New Kicks, Stress, and Long Runs

1.  So these were waiting at my door when I got back from St.Louis this weekend.  They still haven’t hit the pavement yet, but I hope to this week!  (I ran 10 on Saturday and didn’t want to try new shoes on a long run).

mezamashii run project!

2.  I have a lot going on at work over the next couple of weeks.  It is going to cut out my morning runs for a bit, but I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do for work,right? After a long day today, I was absolutely wiped when I got home…but I forced myself to hit the gym.  I am sooo glad I did.  35 minutes on the elliptical and a mat 1 pilates class.  I feel a ton better.  My goal is to get my planned workouts in after work and hope that the weather will allow me to run (weather gods: not too hot and no thunder storms please).

3.  Like I mentioned above, I ran 1o miles on Saturday.  I have seriously come to the conclusion that runs under 6 miles suck.  Okay. Maybe not all of them all of the time.  But they have for me lately.  The pain in my leg is almost gone, but I can feel it up until mile 5-6. After that I totally fine.  I really cannot wait to have a run that is pain-free the entire time. It has been FOREVER. I tried to run a hilly course in preparation for Hood to Coast.  Looking at the elevation below, I think I need to add way more hills that this:

A big thank you to the ladies at Starbucks who topped off my handheld water bottle.  I would have had to cut my run short if they didn’t help me out.  My NUUN was a little watered down after that, but I needed the fluids!

This weeks plan:

Monday: 35 minutes elliptical and mat 1 pilates

Tuesday: 4mile run and yoga for runners

Wednesday: 6 mile run/speed work

Thursday: 4-5 mile run and private pilates session

Friday: not sure. maybe run. maybe class. maybe cross train.

Saturday: 10-12 mile run

Sunday: pilates sculpt

this is why I need a coach….I can’t make up my mind.

How do you balance your workouts when work gets tough?  Do you absolutely find a way to get them in? How do you get through those tough runs when you are on your own?

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  • My coach is pretty awesome. Can’t wait to hear what you think of the shoes!! (PS, I tried to visit other pages in your blog and they seem to be dead links?)

    • thanks christine! i’m trying to not be “biased” and find a coach that doesn’t blog. i love of yall too much and can’t choose 🙂

  • My life is always crazy during the end of the quarter and I try my best to get up early and get my run in. I’m miserable if I don’t and no matter how much I tell myself I will do it after work I’m usually drained with the amount of travel I do. There are some days though that I just have to admit defeat, let work win and go for the extra sleep 🙂

  • I can’t help you out with the long run part, but I squeeze in the majority of my runs during lunch because they are so short these days. That’s the only way I can get them done.

    PS – your posts are not showing up in my reader for some reason. do you use feedburner? sometimes I have to ping it to get mine to update.

  • I usually always find a way to fit in my workouts because I need them and would go crazy without them. Sometimes it means getting up at 4 am and sometimes it means running at 9 or 10 pm, but I usually can fit something in. Or if necessary I swap out workouts and do the shorter workout when I already know I will have less time. Good luck!

  • Hot shoes 😉

    When push comes to shove, I just do what I can. Stressing about it takes all the fun out of it. It’s taken me a million years to come to this place…don’t think I was born all Zen and shit. Don’t worry about HTC…it’s supposed to be FUN! You’re running, you’re working out, you’re in shape…you will be so amped at the race that you will do amazingly.

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