Since our kids were gone, Beretta had to make an appearance in our Sunday family selfie. Church is sure a different experience when our two entertainers are gone.. we were actually fully listening. It was strange;)
Andrew’s mom sent us home on Saturday with all sorts of deliciousness from her garden.
Sunday pancakes are back. Remember back when Brooke was just a little thing, how I made a point to have chocolate chip pancakes with her every Sunday morning? We need to do that again.
Later on in the afternoon I made cookies. I love when Beretta just sits by my feet wherever I am. How did we ever live without her?
I will say I don’t think she was very happy with the new dog bed that I got her… I think the mattress was too hard and she prefers a softer one and this is how she told me her thoughts about it.
Okay, back to the cookies that I made for my mom’s dinner. Our new go-to for snickerdoodles—> HERE. The cinnamon is also mixed into the dough which takes it to a new level.
And then Andrew and I went to pick up Brookie. While it is a million times easier to go through these weekends without her now that I have Andrew with me (I bawled to Andrew on Saturday while we were driving… he gets it entirely) but it is still hard.
Sure good to see her happy little face!
My mom made dinner for everyone which included jello. Curly was thrilled. My aunt was there and she had just run Big Cottonwood Marathon the day before. She is doing the St. George Marathon in just a few more weeks!?! I have never done marathons that close together (and I am pretty sure I never will ha… I can barely walk after one).
Brooke and I showed off our cartwheels.
And the little man came over and bent down to give Brooke a kiss. It was pretty sweet.
Andrew thought it was pretty funny that when he got in the car a doll was strapped into his seat;)
I know I’m late to the meal planning/grocery shopping party but it was fun to sit down last night and come up with what we are doing for dinner this week. PS I like handwritten lists better than electronic lists. PPS my sister tells me that my hand writing hasn’t changed since the 4th grade and she is completely right.
Also, my brother-in-law shared with me the story of Cliff Young! Absolutely amazing.
He was a 61 year old farmer who won the 543.7 mile race held in Australia (it runs from Sydney to Melbourne) in 1983. It is about a 6.5 day long race that usually consisted of the world’s best athletes sponsored by huge companies. Cliff Young showed up to the start of this race and no one took him seriously (he was in overalls and rubber work boots ((he thought it might run)). Most runners log in about 18 hours of running and then sleep before starting again the next day but Cliff Young just kept going and ran through the NIGHT!! On the final night he was in first place and he ended up setting the new course record by 12 hours! He won $10,000 and then gave it away to other runners!!! I love stories like this, people are incredible.
Training last week!!! Less than three weeks until marathon #9! PS my list of marathons so far include Utah Valley Marathon (2 times), Salt Lake City (my first), Top of Utah, NYC, St. George Marathon, Boston and Tucson.
Monday: 8 miles around Andrew’s grandparents’ house in California! 8:01 pace. Oh sea level, my lungs prefer you (I went from sea level running Monday to running at 9,400 ft on Saturday:)
Tuesday: SPEED DAY (full workout explanation here:) W/U, 3 miles (6:50 pace), 2 miles (6:32 pace), 1 mile (6:05), .5 miles (5:43 pace) with 1/2 mile recovery jogs in between each one, C/D. 12 miles total for the day and average for entire run around 7:20 pace. First speed workout in a while that I really thought was fun and I felt my stride coming back.
Wednesday: 3 treadmill miles @ 8:55 pace.
Thursday: 22 miles (those last three miles were ROUGH and a great reminder to fuel fuel fuel better on race day). Average pace = 8:23
Friday: 5 treadmill miles @ an 8:45 pace.
Saturday: Trail running for a little over an hour (forgot to push start again after a break—> runner’s pet peeve).
Fifty miles total plus some miles in the trails for the week! We’ve got 3 miles x 2 this week which I’m a little bit nervous about but like always, once I get a mile or two into it I feel more relaxed and excited to tackle some speed work. As far as a long run goes, Josse and I haven’t figured out exactly what we will be doing but probably somewhere in between 16-18 (not going to lie, I’m okay not having any more 20ish millers ((until race day that is:))
Oh, and a little IUD update because I’m sure you are dying to know;) Just read in case you are wondering about birth control and running! It took me about 3 months to feel normal again. The first two months were the worst and the third month wasn’t too bad though. I felt pretty awful each mile during those first two months… I was exhausted and felt nauseated and pretty much felt like that first trimester of running pregnant feels like. PS I think that second and third trimester of pregnancy are much more enjoyable to run during. I got slower and ran shorter distance during the last two trimesters but I loved not feeling sick the whole time. I really enjoyed running during the 2nd trimester a lot. Running was one of the only things that made my morning sickness feel any better and that was the main reason I stuck with it because it sure was hard. I’m interested to see how pregnant running will feel again in the future. Okay, back to IUD talk—> now I don’t feel any side effects (besides I think my skin has gotten worse with the IUD). I’m glad that I stuck with it through those first few months (thanks to many comments from you guys) because I was about to be so done with it because of how I felt and how it was effecting my running.
If you would like to (and I would like you too;) can you list your marathons or half marathons or 10ks or 5ks whatever race distance that you love the most!
Ever done back to back marathons? How close together were they?
If you have ever run through your pregnancies—> what was your experience? When was it the hardest and when was it the easiest?
Meal planning—> how do you go about it? Plan for a week? More or less? How often do you hit up the grocery store?