A different kind of day over here… traded in running for hiking.
Brooke knows that we are always in for an extra fun activity if Beretta comes in the car with us.
We weren’t sure how these two were going to do but it turned out that we had to try to catch up with them pretty much the entire time.
They switched off who was the leader for the little bridges along the way because that is a huge deal;)
And then we made it to the waterfall—> Grotto Falls (perfect hike if you live in Utah and you have little ones).
Just some cattle on the side of the road while we were driving.
Rewind to the morning and we went to church
and came home and Andrew put together this salad for me. We have a good arrangement going on… he loves to cook when he is home and I love (ehh… am crazy about kitchens) cleaning up everything afterwards.
My mom asked me to bring cookies over for dinner at their house last night. It’s always a good sign when this much peanut butter is involved.
I was pretty happy that I ended next to this dude at dinner.
The freeze game with grandma…
And my fuel belt arrived. A few of you recommended a belt with bottles for the race since carrying one was bugging me. I’ll write something up about it after I’ve tried it out a bit but I think we have found an answer. Hydration + not annoyed to be carrying something in my hand for hours. It felt pretty comfortable too but everything changes about 15 miles into a run right;)
Other recommendations that I am trying from YOUR comments! These gels (people say they are way easier on the stomach compared to normal running fuel) and this book. I cannot wait. I’m also stocked up with my new electrolyte go to. It was like Christmas morning for this runner when the amazon boxes showed up.
Also, I need to find this for my carbo loading next week. I adore life cereal and I adore pumpkin… match made in heaven. (From Candice’s snap)
An incredible finish line story. That family bond is sure a strong thing.
MARATHON PLAYLIST (aka one of the most important parts of the race for me;)… I love to run the first hour and sometimes up to 10 miles of a marathon without music to help prevent going out too fast. I also love doing this because it gives me another boost of energy/motivation to look forward to. last time I did The St. George Marathon I forgot to charge my earbuds before the race. I got to about an hour into the race and tried to turn my headphones on and nothing. An entire marathon without music is something I really hope I never experience in the future;) Luckily, I was having a good running day during that marathon!!
I thought I would give an explanation about why I like some of these songs/the memories that go with them. Some songs I have zero explanation as to why I like them:)
Let Your Heart Go by T.I. This one reminds me of when I ran Boston… I had it on repeat for a bit:)
Ghetto Supastar by Pras (reminds me of my sister because this song was on one of her running cassette tape mixes back in the day)
Lose Yourself by Eminem (I listened to this song a lot during my first 1/2 marathon that I broke 1:30 and it always reminds me of that race).
Roses by The Chainsmokers (this song will never get old to me)
The Quiet Things That No One Ever Needs to Know by Brand New (in high school I went to any Brand New concert that came my way… I have a weird love for them).
Pain by Jimmy Eat World (we are going to this concert the weekend after the race so I need to prepare)
Cute Without the “E” by Taking Back Sunday (another high school obsession… we went to their concerts too)
Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (I cried a lot on my runs when I lived in California but whenever this song came on it would just perk me back up and whenever I hear it, it still perks me up)
Take A Look Around by Limp Bizkit (reminds me of my brothers in high school:)
Feeling This by blink -182 (I love the idea of FEELING THIS ((not what the song is about exactly..)) but it just reminds me to feel grateful to be running a marathon and to embrace the pain)!
Gone Till November by Wyclef Jean (I know pretty much every word to this song and I just love it).
Glass by MØ (this was my favorite song when I met Andrew)
Raise Up by Petey Pablo (reminds me of how cool I thought I was in high school when I would listen to this song blasting loud while I drove around in my Crown Victoria ((my high school car… it was gold too)).
Let Me Love You by DJ Snake (and Justin Beiber)
Races… listen to music the whole race, part of the race or none of the race?
Andrew needs ideas for funny race signs to take to the marathon (well, he doesn’t know he does but these comments will inspire him to have one)… what are some of your favorite race signs that you’ve seen?
Have a favorite finish line story… would love to hear them!!
Last new thing that you bought for your running?