Yesterday morning I slept in (Spring Break wahoo) a little later than normal which felt heavenly, ate a banana and piece of toast, pumped a bottle for Skye and was feeling a lot better than the day before so I decided to go out and make a deposit into my Mt. Charleston bank account. I don’t know why I love thinking about our training like deposits but the analogy motivates me so I’ll just stick with it.
The other thing that motivated me to go were these beautiful PureFlow 7s. I decided to try them out for the speed I had planned for the day. The PureFlows were the very first pair of running shoes that I really fell in love with. I don’t wear them as much as I used to because with age I’ve needed a little bit more support/shoe to train with along with some lighter shoes but I am still obsessed with them. After my run with them they had me questioning what I’m going to wear for my half-marathon—> these or the Levitates?
Such hard life decisions.
Here is what the speed portion of my run ended up looking like (w/u, c/d, recoveries not included in this time below):
1.5 mile w/u (around an 8:45 pace), 3 x 2 miles at threshold w/ 3 minute recovery (walk for part and jog for part), 1.5 mile c/d. My coach told me to start with a 7:10-7:15 for the first 2 mile set and then work down from there. That first set was going into a headwind so that was challenging but thank goodness for turning around after that and feeling that wind on my back. PS all of you Boston runners this month—> I hope you get the most amazing tailwind!
Something that I am trying to do right now is to look at my Garmin a lot less during speed workouts. I tend to look down way too often and so I’m trying to pay more attention to giving a good amount of effort for the workout and relearn what different paces feel like. I don’t want to rely so much on what my watch is telling me and have a better feel for where I should be. Plus my neck will get a break from constantly looking down every minute at my watch ha.
I definitely was hanging out in the pain cave for that last mile!
Skye was awake and ready to party/eat with me once I got home.
I got in a little bit of stretching too while Skye stared. I told my coach about my tight right hip flexor so she is having me do the half kneel position—> knee over ankle one one leg and hip over knee on the other leg so that you are creating a 90-degree angle with both legs. She told me to lock my butt under my body and to make sure my ribs are also locked in and create a straight line with my back. She recommended that I stay in this position for about 2-3 minutes once after my run and then once at night. She also told me to do an active stretch before where I am doing this with a pulse (moving the hips/my body forward and back) before my runs.
Knox is back and doing so much better after having hand, foot and mouth! He will be here for 1.5 weeks now and we are so excited for that.
With all of my yoga stretching lately the kids are picking up on it too.
Brooke woke up feeling better but just felt really tired. She rested most of the day and I think today she is going to be back to herself.
I’ve sure been missing seeing her do a million cartwheels a day!
I wish I could take credit for the beautiful scene below but this was all Andrew. He wanted to make salad building easy each day by preparing all of the ingredients in tupperware containers so they are easy to grab.
This alone will show you he is my soul mate;)
So good. I put both dressings on my salad and Andrew thought that was strange. Also, some chocolate milk for recovery (or just because it tastes amazing).
I had a bowl of this for my snack.
We did a few errands (kids stayed in the car with me or Andrew). I ran to Target and I picked up my 586th pack of bobbi pins.. I don’t know how I lose those so easily but I do and my hair was all over the place during my run so I needed some more ASAP.
We did cooking class:) The kids wanted to learn how to make pancakes (I am so proud) and they rocked it and even did their dishes after.
I had one of their pancakes along with this egg scramble with a ton of sweet potatoes, mushrooms, onions, peppers and cheese.
I think one of the missing puzzle pieces for reaching my marathon goals has been my nutrition during the marathon and right before it. I am determined to perfect it and I have 6 months to get it all right. My coach has been including on my training plan to take a gel and water every 35-40 minutes during my long runs and so I’m starting there. During the marathon I usually start fueling after about an hour and then probably not as often as I should be in order to keep my energy up. SO, this is the year of me perfecting the perfect combination/amount/type of race nutrition to get me to that finish line when I want to.
How often do you take gels/fuel during your races? When do you start taking them? What is your goto?
Do you look at your GPS watch a lot during a run or not so much?
Do you remember your first pair of running shoes? Or the first pair of running shoes that you fell in love with?
Dream salad toppings… tell me what they are!