The week started off great! Brooke was ready to jump back into the school routine (and her excitement to wear her costume to school today is off the charts). I was excited to get out for a run in the sunshine!
I am glad that I’ve been able to get out for some great runs in the leaves lately—> The seven day forecast in our area includes pictures of snowflakes which I’m not too thrilled about. But that is okay because we are getting closer to the baby coming and I’ll be ready to train again hard once the snow part of the year is coming to an end:)
5.2 miles to start off my week!
I like to overshare all of my thoughts so let’s talk about the ones that I had during my run yesterday!
1. Something I love about running clothes… they never really go out of style (at least in my opinion). I wear things from years and years ago and I think they still look like they are in. Add this to my long list of why I love activewear… it looks good FOREVER. Above purple jacket and blue long sleeve shirt are from many many moons ago and hopefully I can wear them another 20 years:).
2. I want to hug the person that made TUMS.
3. I listened to a podcast the other day (Bold New Mom) and the topic was all about failing! She defined failure as ‘not meeting your own expectations of yourself.’ This definition helps me to realize how simple it is and that ‘failing’ is something that we really shouldn’t be afraid of. I don’t know about you, but that definition just clicked for me and it made me so much less afraid of ‘failing’. They are just my own personal expectations so either I need to just step up my game and keep trying harder or reevaluate my expectations (and figure out if they are realistic). Not meeting our own expectations of ourselves is what makes us learn… and with enough times of learning, we finally figure out how to reach our goals. I don’t know if I explained this well or not but it made me a whole lot less afraid of trying new things or going in new directions because failure is not scary to me anymore when I know that it just means I’m not reaching my own expectations.
4. Andrew swam a mile before my run. A mile. I can’t imagine swimming a mile… He told me that the swim was the easiest part when he did his Ironman. I do not think that would be the case for me if I ever did do one.
5. The sound of crunching leaves is fabulous. I will not be hearing the sound of crunching snow while running this year, maybe in 2018.
6. Do runners enjoy pain a little bit? Or do we just not feel it or define it the same as other types of pain? PS I’m not talking about injury pain (here is a post about knowing when to stop running because it is hard vs you are injured/overtrained). One of my brothers truly runs for the rewards of the run only (not because he enjoys actually running) but I know many people out there that actually enjoy the feeling of running (me… after I warm up:). I do not enjoy the pain that comes along with weight training (I think I just need a new perspective) but running… yep, I enjoy the pain that comes along with my lungs burning and my legs telling me to quit. When it comes to other pain… i.e. the dentist, getting a shot (yes, I know childbirth is up ahead for me so I’m just trying not to think about it;), a paper cut, the flu… no way! But the pain that comes along with a hard workout, I kind of like it. I am actually looking forward to track sessions again where I have to lie down on the ground afterwards because I’m so tired.
From a very old picture with a race t-shirt from the Utah Valley Marathon that says ‘Pain You Enjoy.’
7. WE ARE GETTING NEW COUNTERTOPS in our kitchen. We are going to have my sister pick them out ha (but seriously… she picked out our paint and flooring too, she is the next Joanna Gaines) but I can’t wait. Our kitchen is pretty small and our neighbor is installing the countertops for us so it won’t take long but I can’t wait. Luckily, for the few days that our kitchen isn’t super accessible, I can just make my chicken sandwiches from Costco on the coffee table;)
8. HALLOWEEN DINNER. I feel like I don’t have a Pinterest bone in my body but I’m excited to at least try to make some cute Halloween type food for the kids before trick-or-treating.
9. Andrew told me on Monday night that he strongly believes chocolate and pumpkin DO NOT GO TOGETHER. I am confused and I really had to sort this one out on my run;) I guess that just means more of the below for me…
10. I thought about this pumpkin cookie that a neighbor brought over at least three times during the run… Maybe post-run cookies need to become a thing.
I tried out my new foam roller and oh my goodness, there were muscles that I forgot existed that were pretty mad at me for using the foam roller on them. I won this one at the race and it is pretty fantastic so far!
Later on Brooke came home from school and we got right to reading. It’s amazing how much kids progress at this age and I feel like she is just absorbing every little thing around her!
Later on we hit up Ikea for some frames for the baby’s room! For the first time in forever, the kids area wasn’t full so Brooke had a blast hanging out there while we walked around taking way too long to make simple decisions.
There was also a stop at Target and I just couldn’t resist this newborn outfit for our little girl’s first Christmas!
She prepped all evening for her Halloween costume.
Flashback to Brooke’s first Halloween. I think she is a little bit more excited for her costume this year than she was her first Halloween costume.
Did some more work on the nursery (I think we are done!!!!!).
Costco’s delicious pesto with pasta for dinner.
Spooky Buddy with Brooke before bed!
PS these fall sunsets are something else.
PPS the race we did just sent out FREE RACE PICTURES. I LOVE when races do this so so much. I’ve never actually bought race pictures but I’ll pay a little bit more for a race bib if it includes free pictures.
I hope you have a great Halloween! Our day is going to be jam packed with the kid’s school activities and afterwards. Halloween is by far Knox’s favorite holiday so we are really happy that we get to be with both kids today!
PS My dad always took ‘Daddy Tax’ out each year from our Halloween bags of candy (due to this I never tasted Dots or Milk Duds for the first 18 years of my life) and this explains how I will be digging into our kid’s bags.
Question for the day… When does Christmas music listening start for you? After Halloween, after Thanksgiving, December or not a fan of Christmas music? Those of you that have done triathlons… what is the easiest part—> the swim, bike or run? The hardest part? Done any races that give out free race pictures? Ever bought race pictures? Please share some thoughts from your last run?