Brooke is all about wearing my old race t-shirts these days. This one would be from NYCM 2011.
We did the normal church thing and she all of the sudden looks so old to me.
Long story short, a few of us ended up bringing snacks for our entire church group (185 people!!) yesterday. Costco popcorn, clementines and Annie’s make the perfect afternoon snack.
For dinner last night my mom made some Thanksgiving foods so we could celebrate early with my sister’s kids and Brooke (because they all will be gone for T-day).
Fluffy rolls. I kind of want to try these for fuel for my next long run.
You know you are tired when you are able to nap with a toddler on you.
While we are talking about napping, let’s rewind to Brooke’s first Thanksgiving.
This time of year is always a little hard for me to find my work out motivation. It is starting to get real cold outside and all of the holiday treats/festivities/ late night movie watching (nothing better than ABC Family Christmas movies) do not make it easy to keep up with our normal exercise schedules.
Here are ten little things we can all do this week to make it an excellent running (strength training/ellipticalling/spinning/whatever you like to do) week and to motivate us to get out the door!
1. Get it done early! More and more holiday things are starting to happen at night SOOOO getting your workout done early will make it so that you are much more likely to get your sweat on each day.
2. To go along with #1—> set a bedtime for yourself so that you can get enough sleep. My workouts are lame sauce when I don’t get enough sleep. We also can’t recover properly when we slack in the sleep department. Put your phone away, turn off the tv and close your eyelids at a decent hour.
3. Write out a goal for this week (like do it right now). It can be simple (like strength train 2x this week) or it can be big (like rocking your upcoming Turkey Trot race). Just make a goal and hold yourself accountable.
4. Take the time to stretch this week. I always notice a huge difference in my runs when I actually take time to stretch and foam roll. It just makes the rest of the week’s runs go so much smoother.
5. Start the week off with getting all of your workout clothes laundry done. I love doing this because it makes it so much easier to have all of my stuff ready to go and clean at the beginning of the week so I can just throw on my clothes and go run each morning! OR buy a new top/shorts/capris because that always makes things fun and can help make it a great week… I am drooling over this tank for spin.
6. Phone a friend. This is my favorite way to motivate myself—> knowing that someone is counting on you to meet them always gets me.
7. Watch the movie that I posted about yesterday. Ummmm talk about inspiring. I get sucked into running videos… like here, here (Kara’s driven trailer) or read any of these stories. I also loved the Bolt documentary on Netflix and it made me super excited to run the next day.
8. Pencil in YOUR favorite workout this week (for me that means a trail run). Leave it to the trails to make me super excited to work out. Sometimes we forget to include our absolute favorite workouts and just do what is most convenient and easiest. I am already looking forward to my 9 mile trail run later on this week.
9. Set a purpose for your runs (workouts) this week. Rather than just going through the motions and running just to run or to check it off the list of things to do, come up with a purpose for your runs this week. Whether it be to help you with your stress levels, to work on your form/cadence or to let your body recover properly from a race or injury. Find your focus or purpose for the week and write it down.
10. Just get ‘er done. You KNOW you will feel better once you are done.
***** Very important question—> my mom and I were having a debate about what time is a normal time to eat on Thanksgiving?!?!?! My sister and I agreed that 1:30-2 pm is the normal time (so that you can eat leftovers later on) but my mom thinks it is 5 pm. When do you guys eat your Thanksgiving meal? Please help us to settle this argument.
Finish the sentence——> I’m running this week because______________!
Are you a napper? Is it easy for you to get in a quick power nap during the day? Does it mess up your sleep at night when you nap?
What days do you have off from work or school this week for Thanksgiving (if you are in the US:)?