HAPPY WEEKEND!!! Let’s get right to business with some of my favorite things!
-Hill running (well, I am trying to convince myself of this one). I haven’t been much of a hill runner (except for when I got into trail running for a bit) in a long time. My PR marathon (ehhhh almost 6 years ago now) was done after a summer of living in a super hilly area of California where multiple hills were an everyday thing. I’m taking that as a hint that our bodies respond well to hill training and that I need to get to know them well again.
Half mile w/up, 8 x .4 mile hills (I held a steady state pace on the ups, downs and flats of this run ((a little under 8:00 for the whole run)), half mile c/d. About 7.4 miles total with a heart rate of 400 on the uphills… I have a feeling my legs are going to be quite sore because they have been treadmill/flat roads only for awhile.
PS I love finding hills that have grass next to the trail/sidewalk/street so that on the way down I can run on the grass to avoid too much pounding on my joints!
-This little picture of Brooke. Her eyes melt me.
-I started wearing lipstick. We’ll talk more about it next week but I’m excited about it (clearly I have a very exciting life these days;)
-Steven Tyler concert with the girls. We had great seats and danced the night away.
-Welcome to my life:
-Dinner provided by Costco (roasted broccoli with olive oil and garlic salt is my current favorite).
-Dessert provided by RubySnap cookies in SLC. If you come to Utah then you must have cookies from RubySnap, Swig and Smart Cookie… and if you need somebody to accompany you to these three places you know who to ask (me).
-Gymnastics lessons are sure paying off!
***FAVORITE INTERNET FINDS THIS WEEK:
WORKOUTS/RUNNING—> Killer Barre-based booty burner… perfect for runners wanting to strengthen our glutes, A Scare That Taught Me To Listen To My Body!!! (so important!!) and 5 Ways A Morning Run Will Change Your Life… loved the part about gratitude:
FOOD——> Anne’s Creamy Mexican Chicken Chili Soup—> I can’t wait to try this for a family dinner coming up, Chicken Sausage and Spinach Frittata (easy, packed with protein and veggies..I want it now! ), Hash Brown Breakfast Bake (because this is something Brooke and I will both love and will give us a few blasts:), Instant Oatmeal Bites (the more yummy food I can grab on the go, the better), the BEST 5 Oils For Your Kitchen (super interesting) and a reader sent me this recipe for Swig cookies because she knows of my deep love for them!
This picture from the Olympic Trials Marathon… the love for your running buddy/teammate is pretty dang powerful.
Time for YOUR amazing accomplishments! Please send in your accomplishments to [email protected] if you want me to post them!
*LAURA!!! “My names is Laura and I’m a 26 yr-old from Ohio. Since I was about 3-4 years old, I’ve had asthma which then turned into exercise-induced asthma. I never ever thought I could be a distance runner because even playing basketball was difficult to do. Regardless, my wish was to run a marathon or half-marathon. Last year, I decided to finally make my wish a goal and signed up for the 2015 Cleveland Rite Aid half-marathon. My goal was just to finish and prove to myself that even though I have exercise-induced asthma, that doesn’t have to hold me back from running long distances. I’m proud to say that I completed my first half-marathon in 2:26. It’s not a fast time by any means but I finished and reached my goal. I’m running the same race again this year button instead of going for completion my goal is to finish in 2:10.”
*ANNE!!! “Last year at 59 I started the 60-day Insanity Program. I felt so strong and healthy that I decided to start running again. I had always been an off again, on again runner but I had never done any competitions. I decided to try for a half-marathon. From March 2015 until January 2016 I completed four!! And now at 60 I have more halves this year.”
*MY MOM!!! “I was able to walk 1.5 miles on the treadmill pain free! I know most of you can easily sprint 1.5 miles but for me this is big! Six years ago a flu shot damaged my immune system which caused, among many things, asthma and severe neuropathy in my feet. I have not been able to walk more than a mile since then without a lot of pain. I am now setting my goal to make it 2 miles! Janae has been soooo supportive of my goal!”
*LAURA!!! “Yesterday I ran the Red Flannel 5 Mile Run as a gauge of where I’m at right now as I head into half marathon training. I was so proud to run a PR of 45:29! I ran my fastest mile ever- 8:29! This is coming from a gal who averaged around 11 minutes miles when I ran my first half a few years ago. Based on this race, I can’t wait to start training for a spring half to see what I can do!”
*ANNIE!!! “Today I ran 16 miles for the first time!! I am training for my first full marathon (the Big Sur Marathon!!). Before today, the farthest I’ve ever run was 15 miles and that was about 5 years ago. My run took me all over Seattle. Several hours later and I’m still flying high from the accomplishment!”
*JEN!!! Last weekend we traveled to Martha’s Vineyard and my sister-in-law and running buddy/BFF and I ran the MV 20-miler. The wind chill was expected to drop temperatures to -2 as the day went on (and it definitely did!) so they rerouted the course a bit and reduced the race to 15.5 miles. It was the first time Katy and I have really trained through the winter. We live in Connecticut and had some blustery long runs under our belt. It was COLD but we finished!! …And luckily my brother (Katy’s husband) and my boyfriend cheered us on halfway and met us at the finish line with clam chowder! #theyarethebest
Anyone else training for the first marathon right now? What about Big Sur—> anyone training for that one right now or have you run it in the past?
Share your favorite HILL WORKOUT PLEASE… I have a feeling I’m going to need some good ones (PS loved the ones you shared on Instagram too)!
What are the best cookie shops in your area? Pretty please share in case we ever travel to your area:)
Have a long run or race this weekend? Let us know so we can cheer you on!