I did a race yesterday!
It was miserable and so fun at the same time.
I was not thrilled with the fact that I realized I was out of jam and butter when my bagel popped out of the toaster in the morning. Peanut butter always upsets my stomach before speed so I just had a boring toasted bagel and water for breakfast.
I met my friends at 6:30 and we did about 2.5 miles of warming up before the race started at 7:00. During the warm-up my legs were still pretty sore from Timp and it was crazy hot/humid, so I had to talk myself out of just running the race at an easy pace. I’m glad I pushed myself because we learn something and get stronger for the next race with each one that we do.
The starting line is at a different spot than the finish line and for this course, you start lower than you finish… A net uphill race is a big challenge for me mentally! The first mile is a very slight downhill but then the next mile is flat with a slight uphill and then there is a bigger hill in the 3rd mile—> that was really hard mentally for me.
I forced myself to stay in the MINUTE and not even think about the next minute because I was hurting pretty bad as soon as that 2nd mile started. I focused on pumping my arms when my legs kept telling me to stop (try this when you are tired.. your legs can’t stop if you are pumping those arms;) and just hung on!
Positive split races are not my favorite (a negative split race feels SO good) but it happens—> Started with a 6:06 mile and finished with a 6:53 mile.
I was thrilled to go under 20 for the day and these hot runs/races are going to make us all run so fast in the fall!
As soon as I finished I went straight to the grass and plopped down… I was SPENT.
And then I ran into a friend from when I lived in California and somehow my face could smile again (there was no smiling happening during the race which probably would have helped me if I had forced some).
Was it my favorite course? Not at all, BUT the fact that you run the parade route makes it so fun because so many people are already out cheering for the runners. This race brings a big crowd and really fun energy. People are decked out in red, white and blue. I’ll probably do it every year because it will make me mentally tough and it’s an awesome way to celebrate the holiday. One day I REALLY want to run Peachtree on the 4th though.
Another group of friends were running a mountain and called me when they reached the summit and I was pretty jealous of them;)
The next event for the day was the parade.
It was Beck’s first parade!
Brooke takes such good care of Skye.
And then we got donuts and went to a movie.
Let’s discuss some tangents.
*I think all humans need to run or walk around in the grass barefoot more often. It just feels so right.
*Beck’s perfect posture always reminds me to fix mine ha.
*Andrew found this in the candy bowl at our block party. A child took a bite (with the wrapper) and decided to put it back in ha.
*I have a goal that I want to do in the next few years—> I want to do Mt Timp in under 3 hours. Last week I did it in 3:36 and in 2019, I did it in 3:19, so it will take a lot of work but it’s a goal that makes my heart pump just thinking about it. I have some friends who do it in under 3 hours, so I’ll have to tag along with them!
What’s a running goal you have these days that makes you excited?
Who has done Peachtree? Is it something I should come do one year?!
Anything that you have found you CANNOT eat before a race or hard workout? What works best for you?
What is your favorite season?
-Summer… I think it needs to last 6 months.