Doesn’t matter where we are. I am the jungle gym and I don’t ever want that to change (okay, maybe I will be okay with change when she is a teenager or something).
Brooke asked to go to the play place and I couldn’t turn her down (I need to start working on that).
And afterwards we partied hard the Mormon way with Sparkling Cider Floats.
This was my first time ever trying this combo and it was definitely a winner.
I then made Sara braid my hair because I have no idea how to do such a thing.
They know that taking a picture together is just part of the routine.
Sara gave one of these to me as we left and oh my goodness. I loved.
Our walls have been pretty bare at our new apartment so I have been working on getting a few things up. We picked up the canvas that I had made for Brooke’s room at Costco and I love how it turned out.
And I put some prints up in the bathroom.
To end the night—> it was time to go through my running shoes. I have a problem saying goodbye to my shoes with too many miles on them that are from years ago. I finally did last night and just have the ones (pretty much the top layer) that I use hanging out in my closet now. It was an emotional goodbye but I am excited to donate them.
I am suffering from a case of the post-marathon blues. We focus on a race for months, we work extremely hard and then boom… we cross the finish line and it is over. And then we ask ourselves—> What’s next!?!
It is nice right now to decide the morning of my workout what I want to do but I miss having a goal race in the near future (so far my next race is in April and that feels way too far away). I have been thinking about finding a race to try and push myself in this next month but then I read these two things from Marathon by Hal Higdons:
“Runners need to resist the urge to come back too soon under the theory that more work may mean still better times. You end up pushing yourself too hard. You may get away with it for 4 to 6 weeks; then you collapse, get injured, get sick, or feel stale and overtrained. The period immediately after a good marathon is when you need to be especially cautious about your training.”
“Studies now show you do indeed damage the muscle, creating micro-trauma in muscle fibers, with activities like marathon running. No one knows what we do to the connective tissue and skeleton, but I suspect there’s trauma there also. Since Scientists do not yet know precisely how much time is needed for such trauma to be reversed, it’s smart for runners to give themselves plenty of time with minimal running to let that healing process occur.”
So, to deal with the post-marathon blues and desire to start racing again too soon (for me.. some people can handle much more than I can without getting injured): Keep remembering what Hal talked about above and set goals that are realistic to me training without getting injured. And since I love having goals so much, set goals that aren’t even running related to fulfill the lack of pushing myself in my workouts for a few more weeks.
Have you ever suffered from post-race blues?
What are some of your NON-running/fitness goals right now!?!?
Do you have any specific Halloween traditions? What are they?
If you eat at fast food places—> what is your favorite/most frequented?