June & Motivation

June has been yuck.

My office was getting remodeled so I had to work from home a lot in the beginning of the month. Plus it was the end of school for both boys, their first week at summer camp, schedules being different, Hayden has track & field on T/Th and both boys have t-ball M/W. A busy schedule plus the Minnesota summer humidity has made me super lazy and not motivated.

I was home with Declan a few days by myself at the beginning of the month and I took a few vacation days to be home with the boys to celebrate summer break. This essentially meant I could not find ANY time to work out. Props to those stay at home mama’s with young kiddos that figure out how to fit it all in! I’m also feeling burnt out, lethargic, and lazy. I think it’s the hot weather and just wanting to be at the pool everyday!

I wish I was the kind of person who could workout consistently without having a goal. I mean, why do I need to pay upwards of $100 for an event just to get my lazy ass to run a couple times a week? Why do I need to sign up for something just to train and work towards a PR? Or even keep my body healthy and in the best shape I can? I’m not sure, but I can tell you with nothing on the near horizon, June was a month filled with laziness, eating out, excuses, and a lot of guilt.

So, after realizing I need something to motivate me, I signed up for the Minneapolis Triathlon. It’s in 17 days. Is the fitness I’ve worked hard for since January still there? Are all the miles still in my legs? What about my endurance?

Anyone who knows me knows that I could care less about my time, and all about having fun and enjoying myself every step along the way. Each person is different, and if you are one that cares about your time and getting faster, then thats GREAT! Whatever motivates you and gives you the inspiration to get off your couch and get out there! But for me, the time is just a number and a silly way to compare yourself to others which doesn’t mean anything. It’s all about racing your own race!

That being said, I do like to compete with myself a little bit. I did the Minneapolis Triathlon last year, but the International Distance. This year I signed up for the sprint, considering that I haven’t really been specifically tri training. Here are my times/paces for the Minneapolis International distance, and the Maple Grove Sprint Distance. Wouldn’t it be great if I raced a little faster this year?

2016 International Distance: (Super hot & humid)
Swim 2:19/100 m
T1 3:34
Bike 13:23 mph
T2 1:59
Run 13:16/mile

2016 Sprint Distance: (Cold, rainy & hail)
Swim 2:32/100m
T1 2:58
Bike 14.27 mph
T2 3:10
Run 11:29/mile

My only goal/hope is that while racing this year, I feel stronger. Thats really my main goal for anything right now. If my time is slower, but I feel stronger, then I will be happy!

So, here’s to turning this lazy attitude around and getting ready to race in 17 days!

[Workout]: May 29th- June 4th

Monday: Rest, feeling under the weather
Tuesday: Feeling sick, rest
Wednesday: Swim, 1900 yds
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Bike 16 miles total, Walk 3.6 miles around Weaver Lake

  • 5.6 miles biking to drop Hayden at school then to Nicole’s house
  • 4 miles biking from Nicole’s to my house
  • 6.7 miles biking to/from picking Hayden up from school

Saturday: Rest & Family fun day- park with friends, swimming at the lake, grilling out, and the boys played outside until 9pm in their swimsuits!
Sunday: Bike 31 miles

  • Trailhead Cycling leads rides around the larger metro area, and this one started at The Depot, went around the Lakes, and west over along Minnehaha Creek to the Falls. On our way back, we went north along the river, and caught the Greenway back to Hopkins. My friends Kelly and Jen were there too.

[Workout]: May 22nd- May 28th

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 1 mile WU, Arms & Abs with Amber at work

Wednesday: Swim, 800 yds (was cut short because of low blood sugar)

Thursday: Fly Feet Tread & Shred

  • WU/Incline sprints for 30 min total
  • 2 sets/22 reps
    • Weighted Lunges
    • Weighted Overhead press
    • Lifted plank with TRX bands

Friday: Mountain Bike Skills Clinic at Trailhead Cycling

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 10 mile run, 1 mile walk with Finn

MDRA Mississippi 10 Miler

The day after the Lake Minnetonka Half, I was on such a high that I signed up for the MDRA Mississippi 10 miler, thanks to a tip from my friend Jen that the registration fee was only $20. I just wanted to keep my momentum going and not lose sight of a goal to train for.

However, during the month of May I found myself wanting a little break in the structured training and wanting to just workout because the weather was finally beautiful, or wanting a hard workout at FlyFeet and not wanting to worry about being so sore I would need to miss a run. So I went into this race thinking of it as a nice little Sunday morning run, and not a race. I definitely did not “train” for this and was ok with that.

It was exactly that- only about 150 runners, small, quaint, quiet, and exactly what I was looking for. It started at Crosby Park in South St. Paul and was incredibly beautiful. I felt like I was in a different state on vacation! We ran up the bluff to river road, and followed the trail along the Mississippi for about 4 miles, out and back.

One of my favorite things about this race was how personable everyone was. Being a back of the pack runner, I can easily get intimidated and feel like I’m not a real “runner” – especially at small run clubs like the MDRA. However, it was totally the opposite. Everyone was talkative, friendly, and during the out and back all the runners who were passing me already heading back to the finish line said things like “great job!” and “keep it up!”

The other surprising thing I noticed was that everyone actually threw their water cups INTO the garbage cans at the water stops- not just on the road. It was just a nice gesture by the runners that made me appreciate the tone that the MDRA sets at their events.

It was a beautiful, sunny, 60 degree morning. I didn’t feel as excited as I did for my half (even though this was shorter). My feet felt heavy by mile 2 and I was nervous about how I would even finish. However, must like every other run, I hit my stride by mile 4 and had all negative splits!

Mile 1 11:18
Mile 2 11:40
Mile 3 11:33
Mile 4 11:34
Mile 5 11:07
Mile 6 10:48
Mile 7 10:57
Mile 8 10:50
Mile 9 11:16
Mile 10 11:04
Mile 10.2 7:53

I’m excited about doing more MDRA races and found that I really liked the smaller event, making it not feel like a big deal. This 10 mile time will be a good benchmark for me to compare to the TC 10 mile which I will run in Oct.

Here are a few pictures from the run:

Looking out over Crosby Park before the race. You can’t really tell, but the Cottonwood was insane this morning- flying all over in the sunlight.

Game face on!

Aubree, Jen, and myself at the finish. Jen is so speedy (avg 8:45/mile!) that she already had time to change her shoes and take off her bib. 🙂

[Workout] May 15th- May 21st

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: Walk 5 miles (with Finnegan and Declan on his bike)

Wednesday: Swim, 35 50’s in honor of me turning 35!


Thursday: Fly Feet Express Class, 30 min

  • 1 min sprints at 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 % incline
  • Between sets of squats, kettle bell swings (as many as you could do in 1 min)

Friday/Saturday: Rest

Sunday: City Trail Loppet, 6.2 miles

Race Recap: Solomon City Trail Loppet

The mind is an interesting thing.

Two days ago, I got an email saying that there were still spots open in the Solomon Trail 10k/10m this weekend. I figured “why not!” I have to run anyways as part of my training for the MDRA Mississippi Run next weekend. Plus, the Loppet Foundation always puts on a great event.

Enter race morning- I had such crazy anxiety I was regretting signing up. I originally thought going to a race by myself and navigating the entire thing without a sherpa (Joe) would be fun, and that I would enjoy that quiet “me” time. But I didn’t know what to wear, I didn’t know how the logistics of parking and taking the shuttle would work, and what exactly I should take with me in my bag to the start line. Would I even finish? Should I bail? How long would I be able to run until I would need to walk?

How weird, right? Why did I feel so good at my half, and now I was a mess for a little 6.2 miles? I’ve done this a million times. I couldn’t convince myself that I could even finish. All morning I was thinking about how I wish I could pin point what triggers my anxiety. Why was I worried about all these things that I’ve done so many times before?

I arrived SO EARLY (a symptom of my race anxiety) at 8am. The parking lot was at finish line which was at the Paradise Stadium by the Walker. They had school buses to drive you to the start line at downtown Robbinsdale. My wave didn’t start until 10:10am! Ha. I relaxed in my car a little bit, used the porta potty, paid for my parking, and then grabbed my bag and got on the shuttle.

The start line was at a cute little square/open area in downtown Robbinsdale. The race was small, something I was excited about. Everyone looked so rugged- their gear was dirty and used. I loved it. At many road races, you can tell people show up in brand new Lululemon garb with brand new race shoes. But this was a small group of serious trail runners. The atmosphere was comfortable, but intimidating. It reminded me of being in the Smokeys- everyone with rugged outdoor gear. I threw my bag in the gear check van about 9:30, and went to watch the start of each wave. Their loud horn they were going to use for the start gun broke, so they used some guy’s car horn. It was pretty funny. 9:30 was the start of the 10 mile waves, each starting 5 min apart. The waves were small – maybe 30 people in each. There were only 3 waves for the 10k. Finally my wave left about 10:10am.

Mile 1: mostly on the street navigating to the trail- a few fields here and there that were wet and muddy. (10:53/mi avg pace).

Mile 2 & 3: All single track. I was stuck in a line of about 6 women. These were my slowest miles, but I didn’t mind it. Being in the long train of women was pretty cool just to keep pace with them and kind of feel like we were all doing this together. Some areas you had to pull yourself up by branches to navigate the mud slides on hills. There was one big sign that said “DANGEROUS STAIRS” that reminded me of hiking to Mt LeConte where you had to hold onto a big wire screwed into the mountain. These miles were very rugged. (13:06 & 14:07 mi/avg paces).

Mile 4: I felt strong and passed about a dozen people. A lot of this was in and out of single track and along the railroad track which was hard to run on- either big rocks along the side or trying to skip every other railroad tie. (11:24/mi avg pace).

Mile 5 & 6: Back on paved trail, mainly up and down cross bridges trying to cross the highway and through city parks to get back to the Walker. It was funny to spend 45 minutes being transported to the woods, and then suddenly be back in urban city trails, with view of downtown Minneapolis and highway construction. (11:55 & 11:44 /mi avg paces).


Finish time: 1:15:04
Avg. Pace: 12:05/mile

For how rugged and hilly this course was, not to mention being on a single track and getting “stuck” behind people, I’ll take that time! It also says I passed 15 people from the start and was only passed by 1.

We got a sweet tank at the finish, and a pint glass. It was raining at the finish, so I got my bag from gear check and just went straight to my car. The Loppet series always has a great beer selection after their races (Surly!) and fun live music, but since I was alone, cold and wet I just left.

I loved the race and am kicking myself for being so nervous at the beginning. I am definitely doing this again next year!

[Workout] May 8th- May 14th

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: Bike, 10 miles

  • The boys and I went out during a beautiful evening. It was a slow easy bike, but got my legs moving and felt really good to stretch them and move them after Sunday.

Wednesday: Swim, 2000 yds

  • Swimming is THE BEST recovery. I got tired mid way through my swim, which rarely happens, but it was so good for my sore muscles. After the swim, I had no more tightness in my legs and was back to feeling “normal.”

Thursday: 3 miles total

  • 2 mile run/walk warm up
  • TC 1 mile Race (9:20 min/mile)

Friday: Solicore MSP

  • Solidcore is insane! It’s a combination of resistance strength training with Pilates. If you want more info, watch this video. The workout was HARD, I was dying, and I needed it to be over. But of course, the minute it was over I couldn’t wait to get back for more. So intense!

Saturday: Bike, 27.5 miles

Sunday: Rest, Happy Mother’s Day!