Things started bright (actually, it was really dark) and early in the canyon. It was THIRTY SIX degrees when I started my long run. I had all sorts of flashbacks to winter training for those first few miles until I was out of the canyon and in the sunshine.
I wore gloves and arm sleeves for the first time of the season. I love arm sleeves because they keep me super warm when I need them and as soon as I get too hot they are easy to take off. The first seven miles were done on a pretty carless road. My dad lights up the road with his headlights and hands me water/gatorade and gu along the way. It works out quite nicely.
Fall is making an appearance!
A short stop for more gatorade and then my dad headed home while I did 8 miles at tempo pace. Those tempo miles definitely did not feel how I was hoping they would (they were tough and I was hoping to feel a bit more comfortable because I have a lot of tempo ((well, I am shooting for around a 6:48 average pace at the marathon)) miles to do on race day:) With some good old fashion tapering over the next few weeks, that pace will feel a lot better because I will be well rested.
It is odd how much joy it brings me to come so close to what my coach tells me to do. First 10 were a bit under 7:30 and the last 8 were at a 6:33 average.
I miscalculated the distance just a bit and ended my 18 about a mile away from my car. I did a cool-down mile (so 19 miles total) and when I ended this was just hanging out right next to my car.
The afternoon consisted of two very great activities.
1- 101 Dalmatian watching in bed.
2- Brooke’s first ever hike. We started on the bike trail and then took a side dirt trail.
I was amazed at how well she climbed up the hills. Looks like I have a future trail runner buddy.
This is going to be our thing until it snows.
The evening looked like this:
Went back to the good ol’ LaVell Edwards Stadium for some BYU football watching.
My date for the evening. Always a good time together.
I have a rest day from running today. It is also a pancake/church/family/nap/my mom’s lasagna/french bread day.
Enjoy your day!!!