TODAY IS ANDREW’S BIRTHDAY!!! He is 29 now and I cannot wait to celebrate as much as possible today (I love birthdays… probably too much). Feel free to wish him a happy birthday in the comments. He always reads the comments. In fact, the other day he told me that whenever he forgets what happened the previous day he just jumps on the blog to refresh his memory ha. I’m sure he loves this online journal I have created for him.
Brooke sure has turned into quite the good traveler! I have no idea how many airplanes she has been on at this point but she’s got her whole routine figured out now.
Andrew was a little tired on the plane:)
After the airport we drove up north to go get Beretta. We were starving by then and before the long drive home….
One leaf got skipped in the whole chopping process.
I had to run into a store and Andrew sent me this picture. Brooke was so happy to have her pup back.
Beretta loves putting her head in between us on drives.
Anyone else love birthday cards like me? My Grandma is the queen of giving the best cards and she passed it down to me. I probably spend too long looking for a good one.
Happy to be home to the mountains again!
I love pros and cons lists. I usually use them when I have a big decision to make but thought it was time to make one for being a runner.
Being a runner.
Pro: Running can help you to become a healthier, more fit, stronger, less stressed and happier human.
Con: Running helps you to learn about parts of your body that you probably never knew much about like your plantar fasciitis or your IT Band or your achilles and when those things flare up, you will become a much more stressed and frustrated human.
Pro: Running is said to be a ‘cheap sport’… all you need are your running shoes!!!
Con: When you go through your bank statement you will notice that there are quite a few (ehhh too many and probably expensive?) purchases made for fuel, races, shoes, clothes, watches, sunglasses, compression socks… and the list goes on and on.
Pro: You get to eat more of your favorite foods because of all of those miles:)
Con: You will experience something known as running hanger (I experience this most during marathon training) where your longer runs make you feel like you are hungry again within 4 minutes of finishing your previous meal or snack. It gets expensive to fuel a runner properly:)
Pro: You buy more running clothes/active wear than normal clothing because running clothes > uncomfortable clothing.
Con: You have nothing to wear to functions where it’s unacceptable to be in your running shoes and favorite light weight shorts and tank.
Pro: Running helps you to fall asleep faster and easier at night.
Con: Maybe you fall asleep faster and easier at night from running because your only time to do it is at 5 a.m.
Pro: You will know the exact mileage from your home to pretty much everything within 7 miles of your home. Oh yeah, that gas station is about 4.32 miles away from home or that big set of hills takes approximately 2.19 miles to get to. People with you think you have GoogleMaps in your brain. You will also learn where every restroom and every drinking fountain is within your county.
Con: The weather reports may bring you more frustration and stress than the average person. Yes, it is frustrating for everyone to see large amounts of rain or snow and ice coming up but for a runner, when that forecast pops up on race weekend or when we have 14 miles to accomplish… the anger sets in quickly.
Pro: You gain a sense of community through running. Whether through the books you read about it, the social media channels that you follow, the races you sign up for or the running group you train through, feeling like you are a part of something bigger is a great feeling to have.
Con: You will think it is normal to get up at 3:30 a.m., drive over to jump on a big bus full of people, to then drive to the starting line of a race as you eat a bagel and talk to the people next to you about the torture you are about to put your body through;)
Pro: You get to be outside and enjoy nature. You get in a healthy dose of vitamin D as you are close to rivers/lakes/mountains/meadows/hills. Oh and you see those sunrises and sunsets in the best way possible while you are out on a run.
Con: Even though YOU WEAR SUNSCREEN all summer long for your runs, your tan lines will make it appear as though you are wearing a sports bra/tank/running shorts at all times no matter what.
Pro: You are on the roads enjoying the endorphins and feeling alive early on a Saturday or Sunday morning when it seems as though everyone else in the world is still asleep.
Con: You are on the roads cramping, blistering or exhausted early on a Saturday or Sunday morning when it seems as though everyone else in the world is still asleep in their comfortable beds.
Pro: You see your progress. You learn lessons all along the way. You work towards reaching your goals which in turns helps us to feel good about ourselves. Your lungs, heart, brain and muscles are grateful for your running. You meet some pretty incredible people (in real life or over the internet) because of running.
Sure there are some hard parts about running but I think the pros make it pretty clear to keep on running:)
Have any PROS and CONS about running? I would love to hear them!!!!!
Ever had a meal from a restaurant and found something weird (not that I found anything weird in my salad ((Cafe Rio 4 life))… the lettuce just sparked the question for me)?
What was the last progress that you’ve noticed in your running?