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Happy Friday Y’all!

How are you? In summary my week has been a bit insane (but let’s be real folks, when is it not?). I had both kids home on Monday and Tuesday and to be quite honest, I looked a lot like this during the entire time.

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These boys are SUCH a handful—I’ve got to keep them separated most of the time because when they are together and I don’t have backup anything can happen. They love each other so much but BOY do they love to fight as well. Not sure why the Lord chose ME to raise two boys but I’m rolling with it!I took them to see STORKS, they loved it and I thought it was super cute.

20 Miler & Grete’s Great Gallop Half Marathon Recap

So I had two milestones last Saturday—first I completed my 13th Half Marathon in 2 years (!): Grete’s Great Gallop and second I ran 20 miles total. This week also called for a heavy 18 miles on the plan for Marathon Training.

Even though I left super early so I could get in some miles, somehow I only got there with 20 minutes to spare. I quickly used the potty and ran two miles, except whenI returned to the start line, the race had already started!! Oops!! In general at these races my corral doesn’t start running until at least 20 minutes after the start. So when I got to the start line 8 minutes past the gun I was SHOCKED to see everyone barreling though the start line. Thankfully there were tons of other runners who were running across the start line that underestimated the amount of people running this race.

 

Running Central Park is crazy hard. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. It really never gets any easier. Going up Harlem Hill (twice) and then Cat Hill (twice) had my hamstrings on FIRE! But I managed to get through it!

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Afterwards though, I still had another three miles to go. I realized that at 15 miles, I still felt in control (aka like I didn’t want to curl up and take a really long quick nap). I realized then that I might even be able to push for 20…but I didn’t make any rash decisions. I needed to make it to 18 and assess how I felt once I got there.

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At mile 18, I was tired but still felt okay, this was super encouraging because the wheels fell off pretty quickly at mile 18 last year at the marathon. I was able to run the final two and I finished upright. #winning! I am going to attempt to run another 20 miler next week and I can only hope it goes just as well!

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Tomorrow I am running Rock n Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon! I’m excited because I have a lot of friends running the race and I don’t have to cross a major body of water to get to a race start. it’s a beautiful thing! I have no race goals with this one, just a cool 13.1 for my cutback week. So excited to run my borough once again!

How was your fitness and health week? How do you keep yourself from going crazy when you take care of your own children? Inquiring minds want to know. 😉

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5 comments

Allie October 7, 2016 - 5:38 am

Congrats Nellie!!! So excited and happy for you. Good luck in the race this weekend and I will cross everything for good weather out there!

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Janine Huldie October 7, 2016 - 6:46 am

Huge congrats to you, Nellie and I also had the girls home both Monday and Tuesday this week. So, I could fully elate to what you were saying there and have them home this upcoming week Monday and Wednesday also. So definitely won’t be a dull week coming up by any means either now!

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Leslie October 7, 2016 - 4:33 pm

13 half marathons in two years?! That’s insane…in all the good ways. So happy that you’re able to handle a 20-miler without wanting to die. That’s a pretty good sign. You’re going to kill your next marathon!

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Tamara October 8, 2016 - 9:17 pm

HA! Sometimes I really go crazy taking care of my own children, and then I’m like, “Why is this happening?” I guess I get so used to having them at school and then Cassidy home on weekends.
Also, congrats to you!!!

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Janelle October 10, 2016 - 12:12 pm

Great job running 20 miles and congrats on your race! I did 17 this past weekend, my farthest ever…I hope to have a successful 18 and eventually 20 miler!

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