It was a gorgeous morning for trails. I’m trying to get my elevation gain up each week and added 1200 ft of climbing yesterday.
Ten miles @ 9:19 average + 10 minutes of upper body strength on the Peloton app.
Beck must be growing like crazy because he slept in until 10:30 yesterday.
PS I cannot believe he is almost two. Time has flown.
I came across this picture from my second marathon, which made me think about some things that have changed over the years when it comes to my marathoning, and I thought I would share them here.
Ten things that have changed in my marathoning…
1- I no longer carry my fuel in a ziplock bag that I tuck into my shorts (as you can see in the above picture). The chafing that day was insane, like the chapstick I put in my sports bra during my first marathon. Pretty sure I still have a light scar from that.
2- I don’t race in racing flats anymore (this is a change I made this year), and I could not be more in love with my carbon-plated shoes and what they do for my legs.
3- I am not afraid of the carb-load anymore like I was in the beginning (favorite resource on how to properly carb-load HERE), and it has made a world of difference.
4- I don’t listen to music anymore, although I’m wondering if I will again in the future if I am alone in a race (because I was alone for 19 miles of the St. George Marathon this year).
5- I don’t bring my phone anymore… I figure my race recaps can do with a few less mid-race selfies these days;)
6-I avoid flying and dying now. I can’t say I know how to do this in a half-marathon yet (I’m looking at every half I raced this year;), but I am all about going for negative or even splits for the marathon. I’ve gone out too fast, too many marathons, and then slowly died during the last 10k.
7- For my 2nd and 3rd marathon, I found out I was doing them the WEEK OF the races ha. I don’t think I can pull that off these days anymore.
8- I’m pretty sure I never really stretched or did any recovery work for my first ten marathons. Now at 36.7 years old, I spend so much time doing all of the things to get my body to the starting line ready.
9- I have Andrew who plans/prepares more for these marathons than I do. +4 little humans that need to get up and ready for the day ha (I think Boston felt like a breeze for Andrew this year because it was just the two of us).
10- I fuel every four miles (try it and report back to me) during the marathon and that DEFINITELY didn’t happen until the last little bit…. Before I would take my first gel at mile 15. I would pass out if I tried that again.
A few things I still do when marathoning….
-Count steps when I’m tired or focus on my arm swing when my legs are dead.
-Dream kind of crazy goals that usually take me years to get to.
-Overanalyze my splits afterward.
-Tell myself during the marathon when it really hurts that it is my last one and then sign up for another a few days later;).
What has changed in your racing/marathoning over the years?
Drink a lot of liquids in the morning??
-I know I won’t do it later in the day, so I try to get them in first thing.
Do you normally sign up for a race way in advance or last minute?
What is your run today?