Saturday long run chat—> My legs still felt a bit like cement but mentally I just needed a hard run (and I also needed to get back fast) where I really got out of my comfort zone so that is what I did.
On the weekends when Andrew is working I can get a sitter for when Beck is still asleep (and the other kids are asleep for most of the run too) and I just stay pretty close to home. Skye came out in her new sandals (she won’t take them off!!) as soon as she saw me taking selfies on the porch haha.
10 miles @ 7:24 average pace with 3 miles in the middle at tempo (6:42 average—> mile 1 & 3 had a lot of downhill and mile 2 had uphill). I feel like I’m relearning how to run all over again after a yearish off from speed.
Kim’s tip helped me BIG TIME during my run yesterday—> PICKUP that foot as soon as it touches the ground (such a fancy visual below;).
During the tempo portion I just kept repeating to myself PICKUP PICKUP PICKUP like Kim said (read the full post here). Each time I did that my pace got faster and I felt like my form improved. It’s amazing how things like this make the biggest difference in our running.
The nicest thing happened while I was out. After my tempo I had my normal runner’s cough (after a hard effort it always makes me cough) and my hands were on my knees as I was trying to recover (RUNNING IS HARD)! An old man about 20 feet away from me in his car asked if he could throw me some water… I said yes and he threw me an unopened water bottle. It was such a simple act of kindness but goodness gracious did I need it. My thirst is out of control these days and the water bottle was empty 2 seconds after this picture and I felt so much better afterwards.
People are the best.
Two remarkable things occurred on Saturday—> I went to the grocery store with all four kids by myself and nothing was broken and nobody got hurt/cried/screamed the entire time.
And I had the saltiest chips with salsa with my fajitas for dinner. I must have sweat a lot during my run earlier because I was craving salt like crazy.
On Sunday we had a family birthday party for me and my dad. I decided I wanted to make the cake and went for this Twix Cake. It was VERY rich and extremely delicious.
My mom brought my favorite… LASAGNA. Her recipe is the best.
Beck slept through all of the partying… he was bored.
Another year we get to celebrate our bdays together!
I hope your week is off to a great start!
What is something nice that somebody has done for you recently? During the run or during the rest of life?
Anyone else have runner’s cough when they push themselves hard?
What was the best part of your weekend?
What is your favorite meal that your parents made/make?