The belly band has made it’s appearance. I’ve only used it once so I’m not completely sure what I think of it but once I know, I’ll give you the details. Basically I love using a belly band during pregnant running because it is like a sports bra for that growing stomach… it keeps things supported a bit. I get a little bit of ligament pain (I felt it on Saturday) and the belly band takes that away for me.
I try to avoid courses for my daily runs where there are stoplights but yesterday I hit a few. The problem with stoplights is the FORCED BREAK that it gives me. I don’t mind stopping when I feel I need a break but when I don’t need a break, I don’t want to stop. It’s always so hard to start moving again after standing there waiting for the light to change. PS I always pause my garmin for all of my stops.. do you? I know some people that do and some people that don’t.
The average pace I share with you each day doesn’t include breaks:) When I am doing a tempo or speed work then I plan my courses to involve zero stops but for just normal days… I hit pause on that Garmin whenever I’m not moving. Also, another question… do you have your watch set up to auto pause (so it pauses for breaks and starts back up on it’s own when you start running) or do you just start and stop your watch as you go? Ever forgotten to start your watch again after a stop and not realized for awhile… I have a few times and it always bugs me because if my Garmin didn’t say I actually ran X amount of miles at X pace then how do I know I even did it (slight sarcasm… with a lot of honest:).
We have turned Monday into our CLEAN THE WHOLE HOUSE DAY. Everything from vacuuming/mopping to bathrooms to washing the sheets. It takes a few hours but I love starting out the week with a clean house and then do small chores each day to keep things put together:) Brooke has gotten pretty good with the vacuum. By the way, I am a big vacuum lover and this one we have now is by far my favorite.
We started off by watching the solar eclipse online…
But last minute we found some glasses and we got to see it!
Salad bowls for lunch with romaine, cottage cheese, strawberries, grapes, peppers, cucumbers, chicken and balsamic vinaigrette.
And then I took Brooke to go spend her money that she got from Mer for her birthday.
Purses are a big thing for her these days (hit up the nursery yesterday too).
Andrew stole the show by bringing her home a cookie sandwich!
Not sure if Beretta has a new love for snuggling beanie babies while she naps or if Brooke positioned them like this.
Brooke went out yesterday and helped Andrew with the yard. My parents were big fans of yard work with us… weeding was the ultimate punishment. I am pretty sure that is why they always had an acre or so of land when we were growing up—> for those days we talked back to them;)
Chicken fajitas for dinner! We just chop up onions, peppers and chicken and use fajita seasoning, simple and perfection in my opinion.
Brooke finished off her night with part of another Air Bud movie (it is quite miraculous how many different Air Bud movies there are these days:). I felt a bit of that first trimester nausea kick in so I hopped into bed as early as I possibly could.
Random story of the day… all of the sudden I have noticed Andrew rubbing the tops of my hands often. After a few days of this happening I realized it’s because of my VEINS… he laughed once I told him I realized what he was doing:) He has been doing a lot of IV insertion at school and my veins are huge so they must be quite tempting to him ha. In case you are wondering, school is still going really great for Andrew and he keeps loving it more and more.
Somehow yesterday I came across this and it made me laugh pretty hard:)
Besides my first marathon (I smiled a lot during that race ((before I got to mile 20)) because I was so stinkin’ happy to be accomplishing one of the biggest goals I had set for myself) I’m pretty sure my facial expressions have scared off people from wanting to try running;) One thing that I have learned in the last few years that works for me when I am really tired/hurting/wanting to quit is to put on a smile for a few seconds to help trick my brain into believing I’m not hurting. It also helps me to remember that I love racing and that I don’t want to quit. The goal during our running/racing is to keep our faces relaxed (tense faces cost us energy!). Do you keep a relaxed face while running or does your face show what you are feeling on the inside like mine does?
I thought I would put together a few of Brooke’s running faces for fun too… her faces usually include a mix between concentration and pure enjoyment.
Did you watch the eclipse yesterday? Where were you? I want details!
Do you have your garmin set on auto pause or do you pause it yourself? Do you stop your garmin throughout the run at all or keep it going? Do your routes usually include stop lights or rarely?
Do you keep a relaxed face while you run or do your emotions come through?
Would you rather have a personal chef or personal laundry person?
-My answer: personal chef (that sounds like a dream) and Andrew’s answer is a person that does all of the laundry.