NEW HRG BABY post up HERE!!! I’m talking about week 19 and what I plan on doing for the birth—> epidural or no?!
My least favorite part of running with headphones = my necklaces always wrap up around them. Heaven forbid I remember to take off my necklace before a run.
Make sure to say hi if you ever see me around Utah in the middle of my runs just hanging out on the side of the road taking a breather. I do this a lot now.
I am REALLY missing running with my friends these days. I feel so out of the loop. I was a solo runner until I moved back to Utah a few years ago and then I ran with Josse and Rebecca pretty much every day of the year with a few solo months mixed in there when people were injured. I am excited because my mom and I are going walking together this morning (she is walking like 6 miles a day right now!!) after I do a short run. I won’t have to talk back to my podcasts today… I’ll be able to talk back to another human;)
I came home to Brooke waking up and she was in a beyond good mood/hyper yesterday morning. It was hilarious.
After my run I did some strength training and goodness gracious, I can’t believe how much harder different moves are for me right now. Squats etc used to feel much easier but things are changing and I’ll definitely be feeling these moves for the next few days.
I did three sets of these exercises:
Plié squats with a kettlebell x 12
Squats to overhead press with weights x 12
Deadlift x 12
Dumbell chest flys on stability ball x 12
Dumbell chest press on stability ball x 12
Stability Ball Bridge x 12
We got to pick up Knox for a few days!!
I came home to my second breakfast (I had a protein shake after my run and before strength) of toast with eggs and avocado on top. I finished that off with probably the best peach I’ve ever had in my entire life. I know I say that often but this time I am not exaggerating.
We had to go to Costco to stock up our kitchen and they happily joined me in my need for a Costco hot dog. Nothing like a $5 lunch.
The second strength workout of the day… pushing them around. A big reason I wanted to go to Costco yesterday was to get Bisquick because that has been sounding so good (for about a day now). My dad used to make us Bisquick pancakes each Sunday after church. He cooked them in some butter and for some reason I’ve just really been wanting those. Costco was out but luckily the local grocery store helped me out with this one.
I was gone for the afternoon with the youth in my area for an activity and then came home and took care of my pancake need. The homemade hash browns with peppers on the side were delicious too. This dinner was perfect.
Andrew isn’t really a pancake person (especially for dinner.. I don’t understand;) so he had his hash browns with eggs, steak and pico. It looked amazing too.
We did some book reading with the kids before bed (they were in bed EARLY.com last night because they were fighting up a storm).
The best part of the day… Hanging out with Andrew, watching the Bachelorette and rapid reboots (it feels like a leg massage).
Quick Q: Do you feel like your hair is in a ponytail a lot? I feel like because of running (and laziness) my hair is in a ponytail a lot and I even sleep with a ponytail often because I hate having hair in my face… do you think that ponytails cause a lot of hair breakage? If you tell me yes then I’m going to work on wearing less ponytails.
My plantar fasciitis is reminding me that it exists just like it did when I was pregnant with Brooke. Adding weight + changing my form + running differently = my plantar start acting up so I’m trying to stay ahead of it this time. I roll them out each morning before I get out of bed with this orange thing and then also before I go to bed and that seems to help. When things get really bad with my plantar I wear THESE BOOTS and they save me each time. They might be the most annoying things on the planet to wear at night (and they wake me up a million times) but a few days of them and my plantar always feels so much better.
My plantar had me thinking about injuries yesterday. They really are the worst. Some of us are more injury prone than others and some of us (ME) need a million injuries to finally learn to take easy days/rest days and to be smarter about our training. Some injuries last longer than others but for me, there are always a lot of tears along the way and a lot of things I miss about running when I’m injured. I try to be super proactive about recovery and I usually spend a lot of time pool running and then running happens again but let’s talk about….
Top 10 hardest parts about injuries for me:
1. Everything reminds me of running when I don’t get to do it… songs on the radio, people outside running, my entire social media feeds (I love following runners:). It makes me miss it!
2. I don’t sleep as well when I’m not running!!
3. PATIENCE. Patience is hard for me in many ways but especially when it comes to recovery from an injury and waiting to work towards my goals again!
4. Knowing that I’m going to lose some of my hard earned fitness!
5. Sometimes injuries hurt outside of running too… My femoral stress fractures would wake me up throughout the night because they hurt so bad and they bugged me all day long.
6. Missing out on races or group runs.
7. Working out becomes a lot more difficult… I either have to drive to the pool or gym rather than just leave from my door and go for a run.
8. I feel like I’m missing out on my ME TIME (until I realize that I can fill the time I would be running with something else to fulfill this need).
9. $$$$ It gets PRICEY when the injuries are serious and we are in the doctor’s, physical therapist’s and chiropractor’s office often to get things working again!
10. Recovery isn’t usually linear for me so there are many times along the way I get my hopes up only to move backwards again the next day with my injury.
With all of the hardest parts though, some of my biggest lessons have come!
Top 10 things I’ve learned from different injuries:
1. I feel like our best learning/growth happens when the hard stuff happens… injuries always help me to learn so much about my body, myself and to reprioritize a bit.
2. I don’t have to do nearly as much laundry as normal when I’m not running. It’s kind of nice to not have 10 running outfits a week to wash;).
3. Running will always be there for me when I’m ready to come back to it. It doesn’t go anywhere, I can always pick it up again when my mind and body are ready to come back.
4. There will ALWAYS be another race. I’ve missed quite a few races because of injuries and there was always another race in the future for me to do instead. When I had to miss out on Boston one year I signed up to do the NYC Marathon a few months later instead and it was by far one of my favorite races ever.
5. Sleeping in on Saturday mornings feels really good too:)
6. Running can’t determine my self-worth. It gives me confidence and it helps me to feel good about myself but I can’t let it determine my self-worth!
7. In the big picture of our running and lives, taking a few months off really isn’t that big of a deal (I never learn this lesson until I am back running again and looking back on the injury). I try to take that time to find new passions and things that I enjoy doing because I’ve got the rest of my life to run.
8. I always come back stronger and smarter after an injury.
9. I always learn that we only get one body and that it is incredibly important to truly take care of that body. To rest when we need to, to fuel it properly and to do all of the little extras to truly take care of this one body that we get is incredibly important.
10. Injuries teach me to be resilient. They teach me to bounce back when bad things happen. To let myself be sad for a bit and then to move forward and find solutions!
Don’t forget… a new HRG BABY POST!!!
What would you say is the HARDEST PART about being injured?
What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned from injuries?
Is your hair in a ponytail often? Do you think ponytails cause your hair to break?
Ever have breakfast for dinner? What’s your goto for Brinner?