Sunday, September 22, 2013

Week Ten Recap

Just a quick recap about my training week.

It really was a great week.

My first run of the week should of been four miles, but I ran in a 3.5 mile race.  I did not add the half mile.  Didn't really think about it until we were finished and home.  It would of been easy for me to do, just an oversight.

Tuesday called for 7 miles.  I was not feeling it.  I did not want to run or even bike.  I just didn't.  I got the kids off to school, had a second cup of coffee and putzed around on the computer.  I was making the decision to just go out for five mils and be happy.  Then, I saw this post from Keeping Mommy Sane.

It struck a cord with me.  I left her a comment and then put my shoes on and walked out the door.  It was a beautiful day.  I took a deep breath and hit the road.

I can't say for sure what changed in me, but from the first step, I loved my run.  There was not a bad moment.  I even snapped this picture.

I got home feeling fantastic.  It was the best thing I did that day and my motivation was back. Well, back until Wednesday morning.

I won't bore you with the details a second time.  Most of you read about my totally incredible 15 mile run.  Here is the link in case you missed it.

I did nothing on Friday. I felt it a little in my legs and just wanted to rest them.

Saturday, we had two soccer games, 9 and 10 am.  Mr. RWM was home, so I got everyone ready and sent them on their way.  Training called for four miles and I was going to bang it out on the way to the soccer field.

I missed most of Gracie's game, but I have plenty of games ahead of me.  My legs were still tired, but I ran well.  I didn't hate it but felt very tired the rest of the day.  I also felt hungry.  Obviously, the more I run the hungrier I get. That really hit me this week.

Once the kids games were over, we headed to our first Fall fair of the season.  It was so much fun.  I will just leave you with some pictures.

So love this shot!

The entrance to the corn maze. It was shaped like an Angry Bird!

Looking for frogs.

Up an down these steps four times.  My legs hated me!

And, one last thing.  Do you all remember this post?  Well, I saw Agnes the other night and she had the most wonderful gift for me.  She gave me an Alex and Ani bracelet as a thank you for staying with her during The Blessing.  It was my pleasure Agnes! Honestly, I was just so thrilled to have someone to run with and you made the race very special for me also.

I get to run with her again at the Women Run Sanity Chase, coming up in October.  I have an awesome team of friends that I will be doing this with and I am very excited about it.  There is still time to register if you want to join us.  Just message me and I will give you the details.

Ok, so here we go.  8 weeks to the Philadelphia Marathon!

Run Strong, Think Big! ~ Nicole


  1. That bracelet is to die for- what a beautiful gift!!! And your pictures lit up my night. I'm so glad you got out for your run and felt so good about it. Keep it up!!!

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, the bracelet is awesome and so unexpected. I love it very much! The big run in 16 miles this week. I am not nearly as nervous as I was for 15.

  2. Hooray for runs that make you feel awesome!
    I love your photos, that fair looks like so much fun!!

  3. How funny you mention being hungry. I think week 9 was when I became hungry ALL THE TIME! I'm eating more (and that darn pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks :/ but my weight hasn't changed. We are burning though some massive calories, and it's only going to be more as you get further into your training. Glad you found something/someone to motivate you when you weren't feeling it! You are now OVER half way to your first marathon AND you've run your longest distance to date. To quote a friend of mine: "There's no turning back" :)))

    1. Yep, no turning back now! Funny about the week 9 hungry's! Nice to see the weight staying the same, which is what I expected from reading other people's blogs and post.
      I am sitting her with my first cup of pumpkin coffee now. My favorite! OMG, half way! Remember when it seemed so far away. It is just right around the corner now. Crazy!

  4. You did great! I love the pictures! Sometimes you just have to lace up and get out there and see what happens. Awesome bracelet! So sweet, and so awesome of you for sticking with her. I could learn a lesson there, eh??

    1. Thanks Beth! Yeah, well, you stuck with me plenty of times and I thank you for that! Going to miss this Thursday. Doing my long run in the morning.