She carried this bag around all day. I may have started the addiction to wonderful workout clothing just a little too young with her.
I promise the next statement is not an exaggeration:
Brooke sleeping on me is my favorite feeling in the world. She used to do this daily but now that she is so mature and wants to be exploring the world at all times she never sleeps in my arms anymore. It was the best 29 minutes of my October (and September and August).
Brooke and I took my niece and sister on a date to our favorite spot… the Cafe Rio.
After lunch I had a brilliant idea: buy a good book and let Brooke play with the trains in the bookstore while I read for as long as she wanted to play with the trains. It worked out very well for both of us.
Dinner was a steak salad with the parents. If you can’t tell I was really craving salads yesterday.
Candice had a birthday last week and what better way to celebrate one’s birth than with a large cookie topped with ice cream.
A question that I get a lot is….. How did you find your running coach?
My coach and his wife live in Florida and they are the nicest (except for when I am slowing down during a track workout) people. I knew my coach’s wife (through emailing back and forth) and when I posted on my blog that I was in search for a coach she emailed me and told me that her husband was a coach. We set up a phone call and I got a good feel for his personality (important that you find someone where your personalities match up), background, training, certifications, history and goals for me and it seemed like a great fit. Just like that, I had a coach. PS he is booked with athletes and isn’t taking on any more currently so that is why I haven’t given out his information.
I lucked out and didn’t have to go searching for a coach SOOOOO I was hoping that any of you that have a coach or know great ways to find a running coach could help out in the comments and tell us how you found your running coach.
Why I love having a running coach:
1. He has taught me the importance of stretching, core work and easy days…. aka how to prevent running injuries (I think this is the longest amount of time that I have gone without an injury in a long time). In the beginning he scheduled it out for me every day but now it is just habit and I do it on my own every day (okay, almost every day).
2. Having an outsider (who knows what they are doing) perspective helps so much. He helps me to think long term as far as my running goals go which prevents me from doing silly things (i.e. how I used to race as much as possible and take little/no time to recover after races and hard workouts).
3. Having a coach is great motivation…. knowing I have to report back to him via Training Peaks how the workout went always pushes me to finish strong. He helps me see my running potential which helps me to hit paces that I didn’t think I could hit.
4. I don’t have to think. I don’t have to come up with workouts, paces, times etc. It is all there for me every morning in my email inbox and he knows what it takes to get the goals that I have set for myself. I just have to do the running part which I like. He helps me with my pre-race plan and gives me great advice on nutrition (see above pizookie;), pacing and my mental game.
Who has a birthday coming up? When?
What are you reading right now?
Without exaggerations… what is one of your favorite things in the world?
Favorite salad dressing?