Running On Average

Running and Life Update

Gooood morning! It’s Tuesday! Today will be filled with cleaning and, of course, a run. My in-laws are coming into town tomorrow to watch R and J so Dave and I can go on our first kid-free overnight! I’m so excited. I love my babies to the moon and back, but I’m excited to spend some alone time with my husband. Smile

Last Thursday, we went on our first family double jogger run of the season. I know it’s so nerdy and nuclear family of us, but I love running with my little squad. We only covered 2.5 miles, but it was enough to just get out of the house on a beautiful night and spend time together.

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Fast forward to yesterday, I got a 5.25 miler in on the treadmill. I wanted to run outside so badly, but my intestines gave that a hard no so treadmill it was. I swear treadmills are harder for me. I think- I know- it’s a mental game, so I try to mix it up as much as I can. Last night it was a speed ladder. I ran 3 songs at 9:40 pace, then every song I increased the treadmill by .2 (so like 20 seconds?) for 6 songs, eventually getting up to 8-minute pace, then 3 more songs at 9:40 pace and a cool-down walk to get me 5.25. Ba-bam! Love it. I’m also loving Panic! At the Disco for running lately.

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Tonight will probably be a quick 3- to 4-miler because, again, deep cleaning.

I’ve also been going on a bit of a spring cleaning/Marie Kondo craze lately and am organizing and nesting like I’m pregnant (I’m not!!). Anyway, the Vietnam Veteran’s Association does this great donation project called Pick-Up Please and today they are coming to pick-up a bunch of clothing and shoes and bedding, some of which I’ve had since childhood. Yeah, I know. This was long overdue. But at least it’s getting done.

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What are your plans for the day? The week? Have you ever taken an overnight without your babies? Let me know in the comments!

Entyvio, the ER, and a Sunset Run

You may or may not remember, but I’ve been on Humira for ulcerative colitis since May. In October, they doubled my dose after a colonoscopy showed still severely active inflammation. Even after the doubled dose, however, I still have inflammation and symptoms, so after some back and forth with insurance (of course, right?), I got approved for Entyvio and yesterday was my first loading dose. Hurray!

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It was pretty straightforward and weirdly relaxing. The nurse took me took me to the infusion office and set me up in a nice chair and explained the process. The infusion would start slowly to see how my body reacted to it, then she would increase it as we went. She hooked me up and I pulled out my book and read for the next hour and a half while she periodically checked my blood pressure and increased the Entyvio.

At the end of the 90 minutes, she unhooked me and I was good to go.

I felt so much better today then I did on Humira days when I’d feel exhausted and just all around bummy. Of course, that could also have been the beautiful weather today, but we’ll see. My next infusion is in two weeks.

Which brings me to my next topic. I WENT ON A DUSK RUN TODAY!

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Evening-sunset-dusk runs are my favorite and the winter keeps me from them. But since daylight savings time is back, I have time to go outside after Dave gets home from work. This week was chaotic with my baby boy in the ER on Monday night (he’s okay now) and yesterday just being a general nightmare, but today made up for it all.

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I ran an 8:11 mile and kept a sub-9 average pace which felt waaaay easier than the same run on a treadmill so I will take that win!

When is your favorite time to run? Do you love daylight savings time as much as I do?

P.S. Happy Birthday to my big sister!! Smile Love ya!

Marathon Deferment

Last week was a doozy. My kids both had a stomach virus, which then Dave got. Then while he was on a business trip, I got it. Needless to say, marathon training did not go according to plan.

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I got my Monday and Tuesday runs in all right, but Wednesday I pretty much just put on cartoons for the babies and when they got bored I parented from the couch.

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I began Googling “should I defer my marathon” and 10,000 related searches. Most of the articles that popped up seemed confident that I could still run my race even with numerous missed runs. Maybe it wouldn’t be the race I planned, but I could still be in marathon shape.

But the more I found that answer, the more I realized that I was just looking for an article to tell me, “look, Jess. You’ve missed too much. You won’t be prepared to run this race.”

I realized that my heart just wasn’t into training this time around and that’s when I made the decision to defer my race. Coming to that decision was hard and took hours (or let’s be honest, I’ve been wondering this for weeks since I had the flu) of debating, but once I submitted my deferral I didn’t feel upset at all. I felt relieved, as if a huge weight was off my chest.

And that’s how I knew I made the right decision.

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It wasn’t that I wouldn’t be able to run the marathon in May- I know I could have- my heart just wasn’t into the strict schedule and I’d found myself dreading every long run instead of looking forward to them.

And I think that’s really important for a lot of runners to realize. Sometimes it’s better to walk away from a race and let yourself be happier than it is to sludge through training simply because you feel like you have to, like you still CAN make up those miles so you SHOULD. But if we’re not enjoying running, what’s the point?

It’s just not my season for training and that’s fine. It’s my season to get healthy, get my babies healthy, and run to build up my endurance not break down my body by running through the flu or sinus infection or stomach virus or whatever else the kids give me next.

Yesterday I took the kiddos to the gym and dropped them off at child care while I did a 4.5 mile tempo run, reaching 7:30 pace, followed by some shoulders/chest weight lifting and abs. The last few races I’ve run, I’ve really slacked on weight lifting in favor of running, so I want to rebuild a solid weight training routine and when I begin training for my next race I can incorporate weights in more.

Have you ever deferred a race? Did you feel better or worse about it? Did you ever wish you’d deferred?

Don’t Stop (get it get it)

Well hi again!

Six months ago,  I was stoked after reading Rachel Hollis’ Girl, Wash Your Face  and determined to stop starting over, to work for it, to grab life by the horns.

And then I haven’t blogged since.

Oops.

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So, how successful have I been? I guess that’s open for debate. I had a temp freelance job writing social media for a communications company for five months. I joined a gym with childcare. I finished crocheting a blanket for R and began one for J. I’ve made progress on my novel. I’m training for another marathon.

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In that regard, I have been. But generally speaking, I don’t feel any different. I don’t feel any more accomplished and I certainly don’t feel like I haven’t wanted to start over once a week.

Maybe that’s all part of it, though? That even though my life is moving forward and I am trying, I definitely have room to improve upon my goals and consistency, but that doesn’t mean I’m failing. It doesn’t mean I need to start over. I need to realign and keep pushing.

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How about you? How has your life been moving forward? What are your goals?

I look forward to chatting a lot more often!

Week 1: Mother’s Day, Workouts, and Humira

Hey, all!

So this past week has not gone exactly as planned, but it still went really well!

Mother’s Day

For a workout last weekend, we spent the entirety of Saturday doing yardwork. I mean that counts, right? We planted literally 100+ flowers. Sunday was Mother’s Day and my darling husband made adorable peanut butter and jelly labels of our kids. Maybe I’ll post them sometime, but they are downstairs andd I’m currently holed up in our bedroom because if my son sees me, it’s all over. #mamasboy

Anyway, it was the cutest gift EVER.

Also, since my iPhone 5s was on its way to cell phone Heaven, my hubby took me to the Apple Store to buy an iPhone X. I feel so spoiled!! The difference in picture quality between the 5s and X is ridiculous.

 

Workouts

Let’s see. Monday I went for a 4.5 mile run around 9:20 pace then did 80 Day Obsession Total Body Core.

Tuesday I did 3.1 miles at around 8:25 pace. 80DO got cancelled because my son was having a rough time teething and I wouldn’t have started working out until 10pm. No thanks.

Wednesday, I convinced my husband to run with me and we took the double jogger on a trail run for 4 easy miles. I pushed the first two miles, he pushed the second two. Then we let our daughter get out and run because she soooo wanted to. A-Dor-A-Ble. Again, no 80DO because kids.

Thursday was a rest day.

This morning, I took the kiddos on a double jogger run for 3.2 miles then we played at the playground for a while. It was super fun. I doubt I will lift tonight because I have a 10-miler scheduled for tomorrow.

Humira

Wednesday, after two weeks of back and forth with the Humira people, I finally had a nurse call me to schedule injection training. The only day she had available before next Wednesday was yesterday morning, so fortunately Dave was able to come home and watch the kids while the nurse trained me on Humira injections. I was on Humira 3 years ago, but stopped for my third trimester with my daughter and wanted a refresher course. The loading dose is 4 pens and they still hurt like a B.

Anyway, one of the side effects is that it can make you tired. Now, I don’t know if it did or not because I’m already perma-tired (thanks, kids), but I decided to chalk Thursday up as a rest day. Honestly, I think the emotional stress was worse than anything. I hate the idea of biologics with all the potential side effects, but since my ulcerative colitis wasn’t getting under control with other medicines, it was time to step it up. Here’s hoping it all turns out well.

That’s all I’ve got for today. I’ve got to go work on a post for Pittsburgh Moms Blog now while sipping on cold brew and listening to the delighted squeals of my babies playing with their daddy. 🙂 Make sure to check out my latest on PMB next Wednesday!

How was your week? 

P.S. If anyone can school me in why my iPhone X only downloads some images if I copy a folder, but all the images if I Ctrl+A copy the pictures within the folder, that’d be great. Oh and why there’s like three different files of the same photo? I’m so confused. lol Going to be a work in progress…