It was just the girls and me again yesterday. Andrew had another shift at the hospital (he says that working with all of the new babies makes him miss Skye a lot during the day). Knox comes back to us today.
Somehow Brooke has a sixth sense about when Andrew is gone in the early mornings. She sneaks into my bed so quietly once he leaves that it doesn’t wake me up until she falls asleep and then starts kicking me. Also, on Monday night I had a very vivid dream that I signed up for a challenge where I did three marathons in three days… it was stressful.
Once I took Brooke to school, I met up with Candice for a walk. The soreness was much better yesterday but a walk still sounded much better than a run. Skye has a hard time staying awake when she is in the stroller.
I am very excited to get running again today even though it will be short, I’m ready to sweat again.
I think we decided on a race to do this June together…
After we picked up Brooke from school we headed to Target to get some slime making materials. I am very thankful that Skye already has a deep appreciation for Target like we do.
Speaking of Target, have you seen that they are offering this now? Same day delivery… I’m in trouble.
We started off with Brooke’s ‘cooking class’ once we got home. I wasn’t sure what to make with her so I asked her and she said French Toast. She did everything except for flipping the french toast… she even did the dishes. Success.
And then I asked you guys on my IG stories for a good slime recommendation since crafts are not my specialty and someone recommended this one. She loved it and she asked to make it with Knox today too.
Skye was still napping so we got to work on figuring out how to get the jogging stroller up and working again. It needs some new tires so we got those ordered. Skye will be able to go for runs with me in this stroller starting in 1 month and 6 days. I don’t know how we are already to this point but we are.
It seems like Brooke was just riding around in this stroller with me. Brooke loved the jogging stroller so I hope Skye does too. I won’t be doing long runs and speed workouts with it like I used to with Brooke (I think a lot of miles with it changed my form back then and gave me major ITBS problems) but we will get in some of my shorter easy runs together.
We took Brooke over to her friend’s house to play for a bit.
And then had dinner together at home. Not going to lie… When Andrew is gone, our meals are even more simple than usual. Costco salad, rotisserie chicken, banana and string cheese.
After dinner we went to go cheer on my nephew at his volleyball game. They won and are going to state now!
My nieces were munching on these flaming hot Cheetos… I’m a wuss these days and cannot handle the heat of these.
This was Brooke’s idea to run on the track. I wouldn’t hate if she did track later on. Also, my sister proved that running in flip flops is not the worst thing (she ran 6 miles with me in flip flops while pregnant once upon a time to get me to my marathon finish line) and Brooke tried them out too:
Andrew got home!
Skye was determined to stay up late so she could get in some quality time with us since Andrew was gone all day. She achieved her goal because of her determination.
I’ve had a lot of time since my last marathon to think about what I’m going to do differently to finally get my sub-3 marathon. I’ve been shooting for this goal since 2010 and have had MANY failures along the way. PS I love the quote that Des Linden said on the Ali show about failures HERE (you have to listen to this episode), “We fail all the time, and we learn from it and we get better. I think that’s amazing. You fail your way to success. That’s how it happens, and I’m super comfortable with that. I have no problem pointing out a bunch of failures in my career. But I don’t define myself or my career as a failure.” Yes. Yes. Yes.
I think for me personally, there are three things that I’m going to do differently to help me to reach this goal of mine.
One last picture from my half last weekend:
1. Stop obsessing about the number. Which is funny because my goal is a number—> to get under 3 hours but I think part of the problem of why I haven’t gotten there is that I’ve obsessed about that number too much for years now. I just need to focus on giving my best effort in my training and racing and eventually it will happen. Focusing so much on a certain number gives me a lot of anxiety so why do it? The less I stress, the better I race. My PR marathon was one that I decided to do 3 days before the race. I went into it with zero expectations for myself because I hadn’t planned on doing it and I just ran hard. Focusing less on a time so much is going to open up a whole new world of running based on effort and negative split marathoning instead of being so concerned about a time. I swear part of my stomach problems in 2015 were caused by the stress I put on myself on TIME in the marathon. Less thought about a number and more thought about running smart with a hard effort is going to be one thing that will help to get me there.
2. Fueling. I am reading The New Rules of Marathon and Half-Marathon Nutrition and it is so good. I love how the intro of this book is called ‘The Wall-Hitters Club.’ Who is a member of this club? I’ve been a member since 2010;) He talks about the three causes of hitting the wall being a lack of fitness, poor racing (going out too fast) and of course nutritional errors! He talks about how nutritional mistakes are the most common ‘cause of repeated encounters with the wall… They are also the most overlooked cause of disappointing marathons and half marathons (runners often never realize what they’ve done wrong) and are therefore in many instances the trickiest to solve as well.” The more I look back on my marathons the more I see that I think nutritional errors are probably the biggest factor of me not hitting my race goals for the marathon in the past. In 2015 I ran two marathons and had never been in better shape in my life and for both marathons my nutrition stunk—> Boston = I didn’t take in calories until mile 15 (TOO LATE) and in Tucson I was never able to keep anything down for the race. I have focused over the last 8 years on training enough to get my goals but have not realized how much my nutrition factors into the equation of having a good marathon until NOW! Huma gels have been working really well for me and I am going to try Tailwind during my next long run. Long story short, taking in my calories/water/electrolytes properly for my marathon is going to make a world of difference. Taking it seriously is going to be everything:
3. Word replacement. I talked a lot about this in my post on Monday but it is going to make a big difference during the marathon and practice makes perfect so I”m practicing it with everything in my life, not just running. The more I read about it, the more I realize that our thoughts/words make or break a race/run so replacing those words that are holding us back for words that push us forward is going to make all of the difference. Also, I’m working on focusing on the present minute with my running rather than thinking down the road (i.e. Instead of thinking I have FOUR more miles… how am I going to do this?). Focusing on doing everything I can in that minute and forgetting the rest is going to help me a lot I think.
*Bonus: Stop twisting my body as I run like my picture above ha.. that is sure a waste of energy but maybe I was doing it because I had my huma gel in my hand;)
I would love to know what those of you with certain diet restrictions (gluten intolerances, major allergies etc) do for nutrition during a race? Does it effect your racing nutrition much or not at all?
Has anything in your training/running held you back from reaching some of your running goals? Have you figured out your race day nutrition or is that something in the works for you still?
Ever had dreams about running? What was the last dream that you remember having?
Would you say that you make more simple meals at home for yourself or more elaborate meals?
-I keep things really simple… it’s probably a combination of my lack of patience and holding a baby makes it hard to make anything great ha.