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Mileage Monday

Hot DAMN what a week of training! I am so SO surprised at what my body can do so soon! I’m still several pounds above my normal weight, plus I’ve lost a lot of muscle tone, and add in the fact that I’m recovering from having a baby and completely sleep deprived, I should technically not be able to hit these paces! A few weeks ago you would have heard me whisper to Andrew that I won’t be hitting a sub-3 in Phoenix, just because it seems so far away fitness-wise from where I was at. But now? Honestly? It’s within reach. It’s deffffffinitely within reach.

I managed a 72 mile week this week with a few SOLID workouts. Really, really solid ones. I’m still in my pre-training training cycle, so I know it’s early, but I’m already surpassing what I had originally penciled into the calendar. I’m really happy with how things are going. Here’s how it all went down:

Monday– All at an 8:34 pace, I warmed up, then ran 4 sets of: 3 minutes at 2% incline, flat for 3 min, then 2 min at 4% incline, then flat for 2 min then 1 min at 6% incline. The hill workout is originally from Allie at VitaTrain4Life posted on Laura’s This Runner’s Recipes website. Cooled down to make 10 miles total.

Tuesday– First, I did 8 miles (3 on the treadmill, 5 outside while Callum was at preschool, Jesse was napping and Andrew was working from home) and then later on, because I had some time, I did my 2 miles at half marathon race pace (6:30 min/miles) with 1 mile warm up and 1 mile cool down to make 12 miles total for the day.

Wednesday– It was tough to keep the pace slow because I knew that Jesse would wake up and I wanted to get it done before he did, but I knew it was more important that I take it easy. So I did 7 miles on the treadmill at 8:45 min/mile pace.

Oh, and edited to add: I did strength work in the afternoon, and everyone was pissing me off so I jumped on the treadmill for 3 miles and alternated an 8 min pace with a 6:49 min pace, 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy, for 10 total miles for the day. I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER NOW.

Thursday– I ran 5 miles at 8 min pace, 3 miles at 7:40 pace, and the last 2 miles at 7:30 pace.

Friday– Just a slow, super early 7 miles on the treadmill at a 9:13 min/mile pace while listening to the Rob Bell podcast on wisdom. It was pretty good. Jesse was up at 5:30 and by the time I got him back down at 6:30 I decided to just get my run over with because the kids don’t have school today and we have a couple of appointments to go to.

Edited to add: I had the day from hell that day. I’ll write about it in another post.

Saturday– Well, at first I did 7 miles on the treadmill in the morning while Jesse napped. I took it easy and stuck to a 9 min mile pace while listening to Lindsey Hein’s podcast. Then after Freddy’s soccer game, I pumped a couple of ounces and Andrew stayed with the littlest two boys and I took off for my marathon race pace tempo run. The schedule (pre-marathon training training plan) called for 3 miles, but I did 4 last week so I shot for 5, but I felt so good at 5 miles so I did 6! I warmed up for a mile, did 6 miles in: 6:38, 6:47, 6:46, 6:46, 6:48, 6:41 and then “cooled down” for 2 miles, up a huge hill. I hit 16 miles total for the day, and finished it off with Indian food. I can’t stop sweating.

Sunday– Just an easy 9:13 pace on the treadmill for 7 miles.

Have you guys recently had a day that was just a complete gong show? Did you cry? Publicly?

What do you do when you have days like that? Like, what soothes you? What helps you feel better?

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  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile September 24, 2017, 1:26 pm

    Running and wine definitely help me get through rough days! Your workouts are just amazing. I have no doubt you can get that sub 3 in Phoenix.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 25, 2017, 3:51 pm

      Thank you for your support, sisterfriend. xo

  • Meredith @ the cookie chrunicles September 24, 2017, 2:45 pm

    You are forever my hero. Chocolate cake gets me through the tough days. Chocolate cake and laughing with my friends- laughing while eating the cake is best. 🙂

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 25, 2017, 3:51 pm

      I never used to care about chocolate cake until I met you. I swear. If I ever came across chocolate cake, I’d heat it up in the microwave, top it with some vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce and chocolate chips, and THEN… eat it.

  • Kimberly September 24, 2017, 2:50 pm

    When I have a crappy day I like to read your blog ?? . Also, Reese’s peanut butter cups may be consumed.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 25, 2017, 3:49 pm

      I feel like we get each other.

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home September 24, 2017, 4:18 pm

    Mic drop.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 25, 2017, 3:49 pm

      Ha ha ha!!! Awe, great response! I LOVE IT! *butt smack*

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe September 25, 2017, 4:24 am

    Depends on what happens. Honestly. Sometimes, I get to the point where I just start laughing. Or trying to, at least. Or french fries occur. I’m ok with that.

    • Helly September 25, 2017, 9:25 am

      Yep, laughing is often a form of crying for me….and french fries.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 25, 2017, 3:49 pm

      K, actually, I totally laugh. When the mechanic was helping me with the van while it was honking (story to come), I was bawling my eyes out and through my tears, I told him that I never cry and I hadn’t cried in a long time, and then I started hysterically laughing. And crying. All at the same time.

  • Heather @ HeatherRunsFast.com September 25, 2017, 5:48 am

    You are such a beast! I sooth myself with food- it’s a really bad habit. I had a horrible afternoon of dealing with stupid people and my finger ended up in the pb jar followed by the mini chocolate chip bag… good thing I run 😉

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 25, 2017, 3:48 pm

      I’m getting more and more recluse in my old age. It’s a good thing that I no longer work with the public. I’d need to carry a mini jar of peanut butter in my purse, for SURE.

  • Amy Lauren September 25, 2017, 7:12 am

    Great job on training this week! You are just coming back from the baby so don’t write off any goals for Phoenix, you just never know what might happen in the next few weeks and when you get into more training. It’s neat you’re still able to hit those paces too!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 25, 2017, 3:46 pm

      True… anything is possible. I do dream big, and shoot high, because why not.

  • Marina @ Happy Healing September 25, 2017, 9:02 am

    Wow – awesome job with your training, that’s so impressive! When I’m having a terrible day I try to squeeze in some yoga, and maybe have a glass of wine 😉 have a great Monday!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 25, 2017, 3:46 pm

      YES. Wine is good. When I dropped my son Jake off, he picked up our McDonald’s cup and asked me if I wanted him to mix me up a drink. HA. Seventeen year olds. SIGH.

  • Helly September 25, 2017, 9:29 am

    Oh man, I’ve had a ROUGH couple of weeks. I’ve been meaning to update you.

    When I get into my darkness, I shrink away–from everything, everyone, and my body shrinks too, literally, because I lose a ton of weight when I’m stressed/depressed/anxiety filled.

    My husband makes me feel better. But if I’m deep in my hole, he has to work at it. I love that he never gives up.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 25, 2017, 3:42 pm

      Shit. I totally relate–I think we both cope in the same ways. I’m so glad you have a husband that makes you feel better–a lot of people have husbands that make you feel worse.

      My sister had an AWFUL class last year and really struggled for the entire 10 months. Teachers have such a tough gig. I don’t know how you guys do it–I really don’t.

      • Helly September 26, 2017, 9:25 am

        Totally. I’m so grateful he’s supportive and understanding of my craziness, lol

  • Laura September 25, 2017, 10:01 am

    When I read your posts I have to remind myself how everyone is different, but man you are just superwoman!!!! I’m amazed at the mileage and paces, and it’s inspiring!

    Within the last few weeks I have had a few of those days, sometimes running soothes me other times I need a glass of wine or beer and a bath. When I was a kid my mom would do candlelight baths for me after a bad day or when I was sick….I try and do that occasionally now because it’s hard not to sit in a warm tub, low lighting, and drink (then hot chocolate, and now alcohol) without being able to mellow out. It’s SO BASIC BUT I DON’T EVEN CARE.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 25, 2017, 3:38 pm

      I feel like I have to work way harder at training than most people do–like, maybe I’m not gifted or a natural runner. If you think about it, I’ve been marathoning since 1998 and I still can’t nail a sub-3, even after so many weeks, months, years of high mileage. If you see me run, you’d also see that I’m not that efficient; I look weird when I run. BUT? I love it, and I have a strong will. So maybe, even though my mileage and hard work can seem extreme, it’s just keeping me in line with more natural, gifted runners who can pull off 3 hour marathons with lower mileage and less training. Which, thankfully, I’m totally fine with, because I really do love running. It’s my time, my meditation, my personal space away from the rest of the world. Sometimes I need 5 miles to “get there” and sometimes it takes a bit more. Callum just picked something out of his teeth and handed to me, so I’m leaning towards a bit of a longer run today…

      I love that your mom would do that. When I had insomnia, even as a teenager, my mom would sit beside me in bed and tickle my face with the corner of a tissue. I was a colicky baby, so she probably felt like she was forever trying to soothe me and get me to sleep. I owe her big time, but yeah, mamas seem to know what’s what. Now I like tickling my face with red wine. It’s one of the small rewards of being an adult.

  • Ana September 25, 2017, 10:43 am

    You are running all the miles!! You are amazing!

    It depends on the feeling, if I’m mad at work, I listen to loud music. In my mind, I still have to get through the day, and finish my work. If it’s real life, then I speak up and get into fights, stupid fights, and still listen to music to calm me down.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 25, 2017, 3:31 pm

      Oh, TOTALLY loud music! Music helps me so so SO much. I’m glad you mentioned it.

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes September 25, 2017, 1:10 pm

    You are amazing – look at those marathon pace miles at the end of that week! I’m glad you did that hill workout – isn’t it fun in sort of an awful but great way? During those days or weeks I need running, beer/wine, and a favorite funny movie or TV show – I need escapism.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 25, 2017, 3:26 pm

      YES! I meant to message you back and tell you I did the workout! I also forgot to link up your websites. AHHHH. I suck.

      Do you like Jerry Seinfeld? Andrew and I just found a documentary on Netflix on him and although we’ve only been able to watch the first few minutes, it’s hilarious and TOTALLY escapism.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets September 26, 2017, 11:53 am

    Boom goes the dynamite.

  • adrianna September 26, 2017, 7:56 pm

    you. are. INCREDIBLE! i found this blog a few months ago and have yet to comment, but i just love it and marvel in, well, your life. also your man bun run podcast was adorbs.
    i don’t have kids, or any real responsibilities other that work, but i cry at work. probably way too often. i walk away, hide in the bathroom, and try to breath and count down the hours. then i hit the gym the second i get home with some good music. and if it was a really shitty week, call my mom to vent it out.
    she always used to say ‘tomorrow is a new day. the sun will come up no matter what.’ and i tell myself that. a lot.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com September 27, 2017, 4:27 pm

      Hi Adrianna! Sorry it took me so long to reply… my husband hijacked the MacBook for work and by the time I had a chance to reply, I fell asleep. HA! I like your coping mechanisms, a lot. Crying is good, and so is breathing, and gym-ing, and listening to music, and talking to the mom. I hope my kids call me when they’re older to vent it out! Well, unless they’re calling me from jail.

  • Agness of Fit Travelling October 12, 2017, 3:15 am

    It really seems like you had an awesome and effective week, Suzy! What keeps you motivated to hit the treadmill?

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