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Mileage Monday

I hit 67 miles for the week on pretty tired legs! The 3 fast tempo miles on Tuesday (after last Sunday’s long tempo run) just about killed me! My legs still felt dead this morning so when I headed out for my 10 miler with the goal of doing 7 miles at goal marathon race pace (like last week), I didn’t think I could do it. I FORCED myself to just try to hit the pace for one mile. I didn’t quite get it (6:53) but I didn’t die, so I forced myself to do it for one more mile, and didn’t quite do it (6:52). I wanted to give up, but then I realized that today was probably my only chance to get this done, so I decided to dig deep. My mantra was “Work hard NOW.” If I work hard now, then it will help me later. This is my mantra every day, actually, especially having a newborn. The last thing I want to do is laundry, or dishes, when I am SO DAMN TIRED… but… if I slack off even just a bit, then the workload will be huge later. So, I get it done. I got it done. The rest of the 7 tempo miles got faster and faster, and my last two were 6:42!

Monday– Just an 8 mile recovery run at 9:13 pace on the treadmill.

Tuesday– 10 slow miles while Callum was at preschool and then 4 outside miles with 3 at half marathon race pace: 6:29, 6:28, 6:28.

Wednesday– Just a super slow hilly 7 mile treadmill recovery run.

Thursday– 6 8 min miles on the treadmill this morning and then 5 hilly miles outside while Andrew held the little kid fort down!

Friday– Oh man, I have a strong will. I wanted at least 8 miles today but Jesse would NOT nap anywhere except ON me so I ran bits and pieces here and there while he snoozed in the swing, bouncy seat, etc, until I finally hit 8 miles.

Saturday– I took Callum for a 5 mile stroller ride, came home and switched kids/strollers and took Jesse for a 4 mile stroller ride!

Sunday– I warmed up for a mile and then did 7 tempo miles: 6:53, 6:52, 6:47, 6:50, 6:46, 6:42, 6:42 and then 2 cool down miles.

What’s your mantra for running? For life?

{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile October 8, 2017, 3:03 pm

    Thats a good mantra! I usually convince myself to get things done sooner rather than later because I know that everything will pile up eventually. Your training is going so well!

  • Helly October 8, 2017, 3:57 pm

    For running, it’s Make It Hurt. But I only pull that out for the end when I feel myself slow down and need the oomph to finish. During the race, it’s a combo of swear words telling me to move with my mantra for life (that I got from my mama) which in English is You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do.

    Great runs, Suzy. Seriously.

  • Jenny October 9, 2017, 5:02 am

    “I am strong, I am good at this, I can do it.” If I need a short one it’s “Do the work.” Actually I have a bunch of different mantras that I pull out all the time. I have speed work tomorrow and I may use yours! Congratulations on such an awesome week of running.

  • Amy Lauren October 9, 2017, 7:08 am

    It is awesome that you got so many miles in between life and you also got the workouts in. I really admire your dedication and think you’ll have a great marathon when you do get back to racing. The mantra I have is run fast, take chances, and dream big… I write it on my arm before races and try to remember it.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets October 9, 2017, 10:19 am

    My new mantra is sleep….seriously though, I’m not sure I have one. This would require deep thinking and right now I don’t have the mental capacity. You’re still a rock star even when you’re exhausted.

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes October 10, 2017, 6:10 am

    Great runs, Suzy! I really like your mantra. Mine is “Focus on the mile you are in”… I am better at applying it to running than to life.

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