It’s Fall Break over here in Utah and a few months ago we told the kids we would go to Disneyland for the break. As Fall Break got closer and closer, we realized that Disney just wasn’t going to happen so close to having this baby.
It’s a very good thing that our kids think Lagoon (Utah’s amusement park) is pretty much just as cool as Disneyland (it’s not but it is a lot cheaper… especially when you get your tickets at Costco;).
The morning started off with a treadmill run (of course) and reading through your sweet comments from yesterday. Those put me in the best mood ever. Thank you.
They had a good time.
I think Knox was regretting his decision to go on the kid roller coaster by his facial expression.
Their suspicious faces.
Once I started lying down on benches, Andrew suggested we take a break at his parents’ house (they live 10 minutes away from Lagoon).
It was the perfect idea. We relaxed there for a few hours and they had two things that sounded amazing to me… grapes and orange juice. I think a mid-day break should be a necessary part of amusement park days.
We ate dinner with Andrew’s parents and then we went back to Lagoon for round 2. It was way less crowded which was so nice!
And I finally got my caramel apple and it tasted as good as I imagined!
Thank you Andrew for going on all of the rides with the kids… including all of the spinning rides that made me sick just watching them.
We stayed at Lagoon until 9:45 p.m. and the kids fell asleep within 3 minutes of being in the car. I fell asleep the second my head hit the pillow.
*Pink’s new album. I am in love with a lot of her new songs.
*The Provo Haunted Halloween races… I’m doing the 5k next Saturday and I cannot wait! If you want to come join… you can get 20% off by using the code HRGCOMP (it works for the half, 5k AND kid’s run)!! It is SUCH a fun race (I wish I had the kiddos for the kid race this year:(
*This Friday favorite is from Brooke and me. We split this bar the other day and it was so good (from TJ’s). I’m a big white chocolate fan and Brooke is a sprinkle fan so it was the perfect combo for us.
*The Good Doctor! A few of you told us to start watching this and we love it. We are all caught up now and I love having a new show to watch together.
*The fan by my treadmill! I love the one on my treadmill but I bought this one to put on the ground and face up at me and it is amazing. I hate drowning in sweat and this one helps me out in that area.
*7 days until STRANGER THINGS comes back on again. I am preparing myself now by going to bed extra early because I know I’ll want to stay up late watching it with Andrew. Also, I think Andrew is loving that I wear his shirts more than mine at home now.
*Karin recommended the book ‘Wonder’ and I ordered it right away. It is so good already. Also, the movie looks amazing… just the preview in the movie theater made me bawl.
*You know you are really cool when you are playing chess at 10 pm at night;) Andrew brought out his chess board from when he went to Peru and we’ve started to play (along with sea salt butterscotch caramels)… thank you Dad for playing chess with me so much growing up so I have something besides just air hockey that I beat Andrew at.
*This song and the kids are just as obsessed as we are with it:
You guys are incredible! Keep accomplishing amazing things and send them in to [email protected] to be featured!
Kim!!! “Yesterday I ran my second half marathon at the Melbourne Marathon festival. I’m so pleased with my training and lead up as I ended up with a 10km PB and a massive 18 min PB for the half! Whilst I really didn’t enough kms 14-18 (gel & drink didn’t sit well in my stomach) I did run really well for the rest of the run. Tomorrow I am taking the start to run group out, I hope I’m moving by then because today I am in a lot of pain.”
Ariel!!! “I have been a runner since middle school cross country , and started running half marathons in high school. Today was my first FULL marathon! The training experience was the best- I cannot wait for the next one to try different things and make improvements. The race was great, we had wonderful weather and a fairly flat course. I have run the half-marathon before and it was excellent as well. I finished in 3:58 and felt pretty good the entire way through! I loved the energy of the race, so much support throughout the entire course. Each mile of the race was dedicated to a patient at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which the race raises funds for. I can’t wait to run it again next year!”
Her sister made this sign for her… I highly approve:) It made me really happy!
Honor!!! “I’m pumped at finishing the Berlin Marathon just a few seconds slower than my PR, especially as it drizzled almost the whole time and the course was a bit slippery, especially in the water stops. There were 12 runners in my age group F75-59 (the most in any of my races!) and I was 6th. The first 4 were at least 20 minutes faster than I, so I gave up to them graciously. It seems I was the first of the Also Rans! In a world major marathon, I”m very happy with that! I met people from all over the world. There were 88 runners in my hotel and they came from as far afield as Kazakhstan and New Zealand, Brazil and South Africa, China and Alaska, etc. A truly unforgettable experience! But (sad face) I got the big NOPE last week from the London Marathon… Sigh.
Maddie!!! “After an even harder than expected summer of running, I ran in my second half marathon on October 1st! After running my first half in March, I immediately registered for #2! I had plans and goals to train all summer but the heat and humidity made it nearly impossible for me to do so. While I still ran 1-2 times a week, with my highest mileage 6.2 miles in a 10k race I did, I also picked up spin classes as a way to keep my cardio up. My 1-2 runs a week consisted of a lot of speed work, thanks to your speed work tips! (Thank you!!!) Thank goodness it was cool out on race day because that got me excited to run! During my first half, I psyched myself out at mile 11 and walked/ran the last 2.1 miles. I was so disappointed in myself because my only goal was to run the entire race without walking at all. I trained for four months for that? I was upset. I ran in a 10 miler two months after and did the same thing again and got psyched out at mile 8, but this time I kept pushing through! Now comes this half on October 1st and I RAN THE ENTIRE 13.1 MILES! I had too many conversations with myself including at mile 8 that I was going to quit and call my mom to pick me up but then at mile 9 a really great Taylor Swift song came on that made me feel on top of the world. When I saw the sign for mile 13, I was overwhelmed with emotion and really thought I was about to cry happy tears. I had such a mentally and physically tough summer of running and was down on myself about that but I DID IT!!! I finished two minutes faster than my first half which made me really happy! I am not a fast runner but I am nonetheless, a RUNNER! The experiences from running a half before and other longer distance races really helped me in this race. I don’t know if I will ever be more proud of a race than this, even if I could finish in under two hours like I dream of.”
Chelsea!!! Funny story- Jake, my fiance, and I had originally planned on doing a race last Saturday- the AdventureMax trail half-marathon, but last month, we decided not to do it because we needed to get an easy 15 miles in last weekend. We LOVE the event and were both pretty bummed about not doing it, but we knew we would want to race it and since we really only needed a training run, it was probably best for us NOT to do it. Welllll, the race director texted Jake last Friday afternoon and asked if we were going to do it. We just couldn’t say no to him! So, the next thing we know, we are signing up for a race in the AM. I was super excited, but I told Jake I was NOT racing it. I was going to walk when I needed to and just use it as a training run. He was on the fence on what he wanted to do. He loves racing, but he also had taken a month and a half off after his hundred, so he has just been getting back into consistent racing. I figured he would end up racing it, but he said he would just see how he felt Saturday morning. We had done a really hard speed workout on hills Friday morning, thinking we would have an easy long run Saturday, so I was SO sore. I was having trouble picking my legs up because my hip flexors were so sore, and that’s KIND OF important when running trail. Every muscle hurt before the race. When we pulled into Two Rivers and got out of the car, I seriously considered dropping from the half and running the 10k. I was nervous about how terrible I felt… I didn’t want to struggle with lifting my legs and fall a bunch. Well, I decided to just suck it up and do the half. I would walk the whole thing if I needed to- I needed the mileage. This run was super hard for both of us. After talking with Jake, it seems like we had a lot of very similar thoughts. I wanted to quit after a mile and a half. My legs were DEAD. I’ve never started a run feeling that awful before. Typically, when I run trail, some of the miles fly by, just because I’m so focused on the terrain and the beautiful views, but not this time. I felt every single step. BUT, I still loved the race and am glad we did it. It was good training for us when we do the back-to-back trail race next month. GULP. I have lots of work to do before that! Jake ended up finishing in the top 10 for the males, with a time of 2:010:00. He got first in the age group, too! I finished top 5 females, with a time of 2:18:03. I also got third in my age group, which was a surprise. As much as the run hurt, I’m glad we got it in. I stuck to my plan, too-I walked when I needed to walk (which was a lot). It was a beautiful start to our Saturday! You can read more about it at my blog HERE!”
Jennifer wrote in about her daughter, Meghan. “I have previously written in regarding my daughter Meghan reaching 500 miles. This time she has done it again. This past weekend she completed her 1st Half-Marathon. She ran the Rock N Roll St. Louis Half Marathon at just 13 years old. She even came in 2nd in her age group with a time of 2:07:06. The weather was less than amazing but she did it with a smile on her face for the whole 13.1 miles. She had the love and support of so many people, one of her cross country coaches even ran it with her. Everyone wanted to be part of her journey.”
Alma!!! “On October 14th, I ran the Hartford Marathon- My first! There were aspects that were harder than I anticipated (not going too fast in the first third of the race, high humidity), but I never had a moment where I thought I would not finish. And I owe that in part to putting the training in and in large part to my spectators and the course support. At the last minute, my Dad flew to Connecticut for my race. It was the first race my Dad has been able to come to since my first 5k in 2011. So, I had my husband at the beginning, miles 4 and 6, and the finish line. My parents were at miles 14 and 20 (the same location on an out and back portion of the course) and just before the finish at mile 26.1. My cousin and his family were also at the finish. And an amazing friend from work ran the half marathon (same start/finish, but a different course) and then met me at mile 25 to run with me until I reached the last turn in to the finish. Plus, the volunteers along the course were the best- always supportive and enthusiastic (they even have people on bikes with GU on demand and that can get other stuff if you need it- like Vaseline). My finish time was not as fast as I had hoped, but I am still very, very happy with it for my first marathon. Going in to this race, I was not sure if this would be a one time deal, but I definitely want to run another marathon next fall. In the photo I am at the starting location after the race- which also happens to be where I work- and have on my marathon medal and a second medal I earned for running the “Connecticut Double” (the Mystic Half Marathon in May, where I finally finished under 2 hours, and the Hartford Marathon in the fall).
What are your weekend plans?
What are some of your Friday favorites?
On average… how long does it take you to fall asleep at night? Me- minutes. Andrew- at least an hour.
Who has a race or long run this weekend? Share the details with me!