7 miles Monday morning @ 8:14 pace and my body felt better than expected after my 22 miles on Saturday.
Brooke got home on Sunday night from a weekend with her dad (we switch off months and this month he came to Utah to spend time with her). She was most excited to see Skye when she got home. She snuggled her as much as possible. Skye isn’t too excited about snuggling right now (MUST BE MOVING AT ALL TIMES) but she did let Brooke get in some good snuggles.
Our normal hang out on the ground time while the kids were at school…
Eggs are one of my favorite ways to pack in a ton of vegetables in a meal. And an hour later I had leftover french toast from the morning… Marathon training = 10 meals a day.
After school we went to watch my niece at her volleyball game and Skye did her part to cheer her on.
Dinner landed on my shirt like usual. Tortellini with pesto sauce…
The kids had an activity at their school which involved snow cones.
And Skye held her arm like this for a few minutes… Not the most comfortable position.
Andrew had a late softball game (the kids were all in bed so that’s why we didn’t go) and I had an exciting night of Rolo ice cream and reading.
A few tangents for you today!
*I have about 106 miles left to run before race day! These miles aren’t about gaining a lot of fitness but more about just keeping things going and sharpening up my form and speed until race day as I taper. The real thing I am focusing on right now is THINKING MYSELF THERE! Our minds are so incredibly powerful. So while the majority of the work is done for this marathon and there isn’t much more I can do there, I CAN—> Think myself to my goal. Visualizations, meditation, positive thoughts, visiting previous workouts I nailed. I’ll be over here in Utah thinking myself to my goal for the next few weeks so feel free to join me in all of these brain workouts I’ll be doing.
Brooke and her game face while watching a marathon. She told me while watching that she wished we were racing too and that made my day.
*We were able to spend some time on Sunday with my brother that just had back surgery last week. After about a week of crazy pain after the surgery (he only used Tylenol to avoid going on prescription drugs) he is starting to feel a bit better. We went on a walk and everything. He was telling me about his son’s last cross country meet and I had to share with you what he said. At the end of the race he told my brother, “It was REALLY hot outside so I just decided I was going to run really fast so that I could finish faster and get in the shade and you know what? It worked out really well.” <— If the last miles of my marathon are hot, I’ll be channeling my 6th grade nephew’s running wisdom!
*I’m tired. Like really tired. I’m in no way telling you this to complain (I choose to marathon train:) but to remind any of you that feel the same way that it is normal at this point in training. If I wasn’t this tired at this point then I would feel like I didn’t work hard enough during the training. But I’m taking my recovery serious right now and spending a lot of time on the ground… even when eating my flautas. Good thing that I am able to do this with both my mama job and other job (laptop on the ground ha).
*A new WORLD RECORD for the marathon by Kipchoge!! “It’s not about the legs. It’s about the heart and mind.” <— I’ll be thinking about this quote during my marathon a lot. I thought this chart was really cool… I think I might be able to run next to him for about 4m. So incredible. If I look 1/4925th as efficient and smooth at the end of my marathon as he did at the end of his 2:01 marathon, I will be happy.
*My schedule is all written out leading up to the marathon!! My coach said that I could either run 4 miles on Thursday and take Friday off or the other way around… normally I always take the day off before a marathon but maybe it would be good to run the day before!? But then why try something new but what if the something new is great… AHHHH what do you do?
PS my VDOT Equivalent is 3:03:39 BUT a lot of my training runs/speed workouts have been faster than the paces prescribed for that VDOT so let’s see what happens:)
A question from Grant yesterday: “Just wondering, have you ever known a runner who dealt with snapping hip syndrome? I have wonky hip mechanics so I’ve dealt with hip pain before, but for the last two weeks I had a painless snapping sensation in my hip whenever I walked… I’ve noticed that strengthening my glutes and core and activating my glutes while running really helped, but I don’t know if I can say that ‘fixed it’ for me.” <— Can anyone help out Grant? Has anyone experienced this?
Day before a marathon or half-marathon… do you run or take the day off. I need all of the opinions/details/thoughts on this because I don’t know what to do!
I’d love to hear what you run is today… anyone else starting their taper?
I’d love to hear a tangent or a few from you!
Last ice cream flavor that you had?