9 Weeks Till CIM + Live Life With Purpose

We are now into the single digit number of weeks until CIM. I have never raced a December marathon and it makes the urgency of the holidays so real. Christmas cards to think about, early shopping... I feel like I won't have a ton of energy or desire after the marathon, so the goal is to get a huge jump on holidays tasks this month. It was a good week of training, and I feel really ready for a break today. I will be full on enjoying a rest day from running and I couldn't be happier about it!
Let's take a look at last week's workouts:

Monday September 25th - REST DAY. Gosh I needed this rest day so much after 18 miles on Sunday and I relished in the fact that I could focus completely on recovery.

Tuesday September 26th - 7 easy miles

Wednesday September 27th - 10.29 miles.
Two mile warm up, 12 x 400 meter hill repeats (with 400 jog in between), two mile cool down. 
You can read all about it HERE and HERE.

Thursday September 28th - 7 easy miles

Friday September 29th - 10 miles with 8 x:30 second pick ups (all pick ups at 5:50/5:55 pace)
Progress. I'm now at a point where during these pick ups, I'm at under six minute pace on a consistent basis. Really happy with this workout.

Saturday September 30th - 7 easy miles at 8:22 pace.
My body was feeling less sore today - Wednesday's hill workout made me super sore for a few days. 
A good run today, so much so that I had to make myself slow down. EASY does it on these runs - nothing to prove here and can only hurt yourself if you don't dial it back.

Sunday October 1st - 15 miles. First 10 at 7:40 pace, last 5 at 7:00 flat pace.
This run had to be done on the treadmill today as it was the only time I had and it was an early evening run + I don't run in the dark. Long and emotional day today honoring a friend's life. Jerold and I had to leave super early in the morning to make it to the service and honestly, I didn't have the mindset to do this workout beforehand. Heck, it was hard to do the run in the evening - but goals... so I tried not to over think it and just jumped on the treadmill (after dynamic warm up of course :)
Happy that I could dial it down to 7:00 minute pace after ten miles of my normal long run pace. Running on tired legs is so beneficial in this training process. Needless to say, I was thrilled to be finished and I won't be running again until Tuesday! 

Total Miles: 56.29

Spending quality time with old friends was so wonderful. I love that we were all first connected through running, even though it has gone so beyond that over the many years. Although it was a sad time to come back together, we had some joyful moments reminiscing about time together as a team, old friends and the fact that our team and league produced some of the very best runners in the country. Pretty cool stuff.

I walked away with a renewed sense of purpose and wanting to make the most of every day. Am I living my life with purpose? Am I being as kind and loving as I can be? How can I help others more?

Waking up to the Las Vegas news made it that much more real.

It's a wake up call for all of us to live with zeal and adventure - joy and confidence. Let us all live our best life, even though that may seem hard somedays. May we all be reminded of the precious gift of life that we are given.

Thankful to always have him by my side.

Have a wonderful start to your week!

How was your week of workouts?

Anyone training for a Fall race?

Do you keep in touch with High School friends?

Do awesome things.


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