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Mileage Monday

I capped out at 55 miles this week, but I also added a few more strength workouts. On top of my 100 push-ups, I do 3 sets of 10 reps of 15lb weights of bicep curls, overhead shoulder presses (no idea what they’re really called) and butterfly thingies. I also do 200 squats! And a few sit-ups (they can be a little hard on my back, so I don’t go crazy with them like I used to). I said “hard on.” Ha ha! So great. Oh! And I do 60 of each donkey kicks, fire hydrants and full leg extensions. Running is tough to do with Callum around but all the other stuff I can do on my mat beside him while he plays, throws pillows at me, and climbs on my back.

Monday– Ah! I got a majorly huge sleep last night. Over 9 hours! I needed it, although sleeping in meant that I didn’t get my run done before everyone woke up, so I had to run while Callum was awake. I am potty training him, but I had to put his diaper on while I went to the garage because I didn’t want him to go poo and fingerpaint with it while I was running. I did 7 miles on the treadmill: 2 up at 7:30 pace, 2 tempo at 6:40 pace, 3 down at 7:03 pace. Then later, because the sidewalks are starting to clear, and when Andrew got home, I got outside for a 4 mile run on some hills. WHOA it was very obvious that I have not done hills in a very long time. Ouch.

Tuesday– I slept in again (whoops!) so I had to run (6 miles) on the treadmill again while Callum played beside me in the garage. I live a glamorous life. I also did some strength stuff (see above).

Wednesday– All I know is that when the weather warms up, I will undoubtedly have a renewed love affair for running. The treadmill is just not the same. I did 8 super slow miles early this morning.

Thursday– It is still frigid and icy out there, so I had to run 10 miles on the treadmill. I ran 7 miles at an 8 min/mile pace and then I did the last 3 miles in 7:30, 7:03 and 6:40. I also did strength stuff.

Friday– Through my whole entire 10 mile treadmill run, I only gave Callum my phone to play with for the last 1.5 miles. He played with his trucks beside me in the garage, rode his bike around, and dumped over a couple bins of garbage!

Saturday– Just a shorty 5 mile treadmill run, and strength stuff.

Sunday– A hilly 5 mile run outside. FINALLY! I sure can tell that I haven’t done hills in a very long time. My legs are treadmill-whipped. I have no doubt that my next few weeks of outside running (fingers crossed) will leave a bit of a (brown) mark.

I have to go grocery shopping tonight. What should I make for dinner this week, for two adults, two teenagers, a pre-teen and a 2 year old? I need some ideas.

What did you eat for breakfast today?

Our stupid freezer door was open a crack and all my frozen berries defrosted. It says on the bag to use right away once defrosted. Why? Why can’t I just keep them in the fridge and use them within the next few days?



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  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile January 16, 2017, 3:01 am

    How often do you do all of that strength training?! Thats a great routine!
    Im not sure about the berries but I would also think you could either refreeze them or keep them in the fridge. Its not like they are meat that you have to worry about going bad. Maybe they just start to lose some of their nutrients once they are defrosted?

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 16, 2017, 6:14 pm

      I’d say I do it about 3 days, maybe 4 days a week. I think the other two bags of berries have already re-frozen, but it says on the bag that I’m not supposed to re-freeze once they’re defrosted. BUT WHY? Like, I get the meat part, but they’re BERRIES!!!!

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe January 16, 2017, 3:31 am

    I think it is that the berries lose their freshness and also, have you noticed that frozen berries, when they defrost, kind of melt?

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 16, 2017, 6:12 pm

      Yep. Maybe because they have such a high water content or something. It’s bullshit.

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home January 16, 2017, 5:16 am

    All those squats and donkey kicks have to give you one firm booty! That has to help with hills.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 16, 2017, 6:12 pm

      Crossing fingers.

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes January 16, 2017, 5:29 am

    Way to go on strength training – that’s a well rounded routine you have a there! I think the berries are ok to use within a few days, but the quality will be less. If you are using them for smoothies that won’t make much of a difference!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 16, 2017, 6:12 pm

      Let’s just say I ate a LOT of blackberries in my smoothie yesterday. POO CITY.

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run January 16, 2017, 6:00 am

    Good job on all the strength! I do donkey kicks and a bunch of other glute/hip stuff on the days I lift. I am hoping it helps Mt itb which likes to be a bitch once in awhile.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 16, 2017, 6:11 pm

      Do you use weights at all when you do the donkey kicks? I tucked my 15lb barbell into the back of my knee but it was tough to balance it there while I was doing them.

  • Amy Lauren January 16, 2017, 8:10 am

    So glad you got an outdoor run in! I can’t imagine running on the treadmill all the time in cold winter months. I run on it occasionally year-round but I’m glad that at least I have the option to run outside year round. The donkey kicks and exercises I have been doing after my ITBS bout have really helped my running, I feel like. Sometimes those little things help more than just running miles.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 16, 2017, 6:10 pm

      Well, that makes sense because you just PR’d your half! That is so encouraging to me. I certainly *feel* stronger while I’m running! Well, actually, the hills are tough because my legs have been so used to the flat treadmill. But everything else feels a lot stronger and hopefully these squats will help to balance out the lack of hill training.

  • San January 16, 2017, 10:13 am

    Pasta casserole. Easy and so delicious 🙂

    I had overnight oats for breakfast.

    And you my lady amaze me… 55 miles.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 16, 2017, 6:05 pm

      YES. Great minds think alike, because I bought noodles and stuff for a cream sauce today. I baked some chicken and chopped it all up so I can assemble it tomorrow. Thanks!!

  • Gretchen January 16, 2017, 12:00 pm

    That strength training is AMAZING. I try to add in some but nothing like what you do. I might have to pick up the pace to keep up with you 😉

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 16, 2017, 6:04 pm

      It feels so tough when I’m doing it but I’m always disappointed with how it doesn’t really hurt my muscles afterward. Like, I don’t feel the burn or anything. Maybe I should work harder? I already feel like I’m pushing really hard!

  • Samantha January 17, 2017, 10:41 am

    I really enjoy your weekly milelage monday posts 🙂
    With the berries… sometimes that happens at my house and I’ve never noticed a difference having them frozen and unfrozen then refrozen! Maybe it is just to maintain freshness?!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 17, 2017, 1:51 pm

      Samantha, I am so glad you said that because I feel like my Mileage Monday posts can be really really boring sometimes! Thanks for the berry good advice. <----OMG SUCH A GROSS JOKE I MAY DIE

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets January 17, 2017, 11:47 am

    Baked something or other…

    Oatmeal of course with berries and a banana.

    I say eat the berries over the course of this week. They’ll be totally fine in the fridge.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 17, 2017, 1:50 pm

      Okay, I’ll follow your lead but will you come up and hold my hair if the berries go bad and I have to puke?

  • Ana January 17, 2017, 12:48 pm

    What did you make for dinner? I have this dish that I make for my family, the love it!! it’s steak and pasta. Cook the steak in a big pan, when it’s cooked to what you like, take it out and slice it. Then in the same pan, throw in some chopped garlic, sliced 1/2 onion, 1/2 red pepper. Let it cook for like 3 min.. then throw in some frozen corn or garbanzo beans (drained). Throw in some cooked pasta ( about 2 cups) chopped cilantro, the steak and let it all cook together for like 5 min. Mix all together and dinner is done. This only takes about 20 minutes and feeds about 5 or 6. my son used to like it, but now he only eats the steak and the pasta.

    Today for breakfast I had my normal… oatmeal, greek yogurt, coffee and a multigrain waffle with nutella.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 17, 2017, 1:48 pm

      I ended up at Pioneer Woman’s website where she lists off freezer meals. I cooked up some chicken breasts and ground beef and I’m going to make a couple of casseroles. That steak and pasta dinner sounds absolutely perfect for our family though. Thank you so much for that idea. I PROMISE you that I will be making it this week.

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