First I'll start off by saying that couponing went down the drain quickly. I just run out of time. I try to be good and make my list but in the last 2 weeks it has been: THINK FAST! what do you need? run in and get things and run out. I'm sure I've spent close to $100 a week. What can you do? I have not been doing well with the food budget and stopped entering it. I'll try to get back on that.
Post race thoughts. I feel off. I don't know why, but I'm waking up in the morning and it is hard to get out of bed and motivate to workout. This has been going on for oh, 2 weeks now. I still get out of bed and get into my workout eventually but not like I used to. I'm not excited to get up and do it and getting out of bed is a chore (I'm sure it is for most people!) I felt pretty good going into Broad Street but definitely questioned if I could hold the 7:30 pace when just 4 weeks before I ran an 8:10 pace for a half. I really put in the speed and tempo work for only 5 weeks and I just don't think it was enough. In addition to that, I went out too fast (7:11 or something like that) and just lost steam way too quickly. I didn't feel in shape to run the pace I wanted. I'm happy/fine with my time even though it wasn't a PR and I didn't reach my goal. My 1:18 was before kids so this is a post kids PR. And like Kara Goucher and Paula Radcliffe I plan to get faster. However, running isn't my job or my life so this will take some time!
Weaning. Kara stopped bfeeding at 8.5 months. She's 9 1/2 months and I think my stored milk will get her to 10 months. I haven't bought formula yet and I know it's silly but I'm sad that I have to! I woke up for 8.5 months at 4:30/5am pumping so that I could make it to 12 months. I know it's not a big deal, but it is bothering me. I know - move on.
Thoughts on Marathon Training. I'm not going to lie, I feel maxed out around 35 miles a week and 4 days. I think for marathon training (this fall) my goal is going to be around 50 miles/week for the first time ever but I don't know how I am going to put in this mileage w/o getting burnt out majorly! I think double sessions will help but I'm already not looking forward to that! I like the cross training too. I also signed up for Marine Corps and Philly (3 weeks apart). I am thinking MCM as a training run and Philly to make it happen? or MCM real marathon and Philly for fun? What do you think?
Kids. I really like this age that Nick is at and Kara's age is fun too. She is starting to babble and wants to move really bad! Nick at 27 months is a little person and I feel like I can explain things to him and reason with him. I feel maxed out in terms of getting everything done that I want to do and know it I was working it would be impossible, so I am glad that I am home and spending this time with the kids. I am going to be teaching an online course for my district over the summer and I'm looking forward to it, but I'm still not sure what I will do in one year when I have to decide about my job - giving it up or not.