Our Thanksgiving celebration hit all of the key points—> turkey, pie, a movie and some good ol’ fashioned quality time together. Brooke will get home Friday morning and I’m already looking forward to decorating the house for Christmas with her!
We started off the evening with Kneaders and I went with the turkey/avocado/bacon salad with focaccia bread. I probably should have attempted to make a turkey at home or something like that for our celebration but when you are tapering for a marathon you are supposed to be lazy in all aspects of life right?!
Brooke opted for the grilled cheese sandwich and she had a few bites of my turkey.
After dinner we really got down to business and picked out pie for dessert.
You just cannot go wrong with chocolate cream pie.
Tuesday’s are the cheap day at our theater which worked out perfectly for our T-day partying.
The Peanuts Movie. Took me back.
Buying a movie mug was probably one of my best decisions in 2014. You have to admit, there is just something about the big coke machines with 1,000,000 different options.
We did get in a little decorating with this felt tree from Target… if you have a kiddo around 3 you should try this out with them. Brooke loved it.
The usual ‘night before she leaves snuggling until way too late’ thing.
Have I ever told you that I have a few questions that I ask myself during most solo runs? Something I love about running is that it allows us time to think clearly and evaluate things without distractions. Many times the answers to these questions that I think about while running are different from the previous days but I thought I would share some of the things floating around my head while running. Whenever I am running on the treadmill I have even MORE time to ask/ponder these questions.
PS I don’t ask these questions to myself quite so formally but I more just think about the general ideas.
1. What is the purpose of this run physically? This question helps me to remind myself that I am trying to either recover, build strength/speed or increase my endurance. When I remind myself of the purpose of the run it helps me to stick to the paces that I am supposed to do even if I feel like doing something differently. Knowing the specific purpose of the run helps you to keep going when it gets hard or slow down when you want to go faster.
2. What is the purpose of this run mentally? What can I work on mentally during the run to help life in general—> i.e. visualizing success in my next race, working on anxiety and overcoming worries, stress relief from a specific problem, an hour of fun and being carefree??? The list goes on and on but I love spending a bit of time to work on my mental health during the run too!
3. What am I going to do when it hurts on race day? I try to think of different coping mechanisms I can use to help me on race day or during the hard workouts to help me to keep going—> aka a lot of mantras.
4. Where am I at with my running goals? I think about this one a lot while on the treadmill because it helps me to keep going when I want to quit because usually (we all have off days) my goals trump pushing the stop button. I like to think about the things that I can do to help me get there and to get excited about future races.
5. How is my form? Do I have chicken arms (my elbows swing out a little too wide naturally) right now or am I running efficiently? What little thing can I do right now to fix my form?
6. To go along with the above question… how is my cadence (steps per minute)? I usually have a slower than desired cadence which I think is partly to blame for my shin splints so I am always asking myself where I am at in hopes to improve. The goal is to land directly underneath the body rather than overstriding.
7. How have I improved? I think we all probably struggle at times with comparison and wishing we were better in all aspects of life. A lot of times I compare myself to past times/other runners and that brings me down. BUT if I spend time during a run thinking about how I’ve grown and the improvements that I have had then there is a lot less time to think any negative thoughts.
8. I spend a lot of time thinking about my different relationships/my people because really isn’t that why we are all here?
9. Am I having at least a little bit of fun because if I’m not… I’m doing this whole thing wrong because I enjoy running and choose to do it each day.
10. The most important and thought provoking question—> WHAT AM I GOING TO HAVE FOR BREAKFAST?!
I want this right this second:
What are some of the questions that you ask yourself while running?
What are you having for breakfast today?
Your opinion—> best type of pie?