Todays Workout- 2 mile warm up, 16 by 400 (79 average), 2 mile cool down
Second Workout- Take my littlest guy to a Kids 1 mile race
After the Philadelphia Marathon I had no intention of going so long without updating the blog. Naturally I took a long break after my A race for the Fall season enjoying every lazy minute then life seemed to stir things up again delaying consistent training a bit longer than planned. For those who don’t know or may be new readers, Mr. Lawrence is a Naval Officer. We briefly thought we may be moving but once we discovered we would be staying in Virginia Beach, we bought a house. I love the new place but between moving & traveling for Christmas with three kids and their activities; life has been as hectic as you’d guess. Naturally blogging was the first thing to be put on the back burner.
2013 was an amazing running year for me. We all know how futile and uncontrollable a healthy season of running can be, no matter how we prepare, so to string together an entire year of consistent training under a new Coach (Mark Hadley) resulted in PRs at every distance for me. Being a one-track minded runner, the only PR I cared about was the marathon. I went from a high 2:50 to a low 2:47. That was not easy…at all. I know I have a TON of work to do to recreate that in 2014 but I’m willing to run/sleep/eat whatever it takes to do so. I will lay it all out there right now and say the goal for 2014 is 2:43:00.
So besides moving, weddings, Christmas, and “real life”, what have I been up to since the Philadelphia Marathon? There was a big post-marathon break, which I am a firm believer in. My body was broken down after months of high-intensity training so the extra rest was crucial both physically & mentally. After a few weeks of rest and after gaining 4 extra pounds of KrisLaw, training slowly started up again. In the middle of that slow ramp up I entered and won a 5K on my Birthday (pictured below). This was a super casual, free race at my husbands work. It was FREEZING which is why I’m wearing a bazillion more clothing items than I normally do during a race.
A few weeks after the Philadelphia Marathon I received this award in the mail for placing in my age group. It immediately became my favorite race award I’ve ever received. Very thoughtful age group award Philly!
Then this morning after my 400 workout I took my youngest son Matthew to a one mile fun run. I had every intention of running the mile with him but he took off like lightening at the start and I couldn’t keep up in the swarm of kids, so I quickly pulled out and jogged to the finish line. I was guessing he would run a 9 minute mile and was shocked to see him come sprinting towards the finish line two minutes earlier. Little guy finished in 7:03! So proud! Here he is with his medal. The medal has a picture of a dog on it and he says to me “Do I win a REAL dog?!?!” Cute.
As for now, my weekly mileage is back up into the low 70’s and we will stay in the 70-85 mile range for awhile now. Friends and I are in the middle of Spring race season planning. Once that is settled, I will share my schedule. So far we have a bunch of local Virginia Beach races and a few out of town ones chosen as I try to meet up with some of my favorite runners that I missed running with in 2013 (Specifically this girl 🙂 Marci!) Feel free to send any suggestions my way.
I hope you all had a fantastic Winter Break and wishing you all a wonderful 2014!! As always, thanks for following along my running journey.