I don’t run on Sundays and so I don’t set my alarm clock and my favorite little 3 year old alarm clock was gone too—> I slept in a bit. I did finally pull myself out of bed and get to church with the girls.
I took two food pictures yesterday.
1- Protein Kodiak Cakes waffles with blueberries.
2. Marshmallow popcorn from a bridal shower. One of those foods that once I start eating it, I don’t stop until it is gone.
I am very grateful for good girlfriends to keep me out and about doing things while the Brookester was gone…
and then I got to pick her up late last night at the airport:)
For the month of October we arranged it so that Brooke will be with me that weekend so that she will be at the finish line of my marathon… Just like she was last year at St. George. I can’t wait.
Just a little bit about my race day strategy for the marathon. My coach will be giving me a mile by mile pace chart according to the elevation gains and losses and I will be sticking to it like glue. I am pretty competitive and so it is hard for me to not ‘race’ against other people around me but for this race, I HAVE TO STICK TO OUR PLAN. I can get away with going out too fast/trying to race with the half-marathon distance but for the marathon… I’ve gotta stick to my own race. My goal is sub 3. I’ve gotta be smart and not let the people around me/adrenaline make me go out too fast only to die for the last few miles and miss my goal.
The most challenging part of this course—> miles 7-13. I am going to really have to hold back in those first 7 miles (while staying on pace though), make it through those 5 hard miles of lots of ups and then I can let loose. The last 10k of this race is great for making a PR. It is down and flat. I think I will be able to really cruise through those miles as long as I stick to my coach’s plan. So yeah, that’s the plan.
I just signed up for another race. It is one of my absolute favorites. The Haunted Half. It is on Halloween day this year (the Provo one is) and I cannot wait… everyone dresses up, it is on a beautiful course and holidays + running = happiness.
This will be one of my good friend’s FIRST 1/2 marathons and so I will be running it with her and eating candy along the way.
Now to work on our costumes.. from this race a previous year:
St. George Marathon Training Week #14… it’s almost game time!
Monday: 8 treadmill miles @ 7:20 average pace. All miles at 7:30 pace with 12 x 45 second strides ranging from 7:00 to 5:30 pace with 1 minute recoveries after each stride @ 8:00 pace.
Tuesday: 5 miles @ 8:00 pace
Wednesday: 10 miles total @ 7:29 average. 10 min @ 8:00 pace, 10 min @ 6:40 pace, 2 min @ 8:41 pace, 8 minutes @ 6:15 pace, 4 min @ 8:25 pace, 6 min @ 6:03 pace, 6 min @ 9:03 pace, 4 min @ 6:02 pace, 8 min @ 9:11 pace, 2 min @ 5:44 pace, cool-down @ 8:34 pace. CRAZY hard workout for me. I could not hit the paces that i was hoping too but it happens and you move on and then you have a better run another day.
Thursday: 5 miles @ 7:53 average
Friday: 3 treadmill miles @ 8:28 pace
Saturday: 14 miles @ 6:55 average. First 6 @ 7:30 pace and then the last 8 miles @ 6:28 pace. Finally had a good feeling run which built my confidence back up a bit (the other runs of the week were making me question things…) for the marathon.
45 miles total. A little bit more tapering with each week until race day!
How was your running last week? Best run? Hardest run?
Best thing you ate this weekend?
Your favorite race finish line? What made it so special? Were your peeps there?
Favorite holiday to do a race on?
-I love Halloween races because of all of the costumes. Amazing.