Nothing like finishing off your run with a few strides while you race against your daughter down the street. She can now ride a bike without training wheels but she can sure cruise on the balance bike!
Andrew and Brooke were out front hanging outside when I finished my run (it was one of those mornings where getting out the front door took quite some time for me;) and it was fun to see them when I got close to our house.
Thank you clouds for making running later on in the morning so much better! 7 miles @ a 9:18 average with plenty of rest breaks and Oprah listening!
After my run we stayed outside until Knox came over (Tuesday’s aren’t our normal days with him but we usually get to see him for a few hours while his mom is at work) and he decided we needed to race too. He told me we had to start down like this (in which I quickly found out that I might only be able to do this race starting position for another week or so… bending over isn’t my favorite thing anymore ha).
These two then decided to race but they wanted to hold hands while racing. I keep trying to convince Andrew to do our next race together (we have a 10k in 1.5 weeks) holding hands the entire time but he isn’t loving that idea;)
While they played around in the front yard I brought out the weights and did squats, walking lunges, shoulder presses, rows and curls. DOMs actually is only delayed for about 5 minutes after a workout for me now… I start feeling the soreness quite quickly ha.
PS my go-to pre-run workout fuel currently is a little bowl of honey nut cheerios followed by a clementine or four.
I’m very grateful the kids happily join me in my grilled cheese love. They aren’t always the biggest fans of eating soup in the summer but the grilled cheese thing is great. Knox left after lunch and he will be back today!
Later on in the day we hit up Costco and Brooke was positive that we needed this fifty pack of cookies for our house.
Costco nailed it with their samples yesterday.. pancakes + almond butter/jelly sandwiches. We were both thrilled.
We did get a small container of cookies to take to my mom’s house and Brooke happily enjoyed one there:)
For dinner we had pesto tortellini (a la Costco) and it hit the spot. We added spinach and chicken to it too and had some fruit on the side.
Each dinner Beretta hopes the entire time that the kids will drop some food and that she can grab it… she is going to be very happy once our new baby is here and eating solids later on;)
PS I have no idea how in the world he does SPRINTS after eating dinner. I am amazed each time.
And then we finally (ehhh a little dramatic… it was only a day late) watched The Bachelorette together.
Just in case you are wondering what I dreamed about last night… it was Rhodes Rolls. Food is a really big deal to me at this point in my life right now. Thank you for allowing me to go on and on about it to you:)
A good friend asked me yesterday a ‘what do do’ question and I thought I’d share my thoughts on this topic with you today!
The question was about when things come up during our training for a big race and force us to have to miss out on one of our key workouts. Do we try to squeeze the workout in later during the week or do we just skip it and move forward and resume training like normal the following week?
(Just a random picture of me and Josse being dramatic after a really hard track workout)
PS These are my personal opinions that I am sharing so take it or leave it:)
I can think of four scenarios for my own training where this has happened before:
1. I’m sick. For this one I guess it depends on how sick you are. A few sniffles and sneezes, yeah I’ll probably just do the workout or maybe take a day off and try it the next day. But if I AM SICK… personally, I think the best thing is to skip the key workouts of that week until I am back to myself again. Missing a key workout or two over a 12 week training cycle isn’t going to do much (in my opinion… missing a bunch of them sure will) BUT I think the confidence buster that occurs by trying to do these key workouts while sick is going to cause some problems. Trying to run fast while sick is just not going to happen for me and losing confidence in what I will be able to do on race day due to a workout where I missed the splits completely is probably going to effect my mental game a bit. If anything, I think that by doing a hard workout while we are sick is just going to force our bodies to take longer to recover too. Why not take the week easy (and/or take a few days off), get plenty of rest, nutrients and come back the next week feeling like a million bucks and like a speeding bullet again. I just don’t think running our bodies into the ground while we are sick is good for us mentally or physically during our training. I’d much rather show up to the starting line of a race a bit undertrained than overtrained.
2. I’m emotionally or physically drained and the workout just isn’t going to happen that day. This has happened plenty of times for me over the years but one experience really sticks out to me—> It was Brooke’s birthday and I went out before she woke up that morning to hit a 400 workout that my coach assigned for me. I knew within a few of the intervals it just wasn’t happening. So much emotionally and physically had been going on that week and so the workout was a flop. It happens, life comes before running for me… always. What did I do? I decided to take the next day completely off and recharge. I did the workout again the day after that rest day and nailed it. There have also been times when life took over and I did end up skipping the workout all together. I think you will have to be the judge on how drained you are… is the workout doable after a day off or two not or do you need a week or two to get back to yourself and run easy until then? Are you feeling drained because you are in the middle of training for a marathon… that can be completely normal and something we push through too. Really investigate what is causing these feelings of being drained, where your body is at with these things and when the appropriate time to really push yourself in a workout is! If it is a quick fix and a day or so makes me feel better then I personally will try to get in the workout again that week AS LONG AS I can make sure to continue having an easy day again before I attempt another hard workout/long run again afterwards.
Here is a little tip from Hanson’s Marathon Method (I LOVE their training plans) that can go along with this:
3. I’m injured or have a ‘hot spot’ with something that hurts. Something is feeling off and I know I shouldn’t push it that day by doing a workout. SKIP THE WORKOUT!!!!! Once upon a time a few years ago I remember feeling pain in my quads. Instead of skipping my 10 x 800m workout for the day I grabbed some Ibuprofen and set out for the track. Worst idea ever. I ended up with two femoral stress fractures. Who knows if I had stress reactions at this point and by continuing to do hard workouts I caused the fractures to occur? I learned my lesson the hard way with that one but I think there is zero reason to even run when something feels off. I like to take time off until it doesn’t hurt anymore and then another complete day or two after that to attempt any speed or hard stuff.
4. Life takes over and I can’t get out that day (or for a few days) to get in a workout. If I can, I try my absolute best to still get in the workout at some point that week. I always remind myself that something is better than nothing in situations like this and that I can always shorten a workout too if life is just too crazy. As long as I can continue to allow easy days in between the hard stuff, then I do try to squeeze in the workout.
Overall, when training for a big race I think that consistency is KEY so stick to your plan as much as possible. Things come up for all of us along the way and missing a key workout or two isn’t going to ruin race day (in my opinion)! I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions!
I saw this on my friend’s IG page and I wanted your opinion… If you could choose one, which would it be? For me it would be #2. All the way. Can you even imagine how glorious that would be? Feel free to tell me another option that you would really love to include on this quiz.
Who watched the Bachelorette season finale? What were your thoughts about it all?
What are your thoughts on skipping key workouts? When have you had to skip them and did you squeeze them in later that week or not?
Do you remember your dreams often or rarely? What was the last really strange dream that you had? I love hearing Andrew’s dreams that he has because they are always so entertaining and random!