Just a nice morning out together running 7.72 miles. It was lightly sprinkling when we started the run and then it turned into a complete downpour at about mile 4. I was quite upset at myself for not wearing my new rain jacket but having soaking wet clothing every now and then while running must make you stronger somehow right? I just tell myself that anything that is annoying me during a run is just making me stronger by pushing through it.
And some new snow in the mountains. It’s just Utah’s early April Fool’s joke.
Not the best picture but gotta love the giant puddles all around town right now. Not sure my running shoes are ever going to dry out again after that.
It looked like my Garmin was sweating after the run:) Remember when Garmin (maybe it was but anytime mine got wet it would just turn off) didn’t used to be waterproof? I used to put my very first Garmin under 12 layers of clothing anytime I would be running in the rain to avoid the water. Now I don’t even have to think about it.
When I got home from my run, Brooke asked me how my run went. It made me feel good that she cares about how my runs go too;) PS I have a question I really want to know at the end of this post about how the people in your world feel about your running.
All of this running in the rain has forced me to have to wash my hair more often. I think everyone is very happy about that.
Brooke and I had a special little date together yesterday afternoon and goodness gracious does she have a lot to say.
Good thing swim practice is indoors!
We made eggroll in a bowl for dinner last night. We used ground turkey instead of sausage and it was delicious.
I hope others of you agree but I LOVE Rhodes rolls. I forget about them a lot but then when I have them, I am reminded of how much I love their soft goodness. Two of these accompanied my dinner along with some cantaloupe too! Brooke could survive off of cantaloupe for the rest of her life.
After dinner we cheered on Andrew while he did his nightly planks and push-ups. I can’t imagine doing planks after eating dinner but he rocks it.
Brooke joined in on the push-ups.
Still sporting her race t-shirt from her very first race 1.5 years ago.
And a quick flashback to her first race.. she wanted to make sure that her Garmin was set to accurately track her time and distance.
KNOX came home last night and will be with us for the next 1.5 weeks, we are all so excited!
I’ve got my first race of the season this weekend! I haven’t done a race since October… it’s time to get out there again doing what I love to do. I tend to skip over racing in the freezing cold months in Utah so we should be good to go (although, it might rain ha). I’m not expecting an amazing time on Saturday (we climb up 600 ft in the first 4 miles of the race… OUCH) but I am expecting to push myself out of my comfort zone. I want to put out my best effort and remind myself how to race a half marathon again because I have a few this spring and I’d love to improve with each one.
Because we taper (usually) the week of a race, there isn’t much we can do physically in terms of workouts that is going to help us to be faster on race day BUT there are many things you can do mentally the week of race day that will make a HUGE difference in your race performance.
A few things that I think about during the week leading up to a race!
1. Self doubt= a waste of energy. Energy that I could be using in my race.
2. For no failure ever need be final. There is no reason to define myself by how a race went previously for me or how I feel like I didn’t hit my training goals this time around… the race I have ahead of me is a whole new game:)
3. When I start to worry the day before a race I ask myself—> What’s the worst that could happen? I don’t hit the exact time I want? Oh well, I’ll just keep trying over and over again until I do.
4. Let it go. When pre-race anxiety kicks in, it’s important to just let it go. I have to remind myself to just stop thinking about it and enjoy the moment. To go out and do what I’ve trained for while enjoying the whole experience!
And a few things that I remind myself leading up to a race to think about when things get hard:
1. You AREN’T going to feel like this forever. Get through it, do the best you can and I promise it will get better. Things will always improve. I will either get a second wind during the race, a boost in motivation or the finish line will come and I’ll feel better! One of the beautiful things about racing is that we get to experience about 100 different emotions over the miles so you aren’t going to feel awful for long, the emotion/feeling will change before you know it!
2. When I keep telling myself how tired I am, I try to focus on my form instead. I repeat three parts of form to myself over and over again to help me pick up the speed—> 1. KNEE DRIVE 2. FORWARD LEAN 3. PUSH OFF YOUR FEET w/each stride. When I start zoning in on those things then my pace picks up again.
3. WHAT DOESN’T HURT? I use this one a lot when I am really hurting during a race and spending too much time thinking about what is hurting! I like to remind myself of all of the things that don’t hurt during the race like my elbows or my ears or my pinky toes;)
4. Stay in the MILE. Don’t think about the next hill, the next ten miles, the next 20 minutes… just think about the mile you are in.
5. A direct quote from Brooke a few years ago while we were on a hike and she was starting to get tired, “My legs are NOT tired.” It was the cutest thing, she was giving herself a little pep talk to keep on going and it has stuck with me ever since!
6. It’s my mind that holds me back, not my body. I think our minds tell us we are exhausted long before we actually are to avoid us going overboard… I like to remind myself that it is just my mind trying to trick me that my body is tired.
Bonus: Smile. When I remember to smile randomly throughout the race it makes the whole thing fun again.
How do the people in your life feel about your running? Do you feel like you are surrounded by runners or not so much! Do your non-runner family/friends enjoy talking about running with you or do you just skip any running talk with them?
What was your dinner last night?
Do you get pre-race nerves?
What do you tell yourself the week of a race?