Yesterday’s run started out nice and early which meant it was a little chilly out which meant it was the perfect running weather which means I will probably cry when it starts snowing here. Winter, please just wait until Christmas to show up.
I talked about this a bit on instagram yesterday but my new thing to tell myself when running faster is—> ‘I am comfortable’ because I really want to train myself to be comfortable and relaxed even when I am working hard. The first half of my run was at an easier pace and then I was supposed to do a fast finish for the second half. Just a few minutes into the second half of the run and I was wanting to quit and feeling like I had lost a lot of fitness over the last few weeks. It was annoying. I decided that it was time to trick myself so I told myself over and over again, ‘I AM comfortable.’ It worked and the pace started to feel more comfortable just like that. I think the theme of my life the last few months is to learn about the strong connection between our minds and body and I think this is especially true with running. Whatever we expect to happen will happen. If I let the doubts creep in then I don’t hit my splits but if I am able to stay positive (for the most part) during my run then good things happen. I think that I’ll really be able to take my running to the next level as I train my brain to be more and more comfortable with being uncomfortable and pushing the limits.
Thanks mom for the picture… she has become quite good at running photography over the last few years that I have blogged.
30 minutes at a little under 7:30 pace followed by 30 minutes (and one second) at a 6:35 pace. It felt good to get into my groove again, sweat a bunch and to feel my heart rate get up into those higher numbers.
She’s really into the post-run hugs and kisses.
And onto the rest of the day:
Brooke and I met up with my mom to get some errands done and this happened. Blue stripes were just the thing to do yesterday… we looked beyond cool.
Afterwards we went to a doctor’s appointment for a follow-up on how everything is going. I’m trying a different prescription out for a bit and really working on eliminating the things that aggravate my stomach (gastritis is the main issue right now) the most. A work in progress:) PS how is she tall enough for drinking fountains without my help?
And then we did our cool tongue trick in the car afterwards.
Our friends came over last night and one brought a dog with them. Brooke played fetch with her for an hour and then..
she read her princess books to her. They bonded.
Luckily she didn’t try to put lip gloss on the real dog like she does on her toy dogs.
Okay, two last things about Trader Joe’s because for some reason I am more obsessed with them than usual.
1. This. This. I might just put it on every item I eat leading up to Halloween.
2. Has anyone tried these yet? I saw them on instagram and I stared at them for a solid 2 minutes. Seasonal foods trump normal foods.
Actually, I need your opinion on one more thing. How do these compare to Reese’s… I don’t buy things until I get your opinion on things.
What are your weekend plans? Any races? Any long runs?
Dog owners… how long have you had your dogs?
What mind games have you been playing lately to help your running?
Bloggers—> how long have you been blogging?