“At first an ordeal and then an accomplishment, the daily run becomes a staple, like bread, or wine, a fine marriage, or air. It is also a free pass to friendship.”
~ Benjamin Cheever, Strides

Monday, March 26, 2012

Rainier Training: They're Laughing At Me

Quick Look Week of March 19-March 25:
# of Workouts: 9 
# of miles ran/walked: 30 
Weight: 180.0 (Down 1.8 lbs. from previous measurement!)
Chest: 40" (No change!)
Hips: 46"  (Down 1" from previous measurement)

Monday: 2 one mile walks
Tuesday: walked 4 miles
Wednesday: Weighted 3.86 mile walk (26 lbs); ST with Adam
Thursday: Ran 4 miles
Friday: Walked 6 miles - supposed to be REST
Saturday: Ran 6.2 miles, walked 1 mile
Sunday: Weighted (30 lbs) 2.75 mile walk
So, this week started out light because of the whole bronchitis thing.  I couldn't do nothing though, so I walked the dog and kiddo.  The first day, just two one mile walks.  I canceled my strength training that day as well.  On Tuesday I walked further and that night I slept ALMOST laying down....so Wednesday I stepped it up.  

I did two weighted walks this week.  The first one, I used the Kelty pack and Avery as the weight.  I have now realized that the Kelty pack shouldn't be a solo experience.  About mile 3.5, Avery decided she was DONE.  I had to stop, unload her, and carry her in my arms the rest of the way home, while still carrying the pack and walking the dog.  FUN.  Needless to say, I took the shortest route back.
Everyone wants a kiddo to wear these days!
When I realized Sunday was also going to be a solo weighted walk, I changed strategy.  I loaded Avery in the stroller, and carried my mountain pack for the first time.  I loaded it to 30lbs.  It went better, but I had to go a shorter distance so that I could make it to the movies in time.  HA!  I did get some rather strange looks from the people in my neighborhood.  My neighbors that actually knew me, didn't even bother to hide the fact that they were obviously LAUGHING AT ME.  That's okay, I did look pretty freaking hilarious.
Come on - this is totally normal
My Saturday run - last long run before my Knoxville Half Marathon this coming weekend, went about as fabulous as possible.  I barely coughed, and all the run-resting  during the week ensured that my legs felt absolutely spectacular!  I ran 6.2 (instead of 6) to make it a full 10K, my Spatula Runners virtual 10K!
And yes, I posed with a spatula before the run.  Perhaps I have to do that pre-half as  well!
It was one of those runs that makes you want to turn around and go right back out.  I was on a good run high for several hours afterwards and kept bouncing up and down saying that I couldn't wait for my race.  
Avery had to pose with a spatula too!
I lost another 1.8 lbs this week, bringing my overall total weight loss post-kiddo to 40.8 lbs!!!  I still have another 30 lbs to go to reach my year-end goal, but I know I can do it.

This week is full on taper - three short runs Mon through Wed, then rest and the drive to Knoxville!  I've been saying that I'm treating this half as a quasi-training run because of the hills, but if I'm feeling good that morning, we all know I won't stick to that very well.

Avery is very close to crawling as well....maybe this week?
Those other kids make this look so easy!

How was your training week?

Be honest, you would have laughed too, right?  :D

Have you ever inspired laughter from your neighbors?


  1. No lie, I totally would have laughed. The posing with spatulas is weirder than the pack, though. Maybe it's because the kitchen and I are mortal enemies.

    I should call you this week. Sounds like Avery has lots of news and so does Charlotte.

  2. I'm glad you are feeling better! And I'm jealous about your half--run hard for those who can't. :^)

    Very exciting about Avery....but watch out. Your life is about to change...again....self-powered movement opens many new doors.....

  3. Heck yeah I would have laughed!!! And I think my neighbors are always laughing at me. I always look goofy with my new infatuation with sweat bands and all! If you aren't having fun, what is the point, right?

  4. I may have been known to laugh at you too. But in a friendly way! Holy cow - Avery is doing planks? Already? You are a mean mommy!

  5. hahaha I think you're awesome! I love you, the 30lb pack, the chicco stroller (I have that same one) and the pup all outside!

    the spatula pics are awesome! I got your time but you have to send me both of those photos PLEASE

    just click HERE and if upload them :) PLEASE!!!

    1. I wasn't thrilled with them and was thinking of taking some other photos - but I submitted both! :)

  6. Love those backpack pictures, you look awesome! I probably would have laughed, in a supportive-chuckle kind of way. :) Nice job on the spatula run, too. Go, Avery, go!


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