Mileage is getting up there!
|Running at the cabin, putting some good miles on my YakTrax.
This has been a great week. I was able to get all of my workouts in, which is the first week I’ve been able to do that – mostly due to motivational issues.
I asked Craig to hold me accountable this week. I would have asked Nate, but it’s all too easy to make up a lame excuse to him (I cannot be coached by my husband!).
So, this week involved:
Monday: Easy 5.5 miles to and from mom club
9 miles with 30 minutes of 1 min on/off. I was feeling terrible from the start of this run. My heart rate was super high even running at 9:30+ minute miles. I knew this would be rough. But, I powered through. It hurt. A LOT. On my last repeat I looked down to see that I had hit a new workout max HR: 202. Wow. That’s hard to do on a fartlek workout that has a lot of rest!
Then all of a sudden I needed to throw up. I dry heaved a few times, while Craig and Greta looked on. I have never done that before in a workout! Guess that means I pushed it hard? 🙂
Wed: 4 miles easy. I ran to and from a meeting with the Red Wing Girls on the Run program director. More on that later…
Thursday: 10 mile progression run. I nailed this workout! I started at a HR of 165 and worked up to 202 (again!) by the very end of the run. I was a little sad to see I had only run a 7:40 mile the last mile — I was working SO hard for that! Oh well. The only way to get faster is to put in the work every day. I made myself faster that day.
Friday: off. Slept.
Saturday: 12 MILES! I am so pumped I did this!! This seems so freakishly long now that I have a hard time wrapping my brain around running for that long when I’m 2 miles in…
Sunday: 4 easy peasy miles with the pup!
= 45 miles!
This week is a 50 mile week. I’ve already nailed a 10.5 mile run with 1 minute hill repeats and a 6 mile recovery run. For the first time in a long time, I didn’t struggle with my hip flexors or control of my legs. DOUBLE AWESOME.
I cheered on an athlete at Zoom! Yah! Yah! indoor marathon last week. It reminded me how great of an event it is! Perhaps it’s a good thing memories fade after a bit… I vaguely remember saying I’d never do it again… but there’s a world record
out there that would be really, really fun to reset. So, I tentatively have that as my “A” race goal for the year. Chris, my coach, said he’d tentatively agree to pace me.
|Chris is in red with the white hat.
But, before then my intermediate goal is to break 3 hours at Grandma’s this year. Brenden, the GAC assistant coach that ran my OTQ with me in 2011 at Grandma’s is also going to try to break 3 with me as a training run for an ultra. Picturing 2:59 definitely helped me push a little harder on those hills today. Show Greta 2:59, Nichole! (She will be 8 months old by then)
Greta is becoming so much FUN! My heart is so in love – both with her and also with our small little family. I apologize for being a sap but I really, really do love being a stay at home mom. As in, you couldn’t pay me enough to go back to corporate finance. That’s saying something coming from me.
|Greta is ridiculously smiley and happy now. I love it!
|Little G and I reading. Pretty sure she has no clue what we’re doing, but she happily stares at them and bats at the book every so often. If nothing else, I just want to teach her that reading books together is fun snuggle time together.
|Printed off some newborn pictures. This is my absolute favorite!
Greta is getting baptized this Sunday. I give myself a 0% chance of getting through the service dry-eyed.
Craig’s mom was able to alter my old baptism dress since it was just a little big :). I don’t think I was that big of a baby, but I was able to wear this when I was 2 months old. She’ll be 3+ months old. Ha!
It’s so beautiful and can’t wait to hold her at the front of the church in it!
|One of my athletes made this for us! How awesome is that?! I can’t believe one of my athletes would do something like this for us (I know how much time is involved) – we are so unbelievably lucky! BTW, Greta’s given name is Gretchen in case you were confused 🙂 We use both names interchangeably, but mostly use Greta.
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All for now, folks!
|AHHH, I can’t get enough of this smile!