I’ve got a new HRG BABY POST—> 24 WEEKS! You can read it HERE!!
Can we just talk about that beautiful temperature in the below picture. I was so thrilled when I walked out the door and those numbers and the cool breeze was there to hang out with me.
I also got to see a pretty amazing sunrise!
7.11 miles @ 9:17 average pace and for part of it I listened to this podcast and it was awesome. I especially love hearing about companies that I LOVE and how they started and the successes and failures along the way to get where they are now!
I’m happy that I can somewhat still do pigeon pose because my hip flexors are TIGHT.
It feels like I haven’t really challenged myself in my running in a while but this last Saturday at my trail race, my muscles were definitely challenged. One of my oldest mental techniques popped into my head during the very first long hill that we came across. It is one that has helped me through hundreds of hard hills or rough spots along race courses and training runs.
Sometimes I visualize a hill as being one of the hardest spots in life. Whether that be eating disorder low points, loneliness, saying goodbye to kids to go to their other parent’s house, family struggles, work problems… you name it, one of them will pop into my head and that hill becomes that experience. As I’m climbing that hill I remind myself of that particular trial that I have had in the past and think about how I overcame that time of life. I think about the strengths I had, the courage, the lessons learned and remind myself over and over again when my heart is pounding and my muscles are burning that I overcame that challenge in life and that those things were a whole lot harder than the hill I am currently running. I remind myself I didn’t quit those hard times of life, I’m sure as heck not going to quit the hill (or hard part of the workout). If I can make it through those really rough emotional times, I most definitely can make it through a little physical hardship that is only going to last a few minutes! I also think about some big trials that either Andrew has been through, my parents, my siblings or best friends and think about how they overcame them and it fills me up with all of the energy I need to get to the top.
And then I always remind myself of how sweet it feels to come through on the other side of a big trial. It feels like you just get to fly again and take off the 50 lb backpack you have been carrying everywhere with you… which is exactly what happens once you get to the top of the hill. You get to fly down and as your breathing normalizes and your muscles are no longer telling you to quit, you realize you can keep doing whatever hard thing is put in your way!
Knox came home yesterday morning and after 5 days apart, these two were beyond happy to see each other.
So were these two. Hearing their giggles together is my favorite.
Lunch was out with the girls! It felt like it had been forever since we last caught up on everything. It was delicious and a really good time.
I have great news. Chocolate is sounding really good again. It was a long 6 months without it but it is back. I still have no desire for candy but chocolate is good and chocolate custard from Culver’s is my current #1!
Every piece of clothing that I wear now has at least one nice stain from whatever I was eating at the moment right on my belly.
Somehow a water fight started in the front yard (Andrew…….).
And for dinner, it might not look pretty but it tasted SO GOOD. We had this stroganoff. It doesn’t use cream of chicken or anything… we used ground turkey too and the mushrooms in it tasted amazing.
A little snuggling with Beretta before bed time.
Last night I went to the youth activity that I do every Wednesday night. In our church you can accept certain callings (service opportunities) and mine is to work with the youth girls (ages 12-14) to teach them on Sundays and to also do weekly activities. I love it. If you are a newish reader, I used to teach high school health to 9th graders (and some 10-12th graders) so this age group is really fun for me. Yesterday they did a big combined activity with the boys and the girls and after a bbq we did this huge slip ’n slide. They added soap to the slide to make it even more slippery. The kids flew down this thing… there were zero injuries and a ridiculous amount of laughs so it was a success.
I would love to hear what you run the most on? Sidewalk, asphalt, grass or dirt? I’m all about running on the asphalt as much as possible. I do run on the sidewalk a bit if I’m in a busy area but not only do I try to avoid the sidewalks because I love tripping over their cracks, but also because my grandpa told me to when I was younger:) He was a huge track & cross-country runner/coach and he advised me to run on asphalt instead of concrete as much as possible because it is a bit softer on the joints. I want to run until I’m 100 so I do anything I can to keep my joints happy:) I’ve also read a lot that it really doesn’t make a difference between the two but my brain just keeps telling me that I like to run on asphalt more than concrete… what about you?
You know your husband is a good person when he doesn’t mind matching your shoes… or when he doesn’t mind you stealing his socks for the last few days because I for the life of me can’t find any of my own matching socks. Our washer swallows my socks, I’m positive.
And another reminder.. I HAVE ANOTHER HRG BABY POST UP!!!
Any visualizations that you use when climbing a hill or hitting a rough spot of a race/workout?
Do you run most on grass, dirt, concrete, asphalt? Do you switch it up often? Does your body notice a difference?
Absolute best milkshake combination in your opinion? I take these things seriously now because they are starting to sound good again (as of yesterday ha… who knows what tomorrow will bring).
What was your dinner last night? Was it something you’ll repeat or a one and done recipe?