We have a routine. I run on the treadmill and brooke plays around (she is an extremely cautious kiddo and never comes near the treadmill) and when I finish, I pull out the emergency stop (so there is no chance the treadmill will start) and she jumps on with me. She hangs from the rails for a few minutes and then she takes little, quick steps up and down the treadmill. It is quite the party.
I love to take Fridays off from exercise and so Thursdays are usually pretty full——> yesterday I taught a spin class (we threw in a bunch of squats half-way through class) followed by 8 miles @ 7:41 average pace. My legs were pretty tired after spin so those 8 miles were tough but they are done and today they will get some good recovery in before the long run on Saturday!
Let’s rewind back to Wednesday night for a second. Brooke and I had a date together at one of our favorites, Wild Zucchini. She gets her idea of heaven (a bowl of noodles with butter) and I get my 4 lbs of toppings with a few pieces of lettuce.
She is laughing in this picture because I did a Minnie Mouse impersonation. I’m not sure if she was laughing so hard because I actually sounded like Minnie or because she thinks I am ridiculous. Probably a healthy mixture of both.
(From my Instagram)
My favorite date:
We then played a bit in an arcade (because that is just what we do).
Just kickin’ back in her new kicks and enjoying the ride.
I have to share this picture with you. Niki took this adorable picture of my sister’s new little man and it melted my heart.
The other day I asked you for your current mantras and wanted to share some of them from the comments:
“Just do the work!” –Sarah
“I am the master of my fate.” –Laura
“This too, shall pass.” –Amanda
“You can!!!!” –Jessica
“Be tenacious.” –Stacey
“You GET to do this.” -Britnee
“Nobody owns today. Take it.” -Brynne
“You can do this.” -Tonya
“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” -Caroline
“C’mon!!!!” –Becky (gotta love short and simple:)
“Focus, work hard and never, ever give up!” –Natalie
Mantras are huge for my mental game. Rachelle (she is incredibly speedy and the most supportive/encouraging human you will ever meet) reminded me the other day of another important thing I should be doing—> I need to be VISUALIZING great things happening at Boston.
I am a huge believer in self-fulfilling prophesies. You think you are going to fail? Yeah, then you probably will. You think you will be strong and rock your next workout? Most likely you will. Our expectations of ourselves become our realities more often than not.
Our bodies and our minds are so ridiculously connected (the proof lies in the placebo effect and psychosomatic illnesses). Use your mind to visualize your success and with some good ol’ fashioned hard work, you will hit those goals!
*So, if you see me sitting at the local froyo shop staring off into space, just know that I am sitting there having some epic running visualizations.
What things do you do to help your running mental game out?
What are you most looking forward to this weekend?
What day(s) do you usually take off from exercise?
-Always Sunday and most of the time on Fridays.