HE DID IT.
My brother’s 1st marathon (if you are new… he has had quite the journey of losing over 125 lbs, 2 half-marathons and now a marathon while being a busy husband/dad/attorney). I am so so proud. He stuck to the game plan (aka go out slower than you think) and when it got really hard in the end he focused on how cool it was that with each step after 20 miles he was creating a new personal distance record. I’ll have him write up a recap if he gets a chance but he wanted me to tell you thank you for the pep talks you gave him a few days ago. He said they were super helpful.
4:35 and when I talked to him right after he was already talking about doing another which is not something I did right after my first marathon,.. ha. They also drove straight to in-n-out after the race… nothing sounds better than a burger after a race!
I slept in. Brooke was picked up at midnight (when her dad’s flight got in) so I went to bed about 6 hours later than usual;). I got up and fit in 2.08 miles on my treadmill downstairs before the kids woke up and then did another 6.42 outside with my sister. My brother-in-law watched my kiddos and it felt so good to get in some fresh air and talking with my sister. 8:20 pace for the 8.5 miles and yes it hurts my soul to see my sister running without gloves too.
Oh PS Andrew had a shift, that was where he was:)
Knox and Curly joined me for the last .1 mile.
Curly says that she wants to focus on running for her sport and that when it warms up she wants to do after school runs with me. Ummm yes.
I stretched afterwards at my sister’s house while eating a protein bar and drinking water.
70.1 miles for the week. I’m shocked how well my body is handling these miles. I feel a bit tired but my body is feeling strong which is weird because a few years ago I would get injured every time I went over 55/60 miles a week. The majority of my miles are very easy so that might be why but I also think it just takes years to build up our mileage!
We went home and made a kodiak cake for breakfast. I had to take off a few of the burned pieces because I am very picky when it comes to how my carbs are cooked. Andrew thinks I’m a little dramatic about it all.
We got some things done around the house, made some lunch and then went to the mall with my nieces.
Knox randomly started opening my car door for me when I’m getting out… already quite the gentlemen.
We went to the indoor play place along with every other family within a 15 mile radius yesterday;)
And we picked up Cinnabon to eat at home.
Andrew came home and we had baked sweet potatoes with crockpot salsa chicken and guac… not a pretty meal but a very delicious one.
Kids to bed and then I got to hang out with Andrew for a while.
PS Brooke went snowshoeing yesterday… So much fun and I can’t wait to see her today.
This week was a ‘building endurance’ week. There will be two more weeks of building before another recovery week and then before you know it, it will be race day (3/23). Looking forward to my birthday run this week!
Monday: 10.25 miles @ a 7:43 average with some speed thrown in there. 2.38 mile w/u, 6 x 5 minutes starting at a 6:58 average pace and working down to a 6:00 average pace for the last one, c/d. 1 minute recovery jogs after each interval. Treadmill
Tuesday: 7 miles @ 8:49. Treadmill
Wednesday: 25 miles @ 9:14 average. First 15 with friends and then 10 on my own. Tough run on a few inches of snow the whole way… my calves burned nicely.
Thursday: 14.26 miles @ 8:26 average.
Friday: 5 miles @ 8:40 pace.
Saturday: 8.5 miles @ 8:20 pace.
70 miles and I’ve got my 33 miler this week!
What are you up to today?
What was your best run last week? Hardest run?
If you have run a marathon.. which one was your first?
Best thing you have eaten so far this weekend?