5 miles yesterday, rest day today, a few miles tomorrow and then a 26.2 mile tour via foot around the gorgeous St. George, Utah area. Maybe I should wear Andrew’s gopro so that I can show you how pretty this course is.
I went out for my run and noticed it had definitely rained the night before. A few minutes later my mom sent me a text about the thunder and river of water going down her street the night before… I had no idea that there was a huge storm that passed through because she said it started at around 9:30 and I was asleep by 9:08.
I’m really trying to avoid thinking about paces like crazy because I know that I am trained for my #1 goal so my body will run the paces it needs to BUT like I said the other day, I will pay attention to paces more in the first half. You cannot bank time in the marathon… going too fast in the first half is going to kill me and in the long run cost me a lot more time. I am shooting for a 1:32ish for the first 1/2 and then go for it for the second 1/2 (1:28 and below). The St. George Marathon is the perfect place to get a negative split (1st half harder than 2nd half) but I just have to be careful to hold back in those first miles and the big hills to avoid exploding in the end. When I finished in 3:12 at St. George the first 1/2 was 1:37:36 and the second half was 1:35:04 and when I finished 3:15 at St. George the first 1/2 was 1:40:41 and the second 1/2 was 1:34:33.
I can’t wait to see how fast the 2nd half is on Saturday… time to Run Happy.
My body is very happy right now with zero injuries/close-call injuries but my hamstrings are V.E.R.Y. tight and I’m not sure why. So, I’m babying them and rolling them out like crazy. Throughout the day I’m reading a few paragraphs of something positive when I get a second. It helps so much to fill up your brain with everything uplifting as possible (in every day life and leading up to a big race).
Skye is down to one nap lately. She sleeps a ton at night (went to bed at 7 and then she woke up at 9 yesterday ((Andrew gave her a bottle at around 6)) and then will take a 3 hour nap during the day and that’s it. She’s a big fan of this schedule and this week when she is down, I am too:)
Knox pushed us on the swing for a bit…
And then we played with cousins.
And we played inside a bunch too.
Andrew and I had a race planning meeting… where we will see each other and all of that jazz.
I had my eyelashes/eyebrows done yesterday which is another good luck charm that I’m using for Saturday. 2 inch long eyelashes are definitely aerodynamic and can help me cruise through the miles.
Tis’ the season for the car seat heaters to be necessary every time I get in the car.
For dinner we had Pesto Lasagna. Last week my sister and I tried out Citrus Pear and all I had to do was put it in the crock pot and add some noodles right before serving. Easy dinner nights are the best. PS I don’t know if I will ever get over my crockpot sadness that I feel whenever I see one (This Is Us—> JACK).
It was so incredibly good. And my bland food eating starts today (for the day or two before the marathon I keep it really boring).
Channeling in Beretta’s fetch playing speed. I can’t even get a good picture of her because she is so fast and that is my goal for Saturday so hopefully all of the pictures that I post will be blurs.
I broke my coach’s rule and looked at the forecast again. It’s actually looking perfect now and so much cooler than the previous years I have run it which is making me pretty excited!!
Those of you running this weekend, remember to use the clothes that make you feel FAST, STRONG and CONFIDENT! From Kara’s book:
I’ll get back on the blog on Saturday after the race to share how it went. Also, Andrew will be posting stories on my Instagram during the race when he see’s me etc so you can follow there and here is my bib number:
PS who knows what my middle name is?! Do you have a middle name, what is it?
What temperature would be your DREAM marathon/race temperature?
Have any good luck charms?
Do you prefer traveling for a race or doing one where you get to sleep in your own bed the night before?