Happy Friday!!! I hope your weekend gets started ASAP and that it is a really great one!
Seven miles for my Thursday! We have a 1/2 marathon tomorrow so I’m taking today off and excited for another early alarm clock;)
I talked about this on my Instagram yesterday but something I love to do in the summer is to do barefoot strides after a run! I drive to a park so that I can finish there too. When I did track work I would always do this in the field afterwards (ps here is my step-by-step guide to doing speed work). I don’t run as fast as I used to for these but it is fun to get moving for about 50 meters. I usually do 5 of them now but I like to do this sometimes to end my run on a high note. It helps me to end with better form and it feels awesome on my feet (stretches them so good)!
And then at the end of everything I plop down on the ground, sidewalk, whatever I want and just sit there for a few minutes. Then I go inside for a huge smoothie.
PS real life below… yesterday was one of those days that I was so ready to walk out the door to run bright and early but decided my bed needed me for another 23 minutes. Procrastination/needing to build up some motivation at it’s finest.
Just going to soak up laying on my stomach for a bit longer.
Later on in the afternoon—> A drive up to the Salt Lake City area.
Yesterday the kids had a cousin’s bday party to attend and they had a blast.
Between the slip n’ slide, the water balloons, cotton candy machine and piñata… they never wanted to leave.
I used to just eat parts of the little containers of fruit at a time but now I just take the entire container because I know I’m going to eat the whole thing in one sitting.
BBQ at the birthday party for lunch and then we made some quick chicken burritos for dinner and stopped by my grandma’s to see my family! It is a weird day when I choose pretzels over that gorgeous strawberry pie.
*Sprinklers. I get so excited when I see sprinklers that are on and hitting the sidewalk during my summer runs. I just want a nice little mist from my shoulders down as I run through them and it cools my body down a solid 15 degrees.
*Andrew carried this horseshoe for 3.5 miles of his last run. He saw it while he was running and knew that the kids would think it was cool so he washed it really good and gave it to them. They thought it was awesome. Probably not fun to carry for so long but I just thought it was super sweet.
*Andrew and I watch more movies than EVER now. I get into bed so much earlier than I used to. We put the kids to bed and watch a movie (usually with a bowl of cereal;). Our favorite movie recently was called The Impossible on Netflix. It is about a family that is on vacation in Thailand during the the tsunami in 2004. It is VERY intense and about a disaster so watch if you are okay with that but we thought it was a really good movie. We also watched Six Sense again this week and it brought back all sorts of memories… my sister and I saw it when we were in Jackson Hole. I was young and we got lost afterwards (at like 11 pm) trying to get home to our hotel and I WAS FREAKED OUT.
*Cereal, of course. It’s getting out of control over here. Andrew brought these home for Brooke and I haven’t seen her this happy since her birthday;)
*Our kids are obsessed with Go-Pro videos so I thought I’d show you a clip… they get really into it!
*This picture was one that Brooke’s dad sent me last weekend while she was gone with him. I just love her sweet little smile. Getting photos of her while she is gone makes it a lot easier for me!
*So, let’s just say that sports bras are a little more important to me now than they used to be;) I really need some good recommendations for some awesome support… this one and the Juno are my current favorite but I’d LOVE more recommendations!
*I get to see my sister’s kitchen today!! For the past few months she has completely redone her kitchen (we are talking Fixer Upper style) and she is doing the big reveal today for us to finally see it! I can’t wait. PS she is going to do a full post with before and after shots and how she did everything!
Keep those amazing running accomplishments coming in! I absolutely love them and they inspire me. Send them to [email protected]
Joanne!!! “I just completed three back-to-back-to-back 5Ks in 10 days. The main purpose was to kick-start my running motivation (because who’s not motivated by a bib??), and it ended up becoming the kick-off to my half-marathon training! I started on June 3 with the Sunburst 5K in South Bend, Ind., which was the toughest because of the heat and a major hill in the third mile. I followed that four days later with Fleet Feet’s Big Run 5K on Global Running Day on June 7. This was a much flatter course with less heat, so I shaved 47 seconds off my previous time. I followed that up with a charity 5K at a work convention in Orlando on June 13, which — holy humidity! — was one of my sweatiest runs to date. Even so, I managed to drop another 43 seconds off my time. None of those are Pos, but I was proud of my improvement over such a short period of time. Now I’m into week three of training for my first half marathon, so it turns out running those three races was just what I needed to get the running bug to return! So now I have two goals: complete my first half and run a sub-30 5K. I wrote a full recap of my 5K ‘triad’ HERE!
Kacee!!! “Going into this marathon (Utah Valley Marathon) I was SUPER nervous. Physically, I hadn’t trained very well; Super low miles, only a handful of workouts, and nothing to really know what kind of shape I was in. However, I was even more nervous about my mental training- I hadn’t raced at all in over 2 years. And in those 2 years I had a baby and really had to process a lot of life’s baggage (i.e. my husband going through cancer). I was so nervous I almost pulled the plug and didn’t start! But, I told myself I NEEDED to do this. I had to be brave. And you know what? I ended up with a 4 min lifetime PR of 3:03, 17 min course PR, 10th overall & 3rd in my age group! I was just pumped! We all know Pos are the best feeling, but what truly made me happy was I didn’t let my nerves & fears hold me back- I got back on the race course and remembered why I love running! For a full recap read my blog post HERE!!!
Shannon talking about her husband Nate:)!!! “In honor of Father’s Day on Sunday, I wanted to share an accomplishment on behalf of my awesome husband, Nate. A few years ago, he had back surgery and for about two years, we thought he might never be pain free and live the active life we have loved and shared together. Slowly, he started incorporating running into his rehab and this last weekend, he achieved a huge milestone when he ran his first half marathon— a hilly trail half! — in 2:25:20, nearly 5 minutes under his goal time. Our son and I cheered for him several places along the route and then they got to run in together. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen such huge smiles on both their faces and it made me so happy to see. My husband showed our son the whole process of working hard and having it pay off— he’s an awesome dad and husband and I’m so proud.”
Jackie!!! “I don’t like to talk about my running. I like to keep it private. I’m not on social media, I don’t have a blog. I don’t even have a picture of my race I’m going to tell you about (does that mean it didn’t happen;) I am motivated to share because I do enjoy treading about others running accomplishments. I also am motivated by your post about confidence and setting limits on yourself. I ran the Holcomb Valley 33 mile trail race 2 years ago. It was amazing, so beautiful and very difficult. It’s hilly, rocky and at 7000-8000 feet altitude which is a shock coming from San Diego. It was wonderful, I finished in 8:33, and I wanted to do it again. So this year I raced it again and my dream goal was to break 8 hours. I didn’t have a sense of how I was doing until 2 miles before the finish. It’s a 2 mile downhill but it’s really rocky and I was being careful to not fall. I looked at my watch and it said 7:15 and that’s when I knew I was going to break 8 hours! I finished in 7:52! I want everyone to know that you can do amazing things at any age, I will be 52 years old in September. The most important element for my running, and probably for anything else in life, is believing in myself. No amount of training, new clothes, weight-loss, etc. will make up for not believing in myself and being confident. So don’t sell yourself short, do your positive thinking and be the wonderful person you are meant to be!!”
Do you sleep most on your side, back or stomach?
-STOMACH. I love it. This is going to be a hard change soon.
REALLY Good supportive sports bras?!?! HELP ME:)
Have any Friday night plans that you are looking forward to?
Who has a race or long run this weekend? What is it?