Our Thursday morning looked like this below. Picture taken by my sister. A few years ago a picture that my sister took of me running was in the Women’s Running Magazine (she took it with her phone) so since then she likes to call herself a ‘published photographer’. She has quite the skills:)
My sister and I talked while she stretched in front of my treadmill and for the second half of my run I watched the latest episode of This Is Us (the next episode is not until March 7th?!?!). I don’t know if I can finish the episode because I can guess what is going to happen.
My sister did the Jacobs Ladder for her cardio yesterday… this thing kills me. Have you tried it? If not, find one at the gym and give it a whirl.
Super fun to leave the gym sweaty and head back into this nice little environment. Wet gym clothes in the snow = misery.
At least it is quite beautiful.
Did some errands with the kids and our life was changed once they could take off their own seat belt once we arrive at our destinations.
Beretta is thoroughly enjoying the snowball fights outside with Knox.
I tried a new flavor of baì… Puna Coconut Pineapple and it is delicious just like all of the other flavors.
For our family night (aka the same stuff we do a lot of nights each week… just add a lesson and some songs from their primary at church to the mix) we first went out to a large play place.
And hung out there for a few minutes.
Before hitting up Cafe Rio (I feel as though I crave this salad 90% of my life) and then going home to have a lesson about serving other people:)
Brooke felt like going in for the kiss, Knox wasn’t so sure about it.
Also, this is Brooke’s mischievous face. I know she is up to something when I see it.
I need to start recording their car conversations… they are pretty hilarious.
I might be doing a race this weekend and I might not. It’s confusing, I know:) There is a chance that I might have to do a race in March instead of this week. Either way… I’ll keep you updated of course and get to use the training (ehhh tempos and intervals, I’m looking at you;) I’ve built up over the last few months either tomorrow or in just a few more weekends!
One of my favorite things to read before a race is this section from Hansons Half Marathon Method. The best thing you can do before a race is to stay calm and to have ‘cautious confidence.’
Cautious = because you need to remember that races are hard, the hills are there and you are going to have spots along the way where you are going to hurt.
Confidence = “Training doesn’t lie.” Take time to think about what you have done over the last few months to prepare for this race. You have put in the hard work and you are ready to rock your race.
The combination is perfect because being cautious ensures you don’t go out way too fast when the gun goes off but being confident brings a smile and calmness that will help you avoid worry/anxiety over your race.
Going into your next race, remember this Cautious Confidence!
As race day approaches I also like to remember that the race is the celebration of all of the hard work that has gone into preparing yourself for race day. The early mornings, the tempos that wiped you out, the speed intervals where every muscle in your body told you to quit but you didn’t… the race is the celebration of you doing all of those hard things to get there!
What do you do before a race to mentally prepare yourself to be ready?
Besides the treadmill… what other cardio machines have you ever used?
What meal from a restaurant do you crave the most?
Two things you are looking forward to this weekend?