I had some nice little flashbacks to Boston 2015 during my run yesterday.
Okay, it wasn’t nearly as windy or cold as my Boston experience but the rain did sink into my bones and made me frozen until I took the hottest shower of my entire life right when I got home.
A lot of rain and a tiny bit of snow. I’m pretty lucky that this week is busy with kid/life stuff because that is what got me out the door and into the rain. When I first realized it was raining I told myself that I’d just push back the run to another day but then I remembered that if I didn’t do it now, it wasn’t going to happen.
I’m glad we got out and did the run outside because it might be raining on race day so why not get used to running in that now?!
I did the first 8 miles by myself and then Andrew put Skye down for a nap at my parents’ house and we ran 10.3 miles together.
We didn’t make it onto the trails (they were way too muddy and we didn’t have time to get through all of that) but we did climb some big hills along with many flat miles. We climbed up about 1,050 feet and hopefully today I can get in some good hills too (10-12 miles on the schedule for today).
Skye woke up about a mile before we got to my parents’ house. Her excitement to see us made my day. Knox needed to be picked up so Andrew took Skye to go get him and I just ran towards the direction of the school and they picked me up after getting Knox.
They found me at 20.83 miles but because Andrew gets me… he just waited for me to run another .17 miles until I hit 21.
These two were pretty thrilled to see each other again. Five days in kid world is pretty much ten years.
Spaghetti and ground turkey for dinner and the usual nighttime routine with the kiddos (and I was in bed by 9:).
I have some Thursday thoughts to share with you today:
*My dreams have come true… Running around the mountains with Andrew in matching hydration vests (picture from last week). I’m not sure this is his dream but I’m glad he goes along with the crazy things I want to do together.
*The front pocket of my vest will always include a nanohydr8 (use code HRG20 for 20% off) and my lip gloss obsession. It is so dry here and windy in the mountains that I would die without having it easy to grab all throughout my long runs.
*And this is why we have dress rehearsals before our races. Chafing. PS after Andrew’s 20 miler this week he said the worst part was the chafing after but he wasn’t sore at all from the run… the training is working:)
I had a shirt covering right there between my skin and my hydration vest last week on my 18 miler but it must not have been thick enough. It really started bothering me during the last few miles of my long run. I’ll keep experimenting to find the perfect combo for the race.
*If I am running in the snow, I HAVE to be wearing sunglasses even if the sun is not out. The snow is so bright and it hurts my eyes… anybody else experience that?
*The Caldera. They are officially my ultra shoes. I just have so much love for these shoes. I never get any blisters/toenail problems with them and my feet feel so good with each step. They have great traction and offer me the right amount of support/cushioning/protection from rocks without being too bulky.
*My niece came over the other day in one of the sweatshirts that I used to sell:). Good memories. I need to make a new one for us to wear during this ultra and have it say, “Sorry for what I said at miles 20-50.”
*Skye is very interested in helping us prepare to get out for our long runs… and the remote control. She would take that thing everywhere with her if we let her.
*They are big fans of each other.
*I realized the real real challenge for us and these double long runs is chasing after Skye for the rest of the day once we finish haha. That is where the real endurance gain is happening.
*For my sister’s birthday Andrew made her favorite chocolate chip cookies with just ONE chocolate chip in each cookie. As you know, she has a weird stance on the correct amount of chocolate in each cookie. She was very happy with these. He also under baked them which is also her favorite. I put a survey on IG about which cookies are better… normal chocolate chip vs 1 chip per cookie and 89% voted for normal cookies and 11% voted for the 1 chip per cookie.
Share a Thursday thought with me!
Ever deal with chafing? What helps you?
–DOVE DEODORANT. <— I explain it in this post.
Trail runners… what is your goto trail running shoe?
Describe your perfect cookie to me!
-A cookie that resembles a large scotchmallow from See’s.