This Runner's Trials

Base race

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Isn’t time a funny thing? I feel like I have been in this non-training mode forever. I’ve been running, but I don’t remember the last time I “had” to run. Well, yes I do. It was back when I actually followed a training plan leading up to NYCM/ Thunder Road last fall.


Shorts weather!

I have this crazy idea that I want to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah marathon this November. I know. I said I was done doing marathons for awhile. But it’s amazing what some time off from serious running does for the soul. The itch is back. I want to run faster and longer. I want to train at daybreak on humid summer mornings and push myself. And, yes, I want to see if I could smash my PR by running a marathon on a flat course. My neighbor is running the race, and we run the same pace and trained for NYCM together, so it’d be really fun to train with her again.

But I also want to make sure I get my health straightened out and the whole work-life balance thing somewhat balanced before I commit to intense training again ( <-- thank you so much for all of the points to consider for nanny vs. daycare!). I feel like things are starting to fall into place, so I’m cautiously optimistic that I’ll be in a good place in a few months when I need to start training.


Speaking of time, she’s going to be ONE next week, and he’ll be 3.5 next month. How is this possible?

Anyway, back to that time thing. I told my husband last night that I need to run a base race first before I decide if I’m going for Savannah. Even though I haven’t been training, I feel like I may not have lost too much speed. But I want to know for sure. A base race is important to me because I need something recent to base my training paces on.

racefest 2015

Charlotte Racefest is this weekend. It’s a great race, and where I ran a 1/2 marathon PR when Wyatt was itty bitty three years ago. There’s a 5k, 10k, and half option. I would do the 10k. I asked my husband last night if it would be OK to race this weekend, and he assumed I wanted to run the half! I laughed hysterically. There is no way I could run a half marathon now. I haven’t run more than 7.25 miles in almost two months – which is forever in the running world. Then he asked me why I couldn’t base my race paces off my Dopey* times. I responded something like, “because Dopey was forever ago”. But no. Dopey was only three months ago! I cannot believe it. It seriously seems like years ago! It’s crazy how quickly we lose our running fitness, huh?

I just registered for the 10k and I’m really, really excited. I don’t expect a PR, nor do I have any time goals, which is actually pretty nice. I’m just super eager to get out there again!

Who else does a base race before settling on a training plan? If you don’t, how do you settle on goal paces for the plan? I’m really curious because my husband thinks I’m weird for needing to run a race first, but he couldn’t tell me how he picks goal paces!

*I owe you guys a Dopey takeaways post. I’ve had a draft that’s 3/4 of the way completed sitting for months now, and I promise to have it published before registration opens at the end of this month.

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Some updates

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Hi! I’ sorry I’ve been MIA – there’s not much running happening, so I don’t have much to share in this space right now. 

But I received an email the other day that made me laugh – and made me realize that I really owe you guys an update! Another blogger asked if I backed off on blogging because I’m pregnant. Definitely not. No more babies from me!

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I love them, but two is enough!

I’ve just been busy with life, as I’m sure all of you can understand! Here’s some of what’s been going on:

Work: I’m trying to go back to work full-time. I’ll share more about how I came to this decision eventually, but it’s basically because I need to financially and because I want to. I’ve had a hard time finding enough regular freelance work since having Hadley, so I’ve been pretty stressed out and that whole “work-life balance” thing is anything but balanced right now. I’ve been spending a lot of time job hunting, interviewing, and negotiating. I’m cautiously optimistic that something will work out soon, so fingers crossed!

I have one question for working mamas: how did you decide between daycare and a nanny? For us, we’ll definitely need to go the nanny route for awhile (because daycares are full). But I cannot figure out which is better in the long run. Costs are pretty equal (and astronomical) either way. I keep going back and forth. If stick with the nanny, Wyatt will still go to preschool a few mornings per week. I’d love to hear how you all came to childcare decisions!

Workouts: I haven’t been running much – and I have yet to try my PiYO DVD. I’m just tired, you guys. So, so exhausted. My kids don’t sleep through the night regularly, and it’s definitely caught up to me. I’ve been sick on and off since November, and I actually need sinus/ ear surgery as a result in a few weeks. So, that was a wake-up call. I’m putting my health first now, which oddly enough means fewer workouts. I have no doubt that they’ll sleep one day, but for now I’m not scheduling any workouts and only running when I truly have “extra” time.


Negative splits are easy when your first mile is up a giant hill.

The ironic thing is that my pace hasn’t suffered despite only averaging 20 miles/ week lately, and doing no other workouts. I cannot figure that out for the life of me, but I’ll take it! I hope you all are well. <3

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A new (to me) workout

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First of all, the winner of the Eternal Love Teething Jewelry giveaway is Lindley K. Congrats Lindley! I’ll send you an email.

Usually with the start of daylight savings time comes warmth, light, and a burning fire deep inside of me to run. Far and fast. Nothing gets me motivated like spring fever. But this year? I’m not feeling that desire. Instead, I want to slow down, get healthy, and build strength with fall races in mind.


runDisney Wine and Dine half registration opens up next week – Tuesday, March 17 at noon – and while I’d love to run that, it’s not going to happen this year. So, I’m still searching for fall half marathons to be my goal race for the year. I’m thinking of Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah because I have a couple of friends running it, too. But I’d love to hear other suggestions of halves – preferably flat ones -- within a drivable distance of Charlotte.

Anyway, I’ll be starting a new strength training routine this week.


I finally bit the bullet and ordered PiYO! I’m so excited to try it out. I’ve had a hard time making it to my early morning spin + TRX classes lately, so I think an at-home strength workout will be ideal for the time being. I’ll be sure to share my thoughts after I’ve been PiYO for awhile.

Does anyone have any PiYO tips to share? Or how to incorporate the workouts with running? I’m still aiming for 20-25 miles per week. Thank you!

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