I have Skye’s 8 month update up if you want to check it out—> HERE!
Hey, I would love to feature the amazing things you, your kids or fur babies are doing or you running with them or their cute faces (if you are okay with that obviously:) or anything you would like to send! If you have fun stories/things about your life, kids/pets that I can share, send them in to hungryrunnergirl @ gmail.com ! I will put these on the HRG baby page.
The highlights from two days condensed into one post:
Another speed workout bank deposit into my St. George Marathon account was made on Tuesday.
I was a little nervous about how this workout would go even though it was shorter than my workout from a few weeks ago. A few weeks ago I did 4 x 2 miles + 1.1 miles really fast at a race and this week I had 3 x 2 miles at threshold to do. The workout on Tuesday was faster than the previous one but because I was doing it on my own and not in a race (and the race had some downhill in the first 2 intervals) made it sound harder to me but I got it done!
I run early because it works best for our family’s schedule but I also run early because I like to start before I’m awake enough to know what is happening ha;) It’s much harder for me to start a hard workout after I’ve been awake for a while and had the time to think about the sweat/pain/fatigue/quads burning I’m about to enter.
First two miles = I felt awful like normal (maybe I need to do a 2 mile warm-up for the marathon;) but then I switched shoes, took a nanohydr8 (I talk about my obsession with this and have a discount for you in this post) and got going. The goal was a 6:36 pace and on average I was at a 6:31 so I’ll call it a success.
There were times throughout the workout where it sounded more fun to just sit down and relax or slow down and when that happened I repeated to myself a few things:
*”St. George, St. George, St. George.” <— Races are my #1 motivation. The feeling of doing the work I need to do well at this race > the feeling of slowing down or stopping.
*”8 years, 8 years, 8 years” <— It has been 8 years since my last marathon PR and I have wanted it bad ever since then so the reminder of how much I want this helped.
*”I’m comfortable” <— I always love tricking my brain.
During intervals I also really love to stare at a point up ahead and focus on holding my pace until I get to that point and then once I get there, I find a new point. It turns the speed work into a game for me.
This workout felt easier than my 8 x 1k intervals last week (done at the same pace) and I think a big reason for that was because it was SIXTY FIVE DEGREES for my run on Tuesday. Temperature makes such a huge difference for me!
My cool-down was a bit faster than normal because I felt good and I really needed to get home to get Brooke to her horse-riding lessons on time.
PS my overall time/pace does not include the two minute (and after the 2nd set it was a 2.5 minute) walking recovery that my coach had me do after each 2 mile interval.
Brain fail… I completely forgot that Brooke didn’t have horse lessons this week and so after waking up Brooke and Skye early and rushing to get down to the stables, I realized it was cancelled.
So we got donuts instead and played Spirit.
I did some planking and Skye rolled on over (rolling > crawling in Skye’s mind) to join me in her version of planks and I like her version of planks better than mine.
Work/chores/Skye’s nap/a shower and then off to the pool to enjoy the last few days of summer with the girls and my nieces.
And then at night my sister didn’t tell me that I had something stuck in my teeth. We picked up dipped cones (from Sweet Cream Bar) and drove up to go visit with our dear friend!
We got to meet her new baby and catch up on life!
Wednesday morning started bright and early to meet with a friend for 6.25 miles @ 8:00 pace. This friend and I met 8 years ago! We met at my PR marathon as I fan girled over her for running a 2:56 for her FIRST marathon. We have stayed in touch via social media ever since then and she was in town, so we got to go run together. She is such a talented runner and amazing mom so I had a million questions for her.
Berretta is doing a really good job finding the most uncomfortable places in our house to rest. SHE HAS TWO DOG BEDS!!!
Andrew’s amazing cousin took some new family pictures for us up in the mountains! Our kids got hot FAST so we were quick but I can’t wait to get the pics back!
Dinner was SO good. Cauliflower gnocchi from TJ’s, pesto from TJ’s, asparagus, chicken, spinach and parmesan cheese. This will be a repeat dinner.
Change is hard for me. Hence why you have probably noticed over the years of my blogging that I love routine and I love doing the same things over and over and over again (sorry for the repetition you have to endure over here). Brooke starts first grade which means she will be gone for almost 8 hours each week day. I remember feeling nervous about the change of her going to Kindergarten (half-day) and it all working out so well so I just need to remember that BUT. FIRST. GRADE!?! She is excited and we are getting her all ready (How To Get Your Teacher Ready is a fun book for this stuff). Remember when she was Skye’s age?
Just another reminder about Skye’s 8 month update!
How do you feel about change? Is it easy for you or does it just depend on the type of change?
Parents/students/teachers reading—> Are you ready for summer break to finish up or not so ready for school to start up again?
What did you have for dinner last night?
What type of run do you have today?