I drove on over to my favorite trail yesterday morning to get in my run. I wish you could all join me on this trail because it is absolutely gorgeous and completely covered with leaves.
We all partied pretty hard Wednesday night (the baby shower) so a run before the kids needed to get up for school didn’t happen. When I went in to wake up Brooke she told me she just needed to cuddle first for a minute before getting up. I get it.
The kids went to school and I headed out for my run. I probably won’t do a ton of stroller miles next year (my IT Band doesn’t love stroller running… I change my form a lot when I do it) but there will be some and I can’t wait for her to see things like this while we are out on our run together.
Or things like this. These 5.2 miles (9:37 pace) were some of the prettiest I’ve ever done.
I have approximately 100 memories of using the couch cushions with my older brother growing up:) We would usually set ours up at the bottom of the stairs and jump though… glad the kids haven’t thought of that one yet.
Of course. I have a problem. I did the math on these croissants and the chicken salad from Costco and they were about $1.75 per sandwich… quite the cost effective meal for me too ha. Who cares that it is pretty much the only thing I eat now;) Socks from Monica that are bunched up because I can’t bend over all of the way to fix them.
We made it to Cornbelly’s for the last time of the season yesterday.
Andrew worked hard to figure this game out and he finally won!
Hot chocolate for me and blueberry donut for her.
The highlight for both kids was the mining section!
And more carbs for dinner:) Spaghetti with turkey and we watched the scene from Lady and the Tramp with the spaghetti before digging in.
Time for some of my Friday Faves!!
*I listened to Ali’s podcast with Kara Goucher on my run yesterday and it was so great. I feel like I’ve looked up to Kara since I first started doing marathons. She is a huge inspiration to me and I LOVE how real she is. I really need to get to her retreat one of these years.
*THIS story about a Marine double amputee that runs marathons to spread hope. Wow.
*Megan D is the queen of making amazing popcorn. She made this Sugar Cookie Popcorn and it is SO GOOD (she added the circus animal cookies after she spread the mixture on the cookie sheet and then sprinkled it with pink sprinkles). I had it before my run yesterday and I just need about 20 more bags of it:)
*Three things in this picture. My friend gave me this hairspray, this bath soak and this facemask (I used the bath soak and face mask last night after the kids went to bed) and oh my goodness, heaven. Pure heaven. She gave a present to the baby and one to me because she thinks the mom needs presents too… I agree;) She does hair professionally so I’m a new convert to her favorite hairspray from this point forward.
*My friend from Hawaii sent Brooke CANDY CORN LEGGINGS (from LuLaRoe). The cutest!
*My top 5 running songs currently:
Another week of AMAZING accomplishments. Thank you so much for sharing these with us! If you want to be featured, send them in to [email protected]
Stacy!!! “On Sunday I was selected to be one of the 2018 MS Run The US Relay Runners! This is a huge honor for me because my grandfather recently passed away from secondary symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis in August 2017 and he was the main reason why I began running! The relay begins in April of every year and finishes in New York City- 3,100 miles away. I was selected to run from Steamboat Springs, Colorado to Denver, Colorado and will be tackling two major Rocky Mountain Passes during my 6 day, 175 mile journey! I will need to average 26 miles a day and have a fundraising goal of $10,000 before I begin my run in May 2018! I am so excited (and slightly nervous) for this endeavor, but know that it will be an amazing feat! You can read more about my journey, MS Run The US, and how to help on my blog HERE!”
Corrinne!!! I have been training all summer to finally break 27 minutes at a 5k. I get up at 4:30 am to get my runs in before my husband (a sub 3 marathoner) gets up for his training. And on the weekends while he is out on his long runs I run pushing my 2 year old and sometimes also with my dog. I even do speedwork… and actually enjoy it some mornings. I got my chance this morning to get my PR at the Illinois State University Homecoming 5k (my alma mater) and I crushed it! I just wanted to break 27 minutes and my time was 25:14!!!! Next up sub 25 minutes.”
Linsie!!! “I just finished my first half-marathon post baby #2. I hadn’t trained at all for the half.. I had just finished running a few miles here and there. Life is hard sometimes with 2 kids and a full-time job and I just needed to prove to myself that I could finish. My goal wasn’t to run fast… my goal was to finish. Before my 2nd baby I ran this particular race in 1:38, but my goal for this year was to just not walk. At mile 11 my legs hurt so bad I honestly wondered if I actually could finish the race, but I did it!! Slow and steady, but I was so thankful this body got me to the finish line!!! My priorities are different these days…I choose time with my kids over hours and hours of training and that’s ok. Because life is short and I’m just so thankful my body allows me to run. We are amazing!!!”
Krista!!! “I started running several years ago to lose weight, I never got farther than a mile to a mile & a half without having to stop and walk. I gave up after awhile of feeling stuck in both running progress and losing any weight. I started at a new gym in January (Burn Boot Camp- if there is one near you, you should try it! The place rocks!) and started doing weight training. I can’t go to the gym on Saturdays so, I started running again in the spring. My first run I made the full 3.5 mile route without stopping! Not far, but I was so happy! After a few weeks of running the same route, I got bored and took a different route. It was spur of the moment and the turn I took added A LOT to the run- 6.5 miles total. My first 10k and I made it! A friend saw my run on Facebook and talked me into training for a half with him. I started a training plan on Runkeeper and planned to decide in August if I would do it or not. That was how I found your blog- looking for training tips! In August, another runner friend was doing the Ragnar trail relay and needed someone to fill a spot, so I did it! 15 miles in 2 days, running overnight in the woods in central Wisconsin. It was terrifying but when I was done, I totally fell in love with trail running and night running, it was so amazing! After that, I knew I could do the half so I signed up and made the commitment to do it. I trained the rest of the summer and was super confident, I’m slow but I knew I could do the miles. The Sunday before the run, I got sick. A nasty sinus cold knocked me flat on my butt! I decided, I don’t care if I walk it, I am finishing this half! I started taking coldeez like candy to kick this cold. I did a super short, easy run on the Wednesday before the half and my lungs were on fire. So, my goal of finishing the half in 2:30 seemed out the window, my new goal was just to do it. I was bummed, but still was not going to give up. The run was Sunday and I finished under my original goal! Official time was 2:23:53 and I couldn’t be happier! I turned 40 this summer and I had a really hard time leading up to it. So far since I’ve turned 40 I’ve competed in my first trail relay and completed my first half marathon. Now I just need to work on getting faster! I’m looking forward to the rest of my first year in my 40’s and making big plans for 41! We are already planning for the Ragnar Trail for next year, I am putting together a team for the Ragnar Road relay that goes from Chicago to Madison, and we are talking about doing the Chicago Marathon in the fall!”
Tamlin!!! “Last Sunday I ran my first marathon! It was the Duke City in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I noticed some pain in my left knee around mile ten, and by mile fourteen I was really feeling it. I finished at a 4:34, which was a little slower than I’d hoped. I’m still really proud though, because I finished despite having every excuse to stop. I can’t wait to heal up and do it again!”
What are you most looking forward to this weekend?!
Hot chocolate vs apple cider (or neither;)? Any good special flavored hot chocolates you’ve had?
WHO HAS A HALLOWEEN RACE?! Are you dressing up this year or not?
Tell me about one of the prettiest runs that you have ever had?