Happy Monday! Today is my 2nd to last Monday of summer vacation and I don't plan on wasting it! I got up early this morning for a group run (already working on one of my goals) and I have big plans to clean out some closets...and maybe watch some TV and read my book (my free time is coming to a close, and I want to make sure I use it very wisely!!)
This weekend was busy, but lots of fun!
Friday night was spent celebrating this pretty lady's birthday! We went to one of my favorite dive bars "The Red Balloon" for karaoke and lots of laughs :)
This weekend I was also lucky enough to spend some time with my grandparents. They had been in Des Moines watching my cousin's tumbling meet and decided to stop by for a few days.
After spending what felt like hours getting Miss Finley to sit still for a picture...my brother and I decided we felt left out and we needed a picture too :) You are never to old to sit on grandpa and grandma's laps...am I right? :)
As far as training goes....things seem to be going pretty smoothly. I have been able to stick to my training plan for the most part. I have switched a few days around, but I have gotten in all of my miles and varied my runs.
Monday- Still feeling a little sore from my weekend, I headed out planning on an easy run. About a mile into the run I was feeling so great that I decided to pick up the pace. 4 miles of negative splits is the best way to start off the week :) I also did a half mile of hill repeats after this. I'm a well-known hill avoider...but I have heard that the KC Marathon course has a few hills so I want to be prepared.
Tuesday- Cross-training day and day 1 of Piyo. I have to say I think I am going to LOVE having this program to incorporate with my training. The videos are short and sweet...and difficult enough to keep me interested...but not too difficult that I avoid them like the plague :)
Wednesday- 6 easy paced miles before the sun came up. Summer decided to come back in full force this week and I am not a fan!
Wednesday's run was also the final straw with my long hair. My pony tail gets REALLY sweaty and I hate having it stick to my neck. While on my run Wednesday morning my pony tail somehow swung around and smacked me in the side of the face and STUCK THERE....uhhhh...gross!! That was when I knew it had to go! I went to the salon later in the day and tried not to throw up all over myself while my hairdresser cut off 10 inches of hair! I love long hair...I like it on me...I like it on other people...but I have to say I am not a fan of long hair paired with marathon training. This is going to be much easier to deal with :)
Thursday- I took a rest day and went up to school to work in my classroom and meet with my team. I cannot believe we are in the final weeks of summer!!
Friday- I had originally planned on doing my long run Saturday morning, but with going out Friday night for Lindsey's birthday I knew we would be out late and getting up early Saturday would be the last thing I would want to do. So I went ahead and switched Friday's planned 4 miler to Sunday and got my long run in Friday morning. You know how last week I said my 13 miles felt great and left me feeling confident I could run a marathon...well this week's long run did the opposite. It was rough.
After my long run I decided that instead of an ice bath I would go take a dip in the pool...being that it was only 9 AM I was lucky enough to have the pool all to myself :)
This is how I felt all day Friday...I had every intention of cleaning the apartment...but my legs just wouldn't cooperate!
I knew I needed to be productive, so I found something I could do in the seated position. I laminated and cut out a few things for school. (If you are a teacher and you don't have your own Scotch laminator...I urge you to go and get one RIGHT NOW!)
Ms. Freebush (Gracie Lou Freebush) didn't run 14 miles...but she was having sympathy pains for me...she decided to rest all day on my behalf :)
Saturday- I took another rest day....and I have to tell you...it felt great! You won't ever find me complaining about my rest days. I look forward to being as lazy as possible :)
Sunday- I joined the Sunday Runday group run and was able to test out a pair of Mizuno Sayonara 2's...I am a Brooks girl through and through...but I have to say I loved these shoes. I am so nervous to change things up, especially since I haven't had any issues with my Brooks...but these definitely have me thinking about it.
Not much else to report...I'm ready to tackle another week of marathon training. This week is my "cut back" week so my long run will only be 8-10 miles and I will be running my August race, Royals Charities 5k, on Saturday. I am really looking forward to that and crossing my fingers for a new PR :)
How do you feel about rest days? Love em or hate em?
What brand of shoes do you wear? Have you ever switched things up?