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Mileage Monday

I meant to hit 60 miles this week but I miscalculated and hit 59 instead. This is going to make me even crazier. Tapering is the absolute shits. I’ve had two (maybe three, if the diarrhea was in fact induced by a virus and not stress) viruses in the past two weeks, and I haven’t been sick in ages. My left shin hurts, my right knee hurts, the bottoms of my feet are sore and a muscle that attaches to my right hip bone is all angry. But this my friends, is what happens during the taper. It happens to nearly everyone, and it’s no cause for a freak out.


Since I wrote this post, I have been eating at least one serving of vegetables each day without fail. I will stop eating the veggies this coming week though, as my body can’t handle the fibre before race day. I’ve also been drinking bottles and bottles and bottles of water, including one mixed up with a packet of Emergen-C daily to help me fight these damn colds/coughs I keep getting.

But as far as running goes, this is what I’ve been up to:

Monday– Time to take tapering seriously! I pushed Callum in the stroller for 6 miles in between errands.

Tuesday– My last strength workout before the race! I took Callum for a stroller ride for 4 miles and then I did 10 miles on the treadmill with 6×1 mile repeats at 6:31 min/mile pace and 400m recoveries. OUCH. It was so hot in the garage. Thirty degrees outside made for an even hotter garage. I’m complaining, but I kinda felt badass, so it was worth it.

Wednesday– Recovery treadmill run while I listened to podcasts.

Thursday– Callum is sick yet AGAIN but this time with croup. I took him for a stroller run this morning (8 miles) and he fell asleep for two hours in that thing!

Friday– I went to physio this morning to double check that my hip is okay, and he said it’s no big deal, just a bit of a strained muscle. So I took off outside for a 10 mile run while Callum napped (Andrew was working from home). My legs felt really fresh and I felt like I could run forever.

Saturday– I can’t sleep in past 7am anymore. SUCKS. So I got up, had some coffee and ran 8 miles. My hip felt janky so I’m icing it like crazy.

Sunday– SHIT! I miscalculated. I thought I was hitting 60 miles with this morning’s 5 miler but it only brought me up to 59. OH THE HORROR.

My plan for this week is to run 6 miles a day on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, take Friday completely off and then race on Saturday morning. Sunday in Seattle looks dry and sunny with a high of 23 degrees Celcius (73 F) but it’s coastal Spring weather out here in the PNW so anything can happen.

I’m making my playlist this week. Give me a good running song that you’re loving right now!

Are you guys able to sleep in on days when you don’t have to wake up early?

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  • Jen June 12, 2016, 2:02 pm

    Get ur freak on – missy Elliot. Or Demons by imagine dragons. I watching for that extra mile you throw down today yet to even things up. Or extra 6 to make it a nice round 65 😉

    • Jen June 12, 2016, 2:04 pm

      Oh and I can sleep in anytime, anyplace. I double heart sleeping in. There was one day this week where I woke up at 5ish feeling all alert and I considered just getting up and going for a run but then I thought nah, and I snuggled back in and slept until 6:40 when I had to get up for work.

      • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 12, 2016, 2:11 pm

        I can fall asleep anyplace, but once I wake up, I have a hard time getting back to sleep. Totally blows.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 12, 2016, 2:05 pm

      Oh, good suggestions on the music! Downloading Missy Elliot. I have Demons somewhere; I’ll put it on my shuffle! Thanks Jen. And I’m ignoring your other suggestions *plugging ears* “La la la la I can’t heeeear youuuuuu!”

  • Meredith @ cookie chrunicles June 12, 2016, 2:19 pm

    I hope you feel better fast! I can never sleep in. Never. It’s as if I don’t know how even though I try on weekends! I’m too used to getting up.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 12, 2016, 2:30 pm

      Sleeping in feels really good in the moment but I have to admit that I love waking up early before everyone else and just having that quiet time to myself. It’s also great to get stuff done rather than have that panicky feeling of trying to accomplish everything later!

  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine June 12, 2016, 3:36 pm

    I “slept in” today until 7 but first I woke up at 4:30 and had to force myself to try to fall back to sleep. I hope you feel better! I totally understand how hitting 59 instead of 60 miles would drive you crazy.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 12, 2016, 3:45 pm

      Ohhhh I hate that. Waking up at 2am is better because it’s easier to fall back asleep when we’re not so close to the morning.

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes June 12, 2016, 4:05 pm

    Not the taper niggles! I hope you feel better soon! I’m proud of you for how well you’re tapering.
    I slept in until 7 am yesterday. It felt so incredibly late because usually I’m up by 5 or 5:30. The mornings are one of the best parts of the day!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 13, 2016, 8:34 am

      I can’t believe I’m saying this but yes, mornings are sweet when I’m alone with my coffee. They’re quickly becoming my favourite part of the day.

  • Amy Lauren June 12, 2016, 4:42 pm

    I can’t really sleep in anymore, either. I mean I can sleep until 7 or 7:30 at the latest, unless I don’t go to bed until really late or take a medicine that makes me sleep later. Lately I wake up at like 6 AM but I can run before it gets too hot so it’s not so bad.

    My favorite running song right now is Peanut Butter Jelly by Galantis. I heard it on a BodyPump release and loved it so now it’s on my playlist for runs.

    Good luck with the taper crazies! I ran 44.7 this week and makes me wish I’d run an extra .3 to make it an even 45 haha.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 13, 2016, 8:33 am

      That extra .3 would drive me nuts!

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run June 12, 2016, 7:00 pm

    I am sorry you have the taper crazies. Even though as runners we KNOW it is normal, it still sucks!!! You will be okay my friend.

    Sometimes I can sleep in but sometimes I can’t. I don’t like to sleep in TOO late but like on a work day I get up at 5 or 5:30, so if I can sleep in until 7:30 or 8 on the weekend, that would be ideal! I get a little extra sleep but not so much that I feel lethargic or that I slept the day away.

    Now during the summer, my sleep gets ALL SCREWED UP.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 13, 2016, 8:33 am

      I remember from last summer how your sleep gets all screwed up! You stay up until like 2am or something, don’t you? You wild thing you.

  • Allie June 13, 2016, 3:09 am

    Sounds like a pretty normal taper crazy 🙂 All the sickness is awful but I’m sure you and Callum will be good to go on race day! Let’s hope that forecast stays right where it is.

    Songs: Til I Collapse by Eminem
    Confidence by Demi Lovato
    Work Bitch – Brittany Spears

    I wake up at 5am every weekday and can never sleep past 7 on weekends. It’s a blessing and a curse!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 13, 2016, 8:32 am

      Thanks for the song ideas! Til I Collapse was on my super old playlist and now I need to bring it back!!! It’s a classic.

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe June 13, 2016, 6:26 am

    “Sleeping in” to me means making it to 6 AM. If I get to that, it is a freaking joy.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 13, 2016, 8:32 am

      As I get older, this is becoming more and more common. I slept until 7:30 this morning but I’m sick and I only had a few hours of sleep the night before. But I’m sure I’ll be up super early again tomorrow morning!

  • Christina @ The Athletarian June 13, 2016, 8:52 am

    Oh I really hope you feel better soon!! ALso, I can’t believe you run in a garage that’s hotter than 30 degrees. I would die. As for song suggestions…I don’t always listen to music and I haven’t updated my iPod playlists in years lol…but I do love the following:

    The Show Goes On by Lupe Fiasco
    Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake (I know, I know…you’re rolling your eyes)
    Timber by Pitbull and Ke$ha
    Sweat by Snoop Dogg and David Guetta
    Move Along by The All American Rejects

    Eeeehhhhhh that’s all I can think of right now!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 13, 2016, 1:21 pm

      I like the older songs anyway. Thanks for the suggestions! I’m adding them riiiiiiiight NOW.

  • Helly June 13, 2016, 11:32 am

    I’m a horrible sleeper in general. I lay awake for hours just thinking and fall asleep when it’s practically time to wake up, lol.

    I’ve been listening to more music lately when I run. I never used to before. Here are some of my go-tos:

    Believe Again-Delta Goodrem
    Lose Yourself-Eminem
    Sweet Nothing-Florence Welsch and Calvin Harris
    The Pretender, Best of You-Foo Fighters
    Let’s Go-NeYo

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 13, 2016, 1:22 pm

      And that’s probably why you’ve been blowing your PRs out of the water lately, because music helps you MOVE! Thanks Helly! I’m adding them now!

      • Helly June 16, 2016, 1:42 pm

        Oh geeze, maybe!?!! I didn’t plan on using earphones at NYC but now I’m worried–I NEED THAT PR!!! LOL

  • Hailey C June 13, 2016, 8:52 pm

    I get sick of workout songs fast, so I’m always updating my playlist, but some long time favorites are:
    -Pause by Pitbull (Great beat that gets me pumped)
    -Ba Bump by The Black Eyed Peas
    -Childish Gambino, any of his songs
    Good luck tapering!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 13, 2016, 8:55 pm

      Whoa whoa whoa I haven’t even heard of any of these songs. Looking them up NOW!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets June 15, 2016, 12:00 pm

    I could sleep forever if given the opportunity or at least a solid 12 hours, maybe more.

    I love this song for running: Clubbed to Death by Rob Dougan. It’s instrumental and it makes me feel bad ass.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 15, 2016, 2:09 pm

      Are you kidding me?!?!? How have I never heard of this song?!?! Just the title alone is enough to sell me the download. YAS.

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