Let’s catch-up for a few minutes and talk about the last two days.
*Quiz—> Is it harder to get a 4 month old or 5 year olds to smile and look at the camera for a picture?
Answer: 5 year olds.
*My Wednesday run was a nice and easy 30 minutes = 3.48 miles. I was pretty tired after my Tuesday workout but it felt good to get out and move. This little one had a rough night after getting her shots on Tuesday but still snuck in some smiles.
*Andrew and I both hit up the treadmill on Thursday! It was my first time in almost two months (I think..) being on the treadmill and I did 6 easy miles @ 8:29 average pace. The wind was outrageous and I had no desire to even attempt to run in it. Here’s to hoping that it isn’t too snowy here this morning (snow on our forecast) so I can get my long run done outside… if not, here’s to being really bored for 2 hours straight. Andrew did a speed workout and rocked it—> 1.5 w/u, 3 x 1 mile (7:20 average) w/3 minute walking breaks after each mile repeat, 1.5 c/d.
*Balance. If you haven’t made these no-bake peanut butter cookies, you need to right now. They are ridiculously good and Andrew agrees with me that they are way better than chocolate no-bakes.
*I did it. After a bunch of you told me that A Quiet Place was more suspenseful than scary, I decided to go. Skye was with my mom and Brooke and Knox hung out with my sister. We took my niece and nephew to go see it. I closed my eyes for a few of the intense parts but the movie was really good. I cried, I was stressed and I’ll never watch it again ha but I am really glad I went with them because we had a good time eating milk duds and being afraid to talk after the movie ended.
*I looked a lot like this during the movie:
*Not the prettiest meal but it was a delicious breakfast burrito for lunch. I love when you have to eat some of the fillings with a fork before you can make it a burrito because there is so much goodness. Eggs, spinach, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, bacon and salsa.
*Indoor play place for the kids.
*Spaghetti with ground turkey for the night before a lot of miles…
*Time for 15 MILES!
I’ve got a few Friday Favorites to share today!
*We got a new rug—> HERE. Now to find a couch and coffee table that we want to go with it. Barleshambone had this rug, I saw it and loved it so much I copied her. It brightens up our upstairs a lot and adds some color.
*Now for two Costco favorites. Have you had these tortillas? They taste SO fresh and delicious.
*If you are a pancake lover like me, please try this syrup asap.
*Don’t worry, I have your appetite. Every day. Breastfeeding + training = I don’t stop eating.
*Amanda let me know all about Tailwind and I can’t wait to try it. It just arrived so I’ll let you know what I think after a few tries. I want to see how my body handles getting the calories/hydration/electrolytes that I need all in one place during a run.
*Look what I got (thanks Tara for the recommendation)—> The New Rules of Marathon and Half-Marathon Nutrition! I’m getting serious about this nutrition stuff. I’ll share the things I’m learning along the way.
*Christina said the other day in a comment, “I feel like running is the art and nutrition is the science to being a marathoner.” Yes and yes and right now I’m enjoying figuring out the science of it all!
*I’ve had the Nathan Hipster belt for a long time and I’ve absolutely loved it but then I lost it and have searched the entire house and it is nowhere. Maybe I took it off in the middle of my run somewhere and threw it into the field? I seriously don’t know how I lose things. Well, instead I got The Zipster and have worn it a few times and LOVE IT. The zipper makes it that much better. It fits my huge phone nicely and has plenty of room for all of my gels (two zippered pockets and storage everywhere that the zippers aren’t). I got a size Medium.
*Guess Who—> I have so many good memories of playing this with my siblings so I got it for the kids and they love it.
*My friend sent me this hilarious clip all about the real reason we all love buying a million pairs of leggings—> Pants, pajamas and a napkin;)
*This is our kid’s favorite book. They want to read it a few times a day. They love it because it is kind of interactive.
I love your accomplishments… reading them are a huge highlight of my week, thank you for sharing! If you want to be featured then send your accomplishment to [email protected]
Sara!!! “I’ve been reading your blog for maybe 4-5 years now, ever since I ran my first 5k- a ‘color run’ where I hardcore fell in love with the endorphins and the race vibe of accomplishment, and comradery!! Fast forward to 2018 when I finally pulled the trigger and signed up for a half marathon. I’ve accomplished that distance on my own about 7 or 8 times, but never in a race setting. I just never felt ready. But, I decided to go for it! I fought the flu 3 weeks before the race, and a new not-so-fun IT band issues 3 weeks before the race as well so I laid off my running and did plenty of stretching, still mentally convincing myself that I had already put in the work so I should still be able to finish. My only goal was exactly that, to finish. Inside though, my true goal was to finish by running the entire race, only walking through water stations for a quick drink. And I did exactly that!! I was so happy!! Here it is, only 2 days later, and I’m looking for another half about 2-3 months away (going to work on my IT band) with the goal being to improve my time!!”
Emily!!! “I’m a new mama who used to run pretty much every day pre-baby, but priorities shifted and now I’m happy if I squeeze in 1-2 runs a week. I live in Charleston and obviously have to do the Cooper River Bridge Run (a 10K) when it rolls around, so I still signed up this year even though I wasn’t feeling like I could PR. It was the hardest race I’ve ever done and the last two miles truly tested me, but I made it and ended up coming in at 48:47, which was only 4 minutes off my time from a couple years ago. I have SO MUCH respect for running mamas and have even more admiration for women athletes than I did before!!”
Karen!!! “My name is Karen Rogers and I am from Normandy, Tennessee. I am a mom of two, a wife, I work a full-time job and I am a faithful member of my loving church. I am 41 and have been running since being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes 9 years ago. I was the kid in middle school who couldn’t run a mile in under 10 minute causing the whole team to have to run again. I believe that the challenge of running as an adult is what keeps me wanting more, wanting to do better, wanting to prove to myself that I CAN do it. I try to race only against myself and beat my own times. I always wish my old coach and teammates could see me run now. On April 7th, I ran the 2018 Oak Barrel Half Marathon in Lynchburg, Tennessee for the third time. There were approximately 1,270 participants and it was a cold 35 degrees with 18 mph north wind. Lynchburg is a very quiet, beautiful and full of hills. This course has a hill that has its own name and own Facebook page… Whiskey Hill. The Hill is about a mile long, starting out gradually then takes a sharp turn to the left and goes straight up. Registration for this race fills up within 1-2 hours. This training season was my best so far. I logged 231 miles total from January 1 to April 7th. I ran anywhere from 9 to 24 miles a week while working full time and remodeling our house. My personal goal for the half marathon was to beat my previous time of 2:22. I was thrilled when I crossed the finish line and my time was 2:16:33. I couldn’t be happier with the results from training. But what makes things even better are the lessons I learn while training. One Saturday, a few weeks ago, I was supposed to run 11 miles and stopped at 5. I just couldn’t go any further and was so disappointed! I was deterred to get my long run in for the week, so I got up at 5am on Sunday morning to run before church. I put on my reflective vest and turned my flashlight on. There is one area of the road that gets really dark. I got scared and started praying out loud, “God, you know I’m scared, right? Will you continue to protect me and give me peace?” That’s when God reminded me that He is always with me, and that’s why He allows me to go through dark times (trials) in my life. Those trials make me look to Him. As I went on down the road, I passed by a little country store that was already open. I kept thinking how thirsty I was. I knew I could complete my run if I could just get a drink. I have never even thought about doing this before, but I went in the store to ask for a drink and I would come back before church to pay. There was a tall man standing at the counter talking to the lady that owned the store. he pardoned himself for being in the way, I explained what I was needing and the sweet man offered to pay for my drink. As he talked, I knew I recognized his voice. It was a dear friend of my dads who I haven’t seen in years! My dad died suddenly in 2004 and this man had aged and had fought cancer. It was so nice getting to reconnect with him. I ran back to the house feeling like I had a little part of my dad with me. I saved that Gatorade bottle and ran with it during the half marathon. If I had gotten my way that Saturday and ran my 11 miles, I would have never seen my dad’s friend on Sunday morning. God always has a better plan! Saturday as the race was getting started, I turned on my radio app and the song that was playing was the song that my sister sang at my dad’s funeral. “I know My Redeemer Lives” It’s not just coincident. I was once again reminded that My Redeemer is with me at all times. I may not be the fastest runner, but I was probably one of the happiest there that day.”
Have any favorite things to share with me? I’d love to hear!
What are your weekend plans?
How do you carry your fuel during a run?
Have a long run or race this weekend?