10.25 miles @ a 7:43 average with some speed thrown in there and I felt really strong for this run.
Last week was rough in terms of my running. I did not feel like myself at all and my short runs felt really long.
Those tricky weeks where running feels terrible… they fool me every time;)
2.38 mile warm-up (stopped to switch into my Hyperion) followed by 6 x 5 minutes fast with 1 minute recoveries followed by a cool-down until I hit 10.25 miles.
I did this workout a few weeks ago and took the 1 minute recoveries completely stopped but this time I decided to jog during them (<–either way those 60 seconds go by too fast). I started with a 6:58 average pace and worked down to a 6:00 average pace for the last one. That last one felt pretty hard for me but I just took it ten seconds at a time… Staying in the moment is necessary for me when the running gets hard.
Next up: The grocery store and Skye gets her interest in sweet potatoes from me. I AM OFFICIALLY MEAL PLANNING and picked up ingredients for dinner for every night this week. I am determined to make this part of my Monday routine.
Andrew has made 98% of the dinners we eat at home since we got married but I’m going to start taking that over now.
We picked up Knox and after a week away he was so beyond happy to see his dog.
And of course his sis.
I had a pork (from the night before) salad for lunch (if you have Wild Coyote ranch where you live… get it) followed by some leftover cornbread.
It was warm enough for a walk so we took advantage.
I asked Megan D for a bunch of her favorite easy recipes and she sent some really great ones that I’ll be making this week. We started off with her Sloppy Joes. PS this was from her daughter’s cookbook for her class that she submitted and the way she describes this meal makes me so happy.
5 out of 5 of us loved it (which rarely happens). Thank you Megan D. I put mine on a sweet potato and everyone else had theirs on a bun.
Dessert thanks to Costco. These are delicious.
Andrew had his first day of his capstone! He is working in the ICU and he is getting really close to graduation. We are now transitioning into Andrew being at work full time. Hopefully you won’t even notice the transition but if some days I’m slacking over here just know it is because Skye has protested her naps or something like that;)
We changed our plans for our ultra.
The other day Andrew told me that he wants me to go for it. We will start out and run for a while together but then depending on how I feel, we’ll probably split off from there. Our training has been pretty different (mileage/pace/hills) and he told me he doesn’t want to feel like he is holding me back so when I’m ready to move ahead he wants me to. This way he can go the exact speed he wants and I’ll get out a bit of my need for some competition during the race:).
*And by go for it= go slow in the beginning and then go even slower than that so I don’t die out there but then for the last 15ish miles or so see what I can do. Toby will be pacing Andrew and Austin is going to pace me for the last 17 so we are all covered! And hopefully I can jump in and run the last little bit with Andrew if I can walk afterwards. Time to train harder and recover even harder.
Oh and this way we won’t have to apologize to each other for what we say at mile 40;).
I love this little excerpt from Shoe Dog about the art of competing… I’m very good at forgetting.
Last random fact for the day:
We found a raccoon in our backyard Sunday night. I was looking in our backyard while drinking water before going to bed and I thought I saw a person, then I thought it was a bear and then I realized it was the largest raccoon in the history of the world. I ran and got Andrew and he saw it too. So now we have a pet raccoon back there (okay, he is gone but I swear he is planning on coming back often) and I’ll probably never go in the back yard (or let the kids) again.
Found any creepy animals where you live?
How do you meal-plan each week? I need help.
Do you have a favorite documentary? I love watching documentaries so please give me some new ones to watch!
Who has a February race or a February birthday?