I’ve Been Waiting for You, September

As I’m writing this, the AC is off and my windows are open! This weekend’s weather was PERFECT in Ohio.

I love the anticipation of heading into my absolute favorite time of year, for so many reasons.

Let’s talk this week in running first:

Monday: 8 treadmill miles

Tuesday: 6 treadmill miles

Wednesday: 8 treadmill miles

Thursday: rest

Friday: rest

Saturday: 6 treadmill miles

Sunday: 11 miles on the trail with Ryan and another friend. Unphotographed because I was too busy enjoying the 55 degrees! Finally, a faster run that felt easy. Negative split and a strong finish. Averaged about a minute faster than my easy pace and it felt awesome. Things I learned today: 1) I can still run fast! (well, fast for me–it’s all relative) and 2) When you run with two guys, they like to talk sports. A lot. Ask me about Saturday’s college football games. I know it all now.

And a little bit of randomness/things I’m loving right now:

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My amazing friend Kathy showed up at my house with a giant box of my favorite locally-grown honeycrisp apples. Delicious.

And then we went out and bought mums. I don’t know why they make me so happy, but they do.

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This one has three different colors in one plant. I can keep this alive, right?

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I also have an obsession with white pumpkins. So very Martha Stewart-like of me.

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I love some Starbuck’s seasonal coffees as much as the next guy, but let’s be honest here, I don’t want the extra 10,000 calories. Plus I can make this at home in about 60 seconds. At least this is what I’m telling myself.

And to be completely and utterly hypocritical….

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Long run fuel??

And what about all the pumpkin-everything recipes on Pinterest? I tend to get lost in the Pinterest vortex.

Next week is a taper week before we head out to Santa Fe, NM for a half–at 7000 feet! Trying really hard to not freak out about that….

39 miles total for the week.

Anyone have any experience racing at altitude?

Comments

  1. I am so jealous of your fall temps! They haven’t quite reached me yet, but I can’t wait.

  2. that is some SERIOUS altitude! hope your race is awesome!

    • Thanks, Courtney, it was awesome! (and somehow I just saw your comment, my apologies) It completely stressed me out, but believe it or not, we did way better than we thought!

  3. We had a few cool days but its back in the mid-80s for the foreseeable future. I’m SO, SO ready for cooler weather. Mornings are at least a good temp for running!

    I live at sea level and I’ve raced at everything from 4000-8000 feet and have never had any problems. Just start it out conservative and go by how you feel! Good luck!

    • Sarah–Thanks, that’s good to hear. Well, we survived! It actually went great. I tried to go into it with no expectations (hard for me) but I ended up being only 3 min from my half PR. Go figure–NOT complaining about that:) Is it weird that it ended up feeling easier than running in humidity??

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