Seven miles to start out the week! It felt so nice to be outside for those 7 miles and it wasn’t too cold either. I did an 8:12 pace and enjoyed my latest running gear obsession…
Last week I lost my wireless headphones. I loved those wireless headphones and I hope that whoever finds them gets to enjoy them (and has a charger for them so they can work;). I’m guessing I dropped them in the gym parking lot but we shared many beautiful miles together over the last year. I’ve heard SO many good things about the AirPods so I used my bday mula and bought myself a pair.
I love them about 586 times more than I thought I would. They took a few minutes to get used to and in the beginning I was positive they were going to fall out of my ears but they don’t move. It feels like you aren’t even wearing any headphones and they stay so perfectly in place. And now I won’t get my necklace tangled up in the wire every time I go for a run. The sound quality is so good and I am just really excited about these because as you know, when I am running on my own… I am all about my music and podcast episodes.
You just charge them in this little box and they turn on when you put them in your ears. Fun stuff. I get really excited about running gear and a few of you have told me that I needed to get these so I’m sure you understand my excitement.
Before I left on my run, Brooke reminded me to turn off the alarm before leaving. She has a better memory than me… I’ve set the alarm off quite a few times when leaving for my morning run.
During my run I listened to Tina Muir’s Running for Real podcast with Kim Jones (Let Go of Your Fear of Failure) and her story is amazing. She has a running pr of 2:26 for the marathon along with many other running accomplishments… she has been through so much and I loved hearing about her perspective on running and overcoming obstacles. PS the part about the milk dud made me laugh pretty hard if you listen to it. Has anyone read Kim’s autobiography, Dandelion Growing Wild? I really want to now!
After I got done getting ready I came out to Andrew working at the kitchen table on school and taxes and he asked me if I wore stripes because Skye was wearing stripes. The answer was yes, 100% yes.
A few hours later Brooke, Skye and I went to lunch with some friends to Cubby’s. Those sweet potato fries are #2 in the state (IMO) and their buffalo chicken salad is something else, I want another one now.
Beretta always finds the most comfortable places to nap while we are gone.
We celebrated Brooke’s favorite day of the week—> gymnastics day!
Skye and I did a great job watching..
And then watching some more once we got home (with an outfit change in between).
We love this dinner lately because it is so easy, Brooke loves it too and it is packed with goodness… Some brown rice, roasted broccoli, chicken and cheese.
Andrew ran directly after eating this dinner (within minutes)… I think that might have killed me!
And this is how my night ended.
When I was a teacher, I rarely even planned much for my classes on National Pancake Day because I swear 99.9% of my students would skip school to go get free pancakes (there was an IHOP close by). If you want free pancakes, don’t forget to go today.
PS I came across this picture of Mer and Brooke at just a little bit older than Skye and it made me happy.
When I got home from my run yesterday I started staring at the zits that have popped up postpartum. During pregnancy, my skin was the best it has ever been so I think post-pregnancy = my face has to make up for lost time. From there I started looking for grey hairs to pluck (Andrew hates it when I do this… I need to stop) and then my thoughts went to things like postpartum body stuff, new wrinkles that are developing and some tired eyes. Those negative thoughts, they sure are a slippery slope. Once they start, if you don’t stop them… they multiply and spread quickly. I thought I would share the thing that popped into my head when those thoughts were flowing.
Do I remember other people in my life for how many zits they have? For what they look like? What they wear or for their size?
What do I remember about them?
The way they make me feel, funny memories we have together, things they have said that have lifted me up, times they were there for me, how they carried themselves with confidence etc.
Why would I think that the people in my life would ever care about silly things like my current skin situation?
And if they did notice/say something/care about things that I might feel insecure about… then I probably shouldn’t care about their opinion in the first place.
It was a few minutes alone in the bathroom where I had a nice perspective revaluation and kicked myself in the butt to start thinking about how I need to work on how I make people feel rather than spending time thinking about a few zits. It was a nice little reminder.
So, thank you zits for reminding me of what matters a heck of a lot more.
What was your last new running gear item that has made you really excited about running? Anyone else love the AirPods?
What percentage of the time do you listen to music/books/podcasts when you are running by yourself?
Who watched the Women Tell All Bachelor episode? What were your thoughts?
Do you have to be careful with what you eat before a run or do you have a stomach of steel like Andrew?