My car does this thing where it likes to overheat so we got to hang out on the side of the road to wait for it to cool back down.
At least it gave us a chance for a good selfie photo shoot on our way home from St. George.
We were more than ready to be out of the car and we made it back just in time for Sunday dinner at my parents’ house.
Brooke was so excited to see my mom that she ran over and tackled her.
My niece made us delicious biscuits, she is quite the chef lately.
And it is officially ‘popsicles on the deck’ weather!
My sister’s little man is still smiling like a champ.
I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the random things that I have found over the years that have changed my running for the better:)
1. Having a coach/professional analyze my running form. After getting injured over and over again I finally decided to get a coach. Right at the very beginning he had me send in a video of me running (from every different angle possible) for him to analyze. He picked up on the things that were preventing me from being an efficient runner and worked with me on them over the following months. Running just feels so much more smooth after working hard on my form and I got a lot faster because of these changes. There are running clinics that you can attend (through your local running stores) that can help you with your form too!
2. To use a fuel belt when I race. I have done too many races trying to fit everything into pockets or doing things like putting my chapstick in my sports bra. I tried out THIS Nathan belt for the first time for my St. George Marathon and fell in love with it. No bouncing and I fit everything that I need in quite nicely.
3. To experiment. I get so stuck in my ways whether it comes to fueling, training methods, products etc and tend to avoid trying new things. Playing around with things every now and then and experimenting has definitely helped my running. For example—> I always thought that shot bloks were the best for me to eat while running. I finally tried out gu and I realized that my stomach handles gu much better and it is so much easier for me to eat while I run.
4. To start and finish hard workouts or long runs at a gas station. Nothing like thinking about a cold/refreshing/delicious gatorade/vitamin water/chocolate milk etc waiting for you to purchase at the gas station to motivate you if you complete your workout.
5. The belly band. When I was getting close to the end of my second trimester the ligaments on my lower abdomen started to hurt whenever I ran. I thought I was for sure going to be done with my running at that point. I talked to my doctor about it and he recommend that I get a belly band to help support my belly so that I could continue to run. Basically, it was like a sports bra for my belly and it made running feel good again for the rest of my pregnancy and I continued to run until the day before I gave birth! I used THIS ONE and you couldn’t even tell I was wearing it.
6. Finally realizing that when I do get injured or need to take a break from running that it is not the end of the world. That service +working on new passions/hobbies + knowing running will be there for me when I am ready to get back to it = a much happier me when I am not able to run.
7. To run with faster people to get faster. Running with people in general just makes running even more fun for me. I avoided it like the plague for years but once I started, I was hooked.
8. To tie my key around my shoelace when running outside to avoid losing it. Sounds silly but it has saved me from losing my key many times and I love not having anything in my pockets.
9. Trail running. Last fall I was going 2-3 times a week and it made me stronger than ever on hills, it helped me to build up some new muscle and I realized how much I absolutely love running in the mountains.
10. Throwing hand warmers into my gloves during the winter months. I don’t know why I had never tried this until this last winter but it has saved me. I HATE HAVING COLD HANDS and hand warmers help me to keep feeling in my fingers even on the coldest of days:)
Anything that has changed running for the better for you?
What do you do with your key when you run?
Anyone else use a belly band for pregnant running?
What was the highlight of your weekend?