My miles started on the treadmill and ended outside! I am starting running (well, first some meditation) earlier and earlier these days because I am feeling so much better (yeah, first trimester I am pretty sure it took me an hour to talk myself into getting out of bed).
I was also pretty excited for my 7.1 miles (look at me going an extra .1 mile) because I tried out some spandex longer shorts that I found from YEARS ago. I used to wear these when I was pregnant with Brooke to help with the chafing and they were awesome yesterday. I can’t find these online anymore but just in case you are wanting some longer spandex running shorts… these and these are next on my list to keep the chafing (my skin is crazy sensitive during pregnancy) away.
It’s always strange how even a pair of new running socks can make me excited to run. The kids thought I was pretty cool with these on… mission accomplished;)
Someone was just a little bit excited about going to school yesterday. The weekend was way too long for her to be away from letters, numbers and her friends.
Lunch was a fajita salad and it was delicious.
We hit up the park too. Quite the look of determination.
And then Brooke and I split an ice cream at Costco… while we were there we ran into the GUY THAT SET UP Andrew and me! We talked to him for a while and I told him thank you about 6 times while we were there;)
Thank you Costco for giving me two of my current cravings. Peaches of course and a new one—> chocolate covered raisins. I don’t know where the raisins craving came from but no one else in my house understands this one.
Oh and I have a few pictures from Sunday night. After I got home from my trip to Vegas, we went over to my parent’s house!
I brought him fruit snacks (last time he was at Costco w/my sis he tried calling me the entire time to ask me to buy him fruit snacks… video here). He was thrilled.
My mom made her FAMOUS lasagna! The below picture does not describe how good it is but Brooke’s face sure does. She actually gets more excited than I do now when she hears that we are having lasagna for dinner.
Somehow my nieces are turning into teenagers and so fun to hang out with.
Andrew brought dessert… he made Everything Cookies which are one of my family’s favorite!
After dinner we sat around outside eating grapes from my parent’s yard and talking.
Three against one…
HUGE CONGRATS to my brother and sister-in-law! They just had their seventh baby… they are amazing and one of my biggest examples for the kind of parent I want to be!! I am also so excited for our little girl to have a cousin so close in age too:)
My brother has used this shirt a few times now;)
The other day I saw one of my favorite mantras—> ‘Tough runs don’t last, tough runners do.’ I am pretty sure a similar mantra/quote, ‘tough times don’t last, tough people do’ is one that I repeated to myself often during some of the hardest times of my life. I have proof from approximately 3948 runs that were tough (where I was sure I needed to quit) that they actually don’t last forever (even though there are runs where each .3 miles feels like 30 miles). The Tucson Marathon is the first run that pops into my mind when I think about this mantra. The first 20 miles of that race felt like 20 miles but the last 10k felt like it was NEVER EVER EVER going to end.
I walked, I cried, I ran, I made deals with myself and even though my mom was close and could have come and picked me up and taken me for donuts, I didn’t stop. I got to the finish line. That race beat me up but it toughened me up too. It didn’t last forever but the lessons I learned and the strength I gained are with me for the rest of my running days.
Those tough runs are the ones that make us tough as a runner mentally and physically which helps us to handle the next tough run better than the previous one. My first iPod shuffle had engraved on it something similar that was my favorite mantra for years, ‘Pain is Temporary, Quitting is Forever.’ When you are feeling the desire to quit and the hurt sets in, it is the best time for you to remember that pain really is temporary (unless it is an injury… stop if you have an injury). No matter what, things will improve eventually and they won’t stay hard forever… The finish line always comes at some point. Along the way your body will go through different highs and lows before you get to the finish line too. I can think of many half marathons where miles 9-11 hurt like heck and then for a mile or so I started feeling better and like I had more energy. The waves during a marathon are even more intense for me and the pace might feel impossible for a few miles only to have a second wind and strength all over again.
The tough parts won’t last but keep proving that you are that tough runner that you know you are. Finish strong!
Chocolate covered raisins… yes or no? In your opinion, what is the best chocolate covered food?
Who has had a successful blind date set up… either you set someone up or you were set up?
When you hear the words tough run, what is the first race memory or run memory that pops into your head? What got you through it?
What is your run or workout today? Anyone have speed today? I want the details!