bring on may mileage!

Can we just pretend like the last week just never happened?!  Or maybe even the last month.  While there were definitely some awesome things that happened (hello, awesome half marathon time!), April really ended on sour note.  But, I’m thankfully feeling some closure and looking forward to a new month…

May is definitely going to be an exciting month.  This is my last week of track, which includes THREE track meets – Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.  And of course, Matt has track meets Wednesday and Friday.  We are for sure getting a date night on the schedule one day this month.  In addition, we only have 13 days left of school!  Thank goodness.  I don’t think I’ve ever been more ready for a school year to be over than I am this year.  (I will say that the past week definitely did not help whatsoever.)  The next 2.5 weeks are going to be a challenge, but I’m hoping they go by fast and smoothly.

On the running side of things, May marks the beginning of a new training plan.  I am so excited to be running Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago for the second year in a row and having a weekend away with my hubby.  It’s kind of like our yearly anniversary getaway now (although we plan on doing a real 2nd honeymoon for our 10 year anniversary next year).  This is definitely the year of the half marathon for me and I’m hoping RNRCHI goes much better than it did last summer.

I also have two big running events in the next few weeks.  This coming Saturday, I am running the Cowbell Uncorked Relay with some friends!  I can’t wait to share how it goes!  This will be my second relay (I ran the Mo’Cowbell Half relay with my brother a few years ago), but this one will definitely be different and super fun!

And then I will be running a leg of the United Relay a few weeks later.  I’m getting more nervous about my leg because it starts at 3:30 AM.  Ugh.  How do you sleep in preparation for that?!  I’m thinking about taking a nap the afternoon before (it’s my first day of summer break and Kenna + Matt will still be in school) and then staying up until 3:30 AM.  But, Matt has a track meet the next day so I’m not sure how well I will be functioning if I stay up all night.  It’ll definitely be an interesting 10.5 mile run…

So, this past week was my last week of my “off season” training and I start a new training schedule today.  I’m kind of excited about it as I am going to try to stick to the Unbreakable Runner half marathon plan.  I’ve talked about it in the past, but the more I read and researched, I feel like I should just give it a try.  I’m battling a few nagging aches and pains again, and if this claims to help keep me healthier and injury-free, why not try it for 11 weeks?  It doesn’t have to be the way I train all the time (in fact, I just got a new half marathon book that will be one of my beach reads this summer).  I’m hoping that it will help build up my speed endurance a bit more so I can really start trying to hit that sub-1:30 half marathon goal.

The Concrete Runner - weekly workouts (1)

Because this was my last week of non-training, I decided to take the entire weekend off of running.  Well, it was storming Saturday morning and I think I’m dealing with some peroneal tendonitis in my left foot now.  Ugh, stupid tight calf muscles…  It was a much needed rest weekend though, so I have no regrets!

Monday: 30 minute easy run (3.68 miles @ 8:09/mile)


Tuesday:   30 minute easy run (3.80 miles @ 7:55/mile)

4 rounds:
Front Squats 10x, 45 lbs
Deadlifts 15x, 45 lbs
Situps 20x


Wednesday:  AMRAP in 15 minutes:
Pushups 20x
Situps 20x
Run 200m

(5 2/3 rounds – 0.63 miles)

Thursday:  6 x 400m w/ 200m recoveries (3.42 miles @ 7:47/mile)


Friday:  30 minute easy run (3.68 miles @ 8:09/mile)

Thrusters 3×10, 45 lbs

Saturday:  OFF

Sunday:  OFF

Total:  15.21 miles

Total Miles for April:  101.86 miles

Bring on May!  I’m so ready for a fresh start this month!

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#motherrunner: sarah

I have been loving all the entries so far sharing your #motherrunner stories and accomplishments!  I can’t say enough about how amazing the running community is and how supportive we are of each other!  I would still LOVE to hear all about you as a Mother Runner!  Make sure you go fill out the form at the top (or the link here will take you directly to the page) and I will share in the coming months!

The Concrete Runner - I am a Mother Runner

Name:  Sarah

Age:  33

Hometown:  Iowa

Years you’ve been running:  19

Names + Ages of kiddos:  “Red”- 4 “E”- 18 months

Favorite Distance to Run:  5-7 miles

Favorite or Most Memorable Race/Run:

I ran Boston in 2014 when I was 16 weeks pregnant. I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to do it but I am happy I did. The crowds were crazy, it was a 26 mile party.

Mother Runner - Sarah

Best Running Accomplishment:

I don’t run many races anymore, but I do run Bix 7 every year and earned my 15 yr anniversary pin.

Best Parenting Accomplishment:

We recently completed the 1000 books before Kindergarten challenge with my 4 yr old. The youngest one is at 400. They both love books and we love to listen to audiobooks in the car and we are even reading chapter books and graphic novels now.

Advice for other running moms on how to fit running into a busy schedule:

I work full time so to spend as much time with them as possible, I run when the kids are sleeping. Usually early morning before they get up at 7, but if I need to sleep in, I run after bedtime. My long runs during marathon training are done at night, so I start around 9 and end around midnight.

Best parenting advice you’ve ever received:

Create a routine and stick to it. This is helpful in the morning when getting ready for school/daycare and at night before bed. Bath, TV show, Books, and Bed.


Let me tell you, after reading about Sarah’s accomplishments, she is one BADASS Mother Runner!  I cannot imagine having the energy to do my long runs after bed time!  It’s hard enough to get me off the couch once the kiddos go to bed!  Thanks for sharing Sarah!

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wantable fitness edit review // april

I really wasn’t planning on doing another Wantable order.  Little did I know that I actually had to go in and cancel my account – that is, until I received an email that my next box was on it’s way.  Oops…

The Concrete Runner - Wantable Review April 2016

So, my Fitness Edit this month was a nice, albeit expensive, surprise.  Thankfully, I gave some pretty good feedback after my first shipment and I could certainly tell the changes in this box.

Toni Capri


I have been obsessed with wearing leggings lately.  Not that I hadn’t worn them or liked them before, but I just got more comfortable actually wearing them to work, and let’s face it, they’re super comfortable.

This pair did not disappoint.  I loved the pattern on the side of the capris and I loved that the length was a little shorter than most of the other capris I own.  I’ve already worn these 3 times to work since I got them less than 2 weeks ago.  These were definitely keepers!

Glyder Hot In Here Short


I was really excited to see a pair of spandex shorts in my box.  I’ve really been wanting some to wear either under shorts or other clothes – or, if I get the guts to do it, to run in during the summer.

While these fit really well, I just did not like the drawstrings on the side.  Plus, they were too short for my liking and I figured they’d spend more time in a drawer than actually being worn.  Definitely not worth it to me, so they were a return.

Printed Performance Capris


I really liked the fabric these were made out of – they were almost like a silk feeling.  They also fit really well and were comfortable.  However, not ever having even been to New York City, I just really didn’t think I would want to wear them anywhere except in my house.  If I were from New York or was in love with the city, that might be a different story.  But, I just was not digging the NYC skyline…

Aurora Wrap


This was a no brainer to me.  Long, open cardigan?!  I didn’t even care that I have one VERY similar to this one.  I get a TON of wear out of these “sporty” cardigans since I can wear them with t-shirts and workout clothes, or dress them up with a cute tank top and leggings or jeans.  Definitely a keeper!

Catalyst Bra

(Sorry, I totally forgot I didn’t take a picture!  You can’t tell, but it’s the bra I have on under my tank top in all the other pictures…)

I am really, really picky when it comes to sports bras.  I really don’t need any support, but it is hard for me to find one that offers support and isn’t super tight around my rib cage.  Most bras I own, I am ready to rip off halfway through the day.  I wore this one at an all day track meet, where I was hot and sweaty and moving all day long, and I barely noticed it was on.  Another keeper!

Three out of five isn’t bad!  But, I just don’t feel like a box of fitness clothes that isn’t really running related is worth it to me.  Now, if they were sending me compression socks, headbands, Nike shorts, and other cute running apparel, I’d be all about it.  But, this stuff just does not appeal to me all that much.

So, I ended up cancelling my subscription.  I still do Fabletics every few months, which I actually enjoy a lot more since I can pick 3 pieces for a third of the price a box from Wantable costs.  And Fabletics seems to fit my non-stylish style a lot better.  And I like having a little more control over what I am choosing to buy.

For now, it’s a “see you sometime to never” with Wantable for me…

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