"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places." Roald Dahl

Monday, August 24, 2015

Training: Week 9

The perfect setting for a recovery swim!
Week 9 was a great week!  My friend and I have become each other's accountability partners in regards to training and it has kept me honest about my workouts.  We text each other after each workout and if we haven't heard from the other in a while, we know to check in. Knowing that she's going to be asking about my workouts really motivates me. 

This week I was back up in mileage and it felt great.  Maybe a rest week was just what I needed?  :) 

Weekly Re-Cap: 
Monday: 2.5 + 2.5 miles 
Tuesday: off 
Wednesday: 8 miles + 30 min swim 
Thursday: 2 miles + 2 games of beach volleyball 
Friday: off 
Saturday: off 
Sunday: 14.5 miles (first 7 were hills!) 

Total: 29.5 miles 

This week also marked the start of my dry month!  Hopefully that will help my morning runs :) 

My long Saturday run was done in St. Charles again and it was a cool morning, with a threat of rain. To me, that was the perfect forecast! The rain held off and I got a lovely long jog in while I enjoyed the cooler weather.   I don't know about you, but I actually love running in rain.  Weird? maybe.

Countdown to BRR: 3.5 weeks!  AHHHHHHH! Sh*ts getting real.

Birthday Celebrations

I am now 31.  Wowza.  I thought 30 was a breeze compared to 31.  30 was exciting and new and I planned so many fun things.  31, on the other hand, snuck up on me and instigated a whole lot of deep thinking.  It's funny how birthdays can do that.  They put things in perspective, make you set goals and aspirations, and they also give you a healthy dose of realism. 

This years celebrations included a family weekend in the burbs, complete with a bonfire... 

That was followed by a fun-filled weekend in the city kicked off with a celebration at work and dinner with the family, then on to the Air and Water Show, rooftop fun, and a Cubs vs. Sox game! 

Overall, I am a lucky gal.  My family and friends are amazing!  They always know how to make me feel very special and loved. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Training: Week 8

Good thing week 7 was a good week.  This week was not.  I'm going to give myself a pass though, it was my birthday week!  That's right, I am in fact, another year older.  More to come on my birthday soon. For now, in the interest of keeping myself accountable, I will still report my training for the week.  Even if it is rather sad (and a tad bit late).

Weekly Re-Cap:
Sunday: off
Monday: 2 + 4.5 miles
Tuesday: off
Wednesday: 4 miles
Thursday: 1.5 miles + 31 burpees, + 31 lunges + 31 sit-ups (birthday tradition!)
Friday: off
Saturday: off

Total: 12 miles
yikes. good thing this was supposed to be a recovery week!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Training: Week 7

Finally!  I can report a great week of training!   I got all of my runs in and I hit my target mileage.  I even ventured out into the suburbs to get some hill training in.  Success! 

Weekly Re-Cap
Monday: 4 + 5 miles 
Tuesday: off
Wednesday: 2 miles + strength training 
Thursday: 6 miles 
Friday: off 
Saturday: 11 miles (5 of which were hills!) 

Total: 28 miles

I'm starting to feel stronger and my overall pace is starting to pick up.  I'll take it!  
It's about darn time - we are 5 weeks out from the Blue Ridge Relay!

I did my long run in my hometown of St. Charles, IL this weekend and it was gorgeous!  There were also plenty of hills for me to run. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Training: Week 6

This week was a little rough.  I do hope that isn't becoming a theme here.  I got to days of double runs in, but missed my long run.  This week I am back at it already and getting in those miles! 
Weekly Re-Cap

Sunday: swim
Monday: 5 + 4.5 miles 
Tuesday: swim 
Wednesday: off 
Thursday: 3 + 3.5 miles 
Friday: walk on the riverwalk
Saturday: water skiing 

Total: 16 miles 

As you can see I am counting water skiing this week as a workout.  I had the luck of joining some of my friends on their boat on Saturday and it was fabulous!  To be completely honest though, I feel really old right about now.  On Sunday morning I could barely move.  I felt like a truck had run me over.  When did I get so old and frail?!  It's now Monday night and I still feel sore, but it's finally getting better.  Apparently those were muscles that I haven't used in years.  

Either way, it was totally worth it, here are some pictures from the day.