I’ve got a new pregnancy update HERE for you today—> 39 week update and I have a favor to ask of you:)
Josse and I were planning on getting in a run yesterday morning together but she was more than okay with meeting me at the gym for the miles instead of the roads. 18 degree weather (back in the day when we would meet DAILY at 5 a.m. that was a warm morning… we’ve lost some of our cold strength) + the inversion has already kicked in a little bit = we were both more than happy to chat side by side on the treadmill. I hit 6 miles yesterday and felt great. This is the closest I’ve felt to feeling like my normal self since I got pregnant… it’s weird but I’m loving it! Finishing things up on a high note.
Pre-treadmill = the school drop-off routine with the Brookers.
And after the gym, Knox came home! Brooke LOVES Wednesdays because that means Knox is at home waiting for her to finish up with school!
Salmon (especially when cooked in butter) is a big deal for me right now and those pistachios were so good too. I just get the frozen salmon at Costco that has each piece individually wrapped so you can just make one piece at a time and I cook it on the stove.
I was hungry an hour later so I got out my current favorite cereal combination! Cinnamon toast crunch with fresh raspberries. Basically I am just adding fruit to absolutely everything I eat.
Later on in the day I had some errands to run and stopped for hot chocolate. Somehow I left the house without a coat!?! But the hot chocolate did an excellent job of warming me up. PS errands by myself… this might not happen again for a very long time.
One of my absolute favorite treats at Trader Joe’s = Smashing S’mores. PLEASE try these if you get a chance. They are so good. PS am I the only one that ends up leaving TJ’s with more treats than normal food… I swear I leave that place with at least 10 treats each time.
We made it to what might be our last doctor’s appointment. We might have one next week but who knows… I just kept telling myself it is our last. Our kids are pretty happy about that too because they are over waiting around there ha.
Because fish and chips (ehhh onion rings) sounded like heaven after our appointment.
Andrew can’t understand how I can go an entire day with one sock inside out and then I remind him that touching my toes is pretty near impossible right now and you just learn to deal with it;)
I’ve been telling him to try one of the TJ’s dark chocolate covered peppermint joe joe’s for a few days now because they are so delicious but he didn’t believe me based on their appearance. And then he tried one and said after just one bite, ‘Like usual… you are ALWAYS right Janae and I’ll never doubt your opinions again.’ (Okay, those probably weren’t his exact words but they were pretty close;)
Game night happened with a lot of Jenga concentration.
And it is quite amazing how long each game of Uno lasts for us.
PS I had a calf cramp (it’s been a few months since my last one… random pregnancy side effect for me) last night from heck and luckily the tiger tail made it feel a little bit normal after that!
Last night’s Shark Tank watching fuel. I need to get my dad (he is an inventor for his job) to come up with an idea so we can go on the show together.
Baby, we are seriously so beyond ready for you… absolutely EVERYTHING is set up now. Everything. Feel free to join us. Anytime.
We are in the final month of 2017! I’ve been thinking a lot (I mean, a lot) about my goals for 2018 while at the same time really enjoying my last miles of this year! I came up with a list of things you can do for your running this month and I’d love for you to add any too! Let’s finish off 2017 strong!!!
1. Take a minute to sit down and write about your running this last year. Write down your biggest accomplishments, how you’ve grown as a runner, the lessons learned, the highs and the lows, what gear worked well for you… really, whatever you want to remember about your running this year. Take some time to reflect and think about the things you want to carry over to 2018 and some of the things that you want to leave in 2017 (i.e. self doubt or an injury).
2. Type in ‘holiday races near me’ into google and find a fun holiday race to randomly sign up for. Run it for fun, race it, make your sibling run it with you… I am a big fan of holiday themed races and it might be a really fun way to end your year of running. Think of race registration as your Christmas present to yourself!
3. Put together some sort of holiday run for you and your friends or family or anyone:) End your run somewhere that has your favorite coffee or hot chocolate or brunch. There is a run that I usually do yearly right before Christmas where everyone dresses up in Christmas colors etc and we end at Kneader’s for french toast. It is the best and one of my favorite ways to end the running year!
4. Use some Christmas candy for your fuel for your long run this month… I mean, it is only December once a year and I see nothing wrong with some red/green Haribo gummy bears or a Reese’s PB Christmas tree for a little fuel (unless you have a sensitive stomach… then this would not be a fun thing to do;)!
5. Donate some of your running shoes this month! I LOVE the Soles 4 Souls program and it is so easy to give back any of your gently worn shoes and apparel! You can find where to donate near you—> HERE! PS Brooks just gave 8,000 pieces of apparel and 8,000 pairs of shoes to hurricane relief efforts. I love it! We are going today!
6. Do something COMPLETELY NEW with your running to end the year great. Run with new people, try a new route, go musicless/watchless, wear something that you wouldn’t normally wear… end 2017 with something outside of your usual because you might find you’ll want to add that to your running routine for 2018!
7. Listen to a podcast with people that really inspire you in any way of life. Pregnancy has given me the biggest love for podcasts while I run and listening to inspiring runners makes my run feel that much better. I have a list of my favorite podcasts here!
8. It’s not November anymore but we can still throw in some extra gratitude right!? Dedicate different miles or runs over the next few weeks to the things/people you are most grateful for and really think about those things during your miles.
9. End 2017 on a high note and do a workout that normally scares you a bit or something that is out of your normal comfort zone. Take the route you usually avoid because of the hills, hit the track for a tough speed workout or run with a speedy group of runners. Go out with a bang by doing something new and exciting for your running!
10. Do a night run with some friends (wear your reflective gear) where you run around a neighborhood that has some amazing Christmas lights up. We have a few around here and while it is fun to drive around to see all of the lights… I think that running around to see all of the lights would just make it that much better!
Also, I don’t know how I haven’t talked about this yet but HUGE CONGRATS to all of you amazing CIM finishers! So many incredible PRs happened on Sunday and I am REALLY wanting to do that marathon now!
One last reminder about the new PREGNANCY UPDATE HERE (maybe this will be the last one?!?)
Do you keep track of your mileage each year? If you have, TELL US!!!
-I’m really wishing I did at least with this pregnancy to see how many miles I ran but I am guessing that I hit somewhere around 1,300 miles of running while pregnant with this little girl. We’ve had a lot of time to bond out on the roads/treadmill!
What is something new that you have tried with your running/training lately?
What have you been listening to during your runs lately—> nothing, music (any new songs for me to get), audiobooks or podcasts?
Have a favorite card game… PLEASE SHARE so we can get it!
-PS in junior high my mom would play Skipbo with me EVERY SINGLE AFTERNOON when I got home. It was our date and I’d like to think we both got pretty good at it.