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I found Brooke sleeping in her sleeping bag Sunday morning cuddled up with Beretta. I was thinking she has just been sleeping in her sleeping bag a lot lately because she loves it. Nope, she told me yesterday she does it so she doesn’t have to make her bed every day. I get it.
Multitasking at it’s finest so they could be on time for church—> Blow-drying Brooke’s hair while she ate breakfast. The kids have both picked up on my habit (that Andrew thinks is so weird) of mixing different cereals together.
I had a little bit of a cold yesterday so I did a lot of resting, put on sanitizer every three seconds and forgot to wash my makeup off from the night before.
Skye napped a bunch and then…
laughed at all of my favorite punchlines during an episode of Friends. We already have the same humor.
She thinks Monica is the funniest.
After church it was warm enough for the kids to play in the backyard for a while (best January in the history of Utah)!
And the best part of our night were the games we played before bed.
I also have a few random things to discuss today of course:
*I listened to this podcast (thanks Chelsea for the recommendation) the other day on my run and it was great. The interview was with Doug Kurtis. His energy and love for running is so contagious! He is the World Record holder for completing the most amount of sub 2:20 marathons (76!!). He has done 205 marathons total and 200 of those were sub 3:00 hours!
One of the things he talked about during the podcast that I loved was seeing the hard spots during the race like how turbulence feels on an airplane. When talking about turbulence on the airplane—> “All of the sudden you get that sinking feeling and then it goes away. The same with bad patches, you’ll have that maybe a mile or two miles where you kind of feel bad but if you visualize it as a bad patch that you’ll get through, most of the time you do. No, my race isn’t over cause I’m not feeling good… I’ll just find a way to recover.” I am the person on the airplane that is freaking out over turbulence while Andrew and Knox love it because it makes them feel like they are on a rollercoaster. I need to see these rough patches during a race (or on the plane ha) as just something to ride through and that it will pass, I’ll recover and return back to smooth sailing. Seeing the hard parts where I’m really hurting as just a little bad spot rather than THIS IS GOING TO LAST FOR THE NEXT HOUR is going to make a big difference on race day.
*DID YOU SEE THAT CHIP AND JOANNA ARE HOLDING A MARATHON!? Andrew and I want to go do it so badly (the half-marathon)! Let’s all meet!
*I just added this song to my running playlist—> “ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER!!”
*I need this shirt (minus the caffeine part.. but I’m sure at some point that will join my life again;). The other day Brooke told me when talking about a game she really wants, ‘Mom, all you have to do is get it on Prime and it will be here in two days so it’s not a big deal.’
As you know, I am a huge fan of the fast finish long run. I think that it does SO much for our fitness. It really teaches us mentally and physically how to hold a pace even when we are tired and wanting to quit. I love that it helps build our confidence for race day when we look back on our fast finish workouts and see that over and over again we were able to STAY STRONG at the end. It helps us learn how to rock a negative split race and finish strong (even if our legs are tired) rather than going out too fast and dying at the end.
Not only do I think that fast finish long runs are great… but I think the shorter distance fast finish runs are AWESOME for our training too! I put an hour for this workout (which is what I did the most of in the past) but you could do this for 40 minutes, 30 minutes… whatever works for your training. Do the first half moderately paced and then speed up to your half-marathon-marathon pace for the second half of the run. My coach usually had me do the first 30 minutes @ 7:30 average pace and the second 30 minutes @ 6:30 pace (my old half-marathon pace). Let me know if you try it (I’m sure many of you have already done similar workouts;) and what you think!
Do you ever mix your cereals together?
Are you traveling for any races this year? Where to?
Favorite character (yes, you have to choose ONE) on Friends (and if you don’t like Friends, your favorite character on one of your favorite shows)?
Tell me about the food balance you had this weekend (aka a treat and also something healthy)!