Getting out of bed——> to all 4 people ready, fed and out the door——> church —> all completed in 32 minutes. Part of my breakfast was eaten in the car but I was pretty impressed that we were only a few minutes late;)
After church we did the normal lazy stuff along with Andrew building a bookcase and the kids playing in the box.
The kids and I made pumpkin cookies (I like to make these ones because they are eggless ((my dad is allergic to eggs)).
Followed by Andrew putting together another chair for our living room. Ikea for the win.
My mom made her famous taco soup recipe for dinner.
And then we hung outside for awhile.
Below I have three examples that prove my theory that kids are always at their happiest when outside:
Everyone finished off by trying to tickle Andrew. The kids know he is the most ticklish human ever and they take full advantage of that.
My mom pulled the top of our wedding cake out of the freezer for us to take home… I don’t think we will be able to wait until our 1 year anniversary to eat it.
And then we drove home to Beretta.
On the way home I was thinking about how Sundays used to be the hardest day of the week for me. I didn’t run, there wasn’t really a lot going on the entire day (besides dinner) and it was the day where my loneliness really sunk in (loneliness is my least favorite feeling and it hung around most of my twenties). It was kind of the day each week where I really craved having a husband and felt so beyond far away from it. I am pretty sure I cried almost every Sunday for a few years there (you can ask my mom and sister;). I don’t know why I’m telling you this but I guess I just feel really lucky to have what I wanted so badly now and maybe to give a tiny bit of hope to anyone who has the ‘Sunday is a really hard thing’ too.
His favorite pajamas are a little too small so we just cut off the feet and they are as good as new:)
Last episode just like that. And now I need another addicting show.
The week of a marathon, I MAKE SURE TO:
1. I tape my water bottle to my hand so it is with me all week long;) Not really but it does go absolutely everywhere with me.
2. I look over the course outline. Read everything I can about bus times etc and if I can find a video of the course, I am EXTRA happy. Here is one with the St. George course:)
3. I think a lot about paces. I can kind of gauge by now about where I think I will be on race day and try to be super realistic with myself. PS Josse sent me this pace band screenshot… I think she has the idea we will be running a 3:10:) Sounds fun (I’ll keep saying that until about mile 20). Both of us know that there are so many factors that go into race day but it is nice to dream a bit too. I would sure love this but we shall see.
4. Triple check a thousand times that I have everything. I’ll actually pack today because adding in stress of not having everything together and rushing to pack all of my gear/needs for race day is one of my least favorite things. I have packed two left shoes before once when I was traveling and I refuse to ever let that happen again, ha!
5. I say goodbye to veggies for about two days before the race. I’ve just always done this and somehow avoided making porta potty stops during a marathon so I just stick with it. TMI. Sorry.
6. Say a few extra prayers for help in a good race;)
7. I get in bed about 30 minutes earlier than normal and even if I can’t fall asleep that early, I think it is extra credit to be in bed just resting for a bit longer each night. I always think that the night before the night before the race day (AKA my race is on Saturday and so Thursday night sleep is extra important) is key to getting a solid night of sleep.
8. Have Andrew give me a killer pep talk and my mom text me over all of her amazing wisdom. She always knows exactly what I need to hear/read. She has already started them for the marathon!!
9. Glance over the workouts along the way. I write down all of my long run mileage #s because writing them down and seeing how many long runs I have done over the course of a training cycle always makes me feel more confident about running 26.2 miles.
10. Eat spaghetti with chicken and extra salt the night before the race:)
Last week’s marathon training (taper time):
Monday: 7 trail miles! 8:40 average pace
Tuesday: 11 miles total with 4 mile repeats (3-4 minute recovery jogs in between) 6:51, 6:43, 6:39 and 6:06. Rough run but probably because I was coming down with something.
Wednesday: Sick day—> zero miles
Thursday: Off again:)
Friday: 7 miles @ 8:34 average pace
Saturday: 10 miles @ 8:04 average pace
35 miles for the week!!!
What do you do the week of your big race? How do you prepare?
Wedding cakes—> anyone eat the top of their wedding cake on their 1 year anniversary?
Ever use a pace band for a race? Run with a pacing group? How do you pace your race?
What are some of your running goals currently?