6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Monday, January 17, 2011

I'm a Little Different

Welcome NEW Tall Mom Bloggy Pack Members!!!

Lately I have realized that I am DIFFERENT. The list could go on and on for all of the reasons, being 6 foot tall and female comes to mind, but the most glaringly obvious difference from my Running friends is this:

I LIKE REST DAYS!!!

I work hard on my running days, but I CHERISH my rest days. The Marathon training plan I have created for myself is a 4 day a week plan with the OPTION to run a short 5th day if I want to. My weekly mileage MAX for this Marathon training plan is 40 miles. DIFFERENT?? Yes! But does it work for ME? YES!!

There is no Rule in training for a Marathon that says run 6 days a week, 70++ miles, never take rest days.... the KEY to a good plan is knowing yourself, your differences and doing what you know you can stick to.. If that means crazy awesome mileage, cool.. there are many DIFFERENT plans out there one is right for you and that makes your HAPPY.
Speaking of happy! The local Saucony rep sent me these bad boys to test out.. Women's ProGrid Kinvara HERE. I would have preferred a less DIFFERENT color, but it is sorta fun to have day glow shoes. I wore these the first time to the Hood to Coast movie. The shoes are in the test lab for Review but I will have more info soon.
I was also sent the Women's Lexi Long Sleeve top HERE. I threw on the outfit and set out for 2 miles with Muscle Man and the Little Studs.
  • 2 MILES Friday:

IT WAS WINDY! The boys fought the whole time about whether the stroller shade should be up or down.. UGH!! The run went by quick...we sped up a little to stop the bickering.. I was working from home, it was nice to get a short run with the family mid-day. This run was not on my plan.
  • 12 MILES Saturday:
The next day was a 12 miler with the Fleet Feet group. I did not sign up this year but my friends Tammy and Heidi did, so Janna and I played bandit. Speaking of Janna she updated her Blog HERE. My GOAL for this run was 9:15 pace, but when I woke up with an upset stomach I was worried!! I don't like slowing down my friends.. GOD BLESS MY FRIENDS!! Janna, Tammy and Heidi were the reason this run was a success. There were many times I wanted to slow, to stop, to relax...but they just kept on moving, talking, and keeping a strong positive vibe. I held up the rear of the group, caboose style :) "I think I can I think I can."

Last year at this time I set the pace, I am TOTALLY humbled coming into training with less endurance. It was GREAT to see so many folks out with Fleet Feet Training!! Although I am not on the team, I appreciate that they let me bandit the training, I brought my own water :)

The trail was an adventure we saw a hoof of some sort, 5 bald eagles (Our Sam now has a son and wife I think) and lots of dogs.. It was a nice day, warm for January, and we finished before the rain started.. BONUS!! I fell in love with a Brooks jacket of a fellow runner, now I am totally tempted to shop online.. New gear=great Marathon training, Right??

  • 4 MILES Sunday:
I will be doing recovery runs on Sundays. I spent 2 hours cleaning our wood blinds and was feeling DUSTY.. The rain and wind looked CRAZY outside, but Little Stud #2 was napping so the treadmill near his room was not an option. I laced up and set out, I made a TOTALLY horrible video on the run which I may post later..LOL.. This run was tough, hilly, windy, but it felt good to get some fresh air. We are having a mini heat wave it was in the 50's. Funny my recovery run pace was 9:14....hmmmm OOPS!!

  • Today is a REST DAY!! Yippee... although I am at work....those of you who have the day off ENJOY!!!
  • “The time is always right to do what is right.” Martin Luther King, Jr
HAPPY MONDAY!

34 comments:

The Running Mama said...

I love those shoes!

Emz said...

LOVE the MLK quote.

I didn't flip anyone/any thing off! YAY me. and I EVEN I sucked it up. YAY! ;)

Jodi H said...

Great job this week Mel! I too love me a rest day! In fact today is one and I'm off work so it's an added bonus. Although does doing laundry count as some form of cross training? LOL

kimert said...

Those shoes look cool! They come in some great colors, too!
Love the quote! I stole it for FB. ;) Have a great day!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I love my rest days too. I just love crossing off the miles on my training plan more.

Those shoes are sweet. Can't ever have enough day-glo stuff!

Michelle said...

Thanks for the post! I'm training 5 days a week this time around and sometimes reading these other blogs makes me feel LESS than adequate. But I try to remind myself that I have a husband, two boys AND a full time teaching job on top of that! I have to do what works for EVERYONE -- not just me.

Pam said...
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Pam said...

I really wish there was an "edit comment" button for when you notice you typed something wrong so you wouldn't have to delete it and start all over.

Those shoes ROCK! Looking forward to a review on them.

I too love my rest days. I went with a half training plan that has me running 4x/week this time, plus a Spin class on Wednesday and stretch+strength on Sunday. Fridays shall be my rest days for the next 12 weeks.

Is it Friday yet?

Velma said...

I love my rest days!! Love the shoes :)

JenniferLeah said...

Remember, different is beautiful!
I have the hot pink Kinvara's and I love them! :)

Rose said...

I love rest days. Sometimes all I want to do is watch tv in my pajamas all day.

Wifey said...

I LOVE to run but rest days ROCK!

Happy Monday!

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

H Love said...

shirt looks comfy!! glad you love your rest days! I think I will as well. So many those rest days are mental rest days and not so much physical.

teacherwoman said...

Enjoy your rest day!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

I LOVE rest days (and if it makes you feel slightly less different, I'm 5'11"). Enjoy your day off...

Heather -Momma Running Amok said...

I LOVE the bright sneaks. They are a great statement piece. (I once wore silver Nike Air Maxx's and they were a hot ticket!) I like your 4 day a week plan. I am actually trying to find a plan that is right for me after next weeks Marathon as I will have 4 months until my next marathon, a base formed and I want to get onto a weight schedule and more cross training with the hopes of dropping some pounds. I like rest days too....but most of the time I have more energy the days I run. Have a fantastic day

Michelle said...

yay rest days!
I'm running the No Sun Fun Run in Puyallup this weekend with hubby. Maybe I'll see you there?

TNTcoach Ken said...

Six feet isn't normal???????? HA

Still Running said...

Anyone who prefers run days to rest days is ABNORMAL, and don't let them tell you otherwise. You should get bonus points for running in that weather.

Claudia said...

Being different rocks! And being tall isn't half-bad (i'm 6'3").
Enjoy your rest day! It's well deserved!

ajh said...

I LOVE rest days!

And I LOVE LOVE the color of those shoes!

Marci said...

I generally fill up my days with workouts, but then when I need a rest day (like tonight), I take one.
I think those shoes are really cute too!

2 Slow 4 Boston said...

Cool. How many lightning bugs did it take to make them shoes? Hope you remembered your watch on the bumper before driving off.

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Love the shoes!! I think the day glow is perfect!!!

i love my rest days too!!! I think they are super important for recovery and training! And 40 miles/week max? No prob!! I think my max for OKC training was 32. And it was my best...although I am pretty sure I have a better one in me. =)

Melissa said...

Love the rest days!!! The shoes are awesome! I love the bright colors!

Mighty Mite said...

Super cute shoes although i would prefer a different color too. ;). Great job on the long run despite not feeling your best. I had that kind of start last marathon cycle and it is a reality check isn't it? whew... Good for you for knowing what works for your body. I have a tendency to know what works and do it wrong anyway. (forehead meets palm here). I love my Fleet Feet group and glad you have one to "bandit" from time to time. I just can't seem to train without them. I'm on my 10th program (4th marathon) in 3 years.

fancy nancy said...

Glad to hear someone else loves rest days!!! When I trained for Boston I followed a similar plan. It worked for me and kept me injury free! LOVE the sneakers! You always look so cute modeling your prizes!

We are Ben and Rebecca said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who looks forward to "rest" days ... but I guess for a BQ'er it's different. I'm a 6-footer, too, so I get how that sets you apart.

Fun shoes, enjoy those puppies.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

As always, I love how you make it all work and provide for time for everything else too.

Love those shoes!

Zoƫ said...

Sounds like a pretty good plan! Rest days are so important. :)
Ok, I'm in LOVE with your shoes!!! Bring on those bright and happy colors.

longlegsontheloose.com said...

i love my kinvaras! i have the vizipro orange as well but hey...i'm a running highlighter. But i actually found them to be very reflective in the dark. and i love the shoes for fast days!

Amanda said...

OMG - LOVE the Kinvaras! I have been considering getting a pair. Seriously, what did you think? I have a narrow foot and love light weight shoes. Use the Nike Lunar Glides for short races but was under the impression that the Kinvaras were more of a training shoe.

And I can't run every day either. My body doens't like it, my family doesn't like it so I make it count when I do get out the door. Four days are perfect! Good luck to you!

Hugs,
Amanda M. C.

Janice {Run Far} said...

aww, man... why have I been so lazy about reading running blogs??? I love it. I miss your blog. I hope to kick my butt in gear and start blogging more. Did you love Hood to Coast? Made me want to run one of the Ragnar's in Utah. errr, I miss my home State.

Marlene said...

You gotta do what works for you! That's one of the things I love about this blog world... I get to read about people who train all the way from a mile to 100+ miles!

Those shoes are flashy, fun & cute - they suit you perfectly!