Twenty miles on Saturday left my body very tired on Monday for my 6 miles @ 8:51 pace. This week is a cut-down week for my long run but I do have a tough workout tomorrow (3×3 miles) so I need to recover like a champ to get my body ready for that one.
Our Labor Day was very eventful;) We cleaned the house and then did a few random things. A clean house brings me as many endorphins as rocking a speed workout… Imagine if both things happened all in the same morning?
We met my parents to go and see the Christopher Robin movie. It’s a shame that I must have looked up the wrong theater times because it wasn’t playing then and all of the other showings around town were all sold out ha. We all laughed about it and we will try to go see that movie again soon.
But Skye did show off her new teeth for everyone.
We walked across the street and had ice cream instead.
And watched a movie at home.
After many of you shared your love of UCAN with me yesterday, I bought a few packs to try out. I will try it out for my run tomorrow and Saturday! I loved the combo of Tailwind and huma that I used last Saturday but I want to see if I love this stuff even more?! I’ll let you know:)
A little later on we met some friends that are moving to Ohio this month for some of the good stuff. They had to get in their Cafe Rio fix before leaving!
It would be very hard to move away from this. Those tortillas are pure heaven.
After dinner we went on a little bike ride.
And then played in the grass.
Winter/cold temps, please do not come for a very long long time.
I love the long run for a million reasons but mostly because I always take away some awesome lessons for whatever upcoming race I am training for. Here are a few from/after my 20 miler:
1. My 2:52 marathoner sent me this text and it was just what I needed to remember for race day. It really does help SO much to throw in some smiles. Do it.
Also, Deena Kastor said on a podcast that I just listened to—> “Our attitudes create chemical responses in our bodies. When you have a good attitude your body is releasing endorphins and hormones that make you feel energized and ready with a heightened awareness. And if you are coming stressed and grumpy and negative then your body is creating cortisol, a stress hormone, making you feel stressed and uptight. If you smile, even though you are not happy, your body releases endorphins making you actually feel happy. Our attitudes can transform any moment we are in.”
2. The hard times PASS by. During mile 14 of my long run I started feeling pretty terrible. Everything was hurting but I chose not to dwell on it and once I got to mile 15.4 I realized I was feeling a million times better and had a pep in my step again (and I was going faster at this point too). The half marathon and marathon are a complete roller coaster for me. There are times I feel like a million bucks and times I feel like my whole body is dead BUT I just have to remember that those low points pass. They always do so I just need to keep with it until I start feeling great again. You aren’t going to feel like ‘this’ forever… don’t forget that!!!
3. During the long run I was thinking about why I love racing and the community feel we get from races—> WE ARE ALL IN IT TOGETHER. When you hit mile 22 and things are getting tough, you can look around and know that everyone else is probably feeling exactly what you are feeling. You see that they keep moving forward strong and don’t give up and that is quite inspiring. Running with friends (even though we weren’t together for those last few miles) gave me that same feeling.. I knew that they were pushing themselves and getting comfortable with being uncomfortable and that made it easier for me to do the same thing!
PS this makes me really excited. Rewind to my Saturday run and I looked back to the last time I trained for St. George two years ago. I did my 20 miler this year on Sept. 1 and did my 20 miler in 2015 on Sept. 2. My average pace for this year was 7:27 and in 2015 it was 8:12…. I finished in 3:15 in 2015 so I’m very excited to see the difference this year. Thank goodness for my blog reminding me of every detail of every run for the past 8 years;)
Cleaning—> Do you like to clean your entire area all in one shot or split it up throughout the week?
-I am all about dedicating a chunk of time to just clean like crazy for a few hours.
Podcast people—> What was the last podcast that you listened to?
Question from Andrew—> Are you a morning person? Andrew wants to know if you think being a morning person is an inherited or developed trait?
What is your most important morning ritual?