Another Sunday! The craziest thing happened… on Saturday night Brooke was listening to a bunch of church talks (while she colored) with me and then at church the next day one of the speakers included a quote from the talk I had listened to. Brooke looked up at me and told me that she remembered hearing that same thing the night before. I was blown away that she could remember (or that she was even paying attention)! This girl can focus!
We started off the morning with some hot chocolate of course. Andrew is convinced that hot chocolate should be made with water and I am fully 100% all about using milk to make hot chocolate. You? PS this week I am going to get a Cocomotion (unless you have a better recommendation for a hot chocolate maker)… my previous Cocomotion got me through many Utah winters. Add in some protein power or Vital proteins and boom… perfect recovery fuel after a run:)
It rained for most of the day so our only running was the sprint to and from the car in the parking lot.
Knox’s birthday is on Wednesday so we started getting everything ready for the big day:)
These two could look at puppies for HOURS.
Our day included a movie, spaghetti, a nap and then Andrew’s parents came over!
Andrew had his favorite cookies ready for everyone. Don’t mind the .8 cookie on the side;)
I’ve got a few Monday Matters to discuss with you today!
*My mom’s perception of temperature vs Andrew’s… quite the difference.
*Andrew sent this to me and I have no idea why.
PS Andrew’s least favorite reply back via text is: ‘K’
He knows that is not good news;)
So don’t leave that as a comment on his next guest post ha!
*Andrew found these in our cupboard and I brought them to church. These are even better than chocolate covered raisins. They were the perfect snack.
*My absolute favorite part of my car:
*I was missing my runs the other day with Josse (we’ll start back up together next February) and remembered this picture of us. She is sure good at getting me out in the crazy weather or doing crazy workouts. I can’t wait to push myself like that again!
*As if I didn’t already spend too much time and money at Target… I just heard that Chip & Jo have a new line coming out in November to Target!!!
*A picture from a few weeks ago of a donut we all shared… You would think of all the donuts I have tried in my life that I would have tried a Dunkin’ Donut. Nope, I never have. Am I missing out or what?
The other day on my treadmill run I was thinking about how often I think about the things I need to do more of/start/work towards to become the person I want to be. From there my brain started thinking about not only the things that I want to begin but the things that I want to LET GO OF to work towards the person I want to be. The things that help me progress the most and the things that instantly make me feel better the second I let go of them.
Here are the things that I have either let go of in the past or things I try to let go of whenever they creep back in! Most of these have to do with running but of course they can go along with anything!
*FOR ME… letting go of the need to eat ‘perfectly’ was one of the best things I could do for my brain and body. Obsessing over calories was miserable for me (I am positive I had a running list of calories going on in my brain at all times) and my body was not in a healthy spot (amenorrhea and osteopenia). Eating more intuitively and letting go of my ‘food rules’ made all the difference for me.
*To LET GO of my fear of being uncomfortable during a race or hard workout and to accept that it is going to happen and I’m going to be able to handle it like a champ! Being uncomfortable is bound to happen at some point (ehhh many points) along the way in a hard workout or race but there is NO REASON to be afraid of it. Embrace it, welcome it, acknowledge it and remind yourself you’ve been through it in the past and you’ll be able to do it again!
*To let a race or a workout define me. I can’t tell you how many years I let a bad race make me feel badly about myself and my running. Having a coach really helped me to learn all about looking at the big picture of running. Not just the little steps along the way to get you to your goals. When I constantly let a run or race make me feel certain ways… it takes the fun out of running for me. Letting go of defining myself based off a number on a race clock made a huge difference in my run love.
*To let go of stressing out over a hard workout! Sometimes when I see my training schedule and I see a workout pop up that looks hard… I’ve learned to let go of worrying about it. Show up, do your best and learn something from the miles—> that is all I can do and worrying about it leading up to the workout is not going to help me to do any better!
*Thinking that you are not enough. You are enough. This quote first really hit me when breastfeeding wasn’t working with Brooke and I felt like I was failing motherhood… I saw this quote and it gave me goosebumps and helped me to realize that I am enough. Use this with your running, see how much this positive statement will help you to hit your goals because constantly getting down on yourself for not being enough is going to take you in the opposite direction.
*To let go of perfectionism with my running. Perfect training is just not going to happen:) Hitting every pace, run and workout perfectly and exactly how we think it should happen just isn’t possible. Realizing this and accepting it makes running all so much more fun and we will bounce back faster and stronger after a set-back in our running. “By recognizing our imperfect human condition, we can feel more secure and alive, and more able to rebound from failure.” -Survive To Thrive
*To let go the need for approval from others with your running and/or life! Do it for YOU and not for others to approve—> Don’t let others have control over the way you feel or think! “Why should you surrender your happiness to someone or group of someones who cares very little about you or your happiness? If you find yourself worrying about what other people say about you, may I suggest this antidote- Remember WHO You Are…” (you can see the rest of this talk/quote here! .. it is so good) -Dieter F. Uchtdorf
*Let go of some of the control that we might feel over running injuries. We can do everything under the sun right with our training and still get injured. It happens and a lot of times it happens right before a race or right at a time we do not want it to happen. It happens to the elites even. One of my biggest injury lessons has been to let go of worrying about it. Focus on some other passion, let your body heal and start running again once your body is injury free again!
*To let go of the thought that every race should be a PR. When I first started running, each and every marathon I did was a new PR and then boom… it’s been 7 years since my last marathon PR. Life happens, the weather is crazy and injuries pop up… PRs aren’t always going to happen (I’m still chasing after mine) so I’ve learned to not take running quite so seriously.
(And a random picture of my sweatshirt from yesterday… the Phoenix Marathon gave these out a few years ago)
Just in case you missed out last week… the top three posts were:
3. 28 Weeks + Postpartum Depression/Anxiety (thank you to all of you that shared your stories with us… it makes us all feel a lot less alone, thank you)!
Those of you that have had Dunkin’ Donuts… what are your thoughts? Do I need to find a way to get one of these or am I not missing out on much?
Hot chocolate made with water or milk?
What are some things that you have LET GO OF in either your running or life that has helped you a lot?
What is your Monday run plan?!