I’ve got a lot to talk to you about today so I’ll keep this first portion pretty short.
8 miles @ 8:45 pace with VERY sore calves from Saturday. I don’t think my calves have felt this sore in years… WHAT HAPPENED (taper phantom pains probably).
He ran next to me for a few seconds so I took a picture of him.
I listened to this podcast and it was SO inspiring. Roberta is PRing left and right while being an amazing mom and nurse. I love how she balances everything and how she is not letting her age hold her back. I can’t wait to see what she does in New York soon.
We did the school thing.
Andrew has a sore throat and a bit of a cold so I’m taking this stuff like crazy!
Skye likes to inform me that she is full by tossing her plate of the rest of her meal directly to the ground in a matter of 2 seconds. Beretta enjoys this new game.
I had my sister’s girls over after school and Skye was eyeing their cookies.
Tacos for dinner…
Hanging out on the ground as much as possible.
And Skye had her first haircut:) It freaked her out a little bit but Heather did an amazing job.
I’ve got 6 miles to get done!
Have you ever wondered how in the world we are supposed to run 26.2 miles in a race when our training has only gone up to 20 miles? Or why our bodies can jump up to a half-marathon distance when we have only gone up to 9-10 miles for our long runs on the weekends?
For my marathon I am going to be running 26.2 miles at a 6-something pace and I’ve only gone up to running that same pace for 13 miles in training—> BUT I know that my body is capable of going DOUBLE that distance on race day… so how does it happen? How does race day help us to perform faster and endure longer than we do during our training? Well, there are a few reasons and they are pretty awesome:
(Picture above from my PR half-marathon where I ran faster for the 13.1 miles in a row compared to the mile repeats (WITH BREAKS) that I did leading up to it).
*Race day adrenaline. You’ve worked hard to get there, you are surrounded by hundreds/thousands of other runners, music is playing, excitement is building and the adrenaline kicks in… That adrenaline that your body releases can help you feel stronger, faster and even more energetic than your pre-race caffeine shots;) (Source for below quote)
*The fatigue adds up during the hard weeks of training. So yes, you aren’t running 26.2 miles in one shot during training but the weeks combined together make it so that you CAN do 13.1 or 26.2 or miles during the race. 20 miles done on TIRED legs makes it so that 26.2 miles on fresh legs can happen. During training you are doing your long runs/workouts on tired legs from all of the miles/intervals/tempos/hills just days before. The taper gives you those fresh legs that just feel spectacular during the race. (Below from Deena’s book).
*You have all of these runners around you during the race doing hard things which helps you to then do hard things. I think that makes it a lot easier vs those solo miles out on your run! This running community… it’s something else.
*Along with having a bunch of runners all around you, if you are a competitive person… that might fuel your flame even more which will help you to perform even better!
*Spectators. Unless you have spectators during your training runs then this is an awesome benefit that kicks in just on race day. People cheering me on during a race always gives me a pep in my step.
*Races are just more fun than training (IMO) which can help you do better. People might dress up, there is a post-race party with smoothies and fresh fruit that motivate you to get to the end quickly, there are funny signs for you to see as you run by, kids giving you high fives… Races are just really fun. There are a lot of distractions at races to keep your mind thinking about other things than your legs feeling tired.
*Course support. It’s the best. Somebody handing you water and gatorade. People handing you gels at certain points on the course? Popsicles and cold towels being passed out towards the end? Bags of ice available for you during a hot race (ps trust me on this and put it in your sports bra… it is life changing). A porta potty on the side of the road right when you need it? It’s so nice to have all of that support and that helps us to do even better!
*We save our best for race day. We save our best music (make a specific race day only playlist), our best outfits/shoes and our BEST EFFORT. During training we aren’t supposed to go too deep into the pain tunnel. We aren’t supposed to give our absolute 100% because we save that effort for race day. Go crazy and enjoy the pain that we love when the races comes:)
*The taper always helps me to really prioritize sleep and nutrition more than I do during training and that will of course help you feel your best during the race.
*Your glycogen levels are topped off and ready to go. Just think of yourself as a car. We run so much better when our tanks are topped off with gas (aka glycogen). Things just run so much more smoothly and faster. The week of the race I take more time to really think about the best ways I can fuel up for my race (which let’s be honest, doesn’t always happen as a mom). Also, It is important to keep that tank filled with gas as you are going along to avoid hitting that wall too hard… start fueling early on. I will be taking my first huma at mile 5 (sharing my full nutrition plan tomorrow).
So, there ya have it. Do the training, trust it and then sit back and relax during the taper and don’t worry about it… these race day benefits get us to those goals of ours!
What things on race day help you to perform better?
I would love to hear any experiences that you have had where you have raced much better than your training went?
Random—> Our baby monitor broke and we need a new video monitor… I would love to hear your recommendations!
Tell me a random interesting fact about you, please!