Bright and early Saturday morning, I ran those eleven miles. The long runs during half training have been really easy for me. I feel my endurance increase each week and my average speed is increasing. My goal for the half is to have each mile under a 10 pace starting off slowly increasing during the middle miles, slowing down, then finishing the last two miles at an increasing speed. I decided to start testing that goal this week as I only have one long run left until race day. CRAZY.
Mile One- 9:52
Mile Two- 9:47
Mile Three- 9:42
Mile Four- 9:47
Refuel-Two Shot Blocks & Water
Mile Five- 9:50
Refuel- Two Shot Blocks & Water
Mile Seven- 9:37
Mile Eight- 9:46
Mile Nine- 9:49
Refuel- Two Shot Blocks & Water
Mile Ten- 9:34
Mile Eleven- 9:36
I'm feeling confident going into the half, I think I'll end up surprising myself with speed, less than two weeks to the race. I am so excited!!!
Saturday Night, we attended a Mardi Gras Ball for the Krewe of Triton. Our very dear friends served as royalty on the Krewe this year, and their friends and family came out to support! I felt like they were getting married all of over again. That's how big a deal serving in the Krewe is, huge deal! They're probably working on next year's ball right now as we speak. It's mind blowing the amount of work that goes into these events. This year the Krewe's theme was Holidays with our friends had St. Patrick's Day- how fun right?! Here they are, cruising around the venue, royalty for the evening!
I had been looking forward to this night for a good long while. A Mardi Gras Ball is like attending Prom, but drinking is legal and the music is better, adults get obnoxiously dressed to the nines, and everyone really lets their hair down for the night! I love it! It took a team of people to get me looking so good, my seamstress for working some magic on this dress from High School, spray tan magic, hair help, and Kassie for making me feel like a total movie star. That girl has mad make-up skills. I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel like a total hottie Saturday night!
We had a blast visiting with friends and dancing the night away. To the girl I met who reads this little blog- Hey girl hey! You made our night by saying hello! What a great night!
Sunday morning, bright and early- think 6:30am early, we got up and got ready for Church Point Mari Gras. My husband's home town hosts a large traditional Mardi Gras celebration the Sunday before fat Tuesday. Think Chicken chase, street dancing, day drinking, the works. My busy Saturday had worn me down and I was exhausted all day Sunday, but we still had a great time!
Exhausted isn't even the word. Mardi Gras celebrations are always fun, but it's awfully tiring. I'm getting too old for all this business. I haven't been eating well, but I can't say that we've been eating a lot. I weighed in this morning and I'm actually down a pound, but I won't get too excited about that. Anytime you weigh after drinking you'll be lighter, but don't get excited. You're just dehydrated. Womp womp.
Weekly Work Out Goals
3 Mile Run
5 Mile Run & Strength
AM Weigh Training
PM Circuit Training
AM Cross Training & Strength
12 Mile Run - Week 11 Training, last run before the race!
I've decided to give up all simple carbs and cheese for lent. No bread or cheese for 40 days. It's going to be difficult, but I know I can do it!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I'm going to get some more rest! Oh Mardi Gras- you win!