How was your weekend? I hope it was a great one!
As I was writing this post and looking at all of my food pictures… I notice one very common theme. Carbohydrates. Do not calculate my macros for yesterday please. It was kind of a ‘I am just going to eat whatever the heck sounds good (filled with carbohydrates and simple) to me day.
I definitely woke up with a craving for orange rolls (yes, the Pillsbury ones in the can…). Brooke joined me with this (she likes the non-frosted ones?!) along with a peach and some cantaloupe.
And then we were off to church.
At church I had two snacks in my purse… a bag of sour gummy worms from Saturday night and a string cheese. Which one was eaten? The string cheese. I don’t know who I am anymore.
After church I had a grilled cheese sandwich with jam on top. By the way, do you know the difference between jelly, jam and preserves? Andrew and I went over the definitions (thanks to Google) the other night.
I decided for my Sunday afternoon activity that I would go through my entire closet and clean it out. It was getting scary in there so I’m glad I finally got that done (am I nesting extremely early or something?). Whenever I go through my running shoes it takes me forever because I have so many different memories with a bunch of the different pairs. I came across my old puredrifts and had a lot of great speed work/race memories with these… I kept these because I couldn’t say goodbye. I have some good speed workouts coming up in 2018:)
My sister invited us all over for dinner last night.
These two went straight to the raspberry bushes. I’m really liking Knox’s pose below.
She is quite the pizza chef! She gets her dough from Sam’s Club. Go to where they sell the hot dogs etc at the front and ask to buy pizza dough. It is so cheap and really good! The other key to good homemade pizza is a pizza stone.
I had a few slices of the bbq chicken version. I think her pizza is better than restaurant pizza for sure. PS she told me today that she is doing her kitchen blog post this week (so it will go up either this week or early next week)! Get excited… her kitchen transformation is insane. You would never even guess it is the same house!
We also went through her big bowl of watermelon. Summer nights are something else.
My brother-in-law’s family has a special cherry dessert that they are obsessed with and we had it last night for my first time. I’m not much of a cherry dessert person (or really a dessert person as much right now) but this was insanely good. I’m going to hunt down the recipe for this.
Pregnant running is great for me in a lot of ways. It’s really hard but it helps me in a lot of ways. One thing that it does is helps me to better see my strengths. It’s weird how this happens but it just does. I think my normal running self is looking out for my different weaknesses often and trying to find ways to solve those weaknesses… which is good to a point. Seeing your weaknesses is great because it motivates you to work on them and try harder but what about seeing all of our strengths as runners? It’s not something that I do often enough normally.
It’s easy for me to see and focus on other’s strengths (i.e. Andrew goes into turbo mode anytime there is an uphill). I’m always amazed at his strength on any climbs. He says he is so good at the uphills because he just wants to get them over quick, ha! It’s so easy for me to see my personal weaknesses as a runner. I don’t think social media helps us with this problem either because we scroll through and see so many different runners with strengths that we don’t think we have. Form, mental game, I don’t do enough strength training, I don’t stretch enough… blah blah blah. I think about it. Pregnant running for some reason really helps me to celebrate each mile and to feel strong. It helps me to appreciate my body more and see the strengths because just getting out there is much harder than it usually is.
I think it’s pretty common to see our running weaknesses. While that’s okay because it can help us to grow, learn and evolve as runners… I wanted us to focus on our strengths and REALLY think about these strengths over our next few runs. I’m going to start out first and tell you (is this bragging… ha, I don’t know but either way it is hard to do) what I think my strengths are as a runner.
1. I’m consistent. I love getting out there 6ish days a week and doing my thing. It’s part of my day and I think my consistency with running makes me a strong runner.
2. I can push myself and be in that uncomfortable zone when I need to on race day or during speed workouts (most of the time;).
3. Downhills. I’m trying to be like Andrew on the uphills:) but I think downhills are a strength for me. I can really let my legs go loose and fly down any downhills in a course.
PS Brooke asked me to take a picture of her running (after she saw Andrew taking one of me;) and my eyes brimmed with tears. I think the two of us will spend a lot of time running around in these Utah mountains as she gets older.
Now it’s your turn! Please participate in this because I think it’s good to take some time to think about and write down our strengths because sometimes we spend way too much time thinking about our weaknesses. WHAT ARE THREE (or more or less… whatever you feel like telling us today) OF YOUR RUNNING STRENGTHS!?
Do you count your macros? Have you ever in the past? To be honest I don’t know a lot about this but I think it is really interesting! How do you track everything?
Have a 4th of July race!? I want to hear about it! I’m still deciding if I want to do one!
Do you ever keep any of your old running shoes? What do you do with your old running shoes?