After training for races for over a decade now, I still have to remind myself that training is not linear. You have times where you are getting faster or times you are plateauing or times you are running slower and you feel like you are going backwards!
On Saturday we did the exact same 10k time trial course that we did in April. Instead of running the course faster (I was POSITIVE I was going to run it faster), I finished 5 seconds per mile slower. It was weird because I felt like I was working way harder for the slower time than I did six weeks previously for the faster time. Every workout isn’t going to be faster so don’t be discouraged or let that make you stop trying, it happens to every runner put there.
This is SO true for our running:
We started the run off with a 3ish mile warm-up.
And then paused to fuel, stretch and take off any layers before the speed portion started.
It’s been a very long time since I have had one of these. I am pretty sure in 2019 I probably had 150 of these gels ha. They are by far my favorite flavor and I love the caffeine in them.
The 10k was rough. I almost quit a dozen times, each step felt hard and my breathing was heavy. I’m hoping that race day (12 days wahoo) feels better but I’m going to also welcome the pain and cope with being uncomfortable because it is always going to hurt during a race.
We then did a cool-down back to our cars and passed Great Harvest along the way… I couldn’t convince all of my friends to stop;). It smelled so good!
PS the workout I did was not a normal workout to do in order to prep for a 10k (it was the same distance as the race I’m doing ha)… I just wanted to run with my friends and this 10k time trial is something they always do 2 weeks before the marathon which is what they are all doing.
While the speed felt extra hard, I was excited that the endurance felt great! It was my highest weekly mileage since having Beck and I finished with 15.3 miles on Saturday!
I was VERY happy with the fact that my hair fit perfectly in a ponytail for the run. I told the girl that does my hair that it had to be long enough for a ponytail because 70% of my life involves a ponytail. Also, just going to tell you one more time about the best hair bands on the planet for running—> They stay put, feel awesome and don’t leave a crease in your hair. I will never stop using them.
PS it felt super weird to not feel my hair touching my back while running!
This sight brought me a lot of happiness after my run. Eggs, cheese, peppers, sausage, onions, guac and tater tots for the most amazing breakfast burrito.
We did a bunch of weeding and then sat in the hot tub for an hour.
Another wonderful thing about Saturday—> I had been thinking about my mom’s lasagna for a few weeks and finally made it and each bite tasted like heaven.
Just a normal Sunday around here! Knox and Skye both agree that the best snack on the planet is a spoonful of peanut butter.
We got out for a walk and Brooke decided to match me;)
And to finish things off with a HUGE highlight of the weekend… We had our first watermelon this year.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
Caffeine before or during a run? Do you use caffeine? How do you get it?
How often is your hair in a ponytail? How often do you style your hair?
Gels—> What is your current favorite? Anyone absolutely hate gels?
In your educated opinion, what is the best fruit on the planet?