is to get some good video of Harper "talking". She just loves for you to look at her and she will smile and babble away. It's tooooo cute. I love this stage.
Let's talk about running shall we! So, Harper is almost 3 months old, which means I have been running consistently for about 1.5 months now. I am up to 9 mile long run and my pace has dropped from around an 11 min mile to around 10 min, and somewhere around 9:30 for shorter run. I should preface this by saying the fastest I ever was, was about a 9 min mile. Most of last year, thanks to training for 2 marathons I was able to get my pace to stay right around there even on long runs. But I don't feel good about how my running has been going. I am way too easy on myself, I am not pushing my pace except on my weekly tempo run and it is just brutal. I don't seem to have my lungs back yet, I walk too much. I have no real answers, just bitching. At least I am getting out there and doing it. I am sure once I lose a few more lbs I will find it continues to get easier, but I have a feeling this Half mary I signed up for is going to be really hard! Before baby I loved HMs and could pretty much go run one without too much effort, now I am just spent after my long runs. I mean of course I knew after baby things were going to be harder, but it really stinks when you sit down and think about how far you have "fallen". I miss being able to bike 50 miles and then run 6 miles after. Heck, I haven't even been on my bike, but at least I am getting to spin class once a week. I think I will set some time aside this weekend to get my bike set up on the trainer. At least if I can't go outside, I can still get my buns and back used to being on a road bike again.
I am in week 2 of official training for the Akron half marathon. I downloaded a 4 day a week running plan from runners world smartcoach. I did 21 miles last week and will be doing 22 this week. So far so good. I did speed work last week and a tempo run this week. I have never really done anything besides count miles and do them at the speed the works for me, but I am trying to stay close tot eh prescribed speeds in the plan. It'll be interesting to see how it goes. My feet are hurting, I have issues with my tibialis, especially on the left side. The added weight doesn't help. I am down about 8 lbs since I really started paying attn, but I still have about 20 to go, which seems very intimidating. But I will just keep on doing what I am doing it, it will come off slowly but surely.
Sigh....I can't believe I am 30.
- distance runner attempting to run a marathon in every state, vegetarian foodie, mediocre triathlete, sucky swimmer, mommy to Harper, tea lover, coffee drinker, animal saver, hubby snuggler, race addict, full time working 31 year old living in cleveland
Marathons so far
- ► 2011 (30)
- ▼ July (10)
- ► 2008 (201)