The kids and I had an awesome visit with my parents on Friday. It was short and sweet, but I was happy to share my children's giggles with them. Isn't it strange how infectious a 5 year old's laugh is? And Kiera decided to try and beat my mother in cards. A rule in our family is that, "There is NO LOVE in cards" and it is so true. Kiera is definitely part of the family as she beats me cold in Uno.
We went to CiCi's for lunch and we had a nice time. I'm not sure what the kids liked the best - hot gewy brownies or the game room. Here is my parents with my kids when we were leaving - They treated the kids to the Dollar Store - which is a HUGE hit with them "You mean I can have any thing I want?" exclaimed Brock!
But atlas, it was time to go. Kisses all around (my kids with my father, my mother with one of her pugs, Sweetpea):
My mother had to get on her bus for her afternoon run. Did I mention that my mother has driven a school bus for 17 years and that both of my grandparents drove a school bus? My kids think it is the COOLEST job ever and she allowed them to "play" on the bus while it warmed up. We got to follow her a little way before our turn and the kids loved it!
Okay, that was my Friday, now on to my 7.5 miles:
I woke up Saturday morning to a light dusting of snow. Not enough to try my new yaktrak (still in the package), but enough to make it a little slippery. Here is what my walk way looked like:
I did eat a Luna bar and drank some water this time and let it settle before running. I started out walking about 1/4 mile and then started to run. At the first 1/2 mile I turned my ankle and it hurt. I did stop my watch (LOL - you know I am obsessed with my time, not the only one - check out Kirsten's blog) and debated whether or not to turn back. I was really craving the long run and did some stretching and trudged up the hill to continue. I was glad I did. It felt good. As the miles and time ticked away, I really concentrated on my form. Shoulders back, run with my hips (I tend to just run with me knees - hard to explain), and really use my arms. I felt great. When I got to the Millennium Trail in Rockville, MD, I was nervous about its condition. It was icy in some patches, but at least I could see the pavement. It had not been dug out for weeks. I decided to keep going. I hit 4.3 miles at the turn around and was thrilled. I headed home and really continued to work on speed. I was getting excited with my times. My average pace time was 10:05. Big improvement without the stroller.
It got me to thinking. If I am training for a marathon in October, at this point, should I be working on getting the miles in or my time? 7.5 miles was the farthest I had run since April. I was excited to get out there. Dare I try 10 this Saturday? I found out that the Millennium Trail is 10.6 miles so it is possible.
My ankle was sore the rest of the day and I opted not to wear heels to church. Today, it seems perfectly fine. So adieu February. March, I know you will bring me warmer temps, new challenges, and a lot more sun!
So, I ask the blog - experts:
Should I be working on more miles or faster times if my marathon is in October?