The Christmas Calf- Spot 2

My second official week of training has come and gone. Good is an apt description. I did find out I can successfully run for five consecutive days. Normally I like to go only two or three in a row, but you might have noticed I was busy at an important event over the weekend.

Read: my baby sister got married!

Before we get to the running, let’s get to the spot.


I took these festive shots at the new year but neglected to post them on my blog. Behold, our Christmas calf is all dressed up.



Training January 27 – February 2

Monday- 4.05 miles in 36:00 with 3 miles @ 8:30 GHP

Tuesday- 3.02 miles in 31:00 very easy, HR 147

Wednesday- 7.29 miles in 1:10:00 with last 2 miles @ 8:57 GMP, HR 156

Thursday- 2.25 miles in 22:00 easy, with 4 x 30 sec strides, HR 157

Friday- 3.7 miles in 33:44 (outside in 17 below) Started easy & picked up pace as I warmed up. I was bundled well & felt good!

Saturday- off for wedding weekend

Sunday- off for wedding weekend

Total – 20.3 miles

GHP= goal half pace
GMP = goal marathon pace
HR = heart rate

I did some re-arranging, added a few miles to Wednesday’s run, and I feel good about my efforts for the week. I do realize I probably could have squeezed in a run sometime over the weekend, but lately I’ve come to realize something else.

I want to soak up the moments that matter.

Sometimes that means enjoying a great run, and sometimes that means leaving my shoes sit until another day. A few missed runs will not de-rail my training. Instead of getting up at the crack of dawn on Saturday to run 10 miles before my wedding hair appointment, I slept in a bit. I chatted with my sisters and drank coffee. I fried eggs and sausage for breakfast so my mom could enjoy her grandkids. Perfect.

In marathon training – at least in my marathon training – there are times when family needs to trump the plan.

About Lisa

Hi, I'm Lisa. Dairy farmer's wife and Minnesotan to the core, I write about rural farm life, running down country roads, and the food, faith, and family that bind everything together. Follow along on my journey.
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4 Responses to The Christmas Calf- Spot 2

  1. Rebecca says:

    Oh, that second picture of the calf is so funny! She looks worried.

    Off to a great start with marathon training, good for you for getting out in the cold!

  2. Love the baby cows! (or calves, but baby cows sounds cuter)

    I completely agree that there are moments that family trumps training. You can always run another race, but you can’t replace loved ones.

  3. 17 below?!?! You are brave. And I agree on soaking up the moments that count. It’s good to be dedicated, but you’ll remember that morning for a lot longer than you would’ve those 10 miles.

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