Monday, August 29, 2011

Plan B

This morning I had the best of intentions to get my run done early.  I laid my clothes out the night before and set my alarm for 4:45AM as usual.  But the baby was up a lot last night and I brought him into bed with me in the middle of the night (not an altogether unusual circumstance around here).  When my alarm started buzzing I quickly shut it off so as not to wake him, but the next thing I knew we were both waking up nearly an hour later.  So, scratch plans for hitting the track super early.  On to Plan B.

Plan B was to take everyone to the gym after Baby G's morning nap.  My big kids were excited to go there and play with their friends, so it was a win-win.  I put the baby down around 8:30AM and expected he would take about a 45 minute nap.  Nope - it was 2 HOURS long!  I used the time to play with my big kids and to get tons of stuff done - massive amounts of laundry, pay bills, vacuum the main level of the house, all sorts of fun stuff.  As time ticked on though I was definitely wondering if my run was going to get pushed by the wayside.  If I would feel too overwhelmed to pack everyone in the car and slog out so many minutes on a treadmill in the gym so close to lunchtime.  But I kept reminding myself how much it meant to me and that I would not regret making the effort to GET IT DONE.  As soon as Baby G woke up I nursed him and changed his diaper and we were on our way to the gym.  We made it!  My workout was fantastic.  15 minutes warm up at an easy 10:00 pace followed by 60 minutes at race pace.  I decided to try my half marathon race pace since I have the VA Beach Rock n Roll half coming up this weekend (yay!!).  I'm not totally certain of my pace for that race so I played with it a little.  I did the first 30 minutes at an 8:00 pace, the next 20 minutes at a 7:47 pace and the last 10 minutes at a 7:30 pace.  I felt strong and excited.  I wrapped up the run with 10 minutes at an easy pace and in all covered 10.5 miles in 85 minutes of running.  Not bad for a Monday!  That's the most I've run on a treadmill in a long time and also the most I've run on a weekday in a long time too.

I'm so excited about my race this weekend.  When I think about how hard I've been working over the past several months I get butterflies in my tummy knowing that the experience of this race is going to be such a sweet reward.  My current PR in the half marathon is 1:55:47, just under a 9:00 average pace.  There is no question in my mind or my heart that I am going to crush that.  I believe it with every inch of my being.  I can't wait to run my heart out on Sunday and see what I am made of!


holy cow, jessica. you are going to rock that race this weekend. so excited for you. your training and effort is so inspiring.

Wow. You are going to kill it this weekend. Good luck, Jessica!!

I am very impressed with your training! Can I ask what program you are using?

GOOD LUCK this weekend!!!!

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