First, let’s talk miles. I rarely do this. But, I feel like these past weeks with adding more miles has really made me realize that juggling motherhood with training can be done; it may not be pretty, but it can be done!
Before you think I’m including this because I think I’m something special, I don’t. I love what I do and that thing happens to be running. If running wasn’t serving me in a meaningful way, making me feel more alive…I wouldn’t do it. Adding more miles and facing the challenges I do are part of the package.
This last week was my highest mileage so far in this training cycle, that is until this week happened. Here’s a glimpse of my mid-training week:
Monday: 8 miles
Tuesday: 14 miles in 2 runs
Wednesday: Speed work totaling 14 miles
Thursday: Rest (which I typically do my elliptigo, a walk with my dogs, or steps)
Friday: 14 miles in 2 runs
Saturday: 20 miles
Sunday: 10 miles
I get tired just typing all those numbers! This is probably nothing to some and a whole heck of a lot to others….we all have our version of what is considered a lot when it comes to miles.
Monday-Friday miles will be spent with boys in the stroller. I know it sounds crazy and extreme, but they are willing to sit and I am willing to push. It just works out for us in that way. Thankfully, I have gotten Bodhi to trade my afternoon runs with biking and now I only have to push Trout for my remaining double day miles.
Trout clearly has difficulty passing the time 🙂 I have my stroller pretty decked out for both of the boys. I put in a pillow for their feet, a blanket behind their backs, snacks, water, an iPad….it’s not the worse thing to have to endure while your mom runs around town like a crazy person.
I don’t want to be that person that always talks about the food she ate. While I find that information extremely fascinating to know about others…I also find the idea silly when I’m sharing; who really cares what I’ve eaten right?! However, I am a big believer that what you put in your body directly influences what you get out of your body in regards to everything! health, performance, emotional stability, level of happiness….
I get a lot of questions regarding what I believe makes me do well as a runner. I know when I’m eating well i’m performing well too!
I don’t always eat salads. I love breakfast anytime of the day. Eggs happen to be my favorite protein, period. I know for my body type and for me to maintain my female health…fats are a must! eggs,avocados, hemp seeds, nut oils are a great way for me to get my favorite macronutrient in every meal.
Heirloom tomatoes, avocado, baby greens, with hemp seeds were a different twist on my usual sunflower seed topped salad….It was a nice change up. I hope I don’t ever tire of eating salads…I really do love them! Fueling well every day isn’t an obsession, more like a mission of mine. I ultimately eat what I want, but I always feel better when I eat more of what my body feels better consuming…today’s eats will be tested on my track workout tomorrow….
My boys are a great daily reminder to always have fun and to never take myself too seriously. I am so thankful for my two little men.
Trout decided that riding his strider bike on it’s own wasn’t extreme enough so he added a pool floatie to up his game. Trout always knows how to make me smile!