Sometimes all it takes is a moment for me to tell myself “Get it done!” Just 72 hours ago I was feeling very defeated about marathon training. Two training runs later and I’m back in the game. It’s funny how that works. One minute running is my worst enemy. It’s just another line on my to-do list. And then I remember how much I love it. How much life and energy training for a race gives me.

I’m going to run a marathon, people!


This is my motto for marathon training. It’s what I tell myself during the hard intervals of my track and tempo workouts. It’s what I tell myself when I stare at my schedule for the week and wonder if I’ll ever get enough sleep. I’m mighty. I do hard things.

Running makes me feel like a super human. If I have a challenging moment at work, I shrug it off. A wife and mom who keeps a house, works full time, AND runs half marathons FOR FUN isn’t going to let a little hiccup at work bother her.

Workout summary this week:

Total miles: 20

Monday – Week 16 Key Run #1 – Track – 3×1600 (8:32) with 400RI
5.75miles – 56:19 – 9:48 pace
I programmed this workout into our treadmill. We have a Nordictrack 1750 with iFit, so I can program workouts and the settings will change automatically. It was really cool to just let it “push the buttons for me.” This workout was tough, but I was glad I was able to do it. And I wasn’t too sore afterwards either, which was good because I had a full work day ahead of me.

Friday – Week 16 Key Run #2 – Tempo – 2mi Easy, 2mi Short Tempo (9:05), 2mi Easy
6miles – 1:00:30 – 10:05
Our schedule this week was BUSY, so I wasn’t able to get this workout done until Friday after work. Not the best time to try and run 2 hard miles. Mr. Neon, the boys, and I headed to our trusty pond loop. Tiny Boy ran 1.25miles, Runner Boy ran 3miles, and then they headed for the playground while Mr. Neon and I finished our laps. The playground is visible from the entire 6/10ths of a mile loop, so it’s an ideal spot for us to do workouts like this. I see us doing this many times over the next 15 weeks.

Sunday – Week 16 Key Run #3 – Long Run – 8mi @ MP+30
Run Less, Run Faster says my marathon place is 10:09. This is based on my 5K PR of 27:20. We’ll see about that. But this run was EASY. I usually use a 9:1 interval on long runs. I didn’t have to at this pace. I stopped once to eat a Honey Stinger kids waffle at mile 4. I did this on our home treadmill since it was hot and windy outside today.

Workouts this week:

Week 15 Key Run #1 – Track – 4×800 with 2min RI
Week 15 Key Run #2 – Tempo – 1mi Easy 5mi MP 1mi Easy
Week 15 Key Run #3 – Long Run – 9mi @ MP+45

Slow Start

It’s been 52 days since I last posted. I have no excuses.

Marathon training started Monday. I’ve done one workout. ONE. *grumble*

I decided to go with the Run Less, Run Faster novice marathon plan. It sticks to their 3:2 plan of three running days and a minimum two XTing days. This will work really well for me since I like to be a closet triathlete, especially in the summer. The three runs also provide structure and variety at the same time. One track workout, one tempo workout, and one long run. My favorite kinds of runs…give me some direction…some paces to follow. I like this.

Of course, it only works if I do it. I settled on doing track on Monday, tempo on Wednesday, and long on Saturday. I need to get my butt out of bed in the morning for the track and tempos. I need to convince myself that the treadmill is my best friend and that I can get up, run outside, and get ready for work at the gym (that the city is deducting $10 per month out of my paychecks whether I use it or not!).

Life just seems to get in the way. The full time job is going REALLY well…like people tell me every day how awesome I’m doing…that NEVER gets old. The house isn’t falling apart, the laundry is mostly caught up, and the bills are getting paid on time. Now I just need to squeeze running back into the routine.

NEED being the key word there, because in just over 15 weeks, I’m running a MARATHON. Not a 5K, not a 10K, not a half…A FULL MARATHON. I don’t think it’s fully sunk in yet.

I think posting more on here will motivate me. If I don’t run, I don’t have anything to post about. So I better run and get my workouts done.

In other words, I finally gave up on my vivofit. I used part of my birthday money to get a vivosmart in hopes that it’s rechargeable battery doesn’t plague me like the replaceable button batteries of the vivofit did. I’ve been wearing it for just about a week now and will post my thoughts soon. I have a fitness tracker addiction, folks.


I broke my Best Buy ban and ordered the neon green one that is exclusively available at Best Buy. Gotta have the neon!