I’ve got a bunch of stories to share with you today from my phone so let’s go ahead and get started (PS I hope your weekend was a great one)!
*It was just Andrew and me for church yesterday. We were on time, only packed snacks for ourselves ha and heard every word. Kind of a different Sunday for us;). With the blended family business we every now and then have kidless weekends and yesterday we realized we won’t have both kids for a few days over Thanksgiving and then from that point forward, even when Brooke and Knox are both gone we will always have our new little one with us. We took advantage of our lastish kidless weekend by sleeping in until 9.
*I brought these snacks for me during church… I don’t feel as bad for taking the Yorks out of our Halloween stash because most trick-or-treaters don’t come near these. They go straight for the Snickers.
*After church I went through all of the baby’s clothes and washed them and put them away. Nesting is hitting me hard!
*Brooke came home at six and filled us in on her weekend of fun and snuggled with us for a while before bedtime (as she is getting older she is going to bed earlier… 7:30 now ((she used to go to bed at 8 or 8:30… I think Kindergarten makes her tired))!
*I think Beretta misses the kids a lot while they are gone too… Saturday morning I found her on Brooke’s bed like this:)
*On Saturday after the race I went to eat with my sister that isn’t technically my sister… I grew up with her (she and my sis were inseparable) and she lived with us while I was in Jr. High and she helped me through many of those traumatic days as a 13 year old;)
*We had Noodles and Co for lunch. Andrew doesn’t like this place so I gladly go whenever I eat out without him. Someday he’ll realize how good it is.
*After Andrew finished up with school for the day (a lot of his classes/labs/rotations are on the weekends) he took me out on a date.
*We wanted to try something new so we went to Station 22 for dinner. We started out with hush puppies (my first time ever eating those), fries and sweet potato fries.
*And then I had a grilled cheese sandwich with apples and chicken on it too… sounds strange but it tasted delicious. Also, I LOVE when restaurants give you extra large glasses—> give me all of the water right now.
*An acai bowl for dessert afterwards.
*And then he planned for us to go play some tennis. It has been forever since we last played… we didn’t play an actual game, we just hit the ball back and forth which was really fun.
*Gloves while playing tennis?! Sure… why not. Andrew was in shorts and a t-shirt. Our personal thermostats are a little bit different.
*In case you were wondering, my hot chocolate love is still going strong. It accompanies most breakfasts for me. I’m all about the Steven’s hot chocolate.
*Our neighbor’s cat has made our kids REALLY want a cat. Our only problem is that Beretta really does not like cats… so we will just have to continue to visit the neighbor’s house daily:)
*Brooke is loving helping Andrew get the baby’s room ready!
*Have you bought your Halloween candy yet (we need to go buy more because we bought ours too early)? I came across these charts and while I don’t fully agree with the first chart of order of goodness… it is pretty close. Milk Duds, Payday and Almond Joys need to be way higher up on the list.
*PS don’t forget to check out my race recap from the 5k:)
*On Sundays I like to read over some church talks and one really stood out to me and I thought it was SO applicable to running life too. It is all about how Hard Is Good. It talks about the strength that hard things bring us, the humility and the chance it gives us to prove ourselves. This had to be my favorite part:
‘The variable is our REACTION to the hard’ <— Could this be anymore true for our running?! Races, hard workouts, long runs, increasing endurance, coming back after injury/sickness/having a baby, training for a new race, running early (or at a different time than we like to normally), the strength training, the foam rolling etc are all HARD parts of training but our reaction to those hard things make all of the difference. My best races (time-wise) were not any easier than my worst races (time-wise). They were both hard, extremely hard… but the way I reacted to the hard made all of the difference with my time on the clock. PS and many times it is hard to make sure you are having enough easy miles and recovery days each week… so make sure that is a part of the plan too;)
I really think this is going to be the secret for me when I come back to racing again… I’ll be working with a coach again and doing the same thing I’ve done before in terms of workouts but I am excited to work towards viewing the hard differently than ever before. I want to welcome the hard and accept that it is coming for me… I don’t want to be afraid of it. I want to see how it strengthens me and how I grow from it.
Hard is good for us. We would all be pretty weak mentally and physically without the hard stuff that pops up throughout life. I just want to work on my reaction to the hard a bit because that will make all the difference in my life. These hard things that you are doing with your training is doing so much for you… so keep at it.
So during your next workout or race, remember during that 4th interval or the last 2 miles of your race, this hard is good for you and the way that you react to these ‘hards’ (whether that be quitting, slowing down, pushing forward, keeping pace or staying positive etc) is where all of the difference is made in the end result.
And just in case you missed it, the three most viewed posts from last week were:
What was the last NEW to you (first time ever) food that you tried?
What was your latest REALLY HARD for you workout, run or race?
Who has a cat? For how long? What color?!
I would like to take an official vote of my own…
WHAT DO YOU THINK is the #1 best candy to either give out or receive on Halloween? What do you think is the worst candy to receive on Halloween? Please participate so I can gather the results accurately.
-Best: Milky Ways Worst: Whoppers.