Just another treadmill run together yesterday morning! We did 5 miles (7:50 pace) and Andrew’s hamstring was being lame at the end. I really hope it gets feeling better asap.
I’ll probably keep today at a moderate/easy pace because Josse and I are knocking out our long run for the week on Wednesday. 16 miles is the goal.
We picked up donuts for breakfast at the gas station because I was excited for a picture of them next to my shoes. I’m telling ya, these babies have my heart and I wore them the entire day.
We then went straight to the parade. It was perfect. I’m pretty sure that the 4th of July is my favorite holiday (besides Christmas) and Andrew’s favorite is Thanksgiving… he is trying to convince me to switch over but I’m pretty stuck on this one being my favorite.
We still haven’t seen Finding Dorry!?!?! Brooke did with her dad but I’m positive we still need to make this a part of our life shortly.
After the parade we went straight for food at the Corner Bakery.
We then made some time for the pool.
You know you stayed there long enough when your hands look a little like this:
Afterwards we went straight to my sister’s house for a bbq and I made my all-time favorite 4th of July dessert… white cake crumbles, every berry and whipped cream layered! My sister’s family (and ours) went crazy over it.
For dinner we had watermelon, steak and a spinach salad (my body was very grateful for all of the extra iron).
Brooke fell asleep for a little while.
And then we went and hung out at the fireworks.
After this scene pic below—> Brooke, Andrew and I found a little ledge where we could see the entire valley (like 4 different cities!) of fireworks. We were pretty secluded there and we could see about 15 different fireworks shows at once. I was staring at Brooke and Andrew and thinking about my 4th of July 3 years ago. It was one of the hardest days of my life and Brooke and I sat on the beach that night watching fireworks and I sobbed for the majority of the fireworks that day, not sure what in the world I was going to do. Last night I almost cried happy tears during the entire show because I’m just amazed at how things have changed in our world and how grateful I am that I have Andrew and Knox now. Life will always have hard parts in it but now I have Andrew and he’s my person through it all. I’m pretty darn lucky to have him forever.
Okay, back to a normal post. While I was with Brooks this last weekend they had a ton of snacks out for us the entire time… including these apple sauce packs. I ate them before my runs (2 ten milers) and they worked perfect. I have a hard time eating before a run because my stomach can’t handle much but these did the trick. Quick energy + easy to digest + delicious.
Before we end today, I have a few things to say about Eugene, Oregon:
*I didn’t make it to VooDoo donuts and I don’t want to talk about it (unless we are talking about you shipping them to me). I don’t know what happened but it isn’t okay.
*I LOVED how early the sun rose. It made it that much easier to get up and out the door EARLY because it was already bright out.
*The temperatures were everything. It felt like Fall. During the day it got pretty hot there but in the mornings and evenings it really cooled down and Fall running is my favorite and it sure felt like Fall (compared to where I’m at).
*I loved knowing that many of the greatest runners had been on these exact same trails before. There were runners EVERYWHERE and a lot of extremely speedy ones too. There were miles and miles of dirt trails like this… soft surfaces = a happy body. Runners along the path always smiled and waved. It felt like everyone was out and moving their bodies at different points along the way.
How did you spend the 4th?
Favorite additions/perks/running trails etc about your city? What are some of your ‘must-haves’ for your running that you think a city should have?
Have you seen Finding Dorry? Thoughts?
What is your current pre-race energy? Does your stomach have a hard time with food before a run or does it handle it well?