Happy Thursday! We have a lot to catch up on over here so let’s just jump into things!
Tuesday morning started with one of my best feeling tempos ever. I don’t know what my deal was but it just felt so good (during… I was very sore the next day ha). I woke up, grabbed a piece of toast with jam and then met up with Josse. We both haven’t had the chance to do a lot of speed lately so we decided to get to mile 5 of the tempo and then decide whether or not to keep going with it.
We did a one mile warm-up and we were quite cold at the beginning but once we started moving it got hot. We talked the first 2 miles of the tempo and then the music went in and I started focusing. I really wanted to have a confidence building workout. I felt strong and my brain just had a lot to work through during those miles (everything with my little family is great but I just had a lot to think about). We got to mile 5 and decided to keep going because we felt good. Even at mile 8 of the tempo I still had some more in me but wanted to play it safe since it had been a few weeks since my last tempo.
Splits went like this: 8:09, 7:02, 6:56, 6:30 (very downhill mile!), 6:40, 6:50, 6:44, 6:51, 6:48, 8:01ish for last 1.44 miles.
The middle 8 were a 6:48 average and I finished with 10.44 @ 7:05 average. It was just the run that I needed! When I started getting tired I just kept reminding myself of the race I am doing soon and how doing the work now meant that it will hurt a little less on race day. I also start focusing on the words of the song I am listening to and that distracts my brain from thinking negative because I’m too busy trying to make sense of lyrics.
I’ve been searching for a new race to do (I didn’t do my February 1/2 marathon because of some family stuff) and we are gone a lot over the next little while but I finally found one and I cannot wait. I’m going to do the Emigration Run in Salt Lake City on April 1st and I can’t wait! Just a little over two more weeks away! I don’t know very much about the race yet because I’ve never done it or talked to anyone that has done it but I thought it was cool that you can get $5 off if you don’t want another t-shirt, $5 off if you are training for another 1/2 or full marathon or $5 off if you are in a running or tri club. I’m really excited for it and can’t wait for race day! It feels like it has been forever!
PS I love arm warmers this time of year. I always start my runs at this time of year cold and then I start getting hot as the miles tick by. They keep you warm for the first few miles and then I just roll them down or take them off and hold them once I am hot. Perfect for spring and fall:) Here, here and here are some great ones!
Andrew’s bday was very exciting. Brooke and I got to work on wrapping and getting all of his favorite treats.
He started off the day by mountain biking and then presents!
For lunch he requested Tucanos (you eat free for your birthday too and so do kids under 6!)
They have my absolute favorite salad bar from a restaurant. And then they bring around different types of meat and fish along with grilled pineapple that is marinated in brown sugar.
His next request was to go to every bike store in the state:) We had fun and Brooke found approximately 30 different bikes that she REALLY NEEDS!
His other request was to go and pick up my old bike from my parents’ house:) Time to get back out there on this (once we fix it up a bit). I have done a 100 miler on this bike and a few triathlons (before blogging days) and I think Andrew is thinking we might be doing that all again.
We ate his favorites for dinner including pizza factory breadsticks which were hot and heavenly and then we took a little walk with Beretta too.
He made me the fanciest birthday cake and for his bday all he wanted was an undercooked funfetti cake. Middle pieces > corner pieces.
My Wednesday morning run was solo. My legs felt wasted, completely wasted. I couldn’t believe how tired they were so I listened to them and did 8 miles @ 8:55 average and just zoned out to my music and stopped whenever I wanted. PS great news in Utah… the park water fountains are working again. They turn them off in the winter but they are back which makes outdoor running even that much better!
Straight home to this goodness. Two eggs, zucchini, onions, squash, avocado and toast. Hit the spot.
Then Knox came home! It had been 5 days of Brooke asking about 500 times when he was coming back:) Now he will be home the next 5 days which is a fabulous feeling.
Swim lessons, young women’s (I work with the youth in my area), errands and dinner (followed by leftover pizza:) with the family kept us really busy too.
I’ll see you this afternoon! Enjoy your day!
Also, I don’t know if I can watch the season finale of This Is Us… I’m not prepared to cry for 45 minutes straight.
How do you decide which race to do? Word of mouth? Scenery? Time of year? Website?
Three accessories that you ALWAYS run with?
Who has done a triathlon? How long ago? What distance? Who wants to get into triathlons? What’s the hardest part for you… the swim, bike or run?
-I’ve done a few of the Sprint distances but this was maybe 9 years ago? The swim is definitely the hardest for me!
Your baked goods… if you could only have underbaked ones or a little bit overbaked ones.. which would you choose?