I’ve got a new HRG BABY POST up HERE!! 21 week update and we are talking about what the heck we need (we have nothing for a baby) and where the baby will be sleeping (aka we don’t have a room for a nursery)!
Thank you SO MUCH for your recommendations yesterday… I had a blast going through everyone’s comments!
It isn’t every day that you are running along a road and as you turn the corner you almost have a heart attack because there is a large animal right in front of you. I’m just glad it wasn’t another moose (I’ve ‘run’ into a few of those over the years) and it was a cute little calf instead.
5 miles @ 8:54 average pace and my last mile was 8:28! I am feeling better and better lately.
Also, when I was getting ready to leave for my run I put my foot into my running shoe (quickly and kind of hard..) and there was a lego in my shoe. That felt fun. I’ll be checking my running shoes for legos from this point forward.
After my run I went to the gym with Andrew for a little bit and I did this glute workout. It burned big time and I’m sure I’ll be feeling this workout until the weekend. I feel like my glutes are not activating in the slightest during my runs right now so I’m really focusing on working them outside of my runs to keep them strong and to stay injury free. Something else that I’m noticing that I do while I run lately is that I’m not lifting my knees up and I’m just kind of coasting across the road.
Even though my pace is different lately, doesn’t mean I can change my form up a bunch! Yesterday I focused on using my hips more to drive a knee lift (just a slight knee lift) and that probably helped me to speed up a little compared to my runs lately. Form changes can be hard but making small adjustments along the way make a big difference. My coach used to have me do workouts like this one below. It was great for me to pay attention to each part of my running form that I needed to work on for .25 miles and then to combine them all together for the last part of each mile. Before my coach I had quite the chicken arms (what my coach called my elbows that were pointed out towards the sides) and he really helped me to keep my arms bent at about a 90 degree angle and to swing my elbows back, instead of swinging my arms across my body.
PS Andrew has started using the Bigger Leaner Stronger plans for his lifting and he is loving it! Isn’t it nice to have a plan to follow… for running, lifting and pretty much anything in life ha!
PPS I might just use my Revels for inside use at the gym because I think they are too pretty to get dirty:)
Lunch was a great combo of a grilled cheese sandwich (with that garlic butter from Costco that tastes like heaven), tomato soup and a mango (followed by another mango because it tasted so good).
We got to pick up Knox yesterday and then we were off to Ikea. My sister (her kitchen reveal is here) has inspired us to start thinking about making some minor changes in our kitchen eventually. Mainly we are wanting to do new countertops, a new sink and tile the backsplash but we will probably wait for a while to do it all… we really want to research all of our options to get great deals. Or maybe just wait until I’m out of this stage of wanting to organize/decorate/nest (for some reason this is happening very early for me) every little thing in our house right now;)
Brooke insisted on wearing boots. In August. Why not?!
We were planning on having the kid’s go to the kid’s club (where they watch your kids while you shop) but they were full so the kids got to enjoy walking the 4 miles around the store with us:)
And they made sure to try out every piece of furniture along the way.
Thank you Ikea for such a good reminder. I’ve got some mad skills in cheering on the people around me but sometimes in some areas I forget how important it is to truly cheer myself along and not be so hard on myself:) Whether it is your running, your work, your parenting skills (I swear this is what I am hardest on myself about) your eating, your relationships, your decisions… you name it! Let’s all work today to not be hard on ourselves mmmkay!?
Due to the fact that their candy supplier (aka them breaking into my purse where I would keep my favorite treats) is no longer in business and hasn’t been for a while, we let them pick out a little candy too while we were there. It felt like Christmas morning for them.
For dinner we had this Slow Cooker Corn Chowder! I am very grateful that Andrew is happily loving soup with me during the hot month of August ha!
IT WAS AMAZING.
We also had more Rhodes Rolls because I was really craving some of the leftover ones yesterday only to find that Beretta found them (on the counter?!?) first while we were gone ha.
We are doing something new at our table… I heard the idea from The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting and each night at the dinner table we are going around and each saying something we are grateful for after we say our dinner prayer. The theme of things they are grateful for sure changes each night but I really want all of us to learn the power of gratitude.
PJ’s at 5:30 (it was an early kind of bedtime night:) with some books followed by a show.
Beretta stood by the treadmill while Andrew was on it wondering why in the world he was on the treadmill and not taking her on a walk outside:)
Don’t forget——> New HRG BABY post… check it out HERE today!
Have any dinner table traditions? I would love to hear them?
Have you changed your form at all since you started running? What? How did you do it?
Do you see animals while you are out running? Ever been chased by a dog or anything?
What is your absolute favorite (or one of them) form of carbohydrate right now?