Well Gooooood Morning! Happy New Year!! I was SUPER lame this year! We did NOTHING on New Years Eve! I made an AMAZING Chicken Pot Pie (from scratch!) which is something I have ALWAYS wanted to do! It was a looong effort but so delicious that it was totally worth it!
We also watched 10 things I hate about you. …A throwback from my teen years? don’t mind if I do!
New Years Day I was supposed to do a little 10k the next town over from me…but I woke up with a terrible stomach ache and decided not to do it! I hate eating the costs of a race I don’t actually do , but, in this instance I was okay with it because I really did NOT feel better until the actual start time of the race (11).
I decided that instead of a race, I would do a marathon goal pace workout on my treadmill. I started with a slow warmup of 7.4mph for 2 miles. I did 4 miles at my goal mp of 8.4, but it felt too easy and like I could stay there forever. Your ‘goal marathon pace’ shouldn’t feel like you can stay there forever-it should feel challenging, and if it doesn’t: then it is time to reevaluate your paces! I increased it to 8.5-and once I did that, it was a struggle-but a doable struggle. I wanted to quit/take breaks/call my mom…but I powered through. This pace was “uncomfortable” for me but doable. 5 1/2 more miles there & for the last 1 1/2 miles, I increased it to 8.7-9.0. This run gave me a lot of confidence (once it was done!). I haven’t done a long run lately, or included a “mid week” long run at my gmp–I know I cannot slack on this! Runs like this give me confidence that I CAN hold my goal pace during a marathon because it will feel EASIER due to tapering/excitement/race adrenaline!
Total Miles:13, 7:13 avg pace.
A fun fact for you: I Bought “Unbroken”–> you know, the book turned movie that you see the trailer playing every five seconds on your tv? The one about the Olympic athlete who is also eventually taken as a prisoner of war? It is sososososoososo good.
My favorite quote so far for you is this:
“Louis had a rare bio mechanical advantage, hips that rolled as he ran; when one leg reach forward, the corresponding hip swung forward with it, giving Louie an exceptionally efficient, 7 foot stride.
Almost every week, Louie ran the mile, streaking through the season unbeaten and untested… Next, he tried the 2 mile in UCLA’s Southern California cross country meet. Running so effortlessly that he couldn’t feel his feet touching the ground, he took the lead and kept pulling away. At the halfway point, he was an eighth of a mile ahead and observers began speculating on when the boy in the black shorts was going to collapse. Louie didn’t collapse. After he flew past the finish, rewriting the course record, he looked back up the long straightaway. Not one of the other runners was even in view. Louie had won by more than a quarter of a mile.
He felt as if he would faint, but it wasn’t from the exertion. It was from the realization of what he was.”
You need to read it!!
New Years Day, my work BFF sent me a text …
Ok. Now for an announcement!! I have been keeping a few things off the old blog lately.
One is REALLLLLY BIG…
See this girl? She is my SIL, and She’s my favorite!!!!
Anyway…SIL is running a MARATHON this year!!!
GUESS WHICH ONE????
Yup! We are both doing it! SIL is running for Dana Farber! She has a million beautiful reasons to be running. She is INCREDIBLE and I am 100,000,000% proud of her!
Since SIL is a new(ish) distance runner- and I am not, I asked her to do a guest post! It will be up first thing Monday morning, so make sure you check back! In plan on roping her in to do one guest blog a month to tell you all about her journey! There is nothing like your first marathon!!!
Please wish her luck over the next few months along this crazy beautiful journey!!!!!