I feel whole again (yes, I am probably a tad bit dramatic but I don’t know how to change).
Brooke got home to me at 8 last night and it really is crazy how I finally feel like myself again now that she is home. Back to normal life which is my favorite kind of life.
Also, she always pats me on the back with her little right hand when we hug.
After catching up on things and putting her stuff away we went for our nightly summertime walk.
And an ice cream cone happened along the way.
Rewind to before Brooke got home…
I had dinner at 5 pm. That is just what happens the day of a long run… I get hungry early and end up having a second dinner later on.
I had some steamed broccolette with a baked potato (non-sweet.. just a normal one) with grilled chicken, bbq sauce and an avocado.
The other half of the avocado was eaten with a spoon while the guy was eating his dinner. The more avocados I eat, the better I feel. I swear they are a magic food.
Also, this is pretty exciting—> a reader sent me a link to a donut shirt, I fell in love, bought it and it just got here in the mail.
One more picture of the moose from yesterday’s run. He doesn’t look very happy that my dad was taking his picture to be on some weird running blog.
Easy 6 on the schedule today with 12 x 30 second strides. My legs (body/brain/every ounce of me) are tired after yesterday’s run and so they are begging for an easy run and lots of stretching.
Scott Jurek posted 15 things that got him through his 46 day race (he climbed to the peak of Mt. Katahdin in Maine to finish running the Appalachian Trail from beginning to end—> 2,189 miles on trails). It got me thinking about the 15 things that get me through my races and so I thought I would share (I’ve told you about most of them in different posts but I like them to be all in one list:)
1. The scenery. Luckily, race directors usually pick race courses that are pretty entertaining—> beautiful mountains, historic parts of cities, oceans, rivers and the best parts of the area.
2. Spectators with signs. There are some pretty darn funny signs from spectators along the course and they always make me smile.
3. AID STATIONS. Thank goodness for aid stations and all of the volunteers… I love when you can see one a little ways ahead because a cold glass of water/gatorade always gives me a zap of energy.
4. My pre-race fuel/supplement—> white bagel (or bread) with jam, a Honey Stinger waffle, Beta-Alanine, some gatorade and lots of water.
5. Knowing I will take a few days off before working hard again. I remind myself to leave it all on the course because I’ll have a few days off/easy so I might as well push it.
6. All of the other runners. Knowing that everyone else out there running has trained hard and is pushing themselves out of their comfort zone too helps me to keep going.
7. My PureCadence 4s. For years I was all about the PureFlows and recently made the switch to the PureCadences to help with some feet problems. These are my new besties and they most definitely helped me get my latest personal record.
8. Salted Caramel Gu. I used to be all about shot bloks but I forgot them once for a race and my friend gave me a gu to use for the race. I was instantly hooked. It gives me instant energy (or maybe that is the placebo effect) and I don’t have to chew anything.
9. A diet coke and a donut. I know. The worst recovery foods but sometimes they get me to the finish line. I usually have these things a few hours after the race and after I have had a nutritious meal. It is actually kind of sad how much I think about my post-race donut throughout the race. I just really like them.
10. 4 layers of lip gloss. It is ridiculous but if my lips are chapped/dry during a race it is game over. We all have our weird quirks but some of us just have a lot more than others:)
11. Mantras. “I can do hard things.” I have probably repeated that to myself while running close to a bajillion times.
12. Music. Music. Music. Music. A fast beat with awesome lyrics = it will go on my running playlist. Music has helped me to get through many many races.
13. Counting steps. When I get really tired I start counting steps so that I stop thinking about how tired I am and focus on counting instead.
14. My finish line peeps. Knowing that Brooke, my mom and anyone else that comes to cheer me on is waiting at the end keeps me going and pushing hard!
15. My garmin data. Sometimes I keep running hard throughout the race just because I am excited to pull up the splits, data and nerdy runner facts that I love once I get home on the computer.
What are some things that get you through your races??
What are you most looking forward to this weekend?
Favorite long run distance? Who has a long run this weekend?
Any race pet peeves? Running in general pet peeves?