May 24, 2016
by hyedi
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Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Training: Week Eight

Monday: Rest (strength training)

I dug my hand weights and yoga ball out of the basement (I’m still traumatized from the hours I spent bouncing Calvin on the yoga ball when he was little) and did a little strength training circuit. It felt SO good to lift again. I finished up with some stretching and foam rolling.

Tuesday: 4.5 miles (9:42 pace)

Weekly run with Andrea and Kate. This week, I made sure to fuel properly before heading out. Normally, since we run after Calvin’s bedtime, I wait to eat dinner until afterwards, so I’m pretty hungry throughout the run, which is why I think I usually struggle so much. This week, I had a couple of hard boiled eggs late in the afternoon and a Picky Bar an hour before we ran. I could definitely tell a difference — felt great the entire time!

Wednesday: Rest (strength training)

More strength training and stretching.

Thursday: 3 miles (9:05 pace)

I took the day off from work to get some things done around the house and get my hair cut! To start the day on the right note, I headed out for a three-miler and pushed a pace a little bit. It felt great and was sunny and warm and delightful!


After running some errands, I headed to my salon to get a much (much)-needed haircut before meeting up with my co-workers for a fun evening at Ad Fed’s 32 Under 32 Awards where my colleague was nominated (and WON).



Friday: Rest (2.11 mile walk)

Another BEAUTIFUL day. We walked to daycare to pick up Calvin in the stroller and I met up with Kate and Andrea for an awesome meal at Handsome Hog where we dined al fresco.

pulled pork goodness

pulled pork goodness

Saturday: Rest (2.51 mile walk)

We decided to take advantage of yet another picture-perfect day by taking a walk with Calvin and the pup around Lake Nokomis. My legs felt a little tired by the time we were done and I felt just a little anxiety about my long run the next day.


Sunday: 10 miles (9:40 pace)

DOUBLE DIGITS! My last double-digit run was September 22, 2013! Calvin woke me up at 4:30 a.m. to eat, and I drifted in and out of sleep until around 5:30 when I decided just to get up. I had made a breakfast cookie the night before and tried out some Generation UCAN to fuel my run.


Andrea met me at my house at 7:30 because we wanted to beat the heat. Even though it wasn’t super warm yet, the sun was out, so I’m glad I decided on distance shorts and tank for this one:


We took one of my favorite running routes that eventually takes us around Lake Nokomis. Minneapolis doesn’t have all of its water fountains turned on yet and I had (at the last minute) decided against bringing my water with me, so I was definitely thirsty once we found one working water fountain.

The ten miles flew by (thanks to good company), and we treated ourselves to pastries at Turtle Bread after we finished.

One bummer: My knee, hip and foot bothered me for about half of the run. I’m keeping an eye on it and hoping whatever is going on will resolve itself.

The rest of the day was great — we got some things done around the house, spent some time with the little guy outside and went out for burgers and beer that evening.

How did you enjoy the nice weather in the Twin Cities this weekend?

May 17, 2016
by hyedi

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Training: Week Seven

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 5 miles

Andrea had a 3 and a 5 on her training plan for the week and Kate and I had 4.5, so we went with 5

Wednesday: Rest

As I was getting ready for work on Wednesday morning, I saw a tweet from the Book of Mormon Twitter account that said they were giving away tickets to that night’s show — just had to RT to enter. I didn’t think anything of it — retweeted it and got on with my day! I was quite surprised later that afternoon when I got a DM from Book of Mormon that I had won two tickets to the show! So after work, I got ready quickly and headed downtown to laugh my a** off (that was sitting in pretty sweet seats) for a couple of hours. Even the third time around, this show doesn’t disappoint.


Thursday: TC 1 Mile (7:21)

I spent all day Thursday basically walking around like a zombie. Due to getting home late from Book of Mormon and Calvin having a rough night — I barely got any sleep the night before. I picked up Calvin from daycare and grabbed Noodles and Company for dinner (Jesse randomly won free Noodles and Co for a year at a fundraising event we went to) and then rushed back home to eat, get Calvin in bed and get ready for the race.

Jesse and I left the house around 6:40 and headed downtown. We were pleasantly surprised to find easy parking close to the start/finish. The course route was new this year, due to construction where the race usually is held. We met up with the Oiselle ladies at their cheer station and then headed to the start so I could use the bathroom and get warmed up.

Before I knew it, we were off! My nervousness never went away and my legs felt shaky the entire time. Just like when I ran this race three years ago, I realized I had NO strategy whatsoever and that when I reached the ‘200 m to go’ sign, I should have kicked it in because 200 meters is really short! Before I knew it, I was crossing the finish line and I definitely felt like I had stuff left in the tank.


Oh well — I’m still pretty happy with my time — I haven’t been doing much speed work this training cycle and most importantly — I had a BLAST running the race. Oh, and the women and men’s championship races were SO EXCITING! They’re amazing.

Friday: Rest

Iced the knee and got some good stretching in.

Saturday: 9 miles (9:30 pace)


One of my favorite things about running is exploring my city in a new way. So Andrea and I decided to check out the Mill City Running assisted long run they host on the second Saturday of every month. They had set 12, 16 and 20-mile route loops but you could do an out-and-back for any distance shorter than 12 miles.

We arrived at the store at 8 a.m. and stashed our stuff in a locker before heading out. It was only 35 degrees with a little wind, so it was back to dressing in tights, a long sleeve shirt AND a jacket. Not to mention gloves and a hat. Sigh.

Even though my knee has been bothering me, it felt fine on the run. I just noticed my hamstrings (probably from Thursday’s race) and a little twinge in my inner shin that eventually went away. Andrea and I kept a pace I was super happy with and got bagels and coffee after!

Sunday: Rest

I had every intention of getting out for a walk, but our major baby proofing undertaking ate up most of the day and a trip to the grocery store and J needing to get out for his ten-miler ate up the rest.

My knee is already feeling better, so hoping that two days off will do the trick and I’ll be good to go for next week!

What’s your favorite running route in the Twin Cities?

May 10, 2016
by hyedi

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Training: Week Six

Monday: Official rest day

Tuesday: 4 miles

Had a busy event day at work, coordinating media for the Girls on the Run Twin Cities luncheon. Kathrine Switzer was the keynote speaker and Carrie Tollefson was the event emcee! Talk about a lot of woman power!




I ran into some Oiselle teammates, which was super fun! Also, Andrea and Jessie were there (great to finally meet Jessie in person)!

After work, I met Andrea and Kate for four miles, and BLEGH. Still sick for this one. I never felt like I was getting enough oxygen and the first mile felt like it took forever to get through.

Wednesday-Friday: Rest

Saturday: 8 miles (9:40 pace)

This run wasn’t great, I was still congested and I felt sluggish, but I’m happy with the pace I was able to maintain. Noticed my foot giving me some issues again, but nothing too distracting.


Mmm, tried this Generation UCAN after my long run. I think I prefer the GU Recovery Brew slightly more, but this was tasty. I hardly had time to change clothes before it was time to take the little guy to swimming lessons! After some errands and his morning nap, we headed to Calvin’s first baseball game to watch Minnesota take on Indiana!


It was the PERFECT day for baseball.

Sunday: 3 miles pace (8:50 average page. Splits – 9:26, 8:44, 8:24)


This run went surprisingly well! I was still dealing with fun congestion issues, but even the day after a long run, my legs had no problem turning over.

So I’ve noticed some nagging hip discomfort that came and went after my last two runs. It feels very similar to what brought me into Orthology the last time. Keeping a close eye on it, and I might head back to Orthology for a tune up if it starts getting worse.

Did you get out to enjoy the nice weather this past weekend?

What kind of headphones do you use? I hardly ever run with music, but my yurbuds stopped working and the cheap replacement pair I bought fell out of my ears.

May 3, 2016
by hyedi
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Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Training: Week Five

Monday: REST

Monday was an official rest day, but it was a busy one! I headed downtown for an afternoon meeting and then just stayed downtown for the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST Forum event that evening. It was a fabulous and inspiring event with so many incredible women in attendance, including Cindy Kent who was the keynote speaker!


Tuesday: 4 miles (9:18 pace)

Tired legs plagued this run again and my foot bothered me for the first half a mile or so. It started to bug me during Sunday’s seven miler, so will need to keep an eye on it.

Wednesday -Friday: REST

Just like last week, the busy-ness of the week got the best of me and the bad weather made it an easy excuse to skip runs.

My parents got into town on Friday and we went to Hi-Lo Diner for an early dinner before bedtime. I had a burger and a beer because it seemed like a good pre-race meal.


Saturday: Get in Gear 10K – unofficial time 56:17 


I woke up for the day with a sore throat at 6:45 a.m. after a bad night’s sleep. Calvin got me up twice during the night and I was coughing in between those wake ups. It looked like it would be between 45-50 degrees with winds around 12 mph throughout the race and mostly cloudy, so I decided on shorts, Oiselle singlet, arm warmers, compression socks and a headband. I stepped outside to leave and headed back into the house to re-think my outfit. J reassured me I’d be happy with my outfit once I started running, so I grabbed a sweatshirt for after the race and headed back out the door. Race start was at 9 a.m. and I finally left my house around 8:15 a.m. Having done this race quite a few years in a row now, I know not to even try to park close, so I parked a few blocks away and got a warm up run in.

Once I reached the starting area I did some dynamic stretching and got in line for the bathroom. (Shout out to Get in Gear for an abundance of porta potties!) Most people I saw had a lot more clothing on than I did, but I really wasn’t feeling cold standing there.

Around 8:50 a.m., I headed over to the start line and remembered the barriers they have set up require you to enter the “chute” from the back. Since I didn’t feel like pushing through the crowd, I ended up behind the 12:00 minute mile pacers to start.

Eventually we took off and it stayed pretty crowded until mile 3. I spent the first entire mile starting and stopping and weaving. The first mile clocked in at 9:51 and I could tell I wasted a decent amount of energy during that mile.

The first and only water stop for the 10K-ers was right around this point and I drank a cup, but my throat was still on fire. I spent most of the race thinking about how badly my throat hurt. Since the GIG course is one I run often, I knew where the hills were, and I felt strong on all of them. Mile 4-5 was a little rough, I had to back off the pace a couple of times to catch my breath, but seeing Angie and Andrea during this mile gave me a nice boost!

As soon as I had less than one mile left, I focused on sticking with the group of runners I had pretty much been by during the entire race, and eventually overtook them going up the last hill. As I neared the finish chute, I saw my parents (they surprised me!) and dug deep to cross the finish line. I didn’t notice what the clock said and I didn’t look at my watch until an hour or so after I got home. Even though the race went relatively well, I was happy to be done and not feeling the greatest. I grabbed some post-race food and we walked back to my car.

This was my fifth year doing the GIG 10K and my second best time. Glad to have gotten this race in before the half as I’m feeling a little rusty when it comes to racing.

As for the rest of the day, I took a power nap and we headed to Sovereign Grounds for a little outing so Calvin could play.


I noticed while sitting at the coffee shop that I felt really warm, but didn’t think too much of it, even though my parents and J said they didn’t think it was warm in there. I went to bed early that night and woke up with the chills in the middle of the night.

Sunday: Sick

Luckily, my parents were in town, so they tag teamed with J to watch Calvin most of the day. I rested as much as possible and when the Tylenol kicked in, we took a walk at the dog park.

This week, my focus is going to be getting healthy again, making sure to fit in a speed work session and nailing my long run on Sunday! Excited for the weather we’re supposed to have.

Have you been sick this spring?

What’s your 10K racing/pacing strategy?

April 25, 2016
by hyedi

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Training: Week Four

Monday: Rest

To celebrate my official rest day, I drank this.


Tuesday: 3.63 miles (9:37 pace)

I was exhausted from two weeks of poor sleep finally catching up to me, but good company got me through this run.

Wednesday – Friday: Rest

My mid-week training kind of ended up being a fail. One was legitimately due to weather but the other two days were just me not choosing to make getting a run in, a priority.

On Wednesday, right before my last PT appointment, I got an email from the race director of the 5K I ran last weekend, telling me that the results were in and I officially placed 1st in my age group! Since the community center is five minutes away from Orthology, I swung by and picked up my medal!


Thursday night, I had a work event and didn’t get home until 11 p.m. Friday night, I took J out for his birthday and I didn’t get to bed until midnight. #tooold


Kevin Nealon — only kind of funny


Delicious cocktails

Saturday: 3 miles with the stroller (9:58 pace)

Got a second run with the BOB under my belt and it did not feel any easier. It didn’t help that I was running into the wind for most of mile 2. And going uphill is the WORST. Luckily, Calvin was pretty happy on this run, up until close to the end, when he started melting down. He pretty much chattered away, happily, for most of it.



Sunday: 7 miles (9:54 pace)


When I looked at this at 4 a.m., it looked very different

I was going to visit a friend in St. Peter and wanted to time it to get Calvin’s first nap to take place in the car, so I planned to get up and run at 6 and then be back home to get ready, etc. and be on the road by 8:30 or so. With rain in the forecast, I started to get nervous about getting in my long run, so when Kate said she could run together if we went at 5, I actually said yes. I was in bed the night before by 9 and Calvin got up once around 2:30 a.m. to eat. When my alarm went off at 4, I actually didn’t feel too bad. Weather Underground said that it wasn’t going to rain until 9 — nice! I ate a Picky Bar, left a bottle for Calvin, and drove to Kate’s.

We did one of my favorite loops and saw a grand total of ONE other runner out. It started sprinkling during the third mile of the run, but we saw a few flashes of lightning. Then, with a half a mile to go, the rain picked up. By the time we made it back to Kate’s house, it was pouring (thanks for nothing, Weather Underground). But still, that was pretty amazing timing.

The run overall went pretty well, but since I haven’t done too many back to back runs this training cycle, my legs did feel a bit heavy. Looking forward to this week’s training and a 10K race on Saturday!


Early morning or evening runs?

April 18, 2016
by hyedi

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Training: Week Three

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 3.5 miles (9:35 pace)

Tuesday evening after putting Calvin to bed, I laced up my running shoes for my weekly run with Andrea and Kate. My legs felt extremely heavy, but I figured that was to be expected after taking an entire week off from running.

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 3 miles (9:28 pace)

I got in a quick three miles over the lunch hour since I had a work event Thursday evening. It was pretty warm out and my legs still felt heavy. I found myself feeling out of breath running up even the slightest incline.

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Run the Valley 5K – 26:51 (1st in AG and 7th female overall)


Saturday morning, Calvin woke up to eat at 5:15 a.m., and since my alarm was set for 5:45, I just stayed up after putting him back down. I headed to the kitchen to get some breakfast and had to pat myself on the back for making a breakfast cookie the night before for one less thing to worry about on race morning!

Along with my cookie, I had a cup of decaf and a glass of water. It was supposed to be around 58 degrees at race time, so I decided on my Oiselle singlet and a pair of distance shorts. I also wore some compression socks and threw a pair of arm warmers and a hat into my bag, just in case.

Andrea picked me up and we arrived at the Brookview Community Center in Golden Valley a few minutes before 7:30 a.m. We got our packets, used the bathroom (not a porta potty – woo!) and did a quick warm up before lining up for the 8:10 start. I ended up skipping the arm warmers, but opted to wear the hat.

We started out closer to the front than the middle. Once we started, we really didn’t have to do too much weaving, and also weren’t getting passed, so it felt like a good position to have started in. I had zero goals going into this and wasn’t even sure I was going to race it — even though that’s what my training plan called for. With the disappointing runs earlier in the week, I had no idea what I would be capable of after we crossed the starting line.

But once we took off, I felt surprisingly good and the heaviness in my legs had disappeared. After a cautious first mile in 8:52, I officially made the decision to give the rest of the race all I had. The next mile felt great — I over took a few runners and saw the second mile clock in at 8:12 on my Garmin. Not too long after that is when things started hurting.

We started up a gradual incline that felt like it was never going to end. One person I had passed earlier passed me on the hill and I felt a moment of panic that I wasn’t going to have any kick left in me for the end. But once at the top of the hill, I regained my focus and set my sights on the fact that I had less than one mile to go.

As I neared the finish, I was able to dig deep and increase my pace (not as much as I would’ve liked) and passed the runner who got me on the hill. As I crossed the finish line and heard the announcer say I was in the top ten for women! I couldn’t believe it!

Once Andrea crossed the line just moments later, we headed into the community center and loaded up with post-race snacks. Of course, the donuts were calling my name.


The posted race results are a little weird, with some “unknowns” posted, but if they are indeed accurate, I may have pulled off an AG win! That’ll teach me for leaving early! It felt really good to race again and it was also a wake up call that I’ve got a LONG way to go to get back to my 2012-2013 level of fitness.

I will DEFINITELY run this race again next year. It was well organized, had a nice-sized field, a good course and good race swag!

Sunday: 2.89 mile walk and a 1.29 mile walk

It was another gorgeous day, so Calvin and I met a friend for a walk around Lake Harriet. Calvin was fussy for the first part of the walk, but that escalated to full on screaming by the time we got halfway around the lake. So guess who got to carry a 20-pound baby around the last half of the lake? Yep, you guessed it — this lucky lady. I guess I got my strength training in for the day also? Oh, and he was in SUCH a good mood once I started carrying him, he was practically blowing kisses to everyone we passed.

Then, once we got home, we decided to take another walk to take the pup to get his long overdue “pup cup” from Dairy Queen for his birthday.

Anyone deal with “heavy legs?” What was the outcome?

How did you enjoy the weather this weekend?


April 16, 2016
by hyedi
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Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Training: Week Two

Major delay in getting this up, because all week I *thought* I had hit publish. Bah.

Monday: Rest day.

Had a long, on-the-go day, so by the time evening rolled around, I ended up falling asleep before getting any stretching or strength training in.

Tuesday: 3 miles @ 9:38 pace (9:53, 9:46, 9:31)

Thanks, Kate, for the photo

Thanks, Kate, for the photo

A nice, easy run with Kate and Andrea felt good after a long day at work. Legs felt a little heavy, but no issues with my hip or foot!

Wednesday – Sunday: Zero mileage.

The rest of the week was a major F-A-I-L. A stomach bug left me out of commission. The most physical activity I got the rest of the week included 20,000+ steps on Saturday at an all-day work event at Winter Park (the Vikings training facility).

I was obviously frustrated with such an abrupt wrench in my training plans, but not going to get discouraged! Next week I’ll focus on getting back on track.

Has something like this happened to you in your training cycle? How’d you get back on track?

April 4, 2016
by hyedi

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Training: Week One

Monday: Stretch and strength

I did my PT exercises and did some stretching, planks and push ups.

Tuesday: 3.02 miles (30:13 – 10:05, 9:58, 10:01)

Put Calvin to bed at 6:50 p.m. and changed quickly into my running clothes before Andrea arrived to run with me at 7. I definitely broke out the shorts for this run! It was a beautiful night for a run — even though we were running into the wind on the way back.

Sorry for all of the weird shots of my legs.

Wednesday: 5x400s (1 mile warm up @10:00, 7:25, 7:41, 7:41, 7:41, 7:41, 1 mile cool down @10:00) = total 3.75 miles in 36:37

I was supposed to meet Sara at the track for this workout, but since the forecast called for pouring rain all morning (and because I’m a klutz), we decided to save the track for a less rainy day. Calvin woke up to eat around 5:11 and after I fed him, I changed into my running clothes and headed to the fitness center in my office building to get this run in before work.

After doing the first 400 at 7:25 pace, I realized that was ridiculous, so I backed it off for the remaining four repeats. I walked for a one minute recovery. After the workout, I headed to Twitter for advice:

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I love Twitter! Speedy advice. And from a super fast runner that I have a lot of respect for.

Later that morning I had an appointment at Orthology. Hip is feeling good — we even talked about me being discharged in a few weeks!

Thursday – Had 3 miles on the schedule, but when the friend I was supposed to run with had to cancel, I realized that maybe it would be good to take this as a rest day also, since I’m worried about increasing mileage too fast.

Friday – Official rest day. J and I walked to daycare to pick up Calvin in the stroller (you get weird looks pushing an empty stroller).


Saturday – 3 miles @10:02 pace

Saturday was extremely windy and cold and there were snow flakes on my car. So basically I was crabby going into this run. The ONLY thing I was looking forward to was wearing my new Oiselle wallace jacket!


But by the time I got done, I felt strong and glad I didn’t skip the run just because of the elements.

Sunday – 5 miles @ 9:44 pace (10:22, 10:00, 9:35, 9:37, 9:27)

It was already getting quite warm by the time I got out the door. Weather Underground said it was 50 degrees! I wore shorts and a long sleeve — I couldn’t believe how many people I saw all bundled up! It took me a good two miles to feel warmed up, but I felt really strong once I did.

I’m glad that week one is in the books! Here’s what this week looks like:

Monday: REST

Tuesday: 3 miles

Wednesday: 30 minute tempo

Thursday: 3 miles

Friday: REST

Saturday: 3 mile pace run

Sunday: 6 miles

For me, the biggest accomplishment of this past week is that running is finally starting to feel like part of my normal routine!

March 30, 2016
by hyedi

Day in the life: after baby

I found an unpublished post that apparently I had all ready to go, so note that this is super outdated now! It looks like I wrote this on November 9, so little C was about three months old. I’m planning to do another one this week to see how things have changed :) Enjoy!

I did one of these day in the life posts before baby and for fun, so here’s one after baby! I think I might do a weekend one soon, too, since our days look a lot different when we’re at home with little C all day!

12:57 a.m. – I hear stirring on the baby monitor. I turn over and hope Calvin will put himself back to sleep.

12:59 a.m. – the stirring has turned into aggressive fussing. I get up.

1:01 a.m. – I turn on his red night light, pick him up and start nursing him in the glider. For the middle of the night feedings, I keep the lights off (with the exception of his red night light) and don’t talk to him or anything. With minimal stimulation, he usually goes back to sleep pretty easily.

1:12 a.m. – I can tell he’s comfort nursing at this point, so I gently put him back down. He stirs, ever so slightly, and I creep out of the nursery. I turn the baby monitor back on and go to the kitchen to get my pump parts. Calvin’s been eating more lately at daycare, so I’m back to pumping once in the middle of the night. While pumping, I hear the little guy making some light fussing noises, but he eventually goes to sleep.

1:40 a.m. – back to bed

4:58 a.m. – wake up to fussing on the monitor

5:01 a.m. – repeat the process of quietly picking Calvin up and feeding him until I can tell he’s drifting back to sleep

5:15 a.m. – put Calvin back down and crawl into bed

6:21 a.m. – boooooo, baby’s awake again. I realize that this means he’s up for the day at this point.

6:23 a.m. – head into the nursery and turn on one of the (less bright) lamps. Greet Calvin with a bright and cheery “good morning!” He rewards me with a big, gummy smile and I unswaddle him and let him stretch and wake up a bit more before I turn on another lamp.

6:30 a.m. – we do some tummy time with the creepy stuffed dog that sings songs and says things like “I love you!” (in the creepiest voice ever) and practice grabbing onto things. Calvin tells us some stories AKA babbling.


6:55 a.m. – diaper change and a quick wipe down with a washcloth. He got a bath the night before (and still smells like the Burt’s Bees baby wash and lotion we use!). I nurse him (more like a snack since he ate last only a couple of hours ago) to get him through until his first bottle at daycare.

7:05 a.m. – It’s PJ day at daycare, so we change him out of his nighttime PJs and into another set up fresh PJs for school! Is there anything cuter than a baby in PJs?


7:20 a.m. – J gets Calvin buckled in his car seat and I kiss them both goodbye before heading into the kitchen for coffee and oatmeal.

7:25 a.m. – I hear J take off and I eat my breakfast while checking work emails.

7:45 a.m. – shower and finish getting ready for the day

8:30 a.m. – I’m working from home today, so I pump while responding to work emails, doing some editing work, etc.

11:00 a.m. – Another pumping session

11:20 a.m. – Put pumping supplies in a Ziploc baggie in the fridge so I don’t have to wash them after each session and label the milk for daycare.

11:25 a.m. – Find something to eat for lunch. Decide on a leftover creamy, key lime chicken enchilada I made for dinner a couple of nights ago.

11:55 a.m. – Put tonight’s dinner in the crockpot. Tonight, it’s Slow Cooker Honey Soy Chicken!

2:00 p.m.  – Pump again. My day is pretty much made up of pumping.

3:32 p.m. – I search for a snack and decide on pretzels and a granola bar. I make a mental note to buy some trail mix or something.

4:00 p.m. – Last pumping session of the day. Thank goodness.

5:00 p.m. – finish up a few work-related items, turn the crock pot from low to warm, pour rice and water into the rice cooker, and then leave to pick up the little guy from daycare

5:12 p.m. – arrive at daycare and get the run down from his teachers. It’s the same story every day — he didn’t sleep well. So early bedtime tonight!

5:27 p.m. – arrive back home and Calvin is on the border of losing it. Get him out of the car seat and try to get him in a better mood while I press “start” on the rice cooker.

5:35 p.m. – Calvin is really crabby, so I head to the couch to feed him.

5:42 p.m. – J gets back from his run and finishes up dinner. He steams some broccoli and dishes me up a plate.

5:45 p.m. – I hand off the baby and inhale eat my dinner. J is playing “airplane” with Calvin and I’m waiting for him to spit up all over daddy. Ha.

6:00 p.m. – We switch and J eats dinner while I get sing some songs to little C as I change him into a new pair of PJs. It’s at this point that I realize he’s in the same outfit we sent him to daycare in — score!

6:15 p.m. – J picks out a book to read to Calvin. Tonight it’s one of the books from my childhood — Clifford Gets a Kitten!

6:18 p.m. – I almost die of the cuteness that is J reading to C and C making some cute noises.

6:21 p.m. – story time is going so well, J starts on the second book he picked out, C is for Chafing!

6:22 p.m. – C has had enough and story time comes to an abrupt end.

6:30 p.m. – J says good night to Calvin and we head into the nursery. I turn all of the lights off except for his red night light and nurse him for the (fingers crossed) last time of the day.

6:32 p.m. – I put in my headphones and listen to Sharp Objects on Audible. Man, what a depressing turn from the last book I read, Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me?

7:22 p.m – I’m pretty confident that he’s finally out, so I carefully lay him down and turn off the night light.

7:25 p.m. – Swear at the noises coming from the baby monitor.

7:28 p.m. – Finish up a load of laundry and wash the day’s bottles and pump parts

8:00 p.m. – start getting ready for bed. Hang out with J for a bit.

9:00 p.m. – lights out

March 28, 2016
by hyedi

Back at it (Garry Bjorkland Half training)

To be totally honest, the plan was to say goodbye to the blog. It had started to feel like a lot of work and I felt guilty for not posting. So I made up my mind. I just needed to get around to writing a final post. And then my domain name and hosting auto-renewed for another year, so here I am. And I realized that maybe I wasn’t ready to be done after all.

Plus, my half marathon training kicks off TOMORROW! I’m pumped to be training for something again, but it’s so hard to tell what my fitness level could be after the next 12 weeks.

From the last time I ran the Garry Bjorkland half -- can't wait for the exciting finish through the streets of downtown Duluth!

From the last time I ran the Garry Bjorkland half — can’t wait for the exciting finish through the streets of downtown Duluth!

The plan was to base build all winter, but…..well, life. The little guy wasn’t sleeping well and we were all majorly sick all winter. Every time I’d start back up, I’d get slammed with another awful virus, complete with a fever and chills/body aches, and all of a sudden a couple of weeks would pass by. So then, all of a sudden my first race of the year (the Point Bock 5 Mile) was upon me, and I had hardly been running a few miles per week. I surprised myself by running the entire time and pulling off a decent pace. It was stupid to do that because I was sore for the next week, but it gave me the racing bug again and gave me confidence.

Post-race beer tent. With a baby.

Post-race beer tent. With a baby.

I got a couple of weeks of base building under my belt and my hip started tightening up during runs. It felt exactly the same as what was happening during training for my most recent Twin Cities Marathon. On top of that, my plantar fasciitis was flaring up and my ankle hurt, so back to Orthology I went. After two visits, I’m already feeling much stronger and almost back to normal!

Here’s what this first week of training looks like:

Monday – REST

Tuesday – 3 miles easy

Wednesday – 5x400s

Thursday – 3 miles easy

Friday – REST

Saturday – 3 miles (planning to keep the pace just slightly faster than easy for this one)

Sunday – 5 miles

The plan is to do strength training at least twice per week. I’ll also be doing my PT exercises at least five days/week and rolling and stretching every day.

At this point, I have NO idea what I’ll be capable of, pace-wise, come June. So I’m going to wait to set any goals and am going to tweak training paces as I go. I’m starting out aiming for 10:00 min/miles for easy runs, long runs between 10 and 10:30, intervals around 7:23 and pace runs at 9:10 and tempos at 8:50 pace. I’d love it if I could shave some time off of all of those paces, but they feel like a good starting point.

Anyone else training for an early summer half?