Below is a list of things that scientifically make runners happy;)
*You get a close parking spot at the trail head so you can hurry and start your 20 mile run!
*Finding a tank and/or running bra that washes really really well so you can wear them a few times a week.
*Detergent that makes your running clothes smell really good.
*When you are running your ‘normal pace’ and feeling good and you get to the end of your run and see that your average pace is much faster than normal.
*When you fall hard while out on your run, skin your knees and palms of your hands but your phone doesn’t break:)
*That one song that makes you smile and keep going.
*The perfect weather is happening in your town so that you can run without gloves but also without sweating to death.
*You meet someone for the first time and find out they are a runner (I loved finding that out about Andrew before our first date:)
*When you find out at your doctors office that what you thought was a stress fracture actually isn’t.
*Your swag bag from a race is filled with better than the average bag of coupons for things that you will never use;)
*Porta potty lines at a race are at an all time low for a race where you really want a PR.
*Chocolate milk after a long run. Donuts too.
*The accidental run into friends while you are out on the trails/roads.
*When your kids/spouse/significant other/grandma/neighbor/coworker/anybody you are close with shows interest in running.
*Sales on your favorite running clothes or shoes pop up—> We are happy even if they are just a few dollars off.
*Completing a long run without any chafing anywhere (this certainly did not happen for me yesterday).
*When all of the stop lights turn green right as you are approaching them on a run (or when they turn red when you need a good excuse for a break;)
*You see a child/baby with running shoes on… I almost pass out because the cuteness is too much (I still have Brooke’s first little pair of Nike running shoes:)
*Seeing your peeps/family at the finish line of a race. That fills up my whole soul.
I’m going to need to hear some things that make you happy on the run too!!!
22. Miles. Yesterday. Miles 1-19.21 were fun and enjoyable and filled with sunshine and then miles 19.22-22 I hit that wall pretty dang hard. I think it is hard sometimes with social media (IG especially…) because we just scroll through and see everyone’s killer races, runs and incredible accomplishments which is GREAT (and that is what I post about most often too!!!!) but it makes us forget that everyone has really hard runs/races too.
BUT we need to remember and highlight and underline and bold that just because our IG shows us about all of the amazing runs, don’t forget about all of the walls hit, unsuccessful runs and blood/sweat/tears that it takes to get to those amazing runs we see everywhere.
The kids insisted on a whole lot of hugs and kisses before I left which made me really happy though.
I did about 1.3 miles by myself before meeting with Josse and then she left when I hit mile 16 (her long run is on Saturday this week).` Those miles were filled with great conversations, shade and lots of water. And then I was on my own with zero shade, lots of sun and a wall waiting for me to run into;) I think I needed three gels throughout the run (I took 2) and I just ran out of energy. I took a 6 minute break at 19.21 miles on the grass and then slowly finished up the rest. But i finished. And I’ll remember that on race day.
22 miles with an average of 8:23.
PS it takes me about a mile or two to actually finish a gel. I cannot take these fast at all unless I am standing there guzzling water at the same time.
PPS Josse and I have this weird thing where we have to stay on the same side of each other as the side we started on throughout an entire run. We just get used to being on that side of the other person and then after a stop for water or anything we have to resume running on the proper side.
Just about 3 more weeks until race day—> rest, recover, hydrate, fuel, sleep and get in just the right amount of miles and speed.
One of their absolute favorite things to do is play hide and go seek with us.
Andrew found a pretty good hiding spot that took the kids forever to find ha.
Someone fell asleep and woke up right before dinner time.
And for dinner I put together a mini-salad bar for Andrew and me (the kids had Kodiak Cakes and fruit).
I don’t know if you have noticed this but I kind of love ginormous salads. The other day my sister and I were complaining about how restaurant salads barely put any toppings on them sometimes and then we were reminded by others that we are the weird ones adding way too many fixings on top. It’s just the way we love it.
And then we did a movie night with popcorn to end our Thursday night. I was pretty tired at this point ha.
We are going to miss these two this weekend… both of them will be gone with their Dad for Brooke and Mom for Knox.
Time for a few Friday Favorites before I let you go today:)
PS the older I get the more and more obsessed I am with slathering my face especially with major SPF before leaving for a run. Start earlier with this than I did if you can.
*This. Everything about this. Andrew got tickets for us to go. I’m dying. Jimmy Eat World is by far one of my all-time favorites and I’ve only seen them in concert once before but it was a long time ago. I can’t wait to go with Andrew.
*A few of you have been asking about my Mario shirt:) While Andrew and I were in California we came across this shirt and Andrew told me I have to get it because the Mario song pops into my head all of the time. I will randomly starting whistling it or singing it a few times a week and this has been happening for years now. Andrew always laughs when it happens so he knew I needed the t-shirt. I found it online HERE in case you need it too!!!!!
What are some things that make you as a runner very happy? Any from my list ring true for you?!
Do you take gels all at once or does it take you about a mile or so to eat the whole thing?
Share some of your Friday Favorites!
If you could choose any concert to go to… which one would it be?