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Mileage Monday

I think it’s a combination of being on the west coast and being in Canada, but we didn’t get the New York City marathon coverage up here! I watched Shalane Flanagan’s finish on YouTube, several times, and it had me in happy tears. She wasn’t expected to win, so I loved watching her pull away from the lead women and break the tape. I may have loved her, “Fuck YES!” exclamation the very most, as she ate up the last few steps of victory.

My “Fuck yes” comes in the form of surviving the course of this last week. We had Halloween, which is always a giant pain in the ass (I am NOT a fan), and then we had a young man end his life in a very wide open and public form so that all the high and middle schoolers walking to school the morning after Halloween could see, and be traumatized from, two of which were my own kids, which made for a very heavy day, night, and week. We had flu shots, which was good, and then just he regular busyness of life, which is fine, which I do enjoy.

When I was a kid, when people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grow up, I’d tell them that I wanted to be an air traffic controller. I chose it because I had heard that it was/is the most stressful job out there. Now, obviously I didn’t go that route but this week, as my mind, body and heart ached from the exhaustion of fielding so many things from so many people all day and all night long, I thought to myself, well, well, well. Isn’t this interesting. Suzy the air traffic controller. Fitting, hey? Yeah. I thought so.

I’ll stop whining like a ninny. I ran a 70 mile week last week, and here’s how it went down:

Monday– I thought today’s run would feel terrible after yesterday’s tempo run but it actually felt not only good, but great! My legs felt a little bit sore but not dead, if that makes sense. Last Monday they felt like tanker trucks. I squeaked out a 10 mile run with a combination of running along and running with the stroller once Andrew left for his kids’ soccer practices.

Tuesday– A straight up 9 mile stroller run with Jesse while Callum was in preschool.

Wednesday– A crazy day. I got 6 miles done on the treadmill in the morning and then Freddy babysat Callum while I ran 4 miles outside with Jesse.

Thursday– 9 miles with the stroller (and Jesse) while Callum was at preschool.

Friday– 4 miles on the treadmill while Jesse slept and then 5 miles outside when Andrew came home early from work! Woo hoo!

Saturday– I did 16 miles with 10 miles at 6:49 pace… in the blowing snow and wind. Rawr. The first 6 mile “warm”-up was pushing Jesse in the stroller (I bundled him up and put the plastic cover over the BOB) and then I fed him, then did my 10 miler outside by myself.

Sunday– Just 7 easy miles to make it a 70 mile week!

What is your latest, “Fuck yes!” about? What would you like to say, “Fuck yes!” about soon, or one day down the road?

What did you want to be when you grew up? Is it similar to what you are doing now?



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  • meredith @ cookie chrunicles November 5, 2017, 1:19 pm

    Okay that is absolutely awful! A child in my son’s school district committed suicide a few weeks ago but thankfully no one saw it – it created enough of an uproar and traumatized plenty but right in front of everyone? I am so very sorry. And I’m sorry you didn’t get the race coverage. I am actually surprised because I have a friend in Romania of all places and she said they had the coverage over there in Europe.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 6, 2017, 3:04 pm

      I can’t stand hearing about how young kids take their own lives. SOMEHOW we have to help them. SOMEhow.

  • Janae November 5, 2017, 2:33 pm

    Oh my goodness, your week was absolutely awful. I can’t even imagine Suzy. Thank goodness for running to help you get through all of this. You rocked your Saturday run (and in the snow?!?).

    Growing up I always wanted to be a teacher… I’ll go back to teaching again:)

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 6, 2017, 3:03 pm

      I totally jumped up and down and yelled “HUNGRY RUNNER GIRL COMMENTED ON MY BLOG!!!!!!!!!!!”

      K, and it wasn’t IN the snow… like, there wasn’t snow on the ground. But it WAS whipping me in the face.

      You’d be such a good teacher! Except don’t the high school kids walk all over you?!

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home November 5, 2017, 4:56 pm

    We had our own high school drama which involved a football player who showed really poor judgment with his phone camera and what he shared and was reshared…meanwhile the team was in the second round of the playoffs and they lost. What killed me was people defending him while in fact he let his team down and very possibly destroyed another person’s life… What a messed up world we live in.

    And then Shalane restored my faith in all that is good.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 6, 2017, 3:01 pm

      Oh, I see where you’re going with that story. That is……. tragic. I clenched my teeth while I read your comment. AHHHHHHH not good.

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes November 5, 2017, 6:02 pm

    That is so incredibly awful and sad about the young man and that your children witnessed it. Some days I just want to curl up in a ball and hide from a world where shit like that happens.
    Shalane’s win is so inspiring! And you are doing so well on your marathon training – that long run is impressive, especially in the wind! Can you believe this snow?

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 6, 2017, 3:01 pm

      The snow is CRAZYYYYY. I am so excited about CIM for you! Yesterday’s race must have been so incredibly inspiring for you. I know I’ll be going back and replaying Shalane’s finish the night before my marathon!

  • Wendy Heath November 5, 2017, 7:13 pm

    Sending love, mama. Sorry your kids are having to deal with a graphic suicide- that’s not easy no matter who you are. Make sure they know it’s OK to talk about whatever reaction they are having to it. And make sure they access the resources the school brings in.

    My fuck yeah was finishing my first 10k! And not having to take any nitro running or after finishing my first half mary, at my time goal of less than 3 hours. Slow, I know. But good for me.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 6, 2017, 3:00 pm

      Thank you Wendy!!!! Wise words. I will remember them and implement them for sure. I respect your advice.

      AND FUCK YEAH back at you for that finish!!!! And it doesn’t matter what our time goals are, slow or fast, unless we’re Olympians! All that matters is we’re enjoying it all. Well, in our sick and twisted way of enjoying the pain of pushing ourselves!!!

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile November 6, 2017, 2:47 am

    Im sorry you had a rough week. That incident sounds absolutely awful. Hopefully the schools are able to help work with the kids to process what they saw.
    Great job with your running this week! I cant believe you are already having snow. Its still been pretty warm here- I feel like I’ve been saying that for months now.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 6, 2017, 2:58 pm

      Yes–both of the schools have grief and trauma counselors available. They handled it really well, and they handled it really well on the morning of the tragedy too. I have nothing but mad respect for the teachers, counselors, admin, cops, everyone who was there that day.

  • Gretchen November 6, 2017, 6:42 am

    I will definitely have my moment when i break 4 hours in the marathon in March. It’s been a long time coming with so many ups and downs and i NEED to do this.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 6, 2017, 2:57 pm

      YES AND YOU WILL. I believe in you. I also believe in the marathon plan you’re doing, minus the hill repeats of course. πŸ˜‰ Although, you know what? I’m sure hill repeats are good. I just have such an all-or-nothing personality that when I take something like hill repeats and put them into a training program, I run them until my achilles pops off.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets November 6, 2017, 9:36 am

    Suicide is so heart wrenching, especially when the victim is so young. We really need to do better when it comes to mental health for ourselves and our kids. We set the tone.

    My heart breaks for this family.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 6, 2017, 2:56 pm

      We DO set the tone. It gets overwhelming when I think about how much work has to be done but all I can do is focus on my little family (okay, maybe it’s a big family) and together we can do our part at taking away the stigma of mental illness, and working toward change.

  • Helly November 6, 2017, 8:16 pm

    Man, that’s awful πŸ™

    I wanted to be a teacher when I met my first teacher in Kindergarten πŸ™‚

    My last FUCK YES was when I got my first sub 4. My next one will happen when I BQ.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 10, 2017, 2:47 pm

      HELLZ YEAH!!!!!

  • San November 7, 2017, 4:16 pm

    OMG, a young man committed suicide and traumatized middle schoolers and highschoolers by doing it in a public space? How awful! I mean, at least he didn’t feel the need to take “anybody with him”, I guess. I am sorry, but with all the shootings here in the US, my thought is often “why don’t you just commit suicide without murdering other people?’…. but I guess having kids see that is traumatizing in itself. I am so sorry.

    I loved Shalane’s ‘FUCK YES’ and I would very happily say FUCK YES in the near future when my BFF successfully finishes her cancer treatment. Sigh.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 10, 2017, 2:46 pm

      Your best friend is going through cancer treatment? Aww, San, I am so sorry to hear that. You are such a kind, supportive person and I have no doubt you have given her so much comfort and hope through all of this. I hope she finishes the treatment soon and moves forward in health and strength. Keep me posted.

  • Ally Angell November 10, 2017, 10:20 am

    Blog creeper over here πŸ™‹πŸΌπŸ™ˆ So we have a bunch of mutual friends from TWU (I went for one yr, and then left for a job as flight attendant) and I remember being envious of your wicked mane and beautiful smile. And you seemed totally badass.totally intimidating for an insecure girl with bad hair and no idea who she was.
    Aaaaanyways….all that to say that a mutual friend once shared a blog post on fb and I read it. And then read others. And now I’ve followed pretty much every post and we should be besties because, well, I know about things. But you know nothing about me, so I’ll remain a not-so-secret blog stalker now 😜
    Just wanted to say thank you for your honest and raw posts. I come from a blended family, with lots of struggle, illness, depression, mental illness (some victory stories, others not..), dysfunction, and crazy-big joy despite. So I appreciate reading your words- that we are not as alone in this life as we sometimes think we are. And also- after 4 kids I’ve been sporadic at best with my workouts so I’m gonna start running again.slowly.after my eggnog latte.tomorrow.ish….
    And I had no clue what I wanted to be when I grew up (hence completely bombing at TWU) so what I’m doing now is an amazing gift- being a Mama and working with a private mentorship team who is working with us to organize our time and money to have more freedom.
    Well that is probably the only time you’ll hear from me, haha! But I’ll be reading along, cheering and possibly drink in hand amidst piles of laundry…maybe I’ll be back when I actually have something run-worthy to comment on πŸ™ŒπŸ½

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 10, 2017, 2:45 pm

      ALLY. I’m so glad you said hi, you sneaky little thing! And you do NOT need to worry about waiting to have something “run-worthy” to say to write a comment! I welcome any topic, but poo is my favourite, and well, everyone poops, so you can always write about that. πŸ™‚
      In all seriousness though, thanks for your kind words, and for letting me in a bit in your own life, and your own struggles and PLEASE SHARE as much as you can because God knows, I could use the help. <3

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