We are already to FRIDAY! Brooke and I are heading to California this afternoon for her to visit her dad and then we will be back home Sunday afternoon!
Yesterday morning I was on my way to go run but decided to go vacuum my car first (which I never do)… I am SO glad that I did because I ran into a friend that I haven’t seen in FOREVER. We hung out and caught up on life for a solid 30 minutes at the car wash and it was excellent. Car washes bring people together.
I then set out for my run and did a new-to-me 7.5 mile loop that was beautiful.
Turns out I need to clean the lens of my selfie camera:)
Tis’ the season that I start planning my runs to go near grocery stores so that I can run in for a quick drink. I also really wanted to dive into their salad bar but I didn’t bring any money so I ran back to my car instead.
We hung out at my mom’s house for a while and they chased her around and she chased them around… they get quite the workout in over there.
It was lunchtime and my dad was already on his 5th serving of veggies for the day. He walks once a day, does strength training each day, has completely changed his diet and LOVES his veggies… he told me today he has never felt better! This was his butternut squash, butter and pepper mix.
Turkey burgers with avocado, salad and bbq sauce are the meal of the week around here!
The kids had a soccer game last night and it was a hot one…
Knox requested a back rub during his first break.
I’ve got TEN FRIDAY FAVORITES that I wanted to share with you today! There are a few Amazon affiliate links include fyi.
1. The Magic Box. This was Andrew’s but somehow I’m slowly taking it over… it’s just a little speaker (that has really great sound) that is wireless and connects to your phone. It makes cleaning/laundry 423% more enjoyable.
2. I was driving home yesterday and decided that I needed a chic-fil-a lemonade. I got to the drive-thru and ordered and then they let me know about their latest frosted strawberry lemonade… I always get sucked into the upsale offers and so I ordered this plus the lemonade. It is delicious in case you are wondering. It might be a summer staple for me.
3. The kid’s current favorite song is ‘It’s A Hard-Knock Life’ from Annie… must be cleaning their room that’s so hard right now;)
4. Leaving for a run without having to first prepare for the run by putting on 40 different layers, hand warmers and having to find where the heck the kids hid my gloves.
5. My Nathan Hipster Belt (sorry I’ve talked about this before)… it has just made running so much easier. It fits my huge phone in there, whatever else I randomly decide to bring with me and it doesn’t move in the slightest. I’ve always used the thin fuel belts in the past and they either bounced around a little bit or cut into me but this thick band has changed things for me…
6. Andrew bought me this Dakine backpack for me for my birthday this year. I didn’t think I would use it as much as I do because I already had a backpack (that was tiny and fit nothing) but I use this one ALL of the time. It is the best.
7. The amazing job TINA is doing at bringing awareness to amenorrhea… she said goodbye to running (she is a 2:36 marathoner) to get her period back after not having one for 9 years. She is building a 5-star baby hotel right now!
8. 16 Ways People at the Gym Know You’re a Runner (I think 95% of these were ME)!
9. I’ve put this maxi on my summer need list for church:)
10. And my Friday least favorite thing… that I’m missing my favorite half marathon this weekend. I talked Andrew into doing it with me on our third date… and he came. It was fabulous. Just one of those times to remind myself there is ALWAYS another race and next May I’m going to blackout this weekend for anything but the race;)
LOVE all of your amazing running accomplishments! Thank you so much for sharing them with me and if you want to be featured please send them to [email protected] !!
Kim!!! “Last Saturday my eight year old daughter and I ran our first 5k together. We spent nearly two months training together for this race. There is no way for me to explain how much our training time together has meant to me. Running partners are always close friends, right? There is nothing you wouldn’t tell a runner partner, a running partner sees you at your best and at your worst, a running partner encourages you like no other, and a running partner understands the joy of finishing your goal race better than anyone. Imagine sharing all of this with your child…. Talking and telling each other anything during our time running was the most special time we have ever spent together and it brought us so much closer. She even gave us a team name, “QU Running Girls”, because “Q & U always stick together” (my daughter’s suggestion). Being able to watch my eight year old get stronger physically and gain confidence mentally was more rewarding than I can explain. When race-day arrived and I saw how nervous she was, I felt terrible, while my husband said it was actually a good thing because it would make her happiness and satisfaction even better once the race was complete (he was right). We had trained with a one minute run and one minute of walk and planned to do the same during the race. We had a ‘race plan’ and we stuck to it. We took it easy for the first half of the race (which was downhill) and then ran and walked harder for the second half. We passed lots of people on the last uphill and then ran steadily for the final five(ish) minutes of the race. We crossed the finish line holding hands, I was crying tears of joy while my daughter was screaming shouts of joy! We did it, we finished the race and it was, without a doubt, the best running experience of my life. -The bonus of the day was that our finishing time was good enough to earn my daughter 2nd (and a medal) in the under 18 age group. We are still on cloud 9 and already talking about our next race!”
CD!!! “I ran a half a few weekends ago and finally got a sub 2 hour finish! I’ve been wanting to run a sub 2 hour half for awhile, but I hadn’t really put in the time like I needed to. Not only did I get a sub 2, but I PR’d on the race. I finished in 1:49:35 with a pace of 8:22. It felt SO good and it also hurt! But now I know that I am capable of more than I thought. The last half I ran was in May of last year. I finished it in 2:00:48 with a pace of 9:13. I write about my running, meal prep, and school on my blog HERE!”
Megan!!! “Completed my annual pikes peak 10k. I ran with my aunt and finished in 46 minutes. It wasn’t a PR but it was perfect weather and a great run:)”
Clark!!! “So after my first marathon in late 2015 I thought I was ‘one and done.’ But April 30th I proved myself wrong with the Big Sur International Marathon. I set an A) goal of 4:46 on a tough course (my debut was 4:20 on a very flat course in Michigan). I ran with the 4:45 pace group past the brutal and infamous Hurricane Point halfway and on to about 21. I had some struggles with the unusually high temps- esp. after winter training- and then my hands were going numb. So I backed off and enjoyed the sights and walk-ran leisurely to the finish for a B) goal (5 hrs) finish at 4:56:06. But I was still very pleased and I’m recovering much better than last time. I ran with Runner’s World VIP, which is a great program, and met some awesome people including Bart Yasso- who told me I did the right thing in listening to my body- Bud Coates, and CNN correspondent and author of My Year of Running Dangerously Tom Foreman. It was a great time and Big Sur is the most beautiful 26+ miles in the world.”
Gabi!!! “On Saturday, 29th of April I finished my 10th marathon, and it was my first trail run, at the Innsbruck Alpine Trail run Festival. Muddy trails after a snowstorm the day before, more than 1000 meters in altitude uphill and 1400m downhill trashed my legs and I am sorry for what I said to the woods at km 33… Since I am a slower runner I calculated at least 6.5 hours, but was surprised that I finished this OMG veeery challenging race in 5:42. Despite much needed walk breaks, talk breaks with other runners from the 65k distance and dawdling at the last aid station (I wanted to stay there, but they chased me away….) I was SO happy to see the finish line! I did it! Pain is temporary, quitting is forever, right? This and many other things I have learned on Janae’s blog. Best wishes from Austria and keep running!”
Any favorite things this week.. I’d LOVE to hear!!!
Missed a race? Why?
What are your weekend plans? Going anywhere? Relaxing?
What meal did you eat the most this last week?