Weekly run-down

I made a decision a while back to work on getting my pace down. I’ve been comfy at 9:30 for a while, it’s really become my easy pace. My body automatically goes there. So, I’ve been trying to break that since I want to break a 1:45 half this year. It may just be my pea brain, but if I want to run an 8 minute mile in a race I need to run faster on training runs (at least sometimes). That being said, 8′s are tough. Real tough. Like vomit pace for me right now. But I guess that’s where I find out what I’m made of!

weekly rundown

I feel like a little bit of a slacker lately. I need to find a good schedule that works for me again. I like Monday mornings at the gym, good way to start the week off. Friday’s are almost always rest days for me. Wednesday is usually a gym day (but not the last 2 weeks). And Saturday long run.

Training last week:

Sunday: Gym day

Monday: Gym day

Tuesday: Tempo run, 1.5 miles tempo, .5 mile recovery, that tempo part included a double hill, we ran it 4 times. Total miles 7.5, average pace 9:06.

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: 4.25 miles, average pace 8:35

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Raced a 5k

Saturday was my first 5k race in almost a year. I haven’t really been training to PR it specifically, but was going to try. It’s a race I’ve done before, close to home. I love those races. Easy in and easy out. They had a new course this year and I think I like it better than the old one. I got up about 2 hours early and ate a really light breakfast (first mistake). We headed over to get our shirts and then had time to kill. Hence the second mistake, no fuel. I completely forgot about taking something else to eat or at the very least a gel.

Race started and I was feeling good for 1 mile. I swear I could feel the exact moment I used all my energy. It was gone, y’all. Nowhere to be found. I used whatever I had to get me from mile 2 to the finish. I could feel myself slowing down some. Got near the finish line, it’s in a park so you think you are almost there then you make a right turn and have about 1/2 mile in the park before coming back to the finish. I crossed paths with Ally and kept pushing.

One of my friends was out there yelling at me to run faster (thank you Dana!) It was her revenge for me telling her to run faster at track! In the end I got a PR but I know I could’ve done better had I prepared better. My PR last year was 22:30, I got a flat 22 in this race. Ally got a huge PR, almost 3 minutes for her first sub 20 minute 5k. I’m so proud of her!

heart of heath 5k 2015

We both placed first in our age groups.

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Last week was the district track meet for Ally. She finished the season so strong, took 2nd place in both the 1600 and 2400, finished less than a second by first place. They were so close we couldn’t tell in the stands who won. She PR’d both distances as well. I’m looking forward to seeing her compete again. Final 1600 was 5:36 and 2400 was 9:08.

district track meet

Softball season started but already halted because of the rain. We need it desperately here, so I’m trying not to complain. I’m pretty sure we will have lots of make-up games to play!

Are you training for anything?

Did you run today?

Happy running,

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She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25

Weekly run-down

The last week was a blur, I’m not even sure I remember everything. Let’s start with the easy stuff: training.

weekly rundown

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Training last week:

Sunday: RnR Half Marathon

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: Track, 12×400, 200 recovery, 7 miles with warm up and cool down, average pace 9:02 (workout laps 7:30-7:50 pace)

Wednesday: 6.2 miles, uphill both ways, average pace 8:57

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Rest

Last week every single thing that could be planned and put on a calendar happened. We will start with Thursday, Ally’s district qualifying track meet. You’ll have to excuse all the proud mom moments about to happen!

district qual

She ran the 1600 and 2400 again. Placed 1st in both, set school records and PR’s for herself in both. Her 2400 was 9:18 (last week was 9:47) and mile time was 5:38 (last week was 6:02). I cannot even express how proud I am of her. She finally figured out she can run fast. She finally figured out she’s strong enough to do it! I held my breath on that 1600 though. It was hard to watch, but she makes it look so easy.

district qual 2

She has some fierce competition in these two events. She will not be happy for me posting this picture but her face shows she was working hard! The district meet is tomorrow night!

Then Friday came along, and that was the start of the Youth Fair. Remember those rabbits? She had to be at the barn at 8AM Friday. That’s the day about 1000 3rd graders and teachers from our school district come to the barn for a tour, to see the animals and learn more about 4-H. That afternoon, went home, changed, grabbed all the rabbits and got back by 4 to get them weighed in. The judging and showmanship started at 5pm. She came in 11th out of 28. Not too shabby considering we had no idea what we were doing. We were just hoping they all lived for the 5 weeks!

4-h show

Saturday morning she had her first softball game. They had a tournament but she was only playing 1 game before heading back to the barn. She pitched the first game since the other pitchers had 3 after this one.

bruins

It went into extra innings and ended up being a 2 hour game! What a way to start the season.

Back to the barn for the auction. Time to sell these bunnies!

4-h fair

There were 70+ exhibitors and she was #47. It was a long afternoon. Kinda cool seeing all these kids with the animals they raised.

rabbits 4-h

When this was over we headed to the mexican market near us and grabbed some meat to grill. Went home and Ally jumped in the pool (yes it’s still frigid!) and John fired up the grill. We relaxed the rest of the evening. We even had dinner outside Sunday night, after some yard work, of course. It was a crazy couple of days but we were all pretty much together the entire time. I can’t remember the last time that happened. It was nice.

How was your weekend?

Anyone else out there do 4-H?

Do your kids run?

Happy running,

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She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25

Weekly run-down

Last week was busy! Ally started middle school track. They only have 4 meets. The first one got snowed out and the second one almost got rained out. The field events did get cancelled. This week is the district qualifier, I’m not sure how that works since there haven’t been any field events so far.

Ally ran the 400, the 1600 and the 2400. She’s definitely a distance runner, not a sprinter. She came in 1st in the 2400, that race was about 4:30pm, then maybe 7pm she ran the 400 and came in 7th, then finally about 8:30pm ran the mile and came in 2nd place. That 400 was just a warm up for the mile. It was fun and I’m so proud of her! She has been working hard. I know she will have some competition in the district qualifier, so she has work to do this week.

Here she is in the first lap, taking her lead. Once she got out in front she kept the lead. She made it look so easy, but I know she was working hard!

first track meet

She was in 3rd place for the 1600 until the last 100 meters. I don’t know where she found the boost but she kicked it in gear and finished 2nd. This is the same girl that she came in 2nd place to during cross country. She wasn’t that far behind her, probably should have kicked it in gear sooner than she did.

1600 race

We had a busy weekend and a busy week ahead. Softball hopefully starts next weekend and she shows her rabbits at the Youth Fair. I’m glad this project is almost over!

weekly rundown

Training last week:

Sunday: 3 miles, average pace 7:58. Have no idea where that came from! :)

Monday: Early morning gym time. Abs, abs and more abs. Was feeling this by Tuesday.

Tuesday: Track, 5 x 1000 meters, with 400 recovery, 8 miles total, average pace 9:17

Wednesday: Rest day. Had intended on getting to the gym but never made it.

Thursday: 5 miles, average pace 9:11

Friday: Gym date with the hubby. We were there at the same time, but different workouts.

Saturday: Rest day. (feels weird)

Last Sunday I was running out of time to make it to the gym. Ally had softball practice in the middle of the day. It was at the park, the sun was out, so off I went for 3 miles. It got warm, quick. And of course our city hasn’t turned the water fountains back on yet. Fortunately I was close to the car and that made me run even faster. That 7:58 pace came out of nowhere. I’m happy to know I can still do it though.

I ran the Dallas Rock N Roll Half yesterday, that recap should be up in a few days!

What are you training for?

Did you race this weekend?

Happy running,

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She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. Proverbs 31:17

Hello, is this thing on??

I know it has been forever since I wrote a blog post. I’m embarrassed to even go check the date. Life is crazy. To say I took a summer hiatus is an understatement.

We decided at the end of May to put our house on the market and move! So, that has consumed my whole life. I have been running some. But for a few weeks it was slim to zero miles for me. I just keep telling myself to make it through these next few weeks and things will settle down. The market is crazy here in Texas, in case you have been thinking about selling. Now is the time!

I never realized just how much stuff we have accumulated in 18 years. That stuff had to get packed up and put into storage. That is not fun!

We also celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary this month. 18th year anniversary present is new house, right?

I don’t have any races until Fall, I’ve just been trying to increase miles, going to track workouts and incorporating some more speed work. I know, summer in Texas is not the ideal time to do that. But, when those cooler temps get here it’ll be like I’m flying!

10 miles 6-28

We are staying with family until we find a place to live. We are constantly looking for new houses to get listed.

house picture

I picked up a new book this week too. Have you read this one?

fault in our stars

I also decided to become an Advocare distributor. I have been buying some of the products for a few months and really like them. Don’t worry, I will not be bombarding you with sales pitches, but you know where to find me if you want to order anything!

Advocare

It won’t be forever again before you hear from me!

Happy running!

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1