Perfect weather = perfect day!

Today was one of those absolutely perfect weather days that just makes EVERYTHING seem so much better and brighter.  Highlights of the day:

  • Starting the day off with Norah licking my face, telling me it’s time to wake up and run.
  • Running 8 miles at 8:36 pace and having it feel effortless (and no groin tweaks or twinges – yeah!)
  • No humidity.  Woot!  65 when I woke up, 85 and sunny mid-day.
  •  Having our rotary meeting outside at a park with a BBQ (and cookies!)
  • Carter telling me that the dinner I made rocked!  I went all out and made chilli cheese dogs.  🙂
  • DQ came out with a Nutter Butter blizzard.  I’m on my way to test one out now.  Stay tuned for the full report!
Ladder speed workout tomorrow morning with focus on different goal race paces for each distance.  Fun!

5 thoughts on “Perfect weather = perfect day!

  1. You had me at Blizzard. I was trying to be good and stay away from desserts and trim down when I could but after reading your post something was triggered that forced my hand. I ended up with a small Butter Finger Blizzard. I wanted to try the the Nutter Butter but my youngest daughter has a peanut allergy and didn’t want to risk it.

    I figure the six miles into the sunrise this morning at least partially mad up for this slip. Hope your training is going well!

    1. It was really good, you should try it when you aren’t with her. It tasted exactly how you would expect. Usually I eat a medium and want more. With the nutter butter it was actually pretty rich tasting and I think a small would have been plenty. (I can’t believe I just said that!)

      Today’s running weather WAS awesome here too!

  2. Sounds great and I am so glad the groin issue is better! I hate to chime in on this because I know you are being coached, but I have to admit I am a bit concerned about your paces this season. While it is nice to hit faster runs, it seems ALL of your runs are pretty fast and rather close to goal marathon pace. Seems to be a recipe for injury and potentially a flat race. I have always read that there are real benefits to speed work and tempo runs (and some MP runs), but running slightly slower than GMP, yet a lot faster than an easy/aerobic pace is not particularly helpful to your marathon fitness and greatly increases your chance of injury. My sister always trains too fast and she always ends up hurt and with disappointing races. I don’t want to see that happen to you. That said, I’m sure your coach knows what he is doing and monitoring you. I’d just feel like a bad imaginary friend if I didn’t speak up. 🙂

    1. Hi Mindi – my runs are faster, but I think some of it is deceiving when I just post average pace and you don’t see the actual miles. Like on the tempo runs I do slower warm up miles and then faster tempo miles. And on the intervals, we actually come to a complete stop between them and I don’t keep the watch going (versus when I did them on my own I would jog between intervals, so the avg pace would look slower). Plus, based on where I am fitness-wise and where I want to be (and think I actually have a shot at) for marathon time, my MP is probably faster than what you are thinking, so the paces ARE actually quite a bit slower than MP.

      But, thanks for the concern and I AM backing off when I think it’s necessary and being super careful not to overdo it (and actually taking days off of running each week this time around, PLUS mile overall mileage is 10 – 15 mpw lower than previous!)

      Thanks for being such a good imaginary friend! 🙂

  3. Mindi

    Oh good. I figured you knew what you were doing. And I think the lower mileage helps too. I have frequently considered reduced mileage for a season and increased quality (and more of a focus on shorter races too), but I haven’t yet been able to do it.

    I can’t wait to see how Twin Cities pans out for you – this is definitely a very different training season for you. Hopefully all this work in the heat/humidity this summer will bode well for fall races too.

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