13.1 miles before getting Brooke off to school. Skye woke up at 4:38 to eat and I couldn’t fall back asleep after trying for a while (probably because I have been forcing myself to go to bed so crazy early the last few days) so I got out a bit earlier than usual for my run. It worked out nicely because it was a longer run than I usually do during the week.
Beretta joined me for the warm-up. She hasn’t quite worked up to interval paces but give her a few more weeks and she can join me for that too. She was so excited to go that when I opened the door (with the leash wrapped around me) she sprinted out like a bullet. I don’t know how I didn’t fall over but I’m lucky I didn’t. One day I’ll remember that she always runs out fast and plan around that.
I stuck to a very flat course for this workout and the w/u and c/d aren’t included in splits below. After the warmup I accidentally pushed save so I had to start all over.
2 w/u miles @ 8:21 and 8:33
Drop Beretta off and run inside to get water for her
3 miles —> 6:47, 6:50, 6:45
3 minutes —> 8:31 pace
3 miles —> 6:43, 6:40, 6:37
3 minutes—> 9:08 pace
3 miles—> 6:31, 6:31, 6:23
3 minutes—> 7:25 pace
1 c/d mile @ 7:29
13.1 miles total @ 7:07 average pace. 6:49 average pace for the 10.1 miles of the workout portion.
I was very surprised how smooth and in control those 3 mile intervals felt. I’m getting excited…
Turns out that trying new things during training is amazing. I don’t know why I haven’t played around more with things in previous marathon training cycles because I can’t believe what a difference it has made this time around. I swear I just keep finding better and better things.
This water bottle is perfect. I love my handheld one but I don’t love holding things while running so now I have a water bottle that just goes into my belt… it’s perfect. I completely forgot it was in there until I needed a drink. I didn’t have to stop to get water and just pulled it out (I did stop once for about 2 seconds because it is a little trickier to get back in but practice will make that easier). I couldn’t even feel it. I wore it on my back and I am so happy about this thing. The bottle has a small curve in it to fit your body better. This will be joining me for the marathon.
I also tried UCAN and absolutely loved it. I might be one of those people that does much better with UCAN/Tailwind for my calories before a race vs food. I am going to try out eating some oatmeal or toast 2 hours before my next long run (go back to bed) and then use UCAN or Tailwind before I start along with a gel and then practice using a gel and UCAN during the run for nutrition. It wasn’t until yesterday when I realized how good my stomach felt that I figured out a banana/sandwich 30-60 minutes before a run might not be the best thing for me. I’m still getting in the same amount of calories with the UCAN or Tailwind before but I felt a million times better this way.
Also, my nanohydr8 is a new thing this training cycle and that has been really great. I might just use it two more times before the taper and then during the taper have 0 caffeine so that it really works well on race day.
***Tangent—> Kathy said something that I loved yesterday and I think it is true for 99% of my runs: “Don’t trust the first mile.” <—How many times has that first mile made me think that I am going to feel terrible and not hit my goals and then once I’m warmed up, the run goes great. Don’t trust it!!
Andrew went on his run, Brooke went to school and then we all went to see Dr. Bennett (801-513-1078). I’ve been going to him for over 4 years now and I have never had a serious injury (except for turf toe but that was from landing really weird during a run) since… and I had a million before him. He helped me yesterday to get my right hip to pick up the slack again and balance things out. As I was walking in, Josse was walking out haha… he is getting her all good to go for the marathon too.
And then I sat in the back on the way home to help make sure that Skye got a nap at home and not in the carseat (because transferring does not happen anymore). She was so confused to see me back there with her.
When your lunch takes two dinner plates… Brooke thinks I am breaking the law by using ketchup with my eggs but I don’t think I could eat eggs without ketchup.
You don’t randomly find avocado on your kneecap an hour after eating it too?
After the kids were done with school we watched my niece’s volleyball game…
Right before we got there my sister’s husband sent me this hahaha! There is so much truth to this.
And then it was off to Brooke’s soccer game.
I think she was a little bored being the goalie. She started doing cartwheels at one point.
She enjoyed the running around the field part much more.
Knox found ways to entertain himself during the game.
Skye did too.
And then after the game we grabbed a Frosty. I love waiting until my ice cream is a little bit melty (and I’m that weirdo that loves soggy cereal too) so I eat around the outsides of my ice cream first because that part melts first.
What was the last new-to-you running product/fuel that you used?
Chocolate or vanilla frosting/ice cream? Soggy cereal… terrible or delicious?
-Vanilla but twist is also a great option for me.
Ketchup, salsa or other with your eggs?
How long does it usually take you to start feeling warmed up on your run?