My brother that lives in Kentucky sent me the picture below the night before my marathon.
Part of his text with the picture said, “No matter how tomorrow goes, I am so proud of the person you are! I have held on to this picture of you for many years. It makes me so happy to see my little running buddy….” The brother that sent this to me was a pretty incredible cross country runner and I would ride my bike next to him (I was in elementary school when he was in high school) while he did some of his running workouts. I remember wanting to be just like him.
This picture was from a race that we held while on family vacation in upstate New York when I was 3 or 4. My 4 older siblings are all hanging out in the back while I got my mandatory 2 minute head start (too bad races don’t let me still take a head start). I don’t remember my pace from that day (I think my garmin was out of batteries;) but I am sure it was speedy and I know I had a big smile on my face the entire time.
One of my favorite things to do after a race is to analyze. Analyze my splits, my training, my nutrition (more on that next week) and my mental game during the race. With each race we learn more about what works and what doesn’t work and we take what we have learned right into the next training cycle! A few things that I am really going to work on during my next marathon training cycle:
–Get outside. The treadmill makes you mentally tough and it is still a killer workout BUT I really don’t think it prepared me for those hills. I definitely struggled getting up those Newton hills. ***Outside running prepares you for outside racing:) The treadmill will still be a big training tool for me this next time around but because Brooke will be in preschool, I will be able to be outside for three of my runs each week. I think that will make a huge difference for me because I will get in a lot more hill training and hills make you stronger and faster.
–Hit the trails. To go along with the above one, I want to get in a trail run at least once a week. Besides the fact that trail running puts me in an incredible mood, it will make me much stronger.
–Recruit some speedy peeps for my speedwork. A lot of my speedwork this last training cycle was on the treadmill or by myself at the track. Running with fast people makes us a lot faster. Having people to chase after motivates me and will most definitely help me to clock some faster times.
–Practice the course. I wasn’t exactly able to practice the course in Boston before the race but I will be able to in St. George (I guess I have to first make it into the lottery for this race:) My aunt has a house down there so I am planning to go down on the weekends that Brooke is with her dad to get my long runs done on the marathon course!
Just a few more things to talk about because what would my blog be without some complete randomness!
-Just kicking back and getting some reading done while in the massage chair at Dr. B’s office. My foot jammed up again after the race and he got it back working again.
-The free meal that we got the night before the race. It may not look that good but man, it hit the spot. Carbs4lyfe.
-A totally normal breakfast today of avocado toast and beef jerky.
-Hair washed, make-up on, non-running clothes and out the door before 8 a.m. I don’t think that has happened since college when I was trying to impress a boy that was in my morning calculus class.
-Celebrated Megan’s (met her through the internet… the best) birth today!
-No workout today. The accomplishment of my day thus far lies in the fact that I haven’t stained my white jeans yet. (PS a reader just asked about the shoes and they are wedges ((that are extremely comfortable)) from HERE).
What did you have for breakfast today?
How many older siblings do you have or are you the oldest?
Something you are going to do differently for your next training cycle?
I’d love to hear about your workout today and I’ll just live through you.