Skye was going for more of a non-staged look and stared off into the distance for the photo but Andrew and I didn’t get the memo.
Also, I am on a three day rotation with my three favorite sweatshirts right now. I also have no desire to ever wear jeans again (pregnancy pants made me realize how comfortable life can be;) so leggings will be around for a while too.
I decided to get in some HILLS yesterday. Hills have always been really good for my training. They help me speed up and get stronger while avoiding injuries. My fastest races happen after I get in a few months of hill training so I want to start easing into the habit of hill running. It’s easy for me to choose the routes that are flat (THOSE ARE FAST AND FUN) but I need to become comfortable being uncomfortable with the hillier routes so I started out small yesterday and climbed a few.
It turns out that hills make me really hot at the end of the run even if it is only 20 degrees.
Sometimes when I am out on a run and I see the mountains, they don’t even look real to me. They look like a painting instead… thank you running for getting me outside more to appreciate nature.
4.5 miles for the day and about 250 feet of climbing! I’ll probably stick to 4.5 miles and under for the next few days and then bump up next week another mile or so. I’m really listening close to what my body is telling me and everything is feeling great which I’m very thankful for (I don’t have any of the pelvic pain that I did when running after having Brooke hallelujah)! I do need to work on my form and cadence big time right now. I want to make sure to start off with good habits with those things before I start training.
During my run I listened to this podcast! It was a great one of course and it made me even more excited to watch Boston this year (it will be Skye’s first Boston watching experience which is a big deal over here) because of all of the amazing American women that will be competing!
Our outing for the day yesterday was to the mall to walk around.
Brooke is pretty proud she can help me push the stroller and the mall was a nice change of scenery (although, I will say I like our Target walks a little bit better).
But the mall does have the giant pink cookies so I think Brooke was a bigger fan of the mall than Target.
Skye got in a good nap while we walked around.
Brooke was pretty thrilled that Andrew brought in an icicle for her… she has been very fascinated by these this winter.
And then they got in some tummy time together.
My meals were quite exciting (sarcasm) yesterday.
This pan sized pancake full of frozen blueberries and bananas was flipped by yours truly… even though Andrew doubted I could flip it without breaking it. Him doubting me gave me extra motivation to really excel.
Lunch was extra fancy and both items came from a bag… leftover salad (WHO EATS LEFTOVER SALAD… me ((it didn’t taste very good though ha)) and leftover pizza. Also, cold pizza is delicious and easy to eat while holding a baby at the same time.
PS the pizza came from our random pizza picnic that we decided to have the other day. Maybe I am easily influenced by the kids but plain cheese pizza is my favorite type of pizza now (Andrew loves pineapple and pepperoni currently).
And for dinner last night we had roasted broccoli topped with cheese and chicken. It’s a shame that roasting broccoli makes your house smell so awful because it tastes so good.
Post-dinner we grabbed these and some popcorn and caught up on The Bachelor and like usual, it was ridiculous.
Skye’s cheek picture of the day ha. They make a great pillow for her;)
PS with all of our race goal talk yesterday it got me thinking about this from RRCA. Do you usually come up with just one goal for a race or do you give yourself a few? I really like this approach… my last coach always had 3 goals for me at each race so that if I didn’t hit the first two I still hit my last goal which always made me feel better:)
A question that I get often each winter is, ‘how do you keep your feet warm during your winter runs’ (and ‘how the heck are your ankles not frozen’ is another popular question)? I don’t know what is wrong with my body but… I do not know why in the world my feet don’t get cold.
I think there must be something wrong with my feet/ankles. Or maybe all of my body’s temperature sensors are located in my hands because those are freezing at all times. I never even think about my feet being cold, even when I am running in really cold temperatures or through the snow. They just don’t feel it but my fingers, those freeze anytime the temperature is below 50 degrees;) For my hands when it is really cold I layer up (four gloves at a time) or make sure I have some hand warmers in my gloves.
Maybe this runs in our family because clearly my sister’s ankles and feet don’t get cold while running either (this is a picture of a 20 mile snow run that I did with her 7 years ago). So maybe you can answer this question for me…
How do you keep your feet warm during your winter runs?
Would you rather have cold feet or cold hands during your run?
What are your favorite pizza toppings? Any other cheese only fans?
What was the last chocolatey thing that you have eaten?