Today is OUR HOLIDAY!!! I mean, this is a big deal for us right?! I think I’ll have the kids rewatch Boston Marathon highlights, we’ll probably all go to the track together (Brooke came with me here last year!), we will foam roll and we’ll probably carb load with some pizza or pasta.
Other ways to celebrate Global Running Day… you could buy yourself a new pair of shoes, sign up for a race, do the Strava Mile (Strava is encouraging people to run their fastest mile on Strava today), run with your bff, read your favorite running blogs;), wear your favorite race medal… the list goes on and on;)
PS I have a running shoes giveaway coming for you this afternoon!!
A pic from our Global Running Day last year… Brooke rocked her track workout.
Running, running, running. Where do I even start to explain my love for running? Running has shown me some of the most beautiful places and cities. It has built my confidence especially during years when I felt zero confidence. Running helped me get through the darkest of times and it has been a part of life during the happy days too. Running has taught me four trillion lessons and helps me daily to feel gratitude and peace. It calms my anxieties and brings out conversations with some of my favorite people. It’s there for me whenever I’m ready for it and during each stage of life with whatever goals I might have. I love running. Not always during the run, but definitely in those last few miles and after the run. I hope you get to celebrate this amazing thing that we get to do today!
PS while I was out on my run yesterday I listened to an episode from The Runner’s World Show with Lauren Fleshman and I love her even more now (if that was possible). She has the most incredible perspective on running and she connects to all runners (which doesn’t always happen with professional runners). Her part of the episode is from minute 3-53! So good.
After my run we had french toast (sometimes we get to have Knox for a few hours on Tuesday too when his mom is working which makes our Tuesday’s better… he wasn’t interested in the french toast though).
We used the cinnamon bread from Great Harvest and it was perfect for french toast. I wouldn’t mind eating this every day after a run.
Knox’s love for the Angels has started young!
Later on in the day (Knox left with his mom) we went to the pool for a few hours. This child is part fish. I’m positive. We have had plenty of long conversations about when it is time to go, we have to leave… she would stay in that water all day if she could.
We brought lunch to the pool and hallelujah for chicken fajita leftovers! I put the fajitas on top of spinach, added half an avocado, salsa and some ranch once we got to the pool.
Three (one before my run and two after lunch:) peaches a day keeps the doctor away… these peaches are turning into an expensive addiction.
Yep, all of us are addicted.
When we got home my coaching certificate arrived! I’m all official. I’m currently working with two runners but in August once school starts (and I have time when the kids are gone) I’m going to be adding more and I’ll post all about it!
Andrew had a big test to do (he does them all online) so Brooke and I hit up Mer’s house with her favorite bread in the world (Dakota bread from Great harvest).
She loves those puppies!
I’ve had people request for a full day of eats post so this one is pretty close! I had a piece of toast before Mer’s house w/peanut butter (I didn’t take a picture) along with a banana (I eat a lot of fruit?!). We had sweet potatoes + turkey + green peppers + tomatoes + another 1/2 of an avocado (I like avocados a lot) for dinner.
Some hanging out before bed.
And then Andrew and I finished watching the Bachelorette. I had a bowl full of cookies n’ creme ice cream!
Don’t forget… I have a giveaway this afternoon!
I have a question from a reader that I wanted to ask you too because I would love your opinions!
“I had a question about speed workouts… I tend to do them on the treadmill so I ensure I hit my goal pace- however lately I’ve been wondering if it is more effective to do them outside? Just because then I’m having to pace myself rather than the treadmill doing it for me.”
For me personally I do think that speedwork on the treadmill is EXTREMELY effective… You don’t have wind to fight against and you also don’t have to go up or down (you don’t on a track either though) while you are on the treadmill which makes it easier in that sense. You also don’t have the opportunity to start slowing down (unless you push the buttons) and have to learn to speed back up again. BUT on the treadmill there are other benefits that you are gaining… especially some mental strength because it is a lot more boring. You learn to really focus on the work at hand (rather than the distractions I am offered outside). It is usually hotter for me when I’m on the treadmill which helps me to get stronger for race day. Some people say that the treadmill belt may pull you along with your speed workouts which might be partly true. I find that if I stay on top of the pace (good form, fast leg turnover and upright) rather than just trying not to fall off of the treadmill (which happens when we try to go too fast on the treadmill) then I truly am getting the benefits/gains/strength that I am hoping for out of a speed workout. Maybe it is a personal thing too but I feel like (especially when I was a single mom) I DID A LOT of my speed work on the treadmill… a lot. My race times, in the half-marathon especially, were great proof to me that speed on the treadmill really is effective.
I also think that we need to judge more of our work from our effort. If you are putting in a workout on the treadmill or outside and you feel like it is a hard effort… it is working and so are you!
PS now if you are training for a race that includes tons of hills and you are doing your tempo miles or longer intervals on the treadmill, then I would definitely include some ups and downs on the treadmill too! As far as track workouts go or training for a mostly flat course.. I think you’ll rock the race with some hard work on the treadmill!
Anyone have an answer to the above question about treadmills and speed work?
How are you going to celebrate Global Running Day? A run? Wear your running shoes all day? Organize your race medals?
What food (or food group) do you eat the most of each day lately?
-I’ve got a lot of peaches and avocado in my current rotation!
Do you enjoy seeing a full day of eats post? Let me know if you want this to be a thing… I’ll have Brooke remind me to take a picture of everything:)