Thursday, April 17, 2014

Starting to put in more work

Greetings friends!
I hope the spring is finding you enjoying nice weather. The weather here has been all over the place! It gets nice and warm, with temperatures in the 50s-60s and then all of a sudden it is 30 degrees and snowing. As my daughters dentist  asked her today: "What is Queen Elsa up to?"

Despite the changing weather I have been having fun and working hard in my training. This past week I got to start doing some speed workouts. I usually have butterflies in my stomach before doing these types of workouts, but I always feel like a super woman when I am in the middle of them. They say if you want to run faster, you have to run faster. Meaning you have to put in the work to get your body to move faster.

A peek at my training log over the last two weeks:
3/29: 18 miles LSD (long slow distance): Felt really strong in the run. I was able to get down to marathon pace for a few of the miles. Even got to watch the sun come up
3/30: 5.5 miles Easy Run
3/31 Spin Class. I decided that one of my easy run days will be some type of cross training
4/1: 8 easy miles
4/2 : 5.47 miles on the treadmill, averaged an 8:02 pace
4/3: 9miles on the treadmill. 6 miles at marathon pace
4/4: rest day
4/5: 14 miles on the treadmill (was working 12 hour shifts this weekend)
4/6: Rest Day
4/7: 4.45 miles with the double jogging stroller and boys on their bikes. This was so fun! I am excited for warm weather so we  can do more of these runs together. I sure have a fun bunch of kiddos.
4/8 5 easy miles on the treadmill
4/9: 20 miles! First 20 miler of my training cycle. This felt good for the most part. It was 70 degrees and my mom graciously watched this kids so I could take advantage of the nice day. The last 2 miles were up hill, this was tough! However, it only makes me stronger!
4/10 5 easy miles on treadmill
4/11 8 miles on treadmill. 3x1 mile fast. First speed workout!
4/12 9 miles. 7 miles at marathon pace.
4/13 5 easy miles

It has been a great couple of weeks of training. The Minneapolis Marathon is 6 weeks away!