Fun fact. I thought Josse told me that we were going to do 3 miles x 2. Nope, turns out she told me 3 miles x 3. Probably a good thing that I didn’t know that until I got to the parking lot to meet her for our run.
The goal of this workout——> make marathon pace feel easier for an extended period of time:)
The goal was to stick to about 20-30ish seconds faster than marathon pace for our intervals. Josse also had us start the first one pretty much right off the bat (.15 mile warm-up) because we start out on pace at the marathon, so why not pretty much do that during our workout today (I did do some dynamic stretches not too much longer before meeting her).
.15 mile w/u, 3 miles x 3 a bit faster than marathon pace (we are thinking about a 7:15 MGP), 1 mile recovery in between the sets of 3 miles and then c/d.
Splits went like this: First 3 miles (6:54, 6:53, 6:50), second 3 miles (6:45, 6:41, 6:38) and the third 3 miles (6:43, 6:43, 6:45)! Josse cruised on ahead of me for that last set. I really struggled through that last set but I’m happy that I finished and didn’t quit. Add a little confidence to race day with that one:)
Last hard workout done and done before the race. Next week we will do some 2 minute intervals in one of our runs but nothing will be as long as today was.
And this workout accomplished the goal and made the 7:15 pace feel a little bit more doable.
PS it was hot out too which was needed for training.
Fun Fact #2—> I love that our bib numbers are just one away from each other. I think we must have put down very similar finishing times.
Something I am nervous about is that they will be doing this race in WAVES NOW. St. George Marathon has never done this before. I’m nervous just because starting any later in the morning = more time in the hot sun. It gets pretty warm once you drop into the city for the final few miles and I don’t want to add any more heat than what we will be getting. Cross your fingers for us mmmkay?
We saw a wild turkey while we were out ha!
7:16 average for the 12.5… I feel good about that!
Oh and Josse swears by this stuff for chafing. Time to buy my own.
I talked a little about it on Instagram yesterday but I was just feeling off yesterday morning after my run (WHAT ABOUT THE ENDORPHINS?!?) but sweet Brooke perked me right up.
She’s really into playing ‘would you rather’ and she got me laughing pretty hard at her responses. If she doesn’t like the two options I give her then she comes up with another option that she does love (i.e. chocolate).
We hit up the park and I did some Jane Fonda’s while in the grass to help fire up those glutes. I’m sure all the other people there thought I was quite normal. Especially when I took a picture of it too.
And then Candice stopped by with a treat for us. It had been way too long since I last saw this amazing girl… loved catching up with her.
I love it when you can’t even see the lettuce in a salad:)
Brooke took her doll on a walk with her pretend dog (on a leash) and cell phone to take pictures.
For dinner we ate Sushi. With Jess and her husband. We have been talking about doing this for months now, glad we got the chance to go with them. (We just went later at night right before Brooke’s bedtime and she had her favorite babysitter).
I had salmon and split some rolls with Andrew.
We were going to go straight home but then we remembered Waffle Luv was close by and stopped for a treat.
I was on the computer until late on Tuesday night and when I walked into our room, this was the scene that I saw. Not sure if Andrew set her up like this or if Beretta just made herself a little bed. Either way, this pup is sure loved.
Did you hear about what happened at The Via Marathon on Sunday? A train stopped runners at around mile 7 for 9-10 minutes. Just stopped them. Oh, I feel so so so bad for the runners it stopped and I hope some sort of solution comes about from it.
Let’s talk marathon mistakes. I have two large ones. Very large.
1. I have the patience of a 2 year old. Fly and die. My favorite unfavorite way to race. I tend to go out too fast and crash later on. Josse helps me during our speed workouts to learn to be a little bit conservative in the beginning and cruise towards the end. Race day she will be there to help me do the same thing. The marathon is all about patience. I want that last 10k to go real well.
2. I put too much pressure on myself. My best races are always the ones I don’t obsess over. My fastest marathon (3:04 many moons ago) was done on a course that I found out 2 days before the thing that I was going to run it (I didn’t even have time to worry). I think I worry myself sick sometimes. For this race I feel actually really excited because I have Josse to run with the whole time and I know my little family could care less about what time I finish… I’m excited to see how I feel and do without placing unneeded pressure on myself.
Here’s to making my marathon mistakes my marathon strengths!!!
What are your biggest race mistakes? Anyone else have zero patience?
Ever been stopped during a race?
What animals do you see while out on a run?
Dog owners… where does your dog sleep?
Chafing—> what do you use to prevent chafing?