This weeks spicy session was 15 x 1k, I admittedly ran faster than prescribed, 3:15avg, plus a 3k “fast” without going to the well…9:37 (5:09 pace…died after a mile) . Going into this season of training and life with a sense of gratitude. I am so thankful to be able to do this as my job. I am fortunate to have a healthy body that allows me to get out and work hard. On the days that I don’t feel like running or don’t feel particularly good I remind myself of these things. I remind myself of the things I am thankful for. Happy to be healthy and feeling fit with 6.5wks til NYC Marathon!
A day in the life (simplified because no one needs to see the true chaos😂)
Wake up to tinniest human around 6am. Snuggle for 15 min. Get up and ready by 6:30. Feed dogs. Get breakfast made for all of the kids. Get the kids dressed and ready. Make sure lunch bags are packed and on the counter for daycare/school. Make my coffee. Grab my portable pumps, water and workout shoes. Get tiny humans in the car along with teenage human. Drive/drink coffee. Drop them all off at their respective places. Pump after the last drop off en route to workout. Arrive on time! Not a normal thing. Run 16mi (3 up, 30 x 400, 2.5mi tempo, 1ish cooldown). Nailed it. Drive home. Let dogs out and shower in the 10min I’m home. Go to massage and eat miscellaneous snacks and pump en route. Go to store. Grab snacks which are lunch. Drink coffee. 2nd run in the rain. Get kids from school/daycare/practice. enjoy chaos. Usually a bunch of driving for practices but thankfully tuesdays are not that. Bath and bed for the kiddos. Make dinner/Clean dinner/pickup the house and prepare lunches for the next day. Finally eat. Finally get to sit and do nothing (still have to pump) but am also too tired so go to bed.
This is life. Much like many other working/or any kind of mom. Our life’s are busy and yet they are full. We make time for the things that matter and honestly stress over many of the the things that don’t. A 20 mile day that’s not abnormal by any means. Sometimes I wish life were simple or easy but then I’m not sure it’d be as rewarding. Im so thankful for all that my mom did for us growing up (4 kids) because as I’m in the thick of it I see her and I am amazed by all that she did ❤️
Yesterday I won the USA 7 mile championships at the Bix 7 race. It was hot and humid and hilly. It was really hard…simply put. It was also amazing
7 months ago. This was life. It was so incredibly amazing. Keagan was just born and we were settling into our new normal as a family of 6. I was living in a fog and also in utter bliss. Life was chaos but also so perfect. I had it all figured out and yet nothing. Basically life after birth.
The last 7 months were not easy. I worked really hard. I battled to get back to fitness and even though it was an ideal build back there was no route that was going to be easy. That’s not how growing and birthing a human works…even in the most ideal situations.
I’m proud of the work I’ve put in but know that there is so much more to come. I can’t wait to see what’s in store the next 7 months 😉
Pic of me running on the track but I’ve finally started to get back to marathon work! Yesterdays run marked both my longest mileage run and most work I’ve done in a session since nyc 21! Seems crazy but amazingly it seems marathon training is like riding a bike. It just comes back pretty naturally. So while on paper yesterdays 20 miler, split into 5 easy/5 at marathon effort/5 easy/5 at half marathon effort, seemed daunting it went incredibly smooth. Excited to train for and race a marathon. It’s been too long and shoe tech has come so far (will be my first marathon in a super shoe, which seems crazy). Excited for what’s to come!
Happiest 13th birthday to my first baby! She’s spending it and the rest of the week in her favorite place, NYC! She’s growing way too fast but doing it beautifully. She’s beautiful outside & inside, smart, kind and funny. I really cherish the moments we get to spend together and when she is her authentic goofy self. I know everyone says it but they really do grow up too fast. I’ve been trying to embrace these moments before they’re gone. I know she feels grown but she’ll always be my little cowgirl ❤️
Actual video of me trying to get to the finish line last night 😳😂.
In all seriousness last nights 5000 was nothing fancy. 15:39, for me, is not a flashy time and it felt like the hardest “slow” 5k of my life. It was however a start and an opportunity. I’ve spent pretty much all of my buildup doing slower more marathon specific work so the body was definitely shocked by some faster stimuli. That paired with a slew of firsts…Until last night I’d never pumped in a field 25min before the start of a race. I’ve also never brought a tiny human, solo, on a race trip. She was a rockstar. After the race I told @joshcox it’s good to get your ass kicked every once in a while. I think getting my butt whooped keeps me hungry. It makes me want to be better. At 5 months postpartum I still have a lot of work to do but it’s exciting to know that it’s all still in there. Just have to keep digging. Huge congratulations to teammates @okhacker2 & @katie_wass who executed their races incredibly well. This weekend was a team effort with Keagan along and I couldn’t have done it without them or coach Jenna. Onto the next!
Still here. In case you were wondering if this was *only a mom account. Being a mom is a huge part of me but I’m also still pretty ok at this running thing. Just a heads up so you’re not surprised by the “old” mom that runs fast. I’ve been putting in the work and I look forward to racing in just a couple of weeks. Not sure what the result will be but I’m naively optimistic 😉
Over 4 months and it’s hard to remember life before you. She may be the happiest baby ever. Loves to babble loudly, roll all over, scoot off of any blanket or mat she is laid on, grabs everything, giggles lots and just seems to complement our crazy. I’m back to running and working out at a normal level. Feeling good and excited for some races relatively soon!
Add Arizona State Soccer Champion to her state championships! (She also won middle school state cross country in the fall). Kylyn and her team won the state title today. A team comprised of mostly 2010s some 2009s and even a 2011 playing in the 2009 U14 championship. They combined teams at the beginning of the season due to a shortage in numbers and grew so much these last several months. Super proud of her and excited to watch them in Boise at the regional tournament
Introducing the final K to our family. Kaisley Ann Taylor officially joined our family yesterday after being with us since she was 7wks old. This 15 month old firecracker is such a joy to have. We are so lucky that we get to be her parents and get to watch her grow into the amazing person we know she is going to be