The Long Road to Princess 2021

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  1. JAMIESMITH

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    My mini-me celebrated her second birthday yesterday with an Aristocats party. Isn't her dress the cutest?!

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    I had an eight day streak going with my steps, but fell off that boat yesterday even with picking up the cake and pizza.

    My run on Thursday was at a lovely 72 degrees. Perfect weather in my book. I bundled up today to finish up week 5, day 3 of couch to 5K. The high was 52, which I know would make some of you Northerners happy, but that's cold to me! Today's 20 minute run with no breaks was really more of a mental challenge than physical, but I got it done!
     
  2. evre13

    evre13 Hi, I'm new here.

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    Following along - it's so fun to read about someone else from my part of the world! (I'm from Mobile) Your daughters are adorable, and I love hearing about your plans for future family trips.
     
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  4. JAMIESMITH

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    Thank you! I've been enjoying reading your training log as well! It feels like we are in a different world than all these poor folks running in the snow.
     
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    I'm on track to meet my March mileage goal (halfway there yesterday) and finish the couch 2 5k program (again) in time for my first 5k since August on March 30th.

    I'm also super excited about our October trip to Universal Orlando. We have our room reserved at Royal Pacific (yay, Express Passes!) at a rate I'm very happy with for October 6th-11th. Southwest released their flight schedule for our dates on Friday and I had just enough Rapid Reward points to cover those. Our departure flight is earlier than I would have liked, but I'm otherwise very happy! I was also able to snag the 3 park, buy two day, get three more day park tickets from Undercover Tourist this morning. I am counting the days!
     
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    This update has some good and bad to it. I FINALLY conquered my 25 minute run (no walk breaks) today at a very slow pace and after two failed attempts. Training this week has been a struggle. I know everyone has weeks like this, but it's still discouraging.

    On a positive note, I am on track to beat my March mileage goal of 25.7 miles (based purely on last March's mileage, although I may have to adjust my goal for April to something a bit more challenging because I was such a slacker last April).

    The worst news is that my husband's Saturday work schedule kicked in today and he also works next Saturday so I will be pushing a stroller during my first 5K of the year. Boo!
     
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    New shoe day! I have a mild Zulily addiction, and as a result ordered these purple Saucony Kinavra 9s for $52. I have had good luck with Saucony so I figured for that price I would give them a try. I tried them on and they feel good. I will test them on a run tomorrow.

    The yellow Hoka Tracers on the far left are my oldest pair still in rotation with 215 miles on them. I actually ran my one and only (so far!) half marathon in them. They are my favorites, but I am starting to feel the wear on them during my runs.

    The orange pair of Saucony Fastwitch 8s in the middle round out my meager running shoe collection. They have 112 miles on them so they still have a long way to go.
     
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    Love that purple!
     
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    The 5K today was a lot of fun, but today was not a PR kind of day. This 5K is one of the closest to home for us. I usually have to drive at least 30 miles for a race, but this one is only about 15 miles away. We live in a very rural area. My finish time today was 38:10, which is more than 5 minutes over my current PR which was set at this same race last year. I have some thoughts on the huge drop in my pace, but I will get to those in a minute. I really like this course. It is a hilly out and back that starts downtown and runs into a nice residential area. My older daughter ran with me today and she placed second in her age group with a time of 35:19. This was not a PR for her, either, but she has been seriously slacking in training. After the awards ceremony, we checked out the car show and I was able to catch up with an old co-worker who had his antique Corvette there. We also split an order of cowboy nachos (tortilla chips, cheese, barbecue pulled pork, and jalapenos) ::yes::

    So why was I so slow today? I can say that I was pushing a 35 pound toddler in her stroller. My husband was able to watch her last year while I ran. I have ran a couple of faster races while pushing a stroller, but Scarlett was much smaller then. I also think that the extra 15 lbs I have put on since last year are slowing me down more than I like to admit. I am still (barely) in a healthy weight range for my height, but I think I need to concentrate more on my diet.

    I'm finishing off March with 27.3 miles ran, which beats last year's mileage of 25.7. So that's one goal met today :rotfl:

    I am struggling with setting a mileage goal for April. I was a serious slacker last year and only ran 18.3 miles. I'm not sure why that was because the weather here is always so nice in April. I don't want to set my sights that low. I think I'm going to go with a goal of beating this month's mileage of 27.3. That sounds like more of a challenge. There are no local 5Ks in April. The one I was looking at was canceled. I do have my sights set on two in May.

    If anyone actually made it through all my ramblings, you deserve a medal!
     
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    I am currently re-repeating (that's a word, right?) the last three weeks of Couch 2 5K. Nothing ambitious for me this month. I have a crazy couple of weeks coming up with finals at the end of my first semester of community college classes. Work is also insanely busy! I am just hanging on until April 25th.

    My daughter and I are registered for the 10th Annual Run Forest Run 5K in Forest MS on May 11th. This is a fairly close race, but we have never ran in Forest before. Unfortunately this will be another stroller run for me. I am hoping to do better than the last one.
     
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    Pushing a toddler is hard work. Congrats to you and your daughter!
     
  12. evre13

    evre13 Hi, I'm new here.

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    Congrats on your 5k! I can't imagine running with a stroller, so wow!
     
  13. JAMIESMITH

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    Thank you both! Running with a stroller is definitely a work out. It makes the EU without a stroller feel much easier.
     

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