After my hard workout/race/long run on Saturday my coach told me to get a lot of sleep, to eat well and to take care of myself over the next few days because of the race on Saturday and my mileage jump this week (I’ll be in the 50s this week… ahh).
I did just that on Sunday. Brooke had a bit of a fever on Sunday and didn’t feel great so I stayed home with her all day so she could rest. I probably walked 200 steps the entire day and Skye didn’t mind just relaxing all day either. I also took two naps on Sunday (during both of Skye’s naps) and it was amazing.
Monday morning= Brooke woke up feeling much better and her temperature was back to normal too.
For my Monday morning run I drove to a new location because of this beautiful hill. I have run the St. George Marathon twice before and there is a hill called Veyo that can either destroy you or just add an extra 30-45 seconds to that particular mile split.
The first year that I did St. George I did a ton of training in the mountains so my hill strength was awesome and when I got to Veyo I just slowed down a little bit and didn’t really notice it that much. In 2016, Veyo felt a lot harder than 2014 because I hadn’t done much hill training leading up to it.
2018—> I want Veyo to be the place where I keep an even effort (which means I will slow down for the hill a little bit) but it won’t kill me off because I’ll have gotten in plenty of hills during my training so that I am strong. I want to get to the top and recover quickly and get back on pace!
Veyo is early on in the race and I need to save my energy for the negative split I’m going to pull off this year;)
PS WHY CAN’T HILLS LOOK AS BIG IN PICTURES AS THEY ARE IN REAL LIFE?!
So I ran up and down the hill four times yesterday to get in some practice.
The hill is about .65 miles long and you gain 136 feet of elevation (and a total of 600 feet of elevation gain for the run).
Here are my splits from St. George 2016 below and Veyo is in that 8th mile and it is longer than the above hill that I did (208 feet) but you also get 87 feet of drop in that mile (you go down a steep hill before climbing up Veyo).
Miles 7-11 are by far the hardest miles of this marathon (I think) because you gain 376 feet of elevation in those four miles. You’ve just got to make it through those without dying or using all of your energy and you are good to go from there.
Can you tell I’m a bit obsessed with all of the data/numbers when it comes to running? <— All of those math classes in high school have paid off in life;)
8:06 average pace for the 8.26 Monday morning miles (8 miles + 4 x 20 seconds fast (5:45 pace with 60 second walking recoveries)).
By the way, my coach switched my VDOT (a measure of your current running ability) after my races last week so now my easy runs are around the 7:57-8:45 range… they used to be 8:26-9:15.
Our day was pretty low key. We stayed at home for most of it. Skye is clearly a big fan of Candy Land.
Andrew spent the day tiling our laundry room. When he was taking off the linoleum he found a crazy amount of mold under the washer… so that was fun. We had it checked out and we were safe to be home and he was able to get rid of it all!
Wish us luck not having a washer and dryer for a few days. My mom might find us using her laundry room soon because one of our biggest talents over here is going through all of our clean clothes at an alarming rate.
We made pizza (TJ’s pizza dough) and maybe someday we will grab our pizza stone from my sister ha. It was delicious and so incredibly easy.
My night ended with some yoga on my own once the girls fell asleep. When Andrew finished up for the day we hung out for a while. Oh and also the best popsicle on the planet made an appearance:
I have a few random things to talk to you about today:
*These girls love pancakes just as much as I do which is a very important thing for me.
*Kelly and Lindsey told me to combine Cowboy Caviar (from TJ’s) and cream cheese together for the best dip ever. They are brilliant. It is amazing and had a nice little kick.
*Kelly told me about this incredible mama that just broke the world record of the fastest half with a triple jogging stroller. Sub 90 while pushing a triple stroller!?!
*I told Andrew that I would really like to take the whole family to Disneyland this year at some point and he sent me this:
*Free race pictures are the best. This was at mile 12 and as you can tell, my hair is drenched from the sprinklers a bit earlier but I was happy.
My mom and I were talking yesterday about my running and I was telling her about how I am suddenly feeling so much physically stronger right now. Things are just clicking and I’m really excited about it. I told her that I know I have been physically stronger at points (like when I ran a 1:21 half marathon and the training around that point) BUT mentally (and physically… my GI problems) I wasn’t doing so great in life. My mom had a stroke at that time in life which was beyond hard and stressful and I was just struggling with a bunch of things in life. I was just trying to make it through my days back then let alone train at the level to PR. While yes there are some not-so-great things going on in life (like for every human on the planet)… I feel mentally like I am a different human (thank you Andrew for treating me so good and thank you therapist for helping me work through some very difficult problems from my past and thank you to me for finally working through these things;) than I was when I was last really physically strong (2015). So I am not sure how my physical strength this fall will compare to what I had a few years ago but my mental strength is going to pull me so much farther along and like I said yesterday, I am absolutely loving the process to get there.
I cannot wait for October 6th.
Thoughts on Disneyland… Is it the best thing ever, a pretty fun day or completely overrated in your opinion?
-The best thing ever.
What is the hilliest race that you have ever done?
Who will be running the St. George Marathon this year?
Favorite type of chip and favorite dip to go with chips?