The Weekly Wrap Up-Rock CF Half Marathon training Week 8

Hey friends–second week in a row where you are getting my first post on Tuesday–there is so much going on lately that I have to update you on, but that will have to wait until another post.  I have a busy day of meetings so let’s get right to it, shall we?  I just finished week 8 of my Rock CF Half marathon training plan, let’s see take a look in the Weekly Wrap Up!

Week of 2/15-2/21

Monday: 4 miles and I felt really good and strong!

monday

Tuesday: Strength training–full body circuit and added push ups with my feet on the bench, hard but felt awesome!

tues strength

Wednesday: Hill work–4 miles of 1/4m hill repeats!

wed hill

Thursday: I was travelling for work and had an early flight to NYC, so take was a rest day, but I still got in a few miles of walking!

Friday: I did my long run on Friday because Saturday was Ashton’s birthday party and I knew it was going to be a busy day.  7 miles while watching Grey’s Anatomy and part of Scandal.

fri 7 miles

Saturday: We had Ashton’s 4th birthday party and it WAS A BLAST!  There were almost 30 people there and I don’t think any of us stopped smiling the whole time.  It was a ninja turtle theme as you can see and it couldn’t have gone any better!

ash party

Sunday: It’s normally my rest day but I did 3 miles of walking on the treadmill during Ash’s nap and then it was so warm out that we took a family hike of almost 2 miles.  It was so nice to spend some time outside in the fresh air exploring!

hike

So,  there it is, the Weekly Wrap Up!  Sorry this was short and sweet but as you can se it was a pretty good week of training and in less than a month I will be in Detroit running this half marathon! EEK!

Have a great Tuesday!

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Question of the day

How is the weather in your area? Does it feel like Spring may be coming soon?

 

The Weekly Wrap Up-Rock CF Half Marathon training Week 7

Hey friends–you may be confused as this is posting on Tuesday, but with the holiday yesterday, I just didn’t get around to typing up last week’s recap until this morning since I was having so much fun yesterday getting my oil changed, tires rotated and doing my taxes (heavy sarcasm!)  So–since I just finished week 7 of my Rock CF Half marathon training plan, let’s see how it went in the Weekly Wrap Up!

Week of 2/8-2/14

Monday: It was a snow day for us, I was home with Ashton so I logged 4 miles during his nap!

mon

Tuesday: Strength–wasn’t feeling it when I got to the gym but pushed through and had a pretty good workout!

tues

Then, went to a 3 hour long meeting and one of my awesome work friends brought us all candy from her weekend trip to VT!  SCORE!

sugar

 

Wednesday: Speedwork–4 miles of 400m repeats! These are starting to feel a tiny bit easier.

wed speed work

In the evening, Robyn had a late night work staff meeting so I went out on a date with my favorite little man.  We had such a fun time!  He got a hair cut and then picked where we went out for dinner!  Score for all of us–he got ice cream, we got to spend time together and I didn’t have to cook!

wed date night

Thursday: Another strength training day, I didn’t snap a pic because I had an early morning meeting I was rushing to, but this pic was taken from my office right before I stepped into my meeting. I love the views from where we are on the Boston Harbor, even when its blistery cold out, its gorgeous!

thur office

Friday: Easy 2 miles and foam rolling

fri run

Saturday: I got up early to run my 10 miles before Ashton woke up because we had a busy day ahead of us. It was great because I killed two birds with one stone, got my run done and I was able to watch the new Grey’s Anatomy and then Scandal episodes and it was the perfect timing. I had about 2 mins left of Scandal when I hit 10 miles and then I cool downed and was done, all before 8 am!  I also wore my Altras for the entire run and I felt surprisingly good! I was a bit worried since I jumped from 4 miles right to 10 miles in the them but it worked out okay!

sat 10 miler

We ran a bunch of errands in prep for Ashton’s birthday party (eek!) next Saturday and then stopped by so Ash could meet his buddy Pete the Cat!

pete the cat

Sunday: Rest day!  Since it was Valentine’s Day we got up, lounged around for a bit, then went to our favorite bagel place for breakfast and drove into Boston for our annual V-day tradition of getting some yummy hot cocoa and treats at Burdick’s.  It was -13 when we arrived, so we were more than ready for something warm to drink!

burdicks

Robyn and I both got the single source Guatemalan dark chocolate hot cocoa. Robyn also got a slice of orange chocolate hazelnut cake, while Ashton got a regular dark chocolate hot cocoa and a chocolate macaroon.  It was delicious as usual and I love being able to share our holiday traditions with Ashton. After that, we came home, had lunch and Ashton went down for a nap. I was supposed to have a hair appointment but when I arrived, they were closed!!!  To say I was annoyed was a bit of an understatement. So I went home and we spent the rest of the day playing games and hanging out!

So,  there it is, the Weekly Wrap Up!  Overall, another solid week of training and a great long run!!

Have a great Tuesday! I am travelling for work later this week, so it’s up in the air if I will be posting later this week…if not, have a great week!

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Question of the day

What is your next race?  What is your goal race in 2016?

The Weekly Wrap Up-Rock CF Half Marathon training Week 6

Hey friends–how are you all doing??  I am sitting at home working as we are in the middle of a snow storm and everything was cancelled today (except my work.)  So, Ashton is quietly playing at his imagination table right now with stickers while I take a quick break from work to type this post up.  I just finished week 6 of my Rock CF Half marathon training plan, so let’s see how it went in the Weekly Wrap Up!

Week of 2/1-2/7

Monday: I logged 4 miles in my Altras.  It was almost 50 degrees out and I felt overdressed in capris and long sleeve half zip–what is going on with this weather? Isn’t this scene gorgeous??  There is no filter on this baby, just pure awesomeness!

monday am run

Tuesday: Tuesday is always my strength day so I did my usual full body circuit and was pleased I went up in weights for biceps and while it was very challenging, I did all three sets without failure. I definitely feel like I’m getting stronger.

tues weight training

Wednesday: I had a hill workout on the schedule.  I warmed up for a mile then did 2 miles of 1/4 mile hill repeats at a 7% incline and a 6.0 pace.  Then a mile cool down.  These hill workouts still kick my butt, but I keep telling myself they are speed work in disguise.  The first few hills always feel manageable and by the last few, I am toast and am watching the mileage closely so I can stop as soon as I’m able to.  I have been telling myself a lot when it hurts that I can do hard things and tell myself that over and over again.  I was so tired after the workout and had an early morning meeting that I failed to take a workout pic, but I did get a pic of my Starbucks run!

wed

My usual barista wasn’t there, so I was Sara with an “h” for the day!

Thursday: I was back at it with strength training.  I really love the full body lifting circuit I have been doing, but pretty soon I am going to need to switch it up since I am not struggling with it like I was in the beginning and have to keep increasing my weights. I know that is a good thing, but I also know I can find other moves that engage the same body parts in different ways, which will help me continue to gain strength.

thurs strength

Friday: I drove into the office early like usual and it took me my normal 1 hour and 15 mins.  I got my two “easy” miles in and foam rolled and was feeling really good.

fri run

I quickly showered and got ready for work and was in my office ready to get my workday started and when I looked out the window, there was a full-fledged blizzard going on outside.  By 8 am no one was in the office, so, I emailed my boss telling him I was going to head home and work from there, packed everything back up and drove back home, which took almost 3 hours!  How did it go from 50+ degrees on Monday to this on Friday morning?

fri snow

P.S. there was NO snow at all on the ground when I left in the morning. This was all in the matter of a few hours. I’m telling you, the weather here is NUTS!

Saturday: This was a step back week in my training plan, so I was happy that I only had to do 6 miles.  I didn’t have to get up early and was able to easily get this run in during Ashton’s nap. I watched Jane the Virgin again and the run flew by and I was feeling good.

sat 6 miler

Sunday: My day of rest.  We slept in, ate pancakes for breakfast, went to the grocery store, I read for a bit, we all napped, then woke up and played lots of board games and ate dinner while watching the Super Bowl.  It was a pretty awesome day all around.

Well, there it is, the Weekly Wrap Up!  Overall, another solid week of training!!

Have a great Monday and I will see you later this week!

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Question of the day

How was your week? What was the high/low?

The month of love

I’m not generally a big Valentine’s Day fan. It’s too commercial and I’d much rather get flowers on a random day than anytime around a holiday.  Sure, Robyn and I have some traditions for V-day, like buying a new specialty box of chocolate each year to enjoy together and going into Boston to get Burdick’s hot chocolate, but that is the extent of our V-day celebrations.  However, when you have a child, you are always looking for a way to make them feel special (year round) and I found something that happens to fit in well with the month of February.

I’m not sure where I found this, probably Pinterest, but I remembered that I saw something where someone cut out hearts in different colors and wrote down compliments for their child and then put one on their door each day for the month of February, so when they woke up, there was a new message for them to read. Since February is “the month of love” and also Ashton’s birthday month, I thought this was a really cute idea to do with Ashton to let him know how much he is loved and appreciated by Robyn and I.  It also tied in nicely with his preschool and their “kindness curriculum” the past two months.

So, I got to cutting out 29 hearts in pink, red and white and wrote things on them like  “You are kind,” “You are smart,”  “You have great ideas,” “We believe in you,” and “We love you.”

month of love

I have loved hanging his hearts on his bedroom door each night after he has gone to bed and hearing about them when I pick him up from school in the evening.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to be woken up to a new surprise each day that let them know all the great things others feel about them? What a great way to start each morning, right?

ash door

In a day and age where things are so busy, so structured, everyone is so pressed for time, people don’t take the time to let those in their lives know how they feel, it’s important to me that Ashton always knows how much Robyn and I love and appreciate him, and that while we have very small family, he always has him Mama and Dad to be there to support him.  This was just a small, fun way to do that and for us to celebrate the month of love at the same time!

 

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Question of the day

Do you celebrate Valentine’s day?  How do you let the ones you love know you care outside of “commercial” holidays?

The Weekly Wrap Up-Rock CF Half Marathon training Week 5

Hey friends–happy 1st day of February!  One month into the new year, it went by quick, am I right?  It doesn’t really feel like February with the temps in the 50’s today, but I will take it!  I just checked my mileage log and I logged 79 miles last month (which is a lot for me as of late!)  I am looking forward to seeing how this month shakes out as my training continues to increase!

So, last week I spent Monday-Thursday in a work summit which meant very early mornings and even later nights, so I am really happy that I managed to work out every morning like usual–it was a miracle really! HA!  I just finished week 5 of my Rock CF half marathon training, so let’s see how it went with the Weekly Wrap Up!

Week of 1/25-1/31

Monday: I had 4 miles on the books, I only made it 2. It was a terrible run, I stopped and stretched but nothing helped loosen my calves. At 2 miles, I threw in the towel. There is no use hurting myself or beating myself up over it…some runs are good, some aren’t.  This clearly wasn’t a good one.

mon run

 

Tuesday: I did a full body strength training circuit and managed to lift between 5 and 10 lbs heavier than usual on certain body parts which made me really happy, I’m hoping that all the strength training I am incorporating not only makes me stronger and able to lift heavier, but makes me a stronger runner too!

tues strength

 

Wednesday: Speed work day-total of 5 miles.  I warmed up for 1/2 a mile, then did 7x400m at a 7:30 pace with 400m of slow running recovery in between each set and did a mile cool down.  During the recovery a few times I had to stop and quickly stretch out my calves, but overall I felt pretty good. It does surprise me though at how I used to be able to do repeats at this speed and it felt a heck of a lot easier than it does right now, but I’m getting there, baby steps right?

5 mile speed work wed

Thursday: After a really late night out at work that included too much dancing and a few drinks (which is very unusual for me) I was happy that I made it to the gym in the morning. I was exhausted but once I got going with my strength training circuit I felt a million times better. I did a full body circuit and then foam rolled my calves and IT bands.

thus strenth training

Friday:  I think the week of being away at a work summit took its toll on me because when I woke up in the morning, I felt like I was going to vomit I was so tired.  By the time I made it into work, I was still super tired, but not so sick so I did my “easy” 2 miles and foam rolled in prep for my long run on Saturday.  I did both miles in my Altras and felt pretty good!

friday run

Saturday: I had 10 miles on my training plan (my longest run since 2014.)  I was up at 5 am and needed to get my miles in before a super busy day with my boys, so I quickly got dressed and grabbed my water and Nuun and headed downstairs to get it done!  I had saved up a few episodes of  Jane the Virgin (don’t judge, I love that show) and watched the last 2 episodes so I was all caught up.  I ran the first 3 miles with my Altras and they felt great. I really wanted to keep going in them but played it smart and switched my shoes out to finish the last 7 miles.  I ate a piece of an orange around mile 5 and then at every mile took another slice or two throughout the rest of my run.  I really was unprepared with fuel for this run, but I actually felt fine with the Nuun and the orange, so I went with it.

All in all, I surprisingly felt great, maybe it was my body repaying me for my terrible run on Monday?? I was anticipating this to be much harder, but it looks like I just had a great running day!  I did the 10 miles at a 9:24 pace, which felt very comfortable for me and then did a short .3 mile walking cool down.

sat 10 miler

I finished up my run, had some breakfast, showered and did my hair before Ashton woke up, which was perfect timing!  We had a really busy day ahead of us with hair cuts, birthday parties, friends coming over the house, etc so I was really happy I got my run out of the way early so I didn’t have it hanging over my head all day.  Plus, this was a huge confidence booster for me as 10 miles just felt so long to me since it had been so long since I ran that long.  I have three 10 milers and one 12 miler on the books for this training cycle so I was happy this one went so well!

Sunday: A day of rest!!!  Robyn tweaked his back late Saturday night 🙁 so he was down for the count for the day, which meant Ashton and I went grocery shopping, cooked, cleaned and did laundry while he rested. It was actually a perfect day (minus Robyn’s back) and we all napped, played games and generally just relaxed, which was much needed!

So, there you have it my friends, the Weekly Wrap Up!  Overall, it was a good week of training, I’m feelings stronger and hoping this week is just as good!

Have a great Monday–I will see you later this week!

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Question of the day

How was your weekend? Do anything fun?