A brief digression to share with you two happy arrivals this week, one from Monday and one from Friday…..
Now on to the weekend…
Sat – 13.1mi: 6 mi w/u ez pace (increased pace every 2mi), 3mi race pace, 4x1mi each 0.1mph faster than prior mile (about 7s faster per mile), finishing with 0.1mi at 0% incline (downhill) at 50s faster than race pace. Wanted to load up on GU without my usual EFS gel to buffer it, see how my stomach took it. Took a Salted Caramel at mile 3, a Blue-Pom Roctane at mile 6 (slight headache in the temples after this, which passed within a mile) and a Vanilla Bean at mile 9. I’d originally planned the Jet Blackberry – the most caffeine of all the ones I use – for mile 9, but decided to go with the less-caffeinated Vanilla in case my brief headache was from over-caffeinating. (I figured out on the run that taking the 4 GUs I plan to is almost the equivalent of my mug of tea in caffeine levels, plus the FRS chews I take beforehand on run days – might be a bit more than I’m used to.) My stomach handled them fine though, so I think I’ve got my fueling plan for the race now.
Tried my North Face BTN short sleeve shirt with arm warmers – I think I can use that for the race if needed or I may just go with my tank as the vest does help keep me warmer (current forecast Friday overnight low of 30, with race day sunny, high of 49). I’ll bring both and decide on the day or the night before – I always bring multiple outfits for an away race.
Listened to the most recent Marathon Talk podcast, with an interesting guest who has a project going in the US that we could use here – Julie Creffield. (if you want to listen, go to iTunes – the MT site got hacked a couple of weeks ago and isn’t functioning yet, though they’re working on it)
Sun – 7mi, recovery pace, felt better as the miles went on. Despite the gorgeous weather – and breaking with the pattern I’m trying to hold of mimicking the runs up to Shamrock and Baystate – I ran inside on the treadmill. The “reason” – I have a tendency to go too fast on recovery runs (hit goal pace in this run pre-Baystate) and the treadmill prevents that. The reason behind the reason – wasn’t sure how my legs felt or if I’d be able to push myself to hit the mileage I wanted if I went outside. And – bonus – I listened to Desiree Linden’s interview on the excellent Cloud259 podcast (they describe her in a tweet as “unflappable” and I’d tend to agree). I am enjoying learning more about this accomplished runner (5th place in 4 of the World Marathon Majors, and 2nd at Boston by seconds!) who flies under the radar. She’s smart, tough, funny and has a good perspective. I also heard a brief interview with her on Babbitville Radio. I’ll be looking for more with Desi, especially as we approach the Trials.
Saturday – Post-run (and recovery drink and bike), had another purple purple sweet potato breakfast.
As usual, puttered online. The house got chilly so I roasted the week’s kabocha a day early.
While it was roasting, I sat down with my laptop, a notebook and some books/catalogs. Didn’t really have a plan, so didn’t get much done. Had a snack of some microwaved egg whites with nutritional yeast and my go-to weekend treat:
When the kabocha came out and were cut in half, they looked like this:
Proud to say that the kabocha made it into pyrex without me taking more than a teensy nibble!
DH & I were both feeling uninspired by our normal dinner options, so decided to forage. This usually winds up with me eating some microwaved shredded carrots and frozen meat (extra or leftovers from prior weekend treats). TV and relaxation for the evening.
Sunday – Strange to have no race to watch online or on TV. Next weekend (post-Richmond!) in the hotel, I may watch the live stream of the USA National 12k Championships on usatf.tv. (last year I ran it, saw some elites) We’ll want to beat the traffic to get back home however, so it’ll depend on our schedule. I’m taking Monday after the race off, DH isn’t.
Massage today, last one pre-race! After that, my typical weekend snack (above, but with an extra piece of bread and some nut butter), food prep for Monday in the office (including packing up some Brussels sprouts DH grilled along with lots of meat), a bit of puttering and reading online and general non-productivity. Couldn’t really decide what to do and so not much got done….I need to have a plan. Remembered to throw in a load of running clothes at the last minute – gotta wash the race kit and have socks for the runs this week!
This week will be a little off my normal routine. I plan to go into the office on Monday and telework Wednesday after the Tuesday holiday, giving me some flexibility in throwing stuff in suitcases, doing laundry, etc. I have to be in the office in an all-day class on Thursday (with my current and former supervisor, the new person and the person who does my job in a field office) and don’t want Thursday night to be any more stressful than necessary. Thankfully, my chiro is open on Tuesday so I get to get my run in, have my regular appointment, then have lunch out with DH and possibly a TJ’s run. We may make a trip to Target for heavy bathrobes to wear pre-race.
At this point, it’s unclear whether Bart will make it to Richmond in time to do a shakeout run, so I’m thinking we’ll drive down in the morning at reasonable hour and hit the expo soon after it opens. I’ll do a shakeout run on the treadmill even though I’ll just then get in the car, which negates it a little. May do a little walking around Richmond depending on weather, expo time, restaurant/food shopping time. Hard to believe this time next week it’ll already have been over for more than 24 hours.
Hope you had a great weekend! Please tell me about it in the comments.