Happy Monday! Not sure what I ate during my run that got stuck in my teeth but I’m guessing it was from my jam that I had on my toast that morning.
On Monday’s I’ll start recapping more about our entire weekend since I’m keeping my Sunday posts short now.
20.56 REALLY happy miles (besides a few miles in the beginning when I was just feeling the previous 60 miles that week on my legs).
Maybe the run partly went so well because I had a new watch! Christmas came early for me this year:). Andrew needed a new Garmin so he told me to get the new Fenix 6 and he would take my Garmin… how do you say no to that? So far I am beyond obsessed with it, never want to take it off and will do a full review after another week or so. There are definitely things about this watch that are going to help me (PacePro) on race day so I’m thrilled about that.
Here’s how the workout went: 2.6 mile warm-up, 4 miles @ 6:30ish (down in the beginning and then a little up and flat), 2 miles @ marathon effort on the trails as I climbed 445 ft (9:34, 8:24) and then back to marathon pace for 8 miles @ 6:35 average (including a mile going down on a road from the trail that I had climbed) and then I cooled down until the end. I took one bathroom break at mile 2.6 and then kept the rest continuous besides one time to jump over a little fence to get back on the bike trail. Starting at mile 6.6 I was alone (Emilee wasn’t there so I didn’t have anyone my same pace) for the rest of the run so I definitely used my music yesterday which was a nice change after not using it for so long. I also just had so many things on my brain and kind of needed some time to really think which helped the miles tick by!
It’s been fun to set new records again on my watch:)
I’m telling ya, these shorts are magical. I just put water bottles and my gels in the pockets and didn’t even feel them the entire run. The shorts don’t budge and I loved not stopping to get drinks/eat and just practicing my fueling/hydration during the faster miles.
PS the Hyperion are not meant for the trails… it felt so weird to be in them on all of the rocks for those 2 miles but I just wanted them so bad for the rest of the run.
My marathon outfit is officially figured out (it’s so important to find the things that don’t rub you weird or annoy you for such a long race: Hyperions, these balega socks, shorts I just talked about, this bra and the Runner’s Corner jersey in this post.
I ended up just running right home and picked up my car later and without stopping much it meant I got home pretty much when everyone was just starting to get ready for the day. With our coach we really haven’t done any goal marathon pace work so it was interesting to do it on Saturday! 6:35s felt pretty good and like I could hold them for a while (especially with a taper) so I’m thrilled about that. It’s amazing how all of the really fast stuff he has had us do for shorter intervals translates over to marathon pace feeling much more comfortable and doable.
We made egg burritos for breakfast and then went to the Farmers Market. One of the booth’s had Dole Whip and it tasted just like Disneyland. I also won a massage from a massage therapist clinic while we were there by spinning a wheel and about 7 seconds into the massage he said, ‘hmmmm your back is very tight… do you have any idea why that might be?’ I have a slight guess that might be a side effect of peak week.
Just the normal Saturday activities.
Andrew went to Costco (we’ve decided that some errands we just need to divide and conquer rather than going all together;) and brought home a new Minnie blanket. She just kept kissing her face so I’ll take that as meaning she loves it.
And then we had some people over for a movie night (you can find all of our projector stuff here) in our backyard.
Sunday involved everyone sleeping in until 8:30 which felt amazing. We made pancakes for breakfast and made it ON TIME to church which felt like an accomplishment.
Later on my family came over for Brooke’s bday party… scheduling things like this is hard between Brooke and Knox being gone with their other parents and my sister’s older kids being gone with their dad so we finally had a weekend with everyone here!
Brooke came out of her room in my old dress from when I was her age. She called it her party dress.
Brooke requested spaghetti for her birthday meal so we made this sauce and it was a hit.
And of course we had cake too.
PS we made a big batch of Mel’s Avocado Chicken Salad this weekend and it tastes so good on nachos.
Toby sent me this on Friday night before my long run and it was exactly what I needed for these last few weeks of training!
Don’t quit till you have nothing left.
Just in case you missed out on last week… the most viewed posts were:
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Who is getting close to their fall goal race? How many more days?