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Josse changed her mind about what our last little tune up speed workout would be before the race and we did 4 x 1 (with only the last one at a hard effort) instead. Turns out because it is taper time, these all felt hard but that is to be expected. Before my fastest half marathon I remember a four mile easy pace run almost killed me off. Leading up to my faster marathons I experienced the same things too, things just don’t feel super great during the taper. But we were not discouraged by this and instead we will remember our previous speed workouts that felt a lot more fluid.
Sometimes I think about all of the miles as a whole throughout training. I’m going to do a rough estimate and say I did about 700 miles over the last 14 weeks of training… a few bad/hard/lame miles doesn’t even make a dent in the huge amount of miles done overall. They are just a very small fraction which does not predict in the slightest how race day will go. I’ll just go ahead and keep believing the small percentage of ‘out of this world good miles’ will predict race day though:)
Yesterday was just to remind them how to turnover quick one last time before race day.
Mile repeats with 3-4 minute recovery jogs in between: 6:51, 6:43, 6:39 and 6:06
11 miles total and that is as far as we will go before race day.
Just a random stair selfie together.
I don’t ever want her to stop asking to be carried every now and then.
She was excited to have jeans ‘like mama’ yesterday.
Then Knox came home and hung out for a few hours and they played ‘Best Buddy Horses Robots’ for a while. They come up with the most random games. We also hit up the park.
They also played something random with our new yoga mats. We (okay, I am and I want Andrew to join me) are wanting to start doing yoga at home together sometimes.
Tuesdays have become our date night… it’s the only day that works with the kid’s schedules (unless both are gone with their other parents) and so we go with it.
Blue Poblano called our names for dinner.
Probably the best guac I have ever had… they top it with candied cumin pepitas. Andrew and I could have ordered 10 bowls of that stuff and been happy. The combo was so good and so was the salsa.
I went for the Al Pastor and Beef Brisket tacos and asked to add an egg on top of one of them. Sounds weird, tastes delicious.
Brooke was away from Beretta for approximately 1.8 hours but had a very sweet reunion with her.
Oh and our family picture (I emailed them to my mom;) made it to my mom’s picture wall of her kids and their families. I’m pretty happy with the addition.
And random running talk because I was thinking about it on my run yesterday:
I don’t know if you can really tell in this picture but my natural running form includes what my coach called ‘chicken arms’ while swinging my arms across the body. It just happens and my arms are all over the place when I run without thinking about it. If I think about it more while running I get into the motion of pumping my arms backwards and forwards (without going outwards). I don’t think there is really a ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to form and how to swing the arms BUT for these long distances I do know that I want to be as efficient as possible and save on energy. Because each ounce of energy is important when you run 26.2 miles… so just something to think about if you have arms like me while running that love to just be all over the place.
What about you during the taper… how does your body and mind feel? Love the taper or not so much.
Form… something you’re working on at all? Hardest part about good running form for you?
Does anybody reading NOT like a super common food?
-Andrew doesn’t really love eggs (he eats them but they aren’t really his thing) but I think I like all of the common foods.