It felt so freeing to wear shorts in JANUARY. I fully embraced the slight drizzle and 41 degrees with shorts on…. Andrew was proud of me.
Gloves are needed all the way up to 50 degrees for me so those weren’t going anywhere and that hat helped with the rain. PS I think more races should give out hats rather than shirts for participating… I use the hats way more than race shirts.
There was one section of ice out there that I didn’t expect since it was so warm out and sure enough my foot slipped on it but somehow I didn’t fall. The garbage man that saw me recover and avoid falling on my face gave me a thumbs up for my victory (it took me about 10 steps from when my foot slid to be running normal again without my arms extended in front of me prepared to hit the ground).
As I was leaving the house I was just so happy to be in shorts.
12 miles yesterday and 21 the day before. 51 miles in 4 days… now just to condense those miles into 1 day in about 9 weeks.
I climbed just over 1,000 feet and that hill at about mile 7 feels like it goes on for eternity. PS I really really need to do a race at sea level.
Back in time for when the kids woke up and Andrew made us all some pancakes.
I stretched and Skye worked on building up the confidence to take her first step!
For lunch we were able to go out with the amazing Toby! She is an amazing friend and mentoring us with our ultra training:). She has done all sorts of ultras including a 100 miler. She is the one that really inspired me to sign up for this 50 miler in the first place (she did the one we are going to do). She has 4 kids and is able to juggle it all so well and has helped me feel like it is possible. I’ve seen her at different points of MANY races that I have run (including my PR half marathon… she really boosted my spirits there when I wanted to slow down) and I feel very grateful she will be at this one too.
Fries and salad, one of my all-time favorite meals.
We played hard, had family night and went to bed early because this is a requirement with all of this running:).
I have a few favorite things to share today (affiliate links included):
*Tidying Up on Netflix! Has anyone watched this yet? I’m learning some great tips/tricks from this show. The only problem is it sometimes makes me feel guilty for being on the couch and not tidying up myself ha BUT I remind myself that recovery is just as important as the training;)
Turns out I am a big fan of the head tilt:
*I found the thing I am going to start to save up money for… Can you even imagine how nice it would be to have a machine that folded your laundry for you?
*I’ve told you about my gloves before but I really think I need to give another shoutout to them for getting me through this winter. EVERY other pair of gloves I have used on the run have resulted in at least a few days where I couldn’t feel my fingers because they are so cold. Not these beauties. Not once have I experienced my fingers feeling anything but alive and happy:). I run in the teens with them and my hands are never cold. I put in a hand warmer on the really cold days and they are just kept so toasty the entire run but they stay toasty without the hand warmers on anything 20 and above.
They have entered the stage in my world where they will be worn every run when it is cold until I either lose one or they get holes in them from overuse.
You can find them HERE.
*DID YOU HEAR ABOUT JASMIN PARIS? She crushed the record (for men and women) by TWELVE hours and even pumped at aid stations along the route. SHE. IS. AMAZING.
Don’t you love how many amazing women runners like Jasmin that we have to look up to? Story here.
She inspires me a lot:
*I’m a few chapters into ROAR and it is super interesting. I’ll give a full review of it once I am finished but I am loving learning more about my body/hormones/etc and it’s needs during my cycles/pregnancies/everything.
Do you use the things that races give you in the SWAG bags? Shirts, hats, jackets… other?
-I have a rain jacket that I use from a race often and the hat from the Revel race gets used often too.
What are your weekend plans?! Anything you are looking forward to?
Ever had a friend help pace you for any of your runs or workouts?
After our conversation yesterday about cookies I would love to hear your thoughts on raisins in cookies… do they belong or no way?