Thursday, August 18, 2011

School and Tempo, plus GIVEAWAY hints =)

How cute is my little guy. He started all day Kindergarten today. I am not sure what I am gonna do with myself but I will take these first few days to make sure my house is ultra de-cluttered and then probably find some kind of work.....I can tell already I am going to want something more to do. Taking care of Peter has been a blessing and a challenge for me and although I will still be taking care of him, I now have 6.5 hours where he is going to be preoccupied.

Next, I'll tell you how this workout week is going so far. GOOD! Monday I ended up going to Total Conditioning instead of a bike ride, (slept in) and Tuesday I went and battled myself on the track for my 3x1600m (1 mile) repeats.  

Splits: 6:52, 6:56, 6:59

The last repeat was ultra hard for me. I had no brain power left to convince myself to keep going but then during the last 400 I decided to just run as fast as I could and gladly came in just under 7. I had a 400m walk/jog recovery. I walked a little and then started a slow jog for the rest of my 400. Luckily I had my running Guru there during the last mile reminding me that I could do it.  If I was on my own I am almost sure I'd have thrown that last mile in the bag. Oh well, I did it and now I know I can. Once again I owe a big thanks to my running club.

Following that workout I ended up going to a barbell class. I loaded easy and focused on form.

Wednesday I headed out for a bike ride with a friend. It was awesome. Check out this hill we climbed. There apparently is a road race just because of that hill and when the time came to make changes to the road they made sure not to change that incline.  It was crazy! 

Anywhoo, today I woke up early and met up with my friends to run a 6 mile run with 2 miles @ 7:32 pace. We came in at 7:29 and felt great. I am SO glad I have running friends.

Below left to right is Tara, Allison and Amber. We are all running the California International Marathon together. Tara and I are shooting for 3:40 and Allison and Amber a 3:35. I am really looking forward to having friends keep me movin'. I also promised them I wouldn't put there pictures on the blog if they didn't look good. But how could they not! They are all smokin'. There husbands are lucky.

Here we are after our 1st successful tempo of the training plan. We are 2 workouts into this 16 week FIRST training plan.  Sometimes I get so excited about it I can't stop smiling...sometimes I wonder if I love running just way to much. 

Onto the GIVEAWAY. I hope you are all followers and check back often because this giveaway is gonna be great. It is going to be a giveaway "basket". So go ahead and try to see if you can figure out what kinds of things we'd put in a basket to send your way. Here is another clue, I live in Colorado, Heather in Minnesota and Sarah, Brooklyn.  Any guesses?

Who likes training with people?
ME. I would not push myself nearly as hard if I was on my own. I just love the energy coming from people who push themselves beyond what they are comfortable with. I find it very inspiring.

Did anyone have kiddos go back to school this week?
I still can't believe that my only child is now in school all day......I just can't believe it. I am so excited for him. He came over after he found his spot, hugged me, kissed me, and goes "Mom, I'll be great and I'll see you at 3" He has been so independent since he was 1 day old. 

Also, what are you guys cooking for dinner?
a friend of mine and I got together a few days ago and planned all our meals through september. Only problem is they don't start until next week.... so what should I cook tonight?

Happy Running -Jen


  1. Peter is the cutest! Reece was less enthusiastic about heading back to school. I guess he likes to play all day instead :) Your workouts are nuts, no wonder your a rockstar. Good for you.

  2. Aww, he is so sweet! I can't imagine my boys getting so big! :)

  3. Question: I love running with other people and just started a half marathon training plan and want to do a full in the spring. I have tried asking multiple friends if they want to do a race with me, but no takers... where is the best place to find running buddies? I don't think I can train for a marathon without someone to keep me company! PS I live in WI, so some of our resources might be the same, I apparently just don't know about them.

    PS your son is adorable!

  4. I love training with other people, it helps so much! It keeps me accountable so workouts actually get completed and they push me more than I could push myself alone. I just started doing track workouts with a group on Tuesday mornings and I am so glad that I did.

  5. That is the cutest first day of school pic ever! Way to rock the mile repeats. I absolutely hate those things. Dinner tonight: Gotta treat Peter to a dinner out so he has the stage and can tell you all about his first day of school!

  6. Um awesome workouts! Throw 3:40 right out the window girl because you can easily do 3:30-3:35 with these workout times.

  7. It's a tradition to always make an apple pie for dessert the first day of school - not healthy - but fun.

  8. I don't know what's going to be in the basket!! Maybe some PIZZA? haha :)

    I like training with people but I also love the time alone. Committing to days with people is an awesome way to push yourself and get out there on days that you just don't have it in you!

    Dinner tonight is a mushroom pecan burger and roasted potatoes!!

    PS Your son is beyond adorable! I love his lunch box!

  9. I am most definitely a regular reader! I hope the giveaway has some sort of workout apparel you guys love and some good Advocare products! Cant wait!!

    Oh and we only have a toddler now but we will homeschool all our kids so they wont be going "off" to school. But i went to public so i remember those days...hang in there momma!

  10. haha I would definitely like some motivating workout gear! Ever since I got injured during the Fargo marathon, I have not been able to get back into running consistently. I'm slightly nervous because my foot still bugs me a little, but maybe I need a race to train for to get motivated...who knows. Anyway, you're little guy sounds like such a cutie! How sweet of him to say that!

    Let's see, if it was food related and could be anything, I would want a yummy local beer from you, some lefse (are you girls Norwegian?) from Heather, and some NY style pizza from Sarah :)


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