Weekly recap

I’m starting to get more in a routine again. Moving is hard work and it gets in the way of running, that’s for sure. We are still house hunting and hope to get settled soon.

It has been hard getting used to the humidity and not feeling like I suck at running.  But, I do love the track workouts and am very excited to see the results this fall.

Here are the recent posts if you missed them.

Weekly training recap2

Training this week:

Sunday: Rest day

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Track, 10 x 200’s with 200 recovery, with 2 mile warm-up

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: 8 miles, 2 mile warm-up, 2 miles of Fartleks and 4 miles not-so-easy-but-doable pace

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 11 miles. It was 80 degrees when we started at 5AM.

You might look at this week and think, “she took a lot of rest days”. Yes I did. Marathon training is about to get into full swing and I figured I better rest while I can. Right now I am signed up for 2 marathons and will sign up for a half in October. The plan is the Michelob half on October 26, Dallas Full on December 14 and Rock N Roll New Orleans January 25. Then I think I’ll be hibernating!

Ally starts 7th grade in 9 days. I cannot believe that. Time flies ya’ll. It’s crazy how fast she is growing up.

Anyone else run track workouts?

What does your fall and winter race schedule look like?

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

Weekly re-cap

Weekend projects are making it very hard to blog on the weekends. I didn’t even get my laptop out all weekend. So, here’s the recap a few days late!

This was the first full week school was out. Ally has been at softball camp every day since last Saturday. I think things might slow down in the year 2020? Maybe….

Why yes, that IS Jennie Finch from the USA Softball team. Ally loved this camp!

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That was Saturday and Sunday, then Monday through Thursday this week she attended camp at one of the high school’s in our town. I think she’s pretty pumped up!

This coming week is Vacation Bible School and she gets to help out this year. She is pretty patient with little ones, I think she will enjoy it.

Posts from last week:

Weekly training recap2

Training this week:

Sunday: Rest day

Monday: Gym day, 20 minutes on the elliptical and leg day

Tuesday: Track workout, 8×400’s, with 400 recovery, 2 mile warm up and cool down

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: 8 miles of Fartleks

Friday: 5 easy miles

Saturday: Rest day

It seems there are extra rest days this week but we’ve been tackling projects at home, so it’s not like I’ve been sitting around eating bon-bons. Although that does sound nice!

Did you run this weekend?

Anyone racing?

Happy running!

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

Weekly re-cap

Another week closer to summer! I’m sorry I’m counting down the days. So ready for 6th grade to be done. Ready to not have so much in our schedule. (is that even possible?)

Ally had 2 games this week and she pitched her first whole game. I couldn’t be prouder! This week was also her 6th grade track meet. She came in 2nd place in her heat in the 200 meter race and her relay team got 2nd place in the 4×100.

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I got a new Influenster Box this week too. It has lots of goodies in it, it’s a sport themed box. Can’t wait to try this stuff out!

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Recent posts:

Weekly training recap2

This week training was a little lighter. I’ve been feeling an ache in my left ankle and thinking it may be tendonitis. Some runner friends suggested a few different stretches and convinced me to take a few days off. So, no long run for me this weekend.

Training this week:

Sunday: 4 miles with Allyson, average 9:36 pace per mile

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Track workout, 2 mile warm-up, 8×400 with 400 rest, workout target pace between 1:45 and 1:50.

Wednesday: Gym day with abs, legs and the sauna

Thursday: My first tempo run, 8 miles total with 2 mile warm-up, 2 miles sub 8, 1 mile recovery, 2 miles sub 8, 1 mile cool down, over all pace 8:26 per mile

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: Rest day

I will more than likely hit the gym sometime this weekend, but I think no running until at least Tuesday, maybe longer. I’m icing and stretching and rolling every muscle in my legs. I have a half in 10 days, with a PR in mind for it. I’ve been training for it and have a pacer. I’m really looking forward to it so I will rest now to be able to run later.

Ally is running a half marathon relay the same day. Her leg is 5.5 miles. It’s the furthest she’s raced. We did run/walk a 10k last year but that was not a good day. Things went south quick and she and I both prefer not to count that day. There are a few hills involved but since it’s here in our town, we can train the course. We ran 4 miles last Sunday and I hope to be able to do that again with her this week.

Did you workout today?

Anyone racing or running long?

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

Weekly re-cap

Is it just me or is this year flying by? It’s the middle of May already. Hopefully you are spending time with the moms in your life this weekend.

Things are winding down at school and the kids church programs are wrapping up soon. Summer will be here before we know it. I’m looking forward to an easier schedule, definitely going to enjoy this summer before 7th grade.

Weekly training recap2

Training this week:

Sunday: Rest day

Monday: 6 miles, 9:40 pace

Tuesday: Track workout, 4×800’s with 800 recovery, 2 mile warm up, (total 6 miles) 9:07 pace

Wednesday: 4 miles, 8:59 pace

Thursday: 5 miles, Fartleks, 9:39 pace

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 12 miles, 9:12 pace

Ran with my new watch Saturday (happy Mother’s Day to me!) Other than accidentally having the screen set to kilometers and not miles (oops), it was a great run! It uploaded in miles, but the screen was showing km. I have corrected that. I’m a numbers girl and this watch gives lots of data!

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I opened my big mouth yesterday and said something about the flower beds needing work and next thing you know I’m pulling up a half dead rosemary bush and digging up stones. 5 hours later and we have a new, bigger flower bed. It still needs more flowers and mulch but it’s so much better!

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Today we are meeting my mother in law for lunch then visiting my mom and grandmother. Hoping to get a short run in this evening with Ally.

Happy Mother’s Day to you moms. Keep up the great work!

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

Weekly recap

It’s a good thing I started this post yesterday or it most likely wouldn’t get done. As you get this we are on our way to an all day softball extravaganza! Ally has 4 games today with the possibility of another 2-3 tomorrow depending on how they do today. She had 2 games this week, they lost one and won one. Thursday night they played really well, got some good hits and good plays. Ally did get hit in the belly with a pitch, thankfully she’s ok, but that is scary to see!

Here’s a shot from the game, right before she got hit. I love the picture.

Ally softball 5-1

We also got to watch baby goats being born. A friend of mine invited us over and that was definitely a first for us. They are so cute and wobbly when they try to stand for the first time. It was “animal planet live”.

This week I added mileage and a 4th day of running. I’m going to try keeping that up. I know one thing, I’m a lot hungrier with the extra mileage. I did hit 100 miles for April, haven’t done that since January during marathon training.

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Here’s what the week looked like:


Monday: 6 miles, 8:52 pace

Tuesday: Track, 10 x 200’s, with 2 mile warm up

Wednesday: Gym day, weights, abs and the sauna (of course)

Thursday: 8 miles, (2 mile warm up, 4 miles of fartleks, 2 mile cool down) 8:30 pace

Friday: Rest day!

Saturday: 11 miles, 8:57 pace

I ran today

Did you run or workout today?

Anyone racing this weekend?

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

Weekly re-cap

It’s the weekend! Time for the happy dance. I have to work today but it’s a half day, I can do this. Today is the twice-a-year craft/clothing/food market in our little town and it’s so fun just to walk around. I’ll be headed there after work today.

This week was STAAR testing for Texas kids. I strongly dislike state testing. That also means there were no softball games so it was a pretty quiet week.

Weekly training recap2

Training this week:

Sunday: 10 miles, half marathon pace, 8:23 per mile

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Track, 2 mile warm up, 4×800 workout and recovery, 9:40 average pace

Wednesday: 5 miles in the blazing sun, dumbest thing I did this week, 9:50 per mile

Thursday: 4.5 miles, 9:56 per mile

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 6 miles, half marathon pace 8:10 per mile

Here’s a picture post-run this morning. I just love finishing up this time of morning.

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This week I had a physical. I’ve never had an EKG or chest x-ray as part of a routine physical so I figured it was time. My EKG was good, resting heart rate was 55. My doctor asked several times if I worked out, what I did, how I ever got my heart rate up high enough to get a good work out. I assured her I did! I’m just waiting on blood work now.

She also said something that makes me want a new doctor. She said when I got to be late 40’s or 50 we would discuss me not running. <I’m sure I had a blank look on my face>. I would not stop running just because of my age and for her to say that to me now, really makes me question her.

Have you ever had a doctor tell you something like that?

Did you workout today?

Who’s racing this weekend?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:11

Weekly recap

I’ve been kinda quiet this week. I think just catching my breath from being out of town and having a busy week.

Ally’s softball team had a double header and she got to pitch again. She’s getting better each week. Considering she’s only been taking lessons since February I’m beyond proud of her!

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Blog posts from this week:

Weekly training recap2

I added a 4th day of running to my schedule this week, but that meant no gym on Wednesday. I’ll be playing around with my schedule the next few weeks trying to figure out what works for me. I want to have 4 days of running and 2 gym days, but with long runs bouncing from Saturday to Sunday it’s been kinda hard. I’m hoping to get settled into a schedule soon.

Sunday: Rest day

Monday: Still resting

Tuesday: Track workout, 2 mile warm-up, 400×6 workout and recovery

Wednesday: 5.18 miles, 9:02 pace

Thursday: 5. 29 miles, 9:03 pace

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: Gym day with weights (arms) and abs

I’ve been working on my pace and getting more consistent. I like the new challenge. It’s keeping me motivated. But it’s not easy. Pushing yourself never is. I highly recommend it though, no matter where you are take a chance and push yourself either in running, lifting weights, going an extra 20 seconds in your plank. Find something you want to get better at and go for it!

Today is Easter, we have been to church and have lunch with extended family today.

I need time to stand still, my girl is growing up too fast!

Ally Easter 2014

Hope you have a happy Easter!

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John 11:25-26 “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?'”

Weekly re-cap

It’s time for the Saturday weekly re-cap. Softball games started for Ally this week so the evenings are a little busier now. Her team won their first season game, we are looking forward to a great season.

A friend asked me this week about shin splints. I suggested calf sleeves or compression socks. Whether this is helpful or not (it helps me) but I do this stretch to help my legs. It stretches out that muscle in the front/near the shin. I’m no doctor, I don’t know what that muscle is called, but it feels good! Usually I’ll do this while brushing my teeth.

Cross your legs like in the picture and then squat down, don’t bend over, but bend your legs. You’ll feel it.

Shin stretch

This picture is from this morning. Apparently we like our shaker bottles. We were in a world of hurt Thursday night when they were all (5) in the dishwasher.

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Now for a little training recap for the week!

Weekly training recap2

Sunday: 10 miles, 8:41 pace

Monday: Track workout, core and conditioning

Tuesday: Track, 8×200 with 200 recovery, 2 mile warm-up

Wednesday: 2 miles on the treadmill, arms and abs, and the sauna of course

Thursday: 5 miles

Friday: REST DAY!

Saturday: 8 miles, 8:20 pace

I am loving the track workouts! Monday and Thursday (if I go) is at night. It’s core, conditioning, sometimes speed drills, hill work, just about anything. Tuesday morning is speed work in intervals. I’m working on getting my pace down and getting consistent about it.

Looking forward to a great week. The weather here is really nice and we got some much needed rain last week.

Did you miss the Gone for a Run giveaway posted this week? You can find it here.  And the first Wednesday Wonderfulz link-up is here.

What do you do for shin splints or sore legs?

How many shaker bottles do you own? Be honest.

Did you workout today?

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

Weekly recap: Spring break, training and I fell (again)

This week was a rough one, but so much fun as well!

Started the week out with Monday and Tuesday off, add that to the weekend and I had a nice 4 days off. The weather here was beyond gorgeous and it made me even more ready for Spring! Ally and I baked, hung out with friends, got pedicures, shopped, visited John’s uncles farm and “helped” to feed the calfs, went to the park and got frozen yogurt. She even joined me for a 4:45AM track workout!

Here are a few pictures from our week.

She's about to fall asleep in that chair.

She’s about to fall asleep in that chair.

At the farm

Ally track

Let’s talk training. It was a good training week. I’m enjoying track and looking forward to seeing progress.

Weekly training recap2

Training this week:

Sunday: Spin class

Monday: Legs plus 30 minutes of swimming

Tuesday: Track workout, 2 mile warm-up,  6×400’s faster pace, with 400’s recovery pace in between

Wednesday: Track workout, mostly core and conditioning. Lots of running up the stairs and down the hill, along with wheel barrows and leap frogs.


Thursday: What was supposed to be 5 miles, became 3 miles…see below

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 7 miles, 9:44 pace

So, Thursday….

First I’m a huge proponent of running with someone or a group of people. If you’ve been reading my blog long you know that. I run Tuesday and Thursday 5@5 with the same group of ladies week in, week out. Thursday started out like any normal run. We all run the same route, start out together and then all fall into sub-groups based on our pace. I was running with one other girl that day and at mile 3 my head hit the pavement. Yep. My head. I tripped on a broken up piece of the street and went down hard. The side of my head (cheek and I think chin) hit and then it bounced. Heads don’t bounce well on concrete. I laid there thinking and told my friend Lisa that I saw sparks. It was the only way I knew to describe it.

I told her I hit my head. I don’t think I was knocked unconscious because I remember that and I remember another group of ladies coming up right after that happened then the rest of our group within another minute. I don’t remember at what point Lisa got me up, but I was quickly sat down on the curb. My husband was called. He came and got me and the girls piled in the back of his truck. It was a little too late for them to finish their run.

They all decided and I agreed that I needed to be checked out. The ER doc ruled out a concussion but did x-rays to check for facial fractures. Thankfully nothing showed up. I was given a prescription for pain pills with strict instructions to return if I have a real bad headache or nausea and vomiting.  They did insist on giving me a tetanus shot and my arm is still sore from that one.

I did not sleep very well Thursday night. That fall scared me pretty good and when I closed my eyes I just kept reliving the fall and my head hitting that concrete. I am so incredibly blessed to have the best friends to run with. Lisa was so calm and called John and told him I was ok, but needed to be picked up. We also realized we needed to make sure we each had some of our husbands phone numbers in our phones. I had mine with me but we don’t all carry them every time.

So, there’s my “don’t run alone” speech for the week. If I had been alone, there’s no telling how long it would have taken me to get out of the street and to be able to call home.

I did really good today. I was afraid I would be a little skiddish, but I took it easy and got it done. It’s supposed to pour down rain here today so I’m thinking of locking myself in the house and doing some spring cleaning.

Don’t forget about the Apera Bags giveaway, it ends next Thursday.

Anyone racing this weekend?

Did you workout today?

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

Weekly training re-cap

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Here’s a look at this week’s training. It was my first full week back post-Cowtown. I’ll admit I was a little nervous and unsure how this week would go. It was great! I tried some new workouts and I’m looking forward to what the next few months and year will bring.

My next race is the Zooma Texas half on April 12. I’d like to keep my half time under 2 hours, it’s an unfamiliar course and I know it will be hilly, but I have a goal. We have hills here and I run them weekly so hills shouldn’t be an issue for me. I have a long term goal for a few races this year. More on that on Monday in the Goals Check post.

Don’t forget to use the code TXAMB9 for 10% off the Texas Zooma race, they offer 5k, 10k and half.

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I do plan to get back to Sunday workouts starting tomorrow. I’m going to try the spin class at my gym for cross training.

Sunday: Rest day. Sort of unplanned, the sleet started moving in.

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: First track workout. 2 mile warm-up, 8×200’s, light jog in between, 2 lap cool down

Wednesday: Gym, elliptical, sprints, abs, arms, sit-ups with the 4lb ball and threw it at the wall in between.

Thursday: 5 miles, 9:45 pace. Then track that evening for abs and conditioning.

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: 6 miles, 9:28 pace, followed by stretching and weights at the gym.

I had a great run this morning, felt like I was really pushing myself on the pace at some points.  I’m off for a few days next week so I’m trying to get “chores” done today so I don’t have to spend Monday and Tuesday doing them.

I got a few fun things in the mail this week too. Look for  product reviews and a few giveaways coming soon!

Race Bib Hook from Gone for a Run

Race Bib hook

Water bottle and Waist Pack from Ultimate Hydration

Ultimate Hydration

Apera back pack. I used this for Cowtown and been carrying it to the gym. I love it!

Apera back pack

Watch the blog for giveaways coming from Apera and Gone for a Run soon!

Did you workout today?

Anyone racing this weekend?

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