Sunday, April 28, 2013

A rainy day & a PR, but not mine

Today we had a 4am wake up call so we could head to Toledo for the Glass City Marathon. This was Pat's run, Brady & I were spectators and Pat's biggest fans. As soon as we got off the exit, it started drizzling, only to pick up as the day went on. Brady & I dropped Pat off at the start then headed to a beautiful metro park that was close to both mile 7 & 21.
Brady waiting for the runners

Here comes the leaders

Pat's rocking the run, he's the green blurr.

Someone is tired & wet!

Coming in for the finish, Pat blew past both of those guys!

Pat rocked the race with a PR and 8 minutes under his BQ time. I'm so proud of him!

Friday, April 26, 2013

In training...

Some friends of mine talked me into running my 13th marathon, Marine Corps, in October. Since I haven't been running much I decided I better start training now. I'm very loosely following Hal Higdon's Intermediate half marathon training plan, then I'll go into the Run Less, Run Faster marathon training plan. This week has been week 2 and I'm tired, very tired. I've learned that the key to getting through this is to plan ahead. I've done well this week with packing my lunches the night before as well as my running bag. It saves me having to do it in the morning and allows me a few more minutes of sleep. I have a friend who works near my work and we've been meeting at lunch for runs. This has been huge for me. I tend to get burnt out easily when all of my evenings are consumed with running. Running at lunch two days a week lets me have those evenings free. I feel more productive at work too. The downfall to it is having to look (and smell) like I didn't run. Baby wipes are my lifesaver.

This is what I've done so far:
Monday - 4 miles - ran at lunch
Tuesday - 5.5 miles, ran with my running club
Wednesday - 0, was supposed to run at lunch but it was raining, then snowing.
Thursday - 4 miles, 1 mile warm up then club 5k run

So I'm at 13.5 miles for the week so far.

This is what I'm hoping for:
Friday - 3.5 miles at lunch
Saturday - 6 miles
Sunday - off, cheering my husband on at the Toledo marathon

The plan has me running 18, but I should have 23 miles in for the week.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Around here...

After years of talking about it, I finally bought myself a new laptop. I got an HP Envy and I'm really excited to have a reliable computer at home again. I'm hoping it will make for more frequent blogging since life is constantly changing and there is so much I want to document.

In the meantime...
I got a new computer at work and I've been working out the kinks. It's always a challenge when you lose programs or documents and have to waste time searching for them. We up graded from Windows XP to Windows 7 so that takes time to learn too.

The kids are full swing into Spring sports. Jack made the Freshman baseball team and has 6 games a week (double headers 3 days a week). Grace is dancing one day a week and playing volleyball two days a week. She did great in her first ever Volleyball game after only two practices so I'm looking forward to seeing her progress over the season.

My bestie talked me into another marathon. I'll be running lucky #13 (Marine Corps) this October in DC. After a brutal winter, I'm thrilled that it's starting to be perfect running weather. Now if only I can keep progressing with the miles. It's been helping that I've been running at lunch.

Another one of my besties just got back from a trip to Hong Kong & Perth and I met her for brunch last Sunday to hear all about it. I love brunch with friends, especially when I haven't see them in a while.

Now that warmer weather is approaching the thought of summer vacations is coming to mind. Pat is running a relay up North in June that I will go to & then I'll be running GLR again this year. I'm hoping we can get a camping trip in there too.