Rooooaarr, 43 seconds, November 3rd
Saturday: 6 miles @ 8:20 pace on treadmill/ Body Pump
My legs felt surprisingly fresh on this run. BP was great. I added more weight to my clean and press, so that always feels good 🙂
Sunday: 22 miles @ 7:51 pace on trail
Let me just start of by saying that my “pump me up” theme song for this marathon (Space Coast- Dec 1) is Katy Perry’s “ROAR.” In case you live under a rock or just want to jam out, here’s the video:
You know why I love this song? Because I AM A CHAMPION and you’re going to hear me roar on the course! I could literally make so many analogies with the lyrics, but I’ll save you the corniness (your welcome Todd, haha). You better believe I sing this song in my head when I’m running.
Not gonna lie, I was dreading this run a bit. I wasn’t nervous about not being able to finish or it being super hard, but I was worried I’d get bored. There was nothing to “look forward to.” There was no speedwork mixed in, no waiting to take a gel, nothing to break up a daunting 22 mile run…. just running. Sometimes these can be the hardest mentally because it’s just you and your thoughts… which can be good and bad, haha. I kept thinking about all those runner’s running the Chicago Marathon today and hoping they were kicking butt!
In case you were wondering, here is what was going through my mind during part of my run: Let me set the scene… the sun was just rising and looked something like this…
OK. Ready for my random thought process? Try and follow along…. All I could think about was how lucky I was to be running and watching the beautiful sunrise, while most people were still sleeping. I remembered a comment someone made on FB about this being a cotton candy sky and then all I could think about was cotton candy and how I haven’t had it in for ever. Mmm cotton candy. My dad used to always say, “Red sky at night, sailors delight, red sky at morn, sailor be warn.” So then I said that to myself for a good half mile until the word Delight made me think of afternoon delight! from Anchorman. Which lead to Ron BUrgundY?! Don’t forget to tell Todd about that Dodge commercial that’s also a promo for Anchorman 2. That should be a good movie. We should make that a date night. I love Todd.
Then I had the brilliant idea to head home early and run Riley for my last two-ish miles. That would kill two birds with one stone. One, Riley would get a lot of energy out and two, my morning wouldn’t be as rushed (I helped put on a baby shower this afternoon). THAT idea changed once I hit 16 miles. There was no way I was going to have the energy to control her- she’s about 60 lbs. One pull and I would have been down, haha. I was fine going straight, putting one foot in front of the other, but having to keep her in check, would’ve been a whole other thing.
I got water 5 times but didn’t take a gel. I try and use these “easy” long runs (as opposed to LRs with speed mixed in like last week) for semi depletion runs. The temps were in my favor with a 69 degree start with only 85% humidity. I was very happy with this run, as I was able to do negative splits- running the second half faster than the first- with an average of 7:51.
It’s crazy to think that I have to run 43 seconds PER MILE faster to hit my race goal. Yikes! After my run I ate, walked Ry and showered, before I was off to the baby shower. We had a great time hanging out, munching on tea sammies, cucumber salad, fruit and yummy pumpkin bars! Love these girls!
PSA: I know this is still a few weeks away, but as a reminder, Daylight Saving Time is Sunday, November 3 at 2:00AM. This time our clocks fall back so we get an hour. Yay!
Any random thoughts you want to share?
Do you dread boring runs?