Run: January 16 – 22

This week I managed to get a decent amount of running in based on my new standards. Lucky for me, both the sound of the treadmill and the sound of the shower seem to be soothing to Kai. She especially seems to enjoy the sound that the treadmill makes when it is raising into incline position. I guess that means that I might be adding hill repeats into the ends of runs when she signals that she is getting tired of watching me run.

At this point I need to make a big decision about my running schedule for the next two months. Chris signed up for a half marathon at the end of March and I need to decide if I am in or not. The race also offers a quarter marathon, but wussing out of the longer race really isn’t my style. I’m thinking 13.1 or nothing. The big question is if I will be ok with running to finish, not running for a PR. I think a realistic expectation would be to finish in 2:10, a far cry from the 1:55 that I would ideally be shooting for.

I also need to think about if I am ok with doing most of my runs on the treadmill. I’m not sure what my running schedule will look like when I go back to work, but I have to imagine that with the short daylight hours and a baby in the mix, the treadmill is inevitable.

Lastly, I think we will be doing a fair amount of travel between now and the race, likely a weekend in New Jersey, a weekend in Los Angeles, another in Northern Michigan, and two weekends traveling to and from Australia. With eight weekends between now and the race and five of them being less than ideal for long runs, I think I may have just reasoned my way out of running a race. I’ll keep you posted.

If Chris actually trained for races, he would have his work cut out for him. I am pretty sure that this was his last run (Chris pictured on the treadmill in the background) on July 22. Maybe Kai and I will just spectate.

Monday: 3 miles, 30:00 (10:00/mi)
Tuesday: 3.1 miles, 30:00 (Avg. 9:41/mi; 10:00/mi base pace w/6 x 1:00 pick-ups @ 8:34/mi)
Wednesday: 3.12 miles, 30:00 (Avg. 9:37/mi; 10:00/mi base pace w/7 x 1:00 pick-ups @ 8:34/mi)
Thursday: 3 miles, 30:00 (10:00/mi)
Friday: 3 miles, 30:00 (10:00/mi w/5 x 2:00 hills @ 6%)
Saturday: rest
Sunday: 4 miles, 40:00 (10:00/mi)

Weekly Total: 19.22 miles
Average Pace: 9:53/mile
January Total: 28.72 miles
YTD Total: 28.72 miles

  1. Jill said:

    Nearly 20 miles is pretty impressive. I did 13 this week…in 2 runs :/
    But I have two more kids than you 😛

    Keep up the good work Brit!

    • Brit said:

      I can’t even imagine how I would get three kids in sync enough and under control enough to run 13 miles. I feel lucky if I can keep one quiet and content long enough to run and shower.

      • Jill said:

        my DH makes it happen…we actually schedule my workout time b/c he has a day/night rotating schedule (firefighter) and another job that he works when he is not at his main job (someone has to pay for all these kids)!!! but, i may run 3 days in a row and not run for another week or so…it’s tough to get into a groove, but at least i’m getting out there. also, my MIL is pretty helpful too but not quite as good w/ all 3 kids so i try to come back quickly on her watch.

      • Brit said:

        It is awesome that you have a chance to go running, I have a feeling that, when the time comes,going to work might actually make it easier for me to run.

  2. Lisa said:

    Great running week! Your 20 miles kicks my butt. 🙂 I honestly don’t know which way I’d decide on the 1/2 marathon, but good luck with your decision.

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