I think ultra training has switched me into a one gear runner. I feel like my body at this point can run for a long amount of time or complete a lot of miles each week but it is all at around one speed… but I guess that is the goal for this race, right? I do have a mini speed session once a week but that is about the only gear shifting I do. With my last marathon training cycle I feel like I had six different gears/speeds to hit each week. It’s fun switching things up and experimenting with how my body handles different goals!
Surprisingly (to me!!), it wasn’t hard to go out yesterday for a run after a 10 miler and 18 miler but I couldn’t have gone any faster than the 8 miles @ 8:40 so that is the pace I stuck to.
I think grabbing a donut after the Saturday run should be our new tradition. Also, Andrew has rubbed off on me… I wore flip flops to go pick up our chocolate (Dunford—> try these donuts if you are ever in Utah) donuts.
On our drive to get the donut Brooke told me that when she gets older and runs with me in the mornings she is going to beat me and I 100% agree with her prediction.
Andrew was out getting some things done during the day so the girls hung out at home.
I heard that It Takes Two with Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen was just put on Netflix. I wanted Brooke to watch it with me during Skye’s nap so that is what we did. I probably watched this show 100 times as a kid and I still have a lot of the lines memorized.
We also organized the pantry together. I am happy to say that Brooke enjoys organizing too… she understands the satisfaction that comes with doing this.
We picked up Brooke’s old slide from my parents’ house and Skye played on it for a very long time.
Our evening was spent over at Andrew’s brother’s house. They had a birthday party for a few of their kids!
Two other things that made my taste buds very happy (besides the donut up above) were cucumbers with pineapple salsa and…
spaghetti… probably my favorite food (along with lasagna).
My brother’s first marathon is in just 26 days and he finished his first ever 20 miler yesterday. It’s crazy to think about how much his life has changed over the last few years and now he is out running 20 miles on a Saturday morning. I am so amazed by him.
Just a little over 2 months until race day and my 18 miler this week really helped me to feel more confident about our ultra. I felt like I could have kept going and going so that was reassuring!
Monday: 9 miles total with ladder speed work of 1 minute, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 4 minutes, 3 minutes, 2 minutes, 1 minute (w/equal recoveries) with intervals done between 5:42-6:10 average pace. Treadmill.
Tuesday: 8.5 miles @ 8:22 average. Treadmill.
Wednesday: 8.5 miles @ 8:19 average. Outside.
Thursday: 10.1 miles @ 8:12 average. Outside, early, 700 ft of up and podcasts.
Friday: 18 miles @ 8:56 average. 1500 ft climb. Part roads and part trails.
Saturday: 8 miles @ 8:40 average. Outside.
62.1 miles for the week!
On a scale from 1-10—> How crazy is Andrew for running in the snow with shorts on?
-There are some days I could probably run in shorts with the snow but NO GLOVES… you will never see me do that.
How much longer until your next race?
What is your Sunday going to be filled with?
What’s one of your weekend traditions?