See I wanted to log 22 miles. It was mental for me. In MY crazy head to finish and say, "Well, you only have to squeeze out another 4 miles on race day." Sounds a whole lot more accomplish-able than another SIX miles. Jerm did NOT want to run more than the 20 on schedule. He didn't run long last week since he was out of town for work. But he's awesome and just dug deep and ran the 22.
The night before I was setting out my stuff. It was supposed to hit 60 degrees! In February!! In UTAH!!! Unheard of. I decided it would be a good day to test out my race outfit. Not that it really needed testing however, it's all stuff I wear on a regular basis (just new colors). Here's the plan:
Lululemon Pace Setter Skirt (red plaid)
Lululemon Cool Racerback Tank (red)
ProCompression Marathon Socks (red)
The Orange Mud HydraQuiver (hot pink, yeah it doesn't match)
Mizuno Wave Rider 17 (purple)
I love running races in a skirt and the Pace Setter is definitely my favorite. I've done RunningSkirts Athletic Skirt before and while they're super comfy I just don't love how they fit me. Although they do have a TON of really fun fabrics to choose from. I pretty much exclusively run in the Cool Racerback tanks from Lulu. I LOVE that they are long and offer good compression to keep the tummy in tight.
I also plan to get some face stickers or tattoos to represent my alma mater, University of Utah while we're down there. ASU is in the Pac12 with us. So that will be fun I'm sure.
I found out however the night before that it was supposed to rain! Rain and 60 degrees. So as I prepped the night before I threw some capris and fresh socks in a bag to keep in the car. If I was wet and freezing after 14 miles I would at least have the opportunity to change before the next 8. Alas, we got up to blue skies! While I ran with my rain jacket around my waist for those 14 miles, which kind of sucked. I was happy to dump it at the car before we headed out for the last 8.
We had a really late start thanks to a member of the group whom apparently is notoriously late. Wouldn't have been so bad if we didn't have to run so far that day. It was a long day of babysitting for our kids unfortunately. But it was BEAUTIFUL! We felt downright hot at points. I wasn't prepared with BodyGlide in my normal chafe spots so that kind of sucked. But the weather was perfect. (minus the 20 mph wind, THAT sucked)
22 miles DONE. Followed by a patty melt, onion rings and a diet coke. I was starving and had zero self control.
My face covered in sweaty saltiness!!
Followed by chafing thanks to my HR strap. And on the inside of my arms. And a little bit of sun burn. Who'd have thought in FEBRUARY!?!
The rest of the day I did NOTHING. Sat on the couch and pretty much didn't move. Watched SEVERAL episodes of State of Affairs (one of my newest favorite shows). SO. GOOD.
I was in bed by 10pm and then slept for 10+ hours. I will NOT miss the pure exhaustion that follows 20 milers. Sunday morning I woke up at 9am feeling refreshed. After my last 20 miler I hit up yoga the next morning and felt amazing. I pulled the same party trick this week.
Thank you to Lifetime Fitness for AWESOME yoga classes. I absolutely plan to add more days of yoga to the week when I'm done with this marathon.
For now, that's a wrap for the hard stuff. My last two miles of that 22 were at 10:07 and 10:05. That's barely 10 seconds off of marathon race pace. I feel so good about where I'm at training wise. And I'm not popping ibuprofen at mile 15 this cycle either. I can feel the twinge in the right hip but nothing crazy. I'm proud of myself that I've stuck with the 2 day a week strength training this cycle. I'm really hoping that will pay off!
Do you do yoga? Do you have a favorite type of class?
What hydration pack/belt do you use? And why?