6 mile days seem to be the theme of the next two weeks of marathon training for me.
I'm really determined to work on making my easy days really 'easy' so I can hit my paces on my harder workouts when they come along. SO that may mean paces over 10:00 min/mi and I'm slowly accepting that. It takes longer than what I could do which is a bummer, but I think it's an integral part to keeping myself injury free and not burning out through the training cycle.
I'm not really sure how accurate the Forerunner's heart rate monitor and recovery time predictions are. Anyone have a good experience with either of these two functions? I've been keeping watch on my breathing (easy) during my easy runs and still get this same recovery time notification when I'm done. It's a little frustrating, but I think I'll just stick to working on keeping an eye on my breathing and always take it down a notch slower to make sure I'm recovering well.
I also recently uploaded the link to my pinterest page (link is at the bottom of the page/homepage) and have put up a lot of fun things that I've either made or will be interested in doing/making, so make sure to check it out! I have a skater competing at the Vail Figure Skating Competition this morning, so I fit in my run Friday (6 miles), took today off, and will do my other run on the schedule on Sunday (8 miles). We don't have many other plans this weekend, except hoping to get out paddle boarding on the lake either this afternoon or tomorrow (depending on whichever day has better weather). I also know that I want to bake a lot (is it just me or is anyone else already getting excited for the Fall baking and running season?!)- including the Nutella Stuffed Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (you can find them here).
This week is also the first week of Marathon #5 training! I'm planning to post a weekly review of the Hanson's Marathon Method and do a more in-depth review of my marathon plan in the next few days so stay posted! I've love to hear if you've ever followed Hanson's training plan before and your experience.
I also ordered this Running Vest from Ultimate Direction and can't wait to test it out when I start hitting more trails to do my runs on! It got awesome reviews and I'm excited to go explore more hiking trails with my running shoes.
Also I wanted to say THANK YOU to all who are currently reading and following along on my blog. I'm still in the process of figuring it all out and the direction in which I want to take my posts. I'm really inspired by both Miles To The Trials and The Running Wife's blogs and how they approach posts (something of substance posts), but also still love The Hungry Runner Girl's everyday posts; so, bear with me while I still figure out the best fit for my lifestyle and the perfect fit for Just Keep Running! I'd love to hear your thoughts if there's something you really want to see in a running/fitness blog or a different perspective that you'd enjoy.
I've definitely been struggling with getting up early to get my runs in this week, but it's been pretty nice to have the option to fit them in later as well. I managed to get my run in early Thursday morning and was greeted to this beautiful view in the valley. Does anyone else feel like a beautiful sunrise brings about so much possibility and opportunity? I instantly feel empowered when I'm able to witness the fog lifting off the mountains and sun awakening the valley below.
Any good suggestions on blog topics or thoughts on posting everyday or would you rather see a once a week SoS (something of substance) post?
Running in the morning, afternoon, or night during the summer?
Plans for the weekend?