No breakfast in bed for me, instead my kids gave me something better, sleep and uninterrupted time on the treadmill. My middle kid woke me up at 6:30am. For most people this does not sound like sleeping in but, for me, it was an extra hour! She told me she had been up since 5am and couldn’t lay in bed any longer.
After breakfast the kids promised not to kill each other or burn down the house while I ran on the treadmill. I added in the incentive of turning off the family timer on the Xbox to hopefully give me enough time to get 4 miles done. I ended up with 3 miles of quiet and then the natives got restless. Usually I can barely get a mile done before they’re causing mayhem and destruction, so I’m considering this a win for me.
I am in week 3 of training for my half marathon in August. I managed to get one run outdoors this week. It was a big fail. I am still not comfortable wearing my compression tights when I run outside. Which means I get a mile into my run and then my right foot falls asleep/gets pins and needles. I do not have the coordination to run on uneven sidewalks like this so I ended up walking most of the 3 miles I did on Wednesday.
Friday I stuck to the treadmill and did the same 3 miles 11 minutes faster. So frustrating! Obviously I can run 3 miles without having to walk, now I just have to learn to do it off the treadmill.
Today was my “long run”. It is ridiculous to call 4 miles a long run but I am still building my weekly mileage. It has also been 8 months since I have run 4 miles so I was thrilled to see this on Smashrun.
My goal for this week is to do all my mileage outside.
In this winter that refuses to leave, 13 more inches of snow dropped on us yesterday. This means I spent the first day of spring shoveling out my car. I am done with the cold and snow. Done!
I have one sleeve left to do on the Gathering Stripes sweater so naturally I gave in to second sleeve syndrome and picked up another project.
I spent yesterday knitting some more of my Kex blanket. I’m using Cascade 220. I had completed 3 repeats over the course of the last 2 weeks and had to rip back 1 repeat that I attempted while running a fever of 102. But what you see pretty much took me the entire day to complete. This is going to be a long-term project.
I love back side of the blanket as much as the front! I was not sure if the colors would work together when I ordered them but I’m very pleased on how it’s turning out.
This weekend I did some knitting. It’s been a long time, old friend. I have not picked up needles since July! I am making Gathering Stripes sweater in size 6 for my youngest. I found some Madelinetosh tosh merino light in some nice spring colors. She’ll stand out for sure now that mud season is on its way.
I finished the cowl neck and now I’m waiting for the needles I need before I continue.
I could have sworn I had size 4 16 inch circulars. I’ve turned the house upside down looking for them. I know as soon as the new needle arrive I will find the old one!
Last night’s dusting of snow made this morning’s run an interesting obstacle course. My dirt road is narrow and there is always a film of ice on the edges of it. Throw an inch or two of snow on top and its a recipe for disaster! I made a bee line for the paved streets a mile away. I had hoped that once I was on pavement running conditions would improved. HA!
I ended up having to run down the middle of the streets where the only bare pavement could be found. I guess that’s one of the perks of living in the middle of no where. I did 3 miles in 45 minutes. I probably could have walked it faster!
Moving on to better things…
I’m back to weighing once a week. I seem to stay on track with weekly updates.
Week 1 Weigh-In
Starting weight: 155.8
Current weight: 154.2
I’m starting to add in some yoga into my week. I use to do it daily last winter and I miss it. I hope to get in 30 minutes 2-3 times a week. My first attempt yesterday was a bit of a struggle. So out of shape!
My insane statistics class starts tomorrow so I’m spending the rest of today preparing for it. I hope to get a bit of head start as well. Wish me luck, the next two weeks all I will be doing is eating, sleeping, and stats!
13 races in 2013? I seemed to get the idea in my head the other day that this was entirely possible for me to accomplish. There are six virtual races which will help make this goal a real possibility. For nearly half the races I will not have to worry about lining up a babysitter or working around my husbands hectic work schedule.
I took a look at the races I listed as part of my 2013 Goals and thought about where in the calendar I could add a few more races without overwhelming myself. Here’s what my updated race calendar looks like.
St. Patrick’s Day 5K
July 4th 10K
October half Marathon
Turkey Day 5 Mile
I’m still missing one race but there are several Mother’s Day or Memorial Day runs that I can choose from once I get closer to May. Now I have to go register for all these races!