Our second Thanksgiving (Andrew’s favorite holiday) together was a success and somehow we managed to fit in two large meals and both families all in one day:)
I LOVE running up at Andrew’s parents’ house. They have a road close by that goes on for a while where there is nothing but horses, other runners/walkers and a view of the Great Salt Lake. We never go any other way when we run up there because we love this route so much!
Pregnancy was feeling great yesterday morning and our run was faster than normal… 4 miles @ 9:12 average pace.
Not sure what was going on with my bangs but I just went with it.
Andrew was the smart dresser yesterday… he was in shorts and a t-shirt and I wore three layers on top and could have easily worn just a t-shirt and shorts too because it was so warm. Last Thanksgiving we nearly froze to death on our run and this year it felt like spring! I think the weather gods are giving me good running weather until this baby is born because I refuse to run on snow or ice this year while pregnant.
All animals love Andrew. They just walk right over to him and wanna hang out.
From there we went straight into Thanksgiving prep and getting it all together. Everything tasted amazing and I really missed having as much space as I usually do in my stomach to fit in all of the goodness this year.
I’ll spare you the Thanksgiving plate of food picture but I do have to show you their dessert table. I’m not a cherry dessert person (and if someone puts a cherry on my ice cream sundae, I’m not very happy about it) but this one that his family makes is sooo good.
After we ate I fell asleep on the carpet for a few minutes (turkey + pregnancy just really takes it out of ya) and then we were off to round two! Our parents live about an hour away from each other which made it easy to make it to both dinners.
Three out of five of the siblings were there last night! My Arizona and Kentucky brothers need to make it out here more often.
My sister’s salad that she brought—> THIS recipe and it was SO good! Definitely one of the favorites from the day.
After our second dinner (and everyone feeling completely stuffed) my sister brought out the bean boozled game. Have you ever played this? It’s the worst ha. You spin the spinner and it will land on a color of jelly bean and that one color has two different flavors and you don’t know what you are going to get—> either a delicious one or one that is absolutely awful (think dog food or moldy cheese). Probably not the best game to play after eating a lot of food ha.
They all loved it though and I happily watched from the couch.
Risk takers over here:)
When your niece comes over and asks to scratch your feet…
Mer was there too!
Mer supplied all of the Kneader’s pies for us too. The selection was phenomenal. Also, my sister made the date bars (a dessert that has been in our family for decades and it is everyone’s absolute favorite ((non-pregnant = I love them but I don’t love them right now)).
I’m currently working on a fun gift guide that includes a bunch of my favorites so expect that soon and we’ll skip this week of Friday Favorites:)
I LOVE hearing from you and your accomplishments inspire all of us! If you want to be feature, send your running accomplishment to—> [email protected]
Leah!!! “My running accomplishment was this past weekend’s Seacoast Half Marathon in Portsmouth, NH! Not only did I have an amazing race, but this was my husband’s first half and he finished incredibly strong, with a huge smile on his face. I ended up with a 2.5 minute PR and a 1:34:19 finish— a full 40 minutes faster than my first half 5 years ago. I never in a million years thought I’d go sub 1:35 and it’s amazing to see all that hard work pay off. You can read more about it on my blog HERE!”
Amy!!! “On November 11th, I ran my first 5k! I’ve always admired runners but every time I would try to run myself, I would crash and burn. I tried the Couch to 5K app a few times and always seemed to fall off the wagon a few weeks in. So, this fall I signed up for a ‘learn to run’ program at a local running store, determined that I was going to run that darn 5k. The first few weeks were SO HARD. I could barely run 3 minutes at a time, and every time I tried, I would get awful stitches in my side. I commented on your blog a couple of months ago about the side stitches and you linked me to one of your old blog posts with suggestions from readers on how to get through them. I tried a bunch of suggestions and just like magic, the stitches stopped! One day I ran four sets of 5 minutes with ease and from that point on, I was hooked on running. The 10 week clinic culminated in a 5k last week, which I ran in about 31 minutes. I am SO proud of myself. I’ve now signed on as a member of the running store for 2018 and am starting an intermediate clinic later this month!”
Diana!!! “I haven’t run a marathon in a few years because I really wanted to focus on developing strength and speed to be able to crush my PR, rather than just training for marathon after marathon and not getting any faster. Since my last marathon a few years ago, I joined a track club and have been working with the coach of that club on training plans for various races (mostly half marathons). This summer, I decided I was finally ready to get back to the marathon and asked for a training plan from my coach. The training plan was way more intense than anything i had followed before, but I took it one step at a time and by the end of the training cycle I had completed more 20+ milers than ever before and hit paces on my tempo runs that I would not have been able to a year ago.
Going into the race I was feeling good about how well my training went, but nervous about my ability to execute a smart race, especially because of the extreme winds predicted for race day. In most of my other marathons, I have obsessed about my pace the whole time and ended up starting too fast and finishing with a death march. I talked to my coach a few days before the race and we decided that regardless of time, I would consider the race successful if I managed my effort in the beginning, was able to run my last 4 miles strong, and could look back and say that I gave everything I had on that day.
Well for the first time in my racing life, I executed that plan perfectly! I truly kept a comfortable pace in the beginning, felt insanely strong on the hills in the first half of the race, and then gradually picked up my effort after about 10 miles. There were a few points in the middle of the race where I was starting to get tired/in my own head about how much time was left in the race, but I pulled myself out of it and stayed mentally strong. Mile 20 came and I actually felt good about only having 6 miles left, vs in other races where 6 miles sounds like an eternity. I passed a cheer station where a bunch of my friends were spectating at mile 22 and knew that was my cue to really turn up the effort for a strong finish. People around me were slowing down and walking, but I am proud of how in control I felt at this point in the race. I was definitely hurting but I knew that I would be so much happier if I gave it my all in those last miles, rather than giving up to make it more comfortable on myself. Those last four miles were right in line with the paces i had been running all along and even though I was seriously on the pain train for mile 26, it was one of my fastest of the day! I knew I was close to sub 3:45 and sprinted as fast as I could in the last .2 to finish in 3:44:54! A 16 minute PR and my first time breaking 4 hours.
I feel like I finally figured out how to race this crazy distance and I’m really excited to train for more of these and continue to see my times drop! But first- my legs need ALL the rest!!”
Sloan!!! “On Saturday, my mom, my brother, and I ran a 5k at my high school. We have done this race 3 years in a row now so it’s become a tradition for us. It was a good day for all of us! My mom placed first in her age group. My brother PR’d by about a minute (he’s in 8th grade so he’s looking good for his high school cross country season next year)! I was the overall female winner with the second place female only 12 seconds behind me! It is so fun to be able to run with my family and enjoy the miles together.”
Day after Thanksgiving plans!?!? Leftovers? Shopping? Movies? Relaxing?
-No kids means we are going out to the movies… any good suggestions?! What should we do?!
What was the best thing that you ate yesterday?
For those of you that did a Turkey Trot… I want to hear how it went!? I’ll be joining you next year!
Would you rather OVERDRESS for a run (and be hot during the run) or UNDERDRESS for a run (and be freezing during a run)?