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I know I keep whining about the kids being home for Spring Break—really, I love my kids and I love spending time with them, but not going away for the break and trying to train for my 1st 1/2 marathon which is 2 1/2 weeks away is challenging with them home.

Today RayRay was meeting someone at the house—recently our hot tub went on the fritz and needs to be replaced—I know perfect timing–I was looking forward to getting in that thing after my long runs.  Anyway, I managed to sneak 5 in; unfortunately, I had to do it before I consumed coffee—I NEED coffee in the morning.

Ran without IPod—just my thoughts to keep me company.  Birds were out in full force.  

I love this time of year and since it was raining the last few days, everything was glistening and smelling fresh.  The forsythia’s are all a bloom.



Garmin connect is down this morning—you know how I love looking at all that post run data;(

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The northeast is getting pounded by rain. Here in Colts Neck the ground is SATURATED. Being stuck home with the kids on Spring Break, I was actually hoping to sneak in at least 2 miles today (even though it is technically my off day) just for sanity sake. However, Mother Nature took over:

This is a picture of part of the side yard; 
thankfully our sump pump is working well today
So the boys and I went to see “How to Train Your Dragon” in 3D instead.

Great movie–

I was prepared for the worst (after being subjected to movies like “Shark Boy and Lava Girl” and “G -Force” in the past—if you have not seen them–don’t, just insert the bamboo directly under your fingernail and save yourself the time and $), but I was pleasantly surprised–it was a great rainy day activity.

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100s of Squashed Worms

Rainy Monday morning–had to get 3 miles done. I actually like to run in the rain as long as it is not cold; it was 50 this am, so just perfect.

The roads were covered in squashed worms—hundreds of them–why did they go out onto the road?

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/28341807

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I know some days are better than others, but this run was really hard and humbling—I knew right from the get go that my heart was not in it.  I was meeting the mother.runners this afternoon at Cheesequake State Park and I was really looking forward to the new running route—I had downloaded the park map ahead of time and was looking forward to the run like a first date—but alas, I knew a mile in that this was not going the way I planned.  I was holding all my tension in my neck and shoulders and despite trying to loosen up, I just could not.  On top of it I felt dizzy/lightheaded and felt like I could have easily vomited at mile 3.  I really felt like I should have thrown in the towel at 3 miles, but I muscled through—7 miles was on my training plan for today and with the kids off the next two weeks for Spring break—I need to get the runs in when/where I can.


The last mile was torture–the tension and dare I say it—PAIN settled in my left mid back area—thankfully I could call it a day a mile 7.  Sitting here now, I still feel a little dizzy—loading up on H2O—I think I was dehydrated. 

Today, song 


Overall my pace was OK–10:38, but I expected an 7 mile run to feel easier now that I have been putting the miles in—-HUMBLING—will it ever feel easier?  or can I just chalk this up to a bad day/run?

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/28292863

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Quick sneak it in run

This week feels like an “off” week for me.  I usually run M-W-F-Sun—but since I took this Monday off due to my 11 mile run on Sunday–and I had appointments all day on Wednesday, I feel like I am sneaking the runs in when I can.  

The weather today is actually PERFECT for running—overcast in upper 50s with a light breeze.  I started out fast but I felt really exhausted in the last half of the run.  I pushed myself a little harder than I normally do–overall pace 9:38

Ran without music today—plenty of thoughts to keep me occupied.
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/27996384

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Planned recovery run today, 3-4 miles.  Now most of you know that I am a notoriously S-L-O-W runner.  10-13 minute miles—I know that is a large window, but some days are better than others.  I could have sworn today was going to be an all time low (or is that high)–13 min/mile, my legs felt like lead.

I ran with the garmin, but I usually only glance at mileage–knowing my pace is ALL over the place—-BUT guess what, I did it—a total pace under 10 (now, I know it really averages out to 10 min/miles, but can’t a girl get a break)—for now I am going to bask in the glory of my 9:57 pace.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/27829954

Today’s song, Sublime, “What I got”

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Tuesday,  March 23                       12N                 3-4 miles       Thompson 
Thursday, March 24                      12N                 3-4 miles       Clover Hill
Friday, March 26                            12N                 5 miles           Cross Farms

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