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Mileage Monday

Well, hello there! It’s noon and I just woke up from a 10 minute nap. We’re in the middle of a long weekend and the sun has been shining, spreading its fingers through the slits in our bedroom blinds and poking me in the eyes each morning at 6am. It was so nice to wake up to a beautiful morning with my cup of coffee and Callum still fast asleep in his bed. HA! He slept until nearly 8 this morning which was wonderful. I’m not gonna lie.

I had another 70 mile week last week including 2 really kickass workouts. I’ve also been on point with my strength work which I swear has made such a difference in my ability to keep running this much while pregnant. Here’s how it went down:

Monday– I wanted the middle 8 miles to be done at a tempo pace of 7:15 min/miles (that would make for a 3:10 marathon) and I actually had a very easy time doing this! What a relief! 3 mile warm-up, 8 miles at 7:13, 7:11, 7:13, 7:10, 7:15, 7:15, 7:12, 7:09, and then 1 cool-down. It felt amazing.

Tuesday– Just some slow treadmill miles followed by all my strength work. I ran the first 6 miles at a 10 min/mile pace and then the last 2 miles at 9:13 min/mile pace.

Wednesday– A super slow and chill 6 mile run in the morning outside and then 4 slower treadmill miles in the afternoon.

Thursday– I did a slow and easy 6 miles this morning with Callum in the stroller (he’s been waking up at 6am–where normally he sleeps past 7!) and then I had an hour to myself this afternoon to do my speed work on the treadmill. I warmed up for 1 mile, ran 2 miles at 6:49 min/mile pace (that’s 8.8 mph on the treadmill), then cooled down for a mile, but then I felt pep in my step so I did one more mile at 6:49 min/mile pace and then one more cool-down mile for 6 total (12 for the day).

Friday– I really should NOT have complained about Callum getting up at 6am yesterday because this morning he pushed it back to 5:30 and I wanted to die. The kids didn’t have school today so Katie watched Callum while I ran 6 miles after I had done 2 on the treadmill. Hooray for Katie!

Saturday– I meant to do 10 but I lost track of distance because I was listening to a podcast, so I kept going and turned around at 6 miles, so I logged 12 miles total. It took me TWO HOURS to run 12 miles. I used to run 12 under 90 minutes. Oh well!

Before pic:

After pic:

Sunday– Alright, so you guys know that I rarely do this, but I’m documenting a run that hasn’t happened yet because it’s date night and I won’t have time to publish this later! Andrew and I are dropping Callum off at Grandpa and Grandma Slane’s house and then we’re going to run 8 miles together. It’s super warm out (25 degrees Celcius) so I’ve been chugging water all morning in prep.

Do you nap? How long is the perfect length of nap for you?

I seriously feel like a million bucks after my measly 10 minutes!

What’s your weather like?

Have you ever lost track of time/distance and gone further than you meant to?

{ 18 comments… add one }
  • Susie @ Suzlyfe May 21, 2017, 5:12 pm

    I’ve been napping a ton recently. I think it is all these hormones that I am on messing with me. And not running. I blame everything on not running.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 22, 2017, 3:06 pm

      Hormones will DEFINITELY do it. *snore*

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home May 21, 2017, 5:35 pm

    I’m a catnapper. 10-20 minutes and I’m good.

    Every time I read your recaps, my mouth just hangs open with your mileage.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 22, 2017, 3:05 pm

      I was shocked at how good I felt when I woke up from such a short nap!

  • Amy Lauren May 21, 2017, 6:18 pm

    I don’t really nap much but a few times I’ve taken short ones like 30 minutes and that worked out really well. I woke up refreshed. Anything longer than an hour and I wake up even more tired! You had an awesome week of running and I hope you got your run in today too since you documented it :). Maybe I need to do that to ensure I don’t slack, haha.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 22, 2017, 3:04 pm

      I heard there’s this magic number of 45 minutes or something, that if you sleep longer than 45 minutes then to make it at least an hour and a half otherwise you wake up sluggish. Something about the sleep cycles. I totally did that 8 miler!

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes May 21, 2017, 9:03 pm

    Your mileage is amazing – week after week of great running! That tempo run was especially great. I don’t nap much (anymore – I used to almost daily in grad school) but lately I’ve started reading after my long runs on Saturday and nap for 15-30 minutes. It was so warm and sunny here today! I got sunburnt.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 22, 2017, 3:03 pm

      Ohhhh a nice little nap after a long run is THE BEST.

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile May 22, 2017, 2:18 am

    I dont nap very often because I always end up sleeping more than I should and wake up more tired. 20-30 minutes is perfect but if Im tired enough to nap then I am usually out for like 2 hours.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 22, 2017, 3:02 pm

      That’s usually the same with me. I feel so gross if I nap super long during the day. It never happens but when it does, MAN do I ever feel sluggish.

  • Allie Capo-Burdick May 22, 2017, 3:29 am

    Naps are the best ever and I’m glad the sun has made it’s way to your side of the country 🙂 It’s downright hot here and acclimating is hard AF, as usual. Love your before/after shots and you’re still killing these runs!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 22, 2017, 3:01 pm

      Thanks Allie! Ya it’s weird to go from super cold to super hot so fast, but we’ll get used to it.

  • Ana May 22, 2017, 8:35 am

    I love this! It takes me 2 hours to run 12 easy miles!! ja ja!!

    Before I got a GPS watch, I used to lose track of my miles. I set up my app to not talk to me, and I would stop when I felt tired. Once we had planned to run 12 miles, 2 weeks before our first half marathon, but I ran 13.5 because I wasn’t looking at my watch. It gave me so much confidence to know that the 13.1 was possible!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 22, 2017, 3:00 pm

      Hey, that’s awesome! That worked out quite well!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets May 23, 2017, 6:58 am

    I can nap for hours. It’s magical, although the thirty minute ones usually recharge me better these days.

    Also alone time in the morning = everything. I can’t remember the last time that happened. Either I get up with Ave, or if the Hubby does she pretty much attacks me the second I set foot downstairs.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 23, 2017, 7:47 am

      YES. I totally know what you mean about missing the mornings alone. 🙁 Kids and quiet mornings do not co-exist. I will tell you right now from my own years of experience that if you set your alarm to wake up early, your child will still somehow sense that you’re up and then she will wake up even earlier too so not only will you not have a quiet morning but your kid will be overtired and miserable all day long. Our lives are pretty much over.

  • San May 23, 2017, 2:56 pm

    I am a broken record… but still so amazed you run 70+ miles per WEEK. Amazing.

    P.S. 45 minute-naps are the best.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 23, 2017, 4:43 pm

      It’s weird, I totally know.

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