Under the Weather

Two weeks ago I kicked off Cleveland half marathon training with a bang. I ran every day, including getting outside for G’s first run in the big-kid running stroller, and was feeling great!

Then this week, the wheels fell off. I started feeling under the weather on Sunday night, and felt sick through Friday. It wasn’t anything major – mostly tired, slightly nauseas and achy (and yes, I took a COVID test – it was negative!). And even though it lasted only a few days, it put me out of commission and I wasn’t able to keep on track of training.

I didn’t try for speed, mileage, etc. this week. Instead, I still tried to run/walk when I could, knowing how exercise does wonders for my mood, so here’s a look at what this week looked like. It’s better than nothing, and If finally started to feel like myself almost on Saturday. Hopefully I’m back at it next week!

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Training Season Is Here

It’s training season! That means I’m actually going to be following a schedule, not just waking up and running whatever I feel like. That’s right, Cleveland half marathon training is here!

The last half marathon I ran was in 2020, and it was virtual. Thanks to the pandemic, and then being pregnant, and then giving birth and having a newborn, it has been quite a long time since I last ran anything of distance. But I’ve been keeping up running and have a solid base, and ready to start training again.

My goal in the past has been to run a sub-2 hour race. And I’ve done it a few times. But these days, I’m starting much slower. So, my goal now is to get a little faster, and complete a full training cycle. I plan on following something similar to Hal Higdon’s plans, which have worked for me in the past. This means each week will contain:

  • One rest day
  • One speed training day
  • One long run
  • A few easy runs

Each week, I’ll share my training – how it went, what I actually ran, etc. My goals are to do the full training program and run my best. Between not being as in shape as last training cycle, my lack of sleep is real (see: 3 kids plus a 7 month old) and I have been having a hard time finding enough time to run every morning (again, 3 young kids). But enough excuses – it’s training season! And here we go!

With that, here’s how this week went:

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2022 Cleveland Marathon Ambassador

I’m excited to share that I’ve once again been selected as an ambassador for the Cleveland Marathon!

Race weekend is back in May with the 5k, 10k, half and full marathon. I’m so excited to be back running races IN-PERSON and in the spring again!

I haven’t started training yet, and life is a little crazier these days with a newish baby and a new job, but the Challenge Series (running Saturday and Sunday) is my favorite and calling my name again! I’ll probably be aiming for the 5k/Half challenge. As part of my ambassadorship, I get a discount code – so feel free to use MCCARNSAVE10 for 10% off registration. And stay tuned for a race entry giveaway coming soon!

Last year was the first year I didn’t run the Challenge Series. At less than 3 months postpartum, and only having started running again for a few weeks, I didn’t have enough time to train for the half marathon. I’m hopeful that this year will let me get in some longer runs and get back into running shape!

In the meantime, here’s how the week went running wise:

Sunday: 4 miles outside! and then a walk with the family
Monday: 4.04 miles outside!
Tuesday: 4.5 miles treadmill
Wednesday: 5 treadmill miles
Thursday: 5.1 treadmill miles
Friday: 4 treadmill miles
Saturday: Rest day – No running, took a 4 mile walk outside instead

I got in TWO outdoor runs, the first time in a while! I went on a run with my brother when he was visiting from Germany, and it was great. Well, not the weather or conditions – it was cold, slippery and icy but the conversation was great at least. It was the first time I had run with someone in several months, and that also made the time go fast.

Sunday it actually got warmish – so I was able to run in capris, and then take a not-so-frigid walk with the family.

Some questions for you:

  • Do you have any upcoming races?
  • Have you been running outside lately?

I’m linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down.

Snowy Sidewalks

Man, another week down and another week of SNOWY, icy, and unclear sidewalks. So once again, I opted for the treadmill this week. The good news was, I was able to get outside for a walk with the kids on Sunday! 

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I love that they still don’t mind (for the most part) getting outside, even when it’s cold and snowy. I hope it warms up and melts soon, though, because the sidewalks have not made it easy to walk!

Here’s what this week looked like:

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Feeling Pretty Good

It was a good week. I got in some good treadmill runs, took some walks, did some stretching and even got to sleep in 2 days! It’s amazing what sleeping in (even if it’s just until 5:30 a.m.) can do for my mind, and how it makes my runs feel!

We had another snowy week – there’s still so much snow in fact, that the kids have turned the backyard into a snowy hill (with the help of my husband).

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So, I’m still pretty much sticking inside vs. dealing with the crazy icy sidewalks. Thus, here’s what the week looked like:

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Too Many More Weeks of Winter

Have you ever seen Groundhog Day? It’s a movie I thoroughly enjoy (I love almost all time travel, time loop, etc. movies and books) and a few days this week felt like I was living in the movie itself. Not only was Groundhog Day this week coincidentally, but there were a few days this week that felt the same. Went to bed, snowing. Woke up, snowing. Snow day for all three kids (daycare and school was closed). Repeat.  

Once again, though, I’m grateful for my treadmill! We had one seasonably warm day – Wednesday – before another 15 inches of snow dropped on us, but I wasn’t able to get outside and run with the baby sleeping. But thanks to the treadmill, I was able to run indoors! AND — on Saturday, I had plans to attend the Cleveland Marathon Kickoff Run. They had to change the course due to the weather and unplowed streets, but it was my first outdoor run in 2+ weeks and it was great to run with people!

Here’s what the week looked like:

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SNOW my goodness

Winter is far from over here in Northeast Ohio. After getting 15+ inches a few weeks ago, we were hit again with more snow storms Sunday and Monday. I had planned for getting in a nice outdoor run for my birthday (which was Sunday), but when I woke up it was snowing pretty heavily so I opted to go on the treadmill. It ended up also snowing Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Not a lot of snow – an inch or so each time, but each of those inches adds up and with that much snow, I haven’t run outside in I can’t recall how long. 

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The week included some indoor workouts, thanks to the cold and snow and ice: 

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When Weeks Don’t Go As Planned

Some weeks just don’t go as you planned for them to go. If you asked me what this week would look like a little while ago, I would’ve said some outdoor runs, normal workouts, and kids at school every day.

That didn’t happen. Instead, we got SNOW+COLD+SNOW DAYS+STOMACH FLU.

 This week began with us getting hit HARD with a ton of snow. Like 12+ inches! Meaning, I was not running outside. The sidewalks weren’t shoveled, roads weren’t plowed, and I don’t know when it will melt because we have so much. So these days, I’m just grateful for my treadmill to keep me sane.

At least it looks pretty and my kids love it, right?

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The week also included a snow day (after the massive day of snow) and stomach bugs for 3 members of our house (thankfully not me or LM were hit …yet!). So, I’m grateful I got in any runs at all with all that chaos. 

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Winter Is Here

I’ll try not to complain every single week from here through the end of March; however, I hate winter running. 

Now that that’s over with, I’ll say that I ran almost every day this week (yay!), but only one run was outside. Every other day was on the dreadmill, at o’dark thirty, when it was either icy or just too cold (for me) outside. Thankfully, I was able to get in a few outdoor walks during the day, which made all the difference in my moods! So even though I was stuck on the treadmill, I found myself getting in at least a mile walk outside a few days in the (cold) sunshine with at least one of my kids. They don’t hate winter like me, and I’m trying NOT to instill the bad attitude in them!

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Every Day I’m Treadmilling

Well, winter finally arrived in Cleveland. It was a cold, dark and we had our first real snowstorm. I know it’s January, but I’m still not ready for it to be like this. I prefer 30+ degrees and dry ground for me to run on. I  decided to ignore the elements this week, and instead of running outside, I stayed indoors, did some kettlebells, did some abs and ran on the treadmill.

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