That was a long and challenging workout. I could have gone back to bed for 12 hours after this one.
I’m eating gels alllllll of the time to get my body used to them. I made a huge fueling mistake at Boston in 2015 (my first gel was at mile 15), and I will NOT let that happen again.
15.11 miles for the day!
2 mile w/u, 3 miles hard (6:52 ((huge uphill)), 6:29 ((downhill)), 6:35 ((slight uphill)), .5 miles easy, 2 miles hard (6:50, 6:52 ((both miles uphill)), .5 easy and 1 mile hard (5:56 ((big downhill)), cool-down. A 6:36 average for the 6 miles of work. I still felt some of my race from last week in my legs, but it was also just a challenging course that was perfect for Boston training.
On Tuesday night, I was watching a McMillan Webinar about Boston, and it was talking about all of the things that you should be doing 12 weeks out from Boston. I was happy because my Antelope Race Training so far this year had me do many of these things, and when he got to number 6, it stuck with me:
“Suffering is good (he isn’t talking about injury pain). When you suffer mentally, when you get tired and fatigued, that’s not a bad thing. It’s desirable to get tired during marathon training. It does stimulate the mind and the body to adapt and grow stronger to be able to avoid that suffering in the future. When you have those bad workouts, because usually with a bad workout you are suffering more than you wish you were, even if that happens you can know you got a really big stimulus to the body. You just had a big dose of suffering, and as a result, you will build up mental toughness, and your body will adapt. Don’t try to avoid those. If you can keep pushing when you are suffering, that’s a great way you can achieve peak performance in a marathon!”
I suffered a lot during the above workout, but I’ll be better able to handle the suffering that is bound to happen during that last 10k at Boston in 32 days!
My parents took us out for acai bowls to celebrate Andrew’s birthday! The layer of coconut almond butter that they put on is my favorite part.
Skye asked me if her headband made her look like a runner.
Beck has perfected his evil eye and he held this look for 30 seconds.
Pasta and my new favorite cheesy garlic bread swirls for dinner!
PS I forgot to mention that it will just be me and Andrew going to Boston! He is going to try to see me twice (he says he might even try for three spots this time) again along the course.
Cannot wait to see this sign!
Favorite type of gel/fuel that you use for your runs?
Ever made a fueling mistake during a race, tell me about it!
Current favorite carbohydrate?
Do you ever do downhill training?