This Runner's Trials

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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Glass slipper challenge goals and training

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Back when I started training for NYCM, I thought I’d take a few weeks off afterwards and then jump right back into training for Dopey and Glass Sipper Challenges. See, it had always been my goal to just finish Dopey. As for Glass Slipper, I wanted to PR in the Enchanted 10k and do the Princess half for fun. So, I thought I’d continue to do weekly long runs for Dopey, and weekly speedwork sessions with the 10k in mind.

But then NYCM was a disaster and I ran an extra marathon, and ended up getting way more burnt out than anticipated. It was a struggle to regroup and focus on Dopey. I eventually did and got my long runs in, and thankfully Dopey went well. However, I kind of forget about speedwork.


Until this past Saturday. The first time in forever that I averaged sub-8:00 pace.

I say kind of because a lot of my runs in December were on the treadmill. When I run on the treadmill, I’m always adjusting the belt speed to make the workout fun. So there was some informal pace pick-ups, but I literally hadn’t done a true speed workout (meaning tempo runs or 800m repeats, my speed workouts of choice) since October.

We’re 4 weeks out from the Glass Slipper Challenge and I finally feel ready to add speedwork back to my training. Originally, I wanted to aim for a sub-45:00 time for the 10k. Well, that is not happening! I feel recovered from Dopey but even if I train as hard as possible from now until the 10k, I won’t meet that goal. There’s just not enough time.

My 10k PR is 46:25, from a race in May 2010. I think I can beat that now, and I’d ideally like to go sub-46. So, that’s the goal. 45:xx (7:24/mile or faster) for the 10k. I’m not sure if that’s too lofty* or not, but you never know until you try, right?

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May 2010 feels like 100 years ago!

To get there I’m going to do weekly speedwork sessions and I’m going to do my long runs at a faster than marathon training clip, too. I’ll shoot for 8:30ish pace, but I won’t be too strict about it. Here’s the plan:

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
4mi easy 5x 800m w/ warm-up + 400m recoveries Spin + TRX 4mi stroller OFF 11mi OFF
5mi easy 6mi w/ tempo at 7:30 Spin + TRX 4mi stroller OFF 12mi OFF
5mi easy 6x800m w/ warm-up + 400m recoveries Spin + TRX 4mi stroller OFF 10mi OFF
Spin + TRX 4m w/2 tempo at 7:30 4mi easy OFF OFF Enchanted 10k Princess half

I have weekly stroller runs slated, but they’ll only happen if the weather stays decent. If it doesn’t, I’ll replace that workout with 4 fastish miles and move it to Friday.

Here’s how this past week looked:

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
Spin +TRX 4mi stroller at 8:52 pace OFF 4mi stroller at 9:13 pace OFF 5mi w/ 3 tempo at 7:35 pace 10mi at 8:14 pace

The other thing I really need to work on? My Princess half costume! I’m not dressing up for the 10k, but I’m doing something fun with Heather for the half!

*If anyone else started singing “Scoop, Muck, and Dizzy, Roley, too…” when I wrote “Lofty”, you are my new favorite person.