I’ve had a lot of time to think over the last few days about this race (I’ve been living on my couch:) and I came up with my biggest goal for Saturday.
My goal= to stay in the now. I don’t want to waste time/energy thinking about how I have 25 miles left to go or wondering if I am going to crash at mile 40 because it’s uncharted territory for me… I want to stay in the now the entire time. I want to focus on how I am taking each step and doing what I need to do in the moment (fluid/nutrition/staying positive/right foot left foot) and that is my only job for the 9ish hours on Saturday. That’s all I have to do… I just need to be present. I rocked this during my marathon last year and I really think that is one of the biggest thing that got me my sub 3. I just need to control what I can in the moment and let the rest go. I’m going to smile often and breathe in what I have worked towards for months now.
I can’t wait. Time to celebrate the early morning miles, the 3 inches of snow on my hat from running through snowstorms, the times I wanted to quit but didn’t and the hundreds of miles of training. Saturday will be a much longer celebration of my training than I have ever experienced before but that’s great because there is a lot to celebrate.
Getting close to the time for an automatic PR… that is the best part of running a new race distance, right?!
Above picture from another day again:). I woke up feeling better for a bit and walking around the house and then boom… back to the couch. I can handle the cold/sore throat/cough stuff but the last few days I just feel like I’m going to blackout every time I stand up. Super weird. BUT I still have a few more days to get better and overall I did feel better yesterday than on Monday. I’m not even tempted to run because of how I feel but I have requested for Andrew to move the couch outside because the weather is gorgeous right now.
A very exciting part of the day… Brooke came home with cross-country sign ups. The teacher asked if anyone in the class was interested and Brooke told me she was so excited and that she is the only one that grabbed one ha:). I can’t wait!
Andrew took them to the book fair so that was also exciting.
Beretta was the only one to get in some running yesterday.
My sweetest running friend insisted on bringing us the most incredible dinner. I was speechless when I saw everything… it is all made from scratch and tasted like heaven. As you know, lasagna is my absolute favorite food.
Yes, that is Nutella in there….
The crew visited my mom too. We are going to reenact her birthday together next week when I’m better:)
One question that I get often in my emails is where to eat in Salt Lake City!! I am not very fancy (as you know) but I’ll share our top spots that make us very happy!
1. Valter’s Osteria is our #1 favorite restaurant in Salt Lake City. If you order the lasagna and email me after about it, it will make my month. I want you to experience the joy it brings. Get reservations beforehand!
2. Alamexo. They make the guacamole at your table and I’m obsessed with their queso and the chicken tacos.
3. Red Iguana for amazing Mexican food (Taqueria 27 is another favorite of ours for Mexican Food in SLC).
4. Spitz (they have one in Lehi too) for the best Mediterranean street food.
5. Ruth’s Diner up Emigration Canyon… the biscuits and location make this one a must.
6. Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana.. the best pizza.
7. Andrew swears that Lucky 13 has the best hamburgers on the planet.
Also, there are Cafe Rios and Kneaders up there (along with everywhere else in Utah) and you know how I feel about those spots. I will warn you that it seems like Kneader’s recently started making their salads much smaller than they used to so definitely go for the sandwiches or their French toast in the mornings.
Our top favorite Dessert spots in SLC would have to be:
1. The Normal Club for the best soft serve dipped cones you will ever have in your life.
2. The gelato right next to Settebello Pizzeria (it is connected).
3. The Hatch Family Chocolates. Everything is hand dipped there and every time we go, we are the happiest. Oh and if you really want some happiness… grab the brownie sundae.
4. The Dodo. The food there is amazing but their pies are the main reason we go there. Get one of their cream pies if you ever go.
5. Banbury Cross Donuts are actually the best donuts in Utah.
Our favorite things to do in Salt Lake City:
*City Creek outdoor shopping mall… it’s huge and has all of the best stores!
*Temple Square (especially during the holidays… the lights are unreal or during the spring with all of the insane flowers). It is gorgeous and they have visitor centers and plenty of places to sit and take in the scenery.
*Ensign Peak is a really fun and short hike that gives you views of the entire Salt Lake valley.
*Tracy Aviary… one of Brooke’s all-time favorite places. The bird shows are amazing.
*The Hogle Zoo is our kid’s favorites. It’s beautiful.
*Make sure to drive to Park City if you can to see the Olympic Park and go on the Alpine Slide (or go bobsledding too).
*If you really want to see one of my favorite places in Utah then make the drive to Sundance (about 40 minutes away from SLC) and eat at the Foundry Grill and get the hot chocolate and 7 layer bar at the cafe afterwards. It is so gorgeous there you won’t want to ever leave. My dream is to have a cabin up there someday but I think visiting an Airbnb each year is probably a more realistic option for us;)
What are the best spots in your area? Best things to do? If you live in Utah, what are your recommendations for Salt Lake spots?
Ever visited Utah? What parts?
If you could share your #1 biggest race tip.. I would absolutely love that!
What is your #1 absolute favorite meal to eat?