Sunday selfie after church this week because before church there were some tears (from me and Brooke… being 5 is rough and so is being pregnant;)
Church snack… fruit in any variation is a favorite of mine right now!
After church Brooke told us that she is positive that she is taller than Beretta… ALMOST;)
The weather was perfect outside so we made sure to get in a walk/bike ride yesterday afternoon too. Brooke rings her bell on her bike 90% of the ride.
She is a big fan of animals.
For dinner we went over to my sister’s house for some Navajo tacos! She fried up a bunch of scones—> she gets dough at Sam’s Club at the food court and cuts that up and fries it!
From there you top it with chili, cheese, lettuce, green onions, tomatoes and salsa!
My mom brought the cupcakes!
He is really into snuggling right now which I’m not mad about.
And Brooke is practicing her big sister skills!
She was also pretty excited about the fact that she could fit into the Bumbo… it’s been a few years since she used one.
I saw on IG the other day my friend talking about drinking some Coke at mile 24 of her last marathon and I wanted to chat about that for a while.
If you can recall… diet coke and I had a close relationship there for a while but I haven’t had it in who knows how long (all soda sounds awful to me during this pregnancy?!?)!
I don’t see Coke being passed out at a lot of marathons but it is definitely there at the St. George Marathon and a few others that I have seen! When you think about soda, you probably don’t think of it as a sports drink but there are a lot of people out there that do drink it during a marathon or triathlon! So why?
This article explains the why’s really well if you want to check it out! The main answer—> the caffeine. PS A lot of athletes will take it flat too when they drink it during a race! Some athletes also mix it with gatorade etc too (which the article recommended to do if you want to use Coke during a race). Also, they are talking about Coke (because there are carbohydrates) not Diet Coke.
I have definitely taken caffeine before a race a few times (and loved the benefits) but never really thought much about taking it during a race! Maybe it’s something I’ll be thinking about trying out when marathon training comes around again for me!
Yesterday, Becca asked a really great question and it is one I would love your help on because I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to do this but I do know my motivation behind doing this:
“I think it’s so great that you’re planning to take a full 6 weeks off from running after giving birth. Your body will surely thank you. I’m curious how you are planning to mentally cope with not running? I know it is always hard for us runners to take any break, let alone 6 weeks off. And I’m not sure you’ve ever taken that much time off. How do you plan to make sure you go the full 6 weeks without going crazy??
Becca is right, the only time I have taken 6 weeks off from running since I started running marathons in 2010 was for different injuries. I’ve never just taken off that much time because of any other reason and even during those times of injury, I still hit up the pool to pool run or made it to teach my spin classes or took yoga or something to get in some endorphins. So how in the world am I going to go 6 weeks without running after the baby comes?
I talk about it in this post about the WHY I am going to take time off but let’s go a little deeper into the whole thing.
If you have read my blog for any amount of time, you know that I love running. I’m passionate about it. I’ve had this dang ‘sub 3’ marathon goal on my radar for 7 years now and I’ll continue to have it until I hit that goal;). It’s not that I necessary love how every single run feels during the run.. especially those first few miles (some days just feel awful and that is normal for everyone). I love running for all of the other stuff that keeps me coming back for more. The confidence, the goals, the stress relief, the friendships, the sweat, the endorphins, the melting away of any anxiety I am struggling with, the routine, the structure and it is a big part of who I am. It does something for me that I love and I know you know what I mean if you are a runner too.
It is definitely going to be hard for me mentally to take a break from running. I 100% agree with that. I love it and it has been a part of my life for a very long time now. But the hard stuff is what makes us the best runners right? And for me, my body and my training… if I am thinking long term, taking time off from running will be the best thing possible for me. First, I do not want to experience the pain that I did last time after having Brooke. I had some pain in my pubic bone area that I never want to experience again. It lasted for a while after having Brooke too… for the first mile of every run, I felt a good amount of pain. I am pretty sure that was from jumping into running again quickly after delivering. I just didn’t give my body time to recover and I paid for it for years afterwards.
I’ve wanted another baby for a very long time (yes, I was baby hungry again when Brooke was just a few months old;) and I really want to cherish this time in the newborn stage. I don’t want to be trying to figure out breastfeeding, our baby’s needs/what makes her happy/how the heck to sleep, and training for a race in the beginning. I want to focus on figuring out (*attempting to*) this baby stuff again before adding in another component… training. Mentally, I am excited to just take it all one step at a time this time rather than trying to jump back into normal life again right after having her.
In summary—> it’s going to be hard mentally but the hard stuff is worth it. I don’t really know where I will be at mentally but I’ve got a killer support team (Andrew helps me to be as smart as possible about this stuff) and I’ll have a newborn ready for me to snuggle all day. Taking six weeks off from running is not a very big price tag to be able to start training again soon in February with a healthy body that is ready to run again. I’ll cope without running by going on walks with the family, sleeping, feeling a whole lot of gratitude to be able to do this again, enjoying the holidays and remembering that running isn’t my entire identity. Running is just a small part that makes me happy and it will always be there for me when I’m ready to come back to it! Oh, and remember that I am still a runner, even if I’m not running for a little bit.
To be honest, I’m most nervous about what I will blog about during those 6 weeks (other than 4 million pictures of the kids;) ha but I always come up with something random to fill you in on. And I’m sure I’ll keep you updated with how I am dealing mentally without running along the way too!
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I would really like to know.. who has tried the Mystery Oreo?! What did it taste like if you have? (Oreo is giving away $$$ if you can guess the mystery flavor)!
Have you ever had coke (or any other type of soda) during a race? What was your experience? Ever craved soda during a race?
-I can’t remember a time where I have had it… I might have once during the St. George Marathon and it was just a little bit. BUT I have definitely craved it towards the end of a race a few times and gone straight to a gas station after the race to get one:)
Ever chosen to take a break from running? For how long? How did you handle that mentally?!
Favorite type of dried fruit!?!?