My very excited face was created because I had the best long run I have had in I can’t remember how long… at least 1.6 years! Things just kind of clicked and I am hoping that means things will click for my 5k next week and my marathon in 2 months and 14 days—> A girl can hope, right?
The focus on ‘during the run nutrition’ has begun again. My coach told me to start getting in nutrition 35-40 minutes in so I brought my favorite—> apples and cinnamon huma gel. During my long runs I used to take my gels whenever I would stop for water but my coach reminded me to take them while I run to practice doing that since I’ll be taking them as I run on race day. Now I just need Andrew to stand on the side of the road with little paper cups of water so I can practice not spilling it everywhere like I do during a race.
The workout was set up to be a 4 mile warm-up, 3 miles at a moderate pace, 1 mile easy, 2 miles faster than the moderate pace but done at a pace where I still felt strong and in control, 2 mile cool-down.
My warm-up was 4.15 miles because I wanted to get in a drink at a drinking fountain before starting the moderate pace work. I felt 200% better than I did last Saturday and I’m sure that was partly from taking some caffeine before the run:) I haven’t been using caffeine before running for a VERY long time but it was very needed yesterday morning and I think I’ll be using some before my 5k too! PS I’m going to try the type of caffeine I used a few more times before I share it to make sure that I really do love it.
I came home just as the crew was starting to wake up and did some stretching and planking with them!
My planks yesterday:
60 second plank on left side
60 second plank on right side
60 second normal plank on elbows
Once Knox finished breakfast he asked if we could go out on a run with me. I couldn’t turn that down so we went out for .55 miles of run/walk together. Both Brooke and Knox are so fascinated by the Garmin or maybe they like staring at it because they see me look at mine a million times during a race.
Andrew and Knox went on a date to go see Incredibles 2. Skye was napping so I stayed home with her (we have also passed the stage of bringing her to movies with us anymore… she wants to be moving and talking whenever she is awake now)!
Whenever Brooke leaves I love to spend some time just doing something for her. Sometimes it’s going through her room and organizing everything for her or making her a card or something like that. Yesterday, I put her birthday together and I bet you could have guessed it… Spirit is the theme.
Yes, Andrew does think I’m a little strange preparing for birthdays almost a month in advance. My mom always made a big deal about birthdays and it’s just in my DNA:)
Then Skye joined me. She is VERY into toys these days… especially ones that are easy for her to attempt to eat.
Our evening involved a wedding reception for one of Andrew’s cousins! Andrew has a lot of cousins so sometimes the first time I meet one of his cousins is at their wedding ha;) The reception was gorgeous and they had the best food! If Knox and Andrew had to choose one food that they could live off for the rest of their lives, they would both choose pizza.
Knox made sure to show off his flossing for everyone.
Marathon training has begun so let’s call this week #1 of marathon training!
A picture of Brookie trail running:
Here’s what it looked like:
Monday: 8 miles @ 8:36
Tuesday: 6 miles @ 8:52
Wednesday: 8.72 miles total—> 2 mile w/u, 1600m in 6:50 (6:53 pace), 400m recovery jog, 1200m in 4:46 (6:23 pace), 400m recovery jog, 1200m in 4:43 (6:20 average pace), 800m in 3:02 (6:06 pace), 400m recovery jog, 800m in 3:00 (6:02 pace), 400m in 1:24 (5:37 pace), 400m in 1:22 (5:31 pace), 400m recovery, 1 mile c/d.
Thursday: 8 miles @ 8:22
Friday: 6.2 miles @ 9:06 pace with Skye (awake the whole time!) in the jogging stroller.
Saturday: 12.15 miles! 4 mile w/u, 3 miles @ moderate effort, 1 mile easy, 2 mile @ a bit harder than moderate effort (while staying smooth), 2 mile c/d.
49.07 miles for the week—> So close to 50 again!
What was your best run last week? Hardest run?
What has been the best part of your weekend so far?
A question from Knox (typing this in the car on our way home from the wedding:): Would you rather eat pizza the rest of your life or noodles the rest of your life?