It’s hard to believe I am in Week 7 of my New York City Marathon training but it’s even stranger to think that I have done the majority of my training so far on a treadmill… I have never been a huge fan of running on a treadmill but this summer has definitely moved me out of my comfort zone. One of my good running buddies (who was also training for NYC) is out with a stress fracture so I’ve had to do most of my runs alone. I know many people run alone all the time but I miss this “girl time.” Since it has been so hot I have resorted to the treadmill so I can set desired pace on the TM and zone out for a while. How is it even bearable? One word. Netflix.
This week’s first quality session was one I consider challenging. To me, tempo workouts like these are the hardest but I know they help me the most mentally in a race situation. Track interval workouts are faster paced but seem a little easier since I do not have to maintain the pace quite as long. Anyway, I was able to focus and nail this workout. For the first five miles I averaged a 6:54 and for the last three I averaged a 6:52. It was hard but I love that feeling of accomplishment I get after completing a challenging workout. I just registered for the Heart and Sole Half Marathon next month and I am counting on workouts like these to help me break 1:30!
Change is in the air…
The past few days have been full of change. My kids started school and I am going through major withdrawals! Abi started 3rd grade and seems so grown up. Anthony started kindergarten and Anna started pre-k.
|First day of school 2012|
Anna just goes on Tuesdays and Thursdays but that means on those days I am home— with only one! Poor Ashton has no clue where anyone is. I am sure I will get used to it but it is suddenly way too quiet around here. I actually miss the sound of 4 kids running up and down the hallways.
I didn’t realize how hard it was going to be learning to let go. I know they are not moving out to college or anything but starting school is a big step. It’s the first step towards independence. So I am trying to relax, breathe, and have faith that they will be ok, even if I am not by their side every minute of the day.