7 THINGS

Last day as a 28 year old!!

THE BEST IS YET TO COME! Saw this article on Runner’s World by Kiera Carter and got SO excited. I’ll continue to plug away at the slow-twitch muscle fibers and believe that the sky is the limit, because that’s basically the point of this article ; )

Even though I don’t leave until Friday for Eugene, my mind is already focusing on all that vacation time. My mom is meeting me in Portland and then we’re driving down to Eugene Saturday morning. We have a tiny house all picked out for Sat & Sun night and then are heading up the coast of Oregon, so hoping for a few nice beach days! Can’t forget to pack my swimsuit!!

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Easy Friday night dinner- appetizer platter!  

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Just doing my usual taper things- cleaning out the fridge 🤣 

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60 degrees out on Saturday called for some ice cream! First one this year 😋 

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Sunday morning breakfast & a running rest day.  

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Marathon taper + Rest day = extra time to read and sip some coffee ☕️  

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Favorite type of ice cream cone?  

Best way to spend a rest day?  

3 things you did this weekend?  

  

7 THINGS & Marathon Goals Update?

I was so distracted/ excited for the Boston Marathon that I totally forgot to do my 7 things yesterday! It was so unbelievably inspiring to watch the race and that men’s finish?!? Incredible. I also really enjoyed this entire article from Boston.com.

And those finishers who selflessly helped other runners cross the finish line when they couldn’t by themselves? Or crawling across the finish line. It really brings tears to my eyes. Runners are just so wonderful and selfless human beings. Our community is amazing.

In other news, we spent our weekend NOT doing the dishes (clearly). I’d really love it if we could have a working dishwasher. Is that so much to ask?

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Brady climbed to new heights. His balance is really truly remarkable.

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More snow/ ice on Saturday meant for a VERY long drive to Fort Collins & back.

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I had to renew my CPR certification through the American Heart Association, so I drove down there and back in one day. It ended up taking over 9 1/2 hours of driving (and 4 in the classroom) because the roads were pretty awful/scary Saturday morning. Also, did you know that baby’s diapers apparently have power buttons on them? Yeah, me neither!

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Easiest meal plan ever for this week. Ha.

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And a whole ‘lotta wall squats on Friday! Gotta get these legs nice and strong to get me through my 50 miler AND up Mt. Washington!

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So, I skipped my long runs this weekend. I actually skipped ALL of my runs this weekend. Saturday took its toll on me and Sunday, I was so exhausted from being in the car all day/ having to skip lunch because I had no time before my class began/ and honestly- I just did not feel like running. It was cold and windy out and running just sounded awful. So, I didn’t run. Also- my marathon tempos have been all over the place. I haven’t actually ‘hit’ my goal pace since the end of March and this is leaving me feeling a bit well, uncertain of what I can expect at Eugene.

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I know that I can fairly easily ‘hit’ the 26.2 miles, but I also really really wanted to see that 3:3x on the clock when I crossed the finish line. All of my tempos leading up until the end of March told me that it was possible, but now with so many really irregular (and well dare I say, crappy) tempo runs I’m not so sure. It’s also really unlike me to NOT want to run. The last time I felt like this, I was anemic so I have already made an appointment with my doc to get some blood tests. Maybe it’s all in my head? Maybe it’s hormones? IDK, but I want to feel like myself again and hit those runs feeling amazing! I’ll keep you posted, but right now- I think and truly believe that a PR is within me. I just need to keep on mentally visualizing the race (I’ve been doing that a BUNCH), reading all the inspiring books, and recovering like a champ during these next 12 DAYS!

I’m happy to acknowledge what my body is feeling and actually ACT on it (normally I don’t!). So, I guess this is what adulting feels like? IDK. Do you? And I’m not sharing this for anyone to feel SORRY for me- I like to keep it honest here and share my thoughts because I honestly feel like there are way too many people other sharing with ‘rose gold glasses’. Maybe you’ve felt like this too? Maybe you haven’t, but maybe it might make you feel better to know that you’re not alone- so I hope this helps YOU!

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-Ever have to adjust your race plans? How’d it go? Any suggestions?

-Favorite thing about Boston yesterday? Anyone RUN it? How’d it go?!?

-Cats- how do they balance so well like that?!?

-Meal planners —> favorite ‘leftovers’ recipes?

7 THINGS: That Was Fun, Not Very Comfortable?, & I Did A Thing

Well I did it. 28 miles on Saturday. It was amazing, fun, not as challenging as I expected, and really confidence-boosting. I used my car as an “aid station” and broke each segment up into 7 miles. I had 4 different 7 mile out-and-backs that I used (all different directions to keep it fun) and would take a gel when I turned around, change my shoes when I got back to my car, and force myself to eat & drink something before heading back out for the next 7 mile segment. I did 2 pit-stops to pee, but otherwise didn’t stop. It was still relatively flat, but I had gained over 3,000’ the previous 4 days from my runs, so didn’t necessarily want to go crazy with the hills for my run. I’m excited to be almost at the taper! Just a few more high-mileage days left. 20 days until Eugene!

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Post- 28 miler deliciousness. Jerk TurkeyLT from Meat & Seafood Company for the win.

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Maple did not look very comfortable bird-watching this weekend…or maybe she was? I never know what goes on through our cats minds…

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Picked up 2 new books at the library! Super excited for ROAR.

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The best dinner after my long run. Sirloin Steak (Meat & Seafood Comp. was having their Anniversary sale and we snagged this baby for $12!), sweet potatoes, and edamame.

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Sunday runday in almost SIXTY DEGREE WEATHER?!?

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I did a thing too. MS Virtual Run for the start of the 2019 Relay! The medal was SO CUTE too!

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-Ever split up a long run into smaller segments to make it seem more manageable?

-Favorite post-long run dinner?

-Weirdest place/position your cat have ever bird watched?

7 THINGS

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Ours was eventful on Saturday and then Sunday nice & relaxing. Alex is away in Las Vegas this week, so I’m on full Stella-duty and will be getting most of my runs in the morning because she’s much more comfortable at home rather than spend 2+ hours in the car while I’m running at the gym. I did most of my meal prep yesterday, so I should be able to relax most evenings after work. This is my second-to-last really high mileage week before I taper for Eugene and then for Pinelands 50! I’m excitedly nervous and ready to tackle the weeks ahead.

Let’s flashback to Saturday morning when we woke up, excited to make some fresh coffee and breakfast and found out that poor Stella had gotten sick in several places throughout the entire house (she’s OK! got it out of her system and was perfectly happy by the time we woke up). Sooo we spent the next hour cleaning it up, airing out the house (it had also snowed the night before and was FREEZING outside- i.e. 12* I believe?), and decided that neither one of us could eat in there at the moment. So off to breakfast we went! Freshies Summit Scramble for the win.

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Took Stella for a walk on the ice-covered core trail.

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Did some spring cleaning and found all of my old skating dresses. That pink one was my absolute favorite. Every time I wore it = I felt incredible and STRONG and bada$$. Hmmm… maybe I should wear it for my race this month?

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Brady was NOT helpful when I was trying to put away all of my heavy sweaters and jackets.

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A game of life & popcorn while watching March Madness. HOW INCREDIBLE was that UVA vs Purdue game? We had to stay up late and watch.

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Sunday Runday! 6.5 miles to round out March in some warmish (28*) temperatures and snow-free roads (FINALLY!).

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Brady found his favorite new spot to nap.

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-Where is weirdest place your pet naps?

-Any tips for getting stains out of rugs?! We got most of them, but still a bit left and woolite isn’t cutting it.

-Favorite ways to prepare for the week ahead?

7 THINGS

Happy Monday! Eugene Marathon is officially 33 DAYS AWAY! I can’t wait. Also I really need to start planning activities for AFTER the run- do you have any suggestions or must-sees for Oregon PNW area?! Let’s recap 7 things that happened over the weekend.

Dirt Roads!

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Big ole Brunch post 22-mile long run!

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Epsom Salt Bath with a side of coffee and Gilmore GIrls

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Homemade Lasagna and bread to refuel after my long run!

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Last day of teaching skiing at the mountain on Sunday possibly FOREVER?!? Say it ain’t so….

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Fitness walks with Stella (we keep a good pace and sniffing to a minimum)- she’s not impressed.

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Brady being…well, Brady.

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Tell me 7 things from your weekend!