Mesa-Phoenix Marathon Ambassador! + Week 5

Yay!  I am really excited to be chosen as a Phoenix Marathon Ambassador for this upcoming 2018-2019 year!  This race is so well put on and my family comes into town to run it each year.  It's flat/fast and a lot of BQs are made!!

You can use my code CHRISTYRUNS10 for $10 off the half or full distance (sorry, not the 10k).  The date next year is a hair earlier, Saturday, FEB 9th, 2019.

Sauna to chilly: Weeks 3 & 4

It is officially summer around here!!  I'd say when we are over 100 to 105 is when I'm like, "yup, no more denial, it is now warm."  Whatya do.  You just keep runnin'!
I had hill repeats on the treadmill during week 3.  I had 2:00 at 4% every mile and I left the pace alone the whole time.  The treadmill is harder for me and I thought it'd be extra rough since I hadn't been on it for a few weeks, but it ended up being pretty comfortable!  I think it's because of the heat training.
I ran to the store and met my family one evening.  We had to pick up a few groceries and snacks for our vacation and it was the only time I could really fit the run in, but it worked perfectly.

Marathon V7.0 Training Week 2/20

I just finished up week two and I had a bit of a cranky knee, but it seemed to have loosened up over the week.  I've been diligently stretching it 2x a day and I think that has helped, so that makes me happy.  

May was low on miles but even so, I'm on track to hit 1000 for the year.  It's not really a goal for this year considering being eight months postpartum, but it would be a great achievement!
I still need to post all the awesome pictures from my photoshoot with @emhalesphoto.  I go from wanting to post them ALL AT ONCE!! to also wanting to let them trickle out.  :P
Between doing my strides outside in the heat, and the cranky knee, I only did four of them during my "speed workout" of the week.  The goal was 7:30-8 pace.

I did my long run on Friday night since I had a hike Saturday morning planned.  It was hot, but really, if I run easy it's not bad!
It was also National Donut Day, so we took a trip to Dunkin' Donuts.  Funny story, our neighborhood Facebook page tends to mock the local Dunkin' Donuts saying they always run out of ...donuts.  :P  We headed down around 8:30 that morning and, well, they weren't out of donuts, but they had one glazed donut left...which is what we went for.  And it was smashed so I don't want to know where it was hiding.  lol  So boo, but the chocolate ones were good enough.
I had three donuts so hoorah for running 6 miles.  ;)
Saturday morning I got together with some running friends, for a hike.  I have followed a couple of them for a long time on Instagram/blogs, but only met Corine (far right) one time, so it was a great time meeting them and then going to get breakfast with hilarious convo.  lol
I finished the week at 20 miles.
And we're kissing the 90s goodbye, onto the real heat training.  I think this week my speed work will have to be on the treadmill.

May Mayhem

May was a great month where we got to see a bunch of family, had some great weather (which is now heating up), enjoyed a Mother's Day staycation and race, I cut my hair a little shorter (and I'm still trying to learn how to do it but I like it), and we hung out and watched the boys get older which seems to happen way freaking fast.

Here are my collage a day pictures...