Welp, we are back to the frigid temps and being waken up long before the sun comes up by all three four year olds in our home and that makes us extremely happy. Nothing like being home right? But we did have an amazing time together in gorgeous California running around and spending time together just the two of us.
Let’s just take a few minutes to remember that we are a little bit crazy about running and that YOU ARE NOT ALONE IF (part 1 is here):
*Your Christmas presents revolved around running. And you can’t think of anything you would rather receive than those new running kicks, sweat wicking sports bras and fuel belts:)
*The second you hear a new song playing on the radio or at a friend’s house you wonder how it would fit into your running playlist. “Hmmm this song would just be perfect for tempo days because the beat is pretty identical to what my ideal cadence would be of 180 steps a minute and lately I’ve been in the 160s.’
*You meet your friends to hang out and talk for an hour early in the morning. I don’t think that is a common occurrence for people other than those meeting friends to workout together right? “Hey, Josse let’s meet up at the Chevron parking lot tomorrow morning at 5:30 a.m. and hangout for about 72 minutes.” … yeah, that isn’t normal.
*When you are driving on a road within a few miles of your house you label the road perfect for hill repeats, a tempo run, a long run, intervals or for your next easy run. While we were in California Andrew was driving us somewhere and he said, “Honey, this would be the perfect street for hill repeats.” And then my heart melted a little bit.
*More than 50% of the people you follow on Instagram have to do with running—> running memes, runners, Instagram accounts that talk about running, running magazines, trail runners… you scroll each day through a big running party. I know I do and that sure keeps me motivated… and laughing.
*People tend to ask you what races your are running in 2017 instead of questions about your resolutions for the new year (although if they do ask you what your resolutions are they tend to already expect many of them to be based around running).
*You have washed an item of clothing with paper on it connected by safety pins. I will never be that person that saves all of their race bibs. I have washed about 50% of them forgetting to take off my bib before throwing them in the wash (probably due to the fact that I am so tired after a race, I have no idea what is going on).
*The weekend comes and it is your only time to sleep in a bit and for some strange reason you choose to wake up early and run instead.
*The schools call a snow day, people are avoiding driving and it is pretty much snowing sideways and yet there you are, out there running in it because runners don’t hibernate (we either deal with the temperatures or hit the hamster wheel:)
*You get to a hotel when you are on a trip and long before asking what room you are in or the wifi password, you ask the hotel employee what running trails/routes are nearby.
Yep, we definitely did that.
Well Brooke got an entire night of sleep but Andrew and I felt a little like zombies for part of the day.
And then Knox came home and their reunion was a sweet one. Eleven days apart and they were ready to party together.
Oh and Knox was so excited to show us his new running shoes from Santa. He told me he wanted to try them out on the treadmill:)
Speaking of running shoes, this is our running shoe view outside of our house. I did three miles yesterday and that was the perfect amount for the day.
And this is our view outside of the windows!
For dinner my oldest brother took us all out to Olive Garden to celebrate Christmas. I sure love this table of people.
I had the chicken parmesan and of course loads of their salad. He had a mohawk.
Brooke was very happy about her new toys from my parents.
My cousin that is living in Portland was in town too which was really nice.
After that we went to grab food for our empty kitchen at Costco.
And now it is time for all of the exercise equipment to be out at Costco because January 1st is coming up.
What about you? Add to the list… what are some things that you do as a runner that you are sure other runners must experience too!?!