I am still struggling to get ALL of my workouts done.  I do my runs and drills, but some days I just am not in the mood for the cross training.

I set my alarm to wake up.  The alarm goes off.  I hit snooze a couple of times.  Then, it’s hot or it’s too late or I plan to do something different (that never happens).  I don’t know what my problem is, but I know I need to get that part of my training going. 

Here’s a recap of my last couple of weeks:

Cross training:  riding my bike (not often enough)

Easy Runs:  3-5 miles a couple of days per week at comfortable pace – I’ve been doing these at 11ish minutes per mile

Drills and Pace running days: 

They all start with an easy jog.  My husband is still doing these with me when he is not traveling.   We had been driving and parking at the Washington University track, but the other week, I thought I might have a problem since I’m not a student and I don’t have a parking permit – and school has started…  So anyway.  did the easy warm up jog on the street and just ran over to Wash U.  Easy peasy.

The drills are always the same.  I don’t like them that much, but I do them – except for the high knees.  That one kind of hurts so I don’t risk it.

The pace run part is really ramping up and getting kind of hard.  Here’s a few examples of what they’ve included (we only do ONE of these on a given day):

  • 3 sets:  Run 4 minutes at up tempo pace, walk/jog 3 minutes

  • 3 sets:  Run 5 minutes at up tempo pace, walk/jog 1 minute

  • 3 sets:  Run at comfortable hard pace for 10 minutes, walk/jog 1 minute

  • 10 sets:  Run hard for 1 minute, walk/jog for 1 minute

Our next Pace Run will be:

  • 12 sets:  Run hard for 1 minute, walk/jog for 1 minute

I’m not looking forward to this…

My ‘long’ runs are getting a little longer.  They’ve been a little faster than my easy runs – and not even intentionally.  Perhaps I am speeding up! 

Last week, I had a 6 mile run.  I was kind of worried about it since I haven’t run further than 5 miles in what seems like forever!  I’ve run further on the treadmill, but if you’ve ever run on a TM, you know that running on the street with hills, wind, sun, uneven ground, etc. is harder.  Or at least it’s harder for me.  So, I was concerned.

Here’s what I was thinking during my run.  (You know you want to know, right?)

  • mile 1:  I’m tired and feeling like there’s no way in hell I can run the whole distance

  • mile 2:  okay, maybe I was being dramastic.  I can do this.  I guess.

  • mile 3:  My stomach hurts and I feel strangely nauseated.  This is bad.  I’m not necessarily tired and my breathing is fine, but something is wrong with my stomach.  This never happens to me!  WTH??

  • mile 4:  I don’t know what is happening to me.  I’m trying to be positive – maybe it’s gas.  Maybe I took that stupid multivitamin and don’t remember (it makes my stomach hurt when I take it on an empty stomach). No…  I didn’t take the vitamin.  WHAT IS GOING ON??

  • mile 5:  I THINK I ‘SHIPPED’ MY PANTS.  This is an epic fail.  What the heck, man?  ugh.  gross. ugh. groooooooosssssssss…….

  • mile 6:  No, I think I’m just extra sweaty.  I hope I’m just extra sweaty.  Why can’t I tell the difference? 

You will be pleased to know that I did not, in fact, SHIP my pants.  I guess I was just a little gassy (sorry – tmi, i know) and extra sweaty.  Good thing no one was running behind us!

If you are trying to figure out what the heck ‘shipping’ is about, you have probably never seen this commercial for Kmart:


This Friday, I have a 6 mile run again.  Hopefully, it won’t be so stressful.

Oh!  I forgot.  I’ve lost 28 pounds so far!  Woo Hoo! 

That is all.

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