We survived 5.1 miles yesterday at 10,000 ft and we were pretty stoked about it (finishing it). I am not even exaggerating—> going up the stairs in the cabin here leaves me really out of breath and so running has been quite interesting.
We take a breather break often (the hills here are no joke too) but it has been a blast to be able to run together each morning (the kids just stayed back and played with the cousins).
The scenery has been pretty spectacular too. We go down to St. George for the weekend and I’m excited for those running views too.
As soon as were rounding the corner back to the cabin we saw my family out for a walk and the kids sprinted up the hill. I need their hill sprint tips asap.
For lunch we grabbed a salad together because we were really craving one. Those olives were gone 2.1 seconds later.
Let’s talk about some of the Friday Favorites going on over here:
1. The kiddos have been extra snuggly on this trip… I think they knew it was vacation and that it was an extra special week.
2. This scene:
3. And this one too:
4. My sister introduced these to me… she got them at Costco and the chocolate covered pineapple is incredible.
5. Favorite clothing this week:
*This white eyelet top (free shipping still with code HUNGRYRUNNER).
6. My brother’s Friday Favorite is this shirt. Arrested Development will always be one of the funniest shows ever to me.
7. My favorite running songs this week:
8. Brooke and Knox’s Friday Favorite: Their blankets. We don’t leave home without them.
Speaking of blankets… Knox made sure to put his blanket on his dad when he found him asleep on the ground—> family reunions are tiring.
LOVE these running accomplishments from you guys! You are amazing!! If you want to be featured, send your accomplishment (and pic if you would like) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Erin!!! “Hi! My name is Erin and I’m a Captain in the Army. My husband is deployed oversees and I’m living/working in Clarksville, TN, growing our first baby (a little girl, due in September). I ran in my second pregnant race-the Barrel Fest 5-Miler in Cooperstown, TN at 24 weeks pregnant. I finished in 39:22!! And took 9th overall, 3rd female, and 1st in my age group! More importantly, I ran a sub 40 minute 5-miler for the first time since I was 12 weeks pregnant! I’m pretty darn proud of this one!!!
Katie!!! “This weekend I ran 100 miles at the Bighorn Trail Run in Wyoming. It has super technical trails and 20,000 feet of elevation gain, and it’s a Western States and Hardrock qualifier. My first 100! Here is what mile 99.8 looks like.”
Meagan!!! “This past Saturday, June 18th, I ran my fist marathon (Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN). The accomplishment, however, goes to my husband Nick for his support and encouragement to get me to the finish line. Prior to the race, Nick had planned on biking up the course and seeing me at mile 9 and 12, before meeting up with my family at mile 19. The marathon offered a live tracking system, but unfortunately, it was off. While Nick was waiting for me at mile 9, I was approaching mile 8 and the system said I was already at 10. For fear of missing me, Nick took off on his bike towards mile 12. Needless to say, I hit mile 9 and 12 and didn’t see him. By the halfway point, the heat was wearing on me and I was in need of some support from my biggest cheerleader. So, I did what anyone would do while running 26.2 mile… I called him and told him where I was. He dropped his bike along the course and started walking towards me. I couldn’t hold back the tears when I finally saw him at mile 15ish. We walked together back to his bike, and while I was preparing to say goodbye and soldier on alone, he had no intentions of leaving me. He continued to bike with me from that point forward until just shy of the 26 mile mark when a race official told him he had to get off the course. People are quick to congratulate me for finishing a marathon, but truth be told, I don’t know if I would have if it wasn’t for my husband.”
Mary Jo !!! “I finally took the RRCA coaching course and passed the test. I was so excited to get my certificate in the mail last week! After spending the last 5 years running on our trails with the Hubs and with all my running buddies, I really wanted to learn more about the mechanics of running. And boy did I ever! Not only am I bringing back all kinds of information for my run club but now I’m a certified running coach! I think this is also really going to help me share running information on my little blog too!”
Jordan!!! “On June 12th, I ran my second full marathon in Colorado and PR’d by 17 minutes! I finished with a time of 3:23:26, which was 7 minutes faster than my goal and qualified me for the Boston marathon! I have struggled with several injuries over the past few years and have missed multiple races as a result. Crossing the finish line after so many months of hard work was extremely rewarding, and I am so excited to run Boston in 2017!!”
Angela!!! “I’ve been trying to beat a 1:50 half marathon for about a year now. The closest I’ve come was the R&R Seattle half last summer, with a 1:51:16. I just couldn’t quite shave that last minute off. Last weekend, I raced the Snoqualmie Valley Run, a half marathon through some beautiful tree lined trails. I have been injury free for a while, on a good running schedule, and was feeling like this could be my chance to finally reach my goal. The first half was a gradual uphill, the last half a gradual descent . The temps were perfect and I was very much in my happy place. I ran without a watch for the first time ever in a race and just stayed with the 1:45 pacer in my sights for as long as I could. I lost him after the turn around (it was out-and-back) and just tried to keep my effort consistent. I had no idea how I was doing towards the end but was comfortable and just enjoying the ride. I passed the 13 mile marker and planned to kick just a bit across the finish line. instead, this wonderful stranger came up on my left and as she started to pass me, yelled,’GO GO GO GO” in my ear. I took her heed and turned on the after-burners. We sprinted over the line together and high-fiver at the end! It was the BEST finish to a race and I crushed my PR with a 1:47:46. Isn’t running just the best?”
Linda!!! “On June 5th, I ran the Newport 10 miler in Newport, RI, and came in first woman in 63:59. This was an amazing race! I hadn’t planned on running it because I had a triathlon scheduled for that day, but one week prior, it was canceled due to bacterial contamination of the swimming water. My sister and brother-in-law had signed up for the Newport race, and since some spots had opened up, I registered as well. We had a wonderful day. The race course is gorgeous, running along the ocean and by numerous mansions. I felt so strong and managed to get by the women who were ahead of me and those hanging with me. My fastest miles were 8 and 9, because I wanted to seal the deal. Breaking the tape was such an amazing feeling. One of my friends said that the look on my face is pure bliss. The following weekend, my 8 year old daughter, Paige, and I race an evening Summer Solstice 5k. She came in 3rd overall finisher, and I couldn’t be prouder! I finished first overall and snagged a trophy with my daughter. I feel so blessed with how running has changed all of our lives!”
Katie!!! “This past weekend I ran my 4th half-marathon! It was my second since having my 3 kids and I was beyond excited for it. I went into the race with legs that were a bit sore despite the taper (me thinks it was the volleyball 3 days before the race… oops) so I tried to lower my expectations, basically throwing my A and B goal out the window with the hopes of grabbing my C goal. After not realizing the first 4kms had a net uphill (to the highest point of the race) I was still able to reach my overall pace goal and then flew down the hills to 9km where my hubs and kids were. At this point I was actually at my B goal pace and slightly panicked that I was going to crash, fearing I had gone too fast too soon. The thing is, I still felt great! A few more hills, including one that was steep and 1km long, and I was at my A goal with 3 km to go and nothing but downhill and flats ahead!!! I still felt fab and started pulling out some fast splits and managed to fly past my A goal with a finishing time of 1 hr 51 min 15 sec!!! 1 1/2 minutes faster than my A goal and 2.5 minutes faster than my previous PR from 10 years ago (wayyyyy pre kids). I’m still flying high from the excitement and can’t believe I’m in the best shape of my life at 34!”
Have any Friday Favorites?
When was your last Personal Record? Where was it?
Any other Arrested Development fans—> favorite character? What are the funniest tv shows to you?
When you were a kid did you have a special blanket/stuffed animal? What about any of your kiddos?