PS no one has guessed the name yet on our contest (for a pair of running shoes)… it isn’t a super uncommon name either. SO, you can still enter if you want for a chance to win—> GO HERE! PPS if no one guesses it we will give it to the person that is the closest:)
Just a little post-run endorphin filled robot action going on over here… 40 degrees sure felt good for my 6 miles! I got a new watch that I’m testing out and I’ll make sure to give a full report as soon as I figure out my deepest feelings about it (I have strong feelings about running equipment so I like getting a good feel for it before I talk about it)!
By the way, it’s fun not having a phone that turns off every time you go running in temperatures under 50 degrees (my old phone did that last winter and it drove me crazy)!
Another school day and this girl loves it. She is learning so much (each day she comes home with some new facts to teach me). I love seeing her interact with the other kids there… there is a little boy that loves opening the door for her and saying, ‘hi, Brooke’ with a big grin on his face;)
I started running early and grabbed a pair of socks from Andrew’s sock drawer (he has better socks than I do;) and accidentally grabbed a pair of Knox’s socks that were in there. I was too lazy to switch them out and somehow they stretched to fit. Knox thought it was pretty cool that his little socks could fit my size 10 feet;)
Longest lasting pregnancy craving = hot chocolate. I am really hoping this one lasts all the way through the next 10 weeks too.
Picked up the kiddos and we were off for the day together.
First, we were able to catch up with Megan. I’m telling ya, she is the best.
And then the kids and I went around town getting some things done.
Last day of SWIM LESSONS!
And like usual, they are always the most excited to see Andrew!
Abbey gave me the idea in yesterday’s post to try a breakfast stuffed sweet potato with scrambled eggs, cheese, avocado and salsa and it was SO good! It was the perfect dinner!
And then we got busy going on a walk together and making caramel apples for our family night (each Thursday night we try to do some sort of fun activity with the kids along with a lesson, some church songs and prayers)!
*I mentioned to Andrew the other day how happy slippers make me (a trait I learned from my mom) and he picked these up for me and I am in love. I’ve never had such comfortable slippers in my life and they are on the second I walk into the house!
*I found an old jacket yesterday and wore it. Andrew probably told me 10 times it was his new favorite jacket on me… so I found it on Amazon—> HERE! And now I want to buy all of the other options/colors that they offer too!
*Seriously, why doesn’t anyone appreciate that I do this for them;) I know my mom still does this too ha!
*Found this bucket list for fall activities and I want to complete all of the items on it:) … One of them is about dressing your dog in a Halloween costume so now I have added that to my list of costumes I need to get. What should Beretta be for Halloween?
*Facetiming with this little nephew of mine. My sister tells me he tries to call me all throughout the day and his little smile just melts me.
*The Killers latest album (Wonderful Wonderful) has some awesome running songs on it.. I’m loving it!
LOVE LOVE LOVE your running accomplishments! Thank you for sending them in, you guys always inspire me! If you want to send in an accomplishment (or a running costume that you have worn… that post goes up next week) then send them to [email protected]
Jessica!!! “Good morning! I am writing you because I am so proud of my 11 year old son Will. This past weekend he ran his first half marathon at Freedom’s Run. It starts in Sheperdstown, WV and then runs thru the hills of Antietam battlefield. It was challenging and tough but Will finished it in 1:53 and placed first for his age group. It makes me happy that he enjoys running and was dedicated to all the weeks of training leading up to it.”
Christina!! “Six years ago I made the decision to cut drinking out of my life and live a healthier life for myself and my kids. It was a tough time that running and my family helped me get through. Inspired by writer runners like you (!), I started documenting my running on my blog and committed to training for my first full marathon at the age of 42— the California International Marathon. To get ready for the big one, I signed up for the Tiburon Half Marathon which I ran this weekend. It was pretty tough and had some brutal hills but my training paid off and I finally beat a 10- minute mile pace for a finish of 2:10:33! This is a personal record for me and I can’t tell you how emotional it felt. I’ve come so far and am proud of so much, including the way I choose to live life now. Next stop: marathon! You can read the race recap HERE!”
LOGAN!!! “Hi my name is Logan and I am 10 years old. I started running with my mom when I was 5 years old and ran a 5k. When I was 6 years old I ran a 10k. My first half marathon was when I was 8 years old. This year I set a goal to run the Idaho Triple Crown. This is to run the half marathon in Rexburg, (you can also run the full marathons to Triple Crown. I don’t want to do this yet), half marathon in Idaho Falls and the half marathon in Pocatello. I had to start my training in March running either before school or after school with my mom. It was exhausting. The first race was June 3 in Rexburg. It was fun to run in a different city. The next race was July 29 in Idaho Falls. This one was tough! The first 7 miles was downhill! I did a few long runs with downhill to get ready but it was still tough! I do not like running downhill. The last race was September 2 in Pocatello. I have done this half marathon two times before so I like this race. Mom and I also do our long runs on this course. At the end of this race all the runners that did the triple crown get a special Tshirt and medal. I was the youngest to do this. I like running and like running with my mom.”
Morgan!!! “Last weekend my husband and I traveled to Crested Butte, Colorado to participate in the Elk Run 5k put on by Olympic steeplechaser Emma Coburn (Crested Butte is her hometown). I have been a big fan of Emma’s for several years and I was beyond excited to meet her. The race also had an elite field, which was compromised by other amazing runners I was able to meet. I had the opportunity to meet Aisha Praught Leer (Olympic steeplechaser from Jamaica), Courtney Frerichs (silver medalist in the steeple at the world championships), and Paul Chelimo (2016 silver medalist in the 5k). The best part of the weekend happened while my husband and I were warming up for the race. We saw Aisha and Courtney out doing their warm up and my husband asked if we could join them. They said yes, so for a mile I was able to run with Olympians! It was amazing (and difficult because their warm up pace was close to my race pace:). The race itself was really challenging because the elevation was around 9,000 feet and once you were in oxygen debt it was almost impossible to recover, but the gorgeous views of the mountains the fall leaves were a great distraction. I ended up running 8:40 pace, which was far from a PR, but it was definitely the most fun race I have ever done!”
Steph (written by her friend Kara)!!! “My friend Steph did an ironman on Sept. 24th and absolutely killed it. She shaved an hour off of her time and had a smile on her face the entire race. Along the race course, she motivated other participants and cheered for others along the way. Steph is an IRONMAN!!!”
Pumpkin pie thoughts… how do you feel about pumpkin pie?
-I love it, especially with the proper pumpkin pie to whipped cream ratio. The only pie I don’t love is cherry pie.
What are you most looking forward to this weekend?
Who runs with (or has in the past) their kids?! Ever done a race together?
Have any Friday Favorites?!