Has it really been since 15 February that I posted my last blog update? Where does the time go? A lot has happened in those 2 plus weeks!!
Here are a few pictures to catch you up on all the happenings in my life since my last blog post….
I am still training for my first full marathon and it is only 14 days away!! Eeek! I am getting nervous, excited, scared, anxious, and VERY happy (for it to finally be OVER! lol). You name the emotion and I am having it right now. I have noticed that the people that aren’t in the racing community don’t realize the time commitment that goes into the training for each of these races and is a big reason for all the various emotions. I can’t fault them for it, because I was one of those people before I started running a year ago. You put a lot of time, sweat, tears, sleepless nights, and time away from home in order to compete in this big day. It is probably one of the most rewarding personal goals that I have accomplished thus far in my life and that commitment is well worth it in the end.
I have modified my training schedule successfully over the last two weeks and I haven’t taken as much time away from the girls and we manage to sit down most every night at the dinner table together. Something so simple can be so important in life. When we all sit down at the table for dinner it is our one moment in our busy day to catch up on the happenings in each other’s lives. We call it “Family Business Time”. The girls love it and so do I. We go around the table and just tell each other something that happened in our day. That usually strikes up a good conversation and you can get more than just one thing out of the girls.
Lilee is still playing Piano once a week and enjoying it immensely. She was contemplating on quitting a few weeks ago and I asked her what she wanted to do and she said she wanted to wait to quit until she got to Staff (I have no clue what that means. Lol). She got to staff this past week! After practice she immediately told me that she didn’t want to quit and wanted to keep going. I was so excited and proud! She really enjoys playing the Piano and the teacher told us that she is excelling and ready to move up to the next level. I wonder if she will be the first musician in the family!!?? 😉
Lilee has also started to go to CCD classes for her first communion which should be in May timeframe. She is learning her prayers. A few of the prayers are Act of contrition, Hail Mary, Glory Be, and a few others that the names slip my mind right now. She has perfected most all of them except one (Act of contrition). The teacher told us that she is a very eager learner and always wants to be the first one to answer questions and the first one to learn the prayers. She gets that competitive nature from her momma. ;0) Lol. Lilee seems to really enjoy going to CCD and has now recently gotten us back into saying our prayers before we eat dinner.
Natalee has been a busy girl herself over the last two weeks. She had her formal Snowball dance and she looked absolutely stunning in her dress. She ended up going with one of her girlfriends and almost lost her voice from all the singing that she was doing that night. I’m not sure if I have mentioned this before but Natalee got into the Global International Studies (GIS) at her high school this past year and she has her work cut out for her in this program. High school alone is a big transition from middle school but then you add in an advanced program and she has got her plate REALLY full. She has been steadily working very hard to juggle schoolwork/housework/social life. I am very proud of her and how she has handled all of this over the last few months. It hasn’t been easy but she is barreling through those road blocks as they come her way!
Now that I have bragged a little about my two wonderful children, I will have to fill you in on the progress of my full marathon training. In the last two weeks I have ran 2 – 18 milers, 2 – 6 milers, and 2 – 5 milers. I will be honest and tell you that I should have ran two more extra runs but they just didn’t happen for various reasons and I don’t feel bad about it at all. Life gets in the way sometimes and that is OK! The one week I was on Travel and it was difficult to fit it in and then this past week I was HURTING from the 18 mile run on Sunday and I decided to give my legs, knees, and back a break on the Tuesday run and I was hanging in the Kitchen with Lilee while she played with her playdoh and that seemed like a lot more fun than running 5 miles on the treadmill!
I have gotten into the mindset that it is ok if I miss a run here or there. It isn’t going to make or break my race day. My advice, anyone that is in the middle of training for any type of race, they should always listen to your body. The miles that you are putting on your body during training is A LOT and sometimes your body needs that break to recover so that you can push that much harder the follow weeks. In the end this will make race day much better and it reduces the chance of injuring yourself. There isn’t anything worse than getting an injury as a runner and then you are not only out for one run but for MANY runs!
My last 18-mile run was this past Sunday and it was a tough one. Thank goodness I was able to run the first 8 miles with some amazing ladies!! Although I needed them more in my last 8 miles. It is great motivation and a good distraction when you run with someone. Kim, Crystal, Ashlee and myself decided to meet up Sunday morning around 0830 to run with each other. We went to one of our usual spots and ran a 6-mile loop and then 1 mile down and back to get to the 8 miles that they needed. After Ashlee, Crystal and Kim had reached their mileage for the day, they headed home and I kept going. 11 more miles to go!!
I road in Kim’s car that morning and I told her that I would just run back home. My house was approximately 5 miles from where we met up with Ashlee and Crystal. This was a strategic plan for me. Right around mile 14 (about 4 miles from home) is where the real struggle begins for me. This way I didn’t have any other choice but to run home and get the full 18 miles in. I did the 6-mile loop one more time and then headed home.
Here are my splits for the 18 miler……
The overall average was the same as last week at 10:52 min/mile.
When I got home, Kimbo must have saw my MMR notification and she came out of her house and was congratulating me on finishing another 18 miles. As I was coming home, Steve was heading out for his 18 mile run and was talking about how he is getting excited about the marathon. He was only planning on doing 15-16 miles that day but I knew as soon as I told him that I did 18 he was going to do 18!!! I can’t ever beat him in ANYTHING! Steve is so competitive (probably as bad as me) that when I saw him at the gym last night he told me that he was going to run a slow 3 miles on the treadmill and not push it. I told him that I did 5 miles and in a 9:41 min/mile. Guess what Steve did? 5 miles in a 9:25 min/mile. That little booger! Lol I love me some good competition though.
Two weeks left and 6 more training runs until the big day and I have slightly modified my training plan for the next two weeks. I was planning on running a 21 miler this upcoming Sunday (March 6th) but because the two 18 mile runs in a row affected my body in such a negative way, I have decided to start tapering back and letting my body recover before the big day. I am planning on running between 10 to 13 miles this weekend (I ran a 5k/10k double in DC with Kim and Daniel. My post for today’s race will be coming soon!) and next weekend I am contemplating on running RNRDC on March 12th with Ashlee! This was my first half marathon last year and I didn’t have a good experience because of the weather (Cold and rainy!). It would be nice to run this race again and I have a better experience with the Rock and Roll company. There races are supposed to be spectacular! I wasn’t going to fully commit until I knew what the weather was going to be this weekend. It is looking promising! They are calling for 70 degrees and Sun!