It turns out that running 16 miles in ridiculous heat last week is a million times harder than running 18 miles in almost fall-like weather yesterday morning. These girls are the best for meeting mid-week for a long run together. I don’t really remember how to do a long run on my own anymore while last year, when I was training for the St. George Marathon, all I did was solo long runs. Well, my dad was with me for most of those long runs as he followed me in his jeep and passed me water bottles and gatorade just when I needed them.
I had these two for the first 14 miles of the run and we talked the entire time and could not get over how much better it felt outside yesterday. I felt slightly chilly when I first got out of my car yesterday morning which is my FAVORITE running temperature. I’m sure it will heat right back up for a few weeks but any run that feels like fall weather is the best kind of run. Although, I probably need as many hot long runs as possible in preparation for the St. George Marathon. There have been years where the temps were in the 90s at the end of the race but it usually ends in the 65-85 (F) degree range. Let’s hope for those lower temps to be a thing this year.
When I really think about it… it’s kind of weird that I chose to spend 2.5 hours of my Wednesday early morning running around the roads of Utah with my two gal pals. Right? It’s weird what we do but we are sure all a tad addicted to it.
My last mile was a 7:40 (which is fast for me right now at the end of a long run), I was pretty excited about. I was still sore from bootcamp two days previously but other than that, I felt like I could have kept going but wanted to get back before Brooke woke up. 20 miles next week!
I think I am going to convert over to using a handheld water bottle. My friend (she ran a 2:56 at St. George) carries one for every race and workout/long run to help her stay hydrated. I think I might have to copy her because I feel like I never get in enough water during a marathon because 75% of each cup ends up on my shirt/face/street.
Until I get mine, I’ll just rely on this beautiful water fountain that provides the coldest water for me multiple times a week.
I feel like it has been some time since the last time I shared a bunch of tangents with you and now is as good as time as ever:
*Brooke has become very good at pretending she is a baby again. She never sucked her thumb as a baby but makes sure to do it whenever she pretends she is a baby.
*A fun new thing that Andrew has taught Brookie—> run through the sprinklers as much as possible.
*I don’t know what to say. Both items are beyond delicious (remember when I used to use Swedish Fish as my running fuel) on their own but I just have no idea how I feel about the combination of them. Somebody please try them and let me know.
*You can’t really tell in this picture but Utah had a random thunder and lighting storm and we were out in it for a minute.
*The kids both fell asleep in the car last night so Andrew and I grabbed DQ and sat and ate it in the car.
Our kind of date:
*It’s all about developing some fatigue resistant muscles and efficient running economy… LOVE this video from last year about what happens to the body during a marathon! Women’s Olympic Marathon is on SUNDAY!
*Came across this picture of Andrew and I attempting to surf at the same time. It didn’t last long.
*Brooke told me yesterday (*multiple times*) that Beretta needs a brother pup. Just some dog kisses to start off the day.
Who else uses a handheld water bottle while they run? Please recommend your favorite brands!!
Ever used candy to fuel your long run. What are your thoughts of the Swedish Fish Oreo? What are your thoughts on Swedish Fish?
Ever run a really hot race before? How’d you deal with it?
Please share a tangent with us:)