1 Week Out!
Happy Monday, folks! This time next week I’ll have run the Towpath Marathon and hopefully have another Boston Qualifying time under my belt! I think it’s important to have a few goals going into race day, so here are mine:
#1- BQ with a 3:30 #2- “just” BQ (3:35) #3- Enjoy the scenery and good weather.
I would REALLY like to hit that 3:30 mark and the plan I’ve been following should get me there. I know I’ve put in the miles and hard work and I need to trust my training. But there’s that small voice in the back of my head saying that I haven’t actually run at marathon pace (8:00) for any length of time. Sure I did marathon pace runs, but those were adjusted for the heat/humidity. I know this means I should be able to hit that pace in ideal weather, but there’s always that nagging thought in my mind. Not to mention, I haven’t raced- ie pushed myself towards a goal- in almost 2 years, before the whole infertility battle.
I just read THIS Marathon Pace post I did almost 3 years ago and it made me happy. And jealous of myself, haha. OK- let’s move on to recapping last week… Kara jumped on the pumpkin bandwagon. She’s a big fan 🙂
Thanks to Jolene, I’ve been working on my cadence and while this was a short run, I was able to get it closer to my goal of 180. Woo hoo! This is something I’ll work on more after the marathon.
Florida weather doesn’t like to recognize that it’s fall until around December so I created my own mini fall party with pumpkin Oreo’s dunked in pumpkin coffee with a pumpkin candle. For the record, Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Joe Joe’s are better than the Oreo version.
My mid-week run last week was 2 warm up, 2 x 2 miles @ 6:50 pace w/ .25 rest, 5 easy, for a total of 12 miles. I ran it on the treadmill and when I was done, I found a note from Kara and Todd <3 Day.Made. Riding off the high from my run and note, I consumed a whole pint of Halo Top Mint Chip while I cooled down and stretched- the watch is a reference for the time. And yes, that’s AM. It has the perfect ratio of carbs (56g) to protein (24g) post run and is DELICIOUS!
I actually had a HORRIBLE week of eating at work and consumed WAY too much pizza, cookies, muffins, bagels, etc. It was all very yummy, but I went too overboard and payed for it with bloating and feeling uncomfortable. I think it was part of tapering and reasoning with myself that I need #allthecarbs. Which I do, just in healthier forms. Thank goodness for dinners at mom’s 🙂
I’ve been taking recovery serious at work and wearing my Legend Compression Wear sleeves under my pants. They are so comfy and not overly tight like some brands.
I finished the week up with an easy 10 miler and sushi! We had a “cold front” come through, so the humidity was down and it was only 76 degrees at 6:50 when I started. Hey, I’ll take it. I felt great and a week out from the race, that’s what matters!
Advice needed: Tips and tricks for flying with a 10 month old? We’re flying Southwest, taking her car seat and the BOB. I MIGHT be more nervous about flying with Kara than the race, haha.