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The first 1/2 of our Sunday was in Vegas with family.
Andrew’s nephew is leaving to the Philippines for two years to go on a mission for our church (Andrew did this too when he was 19 and went to Cincinnati, Ohio). We are very excited for him.
After our church meetings they had a big get together with so much delicious and fresh food. Not pictured: all of the sandwiches and amazing cinnamon rolls. Cinnamon rolls were my jam while pregnant with Skye and turns out they still are now too.
Also, Andrew’s grandma’s Special K bars are something else. They are peanut butter bars and she uses Special K cereal in them (I’m going to get the recipe this week so I can make them for Andrew because they are his favorite).
And then we jumped into the car to drive the 6ish hours home. I am sore from the hills on Saturday but nothing too bad (and nothing hurts injury wise wahoo)… I’m glad I brought my roller for the car though.
Skye was over the road trip idea really quick…
So I joined her in the back with Brooke and Knox.
I also got some confidence journaling in, I’m loving Kara’s book.
We made it home!!
My friend posted this yesterday and it made me laugh:) Even candy is telling us to go running!
I hit my longest run in 22 months on Saturday and I learned a few things along the way that I thought I would share. Remember, when you are coming back to running after time away from training hard… RESET YOUR GARMIN. It makes you feel like a million bucks when you hit new distance or time records.
Here are some of my lessons:
1. Brooke inherited my mother’s pep talk skills. I was shocked on Friday night with what she said to me when we were eating our pizza. I thought about it when I started feeling warm during the run and it helped me… I’ll be thinking about it during the marathon too.
Me to Andrew, “I’m nervous about this temperature tomorrow for our run… long run in the 80s!?!”
Brooke to me, “You DON’T give up.” She even pointed her finger right at me.
She’s right, I won’t and I’ll remember this little face saying that on October 6th.
2. To go along with the above… I learned that I can do hard things in hot temperatures. I’ve always told myself that I am a better cold weather runner and if a race is ever in the 40s the entire time it will be the best day ever. I taught myself that I can run hard in the heat too (80ish degrees for the entire run which is hot for me). We just need to show tough conditions that runners are even more tough:)
Long story short, think about the things you’ve told yourself that you are (ie you aren’t good at hills, you can’t run fast in the heat, you don’t have a ton of endurance etc) and prove yourself wrong.
3. If I forget my thick lip gloss for the marathon like I did on Saturday, I’ll be quite upset at myself. My lips felt terrible by the end. St. George is dry (it’s a desert) and while I hydrated really well and felt fine that way, my lips were angry and I thought about them a lot during the cool-down.
4. Also, same story… DO NOT FORGET YOUR GOODR GLASSES OR VISOR on race day. I did on Saturday and I was not happy about that.
5. While I really like the Ricochet (full report coming soon)… I learned on Saturday that the Launch are where the money is at for me for the marathon. The weight, the support, the speed I can get out of them… they will be my marathon shoe. I’ll do the rest of my long runs in them.
6. Dropping down into Snow Canyon is still my biggest obsession on the St. George Marathon course. Not only are you done with the really hard hills (you just have one more at mile 19… Winchester Hills) but it is fast and the views are breathtaking.
7. I need to put deodorant on my lower back. I need to. One of you taught me that deodorant is the best for anti-chafing and I’m forever grateful because it has changed my running life. I chafed so bad on my lower back on Saturday, I’m going to have to remember to put that on there marathon morning.
8. The long run is the best dress rehearsal ever. You learn so many different things about what you want and do not want to do on race day… I love writing all of these things down because I don’t want to make the same mistakes over again and I don’t want to forget the right things either!
9. I swing my upper body a ton during the run. Anyone have any tips or advice for that? I watched a few of the movies Andrew took and my upper body is not very efficient especially when I was feeling tired like in the below video. Maybe I over pump my arms, I’m not sure… it just seems like I’m wasting a lot of energy there that I should save for my legs.
10. During the last interval and the last mile it was entirely uphill and it hurt… what I did to stop the hurt= think about each of our kiddos giggles and their little faces when they are laughing. It helped big time and I’ll use this trick on race day too.
11. Marathon training with a support group is really great My mom and dad were my support group (and they will be at this marathon wahoo) previously (before Andrew) and now Andrew is absolutely rocking it. I am so grateful. Not only does he help make sure that I can get in my runs each week (and then he runs at random times later on) but he hates mornings. They are literally his least favorite thing ever. Him biking with me was amazing (and we got up so early to do it). He told me we are going to go down again to St. George for one of my 20 milers before the marathon too. It is really amazing what he is doing to help me reach my dreams and I hope I do the same for him.
12. Sandwich with jelly before the run, huma gel every 4-5 miles, Nanohyr8 (so obsessed with this stuff and you can get 20% off HERE using code HRG20… I swear by this thing), water and gatorade = my perfect combination for race day. I’ve never been good at taking in calories during the run but I’m getting a lot better with that now and I think that is going to make all of the difference in a few weeks.
13. Jackrabbits are WAY faster than me. I had a mini race with one at about mile 13 and he creamed me.
14. My glutes felt like they were asleep for most of the run on Saturday. I need to get them a bit activated beforehand because my hamstrings and quads were working overtime and covering the glutes work. I need to do a few squats again before or some clamshells… something needs to wake those up before I start.
15. I think my biggest life talent was found out on Saturday morning when I woke up exactly 1 minute before my alarm clock went off (4:49)… Andrew experienced this phenomena of mine because I woke him up too right before the alarm went off.
16. Keep focusing on the present during the run. The mile I’m in. Not how much farther I would have to go if I was actually in the marathon or how many more reps I still have left to do. Look around where I’m at in that second, take in the gorgeousness of my surroundings, listen to my breathing and cheer myself on for THAT MILE and the rest will work itself out. There is no need to worry about it (unless it is to slow myself down a bit so that I have the energy to finish strong), be present in my running. It’s so much fun that way.
Marathoners and half-marathoners… how many of these do you do a year? Would you do more if your body let you ( if you didn’t get injured by doing a lot)?
Do you like driving or would you rather be the passenger? Do you do the driving on road trips?
-I am all about being the passenger.
Have any running goals this week?
Is there a treat/dessert that is famous in your family?