I just want to introduce you to my dirt road.
I have spent a lot of hours and miles on this dirt road. Anytime I come to Arizona to visit family this is my go-to running spot. As I was running yesterday I was comparing myself to the last time I was in Arizona and running on this dirt road. I don’t have any idea if I am faster or slower than I was the last time I was visiting (I guess I could look it up since I have documented every single one of my runs over the last 3.4 years) but yesterday I was comparing myself to something different.
The last time I came to Arizona was the beginning of September of last year, just a few weeks after filing for divorce. I didn’t get through one run during that visit without having to take breaks because I was crying so hard.
And then now, in March, I was pretty much smiling my entire run. There are a lot of really exciting things going on in my life right now and I really do feel like myself again.
Progress in the right direction feels really good.
I think that one thing that we all love about running is seeing our progress… getting faster, building our endurance, getting stronger, becoming smarter runners, completing a training run that we didn’t think was possible… it is awesome to see ourselves advance.
Humans thrive on progression and moving forward in the direction that we want to go—> running allows us to do just that, another reason that everybody should run;)
There was a talk that I used to listen to on repeat during my runs when I was in Arizona last September and this was a part that always helped me so so so much:
– ‘Don’t you give up. Don’t you quit. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead. A lot of it. It will be alright in the end. Believe in good things to come.’ -Jeffrey R. Holland.
And onto the rest of the day.
-We got to go visit one of my very best friend’s 2 week old baby. Brooke made sure to grab a doll from the play room to hold next to me while I was holding the baby. While I was at this friend’s house she told me about how she is moving to UTAH NEXT MONTH. She will be living within 3 miles of me. I kind of died from happiness a little bit.
-Try this grilled cheese sandwich as quickly as you can get the ingredients and make it—> ham, pepper jack cheese, avocado and tomato (also lots of butter on the bread). Avocado just takes everything to the next level.
-Brooke’s favorite new trick. She giggles really hard as she is doing it.
-If you like Panda Express Chow Mein then you really need to try out this recipe.
-It is going to be really tough to leave a state that sells Blue Bell Ice Cream at the grocery store. Utah, you gotta start importing this stuff.
Time for a little speed work and most likely a stop at my favorite donut shop on the way to the airport.
Anyone else ever listen to talks, books, podcasts while running? What?
Favorite thing to eat avocado with?
How often do you run on dirt/trails?
What state does the majority of your family live in?