Just the weekly Sunday family picture.
I don’t talk a lot about church on the blog but something that we do the first Sunday of each month (or I do it on a different Sunday or day of the month… not a day I workout though) is fast. We (if you choose… and if you are old enough, not pregnant, nursing, healthy etc) fast for 2 consecutive meals (food and water) and donate at least equal to the value of the food we would have eaten during those meals to those in need (100% of the money goes to those that need help). Fast Sunday is always a really special day for me, it’s beyond hard to not eat (I love my food) but it is the day each month I focus more than ever on my spiritual growth.
I notice I am my happiest and feel my best when I am giving my best effort to my spiritual (we each have our own way of nourishing our spiritual side), emotional and physical health. I share a lot about what I do for my physical health and sometimes my mental health on here but thought I might share a little bit about what I do for my spiritual health.
The kid’s were quite energetic after church.
They were all over the place.
Later on we drove up north to Andrew’s parent’s house. The kids had all of their cousins to hang out with!
And then we ate… this spinach dip was everything.
Frozen grapes (please tell me that you have tried this), sandwiches and bean dip.
Brooke’s favorite mode of transportation.
Cookie and ice cream x 2…
And a late night for the kids and then they fell asleep on the drive down.
I’ve put on about 80 miles on the Launch 4s and have gotten a pretty great feel for them so far so I thought I would write a review. I was all about the PureFlows and pretty much wore them exclusively for 3 years. I switched over to the Launch 3s when I first tried them and wore those until I got the Launch 4s. Speed work and trail shoes = different shoes but for everyday training shoes, I’m all about the Launch 4s right now. PS I do want to try out the PureFlow 6s soon… has anyone tried them? I’d love to hear your thoughts. I switched to the Launch’s originally because I wanted a little bit more shoe/support but want to see how my body does with the PureFlows again for speed/tempo work etc.
The Launch 4’s come in at 7.5 oz (weigh a bit less than the Launch 3’s), they are a neutral shoe and $100. The drop from heel to toe is 10 mm and they are made for those with a medium to high arch. Lots of BEAUTIFUL colors and patterns to choose from too:
I’ve used them so far for long runs (up to 12 miles so far), easy runs, a speed workout and a tempo run (or an attempt… I was feeling off that day but not the shoes fault). The biggest change to the 4’s that I have loved is the extra rebounding rubber under the forefront. The rebounding rubber is perfect to get fast miles in (along with all of the other training miles I do) and provide that bounce/spring/rebound with each step. With the lift-off of each stride I definitely notice the spring the shoe provides me (more so than the 3’s). I definitely feel that and was surprised about how great they felt with some speedier miles compared to the 3’s (which I didn’t particularly LOVE doing speed work in). The top of the shoe (the upper… and it is seamless) is a mesh which allows a light feel and it keeps your foot nice and cool/breathable… our feet need that ventilation that the mesh provides for us. The fit is perfect (for me) and my foot feels like it is really held in place which I love (I’ve had shoes before that I felt didn’t fit snuggly around my foot and my feet were sliding around a bit even though they were the right size of shoe for me). The 3D fit print is to thank for that which gives the right stretch in the right places for the run and our feet. The tongue of the Launch 4’s are thick and very padded which I love. The U-Groove on the heel gives the shoe the little bit of stability that I need with my running shoes (the older I get, the more I feel the need for a little bit of stability).
I guess the one thing that I have noticed between the 3’s and the 4’s is that the 4’s feel a tiny bit less flexible to me vs the first 100ish miles in my Launch 3’s. Just a little bit. While I’ve read elsewhere that the flexibility has increased with the shoe in the forefront, I feel a little less bend as I am pushing my foot off the ground if that makes sense… might just be in my head though.
I put 640 miles on my last pair of Launch 3’s so I’m excited to see how many miles I can get out of the 4’s…
Overall, I’ll be wearing these for the majority of my running and I’m happy with the small changes from the 3 to the 4 (which isn’t always the case with me for a few running shoe models in the past).
I will be a Brooks wearing girl for the rest of my running life… I have been for the last 5ish years and I will continue to.
Behind the scenes of above picture… gotta love a dress, florescent socks and running shoes all together.
DO NOT FORGET:
Go to Yogurtland for a FREE froyo. They give you a cup and you fill it up as much as you want. This one is from a previous year, I was pretty proud:
Last week’s training:
Monday: 9.2 miles—> 1 mile w/u, 12 x .5 mile repeats (@ 6:30 pace) w/ 45 second slow jog after each repeat, 1 mile cool-down.
Tuesday: 5 miles @ 8:45 average pace.
Wednesday: 9 miles @ 8:15 average pace.
Thursday: 9 miles total with 7 of those @ 6:49 average… I meant for this to be a tempo workout but I took a bunch of breaks throughout those faster miles. Just not my week but I’ve learned that is completely normal with training.
Friday: 5.2 miles outside @ 8:27 average pace.
Saturday: 12 miles outside with Josse. Not sure our pace because of a dead garmin but somewhere in the low 8’s I am guessing by feel.
49.4 miles for the week (and highly tempted to run .6 miles after I realized how close I was to hitting 50 but then I remembered I was really tired and I wasn’t going to get off the couch;).
What do you do to help with your spiritual health (whatever you practice/believe etc)?
Have you stuck to the same brand of running shoes or do you switch around?
-I started with Asics and then wore Mizuno and Saucony and will forever more be a Brooks girl.
Best thing you ate on Super Bowl Sunday?
Best run last week? Hardest run?