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 🙂

Pumpkin Baby Food

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.

Pumpkin Coffee Candle Oreo

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!

Kara Note Halo Top

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 🙂

Healthy Dinner

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.

Legend Compression Wear sleeves

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.

lady bug butt

Send good vibes, positive thoughts and fast feet my way this weekend! I’m linking up with Erin for my weekend snapshot, Katie for MIMM and the Weekly Wrap!


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  1. That cadence is awesome! Dang that is improvement!!!

    Loving those ladybug jammies. Flying with Kara is going to be a breeze! She is such a good baby! Nursing as you land helps with her with the ears popping.

    • I need to send you the picture of her new fave way to nurse… it’s hilarious! The cadence is a work in progress 🙂

    • Agreed! It’s crazy how much better I feel when I eat mostly healthy. Although I have to admit, sometimes it’s worth the bloating, haha

  2. Kara’s hair though! So stinkin’ cute. I have no tips for planes and babies – I’m still terrified to do it myself. Heck, we just took a 25 hour car ride to avoid it ahahhaa. I think I would definitely bring a carrier and I hear that nursing/eating at take off helps with ear popping?

    • That’s what I’ve heard, too. I most certainly plan on bringing a carrier. She loves it and it gives me free hands!

  3. Ha look at kara’s hair she does look like she likes the pumpkin flavor! My wish for you is a great race and I hope you even amaze yourself and sneak in under the 3:30!! Wouldn’t that be awesome! I believe in you !!! Enjoy this week and your race!

  4. Hi! Don’t comment much but I’ve been reading your training. I’m excited to see your hard work pay off. I have a feeling you’re going to surprise yourself!! Good luck! Can’t wait to read! 🙂

    • Well thanks for commenting this time 🙂 I, too end up reading more blogs than commenting. I really appreciate the kind words and wishes!!!

  5. Good luck Heather. You’ve worked hard and will have a fantastic race! I think the race will feel so much easier than the heat and humidity you’ve run in all summer. I fall short on the cadence number as well. But, I also wonder how accurate Garmin really is on that? I’ve never flown with a baby so I can’t help you there. Have a wonderful trip. Thanks for linking.

    • I’m hoping the weather makes a world of a difference! And you’re right, it would be interesting to know how accurate the Garmin really is. I guess as long as the numbers going up I’m doing better, haha!

  6. You’re running right now, or may have finished, but I’ve sent so many good vibes your way!! I agree, those Joe-Joe’s are way better than Oreo’s!

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