Weekly Running Recap: Ducks, Deer, Turtle, Opossum (oh, my!)

This week’s runs can be summed up into two sentences:

  • I ran 6/7 days again.
  • I saw animals.

Here’s a look at the week’s running:

I saw some sort of animal almost every run. One day I passed an opossum while running. Eek – those are creepy creatures and I tried to take a picture of it but it ran away. Sunday I passed a turtle!

On the other days, I saw deer. One day it was one deer. One day it was right next to me. Another day I saw two deer. I’m surprised at how close they would get to me, they seemed to have no fear.

One day, I saw geese! Okay, this was during my commute into work and not during a run, but I still wanted to share the pic.  It was so funny how they were even walking in the crosswalk. 

I took this Saturday and Sunday off from running. We spent both days in the car for a few hours traveling to and from Detroit, so unfortunately I didn’t get in any runs. But I’ll be back again on Monday!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you find it hard to run when you’re traveling? With kids, yes. We’re always on the go or in the car, etc. or we need a stroller to jog with so it’s much harder than when it was just me or me and B.
  • What kind of animals do you see on your runs?

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

Weekly Running Recap: 6/7 Days

I got in 6 days of running this week. Six of the seven days of the week, I got up and ran. And you know what? My legs are a little tired from it!

Here is a look at some of the highlights:

Sunday, I had a great solo during-the-day run. For the first time in forever (cue Frozen … no? Any other parents?), I felt great during a run. I haven’t felt this way in a few weeks and it was nice to be outside and not feeling like my body was tired/dragging.

The rest of the week was the same old same old – some runs were okay some weren’t, but I always feel good after them. One day was extremely foggy, and a few days I saw deer after deer.

And then Saturday, I got in a total of 6+ stroller miles – probably the most I’ve ever gotten in one day with running! It included a run with LM, a run/walk to the Farmers Market, and then a run home from the market with FW. I was definitely pooped afterwards!

Hopefully my body can handle another week of 20+ miles – if this weather is here to stay, I wanna keep it up! Though I may need to take another day off – my feet and legs are sore.

Some questions for you:

  • How many days do you run in a week?
  • Are you into farmers markets?

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

Just Another Week of Springtime Runs

Another week of springtime has come and gone and it was a rainy, stormy week. Lucky for me, I ended up missing the rain most days and was able to get out and getting a few miles during the week. Here’s a quick look at the total mileage – pretty average, but my lowest miles in several weeks.  I think my body is still a little tired from the race two weeks ago if that’s possible?

Monday was Memorial Day and we had the day off! B wanted to take the kids to a local parade about 2 miles away, so he biked with them while I ran to meet them there. We then went to his parents’ house (about a half a mile away) for lunch, and then they biked home. So all in all I ended up with 5 miles to and from and to and from.

The rest of the week my legs were TIRED. I felt pretty good Monday, but for some reason my feet and legs just couldn’t move Tuesday through Friday. I felt like each run was a chore, but in my heart, I still felt like I should run for Taylor, so I made shore to keep on going and finish semi-strong before heading to work. I did  get caught in a downpour (not drizzle, not rain but downpour that feels like there are buckets of water being dropped on you) on Tuesday, but that was about the only eventful moment in an otherwise uneventful week of running.

Here’s to hoping my legs feel rested and ready to run next week!

Some questions for you:

  • How long does it take you to recover from a half marathon?
  • Running to the parade made me wonder, do you ever literally run errands – like run to the store, or to a meetup/meal with friends, etc.?

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

A Week of Indoor Runs

Last week was COLD. And by COLD I mean negative degrees as the HIGH. Check out this forecast:

So what did that mean for my training for the Cleveland Half Marathon? It meant that my treadmill was my best friend. Here’s how the week looked:

Sunday I kicked off the week with my longest treadmill run in at least a year. 5.25 miles.

The Sole F80 has become my best friend over the past year or so. As much as I don’t enjoy indoor running, I’m so grateful to have it!

And FW was happy when I was done with my 5 miles. 

Later in the week I woke up to THIS as the temps. Feels like -23? Yeah, I wasn’t going to go outside. 

So, each day when I could, I got in a treadmill run.

School ended up being closed Wednesday and Thursday due to the cold, so that threw off my running a little bit. Wednesday, I only got in 2 miles while LM took a nap, and Thursday I also had to cut my run short when LM work up early.

But that was it for the week – and we survived! I’m hopeful that it will get and stay warmer for at least a few days. I mean, the groundhog DID see his shadow so that means spring is coming, right?

In the meantime, here’s your weekly reminder that if you are interested in running the Cleveland Marathon, As a race ambassador, I have a 10% discount code for you to use! Use MC2019 for 10% off any race entry.

Stay warm and have a good running week! Some questions for you:

  • Did you stay inside this week for your workouts?
  • What’s the coldest temperature you’ve ever run in?

I’m linking up with the weekly wrap.

Tuesdays on the Run – Outside All The Time

Happy Tuesday! Last week was pretty good in terms of runs and I’m proud of the fact that every single run I got in was OUTDOORS!

It’s getting darker and colder, which means it’s time for me to hibernate – or at least hit the treadmill more often. Or dreadmill. I’m not a fan of the super cold and though I’ll eventually get used to it and be able to run outside, at this point, I am not ready for it! Plus, it’s much harder to get in a stroller run when it’s in single degree temps.

But this week, everything was outside. Including my LONGEST run since LM, which was on Sunday. And it was a gorgeous Sunday for a run!

Here was how the whole week looked:

None of the other runs were quite as picturesque, but I am happy to be back in the 20s for mileage!

Some questions for you:

  • Were the fall colors out in full force near you?
  • What weather is too cold for you to run outside?

Linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs.

Tuesdays on the Run – Up with a Baby Then Out for a Run

Tuesday, Tuesday, gotta write a running post on Tuesday … (sung to the tune of Rebecca Black’s Friday – is that in your head? You’re welcome!)

Anyway, this week was an okay week in terms of running. I ran 5 of the 7 days, but Tuesday’s run was pretty stellar. I ran my longest pre-work run since LM was born, mostly because she got up at 4 a.m. and wouldn’t go back to sleep for an hour so I just went for a run and had more time than I usually do.

Other highlights of the week? We had a super rainy week, though, so I’m impressed that I made it outside all those days. Luckily, if it was raining in the mornings, it was just a drizzle or mist and was still 40+ degrees so it wasn’t to awful. I can’t stand rain and cold runs – I just can’t get warm after those!

I also got in a Sunday stroller run, something I haven’t done in ages. I had a few errands to run before the day, which included picking up a prescription about a mile from my house, as well as returning a library book and buying bread, so I decided to run with FW to do all of that. It was fun to literally run errands with him!

So here’s how the week looked:

Almost 20 for thr week! And fingers crossed the weather is nicer this week and it’s not cold and rainy in the mornings.

Some questions for you:

  • Do you run in the dark outside?
  • Do you run the same routes or vary it up?

Linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs!

Fitting In Running

The theme for this week’s running post “Fitting it in.”

Some weeks, running is harder than others to fit in. Work has been really busy these days, and I’ve been up late working nearly every night. So, waking up at 5 a.m. to run before work has been harder and harder.  I was also on a work trip this week, which meant not only working late and not being home, but getting up even earlier if I wanted to run (disclaimer- I did one morning, I didn’t the next). And if I do run, I often only have 30-40 minutes, so I’m not getting in the mileage I’d like.

So, it’s getting harder and harder to find time to run. And instead of getting down on myself, I’m going to look at the positive:

  • I still ran 5 days this week.
  • I ran outside 4 of those 5 days

Am I making excuses? Yes, somewhat. Was this week the worst week I’ve had in running in history? Hardly. But the lack of sleep  is taking its toll, and I need to do something to get more sleep so that I feel not only good to run in the AM, but also whole during the day!

Some questions for you:

  • What does a “good” running week look like to you?
  • How early do you wake up to run?

Double the linkup today! I’m linking up with the weekly wraps and linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs. 

I Don’t Love Fall, But Fall Running Has My Heart

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t love fall. Pumpkin spice lattes? Meh. Boots and jeans and sweaters? I’ll pass for shorts and a t-shirt any day. But fall running? Okay, you got me there – fall running is quite possibly the best running there is.

Why? The weather’s not too hot, it’s not too dark out, the scenery is most often pretty and the weather’s perfect for working on your speed.

Which may be why this week was such a good week in terms of running!

Some highlights:

I ran the farthest I have since LM was born! 6.22 miles to be exact. AND I felt pretty good the entire time. I was also happy with my pace – I haven’t been consistently at 9 something minute/miles but to do it for the whole 10K? I finished feeling so good!

Here’s how the week worked out:

One stroller run, one treadmill run (there were thunderstorms) and mostly outdoors. I am getting so spoiled being able to run outside- I am NOT looking forward to the cold and icy winter that is coming!

Some questions for you:

  • What is your favorite running season? Least favorite?
  • Will you run outside if there are thunderstorms?

Double the linkup today! I’m linking up with the weekly wraps and linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs. 

Tuesdays on the Run – First Stroller Race!

I’m excited to share that this week, I had a running first – I did my first official race with a stroller!

Do I run with a stroller often? Somewhat – especially in the summer/spring, I have run a few times a month with FW and even on maternity leave with LM in the stroller.

Have I ever participated in a race with a stroller? Nope! Not until last week, however. And not only did I survive, but I got my goal of under 10 min/miles. Was it a 5k PR? Not at all by any chance whatsoever. BUT it was the fastest stroller run I’ve done and it was fun to run with FW (B pushed LM at the same time, too).

In addition to our race, here’s how the week looked:

Finding time to race with 2 little ones is hard, but hopefully there will be more stroller races in my future!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you run with a stroller?
  • Did you race this week?

Linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs!

Tuesdays on the Run – Up and Down

Phew. Last week was tiring. I was up late working most nights, up a few times in the night with LM, and then waking up at the crack of dawn to run. I know I can’t keep this up for a while, so I’m just doing what I can right now to keep up the runs. AND last week was pretty good in terms of running – with some ups and downs. One morning I felt great … and then the next morning, I could barely run at all. I guess that’s how it goes? Here’s what it looked like:

Nearly 20 miles! I’m happy with that.

Some days I was FAST (for me right now) and hitting sub-10-minute mile paces …

Other days I couldn’t keep it together and felt like I was running in slow motion! Friday I ran 3.52 miles and hit a 10:40 pace – nearly one minute slower per mile than a day earlier.

I took Saturday as a much needed rest day, and with a nature hike we took as a family, still got in my goal of 11,000+ steps. No wonder I’m tired!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you hit your step goal on non-running days?
  • How many rest days do you take?

Linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs!