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Skye’s first Easter was a good one… I swear it feels like it was just Brooke’s first Easter!
We had a lazy morning of conference (and pancakes of course).
Instead of running shoes… I slipped something else onto my feet:
Brooke rode her bike and I rollerbladed. I used to rollerblade a lot more a while ago and I’m wanting to get back into it this summer to keep up with the kids on their bikes.
Andrew walked with Skye in her little pack.
Brooke was pretty excited about wearing her new jelly sandals that the Easter bunny brought for her!
Back to more relaxing at home.
For dinner we went over to my sister’s house to eat dinner and prepare for the Easter egg hunt.
My sister’s boys were quite speedy chasing around finding eggs.
And then my nieces cuddled Skye.
She is already very loved.
I’ve got a few Monday Matters to share today:
*I found an answer (thanks to Holly telling me about it) to my chafing problem—> deodorant. I have been chafing like crazy where the bottom band of my sports bras hits so I rubbed this all over that area and oh my goodness. I had my first three chafeless runs in what feels like forever. You guys are the best by sharing your secrets with me. I’ve tried so many different bras/glide/vaseline combos and this finally worked (even on my 14 miler)! My post run showers don’t make me want to scream anymore ha!
*While I was running the other day I looked down at my shadow and realized that I am back to running with chicken arms. For some reason, my body naturally likes to run with my elbows out to the sides with my hands crossing in front of my body with each arm swing. It isn’t very efficient at all so I’m back to paying attention to moving my arms forward and backward with my elbows pointed backwards (not outwards).
The other form thing that I am working on is a slight forward lean (from my ankles) especially during speed work. I tend to fall back into my stride when I am doing speed but the second I notice this and add a slight forward lean, I speed up. Not only does it help me to run better/more efficient but I think it helps me to feel more confident and like I’m running INTO the pace rather than leaning back into it (does that make sense?). It helps me mentally and physically to speed up!
*The look of determination that Brooke has when she runs is pretty great…
*She is always wanting to race lately, I don’t know where she would get that from?!
*These Christmas socks are a year round thing for Brooke and they always go over her pants so that they can be seen easily.
*Andrew’s parents love to FaceTime Skye!
*Andrew’s next rotation for school is Obstetrics/Pediatrics so he has started on some of the assignments. One of the things he needed to do was watch the Miracle of Life (a live birth plus a bunch of other things:)… he watched it while running on the treadmill. Can anyone else say they have watched a birth while running? I can’t.
*Thankfully Andrew is okay with the section I set up in our budget for ‘Children’s Holiday Attire.’
*Did you see the April Fools joke that Brooks did? They said that the new Pureflow 7.5s were voice-enabled and included light sensors… I hope someday they really do come out with shoes like this ha.
*I am getting my hair done today. The last time I did this was last May… I’ve got some grey hairs to color and I’m in desperate need of a trim. I can’t wait.
*Does Brooke’s new hair cut make her look younger or older? I think it makes her look younger but my mom thinks it makes her look older.
Have anything that you are working on with your running form?
If you chafe while running, what do you use to help?
Who has an April birthday? An April race?
How often do you get your hair done? Do you color it?