Post Race Weekly Wrap

It’s been well over a week since I ran my half marathon and I’m feeling pretty good. The Monday following the race was a holiday in Canada (Victoria Day), so we got to relax after traveling back home (and a trip to the party store for birthday supplies).

I had no intentions of running last week and was happy to take a few days to do nothing. My evenings are kinda boring when my husband is working. I actually have TIME to do things like…bake….and properly clean my house and fold laundry! I think I want to go back to running most nights!!!

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: Rest | Rest. Nailed it.

Tuesday: Massage booked| Massaged received. Best post race recovery tool I’ll be using from now on!

Wednesday: Rest | Rest. Nailed it again!

Thursday: Bike ride for work | 36 km of cycling. I thought I was going to die many times on this ride for work. We stop a few times as a group of 40 people and then 6 of us turned around and biked back to our cars. The others had a bus taking them back to the city. My butt hurt!!!

Friday: Rest | Rest. My butt still hurt and so did my quads right above my knees. It hurt to sit down.

Saturday: Nothing planned | Nothing done! Well, we went to a parade and walked a lot!

Sunday: Nothing planned | Ran 5k & Bike Ride. I woke up wanting to run again! So I hit the trail near my house for a slow run with a few stops to catch a few photos. I did not face plant like a few weeks back but I also didn’t have my dog attached to me this time!

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We also went for a 5-6 km bike ride that afternoon. Two kilometres down to Avery’s Farm Market for ice cream with my girls, then back with a trip to the school to play for a bit, then home.

Now what?

Well, last night as I was driving my oldest daughter to Brownies and I was looking at the road and realized…I missed my long runs! I usually do my long runs along the main highway and love that out and back route. I felt kinda sad that I wasn’t doing any long runs and had a sudden burst of motivation to get out there for a long run.

Reality set in as I dropped her off, got groceries with our youngest and then picked her up again. There would be no long run for me right now…I had kids to get home, clean up and get to bed and chores to do around the house. I didn’t even manage a run last night on my treadmill after the girls went to bed as it was too late (my husband was working so no outdoor run for me). I’m sure I’ll get back out there at some point for a long run again. I’m feeling ready. I’m feeling like I want to run for more then an hour and just enjoy running again.

How long after a race did you run again?

Do you ever take a break from running to recharge?

What’s the #1 thing you if you take a break post race? Bake like me?

I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap!

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Bluenose Half Marathon Recap 2018

Woohoo…half marathon #6 completed!

We started off my traveling into the city Friday afternoon where I took in the expo sans kiddies and took zero photos, whoops! It was a in a new location which I hadn’t noticed in any of the emails so that threw me off a bit. It was a packed expo with so many great booths to visit. I ran into some runner friends which is always a bonus.

Saturday, I took the girls to the 2k youth run. Our youngest didn’t love it and really just wanted to walk and our oldest just wanted to run. We compromised with a run/walk combo since it was just me with them. They had a blast and their favourite part was getting the food after and acquiring multiple tattoo’s at the expo (again).

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Weekly workouts:

I was really nervous about this half. Last week I did the following runs: Monday – rest day, Tuesday 6k, Wednesday 5k, Thursday and Friday rest days and Saturday 2k – well 1.74km with the girls. I was feeling under trained – which shouldn’t be a surprise if you’ve been following along for the last 10-12 weeks. It was what it was and I was running it whether I felt trained or under trained.

Saturday was beautifully hot and sunshine for hours for the youth run and 5k that afternoon. Come Sunday morning, it was pouring rain and temps were expected to be 12c. It ended up being a little warmer at 15c but still lots of rain. I didn’t know what to wear so put on my shorts, tank/long sleeve shirt and Tiux socks. I brought my running jacket and long pants just in case. I ended up changing from my shorts to long pants in the car and wore my tank, long sleeved shirt AND my running jacket – a little warm for all that but it was good for the first 8k of my run.

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My friend Sarah was running her first half marathon (and did awesome), so we drove in together and hung out in the dry car before making our way over to the Scotiabank Centre in our poncho’s that kept us dry. After a few bathroom breaks and running into friends (my friend Tracey was running and did awesome as well). We went up to the start area around 8:08 am for a 8:20 start as we didn’t want to stand in the rain for a long time.

As the gun went off we moved forward only to be halted by the crowd in front. I always laugh at this because it happens at every race. Have you experienced that before? We cross the start mat and beeped our Garmins to start. It was crowded but that’s expected. Sarah and I ran together for the first 10 minutes and then she moved onto a 10/1’s while I did continuous. We would catch up to each other over the first 3-4k and then she eventually move forward but I could pick her out in the distance up ahead because of her hat and socks.

Around the 5k mark my Garmin beeped so I went to look at it and rolled my right ankle. No joke! Frig! I just kept moving forward and tried not to think about it and managed to run off the pain for the time being. We ran through Point Pleasant Park which was beautiful and relaxing by the water. The first BIG hill of 300 meters (0.3km) was approaching and my thought was to just push it as far as I could. I managed to run the whole thing which gave me a little confidence boost for a later HILL I would be climbing.

We ran the streets of Halifax and I was feeling really good. I was a little worried about my pace which was 6:38/km roughly from 1-11km. It just felt good and then it didn’t. It started to go downhill around 12k and I went through every thought of:

  • just keep one foot in front of the other
  • run and be happy
  • you can do this
  • I hate this
  • I never want to run a half again
  • just walk for a few seconds
  • I hate this
  • suck it up and just run

From km 12 – 18 roughly, I hated it. It was hill after hill, and I’m not just talking about little hills. These were BIG hills you had to climb forever!!! For the most part I feel I did a good job on the hills except the biggest hill and that killed me. Each time I though we were making our way to the finish area, the route would take us in an opposite direction.

When I ran this half in 2006, the route was completely different. This year they used the same route as previous years (not 2006 route) but reversed the direction. This is the main reason why I wanted to run it. I’ve learned that for the Bluenose Half Marathon it really doesn’t matter what direction you are running in because you are just going to hit hill after hill. You need to be ready for lots of hills.

I gave up a lot…like a lot. I had no drive, no energy, no interest in running – which you kinda need while running a half marathon. I really wasn’t loving it but I kept moving forward be it running or lots of walking.

Elevation Chart!!!

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Around 18k it started to pour and the wind picked up. My face was tucked under my Nuun visor but the wind was strong and blew the rain up in my face. Nothing on me was dry….I just kept running – one foot in front of the other. “You are done soon. You are almost there”. I chatting with other runners as they approach me or I approach them. I thanking volunteers and police officers who were blocking traffic in the rain! I tried to enjoy the moment even though I was struggling. I had many, many thoughts on this run.

The funny thing is, I was expecting to finish around 2 hours 30 minutes and finished under it but was so hung up on how much I had to walk and that I had no desire to run. With the rain pouring down and feeling like a kid playing outside, I managed to turn my sour-puss attitude around and enjoy the last 3k in the rain.

I thanked one of the last police officers and he said “your welcome and enjoy the remainder of the race”…I smiled and said “I will” because it was a fast downhill and then uphill to the finish. As I cruised down Cogswell Street and onto Brunswick Street to finish – close to the finish line I saw my friend Kerri who called out my name (she’s involved in the youth event) and it made me smile and just enjoy the finish shoot. I turned off my Garmin and volunteers were there giving high-fives. It took everything in me to raise my arms for three high fives – ha! I was done!

I met up with Sarah as she finished just ahead of me. We hit up the food station and then got a massage!!! I’ve never gotten a massage at a race. I was soaked from the rain and sweat, salty as heck and I stunk – I just ran a half marathon – you can’t not stink after running that long. the massage was worth it.

I finished in 2:25:44 (chip time).

That’s it! Half marathon #6 done with no races scheduled for the rest of the year! I was thinking about running a race in June but have decided I need to regroup, slow down and not race for a while….I think 😉 I want to pace a few fall races as I really enjoyed that. Oh, and my ankle is okay. Slightly swollen and sore but nothing a few days of ice and rest can’t fix.

Congrats to all those who ran the Bluenose Marathon (5k, 10k, 15k, half, full and youth run) – what a great weekend for runners in Nova Scotia!

How was your (long) weekend?

Anyone race this weekend? How’d it go?

When was the last time you rain a race in the rain?

I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap today.

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Half Marathon Training Week #11 / #12 ~ Bluenose

It’s race week! But first, Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there. I had an amazing day with my family 🙂

Week #11 didn’t go as well as I wanted to but sometimes that’s just what happens. Late nights in the city, falling asleep with your kids, on the road for work most of the week and juggling family priority is real life for me. I honestly feel lucky to have even ran last week. Having said that, it wasn’t a bad week just not full potential week if you know what I mean.

What was Planned vs What Really Happened

Monday: 60 min cross train | 61 minutes on the bike (23 km). Good ride, did some upper body strength training too.

Tuesday: 8 k | Rest Day. We didn’t get home from the city until 8 pm and I fell asleep putting my youngest to bed. I knew this run wouldn’t happen but was hopeful I’d get it in some time this week.

Wednesday: 10 x 400’s | Nope – not happening. Late night with my kids and just couldn’t get in a workout.

Thursday: 5 k | 4 k run with Carmacks. He makes me run faster – so basically a short tempo run. I was on the road all day so this was a nice way to get moving.

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Friday: Rest Day | 15 k long run. This was the ONLY time I could fit in my last long run. I got up stupid early; 5 am and was out running by 5:55 am. This was a nice long run – pretty simple, enjoyable and easy.

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Since I ran 4 k the night before, I figured the two runs roughly 12 hours apart would be good enough for my 19 km long run that was supposed to happen on Sunday. When I got home from my 15 k long run, I walked my daughter’s to school and quickly got ready for work. Yeah, I still had to go to work but I had the first hour of my work day off so that helped a lot.

Saturday: Rest Day | Rest Day. Nailed it! I was busy with my girls and their friend – lots of walking and bike riding.

Sunday: 19 k Long run| 5 k run with my daughters. With it being Mother’s Day, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to get in my long run. My husband worked the night shift and we had plans as a family. We had a great day with brunch at Brigadoon (camp for chronically ill children) where we did archery, arts/crafts and paddled in the big war canoe. Once we got home, we went out for a 1 k run together and then the girls got on their bikes while I ran 4 k.

Post run/ride selfie (missing hubby who was walking the dog)

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Total km of running this week:  24 km running, 23 km cycling, a little paddling too!

Total km this training cycle: 192 km

Week #12 looks like this:

  • Monday: Rest Day! | I had planned to run or bike tonight. We’ll see.
  • Tuesday: 6 k
  • Wednesday: 30 minute tempo
  • Thursday: 5 k
  • Friday: Rest Day
  • Saturday: Rest Day | 2 km kids run with my daughters.
  • Sunday: Bluenose Half Marathon!

Follow me on Instagram for this week’s training and my half marathon this weekend. I’ll likely not blog about this week so…catch me on IG if you want to know how it’s going.

How’s your spring shaping up?

Anyone running Bluenose (or another race) this coming weekend?

What’s your favourite way to enjoy a long weekend (locals – running Bluenose maybe?)

I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap today.

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Half Marathon Training Week #10 ~Bluenose

Week TEN is done! I’m feeling like it’s a little hard to believe that there are only two weeks until my next half marathon.

I physically lost a week of training when we were all sick and I feel like I had to start over after that. I’m now just getting back on my feet with running. Spoiler – I had a great long run this past weekend. Having said that, I’m not where I want to be for this half marathon and I’m actually okay with that. I’m running and it’s 99% pain free, so that’s a BIG win in my eyes!

Each runner has a goal for each race they do – be it a certain time, new distance, having fun or finishing the race. When I started training for this half my plan was to work on getting my speed back but that hasn’t happened. This won’t be a PR race for me. It’s going to be one that I’m happy to hit the finish line and still feel good. Bluenose was my first half marathon back in 2006 and I finished in 2:33:56 and my PR is 2:05 (2014 at Valley Harvest).

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: Rest Day | Rest Day. Nailed it!

Tuesday: 8k | Yoga Flow & 8k. Yoga at lunch time since it’s Tuesday! This was an evening run after my kids went to bed and my husband got home from work. It’s garbage clean up week here which means you can put ANYTHING out at the end of your driveway and it will get taken away. On my run out of my subdivision I saw this amazing MEC (similar to REI) toddler carrier and eyed it up. Yup, you guessed it, on my way back I picked it up and it was in mint condition so I threw it on my back and ran the 1/2 km home (what an awkward run). I’m donating it to a mom and tots group that go hiking – I couldn’t leave it there for the dump.

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Wednesday: 45 minute tempo run | 5k Negative split run.  This was a GREAT run. I did not plan on a negative split but once I figured out my numbers I pushed it as hard as  I could.

Thursday: 5k | Rest Day. I had full intentions of running which turned into full intention to ride my bike. Neither of those happened as my youngest had a really hard time going to bed, therefore it wasn’t happening at 8:30 pm. I took it as a rest day.

Friday: Rest Day | Rest Day. Nailed it again!

Saturday: 5k pace | 18k Long Run! Oh this run was GREAT and just what I needed. I ran 14k outside and for the most part, felt really good. I then finished off the last 4k on my treadmill. I don’t normally break up my long runs like this but this was the only time I could fit it in as my husband had to leave for work at 7:45. Yeah, I was up at 5:15 and running by 6 am.

Over 20,000 steps before 8am!

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Running on the treadmill after being outside was mentally harder then I though. I basically had it in my head that I had to run 4 k but my mind also forgot that I had already run 14 k outside. All together, it was a great long run.

Sunday: 18k | Soccer Game. We lost this game and are out of playoffs but it was great to play pain free! We also spent the day raking our front lawn, lots of walking while my daughter road her bike.

All in all, this was a really good week of training!

Total km of running this week:  31 km running, 1 Yoga Class, 1 Soccer Game.

Total km this training cycle: 168 km

How was your weekend?

Have you ever split up your runs before (inside/outside?)

Enjoy any spring activities?

I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap today.

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Half Marathon Training Week #9 ~Bluenose

It’s getting closer! Now only three full weeks away is my next half marathon – really hard to believe that it’s almost here.

My daughters are both running the 2k the day before my race, so it’s going to be a fun weekend of running! Sadly, my husband works that whole weekend – bummahhh!! Anyway, training last week was better then week #8 so I’m heading in the right direction. Or at least I think I am!

What was Planned vs What Really Happened

Monday: 60 minutes cross training | Rest Day. My body was in need of a rest day after my 15k long run on Sunday so I took it.

Tuesday: 8 k | Yoga Flow. I went to yoga at lunch and it was just what my body needed. A good stretch and a little challenge here and there. I was thinking about running that evening but decided to take it easy.

Wednesday: 45 min tempo run | 5 k trail run (35 minutes) with  Carmacks. It was the first run that I’ve fallen while running with him attached to me. Thankfully, nothing was broken and I only had a few good bruises and 1 large splinter to dig out of my hand.

Thursday: 5 k | 20.40 km Cycling. I didn’t really want to run on my treadmill (only option for the day) so I jumped on my bike around 8 pm once my girls were asleep (husband was working).  It wasn’t the best ride but I got it done. I’m way off my monthly cycling mileage for the month but I’m okay with where I’m at. There is a possibility I can get in a ride Monday night so we’ll see!

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Friday: Rest Day | Soccer Game. Friday’s are usually my standard rest day but I had a soccer game. One that I was really nervous for since I haven’t played much this winter due to injury. We had no subs which meant I played the whole game. So much sprinting, tracking, running, jockying and moving around the field. This was my speed work for the week for sure! My abs hurt for a few days after along with the muscles in my feet and shins! Oh, and we won!

Saturday: Rest | Rest Day. I took the day off from any activity. My girls has swimming lessons and then went to our neighbours for a sleep over. Since they were gone, my husband and I went out to dinner and came home to watch “Downsizing”. Meh, it was okay but I don’t think I’d recommend it. at 9:30 we got the call to come get the girls as they couldn’t fall asleep. We both anticipated this so it wasn’t a big surprise.

Sunday: 15 k Race | 17 k Long Run. Our girls planned to go back over to our neighbour’s house to have breakfast and my husband and I planned to go for a long run together. However, our neighbour wasn’t feeling 100% so we brought them home for breakfast. I went for my long run and my husband ran when I got back.

So my long run. We’ll it was just plain shitty. I ran 3 k with Carmacks and came home to meet my husband for our run but that fell through so I went off to run another 14 k by myself. I chose a hill route as my husband and I enjoy running that and I figured I’d just stay with the plan.
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It sucked. I hated it. I enjoyed only 1 km of that run as I was flying down a long hill but pretty much everything else about that run sucked. Running is hard for me right now, really hard. And, that’s okay…not every run can be easy or good or enjoyable! In the end I was happy to have accomplished the distance but hope I can get back to really loving running again.

This could have been the week that I just pushed myself to do a few workouts rather then enjoy them. However, I think coming off the flu has taken me a little while to really get to 100% feeling great. I’m hoping that this week is better. Better sleep and recovery, better running, better workouts.

Total km of running this week: 22km, 20km cycling, 1 soccer game.

Total km this training cycle: 137 km

How was your weekend?

What do you do when running is just hard?

Do you substitute other sports for speed work?

I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap today.

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Half Marathon Training Week #8 ~Bluenose

And I’m back! I seriously thought I was never going to shake the flu! My family was sick for 7-10 days between all of us and it was horrible. I can honestly say, I never wish this virus on anyone. I thought I was never going to feel better or get back to running again. Seriously!

Having said that….I’m finally feeling on my way to better. Thank goodness! I didn’t do a whole lot of activity last week but I did get in a ride on my bike and ran as well!

What was Planned VS What Really Happened:

Monday: 50 minute cross training | Rest Day. Confirmed with family Dr. we had the flu. Rest. My husband was back to work.

Tuesday: 7km | Rest Day. The girls and I slept, watched TV and tried to eat whatever food we could. I felt like crap.

Wednesday: 40 minute tempo run | 15k Cycling. My girls and I  started to feel better so that evening I jumped on my bike to try and peddal off the remaining sickness. It felt good to be active on my bike.

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Thursday: 5k | Rest Day. I went back to work but only lasted until lunch time and I decided to head home. I then slept for 3 hours in the afternoon, both girls were back to school today.

Friday: Rest Day | Rest day.  Just needed another rest day.

Saturday: 8k |Rest Day. It was a busy day of swim lessons, a short play date, finishing our taxes and running errands.

Sunday: 16k | 15k.  Whoo, hoo, I’m back! I was really hoping to get in at least 12-14k to see if I can pull myself back into half marathon training.

The first 11k was great. I felt good, the hills and inclines were good when I really thought I’d struggle. I even managed to pick up my pace a few times and then the wheels slowed down around 12k. I had my Nuun with me and took in some fruit punch chews and may have perfected the snot rocket a few times. Hey, when a girl has been sick there is no need to keep that shit in your nose when running. I was really close to home but decided to see if I could pull off 15k and made a few extra loops to get it in.

I got back home, sat down on our stairs and felt like I coughed up a lung! It was the first coughing fit I had all morning. My body just needed to have one more coughing fit before I could head inside and warm up. It was cool and sunny on this run – so beautiful.

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I stretched and did yoga with my girls for about 35 – 40 minutes post long run, grabbed a shower and then made my second breakfast – so good! Banana/blueberry smoothie (with almond milk and strawberry Greek yogurt) plus scrambled eggs, a baby bell (okay 2) and then a crumpet with melted butter.  The smoothie was SO good!

It was such a beautiful day outside that I took the girls biking (I walked) and we went to their school to play basketball and then hit up the playground. They biked around a bit more then we went home to have a nice BBQ – first of the season!

I’m really pleased with getting in my long run and ready to continue training for my upcoming half marathon in four weeks!

Total km of running this week: 15k running, 15k cycling.

Total km this training cycle: 115km 

Total km missed: TOO MANY!!!

How was your weekend?

Anyone race or have a long run?

Have you been BBQing yet?

I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap today.

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Half Marathon Training Week #7 – Bluenose

I had such high hopes for this week! I had it all planned out so that I wouldn’t miss any running. Keep reading to find out what actually happened!

With my hip joint/obliques still not at a 100% and my upper back sore again from last year’s car accident (whiplash), I decided to go see my Osteopath. I had an appointment scheduled for Wednesday which meant two days of rest post appointment – so no running. I tried to pile on a few runs Monday and Tuesday knowing I would have two days of rest before a long run. Well, life sure can change in a instant and change ALL OF YOUR PLANS!

What was Planned vs What Really Happened:

Monday: 50 minute cross train | 7k treadmill run. An evening treadmill run for the win!

Tuesday: 7k | Yoga Flow & 5k treadmill run. This was my first double day work out in months and it was a good one. However, my husband came home from work in the middle of the night (mid shift) super sick. Keep reading.

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Wednesday: Speed work | Osteopath appointment – no working out.

Thursday: 5k | Rest day / Rock Climbing. I did about 15 minutes of rock climbing during a work meeting. No, this was not resting but I did it anyway. I didn’t do a lot of climbing but it probably was only about 15 minutes at the most of actually climbing – maybe less.

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I had a phone call from school saying Hilary was sick and I was an hour away while my husband was at home…sick. He went to pick her up and Lilly was waiting to – TWO SICK KIDS. We had a horrible night of little sleep and early in the morning we packed up and went to the hospital.

Friday: Rest Day | rest day.  You know where this is going, don’t you?

Yes, I was sick by now at the hospital and we were told it was just (yes just) a viral infection. This has been THE worst viral infection our family has ever had. It’s. Been. Horrible! We all slept most of the day, barely ate anything, drank water, ate Popsicle’s, took advil or tylenol and just felt horrible.

Saturday: 5k | Super SICK. No running. No Swimming lessons for the girls. No anything. This by far was my worst day of it all. More naps, more water, a little more food, and more meds. I think I walked the dog at one point just to get a little fresh air.

Sunday: 14k | MISSED. Still sick. There was no way I could run 14k. I did think about getting on my bike and peddling out a few km but I still felt horrible. The girls got out on their bikes for about 25 minutes but it was so cold out, we called it a day. Fresh air for the win.

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It’s Monday as I write this and I’m home with one sick kid, not to mention I’m still feeling like crap. I’m not sure what viral infection this is but it’s HORRIBLE! I don’t remember ever being so sick for so long and having very little aids to get better (other then advil, vicks vapor rub, hydrating and sleeping).

I’m done with sick!

Beyond the sick, I’m questioning my training now. With missing most of last week, I kinda don’t know what to do. Do I jump back in and pick up where I left off or where I should be at week 8? Do I easy back into running? Do I scale back and no worry about catching up. I missed my 14k long run, so what do I do next weekend – 14k or the 16k in my training plan. My last long run was 10k – my cut back week, before that it was 13k.

ANY ADVICE WOULD BE AWESOME!

So it wasn’t the week I had planned out, that’s life right. We’ll it’s life with kids and I just want to see us all get better…SOON! My goals for my half will likely change to just wanting to finish and I’d be happy with finishing under 2:30 to be completely honest. At the rate I’m going right now, that’s a realistic finish for me. Time will tell.

How was your week? (tell me something good)

Any suggestions on what I should run next weekend as my long run?

Who’s watching Boston?

I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap today.

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