The benefit of it getting cold enough outside to wear ear warmer headbands (it was 33 degrees for my run yesterday) is that the ear warmer keeps my headphones in my ears nicely. They didn’t budge for the entire run. One of the negatives of it getting cold enough to wear ear warmer headbands is that I should probably be wearing running tights instead of shorts so that my legs don’t feel frozen so they can hit their splits.
The workout for the morning was 5 miles. 1 mile w/u @ 8:45, 10 x 1 minute @ 5:55 pace (with 1 minute recoveries) and 1 mile c/d @ 8:00. 5 miles total @ 7:39 average. This workout felt wayyyyyy harder than it should have. I am not going for a personal record at my race on Saturday but I am going to be running some hard paces that seemed impossible during my 5 mile run yesterday.
When I got home I went through my training journal to look back at the last half-marathon that I did. Two days before that race I ran 3.1 miles @ an 8:10 pace and remember it feeling hard and doubting myself for the race… my sis was there with me and I told her that I was worried about even finishing the race at that point because of how the three miles felt. And then 48 hours later I ran my race at a 6:11 pace. Bad running days usually happen right before my best race days so I am also hoping big time that my run on December 4th (my last run before my marathon) will feel awful so that marathon day I kill it;) I know, my brain works in weird ways but let’s just go with it and believe my theories about the run before a good race day.
This book is on its way to my house as we speak. It is my homework to read it over the next month.
I got on the spin bike for 20 minutes after my run which felt weird because I haven’t done this for way too long.
I am a huge running vest fan. I have three of them and they all get used a lot during these chilly months (unless it is snowing/freezing, then I wear a jacket). I love vests because they have pockets and they keep my core nice and toasty while allowing my arms to move without any restrictions. The two on the right are from Brooks a few years ago and the one on the left is from Lululemon awhile back too and they have a similarish one here. I’ve already worn it probably 200 times so it was worth it for me to invest in a good one.
On Thursdays we get to have my friend’s kiddo for the day which means it is Brooke’s favorite day of the week. We hit up the library first.
And then I drank hot chocolate while they played in the playplace.
They were both very entertained by the carwash.
I made a huge thing of Cream Cheese Chicken Chili and we’ve been eating it like crazy. Once you try this it will become a staple for you during the winter months too. My family owes Megan for this recipe.
Brooke’s love for her pink blanket that she got as a baby is still as strong as ever.
Fun fact about the Garmin 225… whenever I am sitting typing for too long it will beep at me and tell me to MOVE! It’s a good reminder.
I loved my sweet friend Caisa’s post about FOMO and how she applied it to running. It is so important to stick to what is right for your running, your body and the season of life you are in right now.
PS I had a few comments/emails asking about my red shirt from yesterday’s post. It is HERE on sale and it is ridiculously comfortable.
What are you looking forward to this weekend?
Anyone have a race this weekend? Long run? Solo or with friends?
Do you get runner’s FOMO?!
Parents reading—> do your kiddos have special blankets or stuffed animals that they are obsessed with too?