****THANK YOU FOR YOUR SWEET COMMENTS YESTERDAY!!! I absolutely loved reading about your weddings/stories… you guys are amazing!
The other day I was talking to my brother on the phone and he said something that I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. He is just now getting back into running after taking a few months off because of a knee injury. It’s hard to get back into running shape (as we all know) and building up again especially with 6 kids and a crazy work schedule like the one my brother has.
He told me that he doesn’t enjoy the “during running thing” right now but the reason he does it and continues to do it is for the “how I feel the rest of the day thing.” I don’t know the exact percentage of runs where I feel like I absolutely love the act of running and it feels heavenly but I do know there are plenty of runs where I do not love the feeling of running. I think more often than that I do not have the desire to start my run (aka Monday August 29th, 2016) and during my run is either fun/hard/amazing/calming/painful/boring/lame/frustrating/no feelings/exciting/a combination of all of them/whatever the emotion—> but the thing that always gets me to start and finish the run is because of the way I know I will feel the rest of the day. *Please note that I’m not just talking about running… this applies to whatever is YOUR thing—> a different type of exercise/sport/hobby.
It’s always pretty eye opening when I am struggling during an injury and taking time off from running, how many other things are affected each day because I’m not running.
I love to run for how I feel the rest of the day too:
*I sleep SO much better at night when I run. When I’m not running I feel like I am an insomniac but when I am running I fall asleep when my head hits the pillow (it’s kind of ridiculous actually).
*I eat so much better. It’s like starting off the day with a run makes me crave more fruits and veggies and non-running days I think about candy 30 times more.
*My patience increases 400% with the days I run vs. the days that I do not.
*We’ve talked many days about this in the past but those days I run I feel like I have way more energy vs the days I do not run. I mean, a short little nap always sounds pretty great at 3 pm but on the days I don’t run I feel a lot more zombielike.
*I feel like I accomplished something ha… you know those days where you feel like you didn’t actually check off anything on your to do list? Well, if I get my run in then I feel like I did check something as completed!
*Those endorphins just last in my body for a very long time that day…
So yeah, I definitely run for the rest of the day feeling that comes with the miles. It’s always a gamble with how things feel during a run but that after stuff is almost a 100% constant. If you are needing extra motivation to get out for your run these days… do it for the positives that you get the rest of the day after a run!
Time to discuss some important meals that have been going down in our household.
1. Andrew made us fish tacos using this recipe. The fish was perfect and that avocado-cilantro sauce he made to top it off was heavenly. I was also pretty excited because Brooke tried tilapia for her first time ever.
2. We made Peanut Butter Oatmeal No-Bakes (I prefer these way over the ones with chocolate in them) and Brooke topped her cookie with sprinkles of course.
3. Fall is upon us and so the crockpot needed to be broken into for the season:) I made cream cheese chicken chili (a family favorite) and I think you need to make it a part of your fall season too.
4. Andrew got into an incredible program that he has been wanting to for awhile now so we celebrated in the most crazy way with some DQ treats.
Friends and food. One of the best combinations.
6. This simple meal at my sister’s tasted perfect. I will never get sick of this… Add two more things of corn and some more chicken to the plate for the night:)
We ate at my sister’s house the other day to celebrate my PARENTS’ 45th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!!! Wowzer.
Brooke practiced her slam dunk skills and we sat around eating and talking all night. Congrats mom and dad:)
*A few other scenes to discuss with you, it is shocking how many toys I keep in my purse at all times. Brooke can create a city with them at church.
*Blending family successes are pretty fun for me to see.
They’ve been bonding over some Ariel and American Girl Doll playing too.
*Brooke’s blanket was misplaced for about a week and when I found it she didn’t let it out of her sight for the rest of the day. I have a feeling this blanket isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
*My nephew’s legs make me smile every time I see him:)
*Somehow Andrew and I starting singing this song from forever ago and I loved running to it during my 7 miler yesterday. Took me back to my 9th grade memories.
I hope you have a fabulous morning from Beretta and Beretta (when Brooke pretends she is a dog now she insists on us calling her Beretta also).
Josse and I have a workout to get done today! Something about some mile repeats was mentioned… wish me luck!
PS as marathons get closer to me I find myself finding all sorts of running clips on YouTube. I really loved this one:
What are a few benefits for the rest of your day that you get from running?
Parents reading—> are your kiddos picky with their food or will they try most things?
What songs remind you of junior high or high school?
Have any awesome motivational running movies to share with us?