Yesterday’s workout was terrible. I hit the splits which is great but the way I felt was not what I want to feel like when I’m running 6:50 miles.
And we are officially in the mitten/handwarmer/long sleeve time of life over here.
Like my coach says, the taper does weird things to our brain and body.
First, I didn’t take UCAN or my normal caffeine before my run. I didn’t have time to eat anything but some bread as I was running out the door because Skye is teething again (Andrew took over night and I took over early morning) and not sleeping so when she finally went back to sleep I had to get out to run fast to be back in time for Andrew to leave. I didn’t take my nanohydr8 because I am going two weeks without ANY caffeine before the race so that it really does wonders on race day.
The workout called for a 1.5 mile w/u… I started the workout portion of the run and got a 1/2 mile into it and my watch was telling me I was running a 7:50 mile pace when I knew for sure I was running faster. So I stopped and did a hard reset on my watch and started the workout portion all over (and shortened my cool-down so I still hit the same mileage that my coach assigned for me) and my garmin was back on track. 2 miles at marathon pace leading into one at threshold followed by a .5 mile recovery and then 2 miles at marathon pace leading into one at threshold (6:36).
I hit the paces but I felt terrible. My stomach was off, I felt half-asleep and my legs felt like they were 2% charged… blah blah blah. It’s not how I want to feel during marathon pace effort but it’s a-okay. It happens. My workout last Saturday with2 x 6 miles consecutively at these paces felt 15 times easier than the three mile intervals felt yesterday.
I don’t remember where I heard this but I heard someone say that you need to treat a bad workout like an etch a sketch… shake it to erase it from your brain and start drawing your picture again.
One bad workout is not going to bring down my confidence going into this race. Sure, if the majority of my workouts felt like they did yesterday then yes, I need to probably rethink my goal time and come up with a good plan for my fitness BUT it’s one workout out of two dozen amazing workouts so the workout is just bouncing off of me and not touching my confidence.
If anything, a bad workout is making me feel even more determined to get my goal and do all of the things to rest and recover to get there. Why waste time dwelling on a bad workout (because that is NOT going to get you to your goals) when you could use that time to recover and think positive?!
Within minutes of finishing my workout:
In other news… this was the forecast for St. George as of yesterday and I could cry happy tears about it. This marathon has been known to be in the 90s many years and it looks like this year won’t be one of those years:
I probably shouldn’t stalk the weather report and I also probably shouldn’t read the runners guide 3 times a day either. Feel free to quiz me on anything for the race, I practically have this thing memorized:
When I get home from my run… that is just when the day really starts which makes it even easier to shake a bad workout because I don’t even have time to think about it:) PS Brooke hugged me after my run and told me I was sweatier than normal which is strange because it was 46 degrees out for my run.
Skye shared most of her breakfast with Beretta. Beretta is loving her life.
Skye played fetch with herself for a while. Throw the toy and then crawl after it… repeat x 204.
She also found her way into Knox’s birthday presents.
She inherited this from me:
Hot chocolate in my Twas’ the Night Before the Race mug after a salad and toast w/peanut butter for lunch.
I’m really trying to make sure I take more down time when Skye is napping and rereading some of my favorite running stuff for my mental game.
We had Brooke’s soccer game last night!
You can kind of see Skye’s teeth popping in!
I love seeing her run.
It’s a BIG day—> HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KNOX. He is seriously the most loving and friendly little boy out there. I feel so lucky to be a part of his life and get some of his snuggles:) He will be with his mom today so we will celebrate on Friday with him and I can’t wait! PS did I tell you that for his bday dinner he asked me if we could pick up Dominos pizza and eat it at Olive Garden? He wants Dominos pizza along with the breadsticks and crayon set/activity page that they give you at Olive Garden all at once.
Flashback to one of my favorite pictures of him when he was 3:)
Tell me about any extreme weather conditions you’ve had in races?
-Boston 2015 (not nearly as bad as this year’s Boston but it was crazy windy/cold/raining) and Utah Valley Marathon (ehhh 2010 I think?) it was snowing for the first few miles and I was in shorts and a tank top.
Question from Andrew—> What’s a food that you like that most other people don’t like?
-Cheddar Bacon Easy Cheese (for Andrew) and gummy bears in my ice cream (I feel like a lot of people do not like this because they get really frozen and hard but I love it).
Another q from Andrew—> If you could have a 2nd home anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I would love to read Knox your bday wishes when I see him tomorrow! The older he gets the more invested he is in this blog and having me show you things and ask you questions:) He always says, ‘can you send this to your blog?’