One last run on the Arizona dirt trails until the next time I am in town.  I held about an 8:06 average for an hour and that felt really comfortable.  I am taking that as a sign that the post-marathon recovery has gone well and that my body is starting to wake-up again.

It only took four self-timer tries to run across at the right time.  Another no headphones run (because I forgot them but I’m sure glad I did because it allowed for a lot of thinking during the miles).

It started getting pretty hot by the end and I enjoyed any of the shadows from the trees that I could get.

I was happy to get back to the pebble ice machine where we were staying.

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I got back and hung out/did a little weights with the girls while they did their circuit workout.  Two of my friends said that they have NEVER worn mismatched socks when they saw my socks for the day.  I packed in about 4 minutes and this is what I got (glad I didn’t even put the L sock on the correct foot;)

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This stretch is one that actually feels so so good for me.  Most stretches don’t feel great for me (flexibility has never been my thing) but this one, just feels amazing for me.

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I wasn’t in Arizona for very many meals but I did make sure to get Sauce for two of the meals.   That turkey and feta salad and tomato basil soup is something else.  Utah really needs to get one of these.  Fast.

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After lunch we sat by the pool for a little bit before heading to the airport.

“This isn’t about working less or more, necessarily.  This isn’t about homemade or takeout, or full time or part time, or the specific ways we choose to live out our days.  It’s about rejecting the myth that every day is a new opportunity to prove our worth, and about the truth that our worth is inherent, given by God, not earned by our hustling.  It’s about learning to show up and let ourselves be seen just as we are, massively imperfect and weak and wild and flawed in  a thousand ways, but still worth loving.  It’s about realizing that what makes our lives meaningful is not about what we accomplish, but how deeply and honestly we connect with the people in our lives, how whole we give ourselves to the making of a better world, through kindness and courage.”

-From Present Over Perfect.

Seriously I just want to highlight this entire book.  It has been just what my brain needed and it would have really come in handy about ten years ago;)

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And then we were off.

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Andrew and the kids had a blast camping while I was away and I was more than ready to see them again.

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They picked me up from the airport and had a turkey sandwich ready and waiting for me (hangry Janae isn’t nearly as fun).

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Feels good to be home with them!

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I don’t know how I came across this picture below but it was from the finish line of a race a few years ago.  It got me thinking a lot about races.  I don’t race a ton (I do probably 4-6ish total a year) but I do love them.

I think training for races is one of the main things that got me into running consistently in the first place.  I had always run in the past but it wasn’t until Megan invited me to do a marathon with her that I started running more than doing anything else…. and now it is pretty much all I do (unless I’m injured) exercise-wise.  Having a race on the calendar is the thing that gets me out the door on the days that I don’t feel like doing anything and it is the thing that gets me to do speed work—>  I like speed work once I am doing it but getting myself out to start a hard workout is purely motivated by an upcoming race.

I think there are a million reasons why races are so popular and something that I keep signing up for.  I have a few reasons that stick out for me:

*That sense of community.  Feeling part of something bigger is something I think we all crave a bit.  Races gather up all of us crazy runners in an area and we see what running does for a huge amount of people.*

*It allows us to see/explore new areas the best way possible—>  by foot.  Race directors have really nailed down setting up courses to see the prettiest and most interesting parts of different areas.  I remember during the New York City Marathon feeling so lucky to see so much of the city in just a few hours.  You get to take in a whole new setting.

*You meet amazing people.  Talking to people on the bus, in the porta potty line, hearing stories from people around you, and learning about how they got to race day is beyond interesting to me.

*Not having to think about where I should run while I run.  I love not having to plot out a course in my brain and think about when I should turn or the best way to get back to my car/house.  They all just tell me when to turn and I go into cruise control and just get to enjoy the actual running.

*How nice is it to have your water/gatorade cup handed right on over to you from someone with a smile on their face.  That is so much more fun than stopping at a drinking fountain while out on a run.  Also, someone putting a medal around your neck for finishing your run is  a lot more exciting than just finishing and patting yourself on the back.

*I cannot forget all of the post race food sitting there ready for you to eat as soon as you finish (a few races around here offer french toast from one of the really good restaurants/bakeries in the area).

*Races motive us (me…) to really get out of our comfort zone and see what we are capable of.  I don’t think it is possible for me to push myself as hard in a solo workout as I do during a race.

*They get us questioning what we can really do.  Then we see our potential as we race.  Races always make me hungry to do it all again and figure out my potential a bit more.

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PS it was my SIX YEARS OF BLOGGING anniversary a few days ago!!!  Thank you so much for reading/commenting/emailing/being my friend.  A whole lot has happened over these 6 years! I am really glad I started all of this online rambling that I thought my mom would be the only one to read.  Instead I have been able to connect and learn from you over the years.


What would you say is your biggest motivator to keep you running?   What motivates you to get out of bed to lace up your running shoes when you’d rather sleep a bit more?

Why do you keep signing up for races?  

What are the main things that draw you into doing a particular race in the first place?  The course, close to home, friends are doing it, big or small race, prizes, swag, temperatures, travel…. what gets you to sign up for a race.  

What’s on your weekend agenda?

Arizona running (other than during the summer months) is one of my favorites. Near where we are staying they have miles and miles of canals with dirt and paved paths right next to them.  They are flat as can be, carless and make it easy to avoid getting lost because you just follow the canal. … Continue Reading

We’re back!  And with a spontaneous selfie: Just kidding.  Definitely not a spontaneous selfie where we all happen to look okay.  In fact I did my hair and makeup just to take this selfie:)  Luckily I had leftover hair from Sunday so that didn’t take as long.  Also styled both boys hair for this “spontaneous” … Continue Reading

Got in a 6-miler with Andrew today!!! We found a new spot to run—> flat and gorgeous. Have I ever mentioned to you that I really love Utah? Her hair is quite long at this point. We all took Beretta for a walk and then got busy on lunch.  Identical salads minus the whole beets … Continue Reading

Brooke got new pajamas (from Costco of course) and she decided she wanted them on starting at 4:50 p.m. You should have heard the giggles and singing and seen the dancing that accompanied the first few minutes of these pajamas being on her.   She probably learned the song and dance from me from the … Continue Reading

Josse and I hit the running trail quite early and even though I woke up 4 times in the middle of the night freaking out that I was late meeting her for our run, early morning runs are my favorite for a few reasons.  *Please note I will be most likely changing my tune on … Continue Reading

Sunday church day with the family.  The kids did their best ever at church yesterday so that was a big accomplishment for all of us:) We went with my sister and her family. Little guy has quite the cool hair style these days. Andrew and I have been craving sweet potatoes for quite some time … Continue Reading