First of all, does anyone else feel the urge to go to bed at 7:30 pm with daylight savings? I am pretty sure we were all done for the day much earlier than usual over here. This daylight savings (both of them) thing sure takes it out of us ha.
My mom came over yesterday afternoon to hang out and visit for some time and then she told me to go out on a date with Andrew.
She has missed having Brooke around as much as she used to be (when I was single I was pretty much at her house 5 times a week ha). She wanted us to celebrate our 4 month anniversary.
We made our way to our first date location for some food.
The part I look forward to is that bread and honey butter. Oh and the baked potato.
I’m not going to lie… on our first date here I was positive Andrew was different and I was crossing every finger and toe that he would ask me out again.
We stopped by Costco really quick to pick up something (it wasn’t there though… this might have been the first time either of us left this store empty handed) and Andrew was thrilled that all of the Christmas stuff was out in the store. He has rules that we will have a real tree and that it goes up no earlier than the day after Thanksgiving (because he loves celebrating Thanksgiving… we can’t interrupt that). Exciting time of year.
Then we picked up Brooke. I am positive. This is my favorite stage. Her little sense of humor is so much fun… she gets me laughing pretty hard.
Also, she has gotten really good at drawing Beretta (she practices every day):
Brooke thought it was pretty funny that she gave Andrew a cape with her blanket.
Something I’ve really been thinking about a lot on my runs is the question, what good is it going to do? I’ve definitely had times where I struggled (I’m sure a lot of you can relate) over the years of running where negative thoughts flood my mind during a run. They don’t happen all of the time but there were periods when negative thoughts were more frequent than others.
Whether it is about comparing myself to faster days, doubting myself for future races or thinking that I’m not good enough… they’ve been there. I strongly believe that a lot of times it is really hard for us to avoid the negative thoughts that pop into our minds but from there we have the decision to keep thinking that way or switch our thoughts. I look back over the negative/hard on myself thoughts that I’ve had and chose to dwell on but then I think—> What good have any of those thoughts done for me? All they do is hold me back and keep me from enjoying the run. Those negative thoughts about our running and/our abilities are doing the opposite of what we are hoping for—> progress with our running.
Next time any of those negative thoughts come into our brains while we are out on a run… join with me and ask WHAT GOOD IS THIS GOING TO DO? Nada.
But, what good will the positive thoughts (or even neutral ones) about ourselves and our running do for our performance? A whole lot. If anything it will give us a pep in our step and help us to enjoy the miles a whole lot more.
Paying attention to the thoughts rolling around in our brain can help us to train our thought process and can make a huge difference in where we go with our running. My best races have always included myself being my own biggest cheerleader… and the not so great races have always included some of those negative thoughts.
We can’t control the weather, or the hills, or getting sick for race day, but we can absolutely control our thoughts.
Let’s experiment with it on our next run and see what positive thoughts do for our running vs negative ones!
(PS this is one of those topics that is pretty obvious but it is something I love to remind myself of)
Today is your LAST DAY to get your new favorite hoodie!!! Get it while you can!
A reader asked me the other day if I wear my ring while working out—> yep. I don’t even notice it on while I am working out. I am so terrified of losing it that I never take it off.
Do you wear your ring while you run? Ever lost any important jewelry?
A question from Andrew—> When do you put up your Christmas true… before or after Thanksgiving? Real or fake tree?
If in a relationship right now—> where was your first date?