Workout – 5 miles outside, fairly “easy” – I’ll delve into that statement in uno momento. 36:xx minutes. Kinda hilly. Sunday is normally a rest day. But Friday was also a rest day and I REALLY didn’t do anything. Saturdays are my long run days, and it was supposed to be a longer than the half marathon I did run day, but I only did the half. I know. Very silly to say I only did the half. But it’s the truth. And I am at a place in my running where I feel like saying only a half marathon is small beans for a run for the long run day is an accurate statement for me. If you are still following, that is why I chose not to rest today – didn’t do enough yesterday, the hills and the wind weren’t enough. Here’s a picture of today’s run. Yes, I’m still taking pics of my computer screen. so sorry.
I just have a hard time taking it easy on a run. I’m going to go ahead and call anything above a 7 minute mile a take it easy run for me. I don’t generally go slower than 7:30 mile. I don’t know that this is necessarily a good thing and is something I’m trying to work on. This was actually a pretty nice, easy, shake the sillies out run (that’s definitely a preschool term. they come out every now and then. it’s fun to talk preschool lingo. the cool kids do it) I usually leave the garmin when I want it to be easy and relaxing, but I took it today because I like to analyze the stats. I need a job. with numbers. If only I could do this for a living. anyway, for now I’ll raise kids and look at my garmin connect and do pace calculations.
And another lululemon outfit for the run today. photography courtesy of a 4 year old whizbang child. and I have multiple pictures to make you understand why this top needed to be part of my wardrobe. I think it’s called the back on track pullover something or other, not good with names of clothes, can barely keep track of my kids’ names…those are the same wunder unders I wore yesterday. and I might wear them everyday for the rest of my life. so comfortable I wish I could bottle it up and drink it. comfortable coolaid. could be a big hit.
Anna pulled out the super slimming thigh lense and made most of my legs disappear. I like. but not an accurate portrayal of the thighs that really exist. according to the most helpful lululemon sales chic, my thighs are “muscular, so you may want to try the next size up”. Ok. Will do skinny mini leg girl. I really want to not be nice to you right now, but you said that in such a way that I shouldn’t be bothered by it. and I love this store. so I won’t be bothered. nice choice of words. moving on.
#2 picture – supercool neckline, the hood has a hole in it for your ponytail that I would never use, but kinda fun – Anna is obviously not responsible for this superawkward self portrait. she’s much better than that.
and look at that, it unzips too….
It’s long. it’s warm, but not too warm. it’s fitted. all around freaking fantastic top. love.
That’s the last of Lulu purchases – for now. I am itching to get back there. I bought a running skirt, and I think I am going to return it. I love it, I have it in black and I bought it in this green/seafoam/teal color (I’m not good with naming colors either), but I think for the $, there are other things from there that I would use more. I have a wishlist. And it is growing longer by the minute. I’m having lululemon dreams of pretty pants and perfect tops.
Sunday Funday was indeed a fun day. We went to church this a.m., and I did NOT get stuck in the nursery with the little goobers. Good morning. AND, I chose to waste an obscene amount of time doing absolutely nothing productive last night, went to bed SUPER late even though I knew it was my morning to get up with knucklehead, and the one and only super stellar husband got up with him for me – 3rd day in a row – because I made a poor choice last night. that is love.
ok. I have some more reflections from yesterday’s race. I’m reflecting so much for a couple reasons – this reflecting, and thinking nonsense is new to me too. don’t be frightened. I usually don’t do this much reflecting. but, I have never run any race so early in the year – and it’s kind of kicked my mind into, this is really fun, I can’t wait to run more races mode. thus prompting me to think. and think some more. about future races and what I might do differently, or the same. Here’s my list.
1. Fluids. I started the race having to pee. I only had coffee all morning, and I usually drink some sort of sports drink well before the race. well, I forgot to, and I was stuck between not drinking anything else and drinking some at 9am, 1 hour before. I drank. This left me with a slightly full bladder to start. By mile 11, there was a darn near flash flood in my wunders. The bladder control just isn’t the same after 3 pregnancies/births. thank you children. I pulled through and held tight. real tight. NOT GOING TO DRINK THAT MUCH RIGHT BEFORE A RACE.
2. Music. I don’t run with music. I rarely, as in I’ve run with music maybe 2 times ever, train with music. This is something I want to change. I really think some heart pumping music would help get me through the end of any half or full marathon, when my body has more to give and my mind is fighting it. GET SOME HEADPHONES THAT STAY IN MY LITTLE EARS AND PUT TOGETHER A PLAYLIST THAT DOESN’T INCLUDE TAYLOR SWIFT AND LADY ANTEBELLUM.
3. Fuel. I like to take something every 4 – 5 miles. In a half, I usually take something at mile 4 and 9. Yesterday I did mile 4.5 and then not until sometime between mile 11 and 12. too little too late. I needed it 2 miles back but didn’t feel like chewing on sport beans. gu’s and gels just go down easier. they also come up pretty easy. FIND A GU OR GEL THAT STAYS IN MY TUMMY AND NOT ON THE PAVEMENT IN FRONT OF ME. AND TAKE THEM AT THE RIGHT TIMES.
4. Hills. I certainly did some hills yesterday. Hills are the BEST training for running, strength and speed. I have not been incorporating hills at all. I am excited for the time change coming up so that I can get outside and run in the morning when it’s light out earlier. I can do hills. INCORPORATE AT LEAST ONE GOOD HILL INTO EVERY RUN. AND THEN DO AT LEAST ONE FULL HILL WORKOUT PER WEEK. this used to be my rule when I was running outside over the summer. I think it’s a pretty good rule, and not a hard one to do.
5. Mantras. I have some that I use when I run. they didn’t come out yesterday. I needed them. but they got lost in the mindless running that took over the end of my race. my head was blank. I got sucked in to the I can’t do it, I don’t have anymore to give thinking and couldn’t pull myself out of it. Saying the mantras after the fact, doesn’t really work. I know mantras do a great deal of positive reinforcement for the negative thoughts that can come at the end of the race, when you need your MIND the most. PULL OUT THE MANTRAS. REPEAT. AND REPEAT. OVER AND OVER. Here’s a couple of mine – most of them are pretty corny. except the first one.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
I feel strong. I am strong. Run strong. This one almost helps me get into a really good rhythm.
If you can labor for 3 hours and give birth to 3 children with out any pain meds, you sure as heck can run 13.1 or 26.2 miles. it’s temporary. Suck it up and go. faster. or some variation of this. At some point, I’m sure early on, my mind made the connection between marathon running and pain. can’t imagine why. childbirth is also pretty painful – there’s the connection to the two. silly. I know. It works. and that’s all that matters.
6. STRETCH. ROLL. REPEAT. I NEED to do this on a regular basis. period. once a month doesn’t count.
that’s about it for reflecting. so much to learn. all the time.
I ended the night with a little cuddle time with my boy. he’s fresh. put that tongue away, Luke.
scratch that. it’s never really ‘cuddle’ time. more like pull mommy’s hair out of her head time. so much enjoyment either way. whatever makes the boy happy.
What fun things went on this weekend?
Any good, long runs? or just good runs, in general?
What’s in store for the week?!?