Let’s catch up on yesterday shall we (as Brooke looks off into the distance with some important thought on her mind below;).
Yesterday was a cold one in Utah. Thirty-six degrees on May 17th, sure… why not? My right hip is feeling like itself again so I felt really good about getting some speed work in again! I’m starting out small and will add from here each week but oh my goodness it felt good to move it again. I swear the endorphins after any type of speedwork are 3x higher than after a normal run for me.
The mountains got a whole new layer of snow on them, that’s fun.
I drove to a new place to start so that I could get in a long road without any stops. Stopping during speed work is just asking for trouble because it means that there is a chance I might not start again;) 7 miles total for the day w/ 1 mile w/u, 14 x 1 minute fast and 1 minute recoveries with a cool-down. My fasts aren’t what my old fasts were but that’s okay, it’s about progress from where you are at NOW (not where you were… that would drive us all nuts if we were always comparing ourselves to different times/seasons/years of life). It felt good to feel like I was moving again with a happy hip and with lots of goals in the future.
After my run we picked up Knox and I really think he did grow while he was gone this time… he is closer to Brooke’s height now.
They picked out a treat (Knox now loves cookies more than donuts… I’ll support him in whatever decisions he makes… even if they are against donuts;).
Andrew and I wanted something a little heartier for breakfast. I forget how much hungrier speed work makes me too. Egg sandwiches from Gandolfo’s are everything if you live in Utah.
We also made an appearance at the Kangaroo Zoo and I munched on some pineapple while the kids did not stop jumping/running/flipping for a while. Next time we go there I am going to put a pedometer on Brooke’s ankle or something to see how many miles they go while they are there… it takes quite the effort to keep up with them too.
For the last week or so I’ve been trying to add in little things throughout the day to help my running. My favorite so far that is so easy to do no matter where you are… calf raises. While watching them slide, I can help strengthen my feet and calves;) I do them with my toes pointed out, forward and pointed in. My calves burn-out fast but I have noticed improvements.
Andrew was up in SLC at the hospital for the rest of the day and we hung out at home doing important things like Army practice.
Oh and believe you me, there are always plenty of tears, fights, dilemmas that happen throughout the day with these four year olds but we always work through them… or at least try to;)
Somehow Beretta is the one that usually makes them happy again;)
We went out for a few errands…
Andrew came home with chips and salsa for me which was delicious. I prefer as much salsa as possible to fit on the chip.
Brooke and I colored while Andrew and Knox played army. Then the kids went to bed and Andrew and I caught up on life.
Oh and we had our usual brushing teeth championship. I do not know how I manage to get toothpaste in my hair but it happens.
**And lastly today, if you haven’t read this article by Lauren Fleshman yet, it is amazing. I wish I had read an article like this when I was younger when I was positive that skinniness = speed. I definitely think I had many factors that played into my eating disorder BUT thinking I couldn’t be fast if I wasn’t X amount of lbs was definitely a hard thing for me. As a women, our bodies change over a bajillion times… at least mine has and that is what is supposed to happen. If anything I was actually stronger and faster (and injured way less often) once I was racing 30 lbs heavier than before.
Any little things that you do during the day to help your running?
What is going to be the best part of your Thursday?
Any speedwork this week? What was it?