May recap and running week of 5/22

Well, it was shaping up to be a nice little month until I got sick and everything fell apart! I haven’t run a single mile since May 27 and I still have an infuriatingly stubborn cough. I actually had an ear infection, can you believe that shit? I don’t know any adult who has ever had an ear infection. On top of that, both of my kids have strep so we haven’t gotten a lot of sleep lately.

But we’re all finally feeling better and my first run back is going to be a group run tomorrow with my kids for this summer fun run series hosted by our local county parks department. I’m going to try not to race it, haha.

May miles

Total miles: 82– 25 less than last month.

Days running: 19 – same as last month (I quit doing long runs)

Longest run: 7 miles on 5/6. A perfect progression and probably may favorite run of the month.

Runs on the treadmill: Three, some tempos and hill workouts.

Races: Rainbow Run 5k – 24:47 and a PR.

Group runs: Two, one with a new local mom’s running group and the other at our local running store hosted by Saucony – I got to try out the new Freedoms, which I loved but are p r i c e y.

Best run: What I wrote in this spot last month: “I was exuberant after my 7 mile run Saturday. I felt strong and finished fast” which was actually a run that happened in April, not May, and nobody called me on it which proves nobody is reading these things all that closely.

Worst run: The 6.6 miles I did on 5/14 was lackluster af. Hot and slow.

Running week of 5/22

I had a pretty good week before I got sick!

Monday: Weights + 2 @ 9:39
Tuesday: 7 @ 9:33
Wednesday: Weights
Thursday: AM treadmill progression 4 @ 9:07 + PM group run 5 @ 10:47. I ran the miles to and from the run fast and did a leisurely run with the group.
Friday: 2 mile fun run with Kenzie while she rode her bike which means a few sprints and lots of stops to examine things along the way.
Saturday: 6 @ 9:14. My signature progression. I felt more tired than normal and looking back, it was probably due to pre-sickness fatigue. By Sunday I was coughing and by Monday I was resigned to the knowledge that it wasn’t just summer allergies.
Sunday: OFF

Total: 22ish


running week of 3/20

Last week I added some new moves to my lifting routine and was sore all weekend. I read this article in a sponsored post by Runner’s World about doing burpees, and even though the article was a little silly, it made me want to do burpees. (Realization: burpees are hard.) I also did some additional squats and jumps (see “LEG DAY” below) so my long run Saturday ended up being a shorter run.

Monday: weights (mostly upper body) + treadmill 4 @ 8:37. I did 6×400 (best split: 1.48; worst: 1:54)
Tuesday: 6 @ 9:06. My splits were kinda fun: 9:37, 9:15, 9:15, 8:56, 8:56, 8:37. (But I was trying to run as a progression so…)
Wednesday: weights (mostly lower). I’d planned a PM run but scrapped it at the last minute.
Thursday: 6 @ 8:56
Friday: weights (LEG DAY) + 30 burpees + treadmill 2 @ 8:50
Saturday: 8.7 @ 9:33. I was sore and tired from the week so this ended up being a more leisurely run than usual. I stopped to talk to a friend, stopped to use the bathroom. I’d planned on running 10 but ran out of time before swim lessons (again) and I was perfectly content with stopping early.
Sunday: 30 burpees

TOTAL: 26ish

We’re leaving town Thursday for just two nights, and we’re cramming in a lot of stuff in just a couple of days (mostly driving) so I probably won’t run while we’re gone.

That’s it!

running week of 3/6 (spoiler: 0 miles!)

Well, this won’t take long: I ran 0 miles and did 0 workouts last week. I was sick for the better part of the week and then decided to go ahead and blow off the weekend too.

So I picked the worst possible day to get my shit together and start up again. I had the time change, the previous week off AND my period working against me; a trifecta of fuckery. I’d pay so much money (if I had any) to be able to crawl back in bed right now.

running week of 2/27

I don’t know how I ever, or how anyone with a job and/or kids manages to run more than 30 miles a week. If you do this and you somehow also find time to work and read books and write interesting blog posts and know things about news and politics and also be a good partner and parent and maybe see friends now and then, please teach me. Oh, and I don’t like waking up at 4 a.m.

Here’s another training update, but if you read last week’s you can probably just skip this one because it’s almost exactly the same.

Monday: weights + 4 @ 9:13. This felt like overdoing it for me. There’s a reason I don’t ordinarily run on Mondays. But I wasn’t sure how my Tuesday was going to work out (babysitting a friend’s kids) so I wanted to get in a preemptive run just in case. (Did end up being able to run Tuesday evening!)
Tuesday: 6 @ 8:42. I started out feeling like I was gonna have a shitty run, but ended up feeling alright toward the end. I did struggle in mile 6 to keep the same pace as mile 5.
Wednesday: weights
Thursday: 6 @ 8:34. 9:07, 8:49, 8:36, 8:25, 8:19, 8:07! I typically know whether or not it’s going to be a good day by the end of the first mile. When I checked my pace at mile 1 and saw 9:1Xs instead of 9:5Xs, I was elated.
Friday: weights + TM 2 @ 18:16
Saturday: 12 @ 9:32. I hit a rough patch at mile 8ish because I waited too long to take my gel (had to get to a water fountain), but I was pretty pleased with the effort, especially considering it was miserably cold and windy.
Sunday: REST
Total 30

So yeah. I feel like I’m strong enough to start doing some longer runs (or double run days) during the week and work toward getting my mileage into the low to mid 30s but I’m not willing to make the necessary adjustments by waking up earlier or run during dinner so for now I’m just complaining about it. Cool huh?

privilege check

running week of 2/20

I’m pleased with last week’s running. I (barely) pulled another 30 mile week and still managed to show up for all my lifting days too. 2013 was the last time I was regularly running 30+ miles a week. I got into the 40s and even hit 50 once or twice, but I wasn’t doing enough strength training and I think I narrowly avoided a stress fracture. I’m going to try to not do that again.

Monday: weights
Tuesday: 6 @ 9:09. I was really, really tired so 9:09 looks pretty damn good to me.
Wednesday: AM weights + PM 5 @ 8:26. Numbers I haven’t seen in a long time– every mile was under 9:00!
Thursday: Impulsively, I decided to see how fast I could run a mile (spoiler alert: 7:36), even though I was still a little tight from running (probably too fast) Wednesday evening. So I did a mile warm-up, ran one mile quick…ish, and then ran three more rather slow and painful miles for a total of 5 @ 9:32. I think if properly trained and motivated, maybe I could do it in under 7:00. At one time, I could so I think it’s possible to do it again.
Friday: weights + 3 @ 9:33.
Saturday: 11 @ 9:23. This one was brutal you guys. It was 25 degrees with 25 mph gusts and flurries and it seemed like there was snow blowing in my eyes no matter which direction I turned. I knew the weather was going to be crappy and I’d planned to run on the treadmill, but at the last minute I ran back in and changed into my cold weather gear. (And even more miraculously, all my cold weather gear was clean and in the first place I looked.) It was miserable outside, but I still think double digits on the treadmill would have been worse.
Sunday: REST

Total: 30

I’ve never run more than 12 miles outside of marathon training so I thought it’d be fun to do 13 or 14 miles for no reason. Silly I know, but since I’m not training for anything right now, I’m all about the arbitrary goals. (I would still like to do a 5k eventually, maybe in March if the prices aren’t obnoxious.)

Week of 1/16 and 1/23

Well it’s already the weekend again. They say you make time for the things you really care about (which is kind of bullshit because it only applies to people privileged enough to have discretionary time, but still); for me the blog always comes last. So in spite of all the stuff swirling around in my head, I never made it over here. I’m also working on a blog post about Real Shit, but I’m struggling to get my thoughts together so I’ll probably publish that later on this week.

Week of 1/16

Monday: weights + 1. Seems silly to log one mile but it brought my total to 20 for the week so…
Tuesday: 4 @ 9:05 progression outside. Last mile 8:40!
Wednesday: Weights + treadmill 2.5 @ 8:37. I did 30 second sprints at about 8.8-9.0MPH. I didn’t keep track of how many I did but I was running about quarter mile recovery jogs so maybe six?
Thursday: 3 @ 9:05. Evening run outside. The plan was to do 4 or 5 miles but it was dark and pouring rain so I just did the bare minimum.
Friday: weights + 3.1 @ 9:22 outside.
Saturday: 7 @ 9:22 outside.
Total: 20ish miles

Week of 1/23

Monday: weights + 3 @ 9:10 outside
Tuesday: 6 @ 9:08 progression outside. 9:37, 9:23, 9:13, 9:09, 8:51, 8:29
Wednesday: AM weights + treadmill 3 @ 8:25/PM 4.8 @ 9:03 outside.
In the morning, I did 30-second sprints on the treadmill at about 8.8-9.0MPH and recovery jogs at about 6.3MPH.
For the evening run, I showed up for a group run at a local running store. They were demo-ing the new UA Bandit AND they had snacks and beer for us after the run. I had a slice of pizza and a coffee stout and then had to run a mile back home, which was interesting. #ihaveanironstomach
The Bandits? Freaking rock. I looooved them. For a second run of the day, I felt fantastic, averaging 8:40s for the three miles I did with the group. I’m not getting paid to say that but I’d let them pay me if they wanted to! I really can’t afford $100 for shoes right now.
Thursday: I was planning an easy 5 or 6 miles but I had an awful night and was too tired to run. I could barely keep my eyes open while we were putting the kids to bed and I passed put as soon as they were asleep.
Friday: Weights  + treadmill 2 @ 8:37. I did (roughly) 4×400 at 7:30 (8.0MPH) with recovery jogs at about 9:40 (6.2MPH) (Sidenote: I had fun looking at this treadmill conversion chart, which also shows equivalents for incline.)
Saturday: 9.3 @ 9:49 outside. The plan was to run 10 miles but I ended up back at my house at roughly 9.3 and I didn’t feel like circling back so I just stopped. It was in the 20s and my neck buff was frozen from pulling it over my face and breathing through it, and my legs were just really tired from hammering them all week long. I’m pleased with the week’s output but I usually need a cutback after week’s like this. (Although I’d eventually like to be running at least 30 mpw consistently.)

Total: 28ish miles

These past two weeks are noteworthy because I did almost all of my running outside and my heel really hasn’t been bothering me! It was a little stiff yesterday after my long run but it feels fine today. I feel like the consistent strength training is finally starting to make a difference, which encourages me all the more to continue doing it. I don’t dread lifting days quite as much as I used to. Of course I’d always rather be running, but I do appreciate what the lifting is doing to keep me strong and healthy.

Week of 1/2 and 1/9

We prepped for freezing rain Friday (and by “prepped” I mean “bought a ton of alcohol”) but surface temperatures stayed above freezing and it didn’t rain as much as predicted so we lucked out. But you never regret buying too much alcohol.

I luv u aldi

I meant to get over here early in the week to do my training report but I never got around to it and now the week is over so I’m gonna have to drop the last two weeks on you again.

Last week was pretty uneventful. The weekend was rough. Codie has been cutting her 2-year molars for what seems like weeeeeks and she woke up every couple of hours Saturday and Sunday night. Lucky for all of us she has been sleeping a lot better this week *knock on wood*. (Except for last night when she was awake from 2-3:30 a.m. for no apparent reason…guh.)

Sunday 1/1: 3 @ 9:47 (outside) I usually don’t run Sundays but I felt obligated to run on the first day of the year to prove that I wasn’t too hungover to do it.
Monday 1/2: lifted things; climbed 60 stories on the stairclimber and sweat approximately 300 gallons.
Tuesday 1/3: 6 @ 9:42 (outside) I did a progression that I am pretty freaking proud of: 10:26, 10:06, 9:55, 9:36, 9:23, 8:46, 8:18! And my heel didn’t hurt afterward which makes me even happier.
Thursday 1/5: 5 @ 10:04 (outside). There were a couple inches of snow on the ground, which I was prepared for, but I was underdressed (I was thinking it was going to be more of a warm, early-winter snow rather than a frigid, dead of winter snow) and even after I was back inside, I could not get warm. I had a hot coffee and then resorted to a hot bath in the middle of the day, much to the bewilderment of my kids.

My eyeballs are frozen.

Friday 1/6: weights + 2 @ 9:17
Saturday: 1/7: 6 @ 9:06. I was hoping to make this a longer run but I was on the treadmill and exhausted from a weekend of no sleep and totally wasn’t feeling it. Probably started out a little fast too.

Total: 22 miles

This week I set an arbitrary goal of 30 miles and accomplished that, but it probably won’t happen again.

Monday: weights + 2 @ 9:18
Tuesday: 6.35 @ 9:27 progression.
Wednesday: Weights + 2. I know I ran, but I forgot to log it in Runkeeper. I can’t imagine it was anything extraordinary.¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Thursday: Double run day! I ran 8×400 @ 1:59 (with .25 recovery jogs) on the treadmill in the morning for a total of 5.25 and then went out for a group run in the evening (5.3 @ 10:47). Day’s total: 10.55. I would actually have liked to have done a couple more of the 400s but it was unbearably hot in the gym that morning (some freak HVAC thing) and I was ready to throw up and pass out. On top of that, there is NO COLD RUNNING WATER anywhere in the gym (except the water fountains) so after sweating buckets I had to take a hot shower. It was really gross, you guys.(I usually don’t shower at the gym but I had to be somewhere right after.)
Friday: 3 @ 9:39. Friday was a lifting day but I skipped most of the leg stuff so I could still run.
Saturday: A brutal 8.1 @ 10:05 on the treadmill. My pace doesn’t look that bad, but that doesn’t include the multiple times I paused the treadmill to stretch and drink water and then check my phone just to put off starting back up again. It was awful, you guys. My legs were trashed from the heavy running week and if we’re being honest I was a little hungover. At mile 7, I decided I was done – 30 miles be damned – but then I sat down, drank some water and stretched again and decided I could suffer through one more mile.***

Total: 32 miles!


I haven’t run a 30 mile week since last May and I don’t plan on doing it again any time soon. With my current schedule and lifting routine, it’s really not sustainable long-term. I’d have to drop a lifting day or do a double every week and I just don’t see that happening consistently.


I’ve been running outside a little more and my heel seems to be cooperating. Sometimes it’s a little stiff in the evenings but the rolling takes care of it. I’d like to get to where I’m running outside exclusively but since the treadmill is so much easier on my heel, I’ll probably ease back in that direction gradually. I’m probably going to do a St. Patrick’s half  marathon in March, I found a code for 10% off. I still need to choose and register for a February 5k.

***So yeah, due to shitty math and forgetting to log my mileage in runkeeper  I thought I was only at 21.9 for the week, which is why I insisted on running 8.1 miles on the treadmill when I was feeling like garbage. I could have run 6.1 and still hit 30 for the week. But…since I’m probably doing a half in March, it’s not a terrible idea to commit to long runs again. 😀