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Half #8: Training Runs 4 and 5

Oh hey there! Is anyone still out there? Didn’t mean to drop off the grid over the last few days but it’s been a busy, busy week. Actually, the past two weeks have been pretty crazy but I’ll have some exciting news to share soon! (NO, we’re not pregnant. Don’t get too excited!) I feel like I’ve been slightly more aloof than usual on the blog the past month or so really, and honestly I have no excuse other than life. Life right now with our two littles is anything but slow, and between some big changes headed our way, Adam training for a marathon, my own half marathon training, lots of family birthdays including Adam, my SIL, AND Adeline later this month, I haven’t had much time to brainstorm blog posts. Well, that’s a lie. I’m always brainstorming blog posts. Let’s rephrase…I haven’t had much time to BLOG. But, I’m back today with a quick recap of my last two training runs for my next half marathon. My comeback race, if you will!

Training Run #4

6 miles / Treadmill / Sunday night
*Headed to the gym around 4:30 PM, Barrett and Adeline were both still napping when I left. I was gone for probably 1.5 hours all together, and picked up dinner for everyone on my way home.

  • Mile 1 – 9:50, walked .1
  • Mile 2 – 9:50, walked .1
  • Mile 3 – 9:50, walked .1
  • Mile 4 – 9:41, walked .1
  • Mile 5 – 9:41, walked .1
  • Mile 6 – 9:23 down to 8:34

For this run, my first “long run”, I tried to stick to what felt good. I’m still building my base I feel like, so I’m still giving myself a little grace and letting myself walk for just .1 between my miles to take a sip of water and regroup mentally. Getting back into distance running is such a mental game for me, so I’m slowly piecing everything together. I can feel myself getting stronger though, and know that I can push myself even more when I’m ready.

Training Run #5

3.5 miles / Treadmill / early Wednesday morning
*Left for the gym around 6:30 AM, Adeline had JUST woken up as I was leaving, and Barrett woke up not too long after. (Why they’re waking up so early we have no idea!) Adam put on Bob Ross and fed them breakfast while I was gone.

  • Mile 1 – 9:50, walk .1
  • Mile 2 – 9:40, walk .1
  • Mile 3 – 9:30
  • Mile 3.5 – 8:49 / 8:49

The first two miles of this run were quite honestly a drag. I felt like I was barely moving on the treadmill but thankfully could zone out a bit and watch the Today show in front of me. I started to feel much better though once I hit the mile 2 mark, and was excited to feel good enough to knock out negative splits and end strong with two quarter mile sprints.

Overall, I’m feeling more and more optimistic about this eighth half marathon thing! Progress over perfection is my current mindset! Every run I feel a little stronger, and a little more in shape cardio wise. I’m thankful I’ve spent the past half-year doing strength workouts because at this point I don’t feel like my weakness lies in my legs or feet not being strong enough. At this point, it’s strictly cardio and trying to literally make my heart stronger! It’s felt good to get back in the saddle with running though, and it’s amazing how much better I feel as a whole. I am so motivated to be as strong and fit as possible for my two precious kiddos, and Adeline loves cheering me on and hearing about my runs! I can’t wait to cross the finish line and see their smiling faces. Running used to be my identity, so letting myself find that again in the midst of motherhood has been quite the journey already. But, I am.here.for.it.

Thanks for keeping up!

4 Comments

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    Heather Brown
    October 9, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    So excited for you!!!! You’re crushing it!
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      Sarah
      October 15, 2019 at 4:38 pm

      Thank you!

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    Amanda Bumgarner
    October 16, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    I wish we lived closer and could be running buddies! We have such similar paces. Keep it up!
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      Sarah
      October 17, 2019 at 11:17 am

      I know!! That would be so fun. I don’t know anyone down here who enjoys running!

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