track, rest day dressed and my cute baby

This week in my marathon training we are stepping back, allowing our bodies a bit of a break before we start another few weeks of heavy mileage build-up and more challenging speed work sessions.  I’m trying to embrace the easier schedule, but I have to admit that it’s hard for me.  Today is a rest day and while I know my body needs it, my mind is already going stir-crazy and it’s only 8:00 in the morning.  I plan to go to my favorite yoga studio this evening, Beloved Yoga in Reston, for a Vinyasa/Ashtanga fusion class I really love.  It’s a super-challenging class and always leaves me feeling both rested and invigorated so I think it will be ok to do on a “rest” day.  I can’t wait.

Every morning this week from Monday-Wednesday I picked my sister Jodi up at 5:40 to head to the track.  Monday we ran for an hour and finished off the run with 6×100 strides.  Tuesday we just ran for an hour at an easy, conversational pace.  We’re doing these little runs on the track because we can just be together and not worry at all about where we’re going or if one of us is moving faster than the other.  It’s safe, secure and serene…and I love my time with my sister at sunrise each day.  I love watching as the sky changes from total darkness to a beautiful pastel watercolor to a bright clear blue as the morning progresses.  It is such a treat.

pink puffy clouds at sunrise on the local high school track

Wednesday morning is speed work with our coach.  Yesterday we did 5×800.  I warmed up for one mile at an easy pace and then did the following 800s: 3:30, 3:20, 3:14, 3:17, 3:12 with one lap job between each and then another half mile cool down at the end.  My legs were tired at the beginning of each one and I believe I have more in me but was happy that my fifth set was my fastest.  This speed training is so good for my body and for my mind.  I can feel those fast-twitch muscle fibers rallying with each workout.

….and now what you’ve all been waiting for, the second edition of “Rest Day Dressed”

Rest Day Dressed
Today is my rest day but I’m not going to make any special efforts to be fancy with my attire because  I’m taking the kids to a birthday party at the pool so I’ll be in my bathing suit most of the day.  Besides, the other day I had a meeting at the preschool so I had to get dressed in normal clothes that day and make myself somewhat presentable.  I felt cute and did not smell so I think it counts and will work for the purposes of my silly blog:

yay me! not smelly!

Guess where the tank tops are from?  Yep, Target.  I love them and they work with everything.  This time I layered two black ones and wore them with my brand new shorts from the sale rack at Anthropologie.  I love them.  They are sooooo crazy comfy and cute.  They have pears all over them.  I think when fall rolls around they will look super cute with tights (maroon, maybe?) and boots.  Maybe they will make another appearance on my blog in a few months.  Anyway my favorite thing about them is that I got them for half of their original price.  I’m also wearing black flats that might be my most comfortable non-running shoes.  They’re the softest leather (made by Born) and I wear them all the time.  I’ve had them for a little over a year and they are still in great shape. 

Oh and my big chunky ring (I heart chunky rings) is also from Anthropologie maybe a year ago.  It’s fun…

big chunky ring i love

So, that’s that.

The last thing I want to share is that last week my baby boy turned 6 months old!  I cannot believe it.  A week ago I reported that he slept through the night and it was amazing.  Not so amazing though was that as a result I developed a clogged milk duct a few days later.  It hurt A  LOT but thank goodness after a few days I was able to resolve it before it got infected.  Ugh.  Gus decided sleeping through the night is actually not his thing anymore and has resumed waking up every few hours again.  Eventually we will work this out I’m sure.  It doesn’t matter to me.  He’s cute and I’m a sucker for those cuddles.

the G man is happy to be a 6 month old!

Now it’s time for me to get everyone ready for the day ahead.  It’s going to be jam-packed with pool-partying, diaper-changing, baby-giggling, sibling fight break-upping, house chore juggling fun.  Oh and packing – we are leaving for a week away at the beach tomorrow and I haven’t started packing yet.  I have to focus on that.  Anyway, I think it’s funny that my “rest days” involve very little rest…

Happy Thursday, everyone!

7 thoughts on “track, rest day dressed and my cute baby

  1. what a cutie-pie!! I'm so impressed that you get so much done with a baby! My baby is 4 months and I struggle to get in the workouts! way to go! Have fun at the beach!

  2. ok. love those shorts!!! so cute. love born shoes! ultra comfy. i love your speed sessions. I did a tempo today and you are making me want to make a date with the track already. and yes, that is one cute baby. Have a great time at the beach!

  3. Hi, Just discovered your blog via your athlete bio on Mile Posts. I'm a NoVa new running mommy and am so happy to be finding other area running bloggers!

    btw, LOVE those shorts! And your litte Gus is adorable.

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