Turns out long runs with friends are WAY MORE fun for me vs doing them alone. We got to mile 10 (the turn around point) and I could not believe that we were that far into the run. The miles clicked by and the social time was the best.
I went to bed Friday night at 10 and then was up at 4:50 to start getting things ready to meet the girls. I tried a new combo that I REALLY LIKED. I never eat oatmeal before a long run but a bunch of you do so I thought I would try it out and it felt really good. Also, I tried tailwind and it was amazing. I had the entire packet on the drive to our meeting spot and it was awesome. My stomach was so happy with it and it gave me a lot of energy. I also used a nanohydr8 (I talk about this amazing stuff in this post along with my discount offer) before starting and drank a ton of water. Between everything I had around 400 calories which felt perfect before the long run.
I’m a big fan of tailwind now. You guys are always right. It was the perfect energy for me. I just need to find a way to take it during the run?!
I wore my good luck necklace from Andrew.
And then drove to meet the girls. It was 60 degrees when we started and it felt amazing. My hands were even cold which was a good sign.
And then we all started up. My friend had on this amazing light and I’m ordering it. It was so bright and easy for her to wear. It’s amazing.
I took my handheld water bottle with me which was really nice. I filled it up really quick twice during the first 10 miles (second 10 miles I didn’t stop at all). One of the girls I ran with has done a 2:52 marathon (WOWZERS) and she carried hers the entire time during her marathon to stay hydrated and kept filling it up along the way.
The first 10 were up and the last 10 were down. St. George has the same type of feel… the really hard ups are in the first half and the downs are mostly in the second half. It was a great dress rehearsal. My legs were really tired by the end from the up and down (1104 up and 1104 down) but overall I felt pretty good.
At mile 10 we started the workout portion and did that for 7 miles. For the first 3ish miles of the workout I was still talking to my friend and then after that I put in my music and she cruised up ahead and finished her 20 at her tempo pace. She was very inspiring to chase after and it was so helpful for me.
First 10 around an 8:03 average.
10-17 @ 6:47 average (6:57, 6:47, 7:08, 6:51, 6:37, 6:34, 6:33). During these miles I stepped on a snail on accident and can’t get the crunch sound out of my head. I also saw the guy in our area that runs 5:something miles in CROCS. He is so fast and has been only running in crocs for years and years.
3 mile c/d still going down (7:15, 7:13, 6:57)
And then we finished at the gas station. This picture was taken after I sat on a bench for a while. I haven’t gone 20 miles in almost 2 years and it definitely tested me but overall I’m happy with how it went and how I felt by the end. Really good things are coming October 6th.
Also, this run felt so much better than last Saturday so don’t forget, the good ones and bad ones are just part of training.
PS remember how Bangs Friend is flying out to do St. George too?! She rocked her first 20 miler and beat me by .15:) Too bad we can’t do these runs together!
One of my friends was also wearing a beautiful pair of Launches! 4 out of 5 of us there are all running St. George. It will be fun to celebrate together afterwards!
We ended pretty close to one of my favorite donut shops so I picked some up to take back home to the family (and me:).
Skye completely denied me when I got home. Not sure if it was because I smelled terrible or if she was mad she didn’t join me in the bike trailer with Andrew like the previous week:)
Brooke was a huge fan of the s’mores donut and Beretta watched for any crumb that fell to the ground. She is a great vacuum for food:)
And Brooke and Knox joined me for the stretching portion. Brooke is way more flexible than I am.
Andrew was out getting everything ready for our camping trip!! It was Skye’s first camping trip ever! I’ll share all of the adventures soon but I wrote this post before leaving because the mountains don’t have reception which is fabulous for some family bonding time.
Marathon training week #6 (of a short training cycle… 5 weeks to go):
Monday: 8 miles @ 9:00 pace
Tuesday: 10.17 miles total. Track workout!
2 mile w/u
2 miles @ 6:31
3 minutes walking
1 mile @ 6:00
3 minutes walking
2 miles @ 6:26
3 minutes walking
1 mile @ 6:01
2 mile c/d
Wednesday: 6 miles @ 8:33
Thursday: 7 miles @ 8:14
Friday: 6 miles @ 8:26
Saturday: 20.1 miles!! 10 w/u, 7 miles @ 6:47 (mostly down), 3 mile cool-down. 7:27 average!
57.27 miles for the week. I am pretty sure this is my highest mileage week since 2015!
What are your Sunday plans?
What was the best run of your week?
What was the last new thing you tried with your running? Did you like it?
Favorite type of donut?