By the time Andrew got home from work yesterday I was finally way over my dream;) Monday morning I woke up quite angry because of a dream I had about Andrew… it only took me a few hours of reminding myself it was all just a bad dream before I finally got over it. I HATE DREAMS that feel so bizarrely real. They trick me big time. Thank goodness Andrew is so patient with me.
Do you ever have bad dreams about running? As soon as a race is coming up I always have the dream at least once or twice about sleeping through my alarm clock race morning or getting lost on the way to the starting line or forgetting my shoes or something along those lines. One of these days it is bound to happen in real life.
PS Andrew won’t be able to run the marathon this year but he will be able to drop me off at the busses (at like 4 a.m… talk about a support system) and see me along the way with the kids and at the finish line. Knowing they will all be there at the end will help me push past the wall right? That’s the plan.
Bree brought over the most amazing Pumpkin Bars. She saw our request the other week for recipes and she delivered with an incredible one. I need more Bree in my life.
1 cup oil
1 2/3 cup sugar
2 cups pumpkin
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup nuts (optional)
Mix ingredients together and pour into a greased cookie sheet size pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Cool. Frost with cream cheese frosting (1/2 cup butter, 2 cups powdered sugar, 3 oz cream cheese—> mix together and frost bars). Sprinkle with chopped nuts if desired.
They were the most delicious appetizer and dessert last night:)
For dinner, Andrew put some mesquite seasoning on chicken and barbecued it along with barbecuing some pineapple (with brown sugar on it). Added it to a corn tortilla with pico and avocado= perfection! I had two more after this they were so good.
After dinner we drove up north to go to Andrew’s indoor soccer league.
Brooke was busy making lemonade for most of the game.
They won and then we were on our way home!
And because it is Tuesday, I have a few tangents for you:
*I think it might be time to start dying my hair instead of plucking my grey hairs (I know, you aren’t supposed to do that). You can’t see them well in the picture but they are all over lately (probably because of my crazy dreams;). Anyone want to come color my hair please???
*I found my marathon shorts. Clearly the race day outfit is almost the most important part:) I’ve tested them out and they are chafe free (although who knows what happens on race day) and I love the print:
*Just a casual 3 pm apple chips snacking while relaxing on the floor. Living the dream.
*I went to Nordstrom the other day to have them teach me how to do makeup. Yep, still don’t know how but Brooke and I had fun together.
*In the stage were the American Girl doll joins us for most outings and if we forget her there are big problems.
*While I was out trail running the other day I realized that I had lost Andrew’s debit card. I freaked out and turned around and somehow found it at the top of one of the hills I stopped at. I was really lucky….
*Megan D found these and I think I need them now.
*I’ve had a few people ask me about fueling for the marathon!!! Tricky stuff that fueling thing can be while we attempt to run hours in a row in heat or the cold or the perfect weather. It is hard to figure out this stuff and during my last marathon I wasn’t able to get keep any fuel in me (not sure if I had the flu or if my body just hated me that day) and I crashed and burned the last 10k of the race. My first marathon I didn’t even know that fueling while running was a thing and I was very confused as to why people around me where chomping down on things… I learned the hard way why at about mile 23.
What my game plan is for race day:
1.5 bagels with jam about 1.5- 2 hours before the race starts
1 Honey Stinger waffle about 30 minutes before the gun goes off and maybe even a gel too if I am feeling like I need more calories. I just started drinking Vega electrolyte hydrator before my long runs and I’ll be doing that on marathon day too.
1 gel starting at about mile 6 or 7. I really try hard to get in some calories in that first hour so I don’t get behind on my energy because that is pretty hard to catch up with. Stay ahead of those glycogen stores…
I take another gel usually starting at about mile 13 or 14 and my last gel at around 20-21. I take these things slowly.
As far as water and gatorade go, I switch off between the two at every aid station. My best feeling marathon ever was St. George 2 years ago and I stopped at each aid station to drink the entire cup of water or gatorade. I was going to run with my hand-held water bottle but decided not to after a 20 miler (my arms were dead).
After the race I fuel with apple fritters and chocolate milk and a huge salad with all sorts of salty things on top.
At what miles do you take in fuel during your marathon or half marathon? What are some lessons that you have learned along the way? Did you fuel for your first long distance race?
Do you color your hair? How often?
Ever have dreams about running? Do you have nightmares very often? Do you remember your dreams?
Ever lost or found something cool while out on a run?