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 times I put on a new pair of running shoes.
I get it Brooke.
Andrew and I went out for our date night. He has gotten really good at taking selfies since he met me.
We went to Tucanos for dinner and it was fabulous. They have the best salad bar, grilled pineapple and mango cod ever.
We walked around the shopping mall for a little while and then went to The Chocolate for a barely cooked cookie with vanilla bean ice cream on top.
We continued our discussion on where we want to go for Christmas. SO many places we are so excited to see and now we just have to narrow them down somehow.
We listened to this song on repeat too… it just came out and it is amazing.
And then we picked up the Brookie!!
Ways that I distract my brain from thinking about quitting when it gets tough during a run:
**I love focusing on the things that do not hurt. Maybe that is my left elbow, my back, my ears, my shins… whatever it may be. If I am in a race and constantly thinking about how tired my quads are or how my calves are cramping then I will definitely slow down but if my brain focus is going towards all of the things that feel great (or even partly great) then it makes the tough times easier.
**I pump my arms faster/stronger. I don’t do this at the beginning of a race but most definitely when my legs are spent (towards the end of a race or workout)… for example:
When I put my focus on pumping my arms faster/more intense my legs follow without me even thinking about it. It just happens. I go from thinking constantly about how “my legs feel dead” to “pump those arms and don’t stop pumping them.”
**I repeat to myself ‘I am comfortable.’ I don’t know how bad I struggle with anxiety or if it is normal or anything like that but I do get into times during a race or hard time that anxiety hits. My brain goes a million miles per hour and I worry that there is no way I can finish but I have learned to calm my self down whenever that does happen. I just repeat to myself over and over again that I AM COMFORTABLE. I am fine and I’ve done this a million times before. The more I tell my brain that I am comfortable the more my body believes it.
**During the St. George Marathon this month I reminded myself when I got tired that it sure could be worse and that made me realize that I would finish. I thought about my Tucson Marathon where I couldn’t hold down anything during the entire race and walked a good portion of the last few miles because my body felt so awful. Remembering that I didn’t feel even close to as awful as I did that day kept me from quitting/slowing down.
**I compare hills to trials. There were a few years in my 20s that I had some heck going on (I’m probably dramatic but it was beyond hard for me) and I compare those hills to life trials. I remind myself that if I was able to get through those trials then this hill was nothing. It proves to me that I can do hard things and that emotionally I am tough and that can help me to climb those hills.
**It always gets better. Always. When the miles/speed/incline gets really tough I remind myself that it always gets better. During a marathon I experience such a wave of emotions and usually each emotion lasts a few miles or less. There are peaks where I feel like death and then many times that I feel fine or great. I go through each of those emotions many times over the course of those miles and I always do so I have PURE EVIDENCE that it does get better. And sometimes it doesn’t get better until the finish line but it is better and reminding myself that it will get better makes it easier to keep going.
Last important matter to discuss this morning. I get a hard time from loved ones because of the fact that I would choose a Milky Way over every other Halloween treat in the bowl. I’m constantly told that Snickers are soooo much better but I don’t really even like those that much.
I would love to hear your opinion on the Halloween candy matter:
A) Candy Corn
D) Milky Way
E) Fruity variety of candy
F) Tootsie Roll assortment
G) Other ______________
What do you pass out for Halloween? What is the best type of Halloween treat to get and the worst? How do you distract yourself when things get really tough during your race/hard run? Do you get most excited about new running shoes or a new running outfit?