Day 75 and 76 – One week to go!

Somehow my second half marathon is now only one week away? How did that happen?

Yesterday was a rest day – just an early morning trip to the gym to continue the quest to strengthen my hip and glutes. The weather was so nice – 73F and sunny when we got home. So we did what any normal person would do – we got out our grill for its first cooking adventure of the year.

We had some Costco salmon burgers in the freezer (would definitely recommend) and had them with a Greek-inspired couscous salad. And the obligatory cocktail in our snazzy copper mugs. We even ate outside!

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This weekend I had my last (!) long run of this training plan – 9 miles during which I really wanted to nail down my fueling plan. I also wanted to push it a little to see if my goal time was going to be feasible at all. Because the weather looks like it’ll break tonight and we have an excursion planned to a new brewery – today looked like the day to get ‘er done.

9.1 miles at 8.04 min/mile pace. Gu gel (chocolate shock – I like my gels to taste like dessert) at mile 5.5 and a comfortable but still challenging pace. Finished strong (and downhill) and for the first time after a long run (which for me is 8+) I felt refreshed and ready for more. I think this race is really going to happen for me.

I had been a bit hesitant to even think about a PR – this course is a little more challenging and with all my injuries (sciatic nerve, hip bursitis, strained gluteus medium, runner’s knee) I thought getting to the start line healthy and maybe running a sub 1.50 would be an achievement in itself. But now my competitive nature is wondering if a PR might be on the cards…….

As usual my long run was followed by a smoothie, and an egg and avocado toasted sandwich. We also got some strawberries on sale – Greek yoghurt, honey and almonds. Is this dessert or breakfast? Whatever, it was awesome.

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Now I just have four short runs to get through before race day. And carb loading………………

April mileage: 47.2 miles/76 KM

ATWRBR mileage: 169.1 miles/272.1 KM

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10 thoughts on “Day 75 and 76 – One week to go!

  1. onelifeadventure says:

    I think you will surprise yourself on race day. The buzz of the crowd nearly always helps the pace. Also, love your food pics.

  2. EEP! You’re almost there! I agree that I think you will probably really surprise yourself. I can’t wait to hear all about your race. I am the same way with thinking about PRs pre-race. I don’t like to get to ahead of myself.

    I like my GU to taste like dessert too. My go-tos are vanilla and the salted caramel. πŸ™‚

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