Never ever judge your running/fitness/endurance/strength off of the first mile.
I met up with two of my running friends for my morning run yesterday and during the first mile we all looked at each other and laughed because of how terrible we felt. All three of us are running the half marathon this weekend and we had to remind ourselves that the first mile of a Monday morning run (or any run) is not an accurate portrayal of where we are fitness-wise.
8.5 miles for the day and it wasn’t until about mile 3 or 4 that I felt like my legs were up to running this week but after that things felt smooth again.
Brooke found her old tutu and put it on Skye. She insisted on wearing it for the majority of her day.
During Skye’s nap (Andrew was home), I took Brooke out for a cookie date to catch up on what she was up to the last few days. I kind of forget sometimes that she has a life outside of us too but I’m glad she always gets super excited to tell me all about it.
Recovery salad with a perfect avocado in there made for a delicious dinner and watching the Bachelorette with Andrew when the girls went to bed finished the day off perfectly.
Let’s discuss some tangents!
*I found my new favorite sandwich ever. Andrew told me that I can’t eat it too often because he is worried I will eat it every day now and then get sick of it and not want us to eat it again;). My mouth starts watering the second I see it.
Here is the recipe and source!
*Skye finally got her own water bottle. Brooke and Knox have similar ones and she is always stealing them so she was pretty proud that she finally got her own.
*Seeing our rose bushes each day make me pretty happy. We didn’t live here last June so I didn’t know they would be this beautiful!
*We’ve been having s’mores night at our house with the neighbors.
*The creation that one of our neighbors made…
*Skye will now grab a diaper and the changing pad and bring them to us if she feels like we are not changing her diaper fast enough.
*I may be going a little overboard on the fruit right now but it is all so good.
*I saw this from someone I love following on IG and it is so so true…. Another goal:
*Do you ever use race predictor charts to figure out where you are at fitness wise for different race distances? I love to look at them for a guide and sometimes they are on but sometimes they are way off! For me personally, the mile and 5k predictions that they give me based on longer races is usually way faster than what I can do. Usually my half-marathon and marathon times are pretty close to what some of the charts predict for me.
Based off this one from my RRCA handbook from HERE and my 10k time a few weeks ago, I should be running around a 1:25 on Saturday which I would be thrilled with. We shall see how close the charts are to real life for me on Saturday!
I also really like using the VDOT calculator and entering in my most recent race to find the equivalent of different distances too (HERE). This is such a helpful tool if you are wanting to figure out what paces to run different types of workouts/long runs/easy runs etc.
*PS for those of you that are living in areas where the temperatures are rough in the summer, have you ever seen a racing in hot weather calculator? It can help you to adjust your paces and to see just how much running in the heat/humidity effects you! Here is another great one too.
Tell me about one of your JOYS lately!
Do you ever use the race predictor charts? Are they accurate for you or no?
Those of you in hot/humid areas, how much do you think the temperatures affect you on average per mile?
-Don’t forget to be kind to yourself as you are acclimating to warmer/more humid conditions! Those temperatures/dew points can REALLY effect us but don’t give up because it makes us so much stronger.
Absolute favorite fruit lately?
-Nectarines. I cannot get over how good they are right now.