Hi there and Happy Monday!
I am writing from beautiful Myrtle Beach, SC where we are starting our vacation. We will be here until Thursday and then heading to my husband’s families beach house through Memorial Day weekend.
So far vacationing with a 6 month old has been quite a learn curve but we are enjoying every single second of it!
After an early morning run on Sunday we spent the rest of the morning out on the beach. Unfortunately, it looks like part of our week could be pretty rainy so we wanted to get E out on the beach for the first time while we could.
I’m not sure if he was a fan or not, but it was so fun seeing him discover new things. He was absolutely fascinated by everything that was around him.
How adorable are those legs? I could just eat them up!
We brought him a small shovel, tools, and a bucket which we knew were too old for him but he at least enjoyed trying to put absolutely everything in his mouth.
After our beach time, we swam for a few minutes in the pool and then went back up to the room for nap time. It must have really wiped him out because he slept for 1.5 hours instead of his usually extremely predictable 45 minutes.
I look forward to soaking up every minute of this week with my two boys!
I know it’s a day late but I figured I would fill you all in on how running has been going the past week. I’m still in a unstructured period but I’ve been more consistent lately and I am starting to really feel good post-Boston.
Monday – 6.11 miles
Monday I wanted to do something a little quicker. My plan next is to enter a 5k training period so I wanted a type of workout that followed that.
I had my sweet E with me so I ended up doing: 2 mile warm up, 8 x 30 seconds FAST, 1:30 recovery, and a 2 mile cool down. The 30 seconds could have been faster had I not had the stroller with me but the effort was definietly still there.
Tuesday – 3 miles
Tuesday I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try a CrossFit class with my Mom. I really enjoyed it but due to the price it probably won’t be a regular thing. I didn’t want to over do it so I cut back my easy run on Tuesday to only 3 miles versus my normal 5.
Wednesday – 5 miles
Wednesday was definietly a tough one for me. E was not having his car seat that morning. I kid you not when I say it took me 2 hours to run these 5 miles. It was all over the place but I pieced together 5 miles total.
Some days it is definietly difficult but I wouldn’t trade these wonderful morning runs with my sweet boy for anything.
Thursday – 6.31 miles
Thursday my Mom came up to help with E so that I could get us both packed for our beach trip. I took advantage of having here there in the morning to get in a solo workout before trying to get everything ready to leave. I wanted something a little more extended than Tuesday so with my husband’s help we came up with the ladder workout: 2 mile warm up, 1-2-3-4-3-2-1 (with equal recovery), and a short cool down.
I honestly thought I would get a longer cool down but I guess I misjudged the total amount of miles I would cover. I didn’t want to go too far over 6 miles total for the day so my cool down was roughly 0.3 miles.
It was a tough run for sure and my body is taking a lot longer to get my speed back than I had thought but I simply focus on doing the best I can and each workout is one step closer.
Friday – Rest
I’m still pretty religious about taking Friday as my rest day. There is occasionally a week where this gets switched around, but this week it stayed the same.
Saturday – 10 miles
We broke up our drive down to the beach by driving to my in-laws on Friday night and then leaving Saturday for the beach. Before we got on the road my mother in law offered to watch E so that I could get in a long run.
I haven’t run a double digit run in the 6 weeks since Boston and this was the first time I have felt ready too. I have done 8 miles the past two weeks and I felt like it was time to extend that slightly.
The run was hot but overall went well. I got dropped off 10 miles from the house so I didn’t have to do an out and back which was a really nice change. It wasn’t easy but it wasn’t hard easy so I’m really happy with how my body felt for its first double digit run back.
Sunday – 5 miles
Our first run at the beach! I knew it was going to be a hot and humid but I have forgotten just how bad some mornings can be. I was dripping sweat only a mile into the run!
I took it easy but was so thankful for the flat roads. I could not imagine running all the hills of VA with this kind of heat and humidity. My sweet E got the approval to be in his running stroller without his car seat and I can’t even begin to tell you how much it helps! It’s still tougher with a stroller but so much easier without the car seat.
This week went really well and I’m looking forward to a week of vacation, family, and of course running!