**The marathon just ended and I am so beyond happy about Des winning! What an incredible day! Anyone else have goosebumps and tears watching that finish?
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We had grand plans to wake up early and go hiking Sunday morning with Skye before church but our alarm clock (Skye) slept in and it felt SO good to sleep so much. I am not one of those people that functions well on low amounts of sleep so everyone around me is happier when I sleep more ha.
This is our post-church California tradition. We tried a new place (Christy’s Donuts) and they were pretty good but Stan’s is still our all-time favorite around here.
For lunch we went to eat at Maria Elena’s! My shirt (which I spilled salsa all over moments after this picture) matched the wall pretty well.
Tacos are all I need. And pancakes.
After lunch we went on a long walk around Rancho San Antonio.
It was beautiful but it turns out that it brought out Andrew’s and my allergies big time so we sneezed for the rest of the day.
Quite the adventurer already.
From there we visited Jess (I met her over ten years ago when I went to BYU Hawaii)!
And then it was time to pick up the Brookers! The transfers back and forth are very easy since this is all Brooke remembers (this started for her just a few months after her first birthday)… The more people that love her the better!
It always feels so good to have her back.
I think she really missed Skye too because she kept on hugging her even when I was feeding her ha.
We go back home today!
For everyone running Boston today—> I am so sorry for the second workout you will be getting after your 26.2 miles of taking off your wet sports bra from running in the rain. I remember after Boston 2015 it took me about 5 minutes to get mine off.
I’m so sad that Jordan Hasay will not be running today because of a stress reaction in her heel. I know how hard it is to have to drop out of a race but I can’t even imagine how hard it must be when these elites have to drop out of races due to injuries.
Let’s talk for a minute about treadmill running. I was on the treadmill a lot last week so I thought I would share some of my tips for the treadmill! I’m not on the treadmill very often anymore but I have probably logged a few thousand miles on treadmills over the years. At this point, 15 miles is pretty much my max on the treadmill (I used to do all of my long runs on the treadmill) so I’ll share what I do on the treadmill to help me get through the miles. I’ve shared a lot of these before so feel free to skip over but if you are a treadmill runner, I hope these help!
1. First, you are not a wuss if you choose to run on the treadmill vs running outside. If you don’t have fun running in the cold or the heat and you choose the treadmill instead, awesome. You are a runner and strong either way. Running is supposed to be our fun time so choose what is fun for you and do it. I actually feel like the treadmill is harder for me than running outside currently. If you can’t stand the treadmill then stay far away from it and if you love to catch up on your favorite shows on the treadmill then do it. If it works best for your time and season of life… keep doing it!
2. Vary your incline. I asked my coach before going into my long run what incline I should set my treadmill to and she told me to play around with it. She told me to vary the incline just like the roads outside vary. She also said that 0% incline is not bad! I changed the incline every .5-1 mile and it kept things a bit more interesting.
3. Vary your speed (unless you are doing an easy run and need to keep it easy the whole time). Including a workout on the treadmill makes the whole experience so much better for me. It makes the time go by faster because I’m switching speeds and thinking about what is next. I have A TON of treadmill workouts HERE.
4. Vary your entertainment. Last Friday I brought 5 different sources of entertainment for my run—> I had a podcast downloaded and ready, I had a new episode of New Girl to watch, music, a book and of course people watching;)
5. Split your run up! When I used to have to do my long runs really early in the morning I would start on the treadmill and run there until it was light enough outside (or until my friends could meet) and finish up outside.
6. To go along with #4 it is very important to make sure that all of your electronics are 100% charged before your treadmill run (especially long run). If I had gotten to the gym and my headphones were dead, there is a very big chance that I wouldn’t have made it 2 miles.
7. Remind yourself that the treadmill builds mental strength when you are starting to feel bored. Come race day you are going to feel like a million bucks when you are finally outside again in the fresh air. It’s really easy to push that big red stop button on the treadmill but avoiding doing that when you are really tired and wanting to stop is going to make you so strong for race day.
8. For me personally, it is really hard to get off the treadmill and then get back on and start again. I make sure to bring a few water bottles with me on my longer treadmill runs because getting off to fill up my water bottle makes it less likely for me to finish my run ha.
9. Have a special running playlist that you only listen to on the treadmill. That way you won’t be bored of your music and the run! You’ll have a different set of songs to lip sync to.
10. I like to have a little reward for myself after really hard runs so if you need some motivation for a long run on the treadmill… I say make that post-run reward extra special and think about that when the going gets tough.
11. If you are doing a long run on the treadmill, it’s a great place to practice fueling WHILE you run. My coach saw that I stopped the treadmill to take in the fuel and she reminded me to practice taking it while I run just like I will be doing on race day. “Gotta get used to fueling while being a bit jostled and uncomfortable.” It’s a great place to being able to practice with your fuel and hydration because you get to have it all right there with you!
12. Cover your treadmill screen or don’t cover your treadmill screen. I personally like to see the numbers (most of the time) but Andrew doesn’t so he covers them. Figure out what works for you and do it.
13. Don’t think. Just do. Sometimes we overthink our running. I sure do at least. Sometimes I just need to get on the treadmill without even thinking about it and push start. After I get into my groove I then start thinking about what I’m doing.
14. Focus on the benefits of treadmill running while you are on it because when we focus on the positives we forget the negatives. The treadmill makes it possible to get in some killer hill work even if there aren’t hills around. I love that the treadmill makes it possible for me to get in speed work during the months where the roads are slick.
15. Bring your house with you. Bring every single thing that you might possibly need so that you have it all right there so you have zero excuses to jump off. Bonus: BRING YOUR CHAPSTICK/LIP GLOSS. I forgot mine on Friday and I think I thought about how mad I was for forgetting it every 2 minutes during the final 5 miles.
How do you feel about running on the treadmill? Have your feelings about the treadmill changed over time? Have there been different times of your life when you love it more than other times?
Who is watching the marathon this morning? Who do you think is going to win?
-For the women I think Molly Huddle is going to take it!
(*THE RACE IS OVER AND I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER FOR DES!!!)
What was the best part about your weekend?
Where was the last place that you flew to?