I’m just going to warn you that I have quite the headache as I’m writing this so if there are a bajillion grammar errors, please forgive me:)
Spent the day with two of my three Valentines yesterday (we get Knox today and have him this weekend which we are all very excited about).
Yesterday started off with some pink (an attempt at pink) pancakes and pink sprinkles.
I do little presents for the kids on V-day and Brooke was thrilled for the lip gloss that she has asked for every time we go to Target. Between the evidence I have gathered about me, my sister and now Brooke… I think it is in our DNA to have an obsession with lip gloss and this obsession starts at a very young age.
She also received a little stuffed animal and some fingernail polish because painting your nails 4 times a week is a very normal desire when you are 4 year’s old.
And then we were off for the day and Brooke gave me a pretty great Valentine’s Day kiss.
Met Andrew (he had some things for school to go do first thing) at the gym for our Valentine’s Day date. Quite the romantic date if you ask me—> side by side on treadmills, bright red faces from it being so hot inside, cursing our speed workout and hair horns (below picture was from the beginning of the run.. not after;).
Whenever it is a speed day and I am on the treadmill I tell myself I am just going to run easy before I start. BECAUSE at the start of every run my brain/mind/body can’t possibly imagine going fast. It just can’t so I tell myself I won’t and then get going. It isn’t until about a mile or two into my run where I realize that I can do a speed workout. Yesterday morning it took me two miles of warming up to realize that my body was ready to go.
2 mile warm-up
2 miles @ 6:44 average pace
.3 mile recovery jog
2 miles @ 6:39 average pace
.3 mile recovery jog
2 miles @ 6:35 average pace
1.4 mile cool-down
10 miles total. My legs were really tired by the end of this one. I felt like my brain/rest of my body were good but my legs were done = I need to remember to take today EASY and make my run on the shorter side.
Just in case you needed a friendly reminder like I always do about how important it is to truly let your body rest/go easy in order to nail your other workouts:
Chocolate covered strawberries have to be on the list for best muscle recovery foods post-run right? Well, they are on Valentine’s Day at least.
Gotta love Costco—> these strawberries were ginormous.
Lunch included leftovers from our dinner the night before. The restaurant we ate at gave everyone a meal to go home with them too! Brilliant idea. I’m a big fan of leftovers.
Brooke got a few Valentine’s Day stickers from a friend and she told me to put this one on my dashboard. I think I might keep it there… I felt pretty cool.
And then we took around Valentine’s Day gifts to Mer and my parents. Love those people so much.
Last night we grabbed some milk shakes with Andrew and he took us to the sporting goods store.
TO GET A TENNIS RACKET. He wants to start playing this spring and I cannot wait. I played tennis all throughout middle school and high school and in college (on intramural/fun teams) and then I stopped. Nothing. I don’t know why but I don’t even know where my old rackets are or anything so I’m really excited to get back to playing again. Andrew plays so this will be a really fun (ehhh…maybe too competitive;) thing that we get to do together. Running kind of took over my brain the last decade and I forgot about all of the other ways I love to be active. Running will still take over my brain but it will just have to make some room for tennis now;)
We came home and crafts are always on Brooke’s mind. I think she felt bad that Beretta didn’t receive a V-day gift from us so she tried to make up for it.
And then we played some hide and seek with Andrew.
Excited for an outdoor easy run today. It’s not quite as warm as last week (picture from last week) but we are done with January weather and that means a lot to me:) I have come to the conclusion (because now that I am 31 I am quite wise) that running is my favorite time to think/pray/hope/plan.
Outside of running… what are your favorite ways to be active?
Play any sports before running? Any other tennis people?
Leftovers—> Love them or no thank you?
Favorite milkshake flavor? Place?