Tempo Tuesday started off great:)
But then Josse and I started running ha:) We had a blast the first two miles for our warm-up (we did those at a 9:10 average) and then the tempo started. We talked the first two tempo miles which helped those miles to go by quickly and then I realized how wasted my legs were. I set out to do 9 miles at around the pace that I did 8 tempo miles (6:48 average) last week but readjusted and set the pace back a little bit and my main goal was just to finish the 9 miles. Mission accomplished and I didn’t take any breaks even though I wanted a break every quarter of a mile, but I knew that if I did take a break that I probably wouldn’t start up again. Tempo miles looked like this: 6:57, 7:00, 6:45, 6:48, 6:56, 6:48, 6:53, 6:51, 6:55—> average of about 6:53. So not too much slower than the previous week but the difficulty level felt about 30 percent harder:)
This is my tired face in the above picture. I just sat on the trail for a bit after I finished the run:) Josse has had some sciatic pain so she didn’t push it crazy and so I just waited for her. We did a slow cool-down and finished with 12 miles. It was hotter yesterday (65ish degrees) than last week and I think I’m just tired from traveling a bunch lately and not sleeping super great. I’ll focus on recovery the next few days now:) Sometimes it is just the way that running goes. You feel a spring in your step one week and the next week you wonder where the heck that spring disappeared to and how you are going to keep your legs moving!
Came home to Brooke and Andrew and we ate lunch quickly right when I got home. Trying to really get in nutrients right after a run. Sweet potato on the bottom, meat, lettuce, avocado, onion with ranch and bbq sauce.
Followed by a bunch of pistachios after.
I don’t know where Brooke might have learned to start scaring us (okay, she gets it from me and Andrew) but she is getting pretty good at it. She got me good yesterday.
Also, any show that has a puppy in it is Brooke’s favorite show. She really loves those movies with real dogs in them where they make the puppy look like he/she is actually talking.
Five o’clock hit (I was working on some things all afternoon and Andrew had a biochemistry test ((doesn’t that sound fun?)) and we went to the park for Brookers.
Her favorite way to be carried back to the car.
We went over to my parents’ house and brought her her favorite dessert… strawberry shortcake. One time my parents and I were on a trip somewhere and we ate at Cheesecake factory one day and had our meals and then split their strawberry shortcake. The shortcake was so good that we kept going back each day for more and after a few days we realized the winning combination was splitting a meal and then each of us getting our own shortcake.
We brought dinner to eat there while we chat.
And the most beautiful Launch’s arrived too:) BOSTON 2017!!! Aren’t they amazing? (They will be available on March 29th) I got some great use out of my last Lobster Launch pair and I’m sure these will also bring many happy miles. I’m not going to lie, I am really wishing I was doing Boston this year… I think it is going to have to happen in 2018!
A few random things to discuss:
*If you’ve been wondering what has been going on with Kara, you can read all about it here. She has had quite a few setbacks over the years and is so open about how she gets through the hard parts. Also, did you see that Shalane Flanagan will not be able to run Boston this year anymore due to a fracture in her back. She says the cause of this break was from too many miles on the treadmill and slippery surfaces HERE!
*Jess, Claudia and Natalja shared with us one of their strength workouts that they do (outside of the strength room)! Some great new moves that they show for our cores/glutes/hamstrings/shoulders/backs! Try it out. I show each move that they did and they said they go through doing about 10 reps of each exercise. You can go through it one or two times! PS these pro runners are the sweetest you’ll ever meet.
*We are getting some fruit trees for our house!!
Who has fruit trees? Which ones and what’s the best ones to get?!
What was your favorite subject in school?
-I actually always liked math and of course health:)
Who is running Boston this year? Who has in the past… what year?
Have a favorite elite athlete? Which one?