Last night was Brooke’s bday party with our families! This was her first birthday where we weren’t just the two of us… It sure was amazing to have our little family together to celebrate.
My nephew was a little skeptical over the cookie containing 24 chocolate chips.
I was going to make tacos for dinner but then our friends that are pretty much professional chefs volunteered to bring everything over… How could I ever turn that down?!
Best apron ever:
One pork and one chicken with all sorts of fresh toppings, rice, salad and peaches!
Next stop—> presents. Brooke is really into Little Mermaid lately which makes me happy because when I was her age I would have my mom wrap my legs up and sit on the floor and pretend I was Ariel.
We played outside for a bit.
And then we did our traditional piñata!
And a cake. I forgot to purchase birthday candles and so one candle on top did the trick:)
And now we are saying goodbye to a blue door.
(A picture of us out on a trail that has nothing to do with the run I am about to talk about;)
On Saturday while I was out running by myself I kept staring down at my watch and wondering why the heck I couldn’t get my pace down. Yes, it was hot out but it just wasn’t making sense to me. It felt like I was moving my legs quick but the time on my watch for the first 2 miles were telling me differently. I decided my problem was my form and that I needed to think about how the Olympians run… efficient, smooth and with a slight lean FORWARD.
I think I’ve been so off from doing any speed work over the last few months that my form has been completely off. I was sitting into my stride and almost leaning backwards. From then on out I really focused in on my lean and using gravity to help make me move forward and boom… my pace went down to the mid 7’s.
I’ve posted these before but they are my favorite way to refresh on my running form. Josse is taking me out for some tempo miles tomorrow and so I’ll be thinking about these four steps to help me get back into the swing of things.
It’s incredible how much our form makes a difference in our pace/endurance/injuries.
Andrew and I have most definitely shared this moment together… (Monica’s Instagram is hilarious). And maybe Josse and I will too after our Tempo Tuesday:)
Did you watch the men’s Olympic Marathon yesterday? Meb (he will always be my favorite) slipped on the wet street just before the finish line… and then he moved into push-up position, did a few push-ups and pretended like the whole fall was intentional. What an amazing man!
PS I was pretty excited about Jared Ward finishing SIXTH in the marathon! He is from our area and ran for BYU! He finished in 2:11:30 (his 5th competitive marathon ever) and I cannot wait to see what is up ahead for him!
PSS Galen Rupp did incredible winning the Bronze for the USA!!!! So happy for him!!
What about your running form… something you are working on? Something you’ve made big changes with?
What was the last dessert that you made?
What was your favorite Rio Olympic Event to watch???
Ever had a bad fall while running?