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Mileage Monday: Run the Mile You’re In

I am thankful, so incredibly grateful for my ability to run, and to be able to do so this much and this far into my pregnancy. I don’t want to take a single step for granted because I know too well how fragile pregnancy can be and how running can very easily, very quickly be pulled out from underneath me at any given moment. Each time I put my running shoes on, I remind myself to soak it up as much as I can and run as if it’s my last one.

One of my favourite quotes that has got me through not only some very tough runs but some very tough life moments too is this one: “Run the mile you’re in.” As soon as we start thinking about the next mile, we get anxious. As soon as we start thinking about the previous mile, we get cocky. One day at a time. Bit by bit, we get there. Success is made up of all the tiny little moments that we get through each day, each hour, each minute. Pain is inevitable, but it doesn’t last forever.

This photo was sent to me recently by a woman who recognized me from the Cares race I did last October! She stopped me last week while Lora and I were out on a long run and asked me for my phone number so she could send this photo to me. I was in the last kilometre of the 10k race and you can tell by my face that I was definitely riding the pain train:

Fast forward to now, and I’m not sure how I’m able to run 70 miles a week while in my 23rd week of my fifth (sixth, actually) pregnancy but you know what? I’ll take it…and run with it.

Monday– What a way to kick off the week! Andrew took Callum to get his hair cut (because I’ve tried to take him several times and he FREAKS OUT when I’m there) so I took the opportunity to run! I ran 3 warm-up miles and then 7 miles at 7:30 min/mile, and then a 2 mile cool-down (the second-to-last mile was straight up a mountain, so not really a “cool-down” mile but I took it easy anyway) for 12 miles total. I wanted to work a little harder for this run but I didn’t want to push anything too hard, so I settled nicely into a 7:30 pace and just held it there. A far cry from my 7 mile tempo at 7:10 average last week, but this just felt right today.

Tuesday– The first run of the day was a 5 mile stroller run with Callum and then Andrew came home early from work so I headed to the trails and ran 6 miles in the sun! Thankfully there was an actual bathroom that I could stop at and have a pee in. Both runs were at about a 9 min/mile pace.

Wednesday– CRAZY DAY today, and I knew it was going to be, so I set my alarm for 5:45 and headed to the gym to run on the treadmill there. I had enough time for 10 miles, so I did that at a 10 min/mile pace and then the last 3 miles were 8:30 min/mile pace.

Thursday– I pushed Callum in the stroller for 6 miles this morning and then I barely managed to squeeze in this treadmill workout in the afternoon: one mile warm-up, two miles at 6:49 min/mile pace and one mile cool-down.

Friday– What a frigging WEEK THAT WAS. OMFG. Barely hanging on. I squeezed 2 treadmill miles and some strength work into the afternoon and then Andrew and I ran 6 hilly miles together in the evening once Callum went to bed. I only slept 4 hours last night (10pm-midnight, and then 4-6am) so hopefully I’ll be able to sleep tonight!

Saturday– It’s Saturday, and the drama from the week spilled over into the weekend like waistbands at Walmart. I don’t remember much, but I do know that I got in 8 treadmill miles. If you need me, you can find me in the hardware aisle sniffing paint fumes.

Sunday– I wanted an even 70 for the week because this week was shitty and sometimes I need to satisfy my overwhelming OCD nature to give myself a sense of control. There are times where I have energy to force myself out of my comfort zone, and then there are these times. I had time for 9 outside miles before Andrew left for work and then I pushed Callum in the stroller for 2 miles so that I could hit 11 for the day. My hamstring is a bit sore from doing all that strength work on Friday (single leg dead lifts kicked my ass) but I’m icing it and hopefully it settles down soon.

What’s your favourite running quote?

What’s your favourite life quote?

Does anyone else struggle with insomnia? Does anything specific trigger it, or does it randomly show up?

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  • Susie @ Suzlyfe May 7, 2017, 3:56 pm

    Right now, with all the anxiety and stuff going on, it is being really hard to just run the mile that I am in. But this is a great reminder for me–when I start freaking out, just focus on what I can do and where I am.
    I love that picture of you. Whenever you feel like the week is getting the better of you (sounds like this one was a bit of an ogre), look at it and remember that you are strong and amazing and a BEAST

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 7, 2017, 6:13 pm

      It was so cool (literally) running into the lady who sent me that photo because as much as she was inspired by me, I was WAY more inspired by her. She’s probably in her early sixties and that day she was training (alone) for the BMO Vancouver half (today, actually). Pretty amazing! A long training run along country roads by herself carrying her cell phone while her husband waits for her at home. He’s her biggest fan, too, which is so great. I love it.

      • Pops May 7, 2017, 9:32 pm

        Amazingly enough for me, whenever I get too caught up with life issues, I remind myself of a short high school poem that I memorized : “Leisure” by W.H. Davies. I often quote the first two lines, but it’s a short poem, and here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xyi4rnNkGaw

        • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 8, 2017, 8:33 am

          Ha ha I totally recognize those lines! I’ll have to write them down in my “dad’s sayings” notes section on my phone!

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile May 7, 2017, 3:58 pm

    I love that quote! Its so meaningful both for running and for life. Not that it’s easy to do. I’m such a planner and always thinking ahead.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 7, 2017, 5:32 pm

      Me too. BUT. Sometimes life gets so acute, and so overwhelming, that it forces me to put my head down and focus on that very second and although those moments are so painful, and so difficult, going through them has gifted me the tool, the ability to practice running the mile I’m in. I’m not a natural runner. I mean, I’ve been running marathons for nearly 20 years and all I can do is a 3:06, you know what I mean? But for what I lack in talent, I make up for in tenacity.

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home May 7, 2017, 5:54 pm

    That was pretty much my mantra this weekend. Except I was saying “run the interval you’re in”. That really breaks it up…

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 7, 2017, 6:54 pm

      Hey, I’ve broken it up by minutes, by seconds, so… yeah I mean, whatever works. Whatever gets us moving forward. SIGH…..

  • Amy Lauren May 7, 2017, 6:28 pm

    I like that mantra and the one Wendy posted about running the interval you’re in because I feel like that on track nights ;). I’m glad you had a big week of running and managed to squeeze in miles when you could. Love that picture of you from the race- it was really sweet of that lady to flag you down (and recognize and remember you) so she could send it to you.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 7, 2017, 6:56 pm

      Yes!!!! Nothing like track work, interval training and tempo runs to remind us that life is simply a collection of tiny victories.

  • Ana May 8, 2017, 6:22 am

    Yes!! So much yes to that !! That is exactly what I think during races, run the mile you are in… because that is the only one that matters that moment.

    You are so strong and blow me away!!

    You wrote you ran after Callum fell asleep, and I’m curious… did you run in the dark? or maybe your kid goes to sleep earlier than mine.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 8, 2017, 8:35 am

      Callum goes to bed between 7-7:30 and Katie (she’s turning 12) shares a room with him so she watches over him while we go (Freddy is here too–he’s just not as maternal as Katie if Callum were to wake up and need something but it feels good to know an older kid (he’s 15) is here as well).

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes May 8, 2017, 8:50 am

    Yes! I love that quote – it’s so applicable to running and life. Also, you look totally bada$$ in that photo.
    I used to struggle with bad insomnia and running helped me overcome it (something I realized in retrospect – when I started running regularly, I stopped having insomnia). It was always random but would last for weeks at a time.

  • Helly on the Run May 8, 2017, 1:55 pm

    Oh yes, insomnia. My husband’s head hits the pillow and he’s OUT. I glare at him often and ask his sleeping body, “Don’t you have thoughts?!!?”

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 8, 2017, 2:30 pm

      Okay so USUALLY I’m out as soon as my head hits the pillow, but only in the last few years since I’ve learned how to manage my anxiety issues. But once in a while I’ll have a doozy of a day and it’ll throw my physiology into a tailspin.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets May 10, 2017, 8:22 am

    Run the mile you’re in…I actually think this is great life advice. Preach on or should I say Run on….ok that was awful. My bad.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 10, 2017, 6:22 pm

      HA HA! Dork.

  • San May 23, 2017, 2:44 pm

    I love that quote. That’s all.

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