My first Friend to Friend post is up and it is all about things I wish I could have told myself back when I first filed for divorce at the age of 27.  If you are going through some sort of break-up check it out.  If you have gone through a break-up in the past please leave a comment with your advice so we can help those struggling right now!  I wrote down all of your suggestions for future posts from this post.  Feel free to let me know about more topics you would like me to cover on Friend to Friend!


Both girls were in really great moods when they woke up yesterday.  Beretta was too busy watching for falling food and knowing she wasn’t supposed to be in the kitchen to look up;)

I fell asleep on the couch at 8:45 on Monday night at the end of the show we were watching that I was really invested in?!  This high mileage is really requiring a lot of sleep and even Andrew (who doesn’t like sleep) is sleeping a lot more lately.

I woke up after 9 hours of sleep and went out for 8 miles @ 8:39 pace.  I listened to this episode of Rich Roll (another podcast I love) and it was about depression and addiction.  I found it VERY interesting.  He talked a lot about how the loss of connections has contributed to anxiety/depression and shared a lot of research studies/about the things that make people happier.   I’ll be listening to the second part of it on my run today!

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Andrew did his 20 miler yesterday (I’m doing mine today).  The girls congratulated him on his accomplishment when he finished.  He wanted to do the 20 miles on the treadmill and caught up on the Good Doctor with all of his fuel/hydration right there!  The treadmill is an amazing tool to help us get to these races.

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Chocolate milk, recovery boots and studying the ultra’s course map.  I’m sure you’ll see an identical picture tomorrow of me doing the same thing after my long run.  Andrew is going to join me for his second long run (10-12 miles) during my 20.

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PS I’ve been off and for some reason the last few weeks I thought we would have over 6k feet of climbing in our ultra but it is actually 3650 feet of elevation gain but the majority of that is in the first 19 miles.  I need to get in some training runs where the beginning is mostly climbing followed by flat miles for awhile.   We also might just try rolling down mile 6-7… that looks like a steep downhill!

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There is a sliding door on our pantry that we’ve always just left open… until now.

Skye tip-toe-crawls into there without us noticing and pulls down an entire box of cereal and dumps the whole thing out.  So for now the door is closed (I hadn’t finished cleaning up the pb Cheerio mess yet).

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We went over to help my sister with a few things and then went to one of her favorite restaurants, Cubby’s.  Skye was sure that I got the steak salad for her.

Operation: I need to make sure I’m getting in enough iron.

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Brooke had a great day at school.

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Skye worked on her leg raises…

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And she is SO close to taking her first step.

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Brooke requested we watch a part of It Takes Two <–  Best addition to Netflix in a long time;)

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Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup for dinner followed by some cookie dough for dessert.

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Off for 20 miles today!

Running is play and I can’t wait to play in the roads/mountains today for a bit.

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Oh and two more things I wanted to share today:

*I’m currently trying to train Skye to give me back massages after I finish a long run:

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*PS I saw this below paragraph on Instagram and wanted to hug it.  I love it so much.  “That place where your body naturally wants to be.”

I have a post from a few years ago that talks about the extra 5 lbs HERE and I think it’s a good one if you are struggling with this right now.

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What race have you run that had the craziest elevation gain/loss?

-The Emigration Canyon 1/2 that I did had you climb non-stop for the first 4.5 miles and then had a steep down for awhile after that.

What is something that you do after a long or hard run that you feel really helps you in recovery?

Do you get in enough iron through your diet or do you take a supplement?  What vitamins/supplements do you take each day?

Would you rather get a back massage or foot massage? Do you have ticklish feet?

-Foot massage… those are my favorite.

I posted a new Skye update!  You can find it HERE. ———————————————————————————————————— I had 10 miles to get in way too early for me to want to be on the roads alone so I went to the gym to hang out with other crazy people doing the same thing… I think my college self (that … Continue Reading

In case you missed out last week, the most viewed posts were: *WHY I RUN.  A GUEST POST FROM MY PILOT BROTHER!  (Turns out he needs to start a blog because his post had higher views than I have had in a long time ha) *Friday Favorites, Doubles & Found ‘Em! *How Does It Compare & … Continue Reading

I think ultra training has switched me into a one gear runner.  I feel like my body at this point can run for a long amount of time or complete a lot of miles each week but it is all at around one speed…  but I guess that is the goal for this race, right? … Continue Reading

Well, that run was fun and quite the confidence builder for me. The day started off getting Brooke and Knox to school and once they left, I started my run. I ran for a little over an hour and met Andrew at my mom’s house.  On my way there I climbed any hills that I … Continue Reading

10.1 miles yesterday and 18 miles later today with Andrew! It’s the double long run. I am extremely proud that the 10 miles yesterday were completed and my hair was washed all before the kids went to school. One thing that I really really love about my new Garmin 935 is the fact that I … Continue Reading

Good morning!  I hope you feel the same way after your run today that Skye does after she stands up all by herself = ridiculously proud. It felt so good to get outside and enjoy the fresh air… it’s my favorite way to wake up.   PS anyone else agree with the statistic that I … Continue Reading