Another run-free morning that included sleeping in and getting some things done around the house before the kids woke up (quite the different story compared to the previous few months)!
We saw Knox at school which was the best. They think they are pretty big deals just roaming the halls together. It was crazy sock day at school.
I had my sister’s boys over for a few hours. Skye loved having other kids around in the middle of the day.
We spent some time outside and Skye soaked in the fresh air.
Tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. The perfect fall meal. Also, I’m weird and I like putting cheez-it crackers in my soup. Try it before you knock it.
My sis-in-law sent this to me. There is a little bit too much truth to this for me…
Curly (my niece) made it on over for a little while after school too.
Later on we dropped off our girls at my sister’s house and we went on a date to the temple. PS I have a post all about my religion/beliefs that I’m almost finished with!
What’s the plan now? From my coach:
No running for 2 weeks! I’ll be doing a lot of yoga, going on walks and having many days of doing nothing at all. I raced harder than I ever have in my life on Saturday and while yesterday the soreness actually started to disappear… I know there is a lot of damage done during a marathon that I can’t feel and I need that to repair up before I start up again. I also have to remind myself that Skye is only 10 months old. I’ve put my body through kind of a lot this year by jumping back into heavy training quickly so two weeks is necessary. Yes, I’ll lose some fitness from taking a few weeks off followed by easy running for a bit but a lot less fitness will be lost taking two weeks off now compared to jumping back in too soon and getting an injury.
For the next little while I will just be jealous of every runner that I see out and about;)
But really, it isn’t going to be hard to take the two weeks off because I feel very satisfied with myself. I’ve always had little regrets or things I wish I did differently after a marathon (except for the ones I did just for fun) and I’m just really enjoying this feeling of fulfillment. I raced it just the way I dreamed of it and I’m enjoying that.
I do have one regret= I wasn’t on this street below on Monday. A friend sent me this picture of SHALANE FLANAGAN running around the round-a-bout that I have run around 6 days a week throughout my entire training cycle. Shalane has been in our area to train at BYU and at altitude before (elites will stay at Park City sometimes and then come down to Utah County for the track workouts/hard workouts because it is a little bit lower but still high) and it looks like she is here again. I may now start driving around our streets obsessively in the mornings for the next few days.
Shalane and I train on the same streets. Is it weird that that gives me goosebumps? I actually think I would have had a heart attack if I was out for a run and saw her running there.
What are my goals now?
Part of me wants to jump back in to training hard core once these two weeks are over and go do all of the races. The MUCH bigger part of me wants to spend the holiday months with running on the back burner (still running but staying up late with Andrew, celebrating these holiday months and I think my family could use a little break from all of the training).
Things are about to get icy here so there won’t be as many races over the next few months.
I haven’t talked about my goals with my coach yet so there might be some changes but here is what I’m thinking so far:
Race some 5ks as soon as they start happening again here.
Avoid racing any 10ks (these hurt so bad which means my coach will probably want me to do a few).
1/2 marathon in February (I’ve done this one a lot and always say I never will again because it is so hard/hilly but then I sign up for it again) and another one in April (maybe Salt Lake City).
PR (below a 1:21:53) in the half marathon in May (it’s my favorite 1/2—> Provo City). I really love the half marathon. The marathon has my heart but as my mom says, the half marathon is where I can really fly so it would be fun to try for that.
A marathon in June and maybe another fall marathon. I love going for personal records so I will absolutely chase down some faster times for these! Why not dream big? Big dreams make life way more fun in my opinion.
And planning for more kids is also part of figuring out my goals.
Also, I would love to spend the next few months getting in some strength training. I was doing great after having Skye but then with each month it just became less and less and besides a few planks and some hip strength work, I’ve done NOTHING. At this point… If I want more PRs, strength is going to be absolutely necessary!
Long story short… I am SO incredibly excited for the future and my potential while at the same time still freaking out inside over what happened a few days ago and savoring how I feel right now.
A few of you have asked about what my outfit was for the marathon and how in the world I was able to fit so many gels in my pockets.
This is the tank I wore and I think it’s really cute when you are wearing it before it gets soaking wet or when it is not crazy wrinkled like below:). I got the shorts at the Nike Outlet… I cannot find them online anywhere and I don’t remember their name either (SORRY)! They aren’t my most favorite shorts but they have FOUR pockets that can fit a lot in them. I normally love a fuel belt but not when I’m trying to run fast for a long time… it makes me feel weighed down. I couldn’t feel my gels in my pockets of these shorts so it worked out nicely and that’s why I wore them.
Also, these are the socks I wore with my Hyperions… I finished the race completely blister free. Score.
What are your next running plans… I want to hear!
How long do you usually take off after a marathon or half marathon?
-Many times I take off usually about a week but my coach has earned my trust 1000% so I’ll do whatever she says ha:)
What’s your workout today?!
-Maybe some yoga or maybe walking back to the donut section at the bakery for some of the good stuff.
Any questions that you have from what I used for the marathon or about the day that I haven’t covered?! I am feeling forgetful lately!