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Looking Good…

All things considered, it’s looking good for Sunday. Hubby is going to be out-of-town again so no race support for me this weekend. Not that I need it but it’s always nice to know that someone you love is waiting for you at the end of the race.


Use caution when approaching a tapering runner…oh yes.  I have been so crabby and irritated and moody this week.  Earlier this week I almost had a temper tantrum in my kitchen due to the mess that had accumulated at the end of the bar.  I was barely able to stop  myself from throwing myself on the floor and kicking my arms and legs like a little child denied a sweet.  I’m unbearable when I’m like this.  You know it’s bad when you don’t even want to be around yourself.  But I’m doing my best to hold it all together and so far no one has gotten hurt.

Running of the Elks Weather

The weather is looking like it’s going to be very similar to the weather two weeks ago for the Modesto Marathon, lows in the upper 40’s and highs in the upper 70’s.  However, Running of the Elks has an 8am start vs. the 7am start for Modesto.  I’m not thrilled about starting at 8am.  All my training runs start at 7am on the weekends and in this case I’m worried about it getting too hot before I’d done.  Am I worried about heat that isn’t going to happen?  Yes.  Will I be fine with the 8am start?  Yes.  Am I being a silly, self-doubting girl?  Yes.

I’m sure that the temperature will be fine.  Even with an 8am start, I’m planning to be done in 2 hours, 15 minutes which means I’ll be done shortly after 10am.  No biggie.  10am is still early enough that it will be in 50’s.  It’s not like it’s going to be 80 degrees at the start.  Even though I know that the weather will be fine no matter what, I will be stalking the weather to keep on top of it.

Clothing wise, I fully intend to wear capri’s and a short sleeve shirt for the race.  My visor is a must since the course has no trees on it and I hate the sun in my eyes.  Even if it’s not hot, having the sun in my eyes can make being outside unbearable for me.  Visor & sunglasses are a must for me.

Fueling plan last race was 15 minutes before the start and then every 45 minutes after that.  But that didn’t work for the second half of the race.  I don’t want to wait to fuel until I feel like I need to because at that point, it’s too late.  I’m already bonking.  So the tentative plan for this race, is 15 minutes before and every 40 minutes after that for at least 2 cycles.  After that, then I might switch to every 35 minutes depending on how I feel.

Wednesday Run

Yesterdays weather was very strange.  I feel like we’re starting to be like the Bay Area around here.  If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes and it will change.  In the morning I went to work in a dress, thick tights, boots, rain jacket, scarf and gloves.  By the afternoon, my run was done in shorts and a tank top.  And I sweated it up a lot.

Wednesday Run 2

Last night was a 45 minute run with speed work.  My speed work is sporadic it best.  I tend to go out and just run as fast as I can and try to have negative splits.  For some reason I can never remember that I’m supposed to run as fast as I can and then slow and repeat.  4.73 in 45 minutes with an average pace of 9:30 was pretty dang good for me.  I could tell I was working pretty hard but since the wind was blowing it was hard to tell if the accelerated heart rate was from actually running fast or if it was from dealing with head winds.  I think it was a bit of both.

April Abs

Hubby and I both did yesterdays FitFluential April Abs plank.  35 seconds wasn’t much compared to what I had been doing a month ago so it was totally doable.  I don’t think Hubby was impressed at my messing around during the plank while he struggled.  I’ve been there, I get what he’s dealing with but sometimes you have to mess around to keep things interesting.

Race strategy?  Do you have one…besides try not to die?

April is Here & I’m Ready…I Think

April Board

April is here and I figured that it was time I updated my board with my current training schedules and motivation.  For all of March I still had February’s stuff up.  I never took the time to update the board, mostly because I was lazy and partly because it just wasn’t a priority for me.

I love my squirrel calendar.  I know it’s cheesy but by the time I finally got around to buying one Tractor Supply only had this one and tractors.  Tractors just aren’t my thing but I do have an odd love of squirrels.  Too bad none live in my neighborhood.

April Running & Racing Schedule

In addition to my squirrel calendar and my Fleet Feet Training Schedule from 2 years ago (what?  I keep it as a reference point), I have my April Running & Racing Schedule.  I love that I can get free typeable/printable calendars on-line.  It makes it so much easier for me to work out my schedule without having to write everything in pencil and then pen it in when I’ve finalized it.  I love crossing off the days and marking in what shoes I wore as the month goes on.  It helps to keep my on track and feel motivated as well as accomplished as the month goes on.

April is going to be a tough busy month as far as training and racing goes.  I have a half marathon scheduled and a 10 miler.  At this point my long runs are done for the Half since it’s this weekend and my long runs aren’t that long in preparation for the 10 miler three weeks later.  8 miles and 9 miles no longer seem long after running 11 miles and then a half marathon last month.  But I am upping my weekly mileage.  Last month all my Monday/Friday runs were 4 miles.  For April I’m upping them to 5 miles.  And the 4 mile Saturday runs are going to 6 miles.  This may or may not actually happen but I’m going to try it out.  4 miles on Saturday just seemed like a very short run for me.  I would be home in 40 minutes and have the rest of the day which was great but I feel like it’s not challenging me enough, so up goes the miles.

FitFluential April Abs

Last month I did FitFluential’s March Miles challenge.  This month Hubby and I are both doing their April Abs Challenge.  You plank (any version you wish) for the alloted time each day.  The challenge is here if you want to check it out.  We planked to 30 seconds yesterday and as the bad wife I am, I chuckled at Hubby having to really work hard for about the last 15 seconds.  But he got through it and did a great job.  I know that as the times get up past 1:30, I will be struggling too.  But I love the challenge of it all.

April Motivation

This month’s motivation is more of everything that makes it so worth while.  More effort = more satisfied.  The one thing that I don’t have on my board but need is a reminder that when I eat crap food, I feel like crap.  Gotta add that one because it’s so true.  I have not been eating good the last few weeks and I haven’t felt my best.  I  need to get rid of the junk and incorporate more high quality protein and carbs as well as more veggies.  I eat a lot of fruit every day and try for quality foods during the work day but at night it’s been falling apart in a big way.  I don’t want to mention the fact that I ate a whole package of fruit newtons in two days…they were whole wheat!  That makes it not as bad right?  No…I didn’t think so.  I need to make meal planning more of a priority.  Maybe I should update the Training Schedule to say Meal Plan on Thursdays.

What’s on your motivation/training board?

Do you meal plan?  If so, where do you get your ideas?