Tempo Run

This morning I did my very first tempo run at my goal marathon pace. It was awesome!!!! I wasn’t sure I was going to end up doing a tempo run because it was so humid this morning, but i just went with the flow this morning. I’m still a little tight and sore after Saturday’s 16 mile run, but it felt great to stretch my legs and just let go this morning. How good was it? Here it is:

4.16 miles
average pace 9:06 per mile
mile 1 8:41
mile 2 9:08
mile 3 8:33
mile 4 8:33
That’s it for this morning. Time to practice for last time before my audition tomorrow (have I mentioned I’m in total freak out mode??). Oh, and I finally got my fundraising video uploaded to YouTube!! You can check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bu50uh-1RpE

The bow is the boss

I noticed something written across the top of several of my excerpts this morning: “the bow is the boss.” It’s funny how backwards that seems to me, but when you really think about it, it’s true. The only way I can go faster is for the bow to move faster. So, what does that I mean for my poor fingers on my right hand? Well let’s just say there isn’t any smoke yet, but we’re pretty darn close. They have to move lightening fast to keep up with the bow, because the only way for things to sound right is if the finger is going down before the bow moves.

I’m currently in full freak out mode over my audition. Every time I play something I’m analyzing how I can make it better, or if it was good enough for an audition. Searching for perfection is exhausting. And there are only 7 days left before I play it all in front of a giant black screen. Yeah, I’m freaking out when I think about it, but I’m working on focusing on what I’m doing one excerpt at a time. I can’t freak out while I’m playing!! Hopefully my runs will help calm me down some. At the very least I’ll wear myself out so that I’ll at least sleep well (we’re running 16 miles on Saturday). Oh, and I guess i should mention I dropped out of the second audition (can you imagine how much more I would be freaking out if I had 2 auditions right now?). I’m okay with it. I would rather doing really well on one then do two really bad auditions. However, there are only 7 days left…

Pumpkin Butter!!!!

I’ve found a new pre run favorite – pumpkin butter!!!! So good!!! I think I needed a break from peanut butter. My 8 mile run on Wednesday was my best run so far all week. It’s gotten hotter and even more humid here in Atlanta, and I’ve been struggling with it. But wonderful pumpkin butter got me through it. Oh, I love just about anything pumpkin. Pumpkin granola bars, pumpkin bread, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies…. Makes me hungry just thinking about it. Actually it reminds me that I need to start planning food for my fundraiser next week. It’s a Sage Sak Soiree.

Cute aren’t they!! I’m so excited about it. Mom took me back to a festival last fall where she and my sister discovered Sage Saks. I just feel in love with prints and fabrics. I love color!! I was so excied when I found out that Lynn did fundraisers with the bags too. Now I just need to come up with some fun and yummy treats to eat at the party =).