3 Miles Straight

19 Aug

There was a week when Emma woke up at 6 am every day. Travis and I got into a routine of him watching her from 6:30 until around 8:30 so that I could have some time to myself to go on a run, get into the Word, etc. Travis went on runs and ran errands at night. But then Emma stopped being predictable and we got out of the routine.

So for the past 6 weeks, I’ve only been running once a week. Which also means I’ve only been working out once a week. But now I have a reason to get my butt in gear: I signed up to do a triathlon relay with two of my friends. It’s the Oktoberfest Sprint Triathlon on September 22 in Longmont. I’m doing the running leg. I also might do a 5K fundraiser run with one of my other friends on September 14 but that depends on whether or not I can find someone to watch Emma.

I’m happy to report that I have finally worked my way up to running 3 miles straight, with no walking. I’m still slow, but when haven’t I been? 😉

My mile splits on my run today:

1 – 11:49

2 – 12:05

3 – 12:07

.08 – 11:08

Average pace – 12:02 (3.08 miles in 37:03)

81913paceMy goal is to run at least twice a week. Ideally, I’d run 3 times a week but with Travis traveling so much right now and Emma not being old enough for daycare, it’s hard – partly because I want to hang out with my husband when he is home! Maybe one of these days we’ll try taking Emma on a jog with the two of us…

Anyway, I plan to do a speed workout (intervals, repeats, tempo, etc) for one run and a easy run focused on distance for the other. My fastest run so far was on August 9. I ran 2.57 miles at a 10:42 pace.

How does that compare to my previous running times? My 5K PR is 32:52, a 10:34/mile pace. My PR for the running leg of a triathlon, is 30:50, a 9:55/mile pace. So it’s possible that I could get better than 32:52. We’ll see how the rest of ‘training’ goes.

I felt great after my run this morning though! It reminds me of why I love running, and endurance sports. It just makes you feel good!

3 Responses to “3 Miles Straight”

  1. monthsbeforeyou August 19, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    Good job! That is great progress. I only went through a short period of my life where I decided to try running. I did a few 5k’s and some sprint tri’s and then hurt my knee and decided I didn’t really love running all that much anymore. BUT i am all for finding out what you love (your soul mate workout!) and finding time for it. I’ve been doing that 2-3x a week as well and it is so helpful, even if i’m not 100% back to myself in my workouts.

  2. Stephanie August 19, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    I am really looking forward to getting back to a normal exercise routine once this baby comes. I had JUST figured out a great routine when I found out I was pregnant and I dialed it back so significantly it wasn’t even worth paying the monthly rate at the gym, but I’m very much looking forward to getting back to it. (I only wish our gym had a daycare, guess that’s what happens when you live in a community that’s primarily retired-age folks…)

    And I hear you on wanting to be home at the same time as your husband–that’s the main reason I don’t plan to go back to work after the baby comes. It is way more to pay for daycare than I get paid, so it boiled down to, I go back to work and my whole check goes to daycare, or I stay home and we give up my income; either way we’re losing my income but if it comes down to that I’d rather just be home with her! We thought about me going back to work 2 days a week and let him take care of the baby on his days off, but that means we pretty much never get to see each other, and that’s just not an option, not for a paycheck that is only for 2 days a week. So we’ll make it work!

  3. Lynette August 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    I don’t have anything on the 14th at this time. I would love to have some baby cuddling time.

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