Today I realized like I always do when I run in the heat—> I am kind of a wuss. I don’t think it is the temperatures that get to me (I’m used to running in a hot gym) as much as running with the sun beating down on me. It just zaps me. I need to make sure that I do get out and run in the heat every now and then to prepare my body for hot temps just in case my marathon is a hot one. I think that the temperatures at the St. George Marathon are usually pretty good but there have been some years where it has been crazy hot. Gotta be prepared for anything on race day.
7.2 miles @ 7:53 average during the late morning.
My coach had me do this run naked (no garmin/music) and as I was going along I came up with a pros and cons list in my head. PS he had me wear my garmin but I just didn’t look at it during the run.
The PROS of running technology free:
-You have plenty of time to think about and work on your form. You aren’t distracted my numbers or tunes so your brain is able to think all about your form!
-You can hear your breathing and your footsteps which is kind of fun.
-You run off of feel rather than the beat of your music changing your pace (faster or slower).
-You don’t have anything distracting you so you see more of your surroundings.
-It is a great stress reliever to just be outside without a lot of noise.
The CONS of running technology free:
-You can hear your breathing. I guess this is a pro and con for me:)
-You start singing your favorite running songs out loud and you feel bad for the other people on the trail.
-When you get tired or hot you don’t have music to distract you.
-If you are addicted to looking at your garmin (hmmmm me) then you are faced with the temptation to keep looking down to see where you are for the entire run.
Just a few Monday Matters to discuss with you this afternoon.
-Every time I do a speed workout:
-This incredible candy and some Jimmy Fallon made for a perfect night.
-This email/picture made me so happy. My friend Rene (she lives in Texas) sent me this picture of her and her running group.
“Today we did our regular 8 mile loop which takes us by three donut stops. For 2.5 years we’ve run past them. But today, to celebrate the start of our marathon training, our long talked about donut run became reality. We stopped at every single one. No watches, no stress. Just a laughter filled and good for the soul run.”
Sounds like the best type of run ever. I am so there for the next one.
-One of the homes at The Parade of Homes had a pebbled ice machine in the pantry. I actually do need this. I don’t know why I love pebbled ice so much but I just do.
-I was just tagged on Facebook in this picture and I am trying really hard to remember why I was so so beyond excited/shocked/scared/dramatic about what my friend was telling me.
-Leftovers while watching Brooke swim some laps in the kiddie pool today.
Looking for some inspirations? Read about Keila’s story. She is one amazing woman!
“Ms. Merino became one of just over 300 people to complete the Grand Slam of ultrarunning. She ran, walked, climbed, crawled and cried her way through a set of four of the most difficult 100-mile races in the United States — the Leadville 100 in Colorado, the Western States in California, the Wasatch Front in Utah and the Vermont 100 — staggering for hours through 90-degree heat along canyon roads, and wending her way through Rocky Mountain trails at altitudes above 12,000 feet.”
-My cute friend got engaged last Friday and when she came down the stairs (she didn’t know what was going on yet) Brooke ran up to her, gave her a rose and a hug. My heart melted.
-I share my tips for first time marathoners HERE!!!
-Only three more days left to buy one of these beauties!!!!
Have any Monday Matters to share with me!?!?