Sunday, August 3, 2014

12 Mile Goals: Done and Done!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

My training schedule called for a 12-miler on Saturday - my last double digit run before my half marathon. As usual, my kids had swimming lessons at 9 am on Saturday morning, so I planned to get up and out the door early so I could enjoy the rest of the day.

I set my alarm for 4:50 am. It's funny that I can get myself out of bed that early on a Saturday but not on a weekday. It must be because I can take my time getting myself going and I don't have as many obligations ahead of me during the day. And likewise, my 5 year old has to be dragged out of bed most days to go to school, but on a Saturday, she comes bounding out of her room as soon as she hears me get up...

Anyway, I got up just before 5, put on my workout clothes, and started to fuel up.

I planned to head out at 5:40, which gave me about 40 minutes to eat and digest my toast, drink my coffee, and do some stretching. I stepped out right on schedule. It was a lovely 66 degrees outside, which is pretty cool for an August morning in Atlanta. Lucky me!

I had 2 goals for my 12-mile run:

1) Total time of 1:54:00 (~9:30 pace) or less
2) Negative split (run the last 6 miles faster than the first 6)

The result...


I was very pleased with my average pace and even more pleased that I actually felt great the entire time. I'm definitely making an effort to be smarter about fueling both before and during my run. In addition to my pre-run toast, I ate a couple black cherry Clif Shot Blocks around miles 6 and 9. The sugar and caffeine boost definitely helped me finish strong. My last 2 miles were my fastest 2 miles. Exactly what I want for race day.

After swim class, I spent the rest of Saturday and Sunday, eating (I was STARVING!), drinking (hello Chardonnay!), and baking these lovely vegan scones with the munchkins. (I snuck in some Pure Barre this morning too, of course!)

Now I remember why I never make these anymore. They're so good, I can't stop eating them!!
If you subtract all the 5 year old tantrums and back-talking, it was a pretty nice weekend. :)

What was the most fun thing you did this weekend?

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