I had the most delicious Monday night Birthday dinner! No pictures to post because the BOY and I were too busy sharing a fantastic bottle of red wine : ) but I decided to sleep in Tuesday morning. Well I tried at least, but the BOY was making noise in our room and Cooper was bouncing on my head. I made breakfast, checked email, and made the mistake of checking out the weather for the day. 95 degrees! That’s crazy hot! I went upstairs to change into my running clothes but instead climbed back into bed for a 90 minute pre work nap! I know I should feel guilty for skipping my 5 mile run, but instead I felt refreshed. I pushed through a lot of long runs last week while I was sick, so I decided to cut myself some slack. Since Wednesday is my rest day, that made for two exercise free days in a row!
Which meant that I HAD to run this morning, despite the heat. I certainly didn’t get up early enough to beat the heat, so when I left for my run, I wasn’t one mile in before the air felt thick, my t shirt was heavy, and my legs were wobbling like angel hair pasta. I tried to pick an 8 mile route with shade, which unfortunately also meant hills. Hills and heat does not a race pace run make!!! But I tried…for the first half of my run anyways, and then 4 miles later, settled into a comfortable pace. I was able to find my way through 8 long miles pulling back into the driveway at 73:22. Although definitely not race pace, it wasn’t as slow as I thought it would be.
On another note, I have finally settled on a fuel for the marathon. I tried a few different options over the last few weeks and settled on these guys.
During my first and only marathon, it was SO hot that I had trouble taking in my nutrition. I had to beg a random spectator for a slice of his orange. The good news is that when I ate these in the heat today, they went down smoothly! I’m planning on trying them for tomorrow’s weather-permitted long run!
What do you use to fuel your runs?
Since August is almost over and I have a busy Labor Day weekend, I thought it would be a good time to check in with goals.
My main goal was to dive into marathon training, which has been going pretty well! I haven’t finished Hal’s book yet, but my long runs have been slow but strong, and I am consistently stretching. Hooray!
My secondary goal was to raise money for St. Jude. And…I am well on my way! Thank you to all of you for your emotional support!
I’m sticking with the single focus goals. This month its all about nutrition!
I have been all across the board with my eating. So this month, I’d like to get back to meal panning, eating clean, and properly fueling my runs!