4.29.2016

RunCLE- A very minimal training update

I can talk for hours about how life gets in the way of plans and how we all need to be kind to ourselves and just go with it, and I have. But sometimes I think that’s all I have been talking about lately. 

The last few weeks have been challenging. I got strep and it kicked my ass for an entire weekend, I moved, and very sadly my grandpa passed away. I was a mess. Running very rarely made the top of my priority list. I’m too embarrassed to even post what I have actually run the past few weeks, but I can tell you that it was minimal at best. 

The good news is that it’s getting better! This weekend I have a half marathon and a 5K in Pittsburgh. I’m doing the “Runner of Steel Challenge” with my running bestie and pretty excited about it.  It’s similar the Cleveland Marathon’s “Challenge Series” where you run a smaller race the day before and get a bonus third medal for completing both which is always fun! I have never run in Pittsburgh, so it should be really fun and good scenery!  I’m also looking forward to hanging out at the Cleveland Marathon booth at the Pittsburgh expo for a few hours on Saturday!


Speaking of Cleveland, its coming up fast: only 15 days away and I’m pretty excited about it! It’s going to be an awesome weekend! I’m so looking forward to seeing all of my ambassador peeps and getting a chance to hang out with all of them!

What are you guys doing this weekend? Are you all signed up to run CLE? And if not you can still volunteer and hand out some high fives! 

Don’t forget to follow the other amazing bloggers for a chance to win a free entry and for extra motivation! And you can find me on facebook , IG, and twitter!


4.23.2016

Home

I'm home 
I'm back where it all began 
Back where I learned to walk
Back where I had slumber parties with my best friends
Back where I left for prom and where I cried from my first heartbreak
Back where laughed so hard we cried

I'm glad that my boys can be between these four walls with me
The circumstances of us being here are not what I planned, but I'm grateful for it

And after what seemed to be eternity of planning, packing, and moving we are home
And I couldn't be happier
It's going to be an amazing summer or however long we stay


4.06.2016

RunCLE- boxes and a training update

I have had a serious writers block this week with this post.

There are about 5 started posts written with no ending, nothing seemed to totally click in my head.  I think know it’s my mental state at the moment. I started moving. It’s emotional.  It seems like the culmination of the past two years of all the crap is finally coming to an end. It’s a good thing, it’s a sad thing, and it’s a necessary thing. The way my mind works is pretty practical. I know what I need to do and I do it, sometimes with a lot of procrastination in between. But, I have never been a super over-emotional person. I’m not generally a crier.  

This last week though, it started to hit me. My awesome neighbor (Gramps) sent me a text saying he just cut the grass for the last time, it made me all teary. He’s cut the grass for us over the years when we got busy and it’s always just been so nice to come home to a nicely mowed yard. But, it’s not just the cut grass, it’s that he and Grammy are like my second set of parents. They are grandparents to the boys and we just love living next door to them. It’s made for hundreds of thrown together driveway or back porch dinners. Lots of just pick up games of whatever the kids were playing the back yard, movie nights, hot tub dips, celebrations,  and driveway messages. 


I moved a few loads of boxes and I cried seeing them all sitting there. I’m very up and down lately. 

I still managed to get some miles in last week, though it was kind of few and far in between.  It’s been the lowest mileage week thus far.  I’m happy to say that this week, I’m doing much better! God bless that track on my lunch break. Even with packing, I still take a lunch break and the track is waiting for me! The decision to cut back to the half was a really, really good one for me this year. Ill be back for you 26.2!

Here is my sad little report from last week:

Tuesday- 3 miles at lunch

Thursday- 3.5 miles at lunch

Saturday- 5.4 miles

 

Here is to a much better week of miles in and less crying when I see a box ❤️

3.30.2016

Run CLE- reeling it in and a training update

The past few weeks have been a struggle. There is a lot going on this month and April looks to be just as busy and on top of that we are moving. I have spent many hours freaking out in my head silently about how in the world an I going to accomplish this along with getting in all of my training miles? The short answer is that I simply am not. Something has to give and I need to start taking my own advice more and “reel it in”. I say this to the boys all the time to get them to settle down about whatever they are climbing on, screaming about, or wrestling each other to the ground. 

I have been having these thoughts about not doing the whole 26.2, but I kept shoving them aside because it’s not like me to just give up the dream of something. And I hate letting myself down. As soon as I finished the marathon last year, I was game for more!  And I know I’ll complete another one again soon, but right now, there is just too much LIFE. Last year, the days I didn’t have the boys, I ran. It was easy. I had a day each weekend and I ran and trained and then was nice and fresh for them when they came home but this year is different. I have them every other weekend and I’m fine with them hanging with nana and papa for an hour or two, but to leave them to run for 4 or more hours just seems selfish and not something that I really want to give up at the moment. I want them to be proud of what I accomplish and show them that finishing something that I start is important, but not at the expense of time with them. They are only little once and soon I won’t be cool enough for them to want me around all the time. And when they cry when I leave to run it breaks my heart and I want to just be playing with them. 

I’m surely not giving up running all together, but reeling it in and setting my sights on a half marathon PR and the 8k challenge series seems like the right thing for me to do.  I know that no one is going to love me less but I really really hate admitting that I have to scale it back. So, with that weight off my chest, I’m excited to have a little scaled back training ahead of me and get us moved in all before the big race day! I also signed up for the Pittsburgh Half with my training buddy Lynanne two weeks before Cleveland, so im looking forward to a good practice race ahead of time. Those hills in the burgh are no joke! 

The last two weeks were a little touch and go. 
Monday- core class and 1 mile on lunch break
Tuesday- 3 miles at lunch
Wenesday- 3 miles at lunch
Thursday- St pats day and Jack turned 3! So no miles and lots of fun with the boys! We all took the day to celebrate and play!

Saturday- 11 miles
Sunday- 7 miles. And this was the best run I have had in a long time. Everything just clicked! 
Wenesday- 3 miles at lunch 
Friday- 2 miles and then rough knee pain
Saturday- 6.5 miles and the decision to stick to the half this year
Sunday- Easter and a house full of people left me no time to run in the beautiful weather  
It's been not the best few weeks training wise. But, it's real life. My training bestie is no longer working with me so lunch time runs are a little more boring. I did however finally get a new training watch! OMG, so excited and can't wait to fully get used to it to track miles and pace. 
I'm looking forward to this race so much and I know it will still be just as special to me!
Have you guys had to reel it in? 
Don’t forget to follow the other amazing bloggers for a chance to win a free entry and for extra motivation! And you can find me on facebook , IG, and twitter!

3.13.2016

RunCLE- ambassador meet up and a training update

What a great week!
I tried to play it cool, but I have been looking forward to this week since back in the fall when I was told I could be an ambassador for the Cleveland marathon again! This week we had a meet up with all of the local ambassadors! We were even able to FaceTime with Debi in Florida! Last year, it was a new fun group of people for me and everyone was so nice and welcoming. But this year, it's family! We share a bond that is hard to put into words. We lift each other up and celebrate even the smallest of victories in our group. We text each other on a bad day and cheer for each other even louder on the good ones.  It's just one of the most fun groups I have ever been lucky enough to connect with in my life! We really enjoy each other company! I think we were all so excited to spend an evening hanging out together. Kayla did an awesome job organizing! I really love these people and look forward to another get together and race weekend where we really get to enjoy each other and cheer each other on!

Mary is the bomb!

Joe, Jamie and Emily! I love these guys!!!

We finally met in person! I was so excited!

Stephani my favorite quick witted teacher! Her blog cracks me up every week! Love her!

This weeks training

Total miles: 19 miles. Not my plan at all, but the best I could do this week. 

Monday: I have started this cardio core class and it's awesome. It's 30 minutes at lunch and I get in a decent work out!

Tuesday: 4 miles on the track at lunch 10:18 pace

Wednesday: Meet up day!!! My plan was to make it my 2 workout day and run at lunch and after work before the meet up but my knee had other plans. Lynanne and I hit up the bike path at lunch and after a mile of running faster than normal (9:30ish) my left knee was in a lot of pain. Crap! We ended up walking a lot of next 2 miles. I gave it a shot after work too but my knee was in a lot of pain so I stopped after a few times around the track. I did some weights and got ready for our night out. 

Knee pain can't hurt a running selfie!

Here we ALL are! My photoshop skills at their finest! 

Thursday: After a not great running day I was excited to get back out there and take it slow and log some miles and when I arrived at the gym I discovered I brought two tops and no pants. Fail! Maybe someone was telling me to just take it easy so I listened.  I hit up the eucalyptus room and sweated it out for awhile feeling nice and refreshed. 

Friday: I have the kiddos this weekend and I knew I needed to take advantage of a little PTO so I could get in a short run. I squeezed in 4 good miles on the track and my knee felt good! I started using a patella (IT band strap) that worked and gave me some extra confidence. I kept a 10:09 pace. 

Saturday: I signed up Ry for t-ball ( look for pics in June!!!) had some fun family time, and then took the kids to the park. It's a few blocks down the street and usually a quick little trip but it was muddy there and the kids wanted to ride their bikes. 2 miles later our adventure ended with Ryan running the last block to take a little tinkle in the yard. I swear, not a day passes where there isn't an emergency stop for the rest room. Life with boys I guess!?!  

Sunday: We played in the yard, played lots of go fish and I then I snuck out of the house for a quick grocery trip and 6 speedy miles on the track! 9:53 pace! I was really excited! Thanks zippy new shoes!
The kids were not alone, thanks Nana and Papa for hanging with them! Then we had a nice dinner and some cake! Jack turns three on St Pattys day! It's gonna be a great week! 

Did you guys sign up for your Cleveland experience yet? What the heck are you waiting for? This is the LAST WEEK to sigh up for the challenge series! I know I'm not going to miss out on that fun!! You have until Tuesday to sign up! You know you want the extra medal! Go sign up now

We are still looking for volunteers too!! If you want to be a part of an awesome race but haven't quite made it out to run lately, then this is for you!!! Grab a friend or 20 and sign up!! You will be happy that you did! One of my favorite memories of last year was waiting with all of the volunteers at mile 25 of the Pittsburgh marathon waiting for her to come through! Its so much fun!!! I promise I'll high five you along the way!

Don’t forget to follow the other amazing bloggers for a chance to win a free entry and for extra motivation! And you can find me on facebook , IG, and twitter!