IT WAS COLD yesterday morning. Utah is pretty dramatic about it’s temperature changes! These cold temperatures feel a million times better than running during the hot months (this portable heater of mine makes me pretty hot easily).
I did the first 4.1 miles on the treadmill, the rest outside and some strength work afterwards at home. Erinn and I were discussing yesterday (well, in the comments… I consider our chats in the comments like we are friends talking over breakfast) about how our paces are faster outside vs. on the treadmill. Who else is this way? Or are you faster on the treadmill than outside? I currently put my treadmill on a .5% incline so maybe that is why I am slower on the treadmill compared to outside.
Knox was thrilled to be wearing a winter coat. He is just like Andrew and wants to wear shorts and t-shirts year round.
Andrew calls Brooke’s pink jacket her ‘Janae Jacket’ because he thinks I buy her clothes that are similar to things that I wear (or want to wear). I mean I only have like 4 jackets like this pink one…
I didn’t take that many pictures yesterday (WHO AM I!?!?) but I do have a few…
I really missed candy the past 6ish months but happy to say that some things are delicious again. Maybe it is just Halloween themed candy that I am really liking again. Holiday themed candy is always the best.
Brooke was extra sleepy/cuddly last night.
Kids in bed and some hanging out just the two of us.
The best bedtime snack:
And some pre-bed time Halloween prep.
I had a reader ask the other day for a pros and cons list of my fake eyelashes. I’ve had them for 4 years now and I also had them for a few years when I was in my early 20s… clearly I have a thing for them.
Pros: My make-up takes me about 1.5 minutes in the morning. I don’t do anything to my eyes (I also tint my eyebrows once a month) and just add on some foundation, powder and lip gloss and I’m out the door. I LOVE never having to put on mascara (I am also terrible at that kind of stuff). A lot of people ask me if they cause my eyelashes to fall out… in my experience they do not but that might just be because my girl is really good. Now I have no idea what my eyelashes look like after this long of having them BUT my girl glues the fake eyelash to the actual eyelash. The fake eyelash falls off when the actual eyelash falls out naturally. Each time I go she still has a million eyelashes to glue on the new fake ones too so that is why I don’t think I’ve lost any more than I naturally would. I’ve gone to the girl I go to for four years now and I feel like we are best friends (I hope she feels the same;). We can talk about everything so I look forward to my visits big time.
Cons: They cost mula… About $55 per month for my eyelashes (I explain how Andrew and I divide our fun things up money-wise in this post). In the beginning it is hard to get used to not getting them wet or scratching your eyes etc. When I wash my face I wash around them really well rather than getting them wet because that makes the glue not as strong. I worry whenever it starts raining while I’m out on a run that they are all going to fall off;) Those are the only cons I can think of besides the fact that they are probably my biggest addiction.
Oh, and I have four more pictures from our raspberry picking too:
*Knox is SUCH a people person. He just loves talking to people. While we were at the berry patch he was picking berries but then he just wanted to go over and talk to the lady that runs the place. He had all sorts of questions to ask her and made sure to tell her about his plans to be a policeman/lifeguard/army man.
*Knox, Brooke and Andrew ask for another dog at least once a day;)
*Hydration is key when spending that much time in the sun picking berries. We also saw spiders, bees and a snake while we were out picking and they didn’t even phase Brooke. She was on a mission.
*Raw honey… does it get any better?! This on Dave’s Killer Bread is something else…
There are a few things about running that I swear I will never understand. I’ve tried to understand them for the almost 2 decades of running that I’ve been doing it but who knows if I ever will…
1. How one day of running can feel like rainbows and skittles and like we are at the top of our fitness game and then the next day we can somehow feel like our legs are tree trunks. How can our perception of runs be so completely different different day to day and week to week?!
2. Something I would love to understand more about running… what portion of our running is innate ability vs hard-work?! How much of running is our work vs. our genetics? I always wonder this.
3. How in the world running gives me more energy. How is it that I feel more energetic on the days that I get up really early and sweat for an hour on the treadmill or roads compared to my rest days where I sleep a bit longer and hang out on the couch!? You would definitely think it would be the opposite way!
3a) How in just about 36 minutes each morning I can go from ——> ‘I DO NOT WANT TO GET OUT OF BED, I am so tired… why the heck do I do this’ to feelings of gratitude for a long list of items (one of them being gratitude for being able to be out running)?
4. Why are some runners more prone to injuries than others? Yes, all of the little things we do outside of our running makes a huge difference in whether or not we get injuries but some people just get injuries way more often than others. Anytime I go over 55-60 miles… boom. I’m injured. Yet my training buddies can handle way more miles and others friends of mine can’t go over 35ish miles per week without getting injured. Very very interesting. Deep thoughts today;)
5. How effective is cross training for our running? I REALLY want to understand this better, like with exact percentages. For me I have noticed that spin classes are very effective for my speed and leg turnover but I would love to understand the exact ratio that is the perfect formula for each and every runner:)
6. How does our perception change so drastically on how many miles we are doing for our long runs:) In the beginning of a training cycle x amount of miles sounds like forever for me and then a few months later that same amount of mileage seems like it goes by in the blink of an eye. I use that weird word ‘JUST’ to explain running 14 miles or something crazy like that.
7. Why it feels like it takes way more time to really build up endurance/speed than it takes to lose it:) Ever feel this and wonder why? I swear it takes me 4 months to really build up my speed/endurance and then I take a few weeks off after a marathon and boom… I feel like I’m starting all over again (I know this isn’t really what is happening and our fitness sticks around longer than we think but it sure feels like it is faster to lose it than to build it).
A random truth about my running life that I am putting in this post:
8. How the heck we can jump up from 20 miles (or even 18) to a full marathon or 10 miles to a half-marathon?! It is always so interesting to me that during training we increase our long runs by about 2 miles each week (along with a few cut-back weeks in there) and then we get to 20 miles (or 22 miles) and rest up for a few weeks and then boom, on race day we jump up to the full 26.2 miles. It has worked great for me 9 times so far but I still don’t really understand how it works so well (maybe the answer is because a big portion of our running is mental)!
9. A bad run the week before a race = an awesome race day for me. I’m not just talking about a ‘mmmm that wasn’t fun’ type of run… I’m talking about the kind of runs where you are ready to throw in the towel and sell your 40 pairs of running shoes. Every one of my best races have included one of those really awful runs just a few days before the race. It’s science for me personally but I want to KNOW WHY!
10. Why do running shoes not last forever (we would all have a lot more money if they did;)? Also, why more people don’t understand my hair-washing theory as a runner:
What do you not understand about running?!?!
What things can you relate with or do you understand better out of my list?!
Make-up… do you enjoy putting it on or not so much? How long is your getting-ready routine in the morning usually?
What are you having for lunch today… is it something you eat often or do you switch up your lunches a lot lately?!