Five miles for my Tuesday morning. I got in a few hills on the run too. I am hoping with my ultra training, I’ll be good on the Boston hills in a few days.
I really think the placement of the hills in Boston is what makes them so tough. Heartbreak hill is about 91 feet of climbing which wouldn’t feel bad at the beginning of a race but after a good amount of downhill and running for 20ish miles, that hill feels tough! I’m very grateful that during my ultra the hills were mostly all in the first half of it because I’m not sure how I would have done climbing those hills after 25-30 miles of running.
This is the necklace that the kids get at cross-country. Each day they can earn new charms/beads for their necklaces. Some of the kids have been doing cross country now for 5 or 6 years and it was so cool to see their necklaces almost completely filled with beads. This necklace is an excellent motivator for Brooke:
Their school is also giving a prize to the kids that run a marathon over the next 40ish days. They gave out little charts and for each .5 mile the kids get to color in a square (cross country counts towards this too). Brooke asked if she could get her square in before school and I obviously loved that.
I love watching (and trying to copy) her awesome running form!
Somehow our mud room turned into the largest junk drawer on the planet (below is maybe 1/7th of what was in there)…
A good chunk of the day was spent going through it and organizing it… for it to stay organized for 48 hours at the max. I’m going to enjoy the 48 hours that it looks like this though.
She may be walking a lot more but she still loves to be carried around as much as possible too.
I think this was her hint that she wanted to go on a hike yesterday rather than stay inside all day because of the rain.
Brooke and I went out for a girls night last night together!
Her request for our date was to go to Pizza Factory for noodles.
And then watch Spirit together with some chocolate (along with Andrew and Skye:)!
One of our friends was able to get a bleacher ticket for Andrew! I asked Andrew last night if he was excited for this weekend and he said, ‘beyond belief… and I’m really excited to not have to be the one running a marathon.’ He is running these days but sticking to 3 milers and taking a break from all of the long runs that he did this winter.
Since my last experience in Boston (I ran a 3:12 there in 2015) I have run a 3:15, 3:10 and 2:59 marathon. I wish that we were already a few months out from my ultra when I start Boston next Monday but it will only have been about 23 days since my ultra. While I wish there was more time in between to get some speed back, I’m actually excited to have absolutely zero expectations/plans/paces other than to have fun on Monday. I’m just going to soak it all in because I definitely didn’t do that very well during my 2015 experience (I wanted a sub 3 so bad that year but my race execution ((fly and die)) and the weather definitely did not get me there). This time I just get to focus on how much fun I am having and maybe a fall marathon will happen later this year when I am focusing on my splits and goals. I love having a balance of both in my running—> goals and no goals.
I am predicting that I’ll finish anywhere between 3:30ish-3:50ish (based on my long run paces that felt comfortable over the last few months). And those 220ish (or however long it takes me) minutes are going to be my favorite. I’ll just listen closely to what my body tells me to do and go from there.
I did come across my St. George Marathon shoes yesterday. They made my heart beat fast getting excited for some speed work starting in May!
Oh and I do have the goal to meet Shawn Johnson on Monday.
I hope you have a great Wednesday!
Have you ever met any famous people? Do tell!
Any famous people that you would LOVE to meet?
What is the messiest room in your house?
-Usually the mud room but now the kid’s rooms:)
Are you running with or without goals lately?