It felt like it had been forever since my last run with my favorite running buddy. Back in the day we used to run together almost every day and then between injuries/life we go way too long now without one another. Josse is also training for a HALF IRONMAN right now and rocking it. I’m so stoked for her. Maybe she can teach me how to swim and I can join her someday with her triathlons. Pre-blog days I did a few sprint/olympic triathlons and the swimming was a huge struggle for me but I loved the combination of running and biking.
Yesterday—> I did 5 miles with Josse and then 5 miles on my own. 10 miles = more than I have done in a long time and it felt extremely tough for that last 1.5ish miles but that is to be expected when you are trying to build up your mileage again. I always have the irrational fear when I am starting up training again for a minute that the speed/endurance won’t come back but then I remember that it always does but not without some good ol’ fashioned work which I’m excited about.
Brooke sported her Dr. Martens yesterday that I got for a few dollars back when she was a baby at Last Chance in Arizona. I waited a long time for her to be able to sport these:)
So Brooke has been begging for an umbrella now for months and she finally got one. We knew my sister was meeting us at the store but we didn’t know she was bringing donuts too… Brooke was quite thrilled.
His first ever taste of an apple fritter was a good one.
He also had his first taste of the swing life with Brooke.
Fast forward a few hours and my sister invited us over for her Cafe Rio copycat chicken. It was so so so so good.
Nope, still not raining.
And just a little 1 a.m. Pride and Prejudice.
A few Friday Favorites from around the web!
***I cannot wait to have a kitchen again because these customizable egg muffins will be my first creation***Love all of these quick healthy on the go breakfast ideas too***These Running Memes are the absolute best***a super fun musical strength workout***How Different Dog Breeds Fare As Running Partners***Brookies—> the first thing we are making in our new kitchen***and what my mom just sent over:
Don’t forget to send your running accomplishments into [email protected]! I am LOVING these and you all inspire me so much!
Jaclyn!!! “I love that my 4 year old son loves running as much as I do!!! One day he will be running half marathons with me!! We love the Disney races, because he is always greeted at the finish line by one of his favorite characters!!!”
Leah!!! “I ran my 8th half marathon in Hyannis, MA last weekend and ran with my brother the whole time. He’s a 3 hour marathoner and does an amazing job pushing me to do things I never thought I could do- like hitting a new PR of 1:40. I ran my very first half marathon 4 years ago in 2:15 and I’m so proud and grateful to have come so far. Definitely makes me think a BQ might be in my future! Here’s a picture of us right after we finished- feeling super strong!”
Jill!!! “My running accomplishment this week was running 16 miles on Sunday! That is the most I have run since training for my first full marathon in the fall of 2013. The weather was nice here in Minneapolis, around 55 and sunny! But it was windy as heck! I have a hard time with the mental aspect of long runs. I let myself walk too often so on this run, I let myself walk but only for 10-20 seconds compared to several minutes on other long runs. It really helped! I ran the 16 miles in the same amount of time it took me to run 14 miles the weekend before.”
Loribeth!!! “I ran my 6th half marathon this past weekend and set a PR by a full minute…1:58:09! I am usually around 2:05 and had not been sub 2 since 2014 so I was so excited! The weather was perfect and the crowds were amazing! For the inaugural running of this race, Chattanooga made it look easy- very proud of my city! I even made the front page of the paper, and out of hundreds of photos they took, that was pretty neat to see!!”
Hollie!!! “I ended up winning and setting the course record of 23:58 for the 4 miler. It was actually a big deal for me because my dream in college was to break 6 minute/miles in a cross country 6k but I was always injured which prevented that from happening.”
Lindsay!!! “I transitioned to a new position for work in December 2014. It turned out to be more than I had bargained for. I found myself working a solid 90-95 hours a week for the first 6 months of the job. As much as I didn’t want to be at work and hated that I had given up the one thing that kept me sane -running- I could not get out of the mess I had found myself in. During the week of the 4th of July 2015, I made a conscious decision that it was time for me to start taking care of myself again. I started running again- it was not pretty though. I was out of shape and didn’t think I would ever be to the point I had previously been as far as speed and ability. I also incoporated boot camp into my fitness regime, which included weight training and plyometrics. In the fall of 2015 I ran two marathons, two weeks apart, two and a half months after I resumed running. Both of my times were respectiable but I wanted more. I trained religiously through the cold and windy Midwest winter and just completed the Litlle Rock 5k and Marathon this past weekend. I ended up winning the 5k and running a PR marathon time of 3:19:41 the following day. I was so stoked!”
Samantha!!! “My running accomplishment so far this year was my run this morning. I am currently training of my second half marathon (it will be the Cellcom Half Marathon in Green Bay, WI). I had taken the majority of the winter months sort of off from running and was actively doing crossfit. Being that running gives me the best endorphins I started to really miss running. I have decided to go back to running with strength training mixed in a few times a week. Crossfit is great, but I think I have finally found the perfect balance for myself. Any who, I decided that I wanted to run 5 miles this morning instead of my scheduled 3. I needed longer than a half hour to decompress, spend some time with myself, relive some stress and gain mental clarity. I was able to run all my miles under 9:40/min (which for me in my second/third week of being back to running was exciting) and my last mile was right around 9 min. I was so proud of myself for not just stopping at 3 because that is what I was scheduled to run. I also pushed myself a little harder and got out of my comfort zone and sped up instead of slowing down at the end. (Reading all of these running blogs is really paying off). So for me, it is that my second training cycle is much easier than before and that I am really in the zone and that I ran my first 5 miles and LOVED IT. That’s what all of this is about anyway, really enjoying each mile, even if it gets painful sometimes!”
Madison!!! “I am 15 years old and my mother is a runner if you have ever seen one! She is definitely not a type A person unless it pertains to running! After struggling with a stress fracture a year and a half ago she hit the trails soon after. She made sure to come back stronger and healthier and with more appreciation for the sport and her body. She has run countless marathons, half-marathons and little races along the way. Running makes her happy! She hopes to qualify for Boston this spring, which is her longtime dream. My mother deserves this shoutout more than anyone I know! I love you mom and even though I am 3,000 miles away, you will always be my running buddy and best friend!!!!!!!!!!!”
Triathlons? Have you done any? If not—> Is it something you want to try out?
Who is your go-to running partner?
Have you ever done a Disney race?
What are you most looking forward to this weekend?