I have been toying with the idea for months and have finally made the decision (after my husband’s support and approval) to run my first full marathon this December! That being said, the training has already begun. Marathon training and speed training is in full force.
This is only week one and I have already encountered a few obstacles with training… with kids. Nothing like embracing the life of a never-at-home stay-at-home mom… when a husband is out of town for business. Training and speed work (on a track) get tricky. One has to be clever, creative, and even resort to bribery.
You see, I knew I could do my speed time trial. I knew that I could do the prescribed plan. It is not my ability that hindered me… however, my choice to include my children along for the ride was my downfall. Thinking I could successfully complete my workout with children… with no complications… is laughable.
Any parent can attest to that! Attempted my first speed time trial workout WITH the boys yesterday afternoon.
My lesson learned: do NOT attempt a time trial speed workout WITH children (self explanatory)… At 2:30 in the afternoon (hot)… On an uneven gravel track (hard).
I learned I am not as fast as I was in high school (even though I was not that fast back then either)… And fitness is much more enjoyable by myself!
C learned that he could stomp on a bee to kill or stun it enough to pick it up and examine it. Stinger. Wings and all.
P learned that he should NOT pick up random (rope) objects and proceed to run it back an forth on the base of his neck = rope burn
T learned that even though mommy was running away from him. Sprinting. Fast. She will eventually turn the corner and run back to him.
This whole drama debacle covered a span of MAYBE 30 minutes. The boys lessons learned happened within the first 5 minutes of us arriving at the track! No joke!
Again… Lesson learned. Mommy needs to do track workouts by herself!
I am hopeful that my speed time trial (800 meters) tomorrow… solo… will go much smoother!
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