Happy Friday! This week was quite the busy week, with Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, and the Lake Sammamish Half Marathon all bundled up into one week. Especially since the race is tomorrow, I’m excited that it’s Friday!
Fat Tuesday was this week and this time, Ryan and I celebrated it properly with burgers, fries, and beer, followed by chocolate chip cookies (the single serve ones). I was stuffed by the end of the evening, but it’s called Fat Tuesday for a reason. Every time Fat Tuesday passes by and I don’t indulge, the next day (or let’s be honest, the next 40 days) I wish I had. One indulgent meal isn’t going to undo months of healthy eating and, while food is fuel, food is also about celebration and fun.
That beer in the photo is a black IPA from a local brewpub. It tasted like a combination of a good porter and a West Coast IPA and was soooo incredibly good. With my race this weekend, I only had one, but I definitely savored that one!
I like to do tune up workouts early in the week leading up to a race. These workouts are focused on practicing race pace, to give my mind and body one last reminder of what that pace should feel like when race day arrives. My tune up workout this week was 2 x 2 miles at goal race pace (7 miles total) and this run made me feel really confident about race day.
Since it snowed the day before, I almost did this workout on the treadmill, but I waited it out until Ryan could tell me the conditions of the trail from his morning commute. The trail was clear and I was so glad that I did this run outside. I never push myself on the treadmill like I do outside.
For the goal pace miles, I ran 7:18, 7:25 (hello, wind!), 7:19, and 7:15. I honestly could not believe those splits and this workout made me really, really excited to race hard and do my best on Saturday.
“Work Hardest at Rest” from Outside. I try to emphasize recovery as much as running in my training, especially sleep, so this article fascinated me. For example, beyond my need for a constant reminder to foam roll, I found it so interesting that fermented foods are key for recovery. I started including lots of fermented foods in my diet after my stomach troubles at the Portland Marathon in 2015 and I certainly have noticed the benefits, but I never thought about how my homemade sourdough may be helping me recover better from a hard run.
I also love the idea of scheduled vacations after a race and a month of low intensity exercise per year. A vacation after CIM was one of the best things for recovering after the race!
Per usual, I was late on the trends and only recently tried kombucha. On our way out of Bend, we stopped at a local coffee shop and I picked up a bottle of locally brewed kombucha (Humm Kombucha). Given my love for fermented carbonated beverages (ie craft beer), it’s no surprise that I immediately like the kombucha. I tried the lemon ginger flavor, which was so refreshing with just the right kick of ginger.
As per usual, I was so focused on the kombucha that I didn’t take a photo.
Washington’s beaches are different than your stereotypical beach: chilly, rocky, and majestic. No one goes to the beaches here to suntan (I don’t even know what a tan is anymore), but they’re always crowded with people bundled up in layers of Patagonia and playful dogs.
Even without any sunshine or much sand (I actually hate sand, it gets everywhere), the beach is super relaxing. There’s something so serene about the beating of the waves and the smell of salt water in the area. Ollie thought the beach was just the most awesome place ever. He was fascinated by the water and kept trying to drinking it…only to realize it was salt water, so then he’d move a few paces down and try again. Sorry, buddy, it’s all the same ocean.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Do you do a tune up workout the week of a race?
Did you celebrate Fat Tuesday?
Where would you go to relax right now?