Tis’ the season for my running coat to come back out of storage to be used again in the thirty-something degree morning weather. I think this will be the last week that this coat will be able to worn but Andrew has already offered up his running coat for me to wear for a little while and then at that point it is going to be icy and I will be a treadmill only runner:)
PS for cooler temps… one of my absolute favorite 1/4 zip pullovers is on sale (at checkout)… they have a lot of really fun colors too! Flashback pic:
Frost yesterday. Frozen grass. Fun stuff.
Post-run and we were off to school for the Brookers! She slept for 13 hours Monday night and woke up in a much better mood than the morning before. I didn’t answer my question from yesterday about how much sleep makes you feel your best and I think at this point in my life my answer is the same as Brooke’s = 13 hours.
Post-school shoulder ride!
Brooke and I had a few things to get done and then later on we met up with Andrew. Andrew hadn’t had a chance to eat so we went to grab some food for him and I decided that a second lunch an hour after my first lunch was a fabulous idea. The hunger was real yesterday!
We then stopped by Target to get some baby things (nesting starts 10 weeks before the baby is born right?) and we magically left without any Halloween decorations.
Brooke is loving the baby shopping/researching just as much as we are!
Swim lessons went down later on in the day!
And a stop to try the snickerdoodle cookie with pumpkin cream cheese frosting from Sodalicious… if you have a Sodalicious near you, this is AMAZING!
Leaf art completed:
Brooke found her old rocking chair in the basement and told me she wants to put it next to the crib so that she can rock the baby to sleep:)
Knox will be home today which we are really excited about. I have a new episode of This is Us to watch on the treadmill this morning. It’s sad how excited this makes me… it gets me right out of bed early in the morning when I have a new episode to watch. We are going to take the kids up the canyon later on to see the leaves again. Nature fulfills my soul.
PS I came across their school pictures from last year… they have grown up SO much in just one year!
I kind of need you to do something for me and I will be so beyond grateful forever to you if you do. If you have done a race in a costume can you PLEASE SEND it to me. PLEASE. I want to put a post together with a bunch of running costume ideas for Halloween races this month and would love your help! Send your picture to the same email that I have you send your running accomplishments to and I’ll get them from there—> [email protected] !! If you have a blog or anything you want me to link to please include that too! I can’t wait to see your ideas and share them.
I’ve done two official costume races (that I can remember… ehhh it’s okay to blame every mistake/thing I forget on pregnancy brain right?!)
*This year my sister and I bought black tops and pants and spent so much time gluing each piece of colored streamer to our outfits to look like piñatas. We did the entire 13.1 miles while wearing our hats too… we felt incredibly accomplished after this race.
The other costume that I made was a pirate costume! I hit a pr in this costume too (somehow I lost the hook along the way)… I was really angry that day and that fueled my PR ha… my fastest days in the past were when I needed to get some anger out:)
So, if you could… send me any of your running costume pictures, I cannot wait to see them! ——> [email protected]
A lot of you have some big races coming up… to name just a few—> St George on Saturday, Chicago Marathon on Sunday, San Jose 1/2 Marathon on Sunday, the New York Marathon on November 5th (ps did you know there were 51,394 people that finished this marathon last year?) and so many other amazing races too! The week of a race, my mom and I usually go to Kneaders and she gives me the best race pep talk ever over a bowl of chicken noodle soup and a panini. I asked her if she could meet those of you racing this week before your big races at Kneaders but her schedule is a little full this week so instead I’ll include one of my favorite things that my mom tells me before a race.
You’ve done the physical work at this point, there is nothing more that you can do to better prepare yourself physically for the race (besides taper like a champ, sleep, drink water and fuel up) BUT mentally, now is your time to shine on training.
My mom tells me to SMILE every single time I think about a race leading up to it. Force it if you have to (sometimes those nerves take over but force the smile at first and then it will become natural). Think about the race and smile and for me, that trains my brain to stay positive about the miles on race day. It connects happiness/excitement/preparedness from the smile to any thought of the race and that alone helps me SO MUCH come race day. Those negative thoughts that come into your brain this week have no room there… you can choose to stop any negative thoughts that you have about yourself, your running, the course, the weather etc. This is YOUR RACE. Push delete on those negative thoughts and replace them with something positive. These positive thoughts don’t have to be elaborate or a vision of you breaking tape… just smile, picture yourself doing great, hitting your goals and having FUN (because that is why we run right… we enjoy it, don’t forget that). During the race remember you’ve worked your butt off for this and the race is about celebrating all of the hard work that YOU have done to get there. You deserve greatness and get your brain ready for race day by smiling. My mom is always right about life (seriously) so trust her on this one:
And one of my favorite quotes that I think applies perfectly to running and made me tear up (blaming this again on pregnancy) reading again….
If you are worried about failing, not meeting your goals or finishing your race coming up… stop thinking about those worries (NOW!!!). Instead think about all of your potential and the fact that you are about to FLY!!!
Go get ‘em.
And please let me know how it all goes afterwards.
At what temperature do you decide it is time to skip the outdoor run and run on the treadmill?!
What is your next race?!
Have you had anything pumpkin flavored yet… what was it and how was it?
What is something that you do leading up to a race to prepare yourself mentally for the big day?