Today I had my last run in my favorite canyon before the marathon. There have been many many runs done in this canyon over the last 16 weeks in preparation for this marathon. There has been a lot of sweat, frustration, confidence built, paces hit, laughs, gu eaten, focus and growth along this little trail.
Just one more shoe selfie with all of the leaves if that is okay with you.
While today felt better than my last two runs, there was a lot of doubt floating around my head. Doubt in myself as a runner being able to hit the goals that I set for Saturday and doubts in pretty much every other area of my life… doubt was my middle name this morning.
And then I remembered this quote (well, I remembered the just of it…) at about mile 3 and I told those doubts to take a hike. What is the point of doubting myself getting my sub 3 marathon? By doubting myself I am going to have a self-fullilying prophesy and be too afraid to even try on Saturday. Why not think the absolute best of my abilities and if I don’t hit my goals, oh well… I will know I tried my absolute hardest and I will keep on working and trying until I do get it. Doubt won’t get us anywhere worthwhile. Once I stopped the doubts the pace felt easier and I started enjoying the run again.
The next 4 days are going to be crucial for me as far as getting out of the depleted state I am in from the IBS and not getting in enough calories… I know if I can do that, I will have a great race.
8 x 30 second strides (averaged around a 5:45 pace) w/ 1 minute recoveries @ 8:00 pace in the middle of the 6.6 miles. 4.5 miles tomorrow and I am going to practice taking in some fuel during the run tomorrow to see how my stomach handles it.
Breakfast of champions before my run:
-A Wendy’s baked potato from the night before:)
-And a bottle of strawberry gatorade. My new favorite gatorade flavor.
-Brooke is still loving school and learning all about dinosaurs.
-Costco has restocked my absolute favorite blankets. Hallelujah. They make the best gifts too:)
-While I love my wireless headphones, I am going to be using these ones for race day. I don’t want to worry about one more thing to charge and last year during the St. George Marathon they didn’t turn on and I didn’t have any music (AHHHHH!!!!!) so I am going to play it safe. So far I am loving these—> they stay in place (I never have to adjust them) and they have great sound.
-I miss donuts. And I am sure they miss me.
-Brooke tells me this joke all of the time and she thinks it is hilarious. I think my nephew taught it to her.
What type of headphones do you use and love?
What was your breakfast today?
Something random from your day please??