Monday, December 19, 2011

I don't always lie...

Monday Run:
20 miles, baby.
9:05 pace

3rd times the charm, I guess.
Hmm... maybe it was more than 3 times that I SAID 
I was going to run another 20 miler.
That is neither here nor there.

The point is, it sucked.
Oh wait, I mean the point is that I did it!
(AND it sucked)

I started at 7pm.
It snowed earlier today- but not a lot.
Still, snow after people have walked on it gets slippery.
That was actually good.
It kept my pace slower.

I did 12 on my own and made a quick little pit stop at home.
I then met up with a couple of lovely ladies to do the last 8.
So grateful to them- if they had not come out to run
I would most likely be blogging some excuse about why
I once again did NOT run my 20 miles.

Now I have two 20 milers done and I feel good and ready.
Bring it on, Goofy.
I'm not scared of you.

The girl who cried 20...

Eventually no one is going to believe me anymore.

I did not get up and run 20 this morning.
Oh, I planned to.
I'm going with "It wasn't meant to be".
I very much miscalculated and am apparently incapable of setting my alarm correctly.
Once my alarm went off I sat there wondering how I thought I was going
to run 20 miles in the amount of time I had left myself.

Math is hard.

So, at the risk of sounding like a broken record...
I am planning to run 20 miles this evening.

I'm not requiring anyone to believe me.
Let's face it- I don't believe myself.

Positive thinking.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

No regrets...

No 20 miles today.
I decided I didn't want to and instead did other things.
Things that needed to be done, so I'm saying "Good call, Me".

I'm finding this time of year challenging when it comes
to finding time to get the long run done.
It seems like we have something happening every weekend.

Now my only 20 mile run option is tomorrow morning.
Which means getting out the door by 4:20 am.
(I have done one 20 miler that felt really good- and one 18)

Once again, it will all come down to whether I care.
If I think it will help.
I don't want to regret NOT doing another 20.
The only thing I think it will do is give me a little extra boost.
Extra confidence that I've got this, no problem.

I guess that's a good enough reason, huh?

Having a blog is great :).
I can write a random, nonsensical post just to convince myself
to get my butt out of bed at a ridiculous hour and run 20 miles
before going home and taking on the rest of the day.

I think it worked.
Thanks, blog!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Another 20...

Saturday Run:
10 miles
9:20 pace

Today's run felt hard and I'm not sure why.
I'm over it.

Moving on.

I can't decide if I want to do another 20 miler.
I would have to do it tomorrow.
I don't have any other time to do it and Goofy is 3 weeks away.

To be honest, I don't really care if I do another one.
I'm not going for a PR or anything-
I just want to enjoy running through all of the parks and taking it all in.
I know I can finish- I'm not worried about that.

My legs feel fatigued and I don't know if it will be worth it.

Should I run another 20 miler?
I agree.

Tune in tomorrow, where I will probably be telling you
about NOT running 20 miles.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Please, please don't slip...

Friday Run:
8 miles
8:21 pace

I really don't remember the forecast calling for snow-
but there it was, waiting for me when I stepped outside at 5:30 am.

It wasn't a lot of snow.  Just a little bit.  BUT...
It was really cold and things were pretty wet yesterday because of the fog.
Meaning it would be icy.
Those were the thoughts going through my head.

I felt myself running differently, for fear of falling.
The whole run seemed hard because I was focusing on
NOT finding myself face down on the road.
I don't even think it was that slippery,
but I somehow convinced myself that it was
I psyched myself out.
(I've got nothing but hills to run up and down, so that didn't help.)

Do you run in the snow?
Do you run differently or use different shoes?
I have ran on a trail/path in the snow and it was much nicer.
The roads and sidewalks around my house get slippery.

**Vanessa at Gourmet Runner is doing a giveaway for Apaeris Pivot Shorts.
I love mine!  Go check it out!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The fog...

Thursday Run:
10 miles
8:18 pace

It wasn't extra super cold today- a nice, balmy 18 degrees.
Nothing crazy for 5am at this time of year.

The crazy part was the FOG.
I did the first few miles in the upper part of my neighborhood.
No fog up there.
Then I crossed the highway into the lower neighborhood.

That is where I entered the The Fog abyss.

I always run in the early morning darkness.
There are a lot of street lights, so I am rarely spooked.
(I also rarely come upon any other people, just cars heading to work).

This morning, a different story.
I started running down one particular hill into what appeared to be a scene
from a scary movie- you know that scene, right?
The one where someone heads into a particular dark/foggy/smoky area
where who knows what could be waiting for you
inside said dark/fog/smoke?
When everyone watching the movie is all "why would you go in there??"

Yeah, that was me.
I couldn't see street lights, houses, cars.
It was very foggy.
Luckily nothing scary was waiting for me in The Fog.

You know what else the fog does?
In cold, cold weather at least?

It makes your eyelashes, eyebrows and hair wet.
Then your eyelashes, eyebrows and hair freeze.
It kinda made me feel like her:

A little hardcore- and icy.
Not quite so mean, though.
That was fun.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Keeping it down...

No running for me.

The stomach sickness has found me and it wants to stick around.
I don't want it to, though.
I'm not sure why my stomach doesn't care what I want.

Of course, we had the birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese 
with Grandma planned for last night.
(No, this outing has nothing to do with why I am sick, I was already sick.

I actually thought I was better.  I was wrong.)

A good time was had- man, those kids can go through tokens fast!

My December birthday girls...

 Now I am off to lie around feeling sorry for myself ;)...
with a little bit of driving kids around mixed in there.

P.S.  I miss you, running.

Monday, December 12, 2011

South, to Motherboy...

Monday Run:
9 miles
8:15 pace

We had a fun weekend of birthday partying and eating.
That is my Monday Motivation.
To remove the donut ring from around my waist.

Since it has become so freezing around these parts,
I find it hard to get myself HAPPY to get up early and run in the morning.
You know how it is...
once you are out there and have a couple of miles down, it's all good.
I am then happy that I got my butt out the door and can keep going.
I just have to spend a good 5-10 minutes in my bathroom
trying to convince myself to put all those layers on and and get moving.

Ah, winter running.

Alas, Success!
Run is done.

Also success in getting my baby boy to agree to never leave me.

By that I mean he said the words I am Motherboy.

Matching clothes, here we come.
Maybe not today, though...
since I was feeling lazy and thus am wearing leggings as pants.
Not the best Motherboy outfit.

(If they actually make the Arrested Development movie, I will cry out of pure joy...
and then drive to Oregon just to watch it with you, Lisa. 
Jordan, too- I guess)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Time to party...

Saturday Run:
10 miles
8:20 pace

It was early, cold and I got to see the lunar eclipse while I ran!
It was pretty cool once I realized what was going on ;).
I kept thinking "Couldn't I see more of the moon 5 minutes ago?"
I'm a smart one.

Now I will spending the rest of the day partying it up good...
because it is middle child's 6th birthday!

Happy Birthday, my little scratch face girl!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Accident prone...

Thursday Workout:
8 miles
21 degrees- almost felt like summer after the weather we've been having.

I appreciate the feedback on the running mileage.
Also for reminding me that I AM a runner.
It's not so much that I don't think I am a real "runner"
I just still feel like a beginner- which I am.
The longer miles feel good and make me happy. :)

I THINK I will attempt to incorporate a training plan w/ speed work.
AFTER Goofy, that is.

I don't plan on doing any races shorter than the half marathon in 2012.
I'm just not a 5k runner.  Though I would love to be.

I have the Utah Valley Marathon in June...
and I would love to do it in under 3:40.
(Maybe even 3:35, but it scares me to even write that).
I did it in 3:44 this year.
I think I will have to do speed work to get there.
So I will try.

Now for pictures not related to running.

My poor little accident prone middle child.
You know... the one that did this:

and THIS:
All in one year.

They called me from school and told me she fell on the playground.
I went to get her and found this:
Poor little face.

We went out to lunch to make her feel better.
Then we went home...
where, within 5 minutes, she ran her head into a doorknob.
Really hard.

Girlfriend looks like she's been beaten up.
Her birthday is Saturday AND we are getting pictures done.

What a fun memory this will be.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I think I have a problem...

Luckily it's a problem in my brain, not injury related.

Wednesday Workout:
9 miles
8:11 pace

I consider myself a beginner runner still.
It's been less than a year and half since I headed down this road.

Maybe it's because of the cold, but I am finding myself thinking
that if I am going to go out, I have to run a certain amount of miles.

If I'm going to get up before the sun and bundle up that much
I'd better make it worth it!
For a while it was 6 miles... but it's becoming 7+.

Is this normal?
Am I setting myself up to get injured?
Do you feel like you have to do at least a certain amount of miles on a run?

Clearly I know nothing about running yet :).
This is why I should follow a training plan and do speed work, huh?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Baby, it's cold outside...

Monday's Workout:
9 miles

I know that there are places where it is even colder than it is here,
so you brave runners will think I am a big wimp!

It's been 4 years since we moved to here from Oregon...
I still find the level of coldness in this state shocking.

(When I left it said that it was 13, but with wind chill, 5 degrees.)

You know what is NOT a good idea?
Stopping after 6 miles to go to the bathroom...
then trying to start running again when it's so very freezing outside.

Somehow the cold seems much, MUCH worse.
I could not feel my face or fingers.

I'll say this- a shower has never felt so good.

Despite the cold and running 20 miles yesterday, I felt good
and my legs still feel good.  This gives me hope that Goofy won't suck...
at least not too bad.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Last minute 20 miler...

Today's Workout:
20 miles!!
8:35 pace
22 freaking cold degrees.

I set out to do 10 miles or so.
I ran around and stuff.
Stopped at the grocery store to use the restroom
Note:  the people at the store love when I come in just to use the bathroom.

The route I took was longer than I thought.
I got to 12 miles and was still a mile from my car.
Right there- at 12 miles- I decided to do my 20 miler.

I have been having trouble trying to figure out when I was going to do it.
Our Saturdays for the next few weeks are crazy.
I would have to get up at 3:30am to get it done during the week.

So I called the husband and got the all clear to be gone an extra hour.
Then off I went...

I'll be honest- those last 6-7 miles really sucked.
There was a split second where I considered just sitting on the ground.
Instead I just imagined that I was sitting down...
since it was lightly snowing and sitting on the ground would've been cold.

I feel better having that 20 miles down.
I can do another if I have time, but I feel prepared for the race...
which is just a month away!

The plan for tomorrow is to do 9-10 miles,
to help prepare myself for running on tired legs.
(Good thing the forecast for tomorrow shows 18 degrees- feels like 9!)

Luckily my legs feel pretty great, considering.
Have I mentioned that I think ice baths are awesome?
Because I think they are awesome.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Out of sorts...

Friday Workout:
8 miles

This is me in a blogging rut.
I feel a little off these days.

 Maybe it's the holidays...
or the TWO December birthdays in our household - BEFORE Christmas.
(Yes, I had 2 babies 12 months apart... in December.  Good plan!)

Who knows.

I've been running and it's going well.
I just don't know what else to say about it :).

One good thing- Christmas shopping is D-O-N-E done.

Random phone picture time.

Guy in a cup.