Late again! I’m always behind on blogging life. At least I know that Kim reads these. :) Verrazano bridgeLeticia sent me this the other day! Only 72 days to go, so basically the marathon is next week! Ha.

Here is how week 7 went down.

Monday: Easy 4

Tuesday: 8 x 600s, 7 miles total

I had never done 600s before, it’s a weird distance, about .37 miles. I did this on the treadmill, it was raining, maybe? I don’t remember now. I record my splits using the timer on my phone and for most of them I ran the same pace.

600s goal = 2:55

Actual: 2:54, 2:52, 2:52, 2:52, 2:52, 2:52, 2:51, 2:50

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 7 mile Tempo (5 @ tempo, 1 mi. w/u, 1 mi. c/d)

This was a great run! For some reason, I felt incredible from the very first tempo mile. It usually doesn’t come that easy for me, it usually takes me a couple miles to settle into a pace and feel good about it. My body felt so ready to run this pace!

Tempo goal pace = 8:58

Actual splits: 8:58, 8:53, 8:59, 8:52, 8:56

I spent the rest of the night packing for Vermont. I think our cats knew we were leaving. :)

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Friday: 3 miles with Lauren in Vermont!

Faster than what it was supposed to be, but it felt good to be out of the car and running in clean air!

Saturday: 17.8 miles total at the 100 on 100 relay race (Recap coming soon, I promise!)

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Sunday: REST!!!

Total: 38.8 miles

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Em always sends me the best update pictures when she is cat-sitting for us! Not so patiently waiting for food.

Um. 12 weeks to go.

I’ve written part of a post on how in order to do the Hansons Marathon Method, you have to believe in it 100%. It’s still in my drafts, but maybe it’s time to go back and read it again because the fact that I haven’t run more than 10 miles in a single run is starting to freak me out. Ahh, just watching that gif I posted is freaking me out.

I’ve been following the plan and I technically haven’t missed any mileage, so I know I’m fine and I just need to believe in the plan and know that it works.

Here is how week 6 panned out.

•Monday: Rest

•Tuesday: 9.5 miles total

12 x 400 with 400 meters rest

400s goal = 1:58

Actual = 1:58, 1:56, 1:57, 1:57, 1:55, 1:57, 1:56, 1:55, 1:58, 1:55, 1:56, 1:56

•Wednesday: Easy 2 miles

•Thursday: 7 miles total, 5 @ tempo pace

Tempo goal: 8:58 (marathon goal pace)

Actual: 8:59, 8:58, 8:55, 8:51, 8:53

Nailed it!

I was nervous about this run beforehand. I haven’t pushed the pace to any extent in a while (minus the 5ks), so I wasn’t sure how these were gonna feel and if I would survive the whole 5 miles. All my runs have been easy, 10+ pace since the beginning of training.

But, it felt great once I got into the groove and I could’ve kept going. I felt like I was getting stronger as the run went on. I also think it helped that I fueled well before the run, I ate a piece of peanut butter toast, a salted caramel Gu, and 2 Honey Stinger gummies. I also drank a glass of water. Sounds like a lot, but it was after work and I’m always hungry when I get home and my blood sugar is typically low.

•Friday: Easy 4 miles with Em

•Saturday: 8 miles on the treadmill

I wanted to sleep in and it was incredibly hot outside, so Em and I went to the gym at 6pm Saturday night to run. We are really exciting people to hang out with on t he weekend!

•Sunday: 8.5 easy miles around Astoria

Total: 39 miles

This was a redemption week for sure. I feel really great about how my first week of speedwork went!

I have 2 4-day weeks in a row with a 4 day weekend this week. Hurry up and be Friday, please!

I’m super excited to finally be running another relay! Lauren and I have been trying to plan a relay race for the past 2 years and it finally worked out this year. When I decided to back out of the Oiselle running camp/retreat, I found myself with a free weekend, but one I wanted to fill with something just as fun, but way less money. Lauren brought up the 100 on 100 relay when I told her I wasn’t going and I immediately said I WAS IN.

And it’s only a week away! Husband and I will be traveling up together, but he isn’t staying for the race. He weirdly enough has a bachelor party to go to on that same weekend in VT, so it works out really well.

I am Runner 5 and I will be running a total of 17.8 miles over ~12 hours and we have 6 people on our team. I have the second longest leg, but luckily 2 of my legs are pretty easy and are said to be “flat”, we’ll have to see what that means, considering it’s Vermont.

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I only know Lauren and Evan, so I’m excited to make some new friends. Our team is made up of their relatives and Lauren’s friend from college. This is our team name and logo:

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If you’re running too, watch out for us!

I’m spending an extra day in VT to hang out with #cheesebaby (and drink Heady Topper) and I cannot freaking wait!

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It’s going to be a fun 4 day weekend!