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The Day Before the Race

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The day before a race is always fun.  There’s an expo to go to, an excuse to be lazy, carbs to eat, etc.

Usually the day before I do a quick little run, something fast, about 2 miles, to just loosen up my legs.  I went to the track on Friday night though, and did striders (lengthening your stride and having a bit of a quick pace), so I felt like I shouldn’t do more on Saturday.  So I just took it easy!  I also have read several times that since no one sleeps well the night before a race, you’re supposed to sleep as much as possible the night before to help be rested.  So I think I slept like 10 or 11 hours on Friday night and it was amazing.

I went to the expo on Saturday with my friend Alison and we took some silly pictures.  To spare you from all of them, I just picked my 2 favorite silly pictures.

Here I am as Godzilla climbing the Transamerica building.   photo 2-9

And here we are racing through the streets of San Francisco! photo 1-10

And one normal one, that shows the crazy course we would take for 13.1 miles!!  I have to admit, it was really hard.  But I’ll write all about the actual race tomorrow.

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I couldn’t decide what I wanted to eat for dinner on Saturday night because I know that’s important.  I kept thinking I would make the standard simple pasta type deal, but it just wasn’t sounding good!  Alison suggested a veggie burger and at first I thought that was a bad idea.  But, as it turned out I couldn’t think of anything else that sounded good so I went for it!  I seriously love The Counter.  They have such good burgers. Oh and I got a side of regular fries, because of course potatoes are a great carb source!

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After this it was time to relax, and go to bed as early as possible for my 3 am wake up call!!  Off to the races!

Dinner Club

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Sometimes a group of friends and I get together on weeknights and do a dinner that we all make together.  This time however, our friend Kartik took over, and made an Indian family recipe and it was SO GOOD.  We’re pretty happy about it.photo 4-3Here’s a close-up of my plate just to further elaborate on it’s yumminess.

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I ran 7 miles Tuesday and was feeling a bit burnt out/bored of my runs and wanted to try something a little different.  So yesterday I went to the track and after a warm-up mile, I ran slow on the curves and sped up on the straights.  It was a really nice way to change it up a bit and my overall time averaged at 7:43 so it was actually a speed workout overall.

I also managed to beat that 100 mile mark for the last 30 days! So that’s fun 🙂 Now I want to keep it there!Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 9.34.42 PM

Track Day

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It was Track Day!  Lucky for me the weather was much better today so I didn’t have to brave the storm to get it done.  I did 2 miles to warm up, 4 x 1600 at around a 7:30 mile pace, and a mile cool down for a total of 7 miles and it felt a little difficult but great.track-running-lanesI am still using my Pure Connect 1st editions from time to time because I love how bright they are!  They are light weight so they’re great for track workouts.

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Now this may seem a bit odd, but yes that’s a rolling pin with plastic wrap on it.  I have decided that it is the most amazing way to roll out my calves which have been a bit tight lately.  It is seriously amazing.  I can get similar results with my foam roller but I am serious this is better.  photo 2-12It looks like Tahoe finally has snow so the plan is to go up there for the weekend!! First time I’ll have seen snow all winter.  The hot chocolate is  calling my name!

Track Day

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 I saw this online and it made me happy.  If ever discouraged it’s good to remember just getting out there is the most important thing and often leads to a great run and a better day after!

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Today I did a track workout.  I do have a goal to speed up a bit so I feel I have to.  I go back and forth about if I like these, and today I did.  I did a warm-up, then 5×800 meter repeats around 6:45 pace, then a cool down and some stretching.

Stretching is one of my goals for the year as I am not great at keeping up with it!  And today the run felt absolutely wonderful.  I used my Brooks Pure Connect for the track work out.  They’re a little lighter and a good fit for the track.

I also worked on this today, I am really seriously into succulents lately, clearly.

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This is what I ate for breakfast and eat some version of almost every single day of my life.

I’m completely obsessed.

It’s yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, a banana, honey, and granola.  I also often add grape nuts, and vary the fruit.  The yogurt doesn’t change much, always some kind of organic low fat variety of regular or Greek yogurt.  It looks ridiculous but it is seriously sooooo good!

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What did you do for your workout today?

Do you like track/speed work outs?