I really want to start off today by talking about my sponsored posts situation. I do read your comments and I apologize to those who feel that I have had too many sponsored posts lately.
There are a few reasons why I did this: 1. Amazing companies are reaching out to me to work together a lot recently and I get excited for the opportunities and great products. 2. I also worry about any upcoming ‘dry spells’ which do occur (sometimes often) so I feel the need to build up to prepare for the dry spells. Working with great companies (that I truly love and trust—> believe me, the stuff I don’t like gets sent right back:) is what allows me to continue to do this as a job and put in the time that I do. I view blogging and social media probably a little bit differently and see it kind of like TV… there has to be a commercial every now and then or a monthly subscription fee (like Netflix) in order for the TV stations to continue doing what they do. But I do want my readers to be happy too. In talking to Andrew about it, we decided from here on out to expect about 3 sponsored posts total a month (I do have a few projects already signed with companies that my family uses and want to complete over the next few weeks… but it is just for one a week).
I can honestly say (and it would be easier to talk about this in person than over the keyboard and I’d probably give you some candy and a hug too;) that you guys are my number 1 priority with blogging and I want to keep you happy. Just a work in progress—> balancing everything in life has never been my strength;)
So, let’s go back to the basics mmkay? I’m just some crazy business owner over here making all sorts of mistakes BUT I’m happy with where I am at now in terms of this. In the past I would have seen the problems that came up as GAME OVER/I’m the absolute worst/failure/etc but I am happy that I can now view things like this as motivation to GROW, change and become better and work towards what I really want if that makes any sense? Thanks for sticking with me through my lame mistakes along the way, if I’ve learned anything in life… the more I try to be perfect and do it all, the more mistakes I make. Thank you a whole lot for reading.
Fun fact: Josse is very to the point, she reminds me of the tough love that is strongly connected to marathon training. I was going on and on about how ‘oh my goodness tired I am’ and how I don’t know what is wrong with me and causing me to be so tired and she replied—> welcome to marathon training.
Dang it, I guess the fact she has done well over 20 marathons means she knows a whole lot more than I do about the race. I think I forget about it each marathon training cycle and wonder why I’m so exhausted until Josse kindly reminds me, that is part of the sport. Training for races is tiring but we just have to do everything we can in order to help with the tiredness—> sleep more, eat better, drink all of the water etc.
I did the first 5 miles on my own and then Josse joined me for the last 15. Josse is doing her long long run on Saturday and so I lucked out that she still did 15 with me yesterday. PS we are taking the kiddos camping this weekend—> we shall see how this goes.
I knew at about mile 4ish that things weren’t feeling great and THANK GOODNESS Josse was there because she had the best stories to tell me and when I told her I was done at 18 (I said it very dramatically, I might add) she said ‘nope, keep going.’ I am very glad she did because my marathon training desperately needed a 20 miler. I’m guessing I’ll get in a 22 miler and then drop back down to the 16ish mile area leading up to the race.
We tried out a new route which was gorgeous (there is a lake on the other side of the green).
Clearly I even had to close my eyes during the last few miles because I was so tired!
Finished up the 20 miles @ an 8:24 average pace, stretching and lying on the ground (that I do after every long run) by 8ish.
Last week my 18 miles felt like a breeze and this 20 felt quite the opposite. It’s just how it goes and there is nothing I’ve found to change that.
Some runs are incredible, some are the worst and most of them are somewhere in between.
Also, Andrew remembered that he had a hand held water bottle thing for me to use for my long run and it was amazing. I don’t think I can go back to non-water sipping the entire time during all of my long runs/marathons from here on out. I felt so hydrated during and afterwards which doesn’t usually happen with my long runs.
And it wouldn’t be this blog without some tangents:
*How the kids react when they have gone a few days without one another.
*Beretta’s love language is physical touch. As soon as you start scratching her belly she puts her paw on your arm so you won’t leave:)
*She has us wrapped around her finger:
*We grabbed some smoothies right after my run and a shower. The chocolate and peanut butter one is pretty much a milkshake but I can just call it a smoothie;)
*This made me laugh so hard hahahah!
*My brother (the one that is a pilot) surprised my dad by taking him and one of my nephew’s to Rome… my jealousy has reached an all-time high;) But I’m so happy for my art-loving-Dad who is having the time of his life!
*Well, isn’t that the sweetest site ever to walk into the room seeing?!
*What do you think about the Shaunae Miller diving in to beat Allyson Felix in the 400m final? I’ve heard some say they think diving in track should be against the rules but I don’t know about that… I was bummed Felix didn’t win though and watching the finish line kind of shocked me.
*This, this was absolutely beautiful.
*Last night we got started working on our baseboards!
*And my mom came over for a bit and gave Brooke her usual (I had no idea this was something that happened so often) foot massage and hand massage in the sink with warm water and soap. Ha… Grandma of the year.
*Bott’s Beans last night with the kids… aka the game where you either get a normal jelly bean or a really disgusting one. Andrew and I got a lot of really disgusting ones.
What first got you into reading blogs or writing a blog?
What do YOU LOVE most to see/read about over here on this blog?
Who uses a hand-held water bottle? Do you use it all of the time or just for the longer runs?
What do you think about diving during a track event?