But first, three things that made me happy and a birthday party.
1. Some of our Halloween decorations. It has been fun starting completely fresh in our new place and decorating the way I like to decorate… like a gold glitter skull on the table.
2. My friend was right, baking treats for other people is always a good idea. My apartment still smells amazing many hours later.
3. The amount of joy that Brooke gets from wearing her elmo socks.
We celebrated Megan’s bday yesterday at our favorite spot with some ginormous salads.
Brooke was determined to help the waitresses clean the place. She is so thoughtful.
She was just stoked to be out and about with the girls with a blue sucker from one of my friends (and up past her bedtime;)
Once Brooke was down I had my first cup of hot chocolate this season while reading!
I just started reading My Best Race: 50 Runners and the Finish Line They’ll Never Forget.
I loved what Kara Goucher said —> “There’s a point in a race where you’re on the edge and you’re pushing so hard and you’re riding this line and if you push a little too much you’re going to blow up, but if you keep riding that line something special can happen.”
Let’s talk about endurance running aka what we all kind of love to do.
Endurance running—> or long-distance running, is a form of running over distances of at least 3.1 miles. Physiologically, it is largely aerobic in nature and requires stamina (source).
Ever since I haven’t been running with people as much as I used to (because I have been doing a lot more treadmill miles now that I moved) it has given me a lot of time to think about a bunch of randomness while I run. I love having new to me mantras to think about to keep pushing myself. Lately (and especially during my last marathon), I have been loving to think about not just trying to endure through the difficult parts——> but to ENDURE WELL.
When I think about endurance, I think about the physical part of pushing through the tough spots in your run or race and not quitting. When I think about enduring WELL I think more about the mental aspect of pushing through the hard stuff to get to the finish line. I think about how not only do I want to persevere and not quit but I want to do it well. I want to do it with a lot of positive thoughts and patience. I don’t want to just check off a tough workout from my training plan but to learn something big from the experience. I want to push myself to the limits while enjoying it. I don’t want to count down the minutes until I am finished with the race but to smile at least a few times each mile. I want to feel gratitude as I am enduring rather than feeling the pain of tired legs. I don’t want to just be in survival mode to get to the end of the race but to feel strong getting there. I don’t want to just focus on getting myself to endure but to do it well by cheering on all of the other runners too.. I don’t want to spend the whole race searching for the finish line, I want to make a memory of the race and endure it well.
This probably doesn’t make any sense but in my brain it is something I like to think about—> to not just endure the race/hard workout/long run but to grow, stay positive and do it as well as possible… it makes the whole experience a lot better. And like pretty much everything in running, I am sure the idea of enduring well could probably be applicable to life stuff too (this whole thought process came from a church talk I listened to about enduring it well and it has helped me with my running too:)
What have you been thinking about a lot during your runs lately?
Any good/new/helpful mantras that you have been using?
What are YOU dressing up as for Halloween?
Yay or nay to marshmallows in your hot chocolate?