They look sweet but these two were actually scheming up their own secret plans to tease me in the below picture.
Andrew had his third 12 hour shift (that usually turned into 13ish hours… nurses, you are all beyond amazing) yesterday so he was gone and the kids jumped in bed with me to start the day.
Orange rolls. From a can. These are one of those nostalgic foods for me. This is something my dad would make a few Sundays each year and they make me really happy. The non-frosted one is for Knox (trying new foods is a process for him:) and don’t worry… when we left for our bike ride afterwards Beretta jumped up to the counter and polished off the rest. I was not very happy about that when I got home.
The kids (and I) had a lot of energy so we decided to go out for a bike ride. So Brooke used to love her bike with training wheels and pedals but now she has ZERO interest in them and only wants her push bike. I’m thinking that she’ll want to go back to her bigger one someday but for now she just likes using her feet (maybe it’s the runner in her wanting that…).
It was a gorgeous morning.
Fun fact: Getting the two kids ready (and packed ((with snacks and coloring)) and on time to church is 4 times harder without Andrew here (even though it should only be 2 times harder, it was really 4).
We came home from church and Beretta behaved for the time we were away.
This was from Saturday night but this is by far my favorite way to eat a cantaloupe (I was missing granola though)… greek yogurt + spoon.
We are hooked on salted caramel rice krispie treats and made a batch to take over to my mom.
And then we went over to my parents’ house for dinner. Brooke has taken over my spot… I can’t count how many head massages my mom has given me over the span of my life but now Brooke gets them (she almost fell asleep).
Some of my mail still goes to my mom’s house and I was beyond happy to see that my new running shoes had arrived. I was in need of a new pair (I can put a lot of miles on these) and my body will welcome these. Launch 4’s!
My mom approved the rice krispie treats which made me very happy. Seriously, these just take it to the next level.
Got the kids all ready for bed and then Andrew came home!
Excited for a fresh new week of running. Last week started out slow because of my knee (from falling) but I am happy that this week will start out like normal with some intervals on Wednesday (excited to get back to these again) and a long run too.
Post-race blues. Post-training cycle blues. Post-anything about running that makes you pretty sad.
It happens to me after every. single. marathon. Usually this doesn’t happen to me after a half-marathon because I just take a day or two off and then continue my training but after a marathon training cycle, I really feel the post-race blues. You cross the finish line, celebrate your accomplishment and then you sit there on the grass with a snow-cone and wonder… WHAT’S NEXT?! I think that after the Tucson Marathon I had the worst case of Post-Race Blues ever for myself… I was a solid 10 minutes and 20ish seconds off from my goal. I had trained hard for 6ish months for that marathon and I KNEW that my body/brain/stomach were going to need a good amount of time off before going for it again. A lot of time each day was spent during those months on my training and then I sat there wondering what I was going to do now that the race was over (especially because I knew I was burnt out).
We put so much time, training and thought into these big goals of ours. Then we get to the point where we rock the goal/fall short of the goal/finish the goal and then we wonder now what? It’s a strange feeling to go from spending HOURS/sweat/energy into these big goals each week only to not have that training plan hanging up on your fridge anymore. I know that I’ve also experienced some major BLUES whenever I am injured and can’t run. Even if it is a short injury, I definitely feel a little down and most definitely different. I don’t know about you but I’m a creature of habit so whenever one of my favorite habits isn’t there anymore (training!), I definitely feel a little blue? So what do I do when running has me down?
1. I rest. I’ve stuck to my rules of not running for 10 days after a marathon for a bunch of my marathons but then I’ve also started running easy again when I felt like getting out a few days after the race. Some people jump into training hard again 3-4 weeks after a marathon but for me it usually takes me 3 months to start training hard again. It’s just how my body needs to recover. During this time when I am really missing training hard I remind myself that the only way I’m going to be able to train hard again for another big race is by RESTING. Jumping back into things just doesn’t work. So as much as I miss the hard training, I have to remind myself that the rest is a big part of being able to do that all over again.
2. I love to plan my next race. When I got injured right before Boston (in 2011?) I cried for a few days and then I got on the computer and signed up for NYCM. That helped me SO much to deal with the loss of training at the time. I had a new goal. A new focus. I even do this after big races. I PLAN in recovery but then I get online and start looking at dates and places for the next goal.
3. I go outside, grab lunch with a running partner or go on a walk on my favorite running path. Sometimes when I’m missing training I am also missing parts of running that I can still have without actually running. Fresh air, nature, alone time, a great conversation… getting in the other parts of the run helps when I’m either injured or missing my training plan.
4. I focus on the things I can do. It is SO SO easy for me to focus on all of the stuff I can’t do but running teaches us gratitude so let’s take that gratitude and focus on all of the cross-training, new hobbies, more time with our people, more time for sleep etc that we do get to do.
Has running ever given you the blues? After a race? Due to an injury? What did you do to help fight it… I WANT STORIES:)
Nurses reading? Do you work 12 hour shifts or more of the Mon-Fri 8-5 thing?
What was the best part of your weekend?
What would you say is the BEST FALL MARATHON. I just am wondering for a friend:)