Just a short little check-in before the dreaded Monday arrives. This week was not quite the best representation of someone who is in the midst of beginning training for a marathon. I slogged through 3.5 miles on Tuesday, then skipped any planned workouts Wednesday through Friday. There is a huge change going on at my job so it it has taken any free moment I’ve had. I come home from work, get dinner ready, eat, have about 10 minutes of time to spend with Nolan, then it’s bedtime for him and back to work (from home) for me. I’m taking conference calls at 10pm to accommodate different time zones, going through entire days in the office without eating drinking or using the bathroom, it is for the next little while probably not the healthiest of situations. But it’s all for the best and I mean it when I say I am well aware of how lucky I am for these to be my problems.
I am also lucky to have such challenges because it helps me to appreciate moments like these that much more.
School was closed on Monday this week so it was a mommy and Nolan day and I loved every minute. We saw butterflies, fed birds, and went to a bug museum. It was the perfect day in every way possible.
Even though it was a very long week for a 4 day week and I was exhausted, I got in a great treadmill run on Saturday. It was 6 miles, my longest consecutive run since I was pregnant! It was a start. A great confidence booster which was what I needed since training starts this week! It’s exactly 18 weeks til I toe the line in Miami. While I’m confident that I can physically handle the training, I worry that life will get in the way and I won’t put in the time needed. All I can do is my best, right? It’s funny, I’m a pretty neurotic planner about these things usually, and I’m still dancing back and forth between a few training plans. One thing I am pretty sure of though are the shoes I’ll be wearing.
Nolan wanted to give a pair of my Altra’s a test drive. I started wearing Altra’s when I won a pair in another blogger’s Charity Auction and fell in love instantly. These are the Intuition 2.0 and it is like running on a pile of clouds. I’ve never had a particular preference for shoes really and I don’t think I will ever go back. They are zero drop (heel and toe are same level) and my whole form has changed to strike the ground with my toe or mid-foot rather than my heel first, which is overall much more efficient once I get used to it and strengthen my calves!
So I have 18 weeks to keep my body challenged and my mind on target. It’s going to be a bumpy ride but I’m more than ready. Good night!