Sometimes our most simple nights together are by far my favorite.
Brooke wanted to have a picnic on her pink blanket so we went for it.
Okay, this toasted coconut pancake mix from TJ’s is bomb. We added bananas and chocolate chips and wow. They were pretty sweet (I had some tortilla chips after because I needed something salty because they were so sweet) but so good.
Brooke has decided to grow like 8 inches this last month so we went to Old Navy to get her some winter things. They were having a huge sale and Brooke tried to tackle me for our selfie.
We also had to stop at Target for some veggies and play-doh (yeah, that stuff is kind of a huge deal at our house right now).
We ran into our good friend and Brooke made sure to show off her tongue trick.
I put her to bed and got ready for bed (yes, that is zit cream on my face.. you are welcome for that), read and ate a bagel. I am pretty sure I have been in marathon training for 85% of this year and so that means I have gotten in quite the habit of eating every 90 minutes. And lots of carbs.
I’m all about lists these days:) I have 8 things that I do to Run Happy when I am feeling a lack of motivation/grumpy/tired that I thought I would share with you today! Not every run (or most runs) are going to feel great/easy but that’s a big part of running and we can decide what our perception of the run is and choose to Run Happy!
–Focus outwards. So this is a life thing I am trying but it totally applies to running too. When we become too self-involved (this hurts, I’m tired, dwell on our problems, thinking about how hard things are for us etc) we lose out on a lot of fun in life. But when we focus our attention outwards (i.e. the beauty of NATURE, thinking about how to help other people in our life, the sights all around us etc) we just enjoy things a lot more. Sometimes during speed work when I am tired and wanting to quit I focus on finding the most beautiful thing in my surroundings and focusing on that (it usually ends up being the mountains because I am obsessed with them).
–Get in bed in good time! I think my best/happiest feeling runs are after a good night of sleep. Some things we can’t control—> work, kids waking us up etc but we can control things like turning off the tv or phone and crawling into bed in good time in order to get enough sleep. My most unhappy running moments are usually because the night before I chose to stay out way too late.
–Smile. It’s weird and I might be simple-minded but sometimes just faking it to make it makes the biggest difference in a run/race for me. Putting on a smile for even just a few seconds releases some sort of chemical and helps me to run happier even when the run is hard. You’ve got nothing to lose in trying it.
–Wear your absolute favorite running clothes (this shirt gets me every time.. it tells me to Run Happy so I do). Wear things that you feeling comfortable and confident in. I have two pairs of shorts that I used to try over and over again to make happen but finally gave up on them because they bugged me/chaffed me while running which = frustrating. Wear what feels best for you that stays put and comfortable for your entire run.
–Let go of perfectionism. Sure, have big goals and reach for the stars but also go easy on yourself. No one is perfect and you are doing the best you can. My runs are SO MUCH happier when I take off the pressure, relax a bit and remember that I run because it is fun… I don’t run because I want to add extra stress/pressure to my life.
-To go along with the above one… if you are placing too much pressure on yourself with your running then run watchless for a bit. Forget about time/pace/miles and go out for as long as you want and go by feel. You’ll get out there and remember how great it feels to run without anything telling you to go faster or slower. PS after a marathon/big race I always go watchless for a bit because after months of training hard, I am more than ready to just run whatever I feel like.
–Take a break! If you aren’t finding joy in your running right now then maybe take a day or two or a week off. Overtraining/exhaustion can take the fun out of running… remember that running is always going to be there for you when you are ready to come back. A few days off if your body/brain needs it will help you to come back and run happy again.
8 days left to get your DONUT STOP RUNNING shirt!!!
Also, I know I have asked you for songs before but this time is especially necessary. My coach assigned me some homework and I need your help because I am pretty sick of my current playlist and I need an extremely good one for the marathon. PLEASE SHARE!!!!
What things help you to RUN HAPPY?
What did you have for dinner yesterday?
When was the last time you took a break from running? What was your reason for taking a break?