They arrived. A beautiful pair of purple Brooks Launch 3s made it just in time for me to put about 20 miles on them before race day. That is my favorite way to do it. I like my marathon shoes to feel fresh/new/bouncy but to also have them broken in just a touch. A fun new color makes things even that much better on race day.
Utah cooled down quite a bit Thursday and we had some rain so we got out the fall clothes for the kids. Andrew calls Brooke’s green jacket a ‘Janae coat’ because it is something I would normally wear;)
Andrew and I woke up feeling not so great again—> we’ve had some sort of bug take over our bodies. Yesterday was better than Wednesday but running was still out of the picture. It was fun to go as the whole family though.
It’s always a great confidence builder when you feel exhausted after a short walk just a few days before your marathon ha;) BUT I always seem to get sick before marathons. I think my body is pretty tired from all of the training and my immune system goes down the drain. Josse is even sick too with a sore throat right now. Before Boston last year I had some weird sinus infection but it magically disappeared the morning of the race. I’m just happy that whatever we have right now is happening this week and not next week.
‘Trust in my training’ is the phrase going through my head most often right now. A few days off from running is a-okay and it won’t make a difference in my race. It takes about 7-10 days of missing our runs and then “the body starts to lose some of those hard-earned physiological gains you have made.” (from Hansons Marathon Method).
Beretta took a swim for a while. Her energy levels are amazing. She has two modes—> play crazy hard and move at 90 miles per hour or be asleep. Sometimes I feel like I am just like her in that way.
We spent most of the day just hanging out with the kids. Brooke’s really into playing school lately (she is the teacher… it must be in her genes:) and I’m learning all sorts of new things.
Knox and Andrew were playing Star Wars:
The kids were pretty excited that a fresh watermelon made an appearance at dinner tonight. Brooke held up this piece of watermelon to tell me that it looked like a TRAPEZOID to her (I had no idea she even knew that word?!). We were pretty dang impressed.
And for a few random things before we part:
*Andrew bought a bunch of Saltines for while we aren’t feeling so hot and he filled me in on one of his favorite snacks—> Saltines, peanut butter and honey!
*I started checking out the weather for next week. The marathon is next saturday so it looks like we’ve got a low of 59 and a high of 88. I’m really glad that Josse and I tried to do most of our long runs later on in the morning so we could train in some heat.
*I can’t think of anything much better than these little Swig pink sugar cookies.
*How I forgot until yesterday to add this song to my marathon playlist, I do not know. I’ve listened to this during pretty much every marathon I have ever done.
*We started Stranger Things on Netflix last night… always exciting to start a new series!
I am SO sorry it has been so long since our last round of running accomplishments! I WOULD LOVE if we could start this up again. Please send a picture and your running accomplishment to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post them (and a link if you want) sometime that week (usually Thursday or Friday if that is okay:)
You guys are amazing!
SUSAN!!!! “This past Saturday (09-17-16) I completed my Lifetime 100th Marathon at the Indy Women’s Half & 5k. I completed my first half in 1997 and then one in 1998 & one in 1999 but didn’t do another one until 2008 and then one more in 2009. From there, things sort of just took off. I did 4 in 2010, 4 in 2011, 9 in 2012, 17 in 2013, 31 (yep- 31!) in 2014 and 17 in 2015. I should finish this year with 23 making my lifetime number 110. I’m 51 years young and not a fast runner but I love the camaraderie out there and the encouragement among the running community. I’ve met so many fun and fantastic people along the way. It was extra special that the Indy Women’s folks made me feel like a big deal leading up to and on race day.”
Tara rocking her HRG shirt with a chocolate lab!!!!
STEPH (her friend Kara wrote this about her) “My amazing and determined friend, Stephanie Lefkowtiz completed her first Ironman on August 21,2016. Steph trained so hard for this race in the dead heat of the summer, never skipping a beat or making an excuse for missing training. All of her hard work paid off as she finished the 140.6 miles in an impressive time despite treacherous conditions that even the pros could not handle. She finished with a huge smile on her face and she is already thinking about the next race she can tackle. We are all so proud of her and she motivates us to push harder.”
Amy!!! “I finished the San Francisco Marathon which was my third marathon. This one was a particularly challenging one for many reasons. I have a 16 month old, work full-time, own a business with my husband and was recently diagnosed with narcolepsy. I think this race was more of a point of proving to others that I can be super mom and do everything. Well, it definitely tested determination and mental/physical strength. Training went well but with having a kid in daycare means you’re prone to all the illnesses they bring home so I was sick more often than well during training and including race morning. This time around I focused more on HIIT training, weights and getting those long runs in. I didn’t hit my time goal that I wanted but I loved every minute of the race and felt stronger than my other marathons. Sometimes you have to cherish the fact that you had the courage to start/finish this crazy journey:)”
Ellie!!! “I’m the kind of runner who hates days off, is terrified of getting out of shape, and can’t stand rest! So when I was in a car wreck two weeks ago and suffered a back injury and a concussion, it devastated me that I was barely allowed to walk or stand, let alone run. I rested and watched HGTV like a champ, and what I’m even more proud of is that on the 28th, when I finally was cleared to work out, I started with a 30 minute walk. I know this is kind of the opposite of a ‘running’ accomplishment but I’m proud that s the crazy runner I am, I was able to force myself to rest and let m y brain heal. I even dropped out of a race! While I did lose a bit of fitness and muscle mass, I know letting my brain heal will help me in the long run!”
A few of my friends have recently found out they have a gluten intolerance… so I have been meaning to ask you guys if you have any gluten problems? How does it effect you? What type of diet changes have you made? How does it effect your running?
In general… what type (if any) of nutrition changes have you made over the last few years (nothing to do with the post but I’m very interested in this… sorry)?
Have you started any new shows lately? Anyone else watching Stranger Things?
Hottest race you have ever done? Coldest race?