First outdoor run of the week and I can’t think of a better place to do it.
My favorite way to start the day. I don’t think it is possible to be grumpy after this:
Josse and I went out for 7.5 miles (8:51 average) on the trails and I’m amazed (and so is she) at how fast she has recovered from her 1/2 Ironman (PS she wanted me to tell you THANK YOU so much for all of your sweet comments leading up to her race and on her recap… I sure love this online community).
Now that we are training for similar things again it will be so nice to be out on the trails more together and doing our speed work on the streets together when we both can too!
Every time I come home from a run Brooke hides when she hears the garage door open (yes, I still have my own parking spot in their garage… I am guessing this means I am definitely one of the favorites;) but she has now switched hiding locations for the first time in over a year.
She has also built up the courage for the spinning toy at the park which is a big change too. She is quite the cautious child.
Also, our (complex) pool will be opening soon which =s we will be here often for the next four months!
We LITERALLY ran out of granola on Wednesday (we top pretty much everything with it so it is rough on both of us when we are out) and then boom… a friend had homemade granola for us. How she knew exactly when we needed it is still a mystery to me.
Many of our dates include the play place. And sundaes.
And last but not least on this portion of a really long blog post—> Her position before I throw the ball… eye on the prize.
Five Favorite Running Songs this week:
Walk away (clean;) by Nelly (a little bit slower but Nelly reminds me of high school:)
Five Favorite summer finds:
Lots of sales this weekend—> Everything at my favorite online boutique ever is 20% off this weekend, Nordstrom (up to 40% off), J Crew is 30% off all weekend, banana republic is 40% off with code BRTAKE40, Old Navy has a bunch of stuff with an extra 50% off. Ann Taylor you can get extra 50% off with code SUMMER50 and ASOS has an extra 20% off.
My weekly church heels for spring/summer (I only last a few hours in heels so they are perfect for church)
Wishing Well Blouse—> you know how I feel about my loose, lightweight, white tops:)
This simple striped tee that I want to wear every day but I don’t because people say that is weird.
I’ve had a few questions about this running top—> my current favorite summer running top.
Favorite things that I saw on the internet recently:
*Julie’s list of AMAZING dessert recipes:)
*THIS… everything about THIS:
You guys are incredible. Keep sending in your amazing running accomplishments so that I can feature them on Fridays! Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org !!!
Jennifer!!! “I finished my 2nd marathon this past weekend in Fargo. 4:15:59. (PR- fall of 2014 I did my 1st marathon in 4:26). The weather was absolutely gorgeous!! It was a bit warm when I finished (75 degrees!!) If you are thinking about doing Fargo it’s great! Nice and flat. The people of Fargo are super nice and welcome you in with open arms.”
Jessie!!! “I raced in a local 5k on May 14th, the Team Alex 5k. One of my 2016 goals is to break 25:00 in the 5k. I still haven’t reached my goal, but in pouring rain and cold 50 degree temps I raced anyways and placed 2nd in my 20-29 age group! I’ve never won anything before and was so excited! Now I’m more revved up than ever to ready my sub 25 5k goal!”
Rachael!!! “This past Saturday I ran the Vigor half. I trained really hard for this and was nervous because I’ve hurt my knees during a half and was told I should never run them again. Because of my training I wanted to get done in 2:00 and I got done under and coming in at 1:48. It was the best feeling and I felt like I could have gone even faster. The race was amazing and I’m so happy I could run again.”
Alyssa!!! “Since I’m primarily a distance runner, I wasn’t expecting much out of the Susan G Komen 5k I ran the first week in May. I was just running for the cause in honor of my sister and her two battles against breast cancer. I hadn’t done much dedicated training save for morning treadmill runs supplemented by Pure Barre Platform teaching and training. The race felt great and for once in a short distance race, I felt strong and capable. I surprised myself by taking over a minute off my 5k PR, finishing at 20:11.”
Amber!!! “Earlier this month, my sister and I drove up to Asheville, North Carolina to run the Biltmore Kiwanis 15k. The grounds are gorgeous there and we knew it would be one of the most scenic routes we’d get to run this year. After a week of sunny skies and warm temps back home, we woke up to 35 degrees and heavy headwind. We warmed up for a bit and hung out in the ladies room (it was nice and toasty in there:) before heading off to the start line. The two of us are usually about 20 seconds apart, so we always say a little prayer for one another during challenging parts of the race (usually hills:) At just a few miles in, we faced the biggest hill we would face all morning. All I could picture was my sister just beasting this hill (and every hill after) and that got my wind-burned, tired and heavy legs moving a little faster! We both agreed it was the toughest course we had ever ran and were so happy to see each other at the finish line! We managed to both PR and will definitely run it again!”
What are your plans this weekend? Any races or long runs?
We are going to St. George for 2 days and I’m hoping to get in a run at Coral Canyon because that is my favorite.
Anyone else get to run/go to races with their sister?
Do you have good running trails near your house? Are you on sidewalks, roads, dirt trails, treadmills or paved running trails the most?