Well, Hello!

No matter how much time passes, when you get together with an old friend, it feels completely comfortable, like you were never apart. Let’s pretend that’s happening here on the blog, okay? We are old friends after all.

My goal for the month has been to run 5 times a week, with the first four runs being an average of 40 minutes and the 5th run being long. I am doing great with 5 days a week. You can see on my Strava summary that I’ve run 5 days every week for 4 weeks now (the 4th week is only 4 runs because the 5th run will happen today).

However, based on the time, you can see that I only hit my long runs the first two weeks. Last weekend, I was simply too busy…I mean, I just didn’t MAKE time. This weekend, I just am not sure I’m feeling it. We’ll see how I feel later today when I head out. I do love getting those long runs in!

In other news, I’m currently obsessing over finding a pair of short boots that don’t bankrupt me. I cannot get past these boots:

They really want me to love them. Can’t you see them calling my name? However, I hate spending money on trendy shoes. I’m looking for a cheaper alternative. I just haven’t had any luck yet.

Last night, I took both kids shopping and we went to five stores. I seriously think I should be able to put that on Strava as a long run. I did get a leather Coach purse at Salvation Army last night for $3 so that made me feel a little better. Campbell found a really ugly red velour dress for $2. We bought it after making the agreement that it would be a dress up dress and not a leave-the-house dress. She loves it so much she changed into it IN THE CAR. Last night. And she hasn’t taken it off since, even to sleep.

Evan found a nice shirt too and I got Campbell a pair for Keen sandals for next year for $2. Salvation Army is so much fun!

Last night, a store near us had a grand opening, and they had this “Horse Whisperer” guy there. I decided the only difference between him and any other horse trainer is that he puts on a microphone and charges people a lot more. I’ve seen the horse trainer at our barn do very similar things with way less accolades.

Two weeks ago, I did a 10-mile trail run, and the leaves were so stunning. Unfortunately my cell phone camera just doesn’t capture the color.

I’m sure it’s even better today!

What is up in your world? Do you think shopping should be logged into your workout log?

Long Trail Run

Yesterday I did an 8 mile trail run, which was my longest run in quite some time. I did an 8-mile road run a month or two ago, but 8 miles on the trail is a lot harder than 8 miles on the road. The funny thing is 8 trail miles feels a lot easier than 8 road miles, even though it takes way longer. I’m not sure if it’s because the dirt is a lot easier on your body or because the scenery is a lot easier on your eyes or both.

I saw more people than I ever have. I guess I’m not the only one who loves the woods this time of year! Right off the bat, I saw a woman and her husband, and I nearly gave them a heart attack. I actually ran off the trail in an effort to crunch more leaves and make noise, but they still didn’t hear me. What is the right thing to do, yell something like “coming up behind you”? I always feel bad when I scare people.

Around mile 3, I saw four women riding horses. One of them was leading a pony with a saddle on (I’m assuming to train it). They asked if I wanted a ride back. The funny thing is, I saw them again at the end of my run. They had gone 3 miles since I’d seen them and I’d gone 5. Horses are not exactly speed demons on trail rides.

I saw two moms with their daughters, and then towards the end, my yoga instructor and her dog.

I basically did a loop around the whole park. I could have made my run longer by taking every little off-shoot loop, but 8 was good enough for me.

The east side of the park is an area I don’t often run. There’s a few sections where you run alongside a farm field in the grass, and I hate those sections. It’s worth it, though, because part of it is in a really pretty valley.

Shortly after leaving that area, I saw a few wild turkeys. Can you see them?

This is one of my favorite sections of trail, which is right behind the campground.

Right at the end of the 8 miles was a really hard downhill (as in hard to run down it’s so steep) and a really hard uphill. I tried to take a picture, but hills never look hard in pictures, do they!?

Next weekend, I will try 9 or 10. Woohoo! I’m really hoping the trails stay runable on the weekends for along time!

New Goals

I have a new goal and it’s pretty simple. It’s to run 5 days a week for at least 40 minutes each time. Or maybe an average of 40 minutes each time…I have to consult my coach (husband).

I asked him to write a training plan for me, and his response was that all I have to do is be more consistent. What what? I run between two and three days a week. Pretty consistently. LOL! He said I should run at least 40 minutes 5 times a week. He also said if things get busy, 4 days is okay, but I need a really good reason to skip that night. Luckily I’m super creative with really good reasons.

So Monday I didn’t run because I ran trails Saturday and Sunday and I was sore (see I told you I can make good excuses).

Tuesday I ran with my friend Myra. We ran 4 miles in 39:45, but we got scared by a freaky kid so that counts as the missing 15 seconds. Kids on the street should NOT growl at runners. If I’d been alone I would’ve died.

Wednesday I took off because I worked until 5, Evan had horse lessons at night from 7-8, and also I’m very good at excuses.

Tonight I ran 40:50 on the treadmill. I was feeling super lazy, so I put the treadmill on speed “old lady” and jogged along to a t.v. show. I made it 4 miles.

I should be able to run the next three days with no problem. I’m hoping to hit the trails Saturday and Sunday again. I think it will be fun to run for time and not distance. Although, as you can tell from my last two runs, hitting exact miles has still happened. I just couldn’t stop at 3.9 tonight when the treadmill hit 40:00. And Myra always likes to hit exact miles too so we did that Tuesday night.

I am also going to run a longer run (60 min+) on either Saturday or Sunday.

Have you ever followed a training plan for distance and not time? Are you able to stop at mileage like 3.9 or 3.75?

In other news, guess what, Campbell made the swim team! She’s so excited. Tomorrow is her first day of practice. She’s so cute in her little suit, goggles, & cap, I just die. Here she is after she found out she made it.

I’m sure it will be awhile before her first meet, given that she can’t exactly come close to the front crawl yet, but it’s going to be soooo cute! I can’t wait!