Sunday, March 26, 2017

Grandma's Marathon - Week 7

Week 7 of Grandma's Marathon Training is complete!

This week was uneventful with running and I like it like that!
 Next week will ramp up my mileage with a 16-18 mile long run on Saturday.  EEK!  
I have to admit, I'm a bit intimidated. 


STATS: 

21.3 miles
Milly
Duluth
Grandma's Course


Lake Superior  - Scenic Highway - Grandma's Marathon Course


This week,  I'm doing a little different weekly wrap.  Rather than listing out my days workouts,  I'll highlight the good points!  

Monday was fairly uneventful as I started out the week with 3/4 mile hill repeats.  I got in 4 repeats before heading to work and finished with 5.8 miles at 9:14/mile.  Tuesday, I got a nice easy 5.5 mile run in at a comfortable pace - 9:26/mile.  Nothing crazy - just good training. 

My kids started spring break on Friday, and we were headed to Duluth for a mini-vacation; compliments of my sister!  She's the greatest.  With the family outing planned, my long run happened Thursday on Milly.  Thankfully,  I only had 10 miles on plan this week,  so I put on Netflix and went to town.   I ended up with 10 miles at 9:06/mile.  I was just getting done when they invaded the mill, so I made them take a picture with me!  They are such goofballs!


  

After we took the picture,  they proceeded to let their monster truck cars roll off the belt of the treadmill into a bucket.   Of course this gave me anxiety for a number of reasons,  but mostly because I love my Milly and need her in good working order.  #runnerproblems

No kick-boxing this week.  I'm hoping to pick that up again this next week.   I am also mentally preparing for my first "really" long run of my training cycle this upcoming Saturday!  

Friday, we headed to Duluth.  The home of the famous Grandma's Marathon where I'll be completing my 2nd marathon in June.  Duluth is a great city with lots of things to do,  so we first headed to Two Harbors, the home of the starting line of the race! 

Because I plan like that,  I made my husband drive the course from finish to start.  Along they way, I reminisced about all the moments in last years race.  The photo at the top of this post was taken on Friday from my car on the route.  I'm not exactly sure which mile this was, I'm guessing between 14-16.   The weather Friday was perfect for running  - no wind, no sun and 40 degrees!  YES PLEASE!




This photo was snapped by my husband at mile 19.  Apparently,  I was still smiling - but that may have been a lie!  I knew that he was there!  HA! 

It's so nice to get away as a family.   The boys were in heaven on Lake Superior throwing rocks and searching all around!  We had lots of laughs and I'm grateful that my sister gifted us two nights in a hotel!  




I love when I can capture any pictures with my boys!  Usually, I have to bribe them because they just won't sit still long enough for me to snap a picture! 




I'm linking up with Holly and Tricia once again for the weekly wrap!  


Tell me!  How do you like to spend time with your family? What's your favorite getaway? 

46 comments:

  1. It looks like you had a very fun time tight the family, that's awesome! I like to try to do at least once vacation a year with my parents and sister. We like to take cruises because you don't really have to plan anything, lol

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    1. I've never been on a cruise - maybe a disney one with the boys.

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  2. I've never been to Lake Superior. Is it rocky like that all the way around? It looks really cool! Glad you had a good, uneventful week. You're right that no major news is good news in marathon training!

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    1. I'm not sure if it's rocky the whole way around, but for sure along the shorline up towards canada! Not a lot of beach - duluth has some sand you can walk out on.

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  3. Looks like a great trip! I think its always good to be familiar with a course. I love getaways to the beach!

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  4. Ha! As a Mom of 3 boys, I understand their need to use the treadmill for alternate activities. Very creative of them. I'm glad you enjoyed your mini vacation. And I'll add, sisters are the best! Thanks for linking, Gina!

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    1. They are sure crazy sometimes! I didn't realize you had 3 boys!

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  5. I missed those days when I was in Florida this week. We have so many family memories on AMI and it was a little weird being there without them.

    I'll have my youngest with me for Grandmas' so there's that! We're staying in Two Harbors and I'm so glad I made that decision! Can you say extra hour of sleep?

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    1. I know! I 'may' stay in a friends daughters house on campus instead of at the hotel - then I will be only 5 minutes from the shuttle buses!

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  6. Sounds like a great week! LOL on driving the race course. I think I drove my husb crazy last weekend with random race strategy comments as we were walking around NYC!

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  7. What a nice getaway gift from your sister! I love the picture of you and your boys after your 10 mile treadmill run! Great job on that too!! My kids are out for spring break next week! I can't wait!

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  8. I have heard great things about the Grandma's marathon. Hope your training goes well during this training cycle. I always try to put on a smile too when I know there is a camera insight, despite how I am feeling.

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  9. love it! sounds like you all had a GREAT time on your spring break!!

    I am a step-mom so it's a little bit complicated. When the kids were younger we did a 2 or 3 week holiday in the summer and usually to Greece. Now they are older (teenagers) and the last few times it didn't really matter where we went, they were just being very teenager-y :( So... enjoy your time with your boys before they hit that phase hahaha!! Hopefully soon we can get away to the Greek islands again and they will actually WANT to be there.

    good luck with your training!!!

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    1. Wow - sounds like an amazing place to go visit! I'm jealous! Yes - right now they boys absolutely LOVE hanging with mom and dad!

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  10. The longest I've ever run on my treadmill was 8 miles & that was a long time ago. Thankfully the longest I had to run on it this training cycle was 6. That was enough! So good on you.

    Favorite getaway: kauia! Obviously we don't go real often, but we've bern 3 times so far. :)

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    1. I would LOVE to get to Hawaii someday! I'm "hoping" for my 40th in a few years. :)

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  11. Great week Gina and yay for the getaway! I love that you drove the course. That will pay off mentally, even though you've run it before. Don't be intimidated by the big run this week. Just break it down mentally and knock it out. It'll be a HUGE confidence builder!

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  12. What a fun family adventure! I've only been to Duluth once (and ran a marathon there LOL), I'd love to go back and just explored the city without the obligation of 26.2 miles on the roster.

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  13. It gives me crazy anxiety when my kids play anywhere near my treadmill. Total #runnerproblems. Lol!

    Sounds like a fun time in Duluth! Can't wait for June!!

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    1. It will be so fun! Looking forward to hanging out!

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  14. Nice you got some family time away! And, added bonus that you got to drive the course. I always like to do that if possible, even if I've run the course before.

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    1. It can be intimidating, but so good as well!

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  15. Looks like a great spring break with the family. Love that photo of you and the boys by the treadmill

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  16. I spend a lot of time with my girls as my husband does shift work. However on weekends when be isn't working we enjoy our time together. Glad you had a fun spring break.

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  17. Looks like a great spring break. I always struggle when kids are home from school to get in my workouts.

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    1. It's definitely hard to work out when kids are around for sure! I often bribe with iPad time! :)

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  18. Great week and great break!

    We love traveling as a family, and I am pretty much happy going anywhere: theme parks, camping, historic sightseeing, going to new places. I am hoping that we can work in a winter ski trip this year. It will be a first for us!

    Keep it up! You're doing awesome!

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  19. I'm new here, but just stopped by when I saw you are training for Grandma's. I ran Grandma's Marathon in 2015 and it was such a great experience. It was a breakthrough race for me and I have so many fond memories of that weekend. I'd love to go back one day. Keep up the good work

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    1. Thanks Hanna! Didn't it just pour the whole race?? you are a rockstar!!! :)

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  20. Sounds like a Great Week! Uneventful is good, that's for sure :-) I'm the same way about courses, I like to drive them before :-)

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    1. It's so nice to drive courses. I like to plot out the perceived hard parts like hills.

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  21. How fun that you got a little trip away from home compliments of your sister! Your sons are cuties! Out of 40 marathons, the only time I drove the course in advance was the day before my 1999 Steamtown Marathon PR! It's really helpful!

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  22. The mini family trip sounded like a great time! I have never thought of driving a course first, I think I just like to wing it and not worry to much :) Your pic with the boys is super cute! I hope you are having a great week!

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  23. How creative of your boys to use the treadmill for alternative purposes. Hope you're enjoying break with them!

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