TCM W13:D5

Easy 6

Target: 12:05-12:55 min/mile
Actual: 12:05 min/mile

Run complete. On target. So let’s talk about a few other things:

I went to a walk in clinic this morning for fear of an ear infection. I lost hearing in my right ear earlier this week. Pressure and pain were getting progressively worse and had actually spread to my jaw. The doctor gave me good news: no ear infection, just an excessive build up of wax. He cleaned out my ears (simultaneously the best and worst pain) and I was all fixed up! Everything seems so loud now - I feel like I have super human hearing!

Going to Fargo in the morning to pick up some exercise equipment that Andrew bought on Craigslist. And then I’ll drag him to Scheels and get a new pair of Asics.

Russell peed and pooped in the house today. Not cool, Russell. In fairness, we were home later than usual so he probably just couldn’t hold it any longer. But it still sucked. Poor guy looked so guilty!

Weather looks on point for running this weekend!

Have a good one!!

TCM W13:D4

Tempo 9

Target: 10:52 min/mile
Actual: 10:53 min/mile

Plus 1 mile warm up and 0.85 cool down.

Putting this one in the win category. I threw up dinner at mile 7. Bacon, why’d you fail me now? I actually think it was probably the heat that got to me (81 with a humidex of 91 - seriously it was a high of 55 on Monday - go away summer. Nobody likes you.). Anyways, I made it through, I was on target for most of the run, and I listened to the worst playlist songza ever made. So much Van Halen. Too much, I’d say.

Easy 6 tomorrow. And a long weekend!

TCM W13:D2

Speed 3x2 mile (0.5 recovery)

Target split: 21:20
Actual splits: 21:17, 21:17, 21:16

Plus 1 mile warmup and 2 mile cool down. Total mileage: 10.5 miles

Nailed it. Strength sessions are definitely my favourite. They build my confidence every week and then on Thursday, tempo runs bring me back down to earth and shatter dreams. I kid, I kid. For now, I’ll just enjoy rest day.

Advice needed:

I wasn’t planning on racing before the marathon, but there are two 30K races coming up locally and I’m wondering if I should deviate from the Hansons’ schedule and run one of them - just to get in some extra distance? Thoughts and/or opinions from my fellow Hansoners?

TCM W13:D1

Easy 7

Target: 12:05-12:55 min/mile
Actual: 11:55 min/mile

It’s 52F/11C outside! Or in my world: the most perfect running weather! I know the 50’s aren’t here to stay yet but it felt so lovely. Legs felt really good today. I’ve been cherry juicing like a champ. I’m thinking about foam rolling. All in all, solid Monday. 

And I’ll just leave this here:  40 DAYS!

TCM W13:D1

Easy 7

Target: 12:05-12:55 min/mile
Actual: 11:55 min/mile

It’s 52F/11C outside! Or in my world: the most perfect running weather! I know the 50’s aren’t here to stay yet but it felt so lovely. Legs felt really good today. I’ve been cherry juicing like a champ. I’m thinking about foam rolling. All in all, solid Monday.

And I’ll just leave this here: 40 DAYS!

TCM W12:D7

Long 10

Target: 11:41 min/mile
Actual: 11:39 min/mile

It was 77 with a humidex of 91 when I started! Gross. Give me back my 60s. I had to stop and take a call mid run which actually broke my rhythm and I had a hard time getting my legs going after ten minutes of rest. By the 6 mile point a cold front moved in and the wind picked up. Yay! In the end it was a decent run although my knees are hurting (just normal wear and tear!) I’m getting my running mojo back!

7 miles tomorrow!

TCM W12:D7

Long 10

Target: 11:41 min/mile
Actual: 11:39 min/mile

It was 77 with a humidex of 91 when I started! Gross. Give me back my 60s. I had to stop and take a call mid run which actually broke my rhythm and I had a hard time getting my legs going after ten minutes of rest. By the 6 mile point a cold front moved in and the wind picked up. Yay! In the end it was a decent run although my knees are hurting (just normal wear and tear!) I’m getting my running mojo back!

7 miles tomorrow!

TCM W12:D6

Easy 8

Target: 12:05-12:55 min/mile
Actual: 11:44 min/mile

After some major struggles, I got out of bed, put on my running shoes, and went out. I ignored my watch entirely and just ran. Pleasantly surprised to end up faster than target. Plus it was in the mid 60’s in the middle of the afternoon. Can’t complain about that weather!!

I rewarded my efforts with new running socks, a restock of honey stingers, a Butterfinger chocolate bar, and Pitch Perfect on DVD. Sometimes you just need a little retail therapy.

Thank you for all your kind messages and words of encouragement earlier. It’s good to know that I’m not alone in the struggle. I just need to keep pushing and breaking through the burnout. The real reward is crossing that finish line in 43 days. And PRing the heck out of the Twin Cities Marathon.

TCM W12:D6

Easy 8

Target: 12:05-12:55 min/mile
Actual: 11:44 min/mile

After some major struggles, I got out of bed, put on my running shoes, and went out. I ignored my watch entirely and just ran. Pleasantly surprised to end up faster than target. Plus it was in the mid 60’s in the middle of the afternoon. Can’t complain about that weather!!

I rewarded my efforts with new running socks, a restock of honey stingers, a Butterfinger chocolate bar, and Pitch Perfect on DVD. Sometimes you just need a little retail therapy.

Thank you for all your kind messages and words of encouragement earlier. It’s good to know that I’m not alone in the struggle. I just need to keep pushing and breaking through the burnout. The real reward is crossing that finish line in 43 days. And PRing the heck out of the Twin Cities Marathon.

I’m losing my motivation to run this marathon. I’m exhausted and my body hurts. I don’t actually know if I can go another 6 weeks.

Me. As texted to my running partner today.

TCM W12:D4 Take Two

Tempo 9

Target: 10:52 min/mile
Actual: 11:41 min/mile

Plus 1 mile warmup and 0.3 mile cool down.

That was rough. 94% humidity at 4am. Cranky legs. But most of all, a weak mindset. It’s ok though, these runs build character. Or something like that. Five more easy miles tonight.

I aborted my 9 mile tempo run after 2.5 miles. Storms persisted so I had to run on the treadmill. I simply do not have the mental fortitude to do 11 total miles on that machine. My alarm is set for 4 am. I know I can grind it out on the road but that machine breaks my spirit every damn time. 11 miles in the morning. 5 in the evening. Dig deep, Brooke.

Current 9 mile tempo run being thwarted by thunderstorms and my treadmill being a better place to store bikes on than to actually run on. What to do? When all else fails, makes a pro-con list:

Outside

Pros:
• outside
• sanity maintained

Cons:
• lightning & thunder
• hail
• sunset at 8:30 (it’s 7 now)

Inside

Pros:
• netflix
• readily available water
• air conditioning

Cons:
• will want to quit after 0.25 miles on the devil treadmill
• ugh treadmill
• ugh treadmill
• ugh treadmill
• ugh treadmill
• my foot pod needs a battery
• ugh treadmill

Hmmm. That didn’t solve anything.

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