*Don’t forget to grab your BE HAPPY, GO RUNNING tank right now:)
Long run for the week, done and done.
It wasn’t easy and I’m sure grateful for the many water fountains along the way and the two good friends which was amazing. It’s funny because we were talking about how we really don’t talk about running much (or at all) while running. Running is our way to get out together in beautiful surroundings to have kidless conversations before we take on the day. It allows us to talk about things we don’t get to talk about often and just relax in such a non-relaxing way ha.
For a good chunk of our run we ran right along this river which besides it’s beauty—> it cooled things down. When we started it was already 77 degrees and 2+ hours later it was even hotter. This river/breeze sure cooled things down when we were next to it.
The running lesson learned—> SPACE OUT YOUR LONG RUNS MORE JANAE. I think because I thought my 1/2 marathon time on Saturday wasn’t as fast as normal and because Wednesday was my only time to do an outdoor long run = you’ll feel great. Josse and I both were wondering what we were thinking. We’ve only been running for ya know, almost two decades and I am still constantly doing not the brightest ideas with my running and then learning a lesson. But for future reference, about a week’s time for recovery in between long runs is a great idea for me.
16 miles total at an 8:12 average pace and a water bottle that I drank completely in about 2 seconds. Notice we started right at 5:00 a.m.—> one of the many things I love about my running friends. They are always a few minutes early and ready to start right when we say we are going to run, they are good ones.
A picture of a shower curtain because a picture of the below story is too strange to post a picture of. Andrew always does his STRETCHING after a run when he takes a shower and I was so confused… a month later and look who now stretches during her showers. Two birds with one stone—> cleanliness and injury prevention all in one. Try it;)
Our floors are looking better and better with each hour… it feels like Christmas morning over here. I didn’t know I could be so excited about these things but I think it is the fact that we are building a life/family/home together just gives me all the butterflies.
We saw my parents for a little while and look what arrived. FYI they are amazing. And perfect for Fall. All things pumpkin, we are ready for you (just a few months early). Thanks General Mills!
And then Brooke ran around like a mad woman. She was so hyper and doing sprints around the rug.
Please just take a moment to drool over the new Launch 4s coming out soon! Aren’t they just beautiful. They will look wonderful on my feet running around Utah.
And a sneak peak for their newest trail shoes… I’ve always loved the Cascadias and PureGrits and I cannot wait to try out the Calderas!
Andrew and I got a chance to hit up Outdoor Retailer in SLC and see two of my favorites at Brooks. I’ve known them now for just about as long as I’ve been blogging so I was really excited for Andrew to meet them.
After chatting for awhile we walked around the entire show… it was HUGE. And of course I tried every sample they offered.
My two favorites:
*These Nut Butter Filled Clif Bars.
*PB and J bars from Honey Stingers. This bar literally tasted like a PB and J sandwich. SO good.
*Also, this might be interesting… if it really works
We then picked up the kiddos and hit up our family favorite for dinner.
Followed by Beretta love.
After some bath time and who knows what else randomness, we had a cereal party because we were all hungry again.
And then I had Andrew watch the last episode of The Bachelorette with me. And I was angry with how it finished.
Trail runners—> What are your goto trail shoes? What was the last running lesson that you learned? Do you have a favorite type of snack bar? Any shows you are into now? Bachelorette watchers… what did you think of the ending?
Sally @ sweat out the small stuff
I’m struggling with my runs lately. I was blaming the heat and humidity but we have had great weather the last few days and I feel so lethargic and sore.
I love peanut butter and jelly pre or post run.
Sara @ RunningWife
I seem to be learning new running lessons everyday now that I’m pregnant but the biggest lesson I’m learning is to go easy on my body and for the first time in my life NOT worry about pace. It’s a whole new experience but so far it’s a lot of fun!
I was going to basically post the exact same thing! Pregnancy running is a complete 180…especially in the summer. Que the treadmill!
The Hungry Runner Girl
YES YES YES YES YES, it really is! I had to let go of pace and distance and just run each day according to how I felt. There were many runs where I ended up stopping a mile or two away from home and walking the rest of the way. OH, the TREADMILL… saved me!
I did my long run on Saturday two weeks are then Tuesday last week…not a good idea! Three days is not enough time to recover!
I also made the mistake of doing a full body strength training routine two days in a row this week and now I’m paying for it. My whole body hurts! Lesson learned!
The only show we’re watching right now is The Night Of. Definitely recommend it!
I tried that quench gum once and it was so sour and overwhelming that I spit it out in about 3 seconds. My husband loved it but then he’s a sour patch kids fan and I’m a salted caramel fan so go figure.
So excited for the new Brooks shoes.
I need to try those pumpkin spice Cheerios. Like, pronto.
The last running lesson I learned is not to take it too seriously. For the longest time, I stressed so much about PRs and splits and always going fast and yada, yada, yada. It took some time, but I finally realized that running is something I do because I love it. Do I want to do well? Sure. And there’s nothing wrong with working toward goals. But I’m not a professional runner. It’s not my job. I don’t need to stress out so much. I simply need to go as hard as I can on the days and races when I need to run fast and take everything else in stride (literally and figuratively). What always helps me is my “one smile per mile” mantra. If I remember to smile at least once every mile of every single run, then I’ll never take it too seriously, and I’ll never forget how much I enjoy running. :)
Steph @ loveandlunge
ughhhh the bachelorette. don’t even get me started. I was so upset when she sent luke home, I was like this girl clearly does not know how to pick a good guy. I feel like Jordan just kept doing the wrong thing after the wrong thing after the wrong thing and yet she justified it all to herself and that’s not a good sign.
all of those snacks look DELICIOUS!! Nut butter filled Clif bars?!? sign me up and then some. also, I am a cereal fiend so those pumpkin spice cheerios wouldn’t even last a day let alone an hour in my house haha.
I feel like the producers told her to send Luke home because he’s the only guy this season that would make a good Bachelor! That’s the only reason I can think of…..(and I’ve been watching too much unReal so I’m all about conspiracy theories)
The Hungry Runner Girl
I’m really hoping that is the reason Gretchen!!!
I think they want to exploit the Aaron Rodgers-Jordan Rodgers relationship. I’ve seen that in so many headlines the last sevreal weeks.
It always feels better when you get a long run done before the weekend. It’s like you don’t have to worry about anything. (In my opinion at least). The new Launch 4 look awesome. I’m looking forward to trying them.
Oh no, your long run story isn’t what I wanted to hear, haha. I’m going away for my birthday soon (today is my 30th bday!! where does the time go?) and I planned to move my long run to the middle of the week so I wouldn’t have to worry about it on the weekend while I’m away. Hmmm! Now I am rethinking everything!
The Hungry Runner Girl
AHHHHH KIRSTINA HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope you are having the best day. I would totally base it on how your body feels! We ran fast for our current fitness at the race on Saturday and we should have taken a few more days to recover. If you are feeling good and not overworked, GO FOR IT!!!
I haven’t watched the ending of the Bachelorette but I don’t like either of the guys she’s left with! The only guys I liked this season were James Taylor (minus his weird jealousy at the end) and LUKE! I’m also a fan of shower stretching..it’s almost like doing hot yoga!
Ughhhhh, so angry with the finale! It seems like they are doing really well now after watching “After the Final Rose”, though. Do you watch Bachelor in Paradise?
Laura @ This Runner's Recipes
The most recent running lesson I learned (or relearned) was to do dynamic stretches before a hard run – otherwise my tight hamstrings do not feel good.
Meredith @ cookie chrunicles
I tried that quench gum a few years ago. Ick is all I can say! I could only chew it for a second before spitting it out!
I also am a shower-stretcher, at least quads — feels so good and saves me time in the mornings while I’m rushing to get ready for work! I did watch the Bachelorette finale…it was annoying. She was such a distraught mess and really had no business choosing either if she “loved” both — and I thought her choice was so disingenuous throughout the whole episode. Anyway, on to more important things… the most recent running lesson I learned is that while I don’t love running with people, running with my man pushes me to keep up a faster pace and that’s prob a good challenge for me.
Okay, so most of my post-running stretches are done sitting down. I can’t imagine doing them in a shower! Which makes me wonder…Am I doing the wrong stretches? Are there better ones I should be doing?
The Hungry Runner Girl
Those ones I do before I jump in the shower but I love the simple ones like quad stretches, hamstrings and calves:) Keep on doing the ones you are doing:)
Running lesson: Don’t ever run an ultra marathon with a belt that holds bottles that bash against your hip. 2 Months later, several phisio sessions, a cortisone injection into the hip and I’m slowly starting to run again!!
The Hungry Runner Girl
OH THAT SOUNDS AWFUL!! I am so so sorry Almarie. Glad you are finally able to get back to it again after TWO MONTHS!
It’s so nice that Brooke can get that energy out in her grandma’s house
Sarah @ SarahRuns26
I’m probably in the minority here, but I kinda liked her with Jordan (which does not mean that I was a fan of Jordan). I couldn’t stand Robby, he was so unbelievably fake to me. And on a very random side note, his beard really bothered me. It was like he drew it in with an eyebrow pencil everyday. Luke was my favorite, by far, so hopefully he’s the next Bachelor.
Maybe not the last running lesson I learned, but one of the most important. Go to the bathroom. Even when you don’t think you need to. Just do it. I also stretch in the shower, so this seems totally normal to me!
I agree with you about Jordan… I really feal like she was in love with Jordan, no matter if he’s the best guy for her or not… So in that sense, she followed her heart and hope for the best!
Sarah @ SarahRuns26
Exactly! That’s all you can do is hope you’re making the right decision, but I did think they always looked happy together.
ULTRA RUN COUPLE @ULTRARUNCOUPLE
We will be sporting our Pure Grits all weekend at our 36 hour race! It is LESS than 36 hours away now!
Our favorite snack bar is Grab the Gold. It is made in Tennessee and tastes like no bake cookies. Pure deliciousness!
I’m a real housewives junky — it’s my guilty pleasure and probably the only show I currently watch.
As far as running lessons, I’ve been trying to learn grace. To forgive myself after a “bad” run or for having to miss a run or reschedule a run because of life… It’s hard to break free from the perfect or nothing mentality — but I’m trying…
I also stretch in the shower! I try to stretch for a couple minutes every hour at work too so I’m not sitting for too long :)
I was so mad when she sent Luke home! I didn’t like Jordan at all.
For running lessons I’m trying to learn to love the foam roller I always feel so much better after I do it
Listening to your body when you need to take recovery time off.
Also I noticed Halloween at Costco. Mixed feelings about that
I like how walmart has candy corn and harvest mix with the school supplies….because kids need a sugar buzz right before class starts.
Do you always run with your watch face on the inside of your wrist? If so, is it easier to read?? That’s something I struggle with lol
The Hungry Runner Girl
Hey Christa! I don’t run with it like that usually but I moved it that way for the picture so I could get the water bottle in the pic too. I do random things. Which watch do you have? I personally like the ones with bigger faces on it so that it is easier to see everything!
Lol….I always wear with my watch face inside my wrist because it’s so much easier to read by just rotating wrist outward and not change arm swing. When wearing with watch face outside, my elbow somehow swings away from body when I rotate wrist to see the time splits. I know it sounds weird.
That quench gum totally took me back! My dad was a big rock climber when I was little and we used to go to REI allll the time…and I would always get the lemonade Quench Gum as my treat! Those bars look irresistable…I need to find them, now. My go to bars have been GoMacro bars, they’re really good, organic, raw and filling! Which is a must for busy parents. Crazy Ex Girlfriend is my new show now that I’m caught up with Kimmy Schmidt. I can’t do the Bachelor/ette anymore…they always choose the worst ones. But CEG is SO FUNNY and total fulfills the romcom need in my life. You must watch it.
The Hungry Runner Girl
Oh I love that story:) Isn’t it crazy how little things take us back to when we were kids?! I love it!!! Oh I haven’t even heard of that show… I’ll have to watch it, THANK YOU! I might have to join you on no more Bachelorette/Bachelor after this season, I just can’t take it anymore!
Sara @ Oats & Rows
I’ve been loving Picky Bars (the cookie doughpness is AMAZING) and Go Macro bars. I eat them every day!
Meagan @ My Life as Mrs
I wasn’t surprised by the ending but I was super surprised last week. It definitely threw me off when she sent Luke home. I doubted she’d last with either of the remaining two but I’ve been wrong before so we’ll see…
They were handing out those nut butter filled Clif bars at Target a couple weeks ago! I think I prefer the plain classic PB Clif :)
I still haven’t watched the final episode but heard that Jordan won! You gotta get into Bachelor in Paradise … Even more dramatic and fun !
Don’t even get me started on that dang show!!! I haven’t watched an entire season for sooo long and then I got hooked with LUKE! Right when I started talking about the show my brother in law told me he read a spoiler and she picks Jordan.
I was like, “WHAT THE FRUIT?!?$%!” I thought they had to sign contracts and all that jazz….and no spoilers could be leaked??? Well, I didn’t want to believe it but in the end he was right and I now have to give up on watching future seasons.
UGH. I mean LUKE told her that she had his heart!!!! How much more does he have to say??? ;-)
The Hungry Runner Girl
RIght. Exactly what I thought. What more did Luke need to say!?!?!
Lisa @ TechChick Adventures
I’m glad you didn’t give any spoilers on the show -I’ve got the Bachelorette on my DVR just waiting for me! That gum looks interesting. I remember Gatorade having a gum (maybe they still sell it?) that would literally just make me drool! It made my mouth so watery, it was crazy how it worked. I’m guessing that’s the same concept?
Very exciting about your house. We’ve built our last two houses and it’s fun to see everything come together (but far too many decisions to make!!).
The Hungry Runner Girl
You are going to have to let me know what you think after you watch it! Enjoy;) HAHA I haven’t tried that gatorade gum, sounds like a little bit too much! Thanks Lisa and oh the decisions hahaha… good thing Andrew is good at them haha! Enjoy your Thursday!
Ellen @ Tale of Two Runs
Last running lesson–> Apply sunblock evenly on your back before your 11 mile run because otherwise you’ll look like a before and after sunblock commercial for a week! AOUCH!
The Hungry Runner Girl
NOOOOOOO Oh that sounds awful Ellen! I AM so so sorry!!!
The bachelorette… so not how it was suppose to end. Am I right??
The Hungry Runner Girl
I completely agree with you!
Those PB&J bars sound great!
Running lessons I’m learning lately? Running at 36 weeks pregnant is a wild ride- I am learning to enjoy each run no matter what pace or what distance!
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
I stopped watching The Bachelor years ago because it was just a waste of time. People getting together in these forced situations that are so far beyond real life in a short amount of time. They get engaged and then they break up. Not worth my time!
I soooo want to try those nut butter filled Clif bars :) I just went to Whole Foods and picked up a ton of new bars. I want to switch it up and try some new yummy treats!
I so agree with you on the Bachelorette!! I was cringing and thinking “red flags! Red flags!” the whole time! When she asked Jordan where he saw himself in a year and he completely avoided the question… Yikes! He sees himself as an ESPN sportscaster thanks to his Bachelorette fame ;). Robby really grew on me as the season went on, but I will refuse to watch next season unless LUKE is the bachelor :)
Do you watch Bachelor Pad?! Tuesday’s episode took drama to a whole new level haha
And by Bachelor Pad I mean Bachelor in Paradise :)
Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona
Those black shoes are super cute. Plus they don’t look like most other running shoes out there. I’m looking forward to trying those nut butter filled bars. They sound like they’d be amazing! Why has no one created something like that until now?
Shower stretching seems like a good idea, I’ve done a couple stretches while showering, but please don’t extend the length of your showers by stretching in there! It wastes so much water! Not to be negative, but I’ll stick to my dry land stretching, less chance of falling in the shower and better for the environment, and water bill :)
My teenage daughters and I loved Jordan and cheered when she chose him! Robby was a bit too effusive, too sucked into love (what’s gonna happen when those butterflies don’t last?), and gosh darn… He was just so perfectly groomed which I find to be such a turn-off. In the end, it’s about who is right for her, and I just felt her chemistry and the friendship/fun between JoJo and Jordan was the most real. I had no problem with Jordan being hesitant in his total committal- this is a reality show competition, not real life! He should be hesitant! But like everyone else, we loved Luke!!! Luke for bachelor! :)
At the start of the show she said that she wanted a love like Ben and Lauren. And I feel like she had that with Jordan–she liked him from the very start and knew he was the one all along! I think it was meant to be
I want that cereal AND those trail shoes immediately!
Julia @ Drops of Jules
I need to up my scenic routes for running. That would make the longer runs a whole lot more enjoyable! I just got to try one of this new nut butter filled Cliff bars too and I loved it! So so delicious and filling.
AS for the ending of the Bachelorette- I feel uneasy. If I were in Jojo’s position, I would have chosen Robby in a heartbeat. that said, I saw how much Jojo preferred Jordan and how she lit up around him. So I am content. I love Jojo so I just want it to work out for her sake! Who do you think will be the next Bachelor?
I wear the North Face Ultra Cardiac (or Cardiac Ultra idk) for trails. Surprisingly it’s a neutral shoe, when I normally wear some support.
Then again maybe that’s how I bruised my heel bone. Taking it day by day to see if I can long run on Sat. Grrrr.
My family likes America’s Got Talent but I think we’ve only seen 2 episodes so far (ok I’ve seen 1 and they’ve seen 2). Tape Face is a genius – find him on Youtube.
Those shoes are amazing looking and I want them!!! So cool!
I’m pretty sure you guys keep Cafe Rio in business haha So great. No judgements here!
I was actually happy with the ending of Bachelorette. She clearly preferred Jordan most of the time, I think he was genuinely into her and if he’s a good match for her, then great! They seem happy. Also Jordan is super attractive and I couldn’t handle Robby at all. haha Sooo between those two Jordan was definitely my pick.
Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
Omg pumpkin spice Cheerios! I need I need I need!
Victoria @ Minus Thirty Three
Great job on the run! I would have died!
Also, the floors are looking great and I CAN NOT WAIT to try Pumpkin Spiced Cherrios *drooling*
I feel like I’m constantly learning running lessons! I’m training for my first half marathon just now, and after a few early lessons about researching training plans, and getting advice about shoes, it seems to be going ok!
I wish we got more pumpkin spiced things in the UK! I love it, but it’s really not a big thing over here!
That’s weird pumpkin isn’t a big thing there. You should get the trend going. I am obsessed with pumpkin muffins and bread in the fall.
We only got pumpkin spiced lattes in Starbucks last year! I’m hoping they spark off the trend!
First, lets talk about how the last 3 guys left on Bachelorette looked exactly the same…and all like a Ken doll. Second, I think Robby was a better match for her and exactly what she wanted, but she just liked Jordan more. For no good reason. She said he didn’t do x y and z and he made her skeptical all the time. So she would tell him that and he would be like oops, okay, now I will do that and then all was well. I don’t know. I should probably think about these humans I don’t know in real life a little more, ya?
You know you are an adult when getting stuff like new flooring excites you. I think like that all the time and it makes me feel old and lame. Probably because I am, actually, old and lame.
Do those Cheerios taste like the TJ ones they sell in the Fall? I love them. Those cliff bars with pb INSIDE them? They are speaking to me. Genius.
I do the same thing in the shower after a run! I thought I was the only one. lol. I always feel so much more limber while the water loosens up my muscles and it feels so good to have the water beating down on sore muscles. ;)
I am so jealous you were at OR! My husband is there (he works for Smartwool) and I havent seen him in almost a week! Hope you stopped by Skratch for some cookies!
Eri @ Aloha Mama Runner
I know how exciting getting new flooring could be!!! I can just sense your excitement. We’ve been there last year when we bought the house and ripped apart all the old flooring downstairs. We did this ourselves so it took a while… I was so anxious to get it all done!
I use the Mizuno’s Hayate shoes for trail running. So far, it’s been great! I use Mizuno shoes for short and long distances too (Hitogami and Sayonara) but maybe this year or next year, I’d like to try Brooks too. I love their Run Happy design on shirts and tanks.
That cereal looks so good but I cannot bring myself to get anything pumpkin — I’m in denial the fall is coming. I’m not a big bar person but shaklee bars and cliff always taste pretty good. For trail shoes, I usually get anything made by Asics.
I am secretly a HUGE Shark Tank and Restaurant Startup fan. I feel like no one watched Restaurant Startup besides me.
I always stretch my quads in the shower while I “wait” for the conditioner to do its “thing” I figure it’s multi-tasking.
I also do the same. ahahah, it’s great to hear that I am not the only one. :)
We’re having more heat earlier in the summer this year compared to last year. Then last year we had crazy heat Sept-Oct. I hope this earlier heat will lead to a better Sept-Oct!
I enjoy Bachelor in Paradise more than Bachelor/ Bachelorette. Although, the Ben and Kaitlyn seasons were pretty good. JoJo following Ben – there were some built-in disappointments. Ben was a stellar Bachelor; however, JoJo was a better match for him than Lauren. My sense on his choosing Lauren was her maturity level compared to JoJo’s. When JoJo let Luke go, I wished she had a healthier sense of love for herself. I think it would make it easier to see how good a match Luke was. She would have a better sense of her needs – her love universe (ooooh) (a little woo-woo, perhaps).
Also, UnReal is an interesting antidote to Bachelor/ Bachelorette.
I love love love Altra Lone Peaks. But unfortunately they keep changing the model. The grip on the bottoms is wearing out super quickly and I need a new running shoe to love. They are too expensive to give out after a couple trail runs! Can you tell me more about the Brooks line? Are they zero drop? Do they have a wide toe box? If I have a narrow shoe my toes go numb. And I love zero drop because I have a high, strong arch. Thanks for any info you can give me! They are gorgeous shoes!!! And I know Brooks has a great reputation. If anyone in the comments has suggestions, please tell! Thank you!
Nora @ 2 Generations Running
I wasn’t a huge fan of Robbie OR Jordan so I was kind of ambivalent about the ending. I really do like Jo-Jo though and I feel sad because I just don’t think her relationship with Jordan is going to last. :( I am excited about Bachelor in Paradise though!!
And the idea of nut butter-stuffed Clif bars just made me start drooling. Can’t wait to get my hands on some of those!!!
Yay so glad you watch bachelorette too ! Please tell me you will watch bachelor in paradise haha what a train wreck ! I’m from Wisconsin and love Rodgers buuut really was rooting for Robby !
Cheers for long runs love hearing about them !
Katie @ Peace Love & Oats
Omg PUMPKIN SPICE CHEERIOS!?!?!?!? NEED! Great job getting your long run done!!!
Heather @ Run Like a G!
I LOLed when I read the part about Andrew stretching in the shower! I DO that too! It started a few years ago when I was so busy after a run I decided to stretch in the shower to save some time! Now on days when I am running a bit behind, I’ll still stretch in there! So easy to do :)
The Bachelorette is my guilty pleasure. Can’t stop watching…