Running week of 3/13

Last week was a “rebuilding” week after taking eight days off due to illness. I felt a little rusty and only ran ~22 miles but I’m pretty much back to my 100% this week (emphasis on my).

Monday: weights + treadmill 2 @ 8:54. Groggy AF.
Tuesday: 6 @ 9:09. I ran watchless (but tracked on runkeeper) as a sort of fitness test and was pleased to find I could still run.
Wednesday: AM weights + PM 4.8 @ 8:42. I ran down to our local Runner’s Forum from my house for a group run/homebrew tutorial/Brooks shoe demo. I ran in the Brooks Launch and they were okay but Definitely Not Kinvaras. I had an Irish stout, a green cupcake and a slice of pizza. I also got a fun copper mug from Brooks and a Great Fermentations pint glass I won in a raffle! Aaaand then I had to run home carrying them in my hands like some kind of super ambitious lush. (8:56 average :P)
Thursday: Unplanned rest day. I hosted a playdate at my house that involved nine toddlers and a lot of buttercream frosting and I never got around to running.
Friday: weights + 3 @ 9:05.
Saturday: 5.8 @ 8:47. I wanted to run longer Saturday but I ran out of time before the kids’ swim lessons so I just ran faster. Really proud of these splits: 9:23, 9:04, 8:51, 8:44, 8:30, 8:01.
Sunday: REST

I kinda feel like I should apologize/acknowledge that my running log of pitiful ~6 milers is the boringest ass blog ever but I’m not smart enough to offer any technical insight and I’m having trouble coming up with anything even remotely funny or profound so what I end up doing is just logging miles. I did however, do 6x400s today and I am also culling together a race schedule for the rest of the year that includes a few goal races and a few fun runs:

  • 10 miler: April 8 (Just because it’s cheap and I want to do a race.)*
  • Pride 5k: May 20*
  • Noblesville 10k: May 27 (I haven’t done a 10k since 2013 and I have almost no chance for a PR but I want to see if I can come close.)
  • Monumental Mile: June 1 (This is a big maybe. I don’t want to spent 20+ bucks to crappily race a mile a few days after racing a 10k.)
  • Zionsville Half: June 11 (Only 40 bucks!)
  • Hops ‘n’ Flip Flops 5k: August 19 (Mostly a beer thing.)
  • Indy Half: Oct 7 (In which I will try not to race.)*
  • Monumental Half: Nov 4 (GOAL RACE)*

*I’ve actually registered for these. 😛

So for those who like to read race reports from average runners, your content is forthcoming.


Week of 2/6

Last week I needed a cutback. Poor Codie has had back-to-back ear infections and hasn’t been sleeping well and I was feeling a bit run-down myself. I skipped a lifting day (Wednesday) and skipped the running on my other two lifting days and the upshot was that I felt fresh all week and ran faster than I would have otherwise. It was a nice rest and now I’m ready to see if I can break 30 miles this week.

Monday: Weights
Tuesday: 6 @ 9:08.
Wednesday: 3.1 @ 8:27. Quickie run outside Wednesday evening but I’m rather proud of my splits: 9:06, 8:34, 7:48, and the last 0.1 in 7:31.
Thursday: 5.1 @ 8:40. Not to be all predictable but I am all about the progressions lately: 9:19, 8:51, 8:46, 8:33, 8:05, and the last .16 in 7:25.
Friday: Weights
Saturday: 7.9 @ 9:35. I was pleased to hold onto 9:30s in spite of feeling groggy because I stayed up late and drank beer Friday night.
Sunday: 3.2 @ 10:05. I usually don’t run Sundays but a friend invited me to come out with her running club. They meet Sundays at 11 at a brewery so we had an easy run and finished with a coffee stout.

Total: 25ish miles

A few other notes from the week…

My back is feeling better. I still notice it when I pick up a kid or put one down but running, lifting, walking, etc., hasn’t bothered it at all. Also– no treadmill runs! I did everything outside this week without any heel pain. It’s kind of weird and such a relief to feel good after a run instead of hurt.

Never signed up for that 5k. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me griping about an AG award $10 gift certificate I wasn’t able to use because I didn’t realize it expired way back in August, a month after I won it and during a time when there weren’t any races in my area. I messaged the race organizer on Facebook to ask if they might consider honoring the gift certificate, but they wouldn’t do it. I was feeling a little disgruntled and wasn’t ready to hand over any more money to them, so I looked up a different 5k but the cost was obnoxious– late registration was more than 40 bucks including processing fees. Some people might be willing to pay this much for a 5k BUT I AM NOT. So I messaged THEM and asked if they had any coupon codes. Someone replied and told me they didn’t, but that maybe I could show up and try to sweet-talk the race director for a couple bucks off. Ummm no thanks. So I may be waiting until March for another shot at a PR.


Running last week and the week before that

It’s race week! We camped at a music festival ummm…like two weeks ago? And then it apparently took that long to get my life back together.

This might have had something to do with it.

This might have had something to do with it.

I did run once at the festival. Saturday morning I woke up early (because camping) and I felt pretty good so I scarfed some coffee and a granola bar and ran to the hills.


I’ve been struggling a little since. My knees and heels have been achy and one butt cheek has been sore on and off. I’m not really sure why. I’ve been obediently doing my weightlifting and stretching and conditioning and maintaining around 22-30 miles a week. I should be feeling good.


Anyway since I didn’t get around to blogging last week you get the ultimate treat of two weeks worth of runs.

Week before last

Monday: My usual weights + an easy run, 2 @ 9:47. A little tougher after running 10 the day before. Also, all the 7.5 pound dumbbells in the entire gym were being used so I had to use 10s. Oof.
Tuesday: Fast people: don’t laugh. This is what passes for speedwork when you’re me. 1×2 (9:12, 8:57), 1×1 (8:39), 1×800 (4:04), 1×400 (1:48), 1×200 (:50) for a total of 7. Also in the first mile of the 1×2 I accidentally yanked my earbuds out of my phone and then dropped the phone as I was trying to shove it back into my flipbelt. Let me tell you about blind fury. I screamed “FAAAACK” and probably someone heard me.
Wednesday: Weights? I don’t remember anything about this because it was two weeks ago.
Thursday: 5.5 – I don’t really remember anything about this either except that I ran one mile at 9:08 and still averaged 9:57 so it couldn’t have been that great.
Friday: Nothing. We were busy packing up and taking Kenzie to preschool and then as soon as we got to our campsite I started drinking.
Saturday: 5 @ 9:40 with some moderate hills. I ran out of the camping/music park area and took a farm road a couple of miles out of town. It was humid but not unbearably hot yet, and I always enjoy running in a new place so I had a lot of fun.
Sunday: Nada. We slept in as much as we could and then had to pack up our shit and drive home. I was exhausted and bloated with junk food and beer so I pretty much laid around like a beached whale for the rest of the day.

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Country road…something something…

Last week:

Monday: Weights. I was eager to get back to a routine but I still felt achy and bloated so I did a kind of halfass weight workout with some stretching and and floor exercises and that’s about it.
Tuesday: 9×400. I didn’t get out early enough so it was really hot and I couldn’t hit the pace I wanted but I tried some 400s anyway. My best was 1:51, my worst was 2:20. But they were mostly around 2:00.
Wednesday: 3.3 @ 9:34. (9:56, 9:54, 9:01, 9:07). Basically bleh.
Thursday: Weights.
Friday: Meant to do something but I thought Kenzie was getting sick so I stayed home with her. Turns out she was just really whiny that day.
Saturday: 12 @ 9:50. I did 4 tempo miles at 9:05, 8:55, 9:07 and 8:52, which is about what I wanted but it felt harder, I thought, than it should have. This tempo has been a huge confidence builder for me in half marathons past. I did it the week before my best half ever so now I like to do it whenever possible. Oh, and I had a shitting situation in mile 8 but luckily there are a lot of new homes going up in that neighborhood and I found a porta-potty. I was in and out in less than a minute.
Sunday: Nada.

I’ll be doing sort of a mini taper before this weekend’s half marathon. I’m excited! It’s a new race (for me), close to home and if I’m lucky, the weather will not suck too much.

I thought this post could use a picture.

I thought this post could use another picture.

Five weeks to half marathon greatness

What’s up? Things are pretty much the same around here: cycling through another cough/cold. Tired. Wrinkled. Deliriously happy.

Spring doesn’t arrive in Indiana until at least May but we’ve managed to get outside a couple of times.


I drank a few beers.


I’ve sort of been training for a Spring half (Indy Mini May 7) but I didn’t actually sign up for it until this week when I knew scheduling and childcare was going to work out (and I paid more than I’ve ever paid for a race…ugh).

Even though I’m up to 10 mile long runs and still doing speed work (uh…sort of, as I mentioned, we were ALL sick again and last week kinda fell apart), I feel like I should up my game this month and really get in some quality speed work and pace runs. And it makes me feel more secure to have a spreadsheet.

I have a pretty ambitious goal, especially considering I set my PR back in 2012 (1:58:36) and haven’t raced a half since 2013, but I think it’s possible. I’m not going to tell you what it is in case I fail.

I’ve been doing easy runs of 4-6 miles three times a week (9:30-9:40s), one day of speed work (tempo or 400 or ladders) and long runs anywhere from 6 to 10 miles. So I decided I could handle the last five weeks of HH intermediate.

Sidenote: Can anyone can recommend a good free or super cheap training plan? In the past, I’ve always just used SmartCoach because the free plan still allows you to make some adjustments to your mileage and intensity, but I hate it because the adjustments are stupid and there’s not enough variety in the running. For example, the “moderate” plan had me doing three piddly 2-3 mile easy runs a week (like…I just don’t know what running two miles at 10:24 pace is going to do for me at all besides bore me to tears); one day a week of speed work (a tempo or 3×1600); and every long run was 12 miles. When I adjusted up to the “hard” plan, it basically just increased my long runs from 12 to 13 and left everything else the same.

Anyway, so training “started” yesterday with an easy 4.5 mile run. Today is a tempo. Thanks for joining me on the journey to my latest disaster!

Weekly running and beer wrap-up: this won’t take long

So the other day I acted like it was the end of the world because my toddler threw up one time and I had kind of a bad cough, and I should have just kept my damn mouth shut because immediately after that all hell broke loose. I need to just not say things anymore.

I’ll spare you the details, but let’s just say I filled prescriptions for cough syrup, anti-nausea medication and a chewable probiotic…

and eye drops.

Day 24: I'm thankful that Bob Costas removed the awful stigma associated with pink eye allowing my toddler to avoid playground degradation.

Day 24: I’m thankful that Bob Costas removed the awful stigma associated with pink eye, allowing my toddler to endure this illness shame-free. #sobrave #stoptouchingyourbutthole


On Friday after the family quarantine was lifted, I ran four miles on the gym treadmill and then went for a dismal jog outdoors on Sunday, and I dutifully logged these both on my spreadsheet because remembering is hard.

Monday .5 mi warmup + weights 0.5
Tuesday OFF + Green Flash Double Stout 0
Wed OFF 0
Thursday OFF + Left Hand Milk Stout 0
Friday TM 4 mi progression 4
Saturday OFF + Bell’s Winter White 0
Sunday 3 outside 3 7.5

I was able to do the treadmill miles at ALMOST a 10:00 pace (like 10:06) but I still find it infinitely more difficult to duplicate that effort outdoors. My three miles outside were at more like a 10:30.


There were more beers than runs last week, which kind of makes me feel like a worthless piece of shit, but I’m telling myself that those several days I spent doctoring my kids and waking up every hour of the night earned me every drop (even though I would have drank the beer either way).

The Green Flash Double Stout was the front runner and the Left Hand Milk Stout was a close second. And since I’ve been drinking stouts almost exclusively lately, Saturday night I switched things up with a Bell’s Winter White Ale. It was very pleasant but it left me wanting something a little heavier.

green flash double stout

Final thoughts

As someone who doesn’t even like to carry my car keys with me on a run, the extra 15-20 pounds or so I’m still carrying is really annoying me. I feel like I’m wearing a lead jacket when I run. I’m making some progress, but it’s slow going. This week I hope to get serious and do at least 12 miles (um…typing that almost made me cry), hopefully more like 15.

And I’m on the hunt for the world’s best winter warmer.

eviction notice

Finally, FINALLY. I’m thrilled to introduce you to our new baby friend Codie Loren, aged 41 weeks, two days. She wrestled herself loose of my uterus on June 23 at 9:44 p.m. after 24 brave and inspirational hours of labor.

I had a really great screaming, bloody baby pic but out of respect for the baby, I'm using this cute one instead.

I have a really great screaming, bloody baby pic but out of respect for the baby, I’m using this cute one instead.

We got home late last night and may have had as many as two consecutive hours of sleep before we awoke to Codie’s first insistent, hungry baby squawks. My milk came in this morning and she’s been doing her damnedest to drain me of it by way of frantic clusterfeeds. I have no idea what I’m doing, again. I’m bursting with joy and hormones.

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I’m bursting with zero fucks about your hormones.

Watching Kenzie interact with her baby sister has been incredible. She’s been really sweet and gentle, if somewhat frustrated that the baby can’t do more things. Overall she has really taken well to sisterhood.

Which spot shouldn't I push on? This one right here?

Which spot shouldn’t I push on? This one right here?

I’m writing the birth story to end all birth stories, but in the meantime i just wanted to check in and reassure you all that the fetus has, in fact, landed and that we are all happy and healthy and adequately medicated.

Here's me looking medicated.

Irresponsibility Fest ’13

Last weekend we drove to Chicago to visit Kenzie’s aunt and granny, go to a Cubs game, see some friends and drink a lot of beer.

fuck shit up

You might remember that the last time we went to a Cubs game, I got a private tour of Wrigley Field’s old fashioned nursing lounge where I expressed 12 ounces of Old Style laced with breastmilk into a sink during the seventh inning stretch.

This year I got to be utterly irresponsible without having to worry about where the baby’s next meal would come from or whether I’d make it home without springing a leak on the Metra.


After the Cubs lost (naturally), we hung around Wrigleyville to watch the first period of Game 5, and then made a mad scramble for the 8:40 train. When we got off the train, we noticed a restaurant that had the game on inside their bar, so we ducked inside to watch the last period. Aaaaaand they just happened to have one of my all-time favorite beers on draft.


Your last beer of the night should never be a Dreadnaught.

I also got to meet up with blogger friends! And you can’t have a blogger meetup without posting pictures of it on your blog, so here we are: Maggie, me, my friend Laurie, and Amy who quit blogging but still has a nice rack.)

Maggie looks all sweet and innocent, but she's actually goosing me in this photo.

Maggie looks all sweet and innocent, but she’s actually goosing me in this photo.

We didn’t eat oats or do crossfit together, and we didn’t take any faux-candid shots of us gazing across a table at each other while sipping iced coffees but there’s always next time.

I did manage to go running once during the weekend, on Saturday. My in-laws live near the Prairie Path, 60 miles of trail located in the western suburbs. I ran about four of them and it rained the whole time. Rock.

When we weren’t drinking beer, we were doing baby things like watching Kenzie play in her kiddie pool and try on everybody’s shoes. We also took her to the Brookfield Zoo, which is incredible.

IMG_5514 IMG_5519We got home Monday evening and crashed hard. Kenzie slept 13 hours that night! Sadly, I was too wrecked to stay up and watch the end of what turned out to be a stunning Blackhawks Stanley Cup win in game 6. I’ll probably have my hockey fan card revoked for admitting that, but I haven’t slept for nine hours straight in years and it was so fucking worth it. (My husband had to be at work at the crack of dawn but he bit the bullet and stayed up anyway. True fan.)

Anyway, I really want to tell you more about the amazing week of running I didn’t have last week, but it’s past my bedtime.

I need my beauty sleep.

I need my beauty sleep.