It was a great day to join the girls in our favorite canyon for a long run. They were planning on 18 so I added on three before and one after, so it worked out perfectly. I was planning on trying to get in a more Boston-type course (downhill followed by rollers) but decided I wanted to join my friends for their run because it included both uphill and downhill, just in a different order than Boston.
For the first 12 miles of the run, we went up the canyon at a pretty conversational pace, and then when we got to the top, we turned around and pushed the pace!
8:08 average for the first 12 miles, 6:26 average for the last 10 miles (mostly downhill but a few rollers and about 2 miles of flat), and 1384 ft of climbing throughout the run. 7:22 average pace for the day!
I started my morning with a bagel and water. I took gels at miles 6, 12 & 18, which felt perfect. I brought a little water bottle that I stuck in my shorts to drink from with each gel. The more practice we can get with how to fuel during these races, the better. Long runs make the perfect dress rehearsals!
There is still so much snow in some parts of the canyon.
Now to somehow make sure Boston has the same weather that I experienced on Saturday.
We had Andrew’s family staying with us for part of the weekend, which was a blast. These pizzas are the easiest (they take just a few minutes to prepare!) to make for bigger groups of people, and they taste so good.
On Sunday we spent the day with my mom, celebrating her 70th birthday!
We brought the best chocolate cake and if you ever need to make a chocolate cake, try this one.
We also brought my mom some of the amazon joggers that I’m obsessed with and look how stylish she looks with her joggers, Brooks sweatshirt and Hokas!
Random tangent of the day, but being in marathon training again brings out all of my thoughts, and I have committed to something very important for this short marathon training cycle.
I commit to slacking off on housework, cooking, and laundry.
Training for races takes a lot out of us, and marathon training zaps me. I have found that I do my best when marathon training to remember that there isn’t going to be balance, and that is okay. I can’t keep up with everything when the running increases, so it is time to slack off (even more;) in house things. A messy house will just be part of my life the next few weeks, and that is okay. Laundry will be done (the kids have gotten good at helping now, luckily) but probably never put away, and the most simple meals will be eaten without a worry in the world for anything fancy. The house won’t be tidy, but I’m not going to kill myself off trying to keep it clean. Oh, and saying no to the ‘extras’ will also happen more often. PS Andrew is also committing to this because he is starting back up with school again on top of work, so we are both slacking off on the house stuff.
We can’t do it all, so don’t expect yourself to be able to do it all. Cut back where you can cut back!
I laid down on the ground dramatically to show Andrew how tired I was and both were on top of me within 60 seconds.
What do you think… are you a fan of finding balance, or does that not work for you?
Do you notice a difference in your running when you change elevations?
-I feel the elevation difference at Boston, and I love it!
What was the best part of your weekend?
When do you typically take your fuel for those who have done marathons?