Just the normal Sunday stuff for us yesterday. Brooke now packs her own bag of toys and snacks for church and it is quite comical what I find in that donut backpack of hers. PS I haven’t colored my hair in more than a year… either my ends are way lighter because of the sun this summer or because they are super damaged… you choose.
By the way… my trick to having a happy ‘style Brooke’s hair’ experience—> she gets to play with my phone while I do her hair. She used to play with a coloring app and now she just sends texts to my mom and sister the whole time. They love it.
Meg and I both got the memo to wear all black to mourn winter.
After church Brooke and I went through this cookbook to pick out everything that we want to make this month. Anyone else love flipping through cookbooks (I do even though I don’t cook that much)?
I didn’t have the ingredients for the above recipes so instead I stuck with the good ol’ hot chocolate cookies.
Brooke took breaks from baking to show me her latest tricks.
And then we were off to Sunday dinner at my parents’ house.
My sister is helping me with carb loading this week for my race this weekend and I am very appreciative.
Have any runners in your life (or do you need a wish list to give to your loved ones with some awesome running gear that you may want for Christmas)? Well, here is my gift guide for runners!
$50 and below:
Yurbuds headphones. I’ve tried out A LOT of different headphones over the years and these one are by far the best I have ever tried. The price is awesome too… $21.99
Running books! There are a ton out there and you might have to do some research on what they have already read but my personal favorites are——> Mile Markers, Kara Goucher’s Running for Women, Hansons Marathon Method and How Bad Do you Want It. I have also heard that What I Talk About When I talk About Running is pretty awesome too!
Their favorite fuel while on the run! Find out what they prefer and get them a box of their favorite stuff and they will love you forever. I’m a sucker for the Salted Caramel Gu box of 24!
A foam roller if they don’t already have one… something that all runners need!
I’m a huge fan of these running hats ($32)
An ITUNES gift card. We love music and a music shopping spree sounds mighty nice!
My favorite base layer RUN HAPPY top! Keeps me crazy warm and it is adorable.
I just bought this GapFit Breathe Heathered Hoodie for myself and I’m in love.
$50 to $100:
Women’s Drift 1/2 Zip ($95): I cannot say enough good things about this top. I have it in the yellow and black and they are my goto this season. Ridiculously warm, comfortable and classy looking (I always get a compliment on the black one whenever I wear it).
Know of any races that they love to do each year? Or one that they have talked about wanting to do for awhile? Register them for the race, print off the race confirmation and give them that for Christmas!
A gift card for them to get a sports massage! Help them to help their body to recover and run smoothly!
Sneak into their closet, find their running shoes and write down their shoe of choice and size and order a pair for them. Nothing comes close to the love a runner has for their running shoes.
My favorite gym bag! If they are a fan of the treadmill, cross-training or strength training and they hit up the gym frequently a super nice gym bag would be awesome.
If the runner is a huge sunglass person then maybe THESE OAKLEY RUNNING SUNGLASSES will be the perfect fit for them (they are all I wear).
Wanna crazy spoil the runner in your life? A new garmin if they need one might help! My three favorites are the Forerunner 10 ($75), Forerunner 305 ($279 with heart rate monitor) and the Forerunner 225 ($249 my favorite because of the build in wrist heart rate monitor)!
A spin bike so that they can get some awesome cross-training in at home! I got THIS ONE for Christmas a few years ago and I still adore it!
Here is how training went last week!! Less than a week to go ahhhhhhhh!!!!
Monday: 6.83 miles with 3 tempo miles @ 6:50, 6:40 and 6:30. Average pace—> 7:19
Tuesday: 4.25 miles @ 8:15 pace.
Wednesday: 7.5 miles. 7:30 pace with 10 x 45 second strides (around 6:15 average for those).
Thursday: 5 miles @ 8:04 pace.
Friday: 3 miles @ 8:29 pace.
Saturday: 10 miles. 4 miles @ 7:30 and 6 miles @ 6:18.
36.58 miles total! Sticking to every pace/distance/sleep order that my coach gives me for this taper!
Anything to add to my gift ideas for runners list? What’s on your wish list?
Do you have a favorite cookbook or do you get most of your recipes online?
What was your best run last week? Hardest run?
What was the best part about your weekend?