She is definitely my child. Brooke, the donut pillow does in fact make an excellent hat.
We haven’t eaten out in a few days. The employees of the three restaurants we go to on repeat around here must be worried sick about us because they haven’t seen us lately.
Last night we had chicken (I baked mine with pesto on top from TJ’s and Brooke’s was plain because that is the only way she will eat it), sweet potato fries and roasted broccoli.
Brooke will be leaving with her dad tomorrow so I always like to go on a special ‘date’ together the night before she leaves. PS during spring/summer I wear dresses pretty much every day and this Everyday Dress in Black is crazy comfortable.
I’m glad Brooke brought her toy kitchen knife to keep us safe as we roamed downtown Provo together at sunset.
After some exploring we stopped at Yogurtland on the way home and ate our froyo with a movie. I’m going to miss that little chickadee.
Oh, and then I had this afterwards because I needed something crunchy.
While Brooke is gone I am going to be busy decorating her room (including a big girl bed) to surprise her with for when she gets home.
From my mom:
How in the world do they make those Cadbury eggs so good?
Selby!!! “This Saturday I ran my first trail marathon! I’ve done four road marathons, but this was my first race (of any distance on trails and I fell in love with it. Everyone was so incredibly nice and encouraging. I think I’m a road to trail convert, I can’t wait to do more trail races. I signed up for a 50k next weekend!”
Kelly!!! “So this may not be big news, but for the first time ever I have been able to run a whole mile without needing to stop and walk. This was about a week ago, but to make it even better, I pushed myself last night and made it 2 whole miles! I have been running for the last 3 years, but not very well. Usually my heart rate goest oo high and my lungs can’t keep up. I have been paying attention to my breathing on my runs and bought a treadmill at the beginning of January. I have run almost every day or every other day and have seen my finish times get faster and faster. I love being able to see this much progress over just a couple of months. Consistency pays off… who knew?!”
Jennifer!!! “Today I ran my first 10k distance ever! So psyched!
Ashley!!! “This weekend I ran my 7th half marathon which happens to be the one that qualified me for Half Fanatics! I attempted this goal last year but had a race canceled on me and couldn’t find one to replace it so I gave up. This year I had A races (which I did) and B races just in case one of those got canceled. This weekend’s race also polished off 6 months of racing for me! Since October I have ran: 2 full marathons, 4 half marathons and 1 15k. One marathon was a PR and the rest of the races were finished with pride!”
Marci!!! “Here’s a pic from last weekend. Down at the San Rafael Swell (by Price, Ut). I did 32 miles training for a 50 miler next week! I loved every step! It was so nice to be out of the snow for a bit!”
Katie!!! “Over the weekend, I ran my 2nd half marathon. My first was in September in downtown Asheville, NC and I finished in 2:22. Since I signed up for my second half, I was determined to beat my time from the last one. I worked really hard for about 3 months. Lots of speed and hill work (most workouts taken from your blog;). The last 3 weeks of training were tough because I was fighting a potential ankle injury. I couldn’t do much running during those weeks. Well, I ran the half this past Saturday and finished in 2:10! That’s a 12 minute PR! Oh and I forgot to mention, this half took place at the Biltmore house in Asheville, NC and was one of the most beautiful runs I’ve ever had!”
Isabelle!!! “Because we both agree that hill training is important, I run with the November Project Boston on a double sided hill every Friday! On the 2nd Friday of the month, we hold a “PR day” where you aim to crush your previous record for running the hills 3 times each (a total of 4.1 miles). Here is Liza, me, and Emily after crushing our previous PRs and earning a new dot on our hat to indicate the achievement! If you or any readers don’t know what the November Project is… google it and #justshowup!”
Robin!!! “My running achievement is finishing the 7k Get Lucky race this past weekend in Minneapolis. I ran it in 39:01 and I’m very proud of myself (for several reasons). First, I never in a million years thought I was a runner! It is something I can do- even if it’s not 5 min/miles. Everyone is unique and I’m grateful for what I can do! Second, I ran the entire length of the race without stopping to walk- though my speed fluctuated throughout. I need to work on pacing. There’s always room for improvement! Third, it motivated me to register for more! I even registered for a 10k! Proof that you never know what the next day may bring and you are stronger than you think!”
Haley!!! “The attached picture is from after the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC. I trained for and ran this marathon with my dad. My dad has been running since his college years and loves the sport. I grew up swimming and running has only recently become a hobby of mine. This marathon was the hardest thing I have ever done. The training, the actual act of running the race, the fundraising for OAR (the Organization of Autism Research), and the soreness of the day after were an entirely new experience for me. I swore I would never do another one and told many people to remind me how painful it was if I ever considered running another marathon. Here I am a few months later considering applying for the lottery to run the same marathon again in October, once again with my dad. I am forever grateful for the memories that running has given me with my dad and will cherish them always.”
Sarah!!! “I completed my 4th half marathon on Saturday, 3/12/16 and PR’d by 8 minutes with a time of 2:26:34! I was so excited because it was humid and the last 3 miles were hilly. I trained with my local YMCA and loved every minute. I’m in the pink hat. Happy Running!”
Sarah!!! “On January 18th my good friend/running pal finished the Chevron Houston Marathon (picture attached). Hours after finishing the race we were relaxing and eating our weight in BBQ when we got a phone call that quickly changed the celebratory mood- a close friend and dear friend Jordan had passed away due suddenly to complications with type 1 diabetes. The news shocked and devastated us especially because Jordan was so full of life and had just graduated from the University of Arkansas the month before and had hopes of becoming a diabetes educator. Through the driving process we decided we needed to find a way to honor Jordan’s legacy and help find a way to a cure for the disease that cut her life much too short, so Jogging for Jordan was born. We created a campaign through JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and are raising money to help find a cure while training for the GO! St. Louis Half Marathon. Several of Jordan’s friends and myself, some avid runners, some first time half marathoners have found comfort in training together and fundraising for a great organization. Within a month we supassed our original goal of $2,500 and raised it to $5,000 before the April 10th race. It has always astonished me how supportive the running community is so below is the link to the JDRF campaign page should anyone feel inclined to read more about Jordan’s story to help us reach our goal. GO HERE!!!!!”
What are you most excited about this weekend? Anyone have a race? A long run?
Ever gone out for a run or completed a race with one of your parents?
Parents—> are your kids picky eaters or will they try most things?
At the end of your first half-marathon/marathon did you tell yourself that you were never going to run one again? And then sign up for another one a few days later?