Just a few of the highlights from our neck of the woods since we last caught up:
-5 sunshine filled miles (ummm the last time that happened was the time I ran in Tucson a few months ago). Utah has crazy inversion issues in the winter and yesterday the air quality was great so it was just the run I needed after many days on the treadmill.
-My mom gave me a crate (we will be crate training) on my birthday for our future dog but I am pretty sure it has already gotten hours of use from Brooke playing doggy.
-My sis needed some help yesterday which I kind of love because that means I get her girls for awhile.
-The face of a child that hasn’t been to a park in months. 51 degree weather… I reminded Brooke to not get too excited though because Utah loves to tease us with beautiful weather before freezing over again for another month or two.
-Living the February dream.
-My monkey bars attempt—> photo taken seconds before I swung my knee right into the bar and thought I broke my kneecap. Coordination has never been my strength.
-Next stop was to pick up a chicken pot pie for their dinner (they are obsessed with that pie) and of course we took advantage of the samples.
-And we split some churros afterwards… almost as good as a donut:)
-A new Costco find for an easy/lazy meal. SO SO delicious and I put it on top of a bunch of greens and it hit the spot. 30g of protein and 7g of fiber… and I think it ends up being like $2 a bowl. It is one of my new staples.
-And then we ended things on the couch with grapes from Mer (my grandma that always hooks our family up with delicious fruit).
-I hit up Megan’s bootcamp class in the new gear she gave me for my birthday. She finds the best workout gear and I’m OBSESSED with the leggings she got for me from Forever 21. This is my first time trying out their active line and their leggings fit perfect, they are adorable, comfy and about 1/3rd the price of other workout pants. I’m sold.
-HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY DAD!!! The happiest, sweetest, most supportive man out there. A pic from one of the many times he drives me (and my friends in this one) for our long run at 5 in the morning.
-I came across a race picture the other day from last February at this time. I was training for Boston and in pretty good shape (for me) at the time. I ran a strong half on a hard hilly course and finished 3rd overall. Currently I am NOWHERE NEAR the shape I was in last year… but guess what that’s totally okay with me. My goal right now is to run a strong half in May which is going to take a whole lot of work but I get excited about that. I don’t want to compare to the fitness I used to have… I just want to be ready to do the work to get there again (and faster too;). It is SO easy to get discouraged (believe me, I think I have close to 4 billion times) when we lose fitness or start over again after an injury/baby/sickness/time away from running but feeling discouraged won’t help us to get out and do the runs it takes to gain fitness back. Get excited to build up again because if we aren’t enjoying the training and the process of getting to our goal races then why are we doing it?
I’m excited for the next few months of running and getting to a starting line again:)
Other Utah peeps reading that are rejoicing over this clear/sunny air? Do you run outside when the inversion is really bad?
Who has a great Costco find that they are hooked on?
Where do you get most of your workout gear? Ever tried Forever 21 activewear?
When is your next race?