Another weekend has come and gone, and I thought I would check in today and share some of the highlights from the weekend. It wasn’t a particularly good or bad weekend, but there are some things worth sharing, so here we go!
- We had ZERO trick or treaters on Halloween! We usually only have a few, but since it was on a Friday I expected more kids to come through. I heard some kids outside but none of them came to our door. Now we have way too much candy around. I’ll be taking this to work this week!
- As I am writing this post I am also watching the NYC marathon! Watching a race is so inspiring. I can’t help but watch the elite runners and wonder how they are feeling?! I mean think about all the anxiety that an average runner experiences during a big race. Could you imagine truly competing against others and being followed around by a camera the whole time? I know how I look in race pictures and that’s usually bad enough.
- I woke up Sunday morning hearing the wind outside and hoping it wasn’t as bad for the runners in NYC! As of right now they are saying its the slowest race in years. so I guess the wind may be having a big effect.
- The extra hour this weekend was great– but of course I couldn’t use it for sleeping. I always think that after a tough run my body would take advantage of being able to sleep in on Sunday morning, but it never does. This morning I woke up at 6, which was actually 5 after the the clocks fell back. At least I gained an extra hour during the day to get stuff done!
- On Saturday night we walked to church and then grabbed dinner at a local bar on the way home. The church we go to is about a 20 minute walk. I was sort of dreading it after my long run but it actually felt good to move my legs. But the cold weather-yuck! I was so not ready for it! I wore a fleece and was really cold walking around at night. I am really hoping that winter isn’t here yet.
- I got my usual post-long run meal of a burger with a salad and fries. The place we went to had bison burgers so I went with that. And a glass of Malbec. All of this went unpictured. We were done eating at like 7:45 so went home and had another drink before going to bed at 9. It’s a crazy lifestyle we lead. But since I can’t sleep in no matter what time I go to bed, I knew I needed a good nights sleep and going to be early is the best way for me to do that.
- I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I ran 22 miles on Saturday. Overall I am really happy with this run. I headed out by 6am because I thought the weather was supposed to get worse as the morning went on. I think the rain stopped around 8am, but in the beginning the weather was really miserable. The wind was so bad that sometimes I felt like it was pushing me backwards. And whenever I was running into the wind, the rain was 10x worse because that was also blowing in my direction.
- I took the long way to run to the other side of the city and made it to Patterson Park around mile 10. I ran all over the paths of the park from miles 10-17 which was nice to not worry about traffic lights and stuff. But the park has hills, and you know how I feel about hills.
- When I made it back to my side of the city I hit mile 19 and decided to get my pace down to marathon goal pace for the last mile. When my watch beeped 20, I kept going, and I don’t even know why. It was like my brain stopped telling me what to do and my body just did what it knew how to do. Once I got to 21 I was planning to just run a little more to get closer to home but all of a sudden I was at 21.5 and still running strong so figured I would just make it to 22. I had never run 22 miles in a training run before and I may never do it again, but when your body is letting you do something you just go with it.
- Since I didn’t plan on running 22 miles, I did not fuel properly, but didn’t really notice. I took fuel at miles 6 and 12. If I knew I was doing 22 I would have taken more at 18. Maybe the whole glycogen depleted run thing has really helped? Before Saturdays run I ate 2 eggs and a banana an hour before I ran. I also had a honey stinger waffle right before I started running.
- Compression tights are my best friend this weekend. It’s a good thing my husband is also a runner and can sort of understand some of the things I do.
- I can’t believe the race is 3 weeks from today!!!!
What are some highlights from your weekend?
Did you watch the NYC marathon?
What is your least favorite running weather?
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