This Is It!

Last week of the taper. Obviously not a lot of running going on early this week, so I’ll share with you what I’ve been doing to keep myself sane occupied.

But first:

Man, if those Marines aren’t motivating, I don’t know who is.

Monday: 5 very easy miles outside in 50:15. I’m used to running my recovery (10:00+) pace miles on the treadmill, and it was hard trying to do it outside. I felt like I was hopping in place.

Wednesday: 4 very easy treadmill miles in 40:06.

In the meantime, I’ve become Martha Stewart. It’s a good thing.

Kelly recently picked these up for us:

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There are SO many recipes I want to try.

I made the Chickpea-Pesto Tomato Soup

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Not the best food photo skills but it was amazing! Besides the fact that it was quick, simple, and low-calorie.

I paired the soup with this Dutch Oven Bread

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from The Lean Green Bean, which I’ve made three times now. Equally as simple and delicious.

Started working on Halloween costumes for the girls:

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Thank you, Pinterest. I’ll show you the finished products next week!

I’ve also been doing a lot of knitting

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Who needs a hat? How about a scarf? Anyone? I may be knitting now, but I won’t be doing it while running a marathon like this guy!

Friday: 3 very easy treadmill miles in 30:05.

And just like that, that’s a wrap.

Wow.

So this is what my coach wanted me to work on this week in prep for the weekend:

  • Slower than slow runs
  • Rest/sleep
  • Compression socks
  • The usual piriformis therapies
  • Hydrate
  • Increase carb intake starting Thursday
  • Not a lot of time spent on my feet Saturday
  • Positive mental imagery
  • Doing pretty well with those so far. I’m especially working on that last one.

    I recently read this post from the Oiselle blog:
    Are You ‘Race Ready?’

    “The key to knowing is not knowing, but believing.”

    That statement is speaking to me loud and clear.

    I’m working on finishing this post in the car on the way to DC. I seriously cannot believe this is here already!

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    Following my instructions. And yes that is a Pillow Pet in my lap. Hey, we had an extra.

    My race strategy is all set. I feel good about it. I really do. Physically, I feel ready. I have a big goal. But–I have done the work. I trust my training (5 months!). I trust my coach–she has been nothing less than amazing. Now I just need to believe in myself.

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    Thank you, Kelly, for my amazingly perfect (and beautiful) Erica Sara Designs birthday present. And for well, just everything. You have no idea how much I wish you were doing this alongside me!

    One last motivational quote given to me by my coach: “The body achieves what the mind believes.”

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    I CAN DO THIS!

    Comments

    1. Go Sue Go!!

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