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Mileage Monday

Well, there’s not much to write about this week. Sadly, I’ve done something to my pelvis somewhere, by coughing mid-run, of all things. If I had the time and energy I’d climb atop my horse and go on about vaccinating so that our children don’t die from avoidable communicable diseases but alas, that horse caught the cough too.

Anyway. I’n not sure what’s going on with my pelvis, or if is in fact my pelvis at all. I’m not sure I’ll be able to run this marathon this Saturday. But, I am sure that I’m a lucky, blessed, fortunate woman to have come out of this seemingly god-forsaken flu season alive, with my kids alive, and with a weekend trip to sunny Arizona, no less.




Mileage Monday

Heyyyyyyy GUYS!!! This winter can KISS MY ASS! Is it over yet? I mean, not too much to complain about as far as the weather goes. Not much snow, not too cold, but sickness wise, it’s been BRUTAL.

But let’s stay positive, shall we? Alrighty then.

This week marked the first week of taper time, and taper time it sure was. I hit 65 miles for the week and this is what it looks like broken down:

Monday– A super slow 7 mile recovery run.

Tuesday– Another super slow recovery run, but 8 miles this time.

Wednesday– I wanted to get the legs moving a bit so I warmed up, and then did a few intervals but called it quits and just jogged it out. I can still feel the 20 miles from Sunday and I don’t want to do anything dumb.

Thursday– Just an easy 8 miler on the treadmill.

Friday– 9 treadmill miles with a 2 mile warm-up and then 10 intervals of 3 minutes of hard running with 2 minutes of recovery.

Saturday– Just a chill 6 miles on the treadmill.

Sunday– I had to split this one up. I ran 7 miles outside in the GORGEOUS SUNSHINE before Andrew had to leave for work and then 9 miles on the treadmill while Jesse napped to make 16 for the day!

My ribs are so sore from coughing so much. I’m losing heart for marathon training but the good thing is that I’m tapering now anyway. All the hard work has been done and now I just need to get my head back in the game.

I was given a complimentary entry to the BMO Vancouver marathon in the elite division! So although everything feels a bit dark and dismal today, I know that there are bright days ahead.


Mileage Monday

Taper time! This was my last big mileage week before I start taking it a bit easier for the marathon in three weeks. It also ended up being a super stressful week with Jesse being really sick with a cough that is most likely pertussis (whooping cough). He’s only had his 2 month and 4 month immunizations so he’s not protected from it and apparently the vaccine wears off as we age, and because I didn’t get a booster shot (WHY DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS?!?!) I most likely have whooping cough too. I’m at the tail end of it, but man, do I wish I had known this a long time ago. It all makes sense now in retrospect. It’s unlike any other cough I’ve ever had. INSANE.

Anyway. Here’s my week (75 miles total):

Monday– 11 slow recovery treadmill miles while Jesse napped.

Tuesday– Another 8:30 min/mile paced 11 mile treadmill run in the bank.

Wednesday– Oh man, this was tough to get in. Jesse’s cough keeps waking him up so I had to piece this together throughout the day to make 14 miles.

Thursday– 11 easy treadmill miles.

Friday– Nothing! Spent the night in the ER for Jesse’s cough.

Saturday– Just an easy 8 treadmill miles in the hopes of getting in my last training run tomorrow before I start to taper.

Sunday– Well? This was it–my last longest, toughest run before taper time. I initially wanted to run it outside, 20 miles with 16 of them at goal race pace but since Jesse got sick, I knew it was either treadmill or nothing. The little guy had a big nap and after I fed him I passed him to Andrew and jumped on the treadmill. I warmed up for 2 miles and then fit in 11 miles at 6:49 pace until Jesse needed me again. I fed him, snuggled him, changed a poop (Jesse had one too) and then got him back down for a nap. I ran a mile to warm up and then decided that I needed some fuel so I mowed down a donut and a can of Coke! Then I finished up with 6 more miles at 6:49 pace, and a cool-down mile to make 20 total.

By the way, this is the first time I’ve ever peaked for a marathon at less than 90 or 100 miles! And honestly, I feel fitter and faster than ever. Higher mileage isn’t always better, but it IS more fun. Ha ha!


Suzy Has the Runs for a Reason

I often joke that everything gives me diarrhea. I get stress diarrhea, race diarrhea, travel diarrhea, relationship is going well diarrhea, relationship is stressful diarrhea, family members in crisis diarrhea and then out of crisis relief diarrhea.

It’s also how I run. I run through divorce, through husband and dad and son in hospital at the same time, pregnancy, birth, mastitis, through pneumonia, through crisis and through relief. I run to break and to break through.

I spilled boxed red wine on my Sam Smith concert shirt tonight.

I’m not here to show you guys how to do this right. I’m here to just BE here. That’s it. And I want you here too. I want to meet you here in all your weirdness, in all your cuteness, in your stress, travel, good relationships and shitty ones, whether you’re divorced, in the hospital, pregnant, single, sick, or doing well. I want to be here when you break and when you break through.

If you don’t like it messy, there are a lot of other accounts to follow. Suzy has the runs for a reason.


Mileage Monday

I had my highest mileage week this week since I was in my second trimester, pregnant with Jesse. I used to be a super high mileage runner logging anywhere between 70 and 110 miles a week but I decided to lower my mileage and include tougher workouts to see if that will help me shave 7 minutes off my marathon time to get me a shiny new sub-3 hour marathon. I’ll find out in about four weeks!

80 miles this week while on antibiotics for pneumonia and sporting several, yes several dislodged ribs (pregnancy/breastfeeding hormones to “blame” for that!). Here’s how it went down:

Monday– Testing out the lungs a bit more, holding onto a base for marathon training, trying my best to stay in the game without being a complete ass and screwing up my body. 13 slow and breathe-easy miles on the treadmill today. I’m planning for a 22 mile long run tomorrow at about a 7:30 average pace. I won’t kill myself doing it though. I’ll see how I feel once I’m out there.

Tuesday– I had to break this up into two runs because Jesse got his immunizations today and I didn’t want to be too far away from him! I ran 8 miles during his nap and then 14 miles once Andrew came home. I’m not sure of the pace of the first 8 miles but the last 14 were at around 7:45 average pace (the first 8 were done at 7:25 pace and the last 6 were a lot slower).

Wednesday– An 8 mile recovery run at 8:30 min/mile pace on the treadmill while Jesse napped.

Thursday– A 4 mile run on the treadmill until Jesse woke up and then 3 miles pushing him in the stroller to make 7 for the day!

Friday– 8 treadmill miles at 8 min/mile pace while the baby sleeps!

Saturday– 8 stroller miles in the rain so that Jesse’s cough would settle down and he’d sleep. He’s on antibiotics now too. 🙁

Sunday– I’m so happy about this!!! I feel like I have FINALLY turned a corner with this cough. Four weeks to go until the marathon so this next week is THE week as far as mileage and intensity go and then it starts to taper off. Since I did last week’s long run earlier this week, I chose to do a mid-length run with a fast finish today. I ran a slow 6 miles while Jesse napped and then I stopped to feed him when he woke up, then ran 5 miles at 7:13 min/mile pace and the last 3 miles at 6:22 min/miles for 14 total miles. I’m feeling really happy about this!




Mileage Monday

Hey guys! Well, I’m dealing with a bit of a blip in my marathon training but hopefully I’ll be able to come back rested and ready to dive into the last quarter of this training cycle. I’ve had a cough since the beginning of January (along with everyone else!) but this past week it took a bit of a turn. I started feeling sicker instead of better, and I kept hurting my ribs with my deep, body-convulsing coughs. On Friday I went to the doctor and she confirmed that I have/had fluid in my lungs so she started me on some antibiotics. I’m feeling a lot better, although my ribs are still pretty sore but from talking with other people who have had pneumonia, I’m gathering that the rib soreness lasts quite a while.

I managed to log 64 miles this week, and now as I look back onto Tuesday’s workout, I can see why I couldn’t nail it! I’m looking forward to a complete recovery and being able to jump back into training once I’m better. Here’s how this last week went down:

Monday– Oh, just a 14 mile treadmill run to start my week. I’m looking forward to going to physio tomorrow morning. Hopefully Dave can fix my rib that I dislodged WHILE COUGHING.

Tuesday– Well, I tried to do a workout but it was a bit of a struggle. I got my rib fixed this morning at physio, and it’s still a bit sore but it should be better by tomorrow. I warmed up for half a mile and then ran 5 miles at 7:13 min/mile pace and then I attempted 3 miles at 6:22 pace but only made one mile at 6:22, jumped off the treadmill for a 10 second breather and then back on for another mile at 6:27, jumped off for 10 seconds and then back on for a half mile at 6:27. Boo. I jogged in the rest to make 9 miles total. I’ll get it next time.

Wednesday– A 7 mile treadmill run at 8:30 min/mile pace.

Thursday– Well, this is fun. I dislodged another rib coughing last night, this time on my right side. So after I got it put back in (at physio), I ran a slow 7 miles on the treadmill.

Friday– A short and bittersweet 7 mile run outside before I got diagnosed with pneumonia!

Saturday– A slow test of the lungs. I pushed Jesse in the stroller for a 6 mile walk/run while he napped. I brought my puffer and stayed close to the van.

Sunday– Feeling better but my ribs are still super sore. I stuck to the treadmill for this one: 14 miles at 8 min/mile pace. Hopefully my ribs will settle down and my health returns full force this next week! I’m staying positive!


Mileage Monday

Well, this week was sick week. I caught the cough that’s going around and wow, was that ever a catch that I wish I had not landed. DANG, it’s a rough one. I hung in there for the most part and then I actually dislodged a rib while coughing my brains out and ended up just pretty much tossing the training for this week right out the window. I’m REALLY glad I got that tempo long run done last weekend! Another reason to just go for it while I have the chance because the availability to run isn’t exactly raining men over here.

I knocked out 70 sick miles. Wah. My cough has finally turned a corner for the better, thank goodness, but my rib still hurts like a sonofoabitch.

Monday– 11 treadmill miles. Oof.

Tuesday– A really decent 10 mile run pushing Jesse in the stroller while Callum was at preschool! The temperatures climbed a bit and the rain held off. It was nice!

Wednesday– Blah. Super busy day today and I had to fit in a 4 mile run and a 3 mile run split into two different times.

Thursday– 7 mile treadmill run, trying to conserve energy being sapped by this cough.

Friday– Treadmill miles during nap time, taking it easy with my hacking cough and an upcoming 23 miler on Sunday.

Saturday– I was supposed to do a 23 mile run today but I quit at 10 miles on the treadmill. My cough is SO BAD. I coughed so hard that I think I dislodged a rib, and I can’t get into physio (or any doctor) until Monday. And I can’t take cough syrup because I breastfeed. FML.

Sunday– Well, this was the long run that wasn’t. So today I got on my horse and decided to just take it a mile at a time, and I felt okay to do 18. 18 isn’t 23, but it’s close to 20, and that’s good enough for me.

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Mileage Monday

I had TWO really great, really tough workouts last week. They helped me gain a huge chunk of confidence for the marathon next month! I hit my usual 70 miles for the week and this is how it looked:

Monday– Treadmill hustle: 10 miles at 7:30 min/mile pace.

Tuesday– Just a 10 mile slog on the treadmill at 8:30 min/mile pace.

Wednesday– I warmed up for a mile then did 3 miles at 6:40 min/mile pace, recovered for a mile and then did 3 miles at 6:30, 6:22 and 6:22 pace. With a cool down mile, it brought me to 9 miles for the day.

Thursday– Just an easy 9 mile run at 8 min/mile pace.

Friday– Just an easy 7 on the treadmill.

Saturday– Long run with race pace tempo miles! I needed to do this soon because the roads are juuuuust finally clear enough to run on them and who knows how long that will last! I ran 18 miles total with the 14 middle miles at an average 6:47 min/mile pace. My PR for the half marathon is 28:08, and the half marathon I ran inside of my workout yesterday was 28:56. I’m getting fitter, and this sub-3 is looking more and more of a possibility with each passing week. I ran this run with a bad chest cough, so imagine how I’ll do when I’m healthy! 7 more weeks until Phoenix and I’ve got one more long run with race pace tempo miles left (I’m going to do 16 tempo miles inside of a 20 miler) and then a few regular paced 20-23 milers. Buckle in, Suzy. These coming weeks are gonna be bumpayyyyyy! WOOHOOO!!!

Sunday– A super slow 7 mile recovery run in the rain.

The next 4 weeks will be tough. I’m looking forward to it! Right after I kick this cough.


Mileage Happy New Year Monday

70 miles for the week! It’s so hard to get marathon training done during the winter months, especially with so many kids and with the youngest one being so young! But I make it a priority because I’m a neurotic, obsessive freak and if it wasn’t running then it would be some other weird shit that would most likely land me in jail.

Monday (Christmas Day)- I FIT THIS IN!!!! Twss. *sexy dance* Okay so, I had a split second this morning and ran 8 miles super fast. I did the first 5 miles at 7:13 pace and the last 3 at 6:49 pace.

Tuesday– Snow on the sidewalks so I logged these 11 miles on the road.

Wednesday– Still snowing, so I drove to a spot where I could run on trails for 10 miles.

Thursday– I copied Janae’s workout from a couple years ago (Hungry Runner Girl). Mile splits: 8 min, 7:03, 8 min, 6:44, 8 min. 6:44, 8 min, 6:44, 8 min, 8 min for 10 miles total.

Friday– Freezing rain and ice rinks for roads forced me onto the treadmill for my long run. 15 miles at 8 min/mile pace. Good thing I got this done in the morning because the power went out and stayed out for 16 hours!

Saturday– Just 9 easy treadmill miles at 8:30 pace.

Sunday– 7 miles through the snow and ice with Callum in the Chariot! Callum fell asleep, which is good because he will probably be up later tonight.

I need to get in a long run and some marathon pace tempo miles next week! The forecast looks a bit warmer so hopefully this snow will melt off and I can get a few solid workouts done. I turn 40 next Sunday, so I’m planning to run my long run on my birthday!




Mileage Merry Christmas Monday

Happy Christmas! My name is Suzy, and I take no running breaks. So, here is my mileage from last week (70 total).

Monday– I ran 5 miles early in the morning and then 6 miles later on while Callum was at preschool.

Tuesday– I squeeeeeezed this run in by the hair on my chinny chin chin, which I don’t really have, but I have a few that grow out of the mole on my cheek. 9 miles on the treadmill with the last 3 at 7:03 min/mile pace.

Wednesday– Just a slow 8 mile treadmill run. I’m gearing down and saving energy for a huge training run this weekend.

Thursday– Another easy 10 mile treadmill run while I conserve energy for my long run this weekend.

Friday– Another slow 8 mile treadmill run.

Saturday– Well, that was a shitty run. I signed up for Phoenix, booked flights and hotel and then had the crappiest run to date. I was planning on doing an 18 miler with 13 miles at marathon race pace but it was icy and windy so I turned around and finished it on the treadmill instead. I did 18 miles but I only did 6 at 6:49 pace.

Sunday– 6 miles outside in the fuh-REEZING cold to round out a 70 mile week.