Sunday church day with the family. The kids did their best ever at church yesterday so that was a big accomplishment for all of us:)
We went with my sister and her family.
Little guy has quite the cool hair style these days.
Andrew and I have been craving sweet potatoes for quite some time now so we made them yesterday. Sweet potatoes, olive oil, salt and an oven… all you need for success.
Brooke came up with quite the stylish combo.
And then we went over to my parent’s house to celebrate my brother’s bday (he is in town visiting). She made her famous lasagna. It truly is my favorite meal.
The kids all played outside for a bit.
My mom brought out the ginormous chocolate cake from Costco. This cake will always remind me of the movie Matilda.
We finished off the night on the highest of levels by laughing non-stop at ridiculous things on the internet. It hurt we were laughing so hard.
And a random little movie with some clips from our life lately:
It’s always interesting going from training for a marathon to training for nothing. After the holidays I will come up with what races I want to do for sure (and I might do a few shorter/just for fun races before then) next year but really right now, I’m just running. It’s strange going from 55 miles a week to not nearly as many miles a week or from 20 milers to maybe a 7 miler. My brain is scientifically wired (okay, that is just my theory) to tell myself that I am not doing enough. I’m not injured, I feel great and I’ve got a time slot each week that I could easily fit in some good double digit runs so I tell myself that what I’m doing right now is not enough.
But then I am reminded that a runner’s year is filled with waves… between tapering, peak training weeks, race weeks, recovery weeks, injuries, base building, crazy times in life——> I want to enjoy each of the different waves I go through as a runner and be patient with myself and my body while I go through them. Oh and I think each runner’s waves last longer or shorter than others depending on their body/life situations/training.
And then I tell myself that for the wave that I am in right now as far as training… I am doing enough. I sat by some water for a bit last week on a 2.9 mile run just thinking about that. My body is very happy with a 24 minute run, a little core and then being done and moving on with my day at this point right now. I miss those long runs with Josse right now but waiting until I’m all recovered and rested up before doing it again is the best for me long term.
I think being patient with all of the different waves (and mini waves throughout each week—> i.e. speedwork, easy day, long run, easy day) is one of the many keys that can help us to get closer to our potential as runners.
You are enough. My favorite mantra right now (well.. ‘I am enough’:). Look at where you are RIGHT NOW… not where you were last year or five years ago or 3 months ago. I’m trying to focus on where I am at now rather than where I was last month or last year at this time. Where I am at this moment is right where I should be during this running wave and I’m going to enjoy it while it is here.
PS this is random but I take screenshots of a lot of your comments and emails so I can look over them and remember them:) I LOVED what Hanneke shared from her coach:
What wave of running are you in right now? What is your favorite running wave?
What was the best run that you had last week?
Anyone have a birthday coming up? What day?
Any good running quotes you’ve heard lately (for me to take a screenshot of)?