But first, a few things that happened yesterday:
-Brooke went to church with my parents (I stayed home just in case I am still contagious) and she came back with some art work. Brooke insists on climbing up to the front seat door to get out of the car:)
-Made myself some blueberry power cakes for breakfast.
-Drove the remote control car off of the couch close to 400 times and watched Brooke laugh hysterically after each time.
-Went on a walk with Brooke to remember what it feels like to be outside again;)
-Made my favorite meal for dinner. Crockpot bbq chicken (just chicken, a little bit of water and bbq sauce in the crockpot for 4 hours on high) over a baked sweet potato and topped with avocado.
-My dad stopped by to deliver us brownies from family dinner since we missed it this week.
The week of a race I like to…
-Read over my training log and remember all of the work that has gone into the training and get excited to party. The race is the celebration/party of all of the training and hard work that you put in over the months leading up to it.
–Paint my nails a fun/bright/race day color. (Goodness, this blog is deep)
-Go to dinner (usually at Kneaders for turkey sandwiches) with my mom for a pep talk. Her dad was a cross-country coach and she heard many many running pep talks over the years that her dad gave to his athletes. She is an expert. Maybe I will record this week’s pep talk and post it for everyone else racing soon.
(from our Kneader’s pep talk before the St. George Marathon last year)
-Say more prayers than usual.
-Tell any and all negative thoughts to take a hike.
–Cut back on my fiber intake and up my carbs and protein a bit.
–Choose sleep over anything else once Brooke goes down to bed.
-Start packing my suitcase (for destination races) and triple (okay, quadruple) check that I have everything packed and ready to go.
–Glue a water bottle to my right hand (I am left handed and need that hand to write/eat etc) so that I drink water like it is my job over the next few days.
-Watch as many inspirational running movies/clips as possible (going to see McFarland USA this week!!!)
-I finalize my marathon playlist. This playlist usually goes through about 4 drafts before reaching the final product. (I’ll post it this week)
–Stop eating candy. Okay, this is the first time I am trying this one but my mom told me to do it so I am going to listen to her because Moms are always right (I am a mom but I am rarely right so that saying isn’t actually accurate).
Until we meet again dear friends:
-Wear in my new shoes a bit. A few people have asked why I get new shoes right before a marathon. The PureFlows just work for my feet and I love having a fresh new pair of them for the marathon. I like them to be broken in a little bit (like 20-30 miles) but still fresh and extra comfortable so that it feels like I am running on clouds. I would never try a completely brand new type of shoe for a marathon but I have been wearing the PureFlows for many years now and my feet are just used to them. This will be my first time running in the 4s but I have only noticed very tiny changes from the 3s so my body/feet will be just fine racing in them:) I’ll do a full review on them after the marathon.
I do know already that we (me and the shoes) are in a very long term and committed relationship:
I tapered pretty hardcore this week:) Two things popped up that forced a little extra rest than what I was planning on but in the long run I think the extra rest will pay off!
Monday: Off. My foot was swollen the day before and I wanted Dr. B to have a look at it before attempting to run on it.
Tuesday: 7 miles @ 8:06 pace.
Wednesday: 8 miles @ 7:08 pace.
Thursday: Taught some spin and 4 miles @ 8:34 pace.
Friday: 8 miles outside @ 7:25 pace.
Saturday: Off. Just the thought of running made my throat hurt even more.
27 miles total and lots of rest.
What are some of your race week rituals?
Favorite inspirational running movies? Who has seen McFarland USA?
How many miles did you get in last week? What was your best run?
Would it be extremely hard, easy or somewhere in the middle for you to give up candy?