A NEW POST is up on HRG Baby—> HERE! I’m talking about my plans on getting back into shape AFTER I have the baby (Hint: it is much different than what I did after Brooke was born).
Another seven miles to add to my pregnancy running miles! I finished at a 9:33 average! Today will be a short run, Friday will be a rest day and then on Saturday I’m going to run (most likely;) the Timp Half!
Mornings with this many clouds make my runs even better. The sun didn’t peak out until the last .2 miles of my run, hallelujah. I’m actually really looking forward to the cold winter running months up ahead (I know, I can’t believe I said that…) but I am not a fan of heat right now!
I have a new podcast that I am loving to listen to while I run. A few of you (THANK YOU) recommended How I Built This and I’m obsessed. It is so incredibly interesting to hear how companies like TOMS, Five Guys, Instagram, Patagonia etc were started and the failures and successes along the way. I think so far my favorite one was about Five Guys… People are amazing.
I got home and stretched with Brooke and Beretta. She did this pose all on her own (while saying ‘OM’) and told me she saw it in her Chihuahua movie on Netflix.
Brooke went over to one of her friend’s house to play before they move to Iceland (maybe we will have to go visit them:). Andrew picked up Knox and they went on a little date together before he leaves. Brooke is going to S. Cali this weekend and Andrew is taking her (after my last trip on the plane… RIP Brooke’s Elsa backpack on the airplane… Andrew told me he is taking Brooke to visit her dad the rest of this pregnancy) so it will just be Knox and me for most of this weekend!
Andrew and Knox hiked to this gorgeous waterfall… I want to join them on this hike again once it isn’t 90 degrees at 10 a.m.:)
PS I don’t even know why I’m sharing this but I’ll share just in case there are other readers that have kiddos that go to their different parent’s houses too. It used to be hard for me to hear about all of the stuff going on while Brooke was away once she got home. I would never stop her from telling me and I’m a great actress but I didn’t enjoy it. Not sure if that had something to do with me comparing Brooke’s love for me w/ other people or thinking I’m not a ‘fun’ enough parent… most likely it had a lot to do with selfishness on my part because thinking that she has a life outside of our family is hard. I read this and it forever changed the way I think when the kid’s talk all about the amazing things at their other parent’s houses:
“I’m sharing this story to remind divorced mothers that a happy child who openly loves and accepts both parents and homes is a precious gift. Don’t worry about where you rank in relation to everyone else in your baby’s tribe. Let her babble on endlessly about fun at the other house and people she loves and fun things she’s done. She’s giving you a window into her life, and it’s hard to get back once you close it.” (This was from a scarymommy article). This helped me to really love hearing about all of the things they do while they are gone. I now look forward to hearing all of the fun details. It’s beyond special that they are letting us in to these other parts of their lives and I don’t ever want that to stop. It made me realize I am lucky to hear about it, and there is zero reason to be jealous. I’ve always thought that the more people that love these kiddos, the better… this just made me realize how lucky I am to hear all about that too. It always just takes me a few years to learn these lessons and grow up a bit:)
I’m sure glad Brooke understands the importance of foam rolling at such a young age.
I’m on a soup kick over here (lunch and dinner yesterday)! I had leftover cauliflower chowder with a grilled cheese sandwich. It was delicious. Maybe I’ll have a pancake with my leftover soup today;)
And then we were all back together again.
I had an activity with the youth in my area yesterday! I brought an appetizer for our dinner (we did one of those Murder Mystery dinners) and it was delicious. As you can tell, I have a thing for cream cheese/sour cream/cheese these days. For dinner we had tortilla soup like this one!
I came home to children still practicing their yoga.
And they like to kiss the baby before going to bed.
I thought it would be fun/different/something new to share a few of the 10 BIGGEST Running Mistakes I’ve made over my last 19 years of running!!! Please share yours too if you want:)
1. Not wearing Brooks running shoes from the very beginning;) Okay, I’ll add another thing to this first one… relying too heavily on paces. Rather than paying attention to effort and how I was feeling, I thought that the TIMES my garmin were telling me meant everything!
2. Running alone in the early mornings in downtown San Jose. I don’t know what I was thinking but I wasn’t thinking about safety.
3. Probably my biggest running mistake ever in the past—> UNDER FUELING. Putting my body into a state of amenorrhea and eating way less than I was burning. It resulted in many injuries and my poor bones… they were not in a good place.
4. Not taking rest days!!! I thought the more the merrier… more running = faster. Nope, it meant more injuries and burnout for me personally. The past few years I gladly welcome 1 (or 2 if I’m training for a marathon) rest days a week and everything feels better for me.
5. Being out with an injury and only pool-running for 5 weeks leading up to RUNNING a marathon. I guess I wouldn’t take back this experience but goodness gracious this hurt more than a marathon should ever hurt.
6. Wearing racing flats for my first marathon. Not just racing flats but a BRAND NEW pair that I had never before worn or tried after training for the marathon for months in much more cushioned trainers. The blisters by the end of that race were insane.
7. Falling into peer pressure:) Doing what my running buddies are doing even though I know my body works better a different way! There was a training cycle that I joined in doing exactly what my friends were doing (even though they can handle more speed/miles/less rest days than I can) and I paid for it by tearing my quad.
8. Eating candy right before a race. I have done this with two different half-marathons and I paid dearly for it during both races:) One time it was before a Halloween race and I thought I had a pretty high tolerance for candy but no… it hurt. To go along with this one, my sister learned the hard way to not eat Panda Express the night before a race;)
9. Running on things that HURT is a bad idea. It turns the pain into something I should take a few days off for to something I HAVE to take a few months off for.
10. GOING OUT TOO FAST in races. Flying and dying. I can’t tell you how many marathons I have done this and paid dearly for this mistake the last 10 miles of a marathon. I go into the race high on adrenaline and excitement and don’t follow the paces I know I should be doing and BOOM the wall knocks me out later on during the race.
One last reminder to check out my HRG Baby post:)
What are some of the biggest running mistakes that you’ve made over your running years?
How many days/weeks until your next race?
Do you ever do yoga? How often?
For those of you that run with your friends, how do you figure out your runs/workouts/paces together? Do you do every run together or just specific ones?