My heart and prayers go out to the victims and their families in Las Vegas. Such an awful act of violence.
Let’s chat about the last day of our babymoon! I didn’t run on Sunday morning but I did hit 40 miles last week which I was pretty excited about!
We tried a new to us spot for breakfast (thank you Lisa for the recommendation)! We went to Hash House in Campbell and it was amazing. I had the California omelet and Andrew had the Irish Hash. We will be back again. PS remember how I would eat a pancake every day and I couldn’t stand eggs for the first 18ish weeks or something of pregnancy? Times have changed.
We started off with hot chocolate of course too… not a lot of my pregnancy cravings have rubbed off on Andrew but this one has.
A picture of Andrew making fun of my selfie taking habits of holding the camera way up above me;)
We couldn’t leave the area without trying to go to Stan’s one more time for a glazed donut and we lucked out because they had one left. The next batch was going to come out in 30 minutes and we actually probably would have waited for that too if we weren’t able to get one. We split this one and Andrew exclaimed it was the best donut he has ever had and I am going to have to agree with him on that one.
From there I took a nap at the hotel (hey, kid free = this pregnant woman is going to take any opportunity for a nap even if it is 10 a.m.;). Then we drove to the Highway One and stopped at any beaches that we wanted to along the way.
We hung out at Mavericks Beach for a while and this felt SO GOOD. We dug a little hole in the sand for my stomach and I was able to lay on my stomach for the first time in FOREVER. It felt so good. Just 10.7 weeks until I can do this again:) Or maybe I can buy a box of sand for our house.
We stopped all over the place to check out things and then we were hungry again…
Gherkins Sandwich Shop.
We found another gold mine. These sandwiches were unreal. I actually won’t be back to California for a little while (Andrew is going to take over bringing Brooke out for the next little while of pregnancy + after the baby is born for a few months) but he said he is going to come back to this sandwich place for sure when he is out again. Who knew that bbq sauce, mayo, mustard and pesto were an amazing combination of flavors… they know what they are doing there.
Then we drove to the airport and met Brooke there. Brooke does a really good job with the back and forth and saying goodbye to either us or her dad… probably because she has done this for as long as she can remember. It makes the whole situation so much easier!
The post trip cuddles are by far the best.
Then we got home late last night and it felt so good to be in my own bed again… especially with my huge pregnancy pillow that takes up most of the bed;)
I’m guessing why a few people sent this to me the other day is because matching Brooke in running clothes is one of my top 10 favorite things.
Also, if you need a new running song… I have been listening to this one on repeat! SOOOO GOOD!
I have put in a little more than 50 miles on the Levitate so I thought I would share what my thoughts are so far about the shoes.
When I first put the Levitate on I was worried I got the wrong size (or that my feet were growing by the second with pregnancy… ps they are:) but the Levitate is meant to fit a little bit more snug than the normal running shoe. I wasn’t sure that I was going to love that feel but it turns out I am REALLY loving that so far. I love the feel of the knit upper on this shoe… while it felt snug at first it actually really allows your foot to do it’s thing while you run. It feels more like the shoe moves with you rather than your foot having constraints or moving around within the shoe. I don’t really feel the upper at all on the Levitate which I always take as a good sign—> it’s the shoes I don’t like that I think about the whole time because I’m annoyed over one thing or another and can’t stop thinking about that. The knit expands when your foot needs it to which offers the perfect amount of flexibility and breathability with the shoe. The Levitate weighs in at 9.7 ounces for women and 11.2 ounces for the men. They are a bit heavier than the Launch (what I usually wear… 7.5 ounces) but I haven’t noticed the difference at all (maybe I would during a race or a long run though).
These shoes are all about ENERGY RETURN. That was goal of the shoes and I think they nailed it. Even with my pregnant running, I do feel the difference between these and my other running shoes. I feel like they help me to wake up a bit in those first few miles too ha. Heck, I’ve even been running faster miles the last 1.5 weeks while wearing these (probably the combination of the shoes and the cooler weather:). I feel the spring that comes with each foot strike. “With the most energy return of leading performance running shoes, Levitate’s DNA AMP midsole technology gives energy nowhere to go but up, straight back to you.” (source). The two words that come to mind when I think about these shoes are—> bounce and spring and that comes from this new DNA AMP midsole technology. I plan on putting on many more miles on these but after 50ish miles so far of using them, they still have that same energy/bounce/spring that I felt during the first runs in them (aka, don’t worry… that feeling doesn’t go away and I’ll keep you updated on how this is going as I put more and more miles on them). The cost of the Levitate is $150 and the midsole drop on these is 8 mm. I’m very excited to try these on a tempo run next year!
I will say that they aren’t my favorite ‘looks-wise’ which doesn’t really matter of course. I love the look of the PureFLows and Launch and these don’t do the same for me (maybe the silver would and I like the upper of the shoe looks-wise better than the bottom too;) but that is the only small thing I have found personally about the shoes that I wasn’t in love with. They sure don’t get dirty looking though… I went through a bunch of mud one day in them and it all just wiped off and they looked brand new again.
The bottoms of the shoes have an arrow-point pattern on them that are said to help you ‘move from heel to toe quickly without losing energy.’ I haven’t noticed a huge difference in the bottom of the shoes/pattern compared to my other running shoes but it is probably another thing that has added to the spring/bounce feeling that I am enjoying while out on my run lately. These shoes have been through 9 rounds of development and seven rounds of wear tests! The Levitate definitely provide me with something new compared to my other running shoes and I am planning on using these and the Launch the most when I am back to marathon training again.
In case you missed out last week… the top three posts were:
Let’s chat October—> Who has an October race? What about an October birthday?
-I’ve got a race this month (hallelujah)!!
Who is running the St. George Marathon this Saturday!?! I’m so excited for you and I’ll probably have to be there running in 2018:) Who has done the St. George Marathon in the past? Who is doing Chicago this weekend?
What is your current running shoe… what one are you wanting to try next or are you sticking with what you are using for a while?
What is the most exciting part of your upcoming week?