IT HAPPENED! First, see that little burn by my seatbelt? I noticed it the other night but have ZERO remembrance of burning myself there? Maybe I have been sleep curling my hair in the middle of the night or something. Weird.
Anyways, the kids wanted to do kid’s club at the gym so we went on over there and I got on the treadmill. It has felt like almost a month since my last really good speed workout so I went into this one telling myself that a good one was GOING to happen that day. Mind games are necessary going into speed workouts for me.
Gotta love sweat marks on our shirts;)
I started off with a 1 mile warm-up while watching and then started my tempo. I told myself the goal was 6 miles at tempo pace and that I was going to do 8 if I was feeling amazing. The miles started clicking by and I was wondering when I was going to start feeling like I had been the last few weeks of speed workouts. The last 3ish miles were tough but I felt like I was in control of the pace more than the pace owning me like the last few weeks. I got to 8 miles into the tempo and decided to go to 9 since I cut my last workout short:) 1 mile cool-down and 11 miles for the day (tempo @ 6:51 average pace). It only takes one really great run to make all of those hard runs since your last great one completely worth it.
Running amnesia is real (proof: if you have ever run a 1/2 marathon or marathon and signed up to run another one because I am guessing during your first one you kept repeating to yourself you are never going to do this again).
Just a bunch of random things I feel like discussing with you today.
**I bought these donut shoes (from Vans) a long time ago and her feet are finally big enough to fit into them. I was pretty happy about it.
**Whoever created the idea of doing a half-sandwich and half-salad combo at restaurants, thank you for letting me have the best of both worlds. Also, pesto is amazing.
**Where’s Waldo has been a big deal at our house right now.
**We are finding him all over the place.
**Yesterday was warm enough for another day at the park. PS it seems as though we have switched places weather-wise with the east coast.
**The kid’s faces as they prepare to swing are my favorites.
**The only way to ensure Beretta leaves the park tired is by playing fetch using the baseball bat so she has to run across the entire park multiple times to get the ball.
**They are learning how to pump their legs when they swing but I pretend they still need me to push them.
**For our family night last night (we do something more special/family time each Thursday night) we made Valentine’s Day cards for their grandmas and Mer. We did a little lesson, had sweet potatoes before (my skin is a little less orange than usual so I take it that that means I need more sweet potatoes) for dinner and a little ice cream for a treat.
**Mom, get excited because Knox included a crayon and a 5 dollar bill in your card.
**Brooke actually really needs this shirt… she believes it;)
**Andrew and I watched this 60 minutes episode the other day. Have secret motors been used to cheat in pro cycling? The episode is about how engines may have been on different cycling bikes since 1988! They showed the little motors and how they are placed and how they work. So sad that these have been used by a few different competitors in MAJOR things like the Tour de France for years.
**A little warmth outside= salads sound good daily again! As soon as it snows again (because Utah always tricks us for a little bit with good weather) I’ll be back to hot foods all of the time.
**I am actually worried that I am becoming a little too attached to this show. I don’t know how much longer my emotions can handle all of the ups and downs in This Is Us. I.Cry. Every. Episode.
**Alli and I have been emailing back and forth and she told me about her treadmill marathon and I had to share it with you guys. I did a treadmill marathon 6ish years ago so I love to hear from others that have too:
“I had run the LA marathon the year before and it rained the ENTIRE time. In my photos I look like a drowned rat. And bc I live in Santa Monica I didn’t even bring keys and was just going to walk home with my boyfriend who was waiting for me at the end but because everyone had a million umbrellas we couldn’t find each other and I don’t run with a cell phone. My Mylar blanket fell off while I was walking and I literally had never been colder!! Ha I’m originally from Miami and have only ever lived in SF and LA since. I walked inside a store near the finish and asked to borrow the phone and for hot tea! Ha and my boyfriend found me and we walked home. Soooo anyway the next year he and I both signed up to run it but there was rain in the forecast! Ha and the day before the race we drove to the gym to just run three short miles (which we would have done outside but it was POURING and miserable). So I decided no way was I running the next day in the rain again— I had already done it! So I got on the treadmill in the gym (and I was wearing my least favorite running clothes because I thought it was going to be a quick three mile run) and ran an entire marathon!! Ha! My boyfriend showed up to meet me around the time he knew I would finish and had made signs at home and brought them!!! It was spectacular. I ‘qualified’ for Boston for the first time but I guess it didn’t really count;)
And then of course the next day rained for five minutes before the race started and then it was the most beautiful day ever! But it all worked out really well because I was able to drive my boyfriend to the start so he didn’t have to take the busses at 5 a.m. and I met up with him with a mile or so to go and ran the end of the race with him! He qualified for Boston for his first time too which I would not have been able to see if I had been running the race because he’s quite a bit faster than I am (as in has since run a marathon in under three hours)!”
Ever told yourself that you are NEVER doing this again during a race and then signing up for another one later?
What are your Friday night plans?
Have a long run this weekend? HOW FAR?
What type of headphones do you use? I keep losing mine and going back to one of the million iPhone headphones that we have.