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Mileage Monday

I usually tell you how many miles I ran at the top of my post here, but I have some explaining to do first!

Monday– I pushed Callum in the stroller for six miles, and then I ran four more at a 7 min/mile pace on the treadmill in the garage while he napped.

Tuesday– Another stroller run of seven miles.

Wednesday– Omg! So I did a Hanson’s strength workout on the treadmill just for old time’s sake, to see if my legs remembered what to do. I warmed up for 2 miles, did 3×2 miles at 6:400 min/mile pace (9 mph on the treadmill) with 800m recoveries and then a mile cool down. It felt great!

Thursday– An easy 8 miler this morning before the day got going!

Friday– Just 5 miles. This is seriously new for me. My goal was to get out there and run 10 miles but I woke up at 6:30, had my coffee and put it off like a good girl puts off wearing G-strings. I ended up only running 5 miles, and I wore a thong but probably should have stuck to the boy shorts after the wild night we had on Thursday.

Saturday– 16 mile long run. So I went out there with the mentality that I was going to run this thing the way I used to run them: A few miles warmup, 9 miles at goal race pace (6:52 min/miles) and a few miles cool down. But I ended up running 4 miles at 7 min/miles and then I stopped giving a shit. I turned around at the 8 mile mark, faced the freeway and sang along with my music while I dealt with the hot spot in my left shoe, and then ran home, without a fuck in the world. My speed work treadmill run on Wednesday met my needs in one way, and this run met my other needs. I can’t ask my legs and soul for much more than that.

Sunday– Andrew took Kylah, Ethan and Callum down to Whidbey Island yesterday to camp in his parents’ trailer and then I’m driving down there today to get Callum and then Katie and Freddy come home tomorrow. So I KNOW I was only supposed to run 4 miles today to keep my mileage at 60 for the week but I never ever EVER get this opportunity (to be home alone!) so I had to take it. It would be a crime if I didn’t. So I ran 11 miles with the middle 8 at a 7:20 min/mile pace. It felt good.

67  miles for the week!

Do you like being home alone? What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re home alone?

If you have kids, when is the last time you’ve been at home without them, besides during school hours?

Do you like camping? In a trailer or tent? Or what?

{ 20 comments… add one }
  • Meredith @ the cookie chrunicles August 7, 2016, 1:19 pm

    I don’t blame you for running more because you were alone! I would do the same thing. I’m not usually without my son but as you know he’s been away at camp! It’s an odd adjustment but I’m not totally complaining, I like alittle more freedom sometimes to run a bit more at my leisure. I’m excited for him to come home though!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 7, 2016, 1:30 pm

      Yeah, you must miss him a LOT! But it’s nice to just put mommy brain on sleep once in a while.

  • Lisa @ Running Out of Wine August 7, 2016, 2:11 pm

    I like being home alone for a bit but it doesn’t last long. Then again I don’t have kids so its much different to just have 1 extra adult in the house. When Rob’s away I like to read or use my laptop without the TV on. I never watch TV on my own but when he is home its always on in the background.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 8, 2016, 9:21 am

      Yes, same here. Andrew watches TV and it’s constantly in the background! I don’t mind though, as long as I have a book or my laptop.

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run August 7, 2016, 2:17 pm

    Great week Suzy! I’m glad you had an awesome Sunday run even if it was more than you were “supposed” to do.

    I do like being home alone! I feel like I can get more done without any distractions. Not that Paul is that distracting.

    I ran 12 miles this week! LOL!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 8, 2016, 9:21 am

      You’re still struggling with the motivation to run, eh? I’m glad you cut back. Honestly, just because why bother doing something that isn’t making you happy?!?!

  • Amy Lauren August 7, 2016, 4:11 pm

    No camping for me! I’m not into that… but if I did it would definitely be in an RV. No tents, sorry. Not wanting to get close to nature ;).

    Looks like a great week of training, hooray for the strength workout on the treadmill going well! Even if you ran longer on Sunday, I don’t blame you… if you feel like it roll with it, and you can’t beat having the time to yourself to do it since you’re a mom.

    Looks like you’re well on your way to a strong marathon :).

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 8, 2016, 9:20 am

      I hope so!!!! I’m going to push Callum in the stroller today and do lots of stretching to make sure I’m ship shape after a higher mileage week.

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes August 7, 2016, 4:18 pm

    I definitely run for longer if I’m home alone – otherwise the apartment feels too quiet and lonely. I enjoy tent camping but dislike RV camping, because my parents made me go RV camping as a child during the hot and muggy Missouri summers.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 8, 2016, 9:19 am

      Ohhhhh ewww I never even thought about how hot and uncomfortable that would be! And RVs have a bit of a smell, so when they get all heated up they’d REALLY be icky! YUCK!!!

  • Allie August 8, 2016, 3:31 am

    I absolutely LOVE being alone and it rarely happens – of course. I don’t even care what I do, I just love the sound of silence or of being able to swim/bike/run and not rush even one little bit. Good for you!!!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 8, 2016, 9:18 am

      Yes because the second we walk through the door after a run it’s like BAM! So much to do. We don’t get to foam roll or ice bath or sip on a recovery drink. We have to do all those things while children climb on top of us, smearing boogers and granola bars in our hair.

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe August 8, 2016, 4:10 am

    I get really bored and even more lazy when I am home alone. Like, Zoe the Cat useless.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 8, 2016, 9:17 am

      I know what you mean, but maybe your body needs it. I wish I was born a cat.

  • Corry August 8, 2016, 6:15 am

    I’m a stay at home mom to an almost seven year old, so I rarely get time home alone. When I do, I usually end up falling asleep and then wake up kicking myself for wasting my precious alone time.
    We own a spot at the lake that has a camper on it, and that’s fun, but I LOVE our yearly tenting trip to the Alberta mountains! Two more weeks and then it’s off to Jasper!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 8, 2016, 9:17 am

      Oh, I drove through Jasper once–it was breathtaking! I’m glad you’re able to get away and have some fun!!!

  • Helly August 8, 2016, 9:49 am

    I love being alone and need it sometimes. My husband is good about making sure I get that time often.

    I hate camping. I LOVE running trails but get me out of there at night so I can sleep on my bed.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 8, 2016, 11:55 am

      Me too. I love LOVE sleeping in my own bed!!!!!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets August 8, 2016, 12:59 pm

    I think I’ve given up on exercise. I’d rather blog when the baby sleeps although I did get the OK from the doctor today to run with her….we’ll see.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com August 8, 2016, 1:16 pm

      Do you have a really good running stroller? I love Chariot brand although they got bought out by Thule. I still have my Chariot from when Jake was born 16 years ago!!!

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