The things we do for running…. I actually got up earlier than I thought I was going to (and what I posted on yesterday’s post) because we decided last second to meet at 5. I was asleep by 9:20 on Friday night and slept straight until my alarm at 4:10 so I actually felt pretty rested when I woke up.
We drove up north because of the fires. In our area you can’t see the mountains anymore or anything more than .3 miles away (at least in the mornings, by the afternoons it is more clear)… it is pure smoke. The kid’s soccer games were canceled and we were all advised to stay inside as much as possible. We drove up to the lighter green dots to get away from the smoke to run and that was really helpful. For most of the run it felt totally fine but the last few miles I could start to feel it a bit.
The girls! We had a few stops along the way mainly for water and for bathroom breaks and we did stop our watches for those breaks. This next week I’m going to try to go the full long run (I think I have about 17.5 miles) without stopping and have Andrew hand me my water etc.
We climbed so many hills which was great training for race day! It was really fun to run in a new area and cross your fingers every time you went around a bend that you wouldn’t have another huge hill to climb;)
We found all of the water fountains.
And stopped in a gas station at one point too.
The goal for my workout was to drop down that last 5k but I didn’t hit those paces—> 6:33, 7:24 and 6:42 (and 6:29 pace for another .2). SO around a 6:52 for the last 3.2 but I’ll take it. I was struggling big time (and that was even on the downhill). I pushed through the pain and didn’t quit so I’ll take it as a success and remember these monster hills on race day when the hills on the course are much smaller.
Overall stats. We gained 1,435 feet!
One friend and I met at 5 and did 4 miles of flat and then met up with our other two friends so really it was like 1400ish feet of up in 18 miles! We were either going up or down the entire time.
When I hit 22.2 miles I decided to walk the last mile to the car (we miscalculated the turn around point and I wanted to stick to what my coach planned for me). I saw this menchies and was so angry that it wasn’t open because it sounded so good at 8 a.m.
We got back to the cars and stretched out for a long time and I soaked in some more sub 3 marathon tips from my friend (two of the girls there have run sub 3 and the other ran a 1:23 half last weekend)!
I am 100% using the Ricochet (coming out next month) for my marathon. I love them. As long as I wear tall enough socks (I got blisters the first time I wore them because my socks were short), they are heaven. Lighter than the Levitates but they still give me that bounce I love from the Levitates. My feet were happy for that entire long run.
Post run ice party.
I am so glad I was able to run with these girls. My other option was the treadmill for 22 miles so they saved me and we were able to talk and catch up on life for the first 19 (at 19 I put my headphones in) miles!!
I ate a protein bar and banana on the way home (doing a full nutrition post soon for race day but yesterday I had oatmeal, nanohydr8 and UCAN before the run and then gels every 5 miles along with water during) and my hamstrings were so ridiculously tired after all of those hills. I need to be really careful the next few days to really rest after this run. I was hoping to have a faster average pace for the 22 miler but I have to remember that it was at the end of peak week… my legs were tired so when I remember that I’m really confident for race day that with rested legs I’ll hit my dream paces.
As one of my friends on the run reminded me (I was really hurting those last miles), I didn’t want yesterday to be my day… I want October 6th to be my day and the training that my coach has given me is adding up for that to be my day:)
Fast forward through many hours of laying on the ground with Skye while building Legos with Knox and then Andrew and I went on a date!
Nothing on the planet sounded better to me than this below burger. I actually heard angels singing in my head as I was eating it.
And the fries.
We walked around for a bit.
And then spent the rest of the day being lazy and eating ice cream.
Brookester comes home today!
PS STEPHANIE won the RetailMeNot giveaway (she already emailed me back but I just wanted to put it here too)!!!
Monday: 6 miles @ 8:49 (this felt harder than my workout the next day.. some days our body just revolts;)
1 mile w/u
4 miles @ 7:06
3.54 miles—> 1 minute @ 6:17-6:26 and 1 minute @ 7:10-7:25 repeat for 3.54 miles (this was supposed to be 4 miles but I put the workout into my garmin wrong and didn’t realize until I finished so I did .46 miles at the end to get to the 13 miles that I was supposed to do).
3 miles @ 6:43, 6:43, 6:29
1 mile c/d
.46 miles @ 6:40
13 miles total @ 6:59 average!
Wednesday: 6 miles @ 8:49.
Thursday: 9 miles @ 8:34.
Friday: 6.2 miles @ 8:28.
Saturday: 22.2 miles @ 7:47 average.
62.4 miles total. The taper begins. Next week all of my runs are easy accept for Saturday is
What was your best run last week?
-Tuesday. That was a total confidence builder for me so I’m just going to hold onto that one to think about on race day!
What are you up to today?
How do you get your water in during the long run?
If you like hamburgers, what are your favorite burger toppings?