Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Who Loves to Run Almost 21 miles?

 

Me!  That is who!

I ran my longest run since Boston this past year on Sunday. 

20.4 miles in 2:56:26

High 8:40 miles??? (I cannot remember what the Garmin said)

It did not kill me.  I felt good.  I even picked up the pace a few times as part of the plan my coach had for me…. and that did not feel that hard. I ran the next day.  I ran 7:55 miles tonight, two days later.  And, I have a sinus infection and an ear infection.  (Better me than my baby!)

I HOPE I am not jinxing myself.

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On Thursday, I begin two and a half weeks of travel.  First stop, New Orleans, a city that I absolutely adore.  My sister graduated from Tulane in 2007, and I grew to love the city and all its debauchery and revelry while she was there.  NOLA also has a place in my running history, as I ran the Mardi Gras half marathon the February after Katrina demolished the poor city.  (And, my race recap was published in Runner’s World!)

However, I am part of a panel at a national conference, so I will not be celebrating my return by planting myself at Pat O’Brien’s.

Then, onto the big Europe trip.  My traveling buddy Courtney runs as well, so we will run our way through the continent while we represent our schools.

Oh, and, did I mention the big guilt I have leaving my three boys at home?  BIG!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Three Things Thursday

 

Wow!  I am blogging twice in two days.  And, stealing other bloggers ideas for Three Things Thursday

(1) I have been so sick all this week and am finally getting better.  Who gets a cold in September?

(2) My cold apparently went to my head when writing my last post.  I was doing repeats at 5K pace but not 5K repeats at that pace.  I would die at that pace for multiple 5Ks!

(3) I am psyched to do my 20 miler this weekend.  Pumped actually!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Over a Month Without Blogging

 

Wow!  It has been over a month since I have blogged.  Needless to say, I have been busy.  My husband was away for an entire month, leaving me,  the baby and the dog at home alone.  I did manage a weekend away with him during this time in Charleston, SC.  I also did do my long run on 15 miles on a treadmill.  I had never watched the Kardashians so the ladies and Bruce kept me highly entertained during this time.

The whole family (minus poor Cisco the dog) then headed to Washington, D.C. for my husband’s final two days of work.  There were 11 of us down there.  While all the people were not conducive to eating dinner, there were many people to watch Jack.  So, I ran a lot in the three days I was down there.  I love running around the monuments.

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The Vietnam Wall- We saw my father’s friend’s name- =(

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The Entrance to the World War II Memorial

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The Lincoln Memorial

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The Washington Monument in the Distance

Notice the lack of the reflecting pool!

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My MIL and 4 grandchildren at the Capitol

Good Luck to us trying to get them to look!

 

Now, I am back into the full swing of things with work.  I head to NOLA next week and pretty much leave for Europe right after…. for work, not for fun.  But I am sure I will find some.

And running- well, due to pushing the jogging stroller probably, running is finally turning the corner.  It is so much easier when I am not pushing it.

Case in example- today I had 5K repeats on my plan.  I had to split up the run into two because Jack woke up.  Half on the treadmill, half outside with the stroller.

I did not want to do the 5K repeats with a stroller, but I had no choice.  At least half of them were done.

Ones on the treadmill- I put the treadmill on 8.6-8.7 which is sub 7

With the stroller- 7:22 average on the repeats

At least I know I can go somewhat fast with that stroller!

Finally, a cute picture from today

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Enjoying the September day