After over a month, I finally made it to Week 2 of my Boston Training... and on paper it doesn't look like I've made any progress since my first Week 1 but I definitely have! This week I set the intention to go to bed earlier. I realize there's a good chance I'm going to need to transition to a morning runner in order to be successful, and I can't be a morning runner without going to bed earlier. I'm now realizing I may have to do mornings, I may have to do nights... I need to be flexible... but if I workout at night I need to learn to transition myself to sleep relatively quickly (after stretching, of course!)
Monday: I had a cross training day today so I did 60 minutes on the bike at night while listening to a Podcast. One easy way to know I'm taking this more seriously is to note how much of my favorite TV shows I'm missing. The fact that I missed watching the Bachelor?... BIG progress! I made sure to complete all of my drills as well as 20 minutes of stretching. This was a lot to fit in. Usually on the second Monday of the month I don't have a staff meeting, but because the first Monday was New Years Day, I was at work later than expected. On top of that Matt set up an event for Monday night which is very unusual. Most Mondays he is home so I can start the week off with an easy night having some back up from him. In hindsight I should have gotten up to workout early on this day because was in a rush to get to bed by 10:30 (my goal) and even though I just barely made it, I think I caused myself so much stress trying to stay on task that I couldn't get my body to settle down and I wasn't able to fall asleep until 12:30ish... so I didn't really benefit from getting to bed early, anyway.
Tuesday: 10 minute walk, 22 minutes of running, 10 minutes of walking. After the botched early bed time, it was hard to get up for this, but Raea has been getting up early anyway and once she climbs into bed with us, there's no sleeping left anyway. I got up, used the R8, and headed out the door. I was easy on myself with my goals for the day. I just wanted to run, blog, and get to bed early... so that's what I did. I averaged just under 8:30/mi for the run portion of my workout, and I was pleased with how easy that felt. The key to these mornings have definitely been preparing the night before. I'm so tired after work the last thing I want to do is prep my lunch for the next day, but it has helped dramatically!
Wednesday: 25 minute run 8:13/mi. I think more often than not I will find myself doing a morning run on Wednesday, but since I had a training for work today, I had an early start already. I had a commute that took 40 minutes longer than my usual 40 minute commute, and it also started 30 minutes earlier than my usual work day. The training only went until 12:30 so I was able to get a lot of my own free time! The training was at a hotel, so I asked the front desk for a key to the gym and got all my drills done. I followed up my drills with a nice relaxing run, and then I quietly ate a late lunch in the lounge while stretching and using the R8. I still got home and was able to relieve the babysitter early. This was my favorite day of the week, its not often that I see daylight on a weekday run between November and March.
Thursday: 60 Minutes of Cross Training (bike trainer): I actually am really starting to like using the Bike. I keep the resistance pretty low but try to keep the RPM high. I think this is helping me to keep a faster cadence when I am running as well. I talked to my sister most of the session, and followed up with 20 minutes of yoga. Zero part of me wanted to do yoga, but it was one of my goals. I was in bed by 10:30 and actually fell to sleep this time.
Friday: 2.8 miles with Cat (I think): I did this after work. I met my husband so I could feed Maebel instead of pump and then drove over to Cats. I had to walk 15 minutes and run 25 and then I think we walked 10... My watch died partway through this workout so I don't have exact info. I have my milestone pod, but it doesn't quite get the stats right when I have a walk run. It was down pouring and a bit dark. We were running while many cars were commuting so lots of road crossings and stop/go etc. But I didn't mind. So nice to run with a friend! I totally did NOT want to do my drills when I got home, but I did and then I took a warm relaxing bath. I wanted to keep my three goals for Friday light because next week will be hard, and also I don't want to burn myself out trying to do everything all at once.
Saturday: OFF It's weird having Saturday's off, but nice to spend time with the girls. I was really tired this whole day. I set the goal to do two loads of laundry (but specifically wrote down to NOT count folding, because I just can't be bothered with that!), write another blogpost, and then stretch for 20 minutes. It was weird to basically do nothing all day. The last thing on this Earth I wanted to do was stretch, but it felt really good when I finished. I fell asleep at 9:30 on the couch watching the Pats.
Sunday: 5 miles with Chrissy, 8:09/mi I was given 35 minutes but was also told if I felt good I could go a little bit more. I'm not sure I should be given the authority to make that decision since so far I've always chosen to go a bit more... but I just really finally felt like I was running, and I liked it! I felt good, but when I got home I was surprised how tired I was for my drills. more drills one would think they'd be getting easier by now, but NOPE! Maybe they will feel easier next week.
Total Running Miles: 13.5
Average Sleep: 6:54 per night
Drills: 4 days per week
I worked hard this week. I set three goals everyday and hit each one. I set the intention of going to bed earlier, and I was able to do that. The big test is coming up this week when my husbands work demands are high and I'm left to take care of kids by myself more often than not. There will be many mornings or nights on the treadmill or squeezing in stretching and drills at more challenging hours, but I think I'm ready!
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Welcome to my blog! I blogged my entire pregnancy in 2017 and I had high hopes for where I could take my running after baby number 2, but my body had other plans. At some point I got too discouraged to write and recently realized that it is essential for my personal growth and development to keep putting feelings into coherent(ish) thoughts. I still hope to run sub 2:45 in the marathon one day, but for now I’m trying to focus on the process and I’m learning to enjoy it. You can come along for the ride, apologies in advance for grammatical incorrectness!