It's been silent here on the blog lately. I feel like I am juggling a thousand balls and gambling that they don't come crashing to the ground. I've never been good at juggling, and somehow it's working? I think. I hope.
Running a whole lot of miles, writing deadlines and super focused on my kids. The afternoon/evening routine with three kids literally running around is hectic to say the least. They have been getting bored with the meal choices lately and I am making a concentrated effort to spice things up a bit in the dinner department. Honestly, it's not easy to do that when my Sunday meal planning has been lacking (yeah, I've been falling asleep after a 22 mile run - not really jazzed to meal plan) and then we're on the fly for the week.
I could make it sound neat and pretty and tell you I've got it all together, but most of the time I don't. Sunday afternoon following the race (recap is coming!) I made a delicious leek and zucchini soup - so easy to prepare and I found it in this cookbook which I love. I paired it with a whole roast chicken plus sweet potatoes and felt pretty darn proud of myself! Nutrient dense and colorful for the win, also a perfect recovery meal after a race. We all sat down for dinner together, which was really nice, as during the week Jerold is working a ton and we don't have many family dinners with him.
I looked around the dining table and couldn't believe how much my kids are growing. Josh is 10 (TEN!) now, Elle is such a little girl at four and Megan is this spunky six year old first grader. How did this happen and please let me not miss a single second.
The grind of marathon training is completely here. I've hit the peak of the crazy mountain, we need to fine tune a few things and then coming coasting down to race day in three short weeks. These weeks are going to quickly evaporate and before I know it, it'll be time to board the plane.
My kids are beyond excited to go to Boston. In their eyes, we may as well be going to Tahiti - they are so pumped and it makes me smile to have them with me. There was a point where I was going to fly in for the weekend, race and fly home, but Easter is the day before the race and it's also during spring break. There was no way I would miss Easter with my family - so off we go.
I realize I haven't updated you on my training in a bit, so here's an eight day snapshot:
Sunday March 12th - 4 moderate, 8 at 7:03, 4 moderate. 16 total
I kicked butt on this workout. It was the end of a long week, my legs were a bit fatigued, and I put it aside and got to work.
March 13th - 4 trail miles to recover
March 14th - 6 miles
March 15th - 6 miles
March 16th - Yasso 800's anyone? 2 mile warm up, 10 x 800, 400 jog in between, 2 mile cool down.
Splits for the 800s: 3:09, 3:09, 3:09, 3:07, 3:05, 3:05, 3:05, 3:03, 3:01, 2:58
March 17th - 6 miles
March 18th - 10 miles
March 19th - 22 miles at 7:40 (coach didn't want me to go faster than this)
65.5 miles for the week of March 13th.
This was peak week, last week was a tad lighter and then I raced the Encinitas Half on Sunday! I can't wait to tell you all about it.
I will say that official time is looking like 1:33:33, 3rd in AG = 7:08 pace on tired legs.
Bring on Boston.