No Andrew for our Sunday selfie and just a few more Sundays until a little babe will join the picture.
Brooke woke up at around six and then went back into her room. At 7 she came out and told me she was ready to go to church. She found her dress (one that won’t fit for a little bit of time) and was ready to get the day moving. Luckily, our church doesn’t start at 7 so we had a few hours before leaving.
Knox came out of his room wearing his Halloween costume ha. So we all just snuggled for a few minutes before starting.
When I woke up yesterday morning I had a strong desire for crepes so we went with crepes for breakfast. My brother has a really great recipe that I LOVE HERE… the kids loved them too. Our crepes were combined with watching the NYC Marathon!
We went to church and then the kids were balls of energy:)
I went straight for the pajamas and garlic bread (with all of the butter on the planet).
Everyone, including the dog, is thrilled when Andrew gets home from school!
For dinner we had these Chicken and Bacon Autumn Chopped Salads and if you need a good salad recipe, try this out! We loved it.
Because somebody has to eat the Almond Joys (NO ONE ELSE WILL in our house)!
We are starting a new tradition (so hopefully our kids will want to keep hanging out with us when they get older too)—> Sunday family game night! I told them that I would even make milkshakes if they bring their friends over to come play too.
Watching their little brains work during games like Spot It is so fun for me. We don’t have very many games that the kids can play too so please send your favorites in the comments.
And then we talked to my sister’s family for a bit. They’ve been sick over there so we are waiting patiently to go see them again!
I thought I would talk about a reader’s question from a few days ago… I REALLY want to know your thoughts on this. I don’t think there is a right or a wrong answer but I want to know what YOUR experience has been in terms of getting faster/speed/talent vs hard work etc.
The question she asked was what my personal experience has been with getting faster… did running come natural for me or not? She also said—> “It seems to me that some people have a natural talent for running (as with all other things in life), so it comes easier to them. Interested to know your thoughts.”
How much of our running is innate ability vs hard-work (one of the things I do not understand about running)? I think this is a really interesting question and something I would love to know… I’ll share my personal experience and thoughts on this! Here is an article about this with more scientific facts:)
I definitely think there are some running genetics in my family! My grandpa (below.. I love this picture of him) is 17 in this picture and he was VERY fast. He set many state records at the time and coached for decades afterwards. I have an uncle and cousin on my mom’s side also that are VERY fast (my uncle did a 13:32 3 mile race once upon a time) and they both ran at college. My grandpa, uncle and cousin were all about the shorter distances and I feel like my body is much more made for the half-marathon type distance.
I see some similarities in their strides:)
So yes, I definitely think running is something that comes through my mom’s side of the family which helped it come more natural but I also started running at 12 years old (and exercising regularly pretty consistently since then). So I think that has to be a part of the equation of training too? I think our natural ability can only take us so far and then from there it is all about the consistency, work and training that we do outside of that. I do think that running comes easier for some than others (like anything in life) but I think that our training, mental game and hard work can take us so much farther than we could ever imagine. Also, my fastest race times were on days that I was really angry ha so maybe I just need to get really angry about something the morning of my next marathon because I think that makes a big difference in my times too;)
I really want to know your story… I want to know if you feel like running comes naturally for you and how your paces have changed over the years!
Overall, we are all just out there doing what we love so keep doing it whether you like to race or not… whether you run because of the mental benefits or the physical benefits… whether you are just starting running or if you have ran for 30 years. Just keep doing it and know that you are doing an amazing job!
Time for some random Monday Matters!
*Andrew found Beretta with a medal on that the kids must have put on her. I do need to enter her into a dog race, she is crazy fast. PS have you heard that blindfold racing is a thing now… yeah, no thank you. I have a hard enough time not falling while running without a blindfold on.
*Someone told me to go try the hot white chocolate from Starbucks and I wanted to hug them afterwards. It was amazing.
*Watching the NYC Marathon yesterday was very emotional for me (and not just because I’m pregnant). Seeing Shalane win (and the first US woman to win this marathon in 40 years) and all of her emotions coming out for that final stretch was amazing… tears and goosebumps everywhere for me. I’ve rewatched it about 25 times too:)
*Seeing Meb finish his career (2:15:29 and 11th place) had me crying all over again. He gave it all on the course yesterday.
*SO SO GOOD!! Lindsey’s interview with Deena Kastor is awesome! Listen to it on your next run!
*I was reaching in my purse to grab my lip gloss and a spider crawled out… I think my heart actually stopped working for 15 seconds.
*Always a good idea to redo your kitchen when you are about 5 weeks away from your due date;) I forgot to show you the other day but this is the quartz that we picked out for our kitchen… I can’t wait. This is going to be like Christmas morning for Andrew and me! Andrew will be doing a backsplash too so that is next on our list of things to pick out!
*I saw on Meb’s documentary that he puts his race shirt on a pillow at the hotel the night before the race so that he can pin his bib on perfectly. He posted this yesterday too… such a good idea, I’m going to try this. Usually I am putting my race bib on when I get to the race and it turns out to be completely uneven.
*Becca recommended for me to watch Run Mama Run so I did and I absolutely loved it! It is all about elite runner Sarah Brown and her training during pregnancy.
*An interesting story HERE about how locals come to run with inmates at the Oregon State Penitentiary!
PS just in case you missed out last week, the top three posts were:
For those of you that love Starbucks—> What is your favorite order there?
-I just want to have five of these white hot chocolates a day.
When do you put your race bib on your shirt for a race? The night before, the morning of, at the race, on the bus?
How has your speed improved since you first started running (brag today!!). How much of running/speed is natural talent and how much of it comes from training/hard work? What’s your story with this?
We need game recommendations! Any good recommendations of games we can play with two younger kids?