1. I went to the dentist yesterday and thankfully didn't have any cavities. Unfortunately, despite having next to no cavities as a kid, over the last few years I seem to have had at least one almost every time that I have gone (and often several). I'm doing everything I can (special toothpaste, flossing, fluoride rinse) and still they keep on coming. I know some of it is likely genetic, but yesterday the hygienist also called out running! More specifically, all those sugary snacks we all eat while running. Although I wash them down with water, I can't deny that gels and gummy chews are likely coating my teeth with sugar during long runs. On top of that, she pointed out that if I am breathing through my mouth, it dries up saliva, leaving sugar (and ultimately plaque) coated on my teeth. So I guess I need to be brushing my teeth mid long run? ;) Anyone else notice an increase in cavities since they've been running longer distances?
2. After easy days at the beginning of the week, I jumped back into hard workouts this morning with a tempo run. And with 20 miles on the schedule tomorrow, marathon training is back in full force. Although my legs felt pretty good after Sunday's race, this morning's workout was pretty rough. My first mile was fine, but then I just kept getting slower each lap. Nothing hurt, but I just had no energy to pick it up. I'm hoping that my legs feel better tomorrow or it could be an extra long morning. Of course, I always seem to have at least one horrible long run per training cycle, so maybe I'm due.
3. I'm thinking about signing up for a short race (5k or 8k) two weeks before Philly. Anyone else in the DC area racing the weekend of November 5-6? I'm considering the National Race to End Women's Cancer 8k but am open to other suggestions. It would be much more fun if I wasn't racing alone!
4. I know that sometime soon I'm going to have to start thinking about pacing and goals for this marathon. I had some vague goal ideas when I started this training cycle and those were put aside when I started training with CAR. People have asked me occasionally over the last few weeks and I've more or less been deflecting the question. I need to find that balance between overambitious and too conservative. With my recent improvements, I'm still not quite sure what the right "slow" start pace is right for me. Fortunately I have a little over five weeks to work through this.