Monday, October 6, 2014

Weekend update


This weekend we had some beautiful fall weather where our temps hit 44! Wow, I can't even believe it's time for fall and colder weather.

Brandon had to work bingo for Ava's gymnastics on Friday and that means he gets home around 3:30 am. So we decided to go to Hope Saturday night for the Garage, a family introduction to their new lesson plan. It was super cute and the kids loved it.

After church Brandon picked Mekong for celebrating his birthday, which is this Friday. We ordered two spring rolls and then the kids ate ours! So we ordered another round with their vin. sauce. We both ordered pho soup with the thai basil, bean sprouts, hot sauce and peppers and fresh lime with beef in the soup. Soooo good! I love their pho soup.

Half training

Half training is actually going really good. Maybe it's because I am putting zero pressure on myself on pace or maybe it's because the heat and humidity is gone.

Sadly, Sarah's knee is really hurting her and I have lost my running partner. Can I say how much I will miss running with her? I loved our mid-runs and long runs. After running and walking with Sarah on Saturday, I finished out my prescribed long run for week 6.


Time on Feet 
Week 6 called for a 5k race, but I subbed in a 9.5 mile long run.

The day was bright and sunny and 44 (!) and it was gorgeous!!

I didn't use fuel other than gatorade and I still felt really amazing. I did the first 2.5 as a warmup and the seven around 9:37. Not sure why I felt so great and kept having to slow myself down. Just going with the theory that somedays you feel amazing.

I finally feel like I am getting my old speed and time on feet back. It doesn't feel so hard to run long anymore.

However, I do think I need new shoelaces because they kept on coming untied. I had to stop three times after running up hills to retie them.



Overall, my goal for long runs is a comfortable pace and to get used to being on my feet for long stretches of time. If you are running your first half this fall, time on feet helps you stay motivated during your actual race and although it makes training harder, it makes your actual race easier because your muscles, arms and abs, as well as feet are used to running for 60, 90 or 120 minutes.

If you are feeling worried about running double digits -- just break down the mileage into doable miles to help you. I always break up runs into threes or fours. First three miles are warmup, middle three - four are the miles you can use to concentrate on form, and last miles you can work on mental strength.

Have a great Monday! Tomorrow I am posting a recipe for the seriously best french fries ever. They are kind've my favorite thing!

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