Another church Sunday over here. I was pretty excited because I have a new ‘job’ at church where I will be teaching the girls aged 12-14 and doing an activity with them each week. I cannot wait. Taking me back to my teaching days, I’ve been really wanting to do something like this and now is my chance!
I made Andrew his first ever batch of sweet potato nachos. I used to make these all of the time and he is recommending now that they are an all of the time thing again.
I just cut the sweet potatoes in rounds and spray coconut oil on them (both sides) and then I line a cookie sheet and bake them @ 420 degrees until they are done (I should have timed this but I think it was about 30 minutes… I just keep checking them). They won’t be super crispy but the outsides will be and the insides will be soft. Top with whatever you want but we did some cheese, chicken, red peppers, avocado and corn!
We went out for a walk because the weather was perfect and Knox threw rocks (and boulders;).
Naps were necessary.
Dinner was at my mom’s house and while we were there Brooke came home to us!!!! That felt really good.
She went straight for hugs from Knox:)
My mom made mashed potatoes and her Russian Chicken.
And of course my nephew laughed like crazy for a good amount of time.
We made apple crisp for dessert.
And attempted random human tricks.
I feel like running is a constant teacher.
It’s not like I set out for a run to learn a bunch of things about myself or the things that make running even better but it just happens. I set out for my almost daily runs for the races on my calendar, fitness, endorphins, confidence boost or to be able to eat more candy etc. But over the last decade and a half of running (okay, that is a long time), running continues to teach me lesson after lesson.
I wanted to share a few of the many trillions of things that I’ve learned along the way.
*Moderation is always best. Like anything, when I get too obsessed with something then everything else in life struggles. Whether that be injuries, my relationships, my brain… when I get too obsessed with running then other areas suffer.
*Running has really taught me to believe in myself. That I have a bunch of reasons to feel confident. After my divorce I think my confidence level was at 0% (…seriously) but each day I would go out and run and come home feeling a little bit more confident about who I am in so many other areas than just running.
*If I have plantar or ankle problems… I’ve learned to stop sleeping on my stomach. Every single time my plantar starts acting up lately it is because I have been sleeping on my stomach with my toes pointed all night.
*That Gu hurts my stomach but huma gel makes it very happy. It only took me 8 marathons to figure that one out.
*Spotify changed my running life;) A new running playlist for every run? Sure, why not? Before I was very picky with the songs for each run because I had to purchase them each individually.
*Running is there for me through it all (as long as my body is uninjured;) Through the angry times, the fast times, when I am slower than before, the happy times, the different places I visit. Doesn’t matter how I’m feeling or how serious I am about racing… it is always my thing no matter where my head is at during the time.
*Not every race is going to be a PR (or even close to every race) and sometimes for me at least, the PRs come when I least expect it.
*Besides two instances (due to texts that I received while I was out running), I have ALWAYS come home from a run in a better mood than when I left. Maybe it was slightly better or a huge jump up, gratitude while running + endorphins are a great equation for me.
*That spending money on real shoes is a waste of money because new running shoes are so much better.
*If you are out on your run and feel great and optimistic then feel free to think about the past, future or present but if you are having a hard time mentally or physically then STAY in the moment, the interval or the mile. Don’t worry about how much you have left to do, just think about where you are now. Same thing with life. When it gets really rough, running taught me to just think about getting through the time at hand (the hour, the day, the month etc) because looking too far ahead in the future is overwhelming.
*That thinner does not mean faster. Being too thin meant serious injuries and a loss of my period (which is your bodies way of warning you that something is wrong). Being at a healthy weight =s faster for me.
*That I will cry during a race that is 10 miles or longer at least once. Each marathon especially has produced tears along the way—> either caused by gratitude, prayer, pain, the feeling of accomplishment, or about 10 different emotions.
*TO STOP if something is hurting. Taking a few days off is a million times better than running through the pain to the point of forcing months of time off (it took me just a few injuries to figure out this one).
*That it just isn’t fair to my people to let pre-race nerves consume me. The race is the celebration of all of the training and while yes, a little bit of jitters is normal and healthy, me freaking out and not sleeping over a race is not worth it to myself or family.
(PS I hope those of you that ran the Vegas Rock ’n’ Roll races last night had a blast… such a fun race)
*There will ALWAYS be another race. I’ve dropped out of three marathons that I’ve done the training for over the years: Boston—> stress fractures, CIM—> emotionally I was a wreck, St. George—> my gut was struggling big time…. and I learned through all of those experiences that there are always other races. The race will pass you by before you know it and you’ll be looking forward to a different race and working towards your goals again. I’ve learned that choosing to not run a race when my body/mind is not in the right place is by far the best option. I’ve got one body so I better take care of it.
*I’ve learned that form is so incredibly important. In my early twenties I didn’t even think about form, I just wanted to finish as fast as possible. As I’m aging a bit my body feels remarkably better when I use proper form and I pay for it when I don’t.
*Comparison takes the fun out of running for me. Comparing to previous races, other people, where I think I should be at the time… It isn’t beneficial for me to do this while I run so I don’t anymore.
What about you… any of these lessons something you’ve learned? Please add to the list! I want to know some of the really important things that running teaches you or that you’ve learned about running.
What was the highlight of your weekend? Who ran RnR Las Vegas yesterday?
And an important question… do you remember when you got your first cell phone? What kind was it? Mine was the one below (it was in this hilarious article) and I think I was 17 and I LOVED playing snake: