Twenty minutes on the treadmill is better than no minutes right?
While I was getting in a short workout Andrew taught the kids how to play baseball. He hit a home run with this one:
Brooke can already hit the ball with her eyes closed… that takes skills.
Beretta joined in too and watched every move the ball made. She get’s the same amount of endorphins from playing fetch that we get from going on a run.
Shortly after that my mom came over and we all piled in the car. Andrew was very comfortable in the backseat;)
We heard of another early trick-or-treating spot and so we made sure to hit it up.
The food truck round-up.
Andrew and I grabbed some of our favorite Korean BBQ.
And my mom bought some waffles for us to all split. She had never tried Waffle Love before this and she definitely approved.
The mountains looked like gold.
Megan D sent the below image to me. We do not agree.
I’ve been thinking about this quote below this whole week after I saw it on my friend’s blog. I can’t stop thinking about how much these words can apply to our eating and running/working out. Trying to improve is great and working towards goals is fabulous but constantly being disappointed in ourselves if we aren’t perfect in these things is draining.
You are doing your best and that is enough.
I LOVE getting your running accomplishments so keep on sending them in so I can post them——> firstname.lastname@example.org
Mallory!!! “I ran my first marathon and qualified for Boston with a time of 3:29!! While I have done many halves, the marathon is a beast and I had no idea what to expect. I had only done two runs longer than 15 miles in the months prior to the race (bad idea) and was only running 30-35 miles a week at most. Needless to say I am thrilled and shocked that I met my goal to qualify. This was an emotional race because I went through a very hard time this past March, and doubted that I would even have the physical/emotional strength to make it to the start line. But I did, and now I imaging to be able to run the race of my dreams in my wonderful city (BOSTON!) come 2018.”
Hollie!!! “I ran the Runners World Festival 5k and half marathon. They were the first races I felt in shape after fracturing my ankle in May. I ran an 18:41 5k and 1:24.17 half and placed 4th in both.”
Rachael!!! “I ran the Purdue Boilermaker half-marathon (my eighth) on October 22, twenty-five days after giving birth to my sixth baby! I was still in a cast from a stress fracture (ran a marathon on a tibial fracture that was misdiagnosed as tendonitis—OUCH) when my pregnancy began, but I built back very slowly and ran a half at 15 weeks and another at 20 weeks (if you ever get a chance to run the Indy Mini it is AMAZING!!). By that point I figured I would just keep going and see how long I could keep up 30-35 miles a week. I did my last long run and 30-mile week at 37 weeks, then cut back to 5-6 miles 4 times a week and a ton of walking. I had a fabulous delivery and my doctor told me I could start running again when I felt up to it, so I ran 3 miles four days after delivery and starting building up again. When I did ten miles eleven days post-partum I figured I could try for the half. At 2:)7:25 it was far from my PR, but it was a great experience and pretty mind-blowing to me to be able to complete it so soon after childbirth! Running is super important to me because it helps so much with my mental health. I had a terrible depressive episode several years ago, and marathon training is what got me through the nightmare of medication adjustments and then slowly weaning myself off meds. This race was also really special since it was the first time some of my children have been able to participate in the fun run- I think they are officially hooked on racing thanks to the medals and post-race granola bars!”
LauraMae!!! “I raced the Haunted Half in Salt Lake and got 1:56:39! It was my 3rd half marathon in 3 years!! (I don’t have to tell you races are pricey!) It felt even more like an accomplishment because this race I actually felt strong even with some stomach trouble. I found myself running up the hills without noticing it was a hill until I saw some walking or slowing down! I’m usually the one slowing down;) I used your advice and ran like I was holding back until I was halfway done and then sped up. Worked like a charm!”
My brother:) Okay, so he didn’t send this in as an accomplishment but he sent me this text and I wanted to post it:)
“I got a 24 mile run in along the Missouri River (Emilee says we get to multiply our actual miles by the # of kids we have). As a pilot you’d think I’d do a better job of checking the weather, it literally started raining as I took my first stride and stopped as I took my last:) Beautiful run though. I wanted to think I was trailblazing, but turns out Lewis and Clark beat me to it.”
I have one more thing I really wanted to share today. If you live in the area, there is an amazing fundraiser this weekend (we will be there on Monday). It is for a friend of mine from high school that has a brain tumor and no cure and his family (he has six children and one on the way). You can read more about it here, they are truly amazing people. Hope you can make it if you live close.
What are your weekend plans?
Have a favorite food truck? What do they serve?
Last race that you ran? Is it one that you would do again? Pros and cons of the race?