Weekending + Try This + Marathon Training Week 1 Recap:

(shoes, bra, shorts)

TRY A WORKOUT LIKE THIS. If you need time to fly, this is the workout for you. Your brain is so focused on what’s next, so you are done with it before you know it.

Don’t mind my 2nd and 3rd lap on my splits (I don’t know what happened there, ha), but this is what I did for my 18 miler. It was tough, and I was on pace or a bit faster for each mile except for the last one. I haven’t run 18 miles in a very long time, and in that last mile, I gave what I could and let go of my Type A personality when I finished 8 seconds slower for that split.

The goal was 8:30, 7:30, 8:20, 7:20, 8:10, 7:10, 8:00, 7:00, 7:50, 6:50, 7:40, 6:40, 7:30, 6:30, 7:20, 6:20, 7:10 and 6:10.

Here are my splits… I did it with some friends faster than me, so that is why some of the splits were a bit fast (this workout was easy for them), but overall, it felt great until mile 18.

We took three short breaks over the miles for the restroom, water, and to get my Core Power out for friends leaving early, but other than that… we tried to keep things moving.

This bra is something else. I might wear it for the marathon because it makes bringing everything we need for these long runs easy.

I got home from my run, and then Andrew had to leave for work 20ish minutes later.

The weekend tag team when he has to work. They even had a donut waiting for me when I got home.

PS I don’t know how Andrew is doing the job he does… the hours are fabulous (he works wayyyyyyy less now), but the situations are so heavy in these organ donations. I’m grateful he does what he does to help others on the receiving end, but it is a lot when he does work.

And now for some weekend highlights:

We went to the BYU soccer game scrimmage.

Brooke looks up to these women so much.

Buttery, salty popcorn is my marathon training craving this cycle.

Beck did his best to stay awake for our late night.

And Sunday was as laid back as possible.

Just what we needed.

Time to bring back marathon training weekly recaps.  I’ve been building up my mileage and had some good workouts already, but this is my first week with a plan from my coach to follow for the week.  The previous week I hit 65 miles, and then 70 this week.

Monday: 11 miles @ 9:24 pace on trails.

Tuesday: 10.18 miles @ 8:19 pace

Wednesday:  14.2 miles @ 7:43 miles. w/u, 5 x mtc miles (mostly downhill), with the first .75 of each at a conservative pace and the last .25 of each all out. I averaged a 5:29 for the 5 miles.

Thursday:  10 miles @ 7:44 average in the rain.

Friday:  6.7 @ 8:42

Saturday:  18 miles @ 7:14 average.  The goal was to go 8:30, 7:30, 8:20, 7:20, 8:10, 7:10, 8:00, 7:00… all the way down to 7:10, 6:10.  We hit each split (or faster) but on the last one I was 8 seconds slow which hurt my brain;). 

Sunday:  Off!  

70.88 miles for the week.  

Here’s what my mileage goals will look like for the rest of the training cycle:

Does anyone else have any soccer-obsessed kids?

When does school start back up in your area?


What gels have you been using on your longer runs lately?

Tell me a great part from your weekend!

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I was using Maurten, but since I’m not training for anything, trying out a few cheaper options! My long runs are around 9-10 miles right now and I’m trying huma gels and skratch lab chews. And post long run fuel is core power, I’ve even got my boyfriend hooked on it lol.


That is the thing…. finding a cheaper option during the off season is needed. Oh you know that just made my morning to hear you guys love Core Power! Keep enjoying and have a beautiful day, Mariah!


I wore that same version of Adidas sprots bra for my long run this weekend. I love it so much and wear it as much as possible.
I have been using Huma gels more for the electrolyte content.
Weekend was great over here, farmers market, cookbook club, Tadej made a podium, and nailed my long run.


It truly is the best bra, so happy you love it. I need to figure out the electrolyte situation a bit better. Thanks for that reminder. Ummmm your cookbook club looked amazing. You rocked this weekend. Hope your Monday is off to a great start!


How do you hit those splits so closely?!? Is your pacing just that dialed in or do you have your watch tell you when you’re on pace? I have a hard time sticking within 30 seconds :)


We would usually start the miles and go off of feel and about halfway through glance down and adjust accordingly! Some days I am way more on when it comes to pacing and Saturday was one of those days but I have plenty of days where I am way off too! Hope your day is a gorgeous one, Ashley!


Awesome long run! And I need to get a sports bra like them as I start to ramp up longer runs. I’m still being very careful, but my Achilles is feeling better, yay.
I love that you live so close to BYU and have connections there. Maybe one day you’ll be watching Brooke play soccer there.
Oh.My.Goodness…. the TS concert was amazing!! She really is so talented and such an amazing performer. I don’t think we sat down until we got back to the car. It really was so fun. And of course seeing our cousin on stage too, was amazing.
My husband is back at school this week for meetings and prep, then kids start next week. Summer went way to fast.
Have a great Monday and start to the new week.


YOUR WEEKEND LOOKED INCREDIBLE and your outfit was amazing! I am so happy for you guys and I read about all of the bonuses that she gave to her dancers and the truck drivers etc. So so cool. Oh my goodness, that would be a dream for her and me to see her out there playing:). Back to school! Oh wow, it went by way too fast. Thanks Wendy, hope you have a wonderful day!


That bra looks so practical and hilarious when filled with gels! Ooooh, in the heat you could slip ice packs in the pockets and a hand warmer satchel in the winter! I have that bra too but haven’t fully utilized it yet.

I like Muir Energy but you really have to tolerate molasses. My marathon combo historically is Tailwind plus Skratch chews and water.

Have a great week!


I volunteered at a triathon yesterday which was a lot of fun, caught up with a lot of friends I hadn’t seen for a while, and being on the other side I find motivating….I always try to volunteer at about 3 events every year…without volunteers these things don’t happen….
Monday was a 10K that started out as a 5K…..today, chill and get caught up, this being a race director is taking a lot of time…..
my kids have been out of school for a while, I’m now that angry old guys that year round boarding school to keep the young loud vandals off of the streets (kidding..maybe)…but, it’s hard to believe that it’s August!


hey, I just thought of this..I just had our local Brooks rep join us for a Zoom talk….on run bras!…..I’d be happy to share the Zoom recording link if any are interested….sometimes the youtube links don’t always work (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQUNV2DK_B4) but let me know


Our kids go back to school August 25th – which is a Friday and they get out 2 hours early that day. I have not talked to a single parent or teacher that is happy about this schedule.

My son will turn 12 on August 16th so we had his birthday party this weekend. Went to a baseball game, had friends stay overnight and then had even more friends come over for a wiffleball tournament. Topped it off with ice cream cake!


So you asked about blog topics a few days ago…I know you’ve talked about this before but it’s hard to find them again. I think you’ve read the book Roar? I’d be curious to hear more about your thoughts/knowledge on the menstrual cycle in relation to training? I know you run 6 days a week very consistently, and I’m curious how you do (or don’t) adjust your training to accommodate your cycle. I’ve found I have energy and motivation to run or workout in the first half of my cycle, but then just life and parenting wipes me out during the 2nd half and I just don’t have it in me to run usually. Do you make workouts easier in the 2nd half, do you just ignore it and push through it, do you take the rest of your day easier? Any and all you’d like to share would be wonderful! I haven’t read Roar yet but just put in on hold at the library:) PS there’s an amazing podcast about the menstrual cycle called 28ish Days Later, it’s short and you can listen to an episode a day to line up with your cycle:) Thanks!


Fabulous job on those splits!! Yay!


When I still worked in ICU, I got to work closely wit& the organ donor team. Amazing, intelligent, compassionate people. Thank Andrew for his service in this important part of Healthcare.
On a lighter note I bout the added as pocket bra. Love it! Only had one color in my size. Waiting for more colors to come out hopefully.
Schoolstarted last week and today for most schools here in Arizona.
Getting ready to start training for my first trail ultra in February. Nervous excited. Would welcome any tips

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