Andrew has a Tuesday morning running group now. A group of guys in our area meet early on Tuesday mornings to run a few miles. I’m so happy he gets to enjoy the happiness that comes from running with people. When he got home from his run he handed me the baton and I set out for my run.
Sometimes I think my coach enjoys torturing me a little bit by having my workouts end on weird numbers;) I love stopping on the mile or half-mile but some of my workouts now have me ending at random numbers because they are based on time rather than distance intervals etc.
1.5 mile w/u, 6 x 2 minutes @ 7:15 pace, 1 minute recovery jog after each 2 minute interval, 1 mile cool-down. I was happy with how the 7:15 pace felt and I had to hold myself back (my legs were craving to move faster) for those intervals so I’ll take that as a good sign for Saturday.
Skye was waiting patiently for me when I returned home from my run.
Random thing I need to tell you about that you probably don’t care about but I got a spider bite the other day and it is so annoying when I run. My shoe makes it itchy all over again as I’m running so I thought about that for about a third of my run on Tuesday.
A friend brought over a homemade Macaron and it was the perfect post-run treat… I was having a mom struggle moment (ehhh evening) when she texted me the night before so we ended up talking to each other about everything because she has a new baby too. I felt so much better afterwards along with a bit of sleep. I swear, certain people just pop up at all of the right times. The talk plus the macaroon she brought over were just what I needed.
Skye was not interested in being involved with the selfie.
On Tuesday night, Andrew took Brooke on a little date. They picked up their favorite (Panda Express) and then watched Despicable Me while eating.
They ordered cookies too. He is a really good Dadda to her.
A bit later and I went to meet my friends to celebrate Megan D’s birthday! We did our best to surprise her but I don’t think she was that surprised and then we headed up to Sundance to our favorite restaurant.
We went to Foundry Grill and I even got something different than I usually get. I had the roasted chicken and it was amazing and very rich. We then ordered dessert too and the brownie sundae hit the spot. It was really nice to go up to the mountains and have uninterrupted girl time. I got home at around 10:30 … I’m usually in my second REM cycle by then so I felt pretty party animalish.
On Wednesday I went out for a 40 minute easy run which meant I hit 4.64 miles @ 8:38 average pace. I have the day off today and on Friday I have 4 miles with a few short strides on Friday and then we are off to Vegas!
Brooke got one of those shirts where if you rub your hand over the sequence it flips it and different colors show up. She legit can’t take her eyes off of it ha.
I decided it would be cool to try to match with Skye (and wear the same pants two days in a row).
Target went well;)
And it is warm enough for the sprinkler on the trampoline. Their life has been made.
Tacos with ground turkey for dinner!
The last time I pushed myself in a race was April 1st 2017! PS this race had 764 ft of climbing in the first 4.5 miles. I think I’m still a little sore from that race.
It feels like it has been forever since I last really got out of my comfort zone during a race so I’m interested to see how it all plays out on Saturday. I might be relearning the whole racing thing all over again—> DON’T FLY AND DIE JANAE. I will say it is incredibly nice to not put any pressure on myself (which is showing me how fun it is to do it this way and that I should keep doing this for future races too) because this is my first post-Skye race. I’m just going to do my best and be kind to myself for those 13.1 miles even if my average pace is way different than what it used to be on race day. Like Mary told me in the comments the other day, no matter what I’ll be setting a post-baby #2 PR on Saturday so that is exciting.
I do have a few things that I love to do race week that I thought I would share (to also remind myself ha)!
*I have everything out and packed long before the race. Andrew laughs because he thinks I get everything out prematurely but I just like feeling prepared so that I don’t have to deal with forgetting anything last second or worrying about having the necessities.
*I ask for pep talks. From my mom, Andrew, you guys, Brooke, Knox, my neighbors, Beretta, the people at the grocery store… anyone positive = I love to talk to them before a race. Also, Andrew will be expected to give me an amazing leg massage to get my legs ready, he just doesn’t know about it yet.
*I say goodbye to fiber for usually 1-2 days before a race. This might not be a great strategy for everyone but for me it works. I stick to pretty simple foods for the 1-2 days leading up to the race and that has resulted in never needing a porta potty stop during a race (besides during pregnancy because of my bladder) knock on wood.
*Usually, I make sleep a big priority but at this point in life I’m just going to hope for 4 hours in a row of uninterrupted sleep. You do the best with what you have:) PS I just realized that since Nevada is an hour behind us it will feel like I’m getting an extra hour of sleep race morning and like I’m waking up at 4:40 a.m. rather than 3:40 a.m. PPS cross your fingers that this whole race/pumping/feeding Skye thing goes okay.. this is new territory for me! I think I did that one time with Brooke but I was staying at home that night and the race was right by where I lived.
*I smile when I think about the race. My mom taught me to do this. It’s hard to think negative thoughts when you smile and correlating happiness with the race makes it so that I am so much more positive about how the day is going to go.
*Lots of water and plenty of calories even though I’m running less. We wouldn’t expect our car to drive a long distance without enough fuel so we cannot expect our bodies to do that either. I’m really making sure that I get in enough calories the days leading up to the race because I swear breastfeeding takes up a lot of my energy each day so I need a lot if I want to feel good Saturday morning.
*The race playlist. It’s gold to me. I take it very seriously. This will be my first race with the AirPods so I’m excited to see how they do.
*Spaghetti the night before a race (usually with chicken) is kind of my good-luck the night before a race thing.
*I think about the hardest workouts that I accomplished during the training cycle. I remind myself that I CAN DO HARD THINGS and that I have over and over again in the past so there is nothing different about the upcoming race.
*I watch any motivational running clips (my favorite running documentaries are here) I can find on Youtube, listen to running podcasts, I’m going to read parts of Deena’s book on the drive down, look over the race information again… Basically just read/watch anything that makes me feel positive, prepared and inspired! I just try to be as prepared as Brooke is on race day.
PS this is my brother’s FIRST HALF MARATHON EVER on Saturday. Ever. If you could offer him some encouragement or any tips, he would really love it!
What are some things that you always do race week? What works for you? What doesn’t work for you?
What race have you done that had the most amount of climbing or up and down elevation?
Do you always stop on the mile or half mile or are you okay stopping on random numbers?
Anything for my brother? He’ll be reading all of the comments today!