4th Times the Charm…

4th Times the Charm…

Is it already the end of November?  I’m not sure where this month went but we are down to the last few days.  I haven’t written in over a week.  Life has been busy.  The big kids were home all last week for Thanksgiving break and I just didn’t get around to any posts.  We had a very relaxing week home complete with no travel plans.  It was wonderful.  We had a great meal at my in-laws (who live one mile away) and then we came home and started our Christmas decorating.  Ashton has already managed to destroy quite a few small Christmas objects and ornaments even though I thought we had it pretty child friendly.  That boy! He keeps me busy. And now for a blur of pictures from the past few days…

Ashton is ready to eat… as usual!
The cooks!
Setting up our tree. Our tree farm is the attic…
My silly Anna
Decorating = done!
My 4 little buddies
I love those big brown eyes!

We also took down the crib and turned Ashton’s nursery into Abi’s bedroom.  It was a big day for our family! We set up our crib in 2004 and it seems a little strange not having one up anymore.  I’m sure I won’t be as sentimental when it comes time to being done with diapers.  Unfortunately, Ashton shows no interest in potty training any time soon…

Our first baby to use the crib in 2004- seems like yesterday.
Taking the crib apart- Abi is pretty excited about getting her own room!
The same spot where the crib was…

This past week has had its fair share of struggles.  Mostly involving a certain 22 month-old who wants to play instead of go to sleep and who also likes to get up in the middle of the night every night to wander into mom and dad’s room…  I know this adjustment phase will pass so we’re just trying to make the best of it.

As far as running… last week was a great training week.  I felt like I was back in the groove and everything is feeling good.  (Let’s just keep it that way!)  I ran a total of 51 miles Sunday- Saturday.  Here’s how it went down…

St. Jude Marathon Training- Week 3 (of 4)
Sun.  11/18– 5 easy mi. @7:48 pace.

Mon. 11/19– Speed session at track. 7 miles total with 5 x 800’s (2:57, 2:55, 2:53, 2:53, 2:48). This is my fastest set of 800’s to date and they felt good.  I finished feeling like I could have done a few more. I wore my new Brooks Cadence and they felt light yet still supportive enough for me. 

Tue. 11/20– 4 easy mi. @ 7:42 pace.  Legs were pretty sore and I would have liked to have gone a little longer but I was short on time and needed to squeeze in this run.

Wed. 11/21– 15 mi. @ 7:43 pace. This was my first and last “long” run for this mini training cycle.  I did it alone but it was a good run for me.  I felt strong.  It was cool but perfect running weather. 

Thur. 11/22– 9 mi. @ 8:09 pace. Thanksgiving fun run with some friends. Would have loved to race but there are not any nearby Turkey Trots so the fun run with friends continues…

Fri. 11/23– Off.  I decided to take a complete rest day since my last day off was over a week before.

Sat. 11/24– 11 mi. @ 7:33 pace.  This was a COLD run! Temps were in the 20’s when I started.  I jogged to the trail to meet a friend and ran miles 2-7 with her.  If it wasn’t for meeting her I would have probably done this one on the TM.  It did warm up a little but I was glad to have this run done.

Week 4 (of 4) so far:
Sun. 11/25– 5 easy mi. @ 7:58 on TM.

Mon. 11/26- 7 easy mi. @ 7:48 with the girls.

The rest of this week will be light.  It hasn’t fully hit me that I will be running in a marathon on Saturday.  It also hasn’t hit me that I’ll be 34 on Thursday.  Wasn’t it Bart Yasso who said he never really counts birthdays unless they are a year when he switches age brackets.  So in my case, I guess I don’t really need to worry about this one since I’ll still be in the 30-34 age group!

And speaking of birthdays- I got my birthday present from my sister Tricky today….

It’s the Brooks Nightlife Equilibrium Long Sleeve shirt.  I LOVE it!!! I am so excited about running in it  tomorrow morning! 

4th Times the Charm

This will be marathon # 4 for the year for me.  I don’t know that I will usually run this many marathons in one year.  It’s my 6th marathon ever.  I have learned so much from each one and I’m looking forward to getting on that starting line Saturday morning.  I’m trying to prepare myself for the many different sides of the marathon.  I was looking up a lot of different running quotes this weekend and I read one that I’m pretty sure has become my new go-to marathon quote.  I’m sure most of you know but it was new to me.

โ€œNow if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing.
You have to make the mind run the body.
Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night.
But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.โ€
– George S. Patton, U.S. Army General, 1912 Olympian

And then there is this one from Tom Hanks that I love.  I know he was talking about girls softball in this movie but it definitely applies to running!

“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard…is what makes it great!”
-Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own
  Any other marathon quotes or mantras you would like to share? ?

20 thoughts on “4th Times the Charm…

  1. Your paces on your runs are mind boggling to me!! I am seriously in awe of you, Tia =)

    I have to say, it comforts me that your 22 mo old is getting up in middle of night and coming into your room. That is EXACTLY what AJ is doing right now and I was hoping that it was just an age thing!!

    AND, I have a feeling that I am going to be following in your footsteps regarding how long you had your crib set up – we are already at 2 years and will definitely hit 3 1/2 yrs…and plan on more children! LOL =)

    1. Thanks Michele! You will get your pace back soon I’m sure. You are already doing so great for just having had baby #2!! For me it takes about a full year to recover from a baby. Enjoy those sweet boys!

  2. Good luck this weekend, Tia!! Hope you rock it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    It’s not really a “quote”, but one of my favorite sayings was one that Adidas had printed on banners near Heartbreak Hill one of the years I ran Boston: “Mind over body, body over hill”

    For some reason I just loved that! I say it to myself on any hill I encounter in my training. (I’m trying to re-qualify this year, post babies!)

    Hope you have a great race!

    1. I LOVE that! I’ve never heard that before but I will be adding it to my list. I wish I would have known that when I was going up my mega mountain hill at mile 20 in my last marathon!

  3. You are going to knock em dead Tia!!
    I love that shirt on you. I need to order one ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your kids are adorable!! The tree cracks me up. We go get one every year- a big tradition, but some times I’d like to use the attic as our farm too.

    Looks like some great training! I ‘ll be watching closely to see how you do with this short taper. Waiting for a PR ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Raina. Yes, I must admit that the tree farm in the attic is super convenient. My husband and I grew up doing both over the years but I think our kids may only ever know artificial trees. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I’m so excited for your marathon! I am glad to be taking a much needed little break from running, reading your mileage made it very clear to me that I needed a break because I can’t imagine getting out there and doing speedwork right now!! You are going to do so amazing in this marathon, it’s yours!!:)
    Happy belated thanksgiving, sounds like you had a busy, but relaxing week – sounds kind of like my home! Kids coming into our bed all hours of the night and little ones waking up super early – life of a mom:)
    GOOD LUCK on Saturday!!! Can’t wait to hear all about it

  5. Good luck this weekend! I can’t imagine 4 marathons in a year. I feel like my 2 a year has been a lot. Sounds like you’re just getting stronger though! Happy birthday and good luck!

    1. Lol!! It sounds like a lot to me too. Not sure what happened to me this past year?! There is something strangely addicting about that distance… ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Some of my favoirtie mantra’s “Trust in your training” & during the last couple of miles of the marathon, “It supposed to hurt right now because you are racing!”

    I think we are both on the short side, I’m 5 feet tall so when I pass tall runners inside my head I am saying “Come on Pee Wee”

    ~Good luck this weekend! & Happy Birthday!!

  7. What are you planning to wear?? They’re saying mid 60’s now. I was hoping for it to be a little cooler. This is my 1st marathon so I don’t know what to expect. Good luck to you!!!

    1. Mid 60’s?!! I guess I haven’t checked the weather in Memphis the past few days! I’ve only ever run marathons in the 40’s which has always felt ideal. I guess I will forgo the compression socks, sleeves, etc. I tend to get very hot so a tank and shorts will be enough for me. I will probably have a throw away shirt for start if needed. Good luck Laura!! Excited for you and your 1st marathon. I just did the half there last year but loved it. When you run through the St. Jude campus in mile 5 it is AMAZING!!

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