As if this month wasn’t crazy ENOUGH… We are gone for the next few days! A few months ago we bought a little trip for our family to take this week before we even thought about moving and we couldn’t change the trip at all to a less crazy time of life because it is nonrefundable.
We don’t have Brooke and Knox this Christmas because they are with their Dad/Mom so instead of Santa visiting two houses… we like to do an experience instead of presents the years they are gone (we are lucky that they are on the same holiday schedule). As Skye gets older Santa will visit her yearly though;) It’s fall break here and we’ll be back on Thursday! My mom will take over comments (and respond to you guys:). I have posts daily ready for while we are gone and I’ll read through every comment once we get back so don’t stop!
Andrew and I are tired haha… All beyond great things this month but I think when we get back we are going to sleep for as long as possible.
A few random things to talk about:
*Sometimes I make the girls copy me in my current daily uniform of black leggings and a grey sweatshirt. They seem to be okay with it.
*This girl is trying so hard to stand up. She practices all day long and before you know it, she is going to be pulling herself up!
*If anybody ever does something like this to me, I’m not going to be okay with it.
*Hey. I just love this picture from our old house!
*Andrew and I laugh pretty hard when we watch this show.
*I have to apologize to Beretta… I haven’t thanked her yet for helping me get my sub 3! She accompanied me on many runs throughout this training cycle and was a great training partner even if she almost killed me whenever she spotted a cat or small animal during our runs.
*MY MOM FINALLY FOUND IT. When I was in college I hid this little picture of me and my sis in her car. She was so confused when she found it tucked away in a little compartment the other day… I put it there 12 years ago.
*When the kids go to school:
I’ve had a few people ask me what was different this time around with my marathon. The last time I ran under a 3:10 was in 2010 and then this time I dropped under 3:00 8 years later… There have definitely been some major things that have been different to help me to get there.
I have been in probably pretty similar physical shape at different points and missed the sub 3 so here are a few things I think made the difference THIS time:
*I got to the place where I was sick of fear holding me back. Who cares if I fail? Literally, nobody does and if they do then I don’t really need that person in my life;) I am enough based on being a human being… not based on my marathon times. Letting go of my anxiousness of failing helped me to focus more on my training, the race and taking chances.
*My coach gave me new, fresh and challenging workouts that I’ve never done before. We started small to avoid injuries and built up from there. My week consisted of MOSTLY easy miles (and I truly took them easy) with one mid-week workout (that got longer and longer throughout the cycle… up to 11ish miles of tempo/speed) and usually one workout included in my long run. This worked well for me. In previous training cycles I was doing two speed workouts during the week and one in my long run… maybe in the future I will build up to that but higher mileage while focusing on quality twice a week was a great combo for me. I absolutely LOVE working with Mary (@itsamarython).
*Nutrition. Eating while running or right before running is really hard for me. It’s weird because eating is very fun and pretty much the best at any other time besides running so it’s annoying when it is so hard when I need it to fuel my miles:) This last training cycle I became determined to learn how to fuel well. My complete nutrition plan for the day before a race and the day of the race is HERE. The key for this is experimenting and practicing. I’ve tried so many different combinations to figure out what is right for me and that made a huge difference on race day. Skye is already working on her fueling. PS I am the biggest fan of UCAN now. I only took it before the race (300 calories of it) and it will continue to be a part of every marathon I do from here on out.
*Nutrition for the rest of the day. I don’t believe in eating perfectly and cutting out all of the fun food in life in the slightest… BUT for this marathon I tried a lot harder to eat a bit better. I cut out soda (for other marathon training plans I would go grab a diet coke the second my long run ended… not the best recovery tool) and candy. I made nutrition more of a priority. The more kids we have the less time I have to think about food for me and it’s easy to just grab something simple or forget or eat their macaroni and cheese. I tried to make more nutrient dense meals, I never missed a day of taking my vitamins and I added more iron to my daily nutrition (i.e. I had more red meat than ever).
*Mental Training. I read everything I could to help me and I listened to everything possible on this topic. It’s hard to switch up the way you think especially if you have been thinking a certain way for decades but it’s worth the work. Start with little changes and you’ll have big results. Our body responds to the things we say to it so if we tell ourselves we aren’t good enough than it will respond accordingly but if we are telling ourselves we are strong and capable of great things our body will listen to that and follow. I really think our brains can do more for our running than we think.
*I lived in the present a lot more. I worked hard to stay in the mile I was in. I remember during a 3 x 3 mile workout freaking out that I still had two more intervals to do after the first one killed me so I might as well just quit now. Flipping my thoughts to focusing on the mile I was in and what I was feeling in the second rather than what I was EXPECTING to feel in the future got me through that workout. There is no need to worry about the future. Find the good where you are in the moment and let go of the rest. Jared Ward has SO much amazing stuff to say about this… from his presentation that I went to:
*I’m just in a better stage of life. There have been some extremely hard years in my past and we each have those hard years… We can’t expect us to be nailing prs and accomplishing all of the things while grieving or struggling with major life events. Sometimes we are just in survival mode and running/races/prs are always there for us when we are ready.
*I tried to stop making excuses for myself. Sure, I’m tired but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to get out of bed for my training runs. Yes, I love candy more than most children do but that doesn’t mean I can eat it all day long. Yes, I could settle for doing the comfortable thing because the uncomfortable thing hurts but no… we are strong and we don’t need to make excuses for ourselves. I’ve made so many excuses for myself over the years of running and the excuses didn’t get me to my dreams so why continue to do it? Don’t talk yourself out of your goals with the going gets tough.
*I slept more and thank you for being so supportive of that Andrew (he is a night owl). There were many times that I climbed into bed when we put the kids down to just relax for a bit before falling asleep at 9:30. My runs were all done very early in the morning so going to bed early was necessary to stay healthy and see improvements during my training. Now I am staying up late and hanging out with Andrew until the next training block starts again and it is a lot of fun.
*Be stubborn about your goals. For so many races I’ve been okay letting go of them once things got hard and telling myself I’ll do it another time. I can’t tell you how empowering it felt at mile 20 when I stuck to my goals and didn’t let the hurt/fatigue stop me. I felt like I finally hit a place in my life where I wasn’t being wishy washy about my goals anymore. We have control of our lives and I decided that I wanted this so I would do what it took to take control of this goal and hit it. Refuse to let go of your goals… What you want matters, big time.
*I worked hard on not letting the idea of pain freak me out. Bring it on. This is what I’ve been training for, I can’t be afraid of it. The pain is over quickly and then you get to feel like a rockstar for a while afterwards so whatever… I was ready for it. I knew it was coming and didn’t live in lala land thinking I wasn’t going to experience it so I was better able to prepare for it.
Texts with my brother a few days before the race.
*I have struggled with confidence my entire life. I personally love getting older because with each year I feel more and more confident about myself and it is life changing. I decided with this cycle that I was done holding back… I was sick of saying I wanted a sub 3 but then finishing the sentence with, ‘but I don’t think if it will happen for a while’ or thinking in my head that my fast days might have been in my past and worry I would never get back there again. WHY NOT just think awesome things about me and my running. <— There is nothing but good that will come from thinking this way (and I am proof in how big of a difference confidence will make in your race times). During this training cycle I stopped myself from the BUTS and truly believed I was capable of so much more. Thinking about my running like I am a rockstar rather than thinking about how so and so is faster or that I am not muscular enough etc IS A HUGE PART of what got me to my dream. You have every reason to be confident in yourself so today is your day to start realizing how great you are.
*This was the first time I ran the day before the marathon and I really liked it. I don’t know if it made a huge difference on race day but it got my digestive system moving and my legs fresh.
*I took my easy runs TRULY TRULY easy. In previous training cycles where I was just as fit as this time around my easy runs were still 7:30-8:05ish pace. This time around I took my easy runs more to the 8:20-9:00 pace. I think that really did make a big difference for me! It allowed my body to repair itself after the hard workouts and prepare itself for the hard workouts so I could really nail them.
*Another thing that didn’t really make a difference but in my brain it did… I LOVED the power bun. Our clothes, shoes and hair can make us feel faster and between the Hyperion and my power bun… those things made me feel faster.
*Books that I read that helped me SO much this time around: Let Your Mind Run, Strong, How Bad Do You Want It and Girl, Wash your face. (not a running book at all but it helped me out a lot with my mental game with life which helped in running too.. Rachel Hollis is amazing:).
*I used other’s belief in me to believe in myself even more. Not sure if this is recommended to do or not. There were a few girls in particular (Victoria!!) that are very experienced athletes that looked at my training and predicted times under 3 hours and I took what they said and completely believed them. I would think about it when I wanted to slow down… if they know I can do it, then I do too.
*The stars aligned. Perfectly—> Zero injuries, I avoided all of the germs the kids bring home from school, PERFECT weather, having my support crew there, sleeping like a champ etc etc etc. It’s part of racing… searching for the day where everything lines up. It’s also part of racing to prove to yourself your strength and determination over the years when things don’t line up and picking yourself back up and trying again.
Ever had a race where the stars completely aligned? What race?
Those of you with blended families… how do the holidays work at your house?
-We switch off each year with Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year we will have Brooke and Knox for Thanksgiving but not for Christmas.
Has anything changed in your most recent training cycle that has helped you?
What was the best part of your weekend?