Twenty X2

Boom! Consecutive 20 mile training weeks…yes! The last time I did that was in March when I was pretending that I wasn’t injured.

It was a cut back week, so I only had an 8 mile long run. This week is pretty heavy week with a long tempo and another 10er. Then I get a brief one week taper and RACE. I usually do a 2-week taper, but the 80/20 plans don’t appear to give you a giant taper. You aren’t training at such a high intensity, so your legs don’t need that longer recovery before race day. We’ll see if it works for me. My 13 mile training run came after two 10er weeks and it was my best run of the year. Solid plan.

So, I tried this new thing last week. Vegan Before Five. I don’t know if it’s really a thing, but I made it one. I ate vegan for breakfast and lunch and then ate meat as part of my dinner meal. I liked the way I felt…less bloat, more energy. And then I stopped doing it over the weekend and didn’t do it today. I’ll get back at it once I can hit up the grocery store for some more Amy’s Kitchen meals. Those things make my day, especially the burritos. I also need to start making some vegan frozen lunches myself.


We had our first XC meet of the year yesterday. The boys both did very well. It was WET, but thankfully not super muddy. They got to splash through several puddles. It was fun watching the kids fight the urge to slow down through the puddles and let instinct take over.


Tiny Boy ran a 10:06 2K (8:02 pace) and Runner Boy ran a 10:26 1.5 mile (6:57 pace). Tiny Boy’s 1 mile PR is 8:29, so he did pretty darn awesome. Runner Boy has never run a XC race under a 7-minute pace. We rewarded the shiny new PRs with pizza buffet. Boys who run get their monies worth at pizza buffets!


Stay neon!┬áCheck out the boys’ socks…the love of neon runs strong in our family!

Fast Kids. Slow Mama.

Hello from the Planet Positivity! I’m trying over here, folks. Day 11 of no running, no biking, and very little anything else. I am getting a lot of sleep however, because that’s what happens when your Ironman-in-training husband falls asleep in the recliner at 9pm.

So how’s the hip? It still feels tight most of the time. Some days it’ll hurt first thing in the morning. Sometimes it’ll surprise me when I stand up from sitting too long and really jab at me. Sometimes I’ll forget about it and run out to the mailbox, only to feel the telltale tightness as my stride lengths.

But whatever. I have other things to write about.

Like the fact that I didn’t notice until I got home last night that I had only put on foundation and blush and walked around all day without eye make-up or mascara. Random.


I have a new favorite food. Raspberries! I bought a small container of them and took them to work. Best decision ever. I ate them over the course of two days and wasn’t tempted by anything else. I need to go to Costco and get a BIG container that will last me all week.


I converted both the computer I use out at our youth services kiosk and the computer at my cubicle (this one) to standing. I’m so glad that my bosses were on board with this change. We’ve all heard that sitting is the new smoking, but I’ve been reading that sitting could also be the cause of my injury. I got this injury after marathon training AND taking a full time job that incurred more sedentary time than I usually did.

I’ve also been trying to get 10,000 steps every day now that I’m not training. It’s been a bit of struggle some days. I turned the “move” alert back on my Garmin and make an effort to get up and walk around the building when it goes off. But the last two days at my standing desk hasn’t made the alert go off once. And frustratingly enough my weight has gone back down to goal weight. Why do I hang on to 3-4 extra pounds when I’m training?! It would be awesome if I could figure this out.


This is Runner Boy. This is Runner Boy with a broken arm. This is Runner Boy with a broken arm who ran a 21:47 5K last weekend. Runner Boy is my hero.


This is Tiny Boy. This is Tiny Boy running a 26:33 5K, which is a…wait for it…7:43 PR. Tiny Boy is BEAST!

As soon as the books I ordered last night arrive, I am going to take a picture of my “Running Bookshelf” and create a new page for this site. I have so many running books that I use to help train and answer my questions. I’ve never hired a coach. My books are my coach. And apparently when I’m injured I need lots more coaches. I went back and looked and I’ve ordered six running books this year. Oops.

Stay NEON!