I ran in the wind. After getting Brooke off to school and seeing every flag in the air blowing around like crazy I thought the treadmill was going to save me from dealing with the wind. And then I told myself to toughen up and deal with it. I’m so happy I did get out there. It is another small deposit into my Mt Charleston half marathon account that I’ve been working on.
I’m really into hill work this time around with my running. My theory (it’s very scientific;) behind why I’m wanting to run all of the hills = my best races always happen after running a lot of hills during training and the races where I don’t hit my goals = 0 hill work.
I did a few miles of running (with some hills) and then got to my hill repeat hill. It is about .2 miles long and it makes me BURN. I decided to do my ‘hill sprint’ based on effort rather than pace and that worked well for me. I did 5 total and jogged back down slowly after each one to recover and then ran home. On my way down the hill after my first repeat I saw a car drive by with a chihuahua sticking it’s head out the window and it just looked so happy. Seeing the chihuahua so happy living life made me enjoy going up that hill a bit more;)
My two tips for hills (that work for me):
Pump your arms because your legs will follow.
Push off the ground with each stride rather than just sinking down into the hill. Show that hill some of your power and strength.
PS It’s amazing how much easier running feels going downhill or being on a flat part after running hills.
My mom gave me these little tags for my shoes and I love them so much. Now I can look down during a run and think about the quote (‘When your legs get tired… run with your heart”) and think about my mom.
This episode was SO GOOD and I listened to it yesterday during my run (for the hill repeats I turned on Bruno Mars because I needed a beat). I loved this quote from Kara during the episode when talking about coming back from pregnancy/injury/breaks, “Don’t look so far ahead that it gets overwhelming… Instead focus on the little victories along the way. Every 4-5 days you run a little bit faster… focusing on all of the positives. Instead of killing yourself every day because you’re not there, give yourself credit for the steps that you are taking to get back there.” Listen to this episode, it was awesome and I love how relatable Kara is!
Andrew then went out for his run once I was home!
After some stretching, breakfast and a shower I got to work on a bunch of emails with Skye sleeping on my chest. I could have put her in her crib but I just love the way this feels.
After Brooke got home from school we went on the car hunt again. Brooke found her favorite dealership ever because they had popcorn, donuts and this play place.
We took a lunch break because we were starving and because we needed to talk about things without a salesman right there;) Zupas was one of my biggest pregnancy cravings.
We hit up gymnastics too!
And then we bought our car! We ended up buying the Toyota Highlander and we love it. Insurance was pretty fair with what they paid us for our totaled car (I was worried they wouldn’t) so we went with a new car again. Andrew’s car (a pilot) probably has another 5 years or so in it so we figured we would upgrade again then if we needed a bigger car at that point and he would take the Highlander to work etc. I really love the car and feel so good about it (I’m a big feelings person… I listen to them closely when making decisions). It is so nice to have it all figured out now.
We came home and made a quick dinner (my sweet potato combo for me of course) and got busy making Valentines!
Time to celebrate turning 32! Andrew scheduled a massage for me today so I’m just going to go ahead and count down the minutes until that appointment!
What do you have going on today?
Have any hill workout tips? How do you get in your hills?
What was the last podcast that you listened to? How was it?
Have a favorite elite runner? Who is it?