I hope your weekend was absolutely amazing. We had a great Sunday together and this might be my current favorite picture of Brooker head.
It was all her idea to add the sunglasses to her ensemble.
Sunday’s are our favorite because we just do a whole lot of family stuff.
Brooke was really into the church lesson;)
So she made some pretty sweet snaps and sent them to who knows who.
We had dinner at my parents’ house at 4:30 pm… I see nothing wrong with eating that early:)
And ice cream sundaes just a little bit later.
On the way home we drove by a park and it was too pretty not to stop. Brooke made a best friend while we were there.
And then we finished off the day with some bike riding. PS public service announcements for runners + summer (I learned the hard way last summer)—> WEAR SUPPORTIVE footwear all summer long. I have found that Birksenstocks make my feet happy and would love to know what sandals/summer shoes that are supportive that you love!
It’s been 5 months since my last race so I thought I’d write my list of things I do/think when the going gets tough! This picture is from the last time I ran this race (ps my iPod died at mile 12… I’ll make sure my music is ready to last the whole race this time). I don’t feel anywhere near to the fitness levels that I had last time I ran this race but that is okay, I’m ready to really push myself!
*COUNT STEPS. I love to do this because it distracts my brain from the pain. I also love trying to guess how many steps it will take to get to the next stop sign etc. I keep reminding myself that I can run for x amount of steps and then reevaluate from there!
*A few weeks ago Josse and I were finishing up our 14 miler and she reminded me to do something during the last mile or two that I LOVED thinking about. I love having little tweeks/ideas/mantras/anything to think about on repeat when I am wanting really badly to quit. We were tired, hot and really wanting a fast finish for our long run and so focusing on this made it so much more doable! It is easy for that form to fall apart while we are tired and this reminder from Josse gave my stride a lot more power—> zone my attention into driving my knees forward. This is something that tends to fall to the wayside when I am really exhausted but reseting myself to drive my knees forward again with each stride gives power to my running and forward momentum.
DRIVE THOSE KNEES!
*I try my best to stay in the moment! Thinking about running 11.1 more miles at RACE PACE is sure daunting when you are at mile 2. I take it a mile at a time. I stay where I am and do everything I can to avoid thinking about the road too far up ahead because then I give up a little bit mentally!
*Set all of the mini-goals possible. Make it to the next aid station, get to the next light pole, run your hardest until you see your family along the way… and then set a new goal. Small goals feel a whole lot more doable than the big ones when you are exhausted.
*I REMEMBER MY TRAINING and previous races. I remember that I have felt this way before and survived and finished strong.
*I repeat Brooke’s name or people’s names that mean a lot to me. I just repeat the name over and over again and it gives me so much drive and determination to keep going.
* I’ve told you this one MANY times (it’s just that good) before but I focus on MY ARMS. When my legs are tired I pump my arms harder. I found it is pretty much impossible for me to slow down if I am pumping my arms hard. Paying attention to my arms more than my legs helps me to forget all about how tired my legs are.
*My running form starts to turn awful whenever I am REALLY tired and so I make sure to periodically (every mile or so) raise my hands up to the sky to realign my spine and get rid of the slouching. It stretches everything out and helps out my form big time which then helps out my running.
*I TRY to speed it up (which sounds crazy when you are already tired) BUT… it works a little bit. It takes different muscles to go different speeds so switching up the muscles you are using by increasing your speed will help with some of your muscle fatigue!
*I think of the hard life stuff I’ve made it through without quitting and remind myself that is a whole lot harder than running so to KEEP GOING. We’ve all had crazy lows in life and speed bumps that slowed us down but we overcame them didn’t we?? We can do that same thing with running too.
*I try to save my absolute favorite POWER songs for the last few miles of a race because those are the songs (because of their beat and lyrics) that really get my legs going even if they are tired.
*Tie a rope to the person in front of you and visualize it pulling you in to them!! Our minds are sure powerful and if we use them to trick our bodies into moving faster or keeping the pace then we are set!
Training last week:
Monday: 8 miles @ 8:04 average
Tuesday: Tempo Run Tuesday (goodness gracious it has been a long time it feels like since I’ve done a tempo). 2 miles warm-up, 5 miles (6:53, 6:48, 6:37, 6:31) and 3 miles cool-down. Tempo + progression run. Average pace—> 7:21
Wednesday: 8 miles @ 8:18 average pace
Thursday: 10 miles with Josse @ 7:59 average pace.
Friday: yoga and a lil’ walk
Saturday: 12 miles @ 9:38 pace (trails!!!!)
Sunday: OFF!! and consisted of a whole lot of this: (I am very grateful for the days she is super cuddly!
What do you think about/do to keep moving forward when you are fatigued during a race or really hard workout?
What was your best run last week? Hardest run?
Favorite half marathon that you have ever done?
Favorite ice cream toppings… also, are you more of a chocolate or caramel sauce person?
-I’m a both person. The more the merrier.