SEVEN POINT FIVE MILES yesterday. And ten today (with Josse)! It’s like my whole knees breaking/shattering on the concrete the other day never happened (yes, I just exaggerated the story a little bit…). The human body is amazing. I sometimes think about all of the random injuries I’ve had (everything from Turf Toe to those fractures in my femurs) and I’m amazed how the body can heal, strengthen and now all of those areas feel great. Don’t give up hope on your injuries, with a little TLC (physical therapists, doctors, chiropractors etc too sometimes) they will feel strong again.
I got home and Brooke immediately was ready to start getting to work on painting her nails.
We started by playing horses while stretching at the same time… multitasking. I think one of my favorite things to do right after a run is to lie completely flat on the ground on my back and reach my arms up and stretch them as high as they go while at the same time stretching my feet down as far as they go. It feels so good to just lengthen it all out after pounding out the miles.
Once I got home, Andrew left for his 8 miler. He is going to do the AF Canyon Half Marathon too (on June 24th!!) so he is building up his mileage but he was not looking forward to running. I told him to just tell himself he is going to go out for 20 minutes (I like to trick myself to get myself out the door and then when I get to 20 minutes I am happy to do the rest of my run) but he told me he can’t do that because he really would only do 20 minutes:) He’s right.. that trick wouldn’t work for him but he built up the willpower and went out and rocked his 8 miles.
Chillin’ with Beretta… ready for the pool hours before going;)
Later on in the afternoon we met up with Lindsey and Megan at my old apartment complex! Brooke told me she was very happy that we didn’t have to climb all of the stairs there anymore… we used to live on the 4th floor there (NO elevator) which made it tricky to carry a 2 year old and any groceries up:)
Andrew has 3 hospital 12 hour shifts before the end of the week so he is squeezing in as much outdoor time together as possible before that. He and Brooke dove for that ring for 30 minute straight… she has become quite the swimmer.
We came home to do some work/chores/showers and then got to work on some heavenly pears.
While Andrew was out doing some errands I asked him to bring home a loaf of bread on his way home… he brought three. He knows how to make me smile.
We had some mile high sandwiches (tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, turkey, cucumbers and mayo/mayonnaise added after the picture.. because I forgot about them until I was looking at the picture).
And he also thankfully brought these for us too. My niece (one that we don’t get to see often) came over to be with us last night and she was pretty happy about these too!
And once Brooke went to bed and our niece left… We got caught up on The Bachelor. Don’t mind my allergy eye… allergies are in FULL effect over here.
I saw this quote below the other day and I loved it especially for how it applies to running for me:) My long term goal (as I’ve told you approximately 4,592 times) is to get a Sub 3 Marathon. Even if it is 2:59:59.99, I want it bad! It’s something that I wanted starting at the finish line of my very first marathon. I remember talking to a 2:3something marathoner a few days after I did my first marathon (3:20) and telling him that at my next marathon (ehh 5 weeks later), I was going to go sub 3. He smiled and nodded. Getting to that sub 3 marathon has been a lot harder than I first imagined it to be but I know it’s there (my old coach and I talked about the timing of this goal the other day!!:). BUT I had to laugh at this quote because I think I have made close to a million mistakes along the way… so thanks for sticking around with me during all of those mistakes. There have been a lot and I’m sure there will be a lot more but that makes life fun right?
I was reading something the other day that wasn’t about running but is perfect for running too: “Wise goal setting includes the understanding that short-term goals are only effective if they lead to clearly understood longer-term goals.” (source) I think this is applicable to every goal in life and also our running! Setting short-term goals that I know will help me get to my big long-term goals is key to training (I think:). If you have a goal marathon that is your current long-term goal, you aren’t going to make short-term goals like racing a half-marathon the weekend before the marathon or focusing on training for a killer 5k pr during the training cycle when the marathon is your long-term goal! So when thinking about my long-term running goals (sub 3 and yep… a sub 1:20 half marathon someday)…. I really need to make sure my short term goals with running/life are lining up with that! Sorry for the ramble, it’s just been on my brain.
Stay focused, stay patient and consistent… you’ll get those goals and I better hear ALL about it when you do.
I’ll see you this afternoon over here:) Hope your Thursday is a great one!!!
IT’S JUNE!!! Have any races this month? Any birthdays this month? What day?
What is one of your long term goals with running? What about some of your short-term goals?
Have a favorite type of bread? Ever had Great Harvest bread… which one is your favorite?
I want to hear about your Thursday workout. Give me the details… I love hearing!