I have a new Skye update HERE!!
It was one of those days where I made a million mistakes (good thing kids forgive easily;), my left eye was twitching from random stress and I lost a million +1 things but we survived. There were definitely some highlights from the day too:
Like an 11 mile treadmill run. Andrew was at the hospital so it was a treadmill day for me. The workout on my plan called for a w/u, 7 x 5 minutes fast and a c/d. I decided that with 33 miles tomorrow (I’m taking today as a rest day) that I should stick to a tempo pace for the fast intervals rather than the speeds I have done recently for this workout… which meant a 7:03 pace for those this week.
That pace still worked me pretty good though. I caught up on all of my shows during those 11 miles so that is another accomplishment for the morning.
Beretta was thrilled to have some new snow to play in/eat.
I do not know whether I was sweating more during my run or during my trip to Target yesterday with Skye. She refuses to sit forward so either I am holding her with one hand the whole time as she tries to get out of the safety belt or carrying her while she is trying to wiggle away from me. She sure keeps life interesting!
I bought her a swimsuit at Target to help encourage Mother Nature to bring warmer weather quickly…
My sister just gets me:
For dinner I made Chicken Tortilla Soup from the Our Best Bites cookbook (I love this cookbook). They also have the recipe for this soup online here too. We had quesadillas and chips/salsa on the side.
Our dinner entertainment:
Time to rest up for 33 miles and all of the birthday partying afterwards tomorrow!
I have a few Ultra Training Thoughts to share:
*I miss having a coach. While my plan is giving me exactly what I need to get to my ultra, I miss having a coach to send me encouragement, a personal plan and motivation! I’ll definitely be using Mary when training to get fast again!
*Andrew actually switched over to the 50k which we both agree is the absolute best plan for him. His race starts 2 hours later so we won’t be together at all during the course but really I think it is for the best. Between his Capstone and studying for the NCLEX, his schedule is tight and doing a 50k in this middle of all of this is an incredible accomplishment.
*Another awesome ultra documentary that you can rent here for $3.99!
*Jackie saved me from messing up my fueling again in the future. She gave me the idea to set my Garmin to remind me to eat. I’m sure on race day this is going to be a huge key for success.
*Tomorrow—> If you live in the area and you see me feel free to drop off donuts. Snow is in the forecast so maybe the 33 miles will be on the indoor track;)
*Ultra training = being able to nap while a one year old rolls around on you the entire time.
*When I see different types of food around my first thought is, ‘hmmm I wonder if I could put that in my hydration pack to use for nutrition during my next long run.’ Turns out other people have those thoughts for me too:
*I had a lot of questions from people wondering how my feet didn’t freeze on my 25 miler last week in the snow and the Caldera 3 are the answer. Not once did I think about my feet feeling cold or wet. If you are a trail runner or need something to wear in the snow to avoid slipping… get these.
Caldera 3’s fast drainage:
*I found this goal of mine from 2011 and it made me happy. I’ve wanted to do an ultra for a long time! I am sure I’ll do a 100 miler sometime in the future too but that might have to wait for all of our kids to be in school:).
Just another reminder that I have another post for you here today too!
What was your last speed workout? Mine have been pretty much the same every week so I want to hear about your variety. Give me the details!
Give me a thought or two or three from your training lately?
What were the last pair of running shoes that you wore?
Had any goals that you’ve had for a long time that you are currently working towards?