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June 2019 in Review

Total mileage for the month: 252.1

  • May 27-June 2: 70.1 (2:03 strength training)
  • June 3-9:  77 (2:08 strength training)
  • June 10-16:  62.6 (1:44 strength training)
  • June 17-23:  51.7 (0:25 strength training)
  • June 24-30:  32.2 (0:30 strength training)

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After my final little workout before Grandma's

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Farm road running for the win

Races:

  • June 22:  Grandma's Marathon in 2:47:44.  While this wasn't a 2:45:00, it was my best marathon yet (30 seconds off my PR, on a slower course).  It's difficult to be upset about a 2:47, but it's also difficult to be content with a 2:47...lots of details here.

 Workouts:

  • June 4:  2 x 2.5 mile tempos with 2:00 recovery in 5:56, 5:58, 2:56 / 6:02, 5:53, 2:57 (3.2 warm up, 3.6 cool down).  After a couple weeks of feeling weak on workouts (related to bronchitis), I felt strong again on this one and it was a much needed confidence-boost since workouts before the marathon were quickly winding down at this point!  My 5:57 average was my best tempo workout of the season, in 66* and 95%  humidity.
  • June 8:  6 miles at MGP, 1 mile tempo, 5 miles at MGP, 1 mile tempo (continuous; no recoveries) in 6:17, 6:13, 6:17, 6:13, 6:12, 6:12, 5:55, 6:15, 6:12, 6:12, 6:14, 6:12, 6:04 (then 5:57 pace for 0.11 because I had to run to 13.11!), with 2.2 warm up and 3 cool down.  This amounted to a 1:21:15 half marathon and I wrote about the details here.  I was thankful to almost hit this one; the final mile was supposed to be sub-6:00 so I came up 5 seconds short - but I averaged 6:13 on the MGP miles (supposed to be 6:15 this day, although 6:17 would do on marathon day!), so maybe it evened out.
  • June 10:  3 x 10:00 tempos with 2:00 recoveries in 5:57, 5:55 pace for 0.68, 5:55, 6:02 pace for 0.68, 5:56, 5:52 pace for 0.69 (2.2 warm up, 2.6 cool down, because I can't do math).  My goal pace on this one was 5:55-6:00 and my coach said "don't go any faster than 5:55!!" - so of course I planned to try to average 5:54, but I could still feel my June 8 workout on my legs so in the end I was happy to stay in my range. I think that was probably the point of this workout - getting some last-minute gains on tired legs - because I generally have 2-3 days between workouts instead of 1.  Probably the only reason I was able to stay within my range was because it was 61 degrees and only 67% humidity, but I'll take what I can get!
  • June 12:  2 x 2 mile tempos with 3:00 recovery in 6:05, 5:55 / 6:08, 5:55  (3.2 warm up, 2 cool down).  This workout was interesting because I felt super sluggish on the first miles of both repeats, and then strong on the second miles.  My goal pace again was 5:55-6:00, so I was slow on the first miles but it was good enough overall.  I always feel tired, "off", and sluggish at some point during my tapers, so I didn't let it bother me - plus this was my third workout in 5 days, which is very atypical (i.e., has never happened before), but as I mentioned above made sense as a final push in the final days to make gains.  During my 3:00 recovery I kept telling myself, "This is the final 2 miles at tempo of this training cycle!" to pump myself up to try to finish strong.
  • June 17:  3 x 0.75 "tempos" in 4:17 (5:44 pace), 4:12 (5:36 pace), 4:14 (5:40 pace) with full recoveries (which ended up being 2:25 and 3:02), 2.3 warm up, 2.2 cool down.  I had instructions to not run these faster than 5:55 pace, so I failed and they weren't a true tempo workout, but on the other hand this showed me that I can actually run 5:40ish pace for a bit.  It was a super short workout that got my legs turning over but didn't fatigue them.  I also blame/credit Rebecca's speediness plus the rain that was falling and making it difficult to see my watch for making me run these faster than tempo pace.
  • Doubles on June 3, 4, 5, 12
  • Strides on June 20, 21
  • Days off running:  June 18, 28
  • Favorite workout:  The 13.11 mile workout on June 8, hands down.  But I enjoyed all the tempo work too!  Mainly I'm glad there were no track workouts this month, hah.

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Our new favorite post-long run/workout pose

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#fastbraid for Rebecca & #sweatsoakedbun for me!

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Better together

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#jumpingjune

Long Runs:

  • June 1:  22.4 miles (7:29 / 2 fast finish in 6:22, 6:12).  I had 21 scheduled, so I ran 6 before meeting Rebecca, who wanted to do 15.  I wasn't sure if I'd be strong enough to run my final 2 at MGP (I was not quite back to 100% post-bronchitis), but in the end I eeked out 6:17 average exactly on them, although it wasn't easy!  As always, the fast finish made me wonder how I could ever run that pace for more than about 2 miles, hah.  I then jogged back to Rebecca and ran in with her, hence the 22.4 total.  Any excuse to run farther, right (sorry, coach!)?!
  • June 8:  18.3 miles total with a workout, detailed above and here.
  • June 14:  12.3 miles (7:26) for my last "long" run of the cycle.  I had this run on a Friday morning so ended up running it solo, and it was fine.  I often feel terrible when tapering, so to feel okay is winning in my book (I do not ever expect to feel good any more during marathon tapers)!
  • June 22:  The Marathon for a 27.4 mile day, counting the warm-up...plus my watch said I walked almost 6 miles!
  • Favorite long run:  June 1 is the clear choice since June 8 won favorite workout, June 22 won favorite race, and June 14 wasn't even long.

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Final 20+ miler of this cycle - done!

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I laid on the ground a lot this month

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I still don't practice yoga, but friends are

trying to convince me...

 Highlights/thoughts/randomness:

  • I listened to this podcast about the Bill Snyder Highway Half Marathon.  They noted that of the 1,400+ runners in the race, only 1 participant negative split!  That made me feel a lot better about my positive split.  They interviewed the first overall male and second overall female, and both noted that the final 4ish miles were hot and hard, a sentiment everyone seemed to agree with, including me.  I was mentioned briefly in the podcast as well.
  • I remembered why tapering is not my favorite, but also that it really, truly works - marathon pace NEVER feels strong and smooth except on race day.

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Missy can take a selfie while running!

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My face is melting here

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It's raining, it's pouring

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Massage + cupping

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Sooooo humid!

Life events:

  • We adopted a kitten!  More pictures here.  He and our established cat are slowly making friends (this is a whole blog post in itself!).
  • Albani and I attended an ABA BBQ that included water guns for kids (those were a major success).
  • We had company the second weekend of the month, my brother-in-law's family.
  • We did lots of gardening - "we" referring mostly to Jon and Albani!  We also began selling blackberries at a local farmers market on June 15, and have sold out every market (up to 150 quarts in 2 hours!).
  • Albani worked on her summer reading program through our public library, and I did the adult program.  We are enjoying our winnings!
  • I traveled to Minnesota and Wisconsin with my parents; an additional post is coming about vacationing before and after Grandma's Marathon.
  • Albani got her ear pierced.

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So much cuteness

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My best action shot

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How we want to look

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How we really look

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Plus kids with water guns

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Global running day tribute (also I ran that day, twice)

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Loved this

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Bandit is pretty kid-friendly

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Our older guy deserves some photographs too!

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We officially own cat furniture now

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Not quite friends

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First Farmers Market

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Ear piercing excitement

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It stings!

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"I never wanted a little brother" - Bandit Ibbetson

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They were playing here but Bandit looks evil!

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Nugget has a lot of energy

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My best shot

Books this month:

  • Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
  • The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
  • Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
  • Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson
  • This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell
  • The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick
  • Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
  • Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins

Theme of the month:

Replace can't with maybe.  Most of the year I thought "I can't" about the 2:45 at Grandma's, but during my taper I thought "maybe".  "Maybe" didn't mean yes, but it was a step up from a hard no!

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Race day is so important, but less than everything leading up to it. What a valiant effort over the months of getting ready. It's been inspiring to watch.

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6 hours ago, Dave said:

Race day is so important, but less than everything leading up to it. What a valiant effort over the months of getting ready. It's been inspiring to watch.

You're too kind!  I have enjoyed every moment of it, and I am excited to do it all again.

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