“Sweat Pink Ambassadors live the Fit Approach mission every day: they sweat hard, play hard, and inspire those around them to achieve their best selves.”
I like to think that’s what I do: sweat hard, play hard and inspire others to do the same. In my short time with my SPA sisters, I’ve been so welcomed, supported and encouraged and I solemnly swear to do the same for others.
Last week, I inspired my daughters to move by volunteering to be part of their school’s running club again this year. As my girls’ coach, I set a goal for my ten year old to run at least 15 laps (equivalent to 3 miles) and my 7 year old to run 10 laps (2 miles) in the hour long after-school program. Both girls have had to run these distances in the past so it should come easy. Or at least I hope so. I hope that they eventually become a bit faster and run more laps than I had set.
However, since I’m running with them, what does that mean for me? Well, since I will be running anywhere from 2-3 miles with my kids, I’ll scale down my miles in the morning. In other words, I’ll try to keep that mid-week morning tempo run around 3-4 miles to not overdo it.
I’m a week behind in my marathon training due to the triathlon two weeks ago and my girlfriend getaway last weekend. However, my running partners are planning to run another 12 miles this week, so I guess I caught up with everyone else.
As for my marathon plan, I’m following a hybrid plan between Hal Higdon’s Intermediate 2 and Advanced 2. I like the speedwork and tempo runs of the advanced plan and I like the cross training day in the Intermediate 2 plan, but I like the amount of running in both plans, except I’m scaling it down to run 4-5 days a week instead of six days. I like my cross training and forced rest days but let’s be honest; it’s hard for a mom to run more than that.
You know what’s really hard? It’s really hard getting out of bed after a long weekend binge drinking with your girlfriends. We had a few good runs on the beach while away (more about that in another post), but once back home, I was too tired to move on Monday.
But today is Track Tuesday. So, I had to get out of bed to do my speedwork. No excuses. But maybe one more quick snooze… or two. I did my usual 1 mile warm-up followed by 4 x 0.25 mile sprints and another mile cool down, but mentally my body was still in bed.
Lap 1 – 0.25
Ave Pace 7:23
Lap 2 – 0.25
Ave Pace 7:37
Lap 3 – 0.25
Ave Pace 7:29
Lap 4 – 0.25
Ave Pace 7:39
Ave Pace 10:07
Speaking of cool downs, last Thursday was a cooler, less humid gorgeous morning and my 4 miler felt fast. Sadly, the speed was all in my head. Yep, in my mind, I’m a cool Kenyan.
Ave Pace 10:18
Max Pace 8:17
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