HELLO!! I’ve got a lot to talk about today so let’s get started…
My Monday morning started out COLD. Once I got moving, it wasn’t too bad but that first minute or two outside hurt. PS getting out for a run now takes a little bit more planning than it used to—> Gotta get Skye fed before I’m out the door!
Luckily, the streets were completely clear so it made running easy. Those sidewalks are slick though… it is going to be a while until I do any running on those (and I’ll probably just avoid those forever since the sidewalk cracks like to jump up and make me trip).
I didn’t have much time to be gone so I left for my favorite three mile loop—> I didn’t feel like I was pushing it and was just kind of going along and enjoying moving but when I got home I saw my average pace was 7:58… that hasn’t happened in forever!
Then it was straight to getting Brooke off to school for the day.
And I foam rolled for a few minutes once I got home.
Breakfast was my usual oatmeal and yogurt… and for lunch I had salad (from Costco of course) and a tuna fish sandwich (I mix my tuna with bbq sauce because I have a strange love for bbq sauce).
Later on in the day we went to Target. You might ask why I go to Target 20 times a week lately and the answer is this… It’s nice to get out:) It’s too cold to take Skye on a walk now, I don’t dare take her to an indoor play place or something with a lot of kids so strolling the aisles of Target with Brooke is a win for all of us (except for my debit card).
My two new finds of the day, I can’t wait to try them. I’ve used their normal pancakes for years and decided it is time to try a few more items that Kodiak Cakes sells.
Ever seen a mermaid riding around on a unicorn? Well, now you have.
Skye is very into pulling Brooke’s hair these days… just like I used to do to my sister:)
We had a mini dance party to The Greatest Showman and Brooke really got into character.
I look angry in the picture but I’m not… just trying to show off Skye’s cheeks to you.
Dinner last night might not look delicious but it was BEYOND good. Sweet potatoes, bacon, eggs, cheese, spinach, onions and more bacon on the side (Andrew and I are hooked lately) in a tortilla. So good. I want more right now.
I was having another late night conversation with myself last night and thought I would share my thoughts with you just in case anyone else has a similar story.
If you went to the search box on my blog and typed in ‘sub 3′, I am pretty sure close to 1,000 posts would pop up talking all about my sub 3 goal. Hitting a 2:59:59 (or lower of course;) for the marathon has been a goal of mine for a very long, long time. I ran my very first marathon in 2010 and I remember going into the running store the next day after my first marathon and telling my friends (at least I thought of the employees there as my friends but I’m not sure they felt the same way) that I was going to get a sub 3 marathon. That was almost 8 years ago and have I hit a sub 3 marathon? I sure haven’t. There have been injuries, pregnancies, a lot of major life changes, simply not hitting the time on the clock that I wanted, poor race executions and other things that have kept me from hitting this goal.
A picture from the last time I hit a personal record for the marathon (09/10):
Now that I am running again (and I’ll start working with a coach soon) and training, my running goals have definitely been on my mind a lot. While I have some goals along the way to hit first (sub 3:10, sub 3:05 etc), the sub 3 marathon is still my goal. As I was thinking about my goals the other night, I was thinking about the fact that it has been such a long time that I have had this goal on my list. There have been some personal records in different distances over the years since then but I haven’t had a PR in the marathon for a while. It would be easy to just give up on this goal for me because sub 3 training sure takes a lot of work and time but that goal isn’t going anywhere. Sometimes our goals just take a million failures to finally get there. I love that I get to show my kids that I’m going to work hard and keep working hard until I get to where I want to be. I like that through running I can show them that the things we want take time and that after a setback we can bounce back and come back stronger than ever.
One of the many beauties of long distance running—> we’ve got a lot of time to hit these goals. Shalane just won the NYC marathon at the age of 37… a woman just qualified for the Olympic Trials for the marathon at the age of 50 (Molly Friel). A lot of people say some women come back even stronger/faster after their babies (I’m hoping that is true for me;). So if you haven’t hit your goals yet, don’t give up on them because I’m sure not. I love the process of working towards these goals so I’ll just keep doing that until I get there. However many ‘failures’ you’ve had or years that you’ve spent chasing down a goal… I’m right there with you:) We will get them. And maybe a million failures will make hitting the goal even that much sweeter?!
I love these two quotes from Rising Strong by Brené Brown!
“We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time.”
Do you have any running or fitness goals that you’ve been chasing after for a long time? Any that you’ve worked really hard to get?
In your opinion, what temperature is too cold to run in? When do you say nope and hit the treadmill instead?
What was the last ‘new to you’ food product/brand/meal that you have tried?
When was your last personal record (in any distance)?