Saturday, January 29, 2011

Training for a marathon (15 weeks postpartum)

Sunday: 20 minutes on the trainer
Monday: 70 minutes on the trainer with 45minutes of 90 hard, 60 easy
Tuesday: 40 minute run (left hamstring on FIRE)
Wednesday: 8 miles with Micah and David
Thursday: 1.5 mile warm up, 3 miles at half marathon pace (6:35-6:22), 5 rest, 4 min hard, 3 min hard, 2min hard, 1 min hard. (5:45 pace)
Friday: 56min easy
Saturday: 14.8 miles in 1:45 (7:10 pace)

This week was crazy. Not only could I not walk for the first few days, but I barely got to speak to my husband. My legs were such a mess after the half that I could not even attempt running until Tuesday. I can't be bothered being hurt this year, I have spent more time hurt then I have healthy and I'm going to be smart about it.

As for Houston, well he has basically worked himself to death. I feel like we barely get to spend any quality time together anymore. He has practice 9 times a week and when he is home, h
e is recruiting or his phone is ringing off the hook. I seriously wish he would nix the morning practice- or at least have his kids meet on their own. I am tired of trying to pump and feed Maddy at the same time, its hard getting her ready by myself in the morning and spending half the week alone.

Don't get me wrong, Houston is a great father. He has already established himself as the "fun" parent. I'm just tired of the constant traveling, recruiting, etc. etc.

Some days I feel completely on top of things, others I feel like my life is going to spiral out of control. I have so many things going on, I feel like I am constantly forgetting something. I have gotten to the point that if I don't write something down, I will forget it, without a doubt. I've got to set three alarms just to remember a dinner date.

I know that my life is wonderful right now. I have a great husband, a very healthy daughter, a great job, and a hobby that keeps me healthy. I don't need or want much else, just that extra hour in the evening to try and establish some order back in my life. I know that when I finish breastfeeding, I will probably get two hours back in my day...but I don't want to think about that to much yet, Maddy and I are doing so well.

Maddy got into day care, and all of a sudden everyone wants a say so in where she is going. It is seriously irritating, I worked so hard to get her in, and now people are asking questions?? I am furious about it, and the only reason I am mentioning it is because it really hurts my feelings. I feel like people are judging me, "You're taking her where?" I am not a bad parent, I have done my research and I have worked HARD to get her where I want her to. If anyone wanted a say so in the process, they should have helped out a year ago when I started working on it.

That was completely random but has been on my mind the past few days. Related, now Houston is going to have to help me get her there and back, that is something I will not do on my own. (BTW, the treadmill has still not been set up yet, I would bring it in on my own if I could carry it.)

As for running, well it is going. I finally got a Brooks order in and I am sooo excited about my new gear! Now I will have something to race/warm up in. I'm also looking a the T6 Racer...but I'm going to wait a few weeks on that.

I'm having trouble with my knees, groin so I am thinking that I need to slowly add circuit back into my schedule. Also, being that I am running a marathon in 21 weeks, I've got a ton of work to do. 15 miles was the furthest I have run since February of last year. I just hope I make it to Winnipeg (June 19) in one piece.

On another note, the USA Half Marathon Champs were today, you can view a recap of the race at:

Sunday, January 23, 2011

On Race Day, I'm all Business.

Thursday: 20 minute spin and abs
Friday: 58 min (8 miles) with Micah, David, Houston
Saturday: Frostbite Half Marathon in 1:27:29 (1st) 14 weeks postpartum (10min w/u, no cool down..I needed to get Maddy home to feed her asap...)

Yesterday was a good day. My goal going into this race was just to run 7 min pace.. I have only had 10 weeks of solid running, and most of that has been building up mileage.

I am embarrassed to say that I was nervous. When I finally picked up my packet (with only 30min before the buses loaded to the race start) I was feeling very sick to stomach and seriously questioning my ability to run 13.1 miles. After all, I've been tapping out at about 11.5 miles.

Warming up I felt awkward, how much should I jog? Should I do a tempo? Should I do strides? What the hell am I doing out here?
But I was all business, at approximately 12:15, I toed the line with about 380 locals, and made a promise to myself- no matter what, don't settle.

I didn't settle.

I went out at 6:30 for the first two miles, and about had an anxiety attack. I have been able to run in the 6:40's alot for my long runs, but I have not logged too many miles at 6:30 pace. At around mile two, I slowed just a tad and found a friend, a grand-master looking to break the course record (1:28). We chatted for a short while before I started to get a side stitch and started drafting a bit..I'm going to die, this is too fast for me!

6:30, 6:30, 6:38, 6:34, 6:40, 6:43, 6:40, 6:46, 6:40, 6:46, 6:58, 7:06, 6:37

At the half way point (6.55) I passed a whole slew of locals, many of which I knew, and a few of which I coach part-time. It was exhilarating, and gave me a little more pop in my step-for at least another mile..

Mile 7 through 10, we entered into the hilly section, and just as I thought I might start to fall apart, I passed my husband and my 14 week old daughter on the side of the road. Immediately, I stopped feeling sorry for myself, and started to pay attention. I had less than 5 miles to go, and I was still hovering around 6:39-6:40 per mile.
Then I hit the hill.
At approximately 10 miles, there is a climb about 800 meters long. It's a big-ass hill, it even has "Big Ass Hill" written on it in orange spray paint. I started falling apart and calculating the "I only need to run this pace to break 90, I will be all right." And like clock work, my husband passed me right as I neared the top, and made me aware of the person in front of me, probably at about the same position as me mentally at that point

"Don't you let him beat you."

I have alot of respect for those women that have children and continue to race/run at a high level. Men..I am sorry to say, have no damn clue how hard it is to have a child. I like to believe, that I can now endure more pain then the average male (Maddy was 8.5 pounds), so when I saw a friend up ahead, one of which considers himself fitter than me (he was obviously suffering from going out a little to hard) I saw red. I went after him.

With ever step my lungs ached, my feet were burning. I caught him with about a mile to go, gave him a nod of acknowledgement and was gone to pick off more victims one by one. I finished in 1:27:29, completely spent, sick to my stomach, and knowing that I left it all out there. A little heavier, a little slower, but that's ok.

And, in trainers, (my Brooks LAUNCH). I don't have my Brooks uniform yet, last years doesn't fit (I'm fatter) so I hope to get that next week before I run the Do It For Duffy 5k in three weeks.
In any race, to win-- feels good.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Race Week

Sunday: 20 minutes relaxed (hips really tight)
Monday: AM 9miles medium with 6X30 seconds @ ~5:00 min pace
PM: 5miles with Aaron
Tuesday: 50 minutes relaxed (tight)
Wednesday: 60minutes on road course with Micah, Houston & David w/ 1/2/3/4/4/3/2/1 hard, half recoveries:
results from Garmin:
Under 6:30 Pace: 18 1/2 minutes
Under 6:15 pace: 16 minutes
Under 6:00 min pace: 10 1/2 minutes
Under 5:45 pace: 5 1/2 minutes
Under 5:30-5:00 pace: 2 minutes
Under 5:00 pace: 30 seconds

Trying to get used to the 4:45 AM group. I've been trying so hard to make Thursday a sleep in day..sleep in till 6:00am. But I feel so GUILTY. It's impossible- I can't take a day off.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Not quite the best week ever.

Monday: (see previous post)
Tuesday: 56 minutes recovery run
Wednesday: 60+ minutes with 8X3:30 hard, 60-90 recovery
Thursday: 60minutes recovery
Friday: 8.6 miles (63:30)
Saturday: 11.4 miles (79minutes) (7:20, 7:16, 6:50, 6:46, 6:47, 6:59, 6:47, 6:58, 6:58, 7:04, 7:10)

Didn't run to hard today, but not to easy either. It was just so nice to be out there, running with friends (back with the 4:45 am group). Months ago, I didn't think I would be back here so soon, and three months ago..I realized how little it really mattered.

My whole life has really changed these last few months and I am starting to think I am really not the same person I was before. I used to think I had stress, but now all those little things I used to worry about mean nothing.

My entire day revolves around my Daughter. I wake up between 3:45 and 4:00 am, feed my baby, make coffee (I mean, it's 4 o'clock in the freakin morning), run, make sure I'm back by 6:00AM so I can pump, feed/play/dress Maddy, and get to work on time/early (I like to be early).
At 10:00 AM I pump, at lunch I come home, feed Maddy and play with her before quickly heading back to work. Again, at 4:00 PM, I pump.I'm lucky because I am home by 5:15 or so, again, to play with Maddy and feed her (she eats alot at night).

I can't even remember what life was like before Maddy, was I really even living? The weeks go by so fast, yet I feel like I live so much more. Even when I am rushing to get her dressed in the morning, I savor every second. Every minute I hold her is precious, every noise she makes is beautiful. I love my muffin more than anything in this world.

By this time, I am starting to feel almost back to normal. I'm not as fit/fast but I am looking like my old self and I definitely feel better. As for my body, it's not much different. I don't own a scale, but I can't to far off what I was when I got pregnant- and, honestly, I don't care.

It's not about me anymore.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Brooks I.D. and a weekly dose of INSPIRE DAILY

Yes, I know that title doesn't make any sense, so what.

So I'm really going to try and push Brooks alot on this blog, and honestly, with good reason.

I'm a creature of habit, I sleep the same way every night, eat the same things everyday, wear the same thing (just kidding), do the same workouts, etc. etc. So, when I wear tested the Brooks Launch about 2 years ago....and loved them, I have not purchased another shoe since.

The Launch is a light weight competitive trainer that can also be used for tempos, interval sessions, and (possibly) marathons. Don't take my word on the marathon thing, I'm assuming here as I have wore them for two twenty milers at a blistering pace. Currently, I don't own a pair of racing flats that I can train/race in so I wear my Launch for everything. However, I am a forefoot runner and I supernate which is the rarest running this may end up being helpful to about zero readers. However, if you prefer a neutral light weight shoe, I highly recommend the Launch.

And Brooks clothing, well I have wore plenty of Adidas and the OTHER brand which I will not name, and both have great clothing (sometimes) however I still have a brooks long sleeve that I have worn since I started running in 10th grade---wore during -40C winters, and the top is still going strong. Probably the best quality running top I have ever owned. I have wore it by itself in -20C weather.

On another note- Running frostbite next weekend. Being that I am in not-so-awesome shape yet, my goal is 7 min miles. I'm trying to get within 7 minutes of my PR...we will see.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Snow Day

AM: 10 miles with 4X 1 mile pick ups @ sub 6:30, recovery at 7:30
Actual- 6:24, 6:08, 6:29, 6:08 (6:08 on measured loop-Garmin said 6:28)
Easy miles were 7:45 ish (10 miles)

Houston: "Your not going to work out in this are you?"
Meggan: "Why not, I would if I was home." (home meaning Canada)
Houston: "Be careful please."

Seriously, Starkville got like 3 inches and everything shuts down. It's unbelievable. I realize that the city doesn't own a snow plow, and that almost 19,000 people in the area probably can't drive in this.

If I was the mayor, I would have had the streets sanded this morning.....just sayin.

Anyways, this workout went well I guess. I mean, I just had a baby, and technically I really have only been really running for 6 weeks...well sorta. I know I keep saying that but I am trying to justify my weakness syndrome... and also keep myself in check cause I want to have another wee one someday...and possibly another....and another.

Houston feels like I have not done enough base and that I am jumping into harder stuff to quickly. He may be right but I can't be bothered doing more easy runs, I would rather watch paint dry. The whole time I was pregnant I ran for fitness and it was less than enjoyable. I need to run so hard I feel like puking. That's just me.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Brooks I.D.

Thursday: 20min bike, 85 minutes with Aaron & M.E.
Friday: (mile easy, mile hard X3) hard miles were 6:38, 6:33, 6:25, easy miles were 7:45-8:00 +w/u & c/d
Saturday: 6miles
Sunday: 10 miles (78min)
Monday: 8 miles medium (7:37, 6:56, 6:40, 6:46, 6:54, 7:11, 7:12, 6:50)
Tuesday: 50 minutes recovery
Wednesday: 12min w/u&c/d, 10X2min hard (vet school parking lot), 60-90 sec rest (56 min) Thursday: 50minutes recovery
Friday: 45minutes with Aaron
Saturday: 11 miles in 74 ish min with Tiffany (7:23, 7:15, 6:48, 6:50, 6:42, 6:46, 6:50,6:50, 6:50, 6:27, 6:22) (Roll tide loop- montgomery, vet school, backside of south farm)

Getting back in it.

Got my Brooks I.D. contract again this year! I'm excited that they are giving me another year, I even moved up! Supposedly, I am suppose to train in only well as race. SOO I guess I will need to get a new running wardrobe :)