Well, these smiles were sure nice to come home to after a hard workout…
Bananas are a must before my run. They taste delicious and my stomach is very happy with them during the run so I start each morning with these. Last week I realized I didn’t have a banana since we hadn’t gone shopping because we were leaving for California so I made a late night stop at the grocery store to spend 41 cents on two bananas… I couldn’t imagine getting up to run without a banana. Totally worth the trip because they are a must.
I hit 9.6 miles for the day and it looked a little like this—> 2 mile w/u, 25 minutes at 7:00 pace goal (ps I have fun trying to hit the exact pace that my coach assigns to me sometimes… it’s kind of a game for me), 3 minute recovery, 8 x 400 @ 1:36 goal (my paces—> 1:37, 1:32, 1:36, 1:34, 1:35, 1:36, 1:34, 1:35) w/90 second recoveries, 2 mile c/d. For some reason I went into this workout thinking that the first threshold pace was going to be the easy part and the 400 repeats would be crazy hard but it was the 25 minute interval that was more difficult for me for sure and the 400s felt pretty good.
PS have you ever felt hot and cold at the same time on a run? I did yesterday and it was very strange. Also, don’t mind the hair on my shirt… poor Andrew finds hair spiders all over the place due to me and Brooke’s hair.
Below shows how I felt after the above 25 minutes ha. At first that interval made me nervous for my race coming up because how can I do 13.1 miles at around that pace if 25 minutes felt hard? But that’s silly because race day is completely different—> with the adrenaline from the race, a taper, sleeping (Andrew is going to be on Skye duty the night before) and lots of positive thoughts = It’ll happen and if not, I’ll just keep working and trying.
I sent Andrew a text during that 3 minute recovery about how hard it was and he replied that he could do something to make me angry so I would run faster (my response back to him was a joke)… Angry running used to be my specialty so I’m trying to learn how to run fast when I’m not mad about something ha.
Andrew did his workout on the treadmill (1 mile w/u, 4 miles @ 7:50, 1 mile c/d) and he rewatched part of a movie that he estimates he has seen already 40 times. He is all about rewatching movies. There are very few movies that I’ve seen more than once… but TV shows, I can watch those over and over again forever.
I got in about 4.5 minutes of stretching and 2 minutes of planking before Skye was bored and ready to eat again.
I promise (probably) this is my last shout out to this stuff but I can’t believe how much more enjoyable my runs are now that I rub this all over the areas where I was chafing like crazy. Dove, you have made my runs (and post-run showers) so much more enjoyable and a little less bloody ha.
On the drive to school yesterday Brooke requested a picnic for lunch so we made a bunch of sandwiches but I couldn’t wait until we left to eat mine. I’ve been putting bell peppers on my turkey sandwiches at home and it’s a great idea.
Skye woke up and then we were off…
Hopefully this becomes something we do often.
Brooke does not eat her string cheese by the strings, she just bites right into it!
We hung out outside while the kids rode their bikes. If my hair is down, Skye will be grabbing on to it.
We had a very fancy night of pot pies from Costco and played Guess Who.
PS I’m trying to get back in the habit of writing things down in my planner again. I stopped using my planner right after having Skye because I wanted to just stay in bed with her and snuggle for a few weeks (which I did and highly recommend if you can). But now I have forgotten too many things because I have just been putting things in my phone so it’s back to pen and paper for me. Andrew and I had a little planning meeting with our planners so we felt pretty cool and organized for a few minutes.
Skye studied her hands intensely while we did this.
Andrew teases me because I have a very precise nighttime routine. One of the things that I do each night is put my running clothes out (and sometimes two outfits when I’m not sure what the weather is going to be like)… anyone else do this each night? I love routines.
Karoline shared this story with me about Mary Shertenlieb and it made me cry. Mary is truly amazing. HERE is an article about it:
*ALI has Sarah Sellars on her show today so you know I’ll be listening to that during my 6 mile easy run today. I can’t wait to learn more about her.
Skye fell asleep while I was writing this post… Running and food talk is very boring for her since she can’t do either yet.
Are there any movies that you have rewatched a bunch of times? What about tv shows?
Are you a planner person or do you use your phone (or computer) calendar to keep track of everything?
-Maybe my phone is broken or I just don’t see things pop up but I cannot rely just on my phone to remember things.
String cheese—> do you eat it by the strings you pull off or take bites out of it?
To go along with my deodorant for chafing love—> Have you found any new tips/tricks/things that help your running out? Let’s all share and learn from each other!