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Let It Go

No….not the song from FROZEN.  I need to let go of my mistake this week.

Good thing I’m not a math teacher.  I accidentally miscalculated my total mileage for this week.  I was supposed to have anywhere between 37 and 40 miles for the week.  I added wrong last Sunday, and had my numbers at 34-35.  I had to do some juggling of my workouts, so my mileage ended up not even close to either set of numbers.  AUGH.

Good news is that I got my long run of 11 miles in yesterday.  It was a BEAUTIFUL day and I went out on a local highway.  Only one scary farm dog chased me and growled at me.  One of my friends who owns his own plane flew over me twice and even did a little “twist” of the plane as his way of waving!   The 11 miles went great and my pace was 10:43 which I am very happy about.

I was going to do another 11 today to try to get my mileage up where it should be when I realized I had added incorrectly.  However, I had an uneasy feeling about that.  I did a little research and found some articles about missing runs, missed mileage and the overwhelming advice it to…LET IT GO.  Don’t add extra workouts or mileage.  LET IT GO and move on in training.  So that’s what I’m doing.

I got two miles in today and will start fresh tomorrow!! 

Here’s how this next week looks for me.  Week 10 Marathon Training Plan:

Monday: cross train; Tuesday: 8 miles; Wednesday: 5 miles; Thursday: 8 miles; Friday: REST DAY; Saturday: 2-3 miles; Sunday: 16 miles.  

All in all I am okay with my week.  Even though I added wrong and didn’t get in all of my weekly mileage, I felt that my runs went well and I did get in my cross training and stretching.  One highlight of my long run was that at one point, I was going along and realized that I had gone up a long incline and I didn’t even realize it.  I was so into the sunshine, enjoying being outside, and looking around that I forgot where I was and realized the I had completed the incline/hill and it wasn’t as difficult as it has been in the past.  That felt incredible!  

Non running related, my husband and I are thrilled beyond words that our son has chosen a college!  He will be playing basketball at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN!  He has worked so hard to be able to play basketball in college and we couldn’t be happier for him and so proud of his efforts.  We will miss him once he’s gone off to college, but I am trying not to think of the lonesomeness I’ll feel and to focus on what an exciting time it is for him!

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Have a GREAT week my friends!  

Runnergal22~Jessie

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Checking In

Hello friends!  

Now that I am back in marathon training, I am going to try and blog more often.  And I did say try.  I dug out my Hal Hidgon book MARATHON and started reading again.  The very first time I read it, I did a lot of highlighting and I was browsing the worn pages and all the markings I made.  Many things jumped out at me of the things that I highlighted, but one in particular.  He mentions getting your goals down on paper and even suggests starting a blog.  Well, I already had my blog the first time I read the book, but when he said that even hurling your words out into cyberspace regardless if anybody actually reads it is very important to helping yourself reach your goals.  I started thinking that I need to write at the end of every week and reflect on how it went…to help myself plan for the next week and make necessary adjustments.  So let’s begin the first update!

Last week was a tough week for me.  I was coming off a great race, the Get Lucky Half and I was extremely sore.  It took DAYS before my legs felt better.  Not only that, I was super tired overall.  We had a very busy week in our jobs (hubby and I teach together) and we also coach after school.  My training HAS to be done in the mornings most weeks during this time of year and I just could hardly pull myself out of bed from the tiredness and the soreness.  I fell very short on my mileage ending up with only 24 miles for the week and I should have had around 31-35 miles.  I did get in my long run of 14 miles, so I was happy about that.  

I am disappointed in my mid week training.  I felt very torn between feeling so exhausted and sore, to feeling guilty about missing runs and workouts.  I really, really, dislike that poster that says something about NO EXCUSES and I have posted it before.  In fact, I have blogged about no excuses in the past.  But I have come to dislike it because I think it very much depends on the actual reason why a person misses a run/workout to determine whether or not that person is making excuses or is there a valid reason.  For me last week, I didn’t miss my midweek runs because I simply didn’t want to go, I felt like I needed to listen to my body on those two runs.  I pounded out a seven mile run on Tuesday of last week and it was painful.  I got in my three mile run on Wednesday and I was still exhausted.  Instead of taking the usual ONE rest day, I took THREE.  I felt my body and mind needed it.  Then of course, in typical fashion, I felt the guilt.  One thing Hal Hidgon also says is that you should never go two days without running as two or three days without running equals lost conditioning.  And then later in his book he discusses recognizing when you need a little break. I struggled between my decision to rest for three days and his words.  

Ultimately, I have to decide for myself what is right for me and I felt like taking the three days was the right decision.  My 14 miler on Sunday went well and so that’s how I know the break was good.  All in all, I was disappointed with the week, however I have to remember that some weeks are going to be little setbacks, especially with the type of schedule I have with family, work, and coaching.  I knew that going in when I decided to register for the June 1st marathon….I’ve done this schedule in 2011…same race…same schedule.  I know it can be done.

Now for this week and what it brings.  As far as work, it’s going to be a normal week, which means nothing much after softball practice.  I have to get my mileage back up to where it needs to be and that is my main focus/goal for the week.  I am adding another component to my training starting this week, but I will get into that after the week is done.  Here is what my training week looks like, minus the new component:

Monday-cross training; Tuesday-8 miles; Wednesday-5 miles; Thursday-7 miles; Friday-REST; Saturday-3 or 4 miles; Sunday-11 miles.  That will give me a total of 34-35 miles.

So here begins the week!  I hope it’s great for all of you!  I will check back in next Sunday evening!

 

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Wow

Hello everybody! I can’t believe it’s March already and I haven’t written since December! We are into the new year and it seems like it’s going fast already. Let’s catch up a little.

Two main things going on in my personal life: my parents and my son. My parents are aging and having some difficulties. I’m not going to go into detail, but there are times where it’s hard and my heart is heavy and aches. Enough said.

My son is a senior in high school and my husband and I are experiencing the “lasts” of his high school career. It’s absolutely unreal to look back and realize how quickly the time has gone. I know it’s sounds cliché, but it truly seems like yesterday he was little. I miss having that little boy crawl up in my lap in his foot pajamas and blanket to snuggle, read a book, and fall asleep. While I am so proud of him, the young man he is and will continue to become, and am excited for him and his future, again my heart is heavy and aches.

Running life: I have decided to run another marathon! I chose the Minneapolis Marathon again, same marathon I ran in 2011, for a couple of reasons. Number 1 reason was because it fit into my busy schedule. It’s only a couple hours away, it’s on a Sunday, and it doesn’t conflict with anything else that our family is doing at that time. Number 2 is that the course is different than the first time I ran it and I like that.

Back in 2011, as soon as I ran it, I couldn’t wait to run another one. If you followed my blog that long ago, you might remember that I was going to run the Twin Cities Marathon that fall….that I wanted to run two that year. Well, you might also remember that I hurt my hip and was not able to complete that goal. Three years later, I am glad that I took all that time to cut my running in half (yes, I listened to my doctor and followed his directions) and as of right now, my hip is doing beautifully. (Knock on wood) 🙂

If my hip continues to feel this good and it goes well for the Minneapolis Marathon, I would like to finally complete my goal of running those two races in the same year. But I’m not making any plans for that yet…I want to take the time and see how it all goes before I decide for sure.

As far as training is going, it’s okay. Our weather in Minnesota has been less than appealing for outside running and when it has been actually nice out, I have not been able to get outside. Lots of days I am at school for 12-14 hours. After my teaching day, I teach piano and instrumental lessons and/or watching our son at his various activities. So it’s basically been treadmill.

I know I promise this a lot, but I really will try to be better about blogging, especially now that I am back in training. I hope all you faithful followers are doing well and your lives are rich and fulfilling! Until next time, keep plugging away and I will as well!

Runnergal22

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