I hope you had a great weekend! Here are a few pictures from our weekend!
We went to church on Sunday.
We spent hours on the trampoline because it was 50 degrees.
We had snack plates and stayed in our jammies for a big chunk of Saturday.
We read books.
My mom had a bday party for me and my dad complete with lasagna, french bread and salad. Andrew made this gorgeous dessert full of angel food cake, homemade whipped cream and strawberries.
Celebrating our bdays together since the very beginning!
And here is what last weekend looked like!
Monday: 10.1 miles @ 8:42 average
Tuesday: 8 miles @ 8:08 average
Wednesday: 11 miles @ 7:07 average with a workout in there. 1 mile @ 5:51 (downhill), 2 miles @ 6:41 average (uphill) and 3 miles @ 6:23 average (some up, some down, some flat)
.5 mile recoveries after each interval
Thursday: 8 miles @ 8:11 average
Friday: 10 miles @ 8:31 average
Saturday: 9.2 miles @ 7:47 average. I planned on going longer but decided 9.2 was just the right amount.
56.3 miles for the week!
Now this might not be the answer for everyone out there so I’m just sharing from my own personal experience but I really do think this trick helped me to get faster last year (and have a lot more fun along the way).
One of the many things we did (I talk about all of them in this post) last year was RACE to our PRs.
In previous years of marathon training I usually did one half-marathon in my training block leading up to the marathon but last year I did seven races leading up to my marathon (the 1st race was in May leading up to my October marathon).
I went into training with Runner’s Corner a little naive to what was up ahead ha (ie the time my coach had us run 13.1 miles after racing 13.1 miles… didn’t see that coming) and I really had no idea we would be racing as much as we did but it was a blast. Here are my reasons why I think all of the racing took us to a marathon PR:
*Races are the perfect dress rehearsal for our GOAL race. When we do smaller/shorter races we really get to learn about what we like to wear/eat/do during a race and what we do NOT like to wear/eat/do during a race. These races leading up to our goal race helps us to learn about how our body does with fueling during a race, what pieces of clothing/shoes make us feel fast and perform our best and how to pace to avoid flying and dying. Experimenting in shorter races with no music helped me to learn that I actually prefer not using music when racing the marathon.
*For me personally, the shorter races make me more grateful for the longer races, ha. So when I’m feeling terrible towards the end of a marathon, I can remind myself of all of the shorter distances I raced during training that felt way worse because 5k pace is 100385 times harder for me than marathon pace.
*The shorter races during training teach our body to have different gears. Sometimes during marathon training my body really falls into two gears—> marathon pace and easy pace. Sure there are some shorter interval workouts thrown in over the months of training but racing those 5ks, 10ks and 1/2 marathons are very beneficial for me on marathon race day because I learn to have different gears and that comes in handy big time during a goal race. I think having those faster gears from the shorter races helped us to switch over during the last 10k of the marathon to squeak in under 2:50. And this can come in handy for whatever your goal race distance is so if the 5k is your goal race then maybe try a 1 mile race etc.
*They are just really fun. I love the racing atmosphere. Everyone around you is just as crazy about running as you are and the air is full of adrenaline. People are excited around me which gives me more energy and excitement. Races build my enthusiasm for my bigger goals up ahead and it’s impossible to leave a race without being inspired by the other people there.
*Emilee and I didn’t race once in between St. George and CIM (because races pretty much stop in Utah during that time) and we always talked about how much we missed them. They made training fly by and so much more fun for St. George training!
*You do not have to race an entire race! The below picture was from the Indy Mini 1/2 that I ran with Tina! We had a blast the first 9 miles as we gave high-fives, talked, kissed the bricks and enjoyed the atmosphere and then we made the last 4 miles a workout. For where I was with my fitness at that point, I pushed myself WAY harder than I would have if I was just doing the same workout on my own or even if I was just with Tina. The race scene is motivating and pulls you to new levels. It sure takes a normal workout to the next level in terms of my speed and my the amount of fun that I have.
*To go along with the above bullet point—> If my coach was to give me the workout of a 10k time trial I can pretty much guarantee that if I did the 10k time trial on my own or with a friend that I would be able to do it a minute or so faster if I did the 10k time trial in an actual race. Having people to chase after helps me to go to the next level!
*How nice is it to not have to come up with a route, get handed water and have people cheer you on during your training leading up to a race. After all of the miles on your own or on the dark streets, those races leading up to my goal races sure hype me up and break up the monotony that can sometimes happen during marathon training!
OH and having food handed to you right when you finish, that is just heavenly.
*The bad races along the way teach us to bounce back. The more races I do, the odds of having a bad race go up which means I get more used to them, less irritated by them and don’t get as down about them! For every bad race I get to just think about the previous great ones that I have had which helps it to slide off my back easier.
*You get to meet friends! Think about those local races… you are probably running next to people throughout the race that live near to you and are about the same speed as you= you can make friends with them and then boom—> TRAINING PARTNERS.
*The first race of the season last year = ALL of the butterflies and I didn’t sleep well the night before. Those final races of the season = zero nerves but definitely still some adrenaline. It was so nice to show up the morning of the St. George Marathon with excitement and not an upset stomach from being nervous. I had raced so much leading up to the marathon that racing felt normal. It felt more routine which made me feel less pressure. Sometimes the weekends that we didn’t race leading up to the marathon last year were the ones that felt weird ha. The more we race, the less nervous we are about racing.
PLEASE NOTE: ADEQUATE REST/RECOVERY/LISTENING TO YOUR BODY is key to racing often! We were very diligent with running our easy runs much slower, sleeping a lot, taking rest days when needed no matter what and fueling all of our racing with more than enough calories. You can’t race often (or run often) without those key elements!
Oh and a big con of racing a lot is that it gets expensive but at least your money is usually going towards charities or supporting the amazing running community that we get to be a part of!
What about you? Have you ever included a lot of races leading up to your goal race? Do you think it helped you? Why?
What was the best part of your weekend?
What run are you most looking forward to this week? What has been your favorite type of runs lately?
If you are racing this year… What race are you most looking forward to?