NEW HRG BABY post—> 31 week update + 26 reasons why marathons are just like pregnancy!
My Wednesday morning treadmill runs are something that I look forward to a lot… I watch This Is Us. I actually just started last week splitting up the episode so I have half to run to on Wednesday and half to watch on Thursday because I love running to it so much. Yesterday I did 4.2 of my miles on the treadmill (already looking forward to finishing the episode today)…
PS Right after my run I got a text from my mom telling me about how she got in a hill workout with her new treadmill while watching HGTV and how excited she was about it… I get it mom, the treadmill and your favorite show does good things for one’s soul.
Once it was light I did 3.3 miles outside! 7.5 miles for the day! It was warm enough for shorts which was exciting. Running through the leaves is always a good feeling (and makes me think that the kids would be so jealous if they knew what I was doing at that moment ha;).
And then we were off for our school day!
Along with our normal post-school activities with Knox (including waffles for lunch again:)!
We went to our favorite pumpkin patch (ehhh Costco) to pick up pumpkins. $5.50 for a 24 lb pumpkin, yes please.
And then I had my beautiful homemade bread that I’ve been craving for dinner. I used this recipe and it tasted SO good.
We also had the ‘homemade’ chicken noodle soup from Costco for dinner too. The perfect fall dinner if you ask me.
And putting this on top is the absolute best (also, from Costco).
Our night ended with attempting to carve the pumpkins!
Like I said above, I’ve got a hot date with my favorite running shoes and my favorite show this morning… maybe I can convince Andrew to come ride the spin bike next to me and workout with me this morning too.
PS I LOVE this video of Cosmo dancing and I had to share it with you. My brother-in-law (my sister’s husband) trains BYU’s mascot (Cosmo) so I’m extra proud:)
I am coming up on 7 years of blogging (I’ll talk more about that next week)… that means I was 24 years old when I started writing this blog. Just about the only thing that has stayed the same since the beginning of my blogging days is that I am living in the same area that I did back then but pretty much EVERYTHING else has changed in those seven years… everything from my job to being a mom to my health to my running to my relationships to eating much more appetizing looking food now (how did I used to eat some of the things I used to eat;)… you name it, it has changed! I thought it would be fun to talk about a few random things about blogging I’ve been thinking about!
*For the first time in the history of me blogging, I have a current official work schedule. Kindergarten has opened my eyes;) I was really nervous about this transition in life with Brooke going to kindergarten but between her absolutely loving it and me having a block of time where I sit down at the computer with zero interruptions and chat with you in the comments, write emails, work with sponsors and can actually think about what I want to write… has changed my stress levels completely. For the previous 6.7 years of blogging most of my work was done once kiddos were asleep or any random time of the day that I could sit down at the computer for a bit. It has felt AMAZING to have time each day carved out for blogging and I can honestly say, this has been my most favorite time period of blogging thus far because I feel like I’m not light years behind. Now the tricky part… is figuring out how to get this new little one of ours coming to nap during the exact hours of kindergarten. Wish me luck;)
*Speaking of this… it will be interesting to see how our life/schedules all change once we have the baby (pray for a good sleeper;). A reader mentioned the other day about how it was hard to not train normally because she couldn’t be gone as long due to breastfeeding etc. That got me thinking a lot, I wonder how it will all work together. I’m guessing many posts will be written with a baby sleeping on my lap for a while.
*I’d love to hear how other bloggers do it but for me when it comes to writing… I usually think of a topic for that day during my run in the morning. How convenient is that.. running is the time my brain thinks at least a little bit clearly;) And if my mind is fried during my run, I have a list of topics that I’ve wanted to write about that I choose from there. And some days, I really just have 23 pictures from that day and want to just journal out the day. I always add all of the pictures first and then I write. The pictures give me ideas a lot too!
*I’ve told you this once before but when I was 6 years old I started a newspaper that included all of the happenings of my household (which kids were fighting, the kickball score from the night before, what my mom made for dinner etc) and delivered it to my next door neighbors. I’m glad the internet has made it a bit easier (and I’m not wasting as much paper anymore;) for me to share my thoughts each day.
*Thank you for letting me share my random stories with you each day. For example—> Tuesday night I woke up Andrew at 4 in the morning to tell him how mad I was at him for what he did in my dream. I really need to learn to not get mad at people according to my dreams. I got over it after my run.
*I wonder what the very first blog ever was about… and yes that did inspire me to look up on Wikipedia, ‘the history of blogging.’ PS I listened to the podcast about how Instagram started and it was really interesting! The creators of Instagram knew that they had something as soon as Snoop Dog joined the app;)
*I wonder what it will feel like in 20 years when I am not blogging (blogging will last that long right?! I’m sure you’ll see the kids go off to college and everything I’m assuming;) to not take a million pictures a day. It’s just my natural reaction now to take a picture of any food that is in front of me or whatever activity I am doing… and what about going for a run without taking a picture, that just sounds bizarre to me now;) Remember the days when it was probably strange (maybe it still is) to be sitting in a restaurant taking pictures of your food… times have changed!
*The other day a reader told me about how she didn’t have the race day she had been dreaming about and how it seemed like EVERYONE else did and it reminded me to remind you about the highlight reel that social media is. If anything, if you are bummed about a marathon just remember I’ve been reaching for a marathon personal record for over 7 years now and it hasn’t come (my closest attempt was still over 6 minutes off).. that should make you feel better right;) We all share our highlights (which is great) but remember they are just the highlights. Just a friendly reminder (which I have to remind myself daily) that we all have awful races, tough days, trials to learn and grow from and so much more:
*I’m always interested in knowing—> What topics interest you the most when it comes to reading different blogs? Is it fitness, food, life stuff, the highs and the lows people experience, randomness? What peaks your interest?
One last reminder that I have a new baby post up HERE!!!
If you do have any blogging questions… I’d love to answer them in my anniversary post coming up!
What topics interest you the most when it comes to reading different blogs? Is it fitness, food, life stuff, the highs and the lows people experience, randomness? What peaks your interest to read about the most?
Carved pumpkins yet? What is your go-to design?
-Brooke did a poodle, Knox did a graveyard and Andrew and I were too tired to do ours last night;)
Who is watching This Is Us!? Any other great shows that just started that we should be watching?