Sometimes all I need is a little dirt (ehh..rocks) to run on for a bit to start the day off just right. I was going to hit up the roads for my Monday morning but then I looked up into the mountains and saw all of the red and orange and I wanted to get closer.
Something crazy happened on the trail yesterday. I have done this same one many times over the years and the first mile is pretty steep on the climb up. Usually, I do it in about 10:15ish but yesterday I finished in 9:05 and didn’t even feel like I was really pushing it. I think I was so deep in the zone of who knows what that I wasn’t even thinking about the climbing. I’ll take any progress I can get.
Something I was thinking about a lot on my run yesterday was about how much my definition of marriage has changed. Like night and day difference. I won’t go into a lot of details but goodness gracious I am sure loving how I would define marriage now. Thank goodness;) It got me thinking from there about how so many different things in life I have put a definition with and how it actually in reality could be the total opposite without me even knowing it. I think ever since my last marathon I have really defined myself (in my head) of not being capable to run a great marathon. I’ve put this definition towards my running more as something that I used to be good at but that I’m just slowing down with age. I don’t think age has anything to do with my running changing but my definition of how I run sure has. It was kind of an aha moment of working towards changing my thoughts/definition about my running and going back to how I used to define myself with running. Yes, my marathon is only 12 days away but if anything I think the simple mindset of knowing I am capable of this vs the constant wondering if I can do it is going to make all the difference on race day.
How have you been defining yourself lately as a runner? Is your definition helping you or holding you back?
Back to the babes.
For lunch Andrew invited us up near his work to see the new Harmons for the salad bar. He truly knows the way to my heart. Even Andrew said the grocery store was beautiful… it was huge and just perfect. Tell me that you get excited about this kind of stuff too.
The salad bar was huge and the upstairs had tons of seating. Favorite ingredients in this salad—> salmon, shrimp, avocado and raspberries. Brooke wanted a bowl of cantaloupe.
Caught these two holding hands mid-lunch. He sure works hard to blend this family together nicely.
Brooke was pretty tired yesterday afternoon (probably because of all 300 cartwheels she did and Beretta didn’t leave her side.
Shortly after when Andrew got home he joined the scene and fell asleep. Beretta is a pillow for many people.
This Costco rug that we have is no joke… super comfortable.
For dinner we were wanting breakfast foods and had everything we needed to make breakfast tacos. I’m telling ya… a man that cooks wasn’t on my list of things I wanted to have in a future husband but I am reallllllllly grateful he loves putting things together.
Andrew was craving pumpkin bread, unfortunately I didn’t have any pumpkin but I did find a mix from last year in the pantry… he prefers the middle part underdone:)
X 3. Carb loading for our last little speed today.
Time for a few tangents before I let you leave this Tuesday morning (or afternoon).
*Andrew just showing off his cartwheel skills for the kids.
*They could play tag all day.
*Sunday night we found them reading books to each other…
*I don’t know why I laughed so hard at my friend’s huge Costco bear on her treadmill. Sometimes I feel this way when I’m on mine and exhausted.
*I mentioned the other day that Andrew got into a program he has really wanted to do for a while. He will be starting up a nursing program in October. He has wanted to do this for a long time and it will be the perfect fit for him. He loves helping people and we can’t wait!!! It will take about 2.5 years but so happy that he starts so soon. We are a little opposite in this regards… I can’t even stand the site of blood or anything like that.
Beretta’s favorite way to have her belly scratched.
*They already have inside jokes between the two of them and I try desperately to try to figure them out.
*2 things—> 1. I love this picture of my nieces and nephew at the track. 2. This seems to always happen towards the end of a marathon training cycle but I REALLY want to train for some fast 5ks or 10ks over the next few months and then jump into half and then marathon training again. I don’t know why but the track is sounding exciting to me for some strange reason… even though it will probably be the indoor track not too long from now.
*This popped up on my Facebook page that it happened 3 years ago. That feels like just yesterday and like a whole different life all at the same time. It also makes me want some red velvet cake and baby snuggles at the same time too.
Hope your Tuesday is a great one. We shall see you soon!!!!
Did you love the area of work you went in to? If you wanted a change and could go into any sort of program/degree what would you do now?
Had any mind shifts in your running lately?
Time for you to share a Tuesday Tangent!!!
What is your Tuesday workout?