New Beginnings

by Sue

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Only four weeks til MCM training begins! Yikes. I have slacked more than a little lately. Time to buckle down, eat clean, and get myself in the best shape possible physically, so that when it’s time to really be serious, I will feel good about my diet/nutrition/what I’ve put into my body and my fitness level.

So I’ve done something I never considered until very recently. I got a running coach. NOT because I think I’m some kind of badass. Do I wish I were a badass? Sure, absolutely. But I’m a realist. I’m 42 and have only been running seriously for three years. I am probably never going to go out there and lay down a 6:30 mile. And that’s ok. But I do feel that there is something to be said about wanting to live up to one’s true potential as a runner, if that potential does in fact exist. I’ve made some huge-to-me improvements in my times lately and I would like to get better at what I love to do. Nothing wrong with that, right? Maybe it is my competitive nature, although my toughest competition is usually the girl looking back at me in the mirror every day. There is just so much that I don’t know, but I do know that I will benefit by having someone who knows what they are doing help me along the way. And the accountability will certainly be an added bonus.

So, for the month of June I will be focusing on these things:

  • Slowing down. Wait, what? This could not have been emphasized to me more. Obviously a very important part of the equation. I already know this is going to prove more difficult than I think, as it is just not what I’m used to. It is increased mileage that is going to build my endurance, NOT speed. Too fast now = injury later = no good
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  • Keeping my mileage up
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  • Taking care of what is most likely a recurring piriformis syndrome
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  • Introducing some new-to-me running drills like strides and hill repeats. I feel kind of sick just typing the words “hill repeats”
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  • Getting myself OFF the treadmill and outside as much as possible
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    I’m really nervous about this. But I’m really, really excited about it too. I know it’s going to be a good thing.

    Next post I will fill you in on how the first week of my new plan went….Happy Running!

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    Summer, Sickness, and Snakes, Oh My!

    by Sue

    Helloooo, summer vacation….well for the girls, maybe not so much for me. Although I do have a few weeks off this summer which I’m really looking forward to. And I’m definitely glad to have them home more.

    My mini-Martha Stewart found and made these end-of-the-year teacher gift ideas almost all by herself. She can search out this stuff on baking blogs and Pinterest like nobody’s business.

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    And….good thing I was the one who baked the banana breads since she ended up with this later that evening.

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    Yikes. Not the way we envisioned the first day of summer vacation. Cold, cough, probable ear infection….shall I go on? Anyway, thankfully much better as of this writing.

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    It’s official. I now have a 5th and 3rd grader. Time can slow down any time now.

    The end of last week’s runs….

    Thursday: 6 treadmill (progression) miles in 50:39

    Sunday: Kelly and I met on the trail. The first near-step-on-snake-experience of the summer occurred. The trail we run on is well-known for its abundance of snakes. This time of year, it gets to the point where you really have to watch. This one was skinny and about 18 inches long (miniscule compared to some we have seen), but to me, a snake is a snake. It ended up being a slow, hot, and humid 9 miles in 1:19:21. Seriously, a week ago I wore GLOVES at the 5K I ran. Today was a little teaser of what’s to come this summer, since Marine Corps Marathon training starts in four weeks!

    Much, much more running talk coming up from me next week….something new and exciting!

    And next post we’ll tell you all about our husbands’ crazy race!

    36 miles total for the week.

    “What did you do with my wife?”-Finding my running Mojo

    by Kelly

    Workouts
    Sunday-9 miles-trail
    Monday-1.5 miles- First day of Runners World 2013 Challenge

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    Tuesday-3.1 miles-treadmill/Trainer Josh
    Wednesday-3 miles treadmill
    Thursday-5 miles treadmill
    Friday-1 mile outside / 1 mile treadmill /20 minutes bike
    Saturday-1 mile run

    What a difference a few weeks makes.
    During the Cap City half marathon I was slow, frustrated and didn’t feel like a real runner. The following Sunday Sue and I met for our weekend long run on the trail. 9 miles was my plan with no goal but to do it. Since Ryan is training for an ultra-marathon, he came along and decided to run with the faster half of the 2chix instead of his wife. I started out slow on my first mile and my legs felt stiff and heavy. I finished the first mile at 10:15. Then something happened and I started to feel good, so I sped up a bit. I saw Ryan and Sue after they made the turn, and that is when I thought about a quote I had seen that week.

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    I have always been happy with just finishing a race or being a middle or back of the packer, but why don’t I try pushing myself a bit. So I told myself get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Miles 4, 5 and 6 looked like this.

    9:45, 9:36, 9:38

    Not super speedy for a lot of people but anything under 10 minute miles is speedy for me, and I felt good. I saw Ryan and Sue with less than a half mile to go and Ryan yells to me “what did you do with my wife?” And my response, “I left her at mile 1”. 9 miles 1:29:10.

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    Total miles this week 24.9