It warmed up a bit yesterday afternoon so we took it to the sidewalks to get Brooke’s biking game on.
She also had quite the awesome play date yesterday and they even made sugar cookies.
Out of nowhere, Brooke has been taking a nap every day this week. She hasn’t napped regularly in a year or so. Anyone else’s kiddos go back to napping… did it last long? Is this something I should plan our days around now or do we think it is a short-lived thing? Her nighttime sleeping hours have remained the same so I’m guessing it is a growth spurt or something.
She even slept through grocery shopping… FYI it isn’t super easy carrying a sleeping kiddo while pushing a shopping cart around but it can be done.
I’ve been craving acai bowls for a long time now but I cringe every time I have to spend $8 on one at a store…. so we made them at home (still not super cheap but probably about $3.50 for my bowl).
Brooke kept saying, ‘mmmm so good.’ She was a major fan.
The stars of the show—> I just but the frozen berry packs, a few tablespoons of almond butter, two frozen bananas and milk based on consistency (although, I added a little bit too much) and topped them with coconut, strawberries and maple sunflower butter.
I really liked this We Are Marathoners clip…. we really are an interesting group of humans:)
Random portion for your day—> a reader asked about what makeup I use and so I thought I’d share my basics today (I try new things out too but these are my goto things)… the things I go through fast are from Target and the others from Nordstrom;)
–Tinted moisturizer, powder, bronzer, eyeliner (brown), concealer (I use it under my eyes), eyeshadow (this thing has lasted me for years) and lip gloss (sweet sangria, punchy and delish are my favorite). My goal is to do my makeup in 5 minutes or less which is made possible by fake eyelashes and tinted eyebrows.
I am LOVING all of your running accomplishments! If you want to be featured please email a pic (if you want:) and your accomplishment to firstname.lastname@example.org
Michele!!! “I’m a beginning runner… at the ripe old age of 42! In previous years I’m never consistent enough to finish a race running, and not stopping to walk. Which is ok, but I feel so good after a run. My 8 year old will go along with me on a walk/run or ride her bike beside me. We are doing this together. She did her first kids 1-mile race last year and loved it. Here we are, as our freezing weather is slowly going away, on a chilly rainy day starting our journey to complete our first 5k together this year. While running the whole thing. I love the feeling of good health, and she loves the race day goody bag and t-shirts!! The accomplishment here is simply getting day 1 over with. The first day is the hardest.”
Ellen!!! “My very first half marathon was this last Sunday! North London Half- time 2:06:00! I nailed 2 out of 3 goals I set for this race. Number 1 was a sub 2 but it didn’t happen since I was so tired from working a lot the week before. Number 2 was not to stop or walk at all during the race, nailed it!!! and number 3 was a sub 2:15!! Added bonus: my dad was visiting from Greece and he was also there to cheer for me!! Making him proud was priceless!! Here is a picture of us post race! Have an awesome weekend everyone!!”
Julianne!!! “This past Sunday, I ran my second half marathon! The Public half in Atlanta! It was super windy, and it’s a hilly course. I finished in 1:50:42, and had a blast. I love racing. It wasn’t my best time, but I definitely blame the 15 mph winds.”
Julie!!! “Last Saturday I ran my first 50k, which was also my first official trail race of any kind! Although I have run two marathons, it was my first ultra marathon. And even though I didn’t finish in the time I hoped, I am beyond proud of what I accomplished, and I absolutely fell in love with trial running through the training process. I literally smiled the whole time I was running on Satruday, and cried the happiest tears when I was done. It was an amazing experience start to finish, and I still can’t believe that I did it! It’s amazing what’s possible when you put your mind (and your body!) to it!:)”
Amy!!! “Today I ran my 6th marathon and PR’d it by 4 minutes and 19 seconds. Last year I BQ’d at 3:37:36, which was 2 min and 34 sec under my qualifying time. I applied only to receive an email informing me I missed the cutoff by 4 seconds. No, that isn’t a typo. Today, in the pouring down rain, I crossed the finish line at 3:33:17!! What makes this personal goal even sweeter is my husband cheering me on during the race and then my arrival at the finish line to him and my best friend (she drove 2 hours to surprise me) cheering me across the line.
Natalie!!! “On Sunday we ran our second NYC Half Marathon together, which was our fourth overall race together (including the NYC full marathon this past November)! She is such an inspiration to me in many ways, but especially with running- she gives the best encouragement and advice and always knows about the latest workouts, gear, nutrition, everything- and her dedication is something to constantly aspire to. I always think of her when a training run is especially hard since i know she is most likely out there running at that exact moment too and would be cheering me along if we were together. Best of all, after each of our races we put on a big celebration with our friends and families- which have become can’t miss events in themselves at this point!”
Jessica!!! “I finished my second ultra marathon this past weekend! I completed the same 50k last year and couldn’t wait to run it again. There is 7,200 feet of climbing within the race, and more than a few freezing streams crossings! Although I didn’t beat last year’s time, I sprained my ankle during the race, and was just happy to finish! I feel so accomplished because I never thought I would be running ultra marathons, but trails are so fun! I had so much fun, and couldn’t have done it without the support of my husband, volunteers on the course, and my running club friends! The picture is from one of the (cold!) stream crossings!”
Whitney!!! “After being sidelined with the flu 3 days before my planned marathon, I was distraught that 3 months of hard work was possibly for nothing. Fortunately, I was able to find another marathon semi close to home, and I completed it March 20th in 4:24!! My A goal was under 4:15 but coming back from the flu, I didn’t feel near as strong as I did before. The marathon I ran was also in Atlanta, GA and a lot hillier than I was prepared to run. Issues aside, I am so proud of myself for completing a goal that I set 5 years ao! Coming across the finish line was definitely emotional, and my mom and I had a good cry. My husband and family are my biggest supporters and knowing they were there waiting for me at the finish line made it that much sweeter. I’m already planning to run another one.”
Paulina!!! “I am 17 years old and last Sunday I ran the NYC Half Marathon and it was amazing!! Running through Times Square was so cool and I will never forget and I want to run the NYC half again next year. This was my second half and I didn’t pr but it doesn’t matter because this course was so amazing and I will never forget this race. There was a tunnel right before the finish and some of the runners were cheering and it was so cool. 1:43:27. The race didn’t go how I wanted to but I was still happy at the end and I am going to try even harder next time.”
Parents with younger ones—> what is their napping schedule like? Does it come and go?
Who do you get really excited to see at the finish line of your races?
From the clip about marathons—> have you lost any toenails?
Who else starting running/running races as a teenager?
-I stared running as a teenager but I think my first 1/2 marathon was when I was like 21ish?!