Thursday morning run! 6 miles @ 9:10 average pace, a little bit of rain for the last few miles and a gorgeous pink sunrise about .2 miles into my run (**I don’t run in the dark by myself… the flash on the camera made it look darker than it was). Some days you just wake up with energy and eagerness to hit the pavement and some days you don’t. Yesterday was a rare day where I jumped out of bed excited to get moving but most days are not like that. Currently the excitement doesn’t happen until a few miles into the run and sometimes not until the last .1 mile of the run:)
I think runners need to give themselves a pat on the back for a second. Running a lot of times is just plain ol’ hard.
It’s hard to get out of bed and out the door, it’s hard if we are tired/sore/not feeling great. It’s hard when we have set-backs and running around in the heat/humidity/freezing cold is tough work. But we keep doing it because we know the benefits make all of the hard stuff worth it. That takes a lot of self-discipline to continue to do something that can be super hard along the way just because we know the end goal is worth it.
So, keep setting that alarm clock at crazy early times or running after a long day of work/kids/life. Keep pushing yourself out of that comfort zone and continue to run when quitting sounds a lot easier. It pays off on race day, in our health, in our stress/anxiety levels, in our energy levels for the rest of the day, in endorphins, in our relationships, in building our fitness. All of that self-discipline we use to get out and run (or do whatever work out that you love) pays off in a million ways.
Take a moment (right now please) and just pat yourself on the back or buy yourself a donut or a new running tank;)
I was pretty proud because I have a new strength workout that I’m trying (I’m going to do it a few weeks before I review it) and I did that after my run too!
These two woke up in quite an interesting mood:) PS yesterday Knox’s friend’s mom told me that Knox went to school and told his friend that he was feeling really sad. The friend asked why and Knox replied he was so sad because he just found out Michael Jackson passed away before he got a chance to go to one of his concerts. He might be the current biggest fan of MJ that is four years old on the planet.
Knox is gone this weekend and Andrew will be at the hospital so we decided to get in some really good time all together up in SLC yesterday.
If you ever see me laying on a bench outside, don’t worry I’m okay… I just really love laying down right now and if it is hot outside then odds are I’m taking rest breaks on the bench.
Since we were in SLC, Andrew had the great idea to go to The Dodo which is one of my favorite restaurants but we never go since it is far away. Potato soup with their smoked turkey sandwich.
Followed by my favorite part about The Dodo. Their pie.
I had the banana cream pie and Andrew had the coconut cream pie… we shared them, the best way to do it in my opinion.
A close up on the coconut cream pie because it was almost too pretty to eat.
The kids fell asleep on the way home so Andrew and I drove around looking at ‘dream homes’ which we love doing.
I have a few Friday favorites to share today!
*To go along with what we talked about a few days ago with Disordered Eating and Runners, Erin shared a great recommendation! She struggled with amenorrhea for 15 years and she is now pregnant (CONGRATS GIRL). She said that the book, ’No Period Now What’ really helped her… check it out if you are struggling! Also, this article about Orthorexia is a really good one.
*My mom gave us this amazing deshedding brush to help with all of Beretta’s shedding and OH MY GOODNESS. It is life changing. I can’t even believe how much it has helped with her shedding. You use it once a week and I swear we have approximately 85% less dog hair that we vacuum up each day;)
*We have a doctor’s appointment today which is always a favorite for me.
*With ice cream back in my life I am fully embracing it and making up for the 6 months without it in my life. If you haven’t tried these, please do soon.
*I asked my sister for her Friday Favorite and this was her reply… LUCKY.-
*Brooke understands and practices my favorite way to eat a meal… save the best for last ha. I looked over at her plate the other day and she had eaten all of the crusts off of her sandwich and saved the middles for last:)
*This quote… it always grounds me, reminds me what is important and where I should be focusing.
*Shakes… ice cream/custard mixed with oreos eaten while in my pajamas. Brooke was really into donuts while I was pregnant with her and she still is so I’m guessing this baby is going to have a lifelong love for shakes.
*This one might seem silly but when both kids are fresh out of their showers/baths and into pajamas and Brooke let’s me brush her hair… it is my favorite (especially if all of this is happening by 6 pm;).
*If you need some motivation this morning to run…
What are some of your Friday Favorites? How is your running (or working out) each week PAYING OFF for you lately? Have any Friday night plans you are looking forward to? What is your opinion of the absolute best pie. Any non-pie lovers? -I like pie more than cake, cookies and most brownies. If you are a banana cream fan, you have to try the one I made HERE!