Brooke will be holding a running form clinic (I am her first customer) next week for anyone that wants to come. I love watching her FLY when she runs… I think she might have a future with running (I just need to get her a pair of Brooks).
I also really loved this picture… just looking calm and in control mid-stride. No big deal.
Monday morning was something special over here… 60 degrees when I left the house. It rained last night and the clouds were still covering the sun so it just felt perfect outside. I went for 8 miles instead of my normal 7 just because it felt so much better outside.
And then this happened. Andrew had this for me when I finished my run. Food always tastes a million times better when someone else makes it for you! I feel bad for saying such bad things about eggs during the first 15 weeks of pregnancy and swearing I would never eat them again because I love eating them again. Ketchup is a must on my eggs.
After I ate we hit up a park and had to wear jackets… that was a strange feeling!
We played there until the sun decided to come out and then I was too hot in a matter of seconds. Brooke agreed with me that going home for a smoothie was the best idea possible.
Two breakfasts a day is a very normal thing around here. Frozen blueberries + frozen bananas + peanut butter + milk + Aloha. And a peanut butter stain on my stomach when I was eating it straight out of the jar.
Then we all got to work on either our computers or school books;)
Lunch included grilled cheese sandwiches, mangoes and some painting.
Later on we picked up my nieces for a Harry Potter Marathon
For dinner we made everyone chicken fajitas and they were a hit! The guacamole was too!
Then back to some Harry Potter watching (I lasted an entire half of a movie ha…)
and Beretta made herself right at home with my niece.
*I just found out that Oprah has a podcast now. Day made. My mom and I used to watch Oprah together (and my sister too when she lived there for a little while when I was in high school) almost every day after school each day. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Oprah and can’t wait to start listening.
*We all have pictures that we don’t particularly love when we see them right? Race day pictures especially… somehow at times the camera manages to capture our leg muscles going in 30 different directions:) This weekend I came across this picture of me with Brooke at her race and I instantly saw my cottage cheese. I’ve always had cottage cheese on my legs, even at my thinnest weight years ago when I was disordered… it’s just part of me. When I first saw the photo it wasn’t my favorite but whenever that happens, I remind myself that I’m a paintbrush… my body is my tool to create beautiful things and in this picture below not only am I creating a new baby girl (I think I was like 9 weeks along or something) but a memory with Brooke at a race. Who cares if the paintbrush isn’t perfect? It’s creating my definition of perfect….
We all definitely do not have to agree on this topic but whenever I struggle with seeing something on my body that I’m not loving… I think of the idea that I’m a paintbrush (my sister first introduced this idea to me) and how lucky I am to have this amazing tool that has so much to offer and create. This article explains this theory a bit:)
*I was going through my coaching handbook from the RCCA and came across this! I’ve known a lot of people that try out the ‘train low’ and I’ve always been interested in if that helps them come race day! (Sports Nutrition, Nancy Clark MS, RD, CSSD).
“Should I train with poorly fueled muscles, as a means to teach my body to burn more fat, so it spares the limited glycogen stores?
-Training with low glycogen stores (‘train low’) drives up the metabolic adaptations to burn more fat. This spares the limited glycogen stores and theoretically should enhance stamina and endurance because glycogen depletion is associated with fatigue. To date, ’training low’ has been most effective in research with untrained individuals. Athletes who train with depleted glycogen are unable to work at high intensity and that may actually hinder performance.”
*This article helped me feel a little bit better about the big event ahead of us… you might want to check it out if this is something coming up for you too… I cried (of course).
Your comments yesterday were amazing (I LOVED all of your ‘best advice’ answers especially)! What Paige said really stuck out to me… I think our thoughts are what hold us back the most in our running. I’m been wrong about a lot of things and I think my potential as a runner is one of them! Anyone else read the Extra Mile… I think I need to!
What would you say are some of the best running books out there?
What do you do when you see something on your body you want to change or a picture of yourself that isn’t your favorite?
Anyone else watch Oprah religiously when her show used to be on? Her Favorite Things episodes were always our favorite.
What are you having for dinner tonight? I had a plan for something tonight but it doesn’t sound good anymore (story of my life right now)… so I need ideas of something different!