Things started off bright and early today up in a canyon. My coach wanted me to find a route that was similar to the last 16 miles of the St. George Marathon course and so that is what I did. I ran down the canyon a bit, then I would run back up the big hills and continued to do that for the first 8 miles so that I could get some killer ups and downs in to get my legs ready for the marathon course.
My dad joined me for the first 8 because he is a saint and likes to drive by me when I am running in the dark or alone in the canyon. He saved the day.
It was a gorgeous morning out and it wasn’t very warm but for some strange reason I was sweating like crazy for the entire run. Weird.
Have I convinced you to come run with me in the Utah mountains yet?
My dad saw this little dude hanging out right next to the road. I don’t know how I missed out on seeing him but I must have been in the zone… I’m actually really glad I didn’t see him because I think it would have scared me.
The first ten were at my normal long run pace (around a 7:20) and the last 6 were at tempo pace. I did those last six on a gradual downhill/flat portion to mimic the last 6 miles of the marathon.
I was beat by the end. But it is done and it is a deposit into my sub 3 marathon goal bank account. Gotta keep making some really great deposits over the next few weeks.
Another deposit—> taking an ice bath afterwards (even though I hate them) to help me recover fast so that I can work hard again soon. Yep, I wear a parka for my ice baths. I sit in the bath tub and the ice water goes to just right above my hips and so I wear the parka for my upper body:)
180 Tacos with this girl was a huge deposit in my happiness bank account.
Two random things…
-Brooke’s red hat arrived in the mail. She has been asking for a ‘red hat for her birfday’ every day for the last month.
-Thank you Target for always having the best wrapping paper. Well, thank you Target for always having the best everything.
How is your Thursday going? Any fun plans tonight!?!