Our caramel apples turned out great… I mean, they are no Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory apples but we were pretty proud. We used THIS recipe.
Our assortment included a Snickers one, a Butterfingers one, an M&M one, a Twix bar one and a Skor bar apple. Brooke voted the M&M one to win out of the five and I am undecided.
For dinner we picked up Cafe Rio to take and eat at my parents’ house while we caught up with them.
My sister and her family came over so we could all go trick-or-treating together.
Andrew got to carry the little dude around. We walked around the neighborhood that I always went trick or treating in when I was younger.
She did quite well with her earnings. I used to love to organize and categorize my candy afterwards and then my dad of course always took out Daddy Tax (aka any Milk Duds or Dots that I received over the course of the night).
I liked what my mom gave out… glow sticks and sour heads that are delicious. Also, I’m going for the half painted nail look these days;)
PS THIS BEANIE will be on my head for the rest of the year. I added the red to my Christmas list too;)
To finish off our Halloween Andrew’s one request was for me to watch a scary movie with him.
I think a lot of my injuries in the past have come from lazy glutes. Problems start happening when my glutes shut down and I use all of the other muscle groups in my legs to do what my glutes should be doing while running. Those other muscles compensate for my glutes not firing during the run and boom… something gets overworked and/or injured. It is pretty common for runners to have weak glutes just because of how much sitting we all do each day. When we sit our glutes are stretched out and completely inactive. Some of the major running injuries like shinsplints, IT band problems, runner’s knee and achilles tendinitis have been linked to being caused by weak glutes!
Anyone want to join me with a new November running goal——> Strengthening our glutes and making sure that they are firing properly while we run! This can help us to be stronger, more powerful runners and also prevent injuries big time!
We’ve gotta do 3 things to get going on this:
1. FIRE THEM UP. Reactivate them! My chiropractor always worked with me on muscle reactivation (let me know if you want more information on how to work with him) which helped me a ton and you can also do things to wake them up yourself.
This article includes a great way to fix the wiring between your brain and glutes and also ways to strengthen them:) I love that this article includes the side effect that may come from working on firing/strengthening our glutes:
You can try these three moves before you go out on your run each day to fire them up before you run (these are really good):
3. ENGAGE THEM while you run! This clip explains a bit about that. There are times when I am running and I realize that my glutes haven’t been doing a thing for the entire run. My glutes are being lazy and forcing all of the other muscles to make up for them not working. Once I realize what is going on I really zone in on them and focus on turning my glutes on with each stride. Think about pushing down with them and squeeze up with your glutes while you run:
Good luck! Work on this with me this month
Happy November!! It is my first November ever with Andrew so I’m just going to go ahead and enjoy that;)
Anyone have a November bday? What day??
Need to work on activating your glutes? Ever had an injury because your glutes were weak?
Eat any Halloween candy last night? What were your favorites?
Scary movies yes or no? Have any favorites?