Running with Candice for my long run made the time go by so fast. The 15.22 miles yesterday with her made my solo 14 miler last week feel like it was 3 times as long. The miles kept clicking by and my long run nutrition was much better this week so overall, it felt so much better. I’m talking a bit more tomorrow about my nutrition during the run!
Long run morning—> Feed Skye, put her back down to sleep, pump 1.5 bottles just in case she needs it while I’m gone (and if not then save the bottle for the night for Andrew to feed her), eat a banana and a piece of toast with jam on it, drink almost 24 ounces of water, get dressed, do a few dynamic stretches and then get out the door and run. Running takes just a little bit of prep work these days.
Andrew had this note out for me when I woke up which pepped me up. PS Andrew has WAY better handwriting than I do… My sister says that my handwriting hasn’t changed since the 3rd grade and she is correct.
And then we were off. It had rained all night and started raining again once we finished so it felt kind of humid outside. Utah is normally VERY dry so it always feels strange when we have any type of moisture in the air. It almost felt like my body couldn’t sweat or something. It reminded me of the fact that many of you run all summer in crazy humidity and heat… you are my heroes. For us yesterday it was about 45 degrees and we stuck to pretty much a flat course the entire time.
The run included 5 x 90 seconds with 3:00 minute recoveries. The pace for my 90 second intervals (after a very long warm-up of 8+ miles) was around a 6:26 and I felt pretty strong during them but I definitely needed those recoveries to get my breathing back to normal again. I’m hoping that by going 2+ miles over the race distance I’m training for will make race day feel easy. Cross your fingers for me.
I wore my Levitates (my review is HERE) and that deodorant trick has saved my skin—> You can read about it here but a reader told me to use deodorant to help my chafing and it has completely solved my problems! I put it on my inner thighs (they have been chafing a bunch) where my sports bra band hits on my chest and I finished with ZERO chafing yesterday.
When I got home I found a duck in my front yard. There isn’t any water close to our house. I’m not sure why he was there but he just strolled the neighborhood.
Turns out we encountered some mud.
Skye went down for a morning nap and actually took a long one! She has the best post-nap hair. While she was napping and the kids were playing I got in some quality stretching, foam rolling and glute/hip/core work—> Side planks, single leg bridges, squats, lunges, clamshell, Jane Fonda’s and donkey kicks! I tend do do more strength after my hard/long runs so that I’m sore for the easy/off days rather than doing strength on the easy days and then being sore for the hard workouts.
Protein shake post-run and this salad for lunch. It included chicken, rice, veggies, avocado and goodness.
And then we were off to get a few errands done.
We are having about 20 people over for breakfast this morning so we picked up the goods at Costco.
Do you ever have deep regrets after going to the store? They had these dark chocolate covered mangoes for samples and they were amazing. I am kicking myself for not buying them but I guess a trip to Costco tomorrow is going to be mandatory.
The big kids were playing, Andrew was doing school and Skye was taking an afternoon nap so I got out my book to read… and then 45 minutes later I woke up. I didn’t even remember falling asleep.
After that we had the kids take showers (OH MY GOODNESS it is so nice how fast it is to wash and dry Brooke’s hair now that it is short).
Then we cleaned the house before everyone comes over today. We didn’t want to mess up the kitchen so Andrew picked up pizza instead.
Here is how my running went for last week!
Monday: 7.26 miles @ 8:36 average pace with friends.
Tuesday: 6 miles @ 8:44 average pace.
Wednesday: 1.5 w/u, 3 x 2 miles @ 7:03 average w/3 minute recoveries (of walking and jogging), 1.5 mile c/d. The miles for the speed looked like this—> 7:14, 7:10, 6:59, 7:02, 6:57 & 7:02
Thursday: 30 minutes easy = 8:29 pace for 3.54 miles.
Friday: 6 miles @ 8:54 average pace.
Saturday: 15.22 miles @ 8:04 average with 6 x 90 seconds at 6:26 w/3 minute jogging recoveries.
47 miles for the week and 20 days until my half-marathon.
Who else has a rest day today? When was your last rest day?
Who deals with humidity when they run?
What are your plans today?