Well, we spent a lot of yesterday afternoon/early evening at the hospital. Everything is totally okay but I took a fall at our house after lunch yesterday and hit my stomach. I called my doctor right away and he told me to go to labor and delivery at the hospital to have the baby monitored for about four hours. I cried for about the first hour and a half of those four hours because I was so freaked out/emotional. All of the labs came back great so they aren’t worried about her but it was a long day! I was having some contractions while I was there (they weren’t close together) but those have stopped too and she is kicking around a lot so everything is alright and I’m just going to relax for a bit. Aren’t you glad I share every detail of my life with you?!
The rest of this post I had already written yesterday before the hospital (sorry it’s partially done but when we got home we made some dinner and I was ready for bed… I’ll have a better list of favorites next week:) so here is a bit about the first half of our day:
FRIDAY!!! I hope you have a great weekend planned up ahead. We don’t have our kids this weekend so we are going to miss them like crazy and also try to plan something for tomorrow exciting (my definition of exciting= mostly relaxing, a chocolate custard shake from Culver’s and sleeping 12 hours on Saturday night).
Can you believe those clouds (no filter… and it was even brighter in person) for my morning run? Running gets us out there seeing things we probably wouldn’t see like we do when we run and we have the miles by ourselves (or with our running buddies) to really take in everything around us.
For my 7.4 miles (I don’t know my pace because I forgot to push stop when I got home) I listened to music for the first half and then Oprah’s podcast with Shauna Niequist for the second half. Shauna is the author of Present over Perfect which is one of my FAVORITE books and I’ve read it twice now:).
Afterwards the kids wanted to go on a little walk and then Andrew went to the gym and the kids and I hung out. I’m sitting here waiting for Andrew’s strength training consistency to rub off on me. No luck yet.
We had lunch at Chic-Fil-A to fill them up and let them play for awhile.
Time for a few of my FRIDAY FAVORITES!! I would love to hear some of yours today too:)
*When Andrew saw this he said that is my biggest fear come to life a little over a year ago;) Except I make him do 1/2 marathons on Thanksgiving etc. He pretends he doesn’t like it.
*A college love and I have been reunited. Grab a bowl of cottage cheese and a box of Wheat Thins and go for it. It is amazing. You’re welcome.
*Don’t worry, pancakes are still one of our favorite things too even though I haven’t showed you a picture of one in 36 hours.
*Current six favorite running songs—> Supercut by Lorde, Asking 4 It by Gwen Stefani, Take It All Back by Judah & the Lion, I Love My Friends by Foster The People, High by Sir Sly and Running by ARIZONA.
*I’ve told you this before but one of my absolute favorite things each day is to see how our kids fall asleep at night. Why sleep on the bed 3 feet away when you’ve got the floor, your pillows and dog right there on the ground.
*TAYLOR SWIFT HAS A NEW ALBUM coming out 11/10! I cannot wait.
*Knox LOVES Michael Jackson and we love watching him try to dance along with him.
*I found another salad dressing that I LOVE (and it is so good for a carrot/pepper/cucumber dip too)… It doesn’t have HFCS either and it is one of the greek yogurt based dressings. It tastes so good.
Feel free to send any of your running accomplishments to [email protected] ! I LOVE reading these:)
Emily!!! This story might seem kind of sad, and it is on some levels, but on others it is really about using running to connect us to other people. On Tuesday I got the regular email from our local running company with the upcoming race schedule and saw there was a 5k on Saturday on our riverfront. The 5k was to benefit melanoma research (the deadliest form of skin cancer). My boyfriend’s dad passed away from melanoma one year before we started dating, so I never had the chance to meet him; it is really hard for me because I feel like I am missing such an important part of my boyfriend’s life. My dad is one of my biggest heroes and I can’t imagine life without him… Obviously it is hard for my boyfriend’s family and my boyfriend doesn’t talk about him much. We don’t often think how it can impact people who come into our lives after a loved one dies. So spur of the moment I decided to sign up for the race and run it as a time to feel more connected to a part of our life that I never experienced. It was a tiny race (maybe 100 runners??) and I wasn’t really going for a time goal or anything, just wanted to push myself a bit. I completed it in 27 minutesish, which is right on track with where my training is currently, so that was nice. But I also got second place in my age division- so I got a sweet medal too! I spent a lot of the race reflecting on the situation I am in and it honestly helped me feel closer to my boyfriend’s dad, even though I never met him, but I was able to participate in something that is connected to him. And even though he is gone, hopefully the race’s impact on melanoma research will be able to help someone else in the future. I am planning to put the medal by my boyfriend’s dad’s grave next time we visit as a memento. You write a lot about how running impacts all aspects of our lives, and it really does help connect us to one another, whether they are running with us or not.”
Chelsea wrote this about her fiancé Jake! “My fiancé, Jake, just finished the Leadvill race series, in which he became a Leadman. In order to be a Leadman, you must complete 5 races. The following 5 races took place in Leadville, CO, which is the highest metropolis in the United States. He ran a marathon in June (I wrote to you about the heavy half I did while he did that), a 50 mile mountain bike race in July, then in august he completed a 100 mile mountain bike race, a 10k run, and a 100 mile run. He completed the 100 mile run in 27 hours and 45 minutes. When he crossed the finish line, he proposed! It was seriously the most amazing experience. I crewed for him, along with his parents. You can see the finish line and our proposal below. You can read more about his race on my blog HERE!
(Yep, I was sitting over here at my desk sobbing while watching this sweet proposal)
Have any Friday Favorites… I would love to hear them?!?
Have any foods that remind you of your college/early 20s days (if you are there now… what kind of stuff do you eat on repeat)?
-CC and wheat thins, Lean Cuisines, potatoes (and ketchup… weird but it was so cheap and easy) and chocolate covered cinnamon bears.
Anyone else ever been proposed to at a race or some other type of running/sports event?
What are you most looking forward to this weekend?