It’s official, yesterday’s 20.3 miler was the best long run I’ve had this training cycle.
I think I kind of figured out part of the reason why my previous long runs have been REALLY hard for me—> I was in major need of electrolytes during these hot summer runs. I guess I didn’t really think of this as being a problem because it has never been a problem for me in the past. Things change over time and I think we have been running in the heat way more than ever this time around and my body has needed more electrolytes/hydration this time around. I took an electrolyte drink that I bought at Sprouts (I don’t remember the exact name and I am typing this in the car but I will post it next week when we get home) before my run and goodness gracious I felt so much better yesterday than all of my other long runs this summer. Isn’t it crazy how much of a difference all of the little things make in our training? Part of the fun of different training cycles is figuring out exactly what helps you to get in your runs.
When we started our run it was 70 degrees and when we finished it was 84 degrees. It was toasty but toasty miles = we will be better prepared for the St. George Marathon if we get a hot day. The last few miles of this race are always hot so we will be ready for that for sure:)
PS we love running up and down this little canyon road. I think it is by far our favorite.
We got in some pretty good hills along the way and I had a random knee pain all of the sudden but Josse used her massage therapist skills on it and it was back to normal just like that. I’ll keep an eye on it for sure but it was a random part of the run.
At mile 18 we hit the cold water drinking fountain and poured water all over our faces and arms and used it to cool down.
At the marathon we are going to do they usually hand out ice and/or cold, wet towels in the last few miles and stuff like that sure helps a whole lot. We felt like new people after this water.
And then we finished at 20.3 miles with an average pace of 8:12 (we stop our Garmins for any water stops) and my mom picked us up at the end. She even had really cold water for us waiting in her car. She is so supportive of our training:)
The marathon is exactly a month away from yesterday and I am sure glad this run went well. I needed a confidence booster run for my endurance before race day comes along. I felt like I could have definitely kept going and I’m one step closer to figuring out hydration/electrolyte/nutrition for the marathon.
Fast forward a few hours and we all jumped in the car for our first big road trip together. Andrew has 4 days off from work so we decided to drive to Southern California to go to the beach and visit Andrew’s grandparents. I think we are going to hit up a baseball game while we are there too.
We drove through St. George on our way… I’ll be seeing all of the red rocks again soon on race day.
We tried out this brilliant idea… the entire bag is filled with the best flavor. I never eat the yellow and orange Sour Patch Kids so this bag had my name on it.
Just another salad parking lot date for the two of us.
The kids made sure to get in jumping jacks whenever we got out of the car.
And we took every opportunity to keep them entertained with stops along the way:)
The 8 hour and 15 minute car ride with two toddlers included the song below on repeat, movies on the iPad, playing I spy, discussing Halloween costumes, the kids telling us all sorts of theories, good talks with Andrew and naps. At one point while I was driving, everyone else was asleep and I got a little emotional hearing the little snores in the car and Andrew next to me. I prayed for this type of situation for years and years and it is here so I’m just going to keep cherishing every second of it. My sappiness is over for now…. sorry about that ha.
PS it was kind of nice to just relax and sit in the car for the rest of the day after a 20 miler. I’ll be stretching out really well today though…
I’ve had a few requests for an updated list of my favorite running clothes! This post does contain affiliate links! PS if something I wear isn’t available anymore then I will include the newer version/something as close as possible!
Headbands/hats: *I always go with Lulu headbands. I bought a few a few years ago and I still wear those same ones now. They last forever and they are thick, keep my hair out of the way and cute. *Brooks hats like this one and this one are my two faves.
Tanks: Racerback tank, breathe racerback, compassion tank, Ghost Racerback, similar to my black and white checkered tank, cool tank and these ones are cheap and super cute (mine is super similar but I use them more for bootcamp type activities than running)!
Oh and the Garmin Forerunner 225 that I use and love (especially the wrist-based heart rate—> no chest straps!)
(When it gets a little cooler out I’ll include my winter faves)!!
And as far as my normal clothes go—>
*These sneakers have been making my feet happy.
*These sunglasses have been my every day sunglasses.
What are some of your favorite running clothes lately?
What are you most looking forward to this weekend?
What is the longest run that you usually do before a marathon?
Ever had any knee problems? What was going on?