Mileage recap&sunday funday

here is my race recap: I didn’t run it!!!

yes. it’s true! I bailed on my race! I can’t believe it either!
I hate skipping races! THANK YOU to everyone who voted! I really wanted to run it, but there was a thought in the back of my mind:

Long run course power.
Doing your training runs along your marathon course gets you so ready. I live ten minutes from the start of the Baystate course, and have only done one long run along the route. My excuse is that I have run this marathon three other times and I drive half the course every day of my life so that makes me a pro. But, every runner knows that a course changes from the first time you run it to the second, third, etc…you become a beast at it. And that’s what I want to do: BEAST my upcoming marathon course.

I woke up at 4:30 on Saturday and I had decided to RUN THE RACE. But, Five minutes into getting ready (I already had my outfit/race bag/snacks/camelbak/playlist ready to go. I still surprise myself at times by changing my mind at the last minute)) I went back to bed and woke up at ten. 10:00am!!!!!!
The extra sleep was awesome! I dilly dallied around the house until 12:30 (my husband had to work until 8) and finally got ready to go!

I ended up doing 22 miles. Just about 15 of those were along the course. It was perfect weather. I didn’t feel great during it-I think I was still all kinds of exhausted from a draining work week. I was all kinds of sore/chafed/mentally exhausted afterwards. I really just wanted to sleep after!

I always perform better the second time around, so I am going to run the same route next week and do it better. I’m definitely going to start by 8 am next week too, my 12:30 start was much too late and my body knew that. (Plus: a race tip for you..my marathon starts at 8am…it’s good to stick to a schedule that coincides with your race start time!!)

Runs for the week:
Monday: off

Tuesday: 9 early morning miles with my running partner, 1:14:44, avg 8:18

Wednesday: 8 miles, done before the sun came up! I warmed up for 2 @8:34 pace, tempo’d for 5 at 7:19, 7:09, 6;59, 6:49, 6:49 cool down mile for 7:49.

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Thursday: nice easy sunset run of 7.20 miles in 56:22.

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Friday: off.

Saturday: 22 along the Baystate Marathon course.

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Sunday: nice& slow 7.22 mile recovery run in an hour, 8:20 avg pace. I hit three 7minute miles: that always makes me smile on the day after a long run when my legs are toast!

And now there are only FOUR MORE WEEKS until my next marathon! Wowza, that came quick!

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We had family day on Sunday… this is something we are soo good at in fall/winter but slack BIG TIME in the summertime! It was awesome to restart it back up again!

My niece insisted on doing my nails…(I adore my niece SO MUCH, I would have let her paint them black!)

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And my BIL made a beer/cheese dip with some amazing chips to go with it…

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And we had to have a tea party, naturally.

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I know this is a selfie but whatever…I had to show you all that I actually did not wear pants all weekend. I put this outfit on for about an hour on Saturday and then decided that “real
Clothes” were actually TOO much to handle, so back into yoga pants I went…Real people clothes can be tooooo much after 22 miles. YES…I am wearing leggings as pants..#sorryimnotsorry.

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And THIS SUNSET….Insanely gorgeous❀️

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Happy Monday! (sorry, that is the BIGGEST oxymoron EVERRRRR.)

Ever bail on a race?

How was your weekend?!?

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17 thoughts on “Mileage recap&sunday funday

  1. I have bailed on a race, just once. It was back in March, while I was training for my first half marathon. I was signed up to race a 15K, and I just didn’t feel ready yet. I was still over a month away from my half marathon and even though I’d run 10 miles in training, 9.3 miles seemed a little long for me to race. Also, a friend’s son had his 3rd birthday party that morning.

    In the end I think it was the right call. Instead, I went out the next morning and did a long run of 13 miles for the first time! The pride of conquering that distance was so worth skipping the race.

  2. I wish running the course fit into my schedule! I think it was a smart move skipping the race…my knees wouldn’t do well racing a half one weekend going into a 20 miler the next. Though I think choosing to race or long run on the course would have benefited your training either way! Keep crushing to tempo runs! I think they are my favorite!

  3. Ohhhhh my twinie!!! I knew you would opt to run the race course annnnnd you are so gonna beast that marathon!!! I know pulling out of the half last minute was hard but it’ll pay off in the end. And you are not alone I’ve had to bail on two races over the last 5 years. Once due to injury, and on another occasion due to changes in circumstance.

    • It really will help me, I know! You are so smart:) I’m gonna do another run
      Next week along it and I can’t wait to see how I do!! You’re so smart!:)

      I’ve been looking at a few halfs
      Though as my “long run” two weeks before the marathon—still debating it though!

      • Eh’ I’m not smart you’ve been doing this long enough to know how to use runner’s wisdom and I think that’s what you did πŸ™‚

  4. Ahhhhhhhh! Less than 4 weeks! I’m so jealous you get to run the course. I’ve thought about doing a road trip before the race, but it probably won’t happen.

    I did 20 miles Sunday at a pace justa tad slower than your 22 miler (8:40 pace) and felt like a rockstar. It’s funny how my great run pace was disappointing for you (not judging here, just thinking about perspective). I wish I had confidence that I’ll be able to pull out that pace on race day.

    Love the finger nails. How cute of your niece. πŸ™‚

    • Hey everybody is different, that’s one thing I’ve learned! An 8:40 pace is SO awesome! I think one thing I have learned is that I care more about how I feel during the long run than about how fast I’m going-YES I like being a beast-but, more than anything I like to feel good on my long run and I didn’t feel great the other day…that was why it bothered me:) I think your run is awesome–you felt great after and that’s the most important part!’

  5. Family day!!! I love it!! Such precious time spent together!! Fabulous!! You look amazing! Love your nails and hello, what a wonderful tea party!! Soooo cute!! Your runs are phenomenal!! You should be SO proud of yourself!! You’re running fabulous times!! XOXO!! Happy Monday!!

  6. After a long run I cannot get into jeans or anything but yoga/stretchy pants! If I have something “nicer” to do that means I dress up my lulu yoga pants. Oh well. I’m inspired as usual by you posting all your runs! I’m resting today but I’m in need of some major motivation going into this week for my runs.

    The closest I’ve ever come to bailing on a race was yesterday, but as of Saturday night I knew I would do it. My reasons weren’t good enough and I’m glad I faced that beast weather and gave it what I had anyway! I’ll write my recap today πŸ™‚

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