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!

Tuesdays on the Run – First Full Week Back

Happy Tuesday! Last week was my first full week back after maternity leave, which meant I was up EARLY getting in some runs. I still managed to get in two stroller runs on the weekend.

Here’s a bit how the week looked:

Some highlights:

My TWO stroller runs – the one on Sunday was with the whole family (B pushed LM) and the one on Saturday was just me and FW. AND both of those runs were under 10 min/mile pace, my fastest stroller runs yet!

AND the wildlife seen this week. One day I saw FIVE skunks, the other day I saw one skunk and a deer.

Some questions for you:

  • What kind of wildlife have you seen on your runs?
  • Have you / your dog /etc. ever been sprayed by a skunk?

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