Three days of no running = I was ready to get moving and my body was ready to be done being crazy sore. Thank you Brooke for my running picture.
My run for the day called for 30 minutes easy and I got it done on my treadmill before Skye woke up. Andrew had his third 12 hour shift (plus a commute) in a row at the hospital yesterday… He was exhausted by the time he got home.
I don’t know how I am able to read while I run on the treadmill but it saves me and makes the time go by so much faster when the treadmill is my only option.
I have some running thoughts that are kind of all similar to each other but please remember if something doesn’t make sense—> I haven’t slept in 5 months (okay, I’m exaggerating a little bit):
*Leading up to my race last Saturday, Andrew kept reminding me that my race that day was my STARTING line. He knows me pretty well and knows I was probably going to start getting down on myself during the race if I saw that I wasn’t hitting the times that I used to be so reminding me that this was the all just the start really helped me. If you are coming back from injury or a baby or time away from running or anything else… Where you are at now is your starting line. Not what you were running 2 years ago. Or your last race. Or whatever you think the definition of ‘amazing running shape’ is… it’s right now. I just keep reminding myself that I am building up from HERE and that is all that matters, not where I was three years ago. I think that thinking like this helped me to do even better than I thought I could during my race last weekend because I was looking at it like it was the beginning to something awesome rather than thinking of my paces/times/muscles/body not being what they used to be. It’s nice to view our comebacks to running/training/racing not as ‘comebacks’ but as FRESH NEW STARTS which is why I love this next thought:
*I am obsessed with this book. I am almost finished with it but in the beginning she said something that I loved, “Some days I feel as if I’m getting closer to the best version of me. Other days I eat cream cheese for dinner. But the gift of life is that we get another chance tomorrow.” Isn’t that great? I absolutely love that we get a new chance each day. Whether that is to try a little harder with my running or for me to eat 100;) grams less sugar than I did the day before or for me to have a bit more patience with the kids after having absolutely zero patience the night before. I think that is why I love the morning so much, I realize I get an entire day to try it all over again to do a bit better. Each run that we do is a new chance to run a little smarter, a little more efficient and to try again to do exactly what we are supposed to do during that day’s specific workout.
*I saw this quote and it made me think about running and it is kind of similar to the above bullets of rambling. Working on more strength training? A new habit to get up and run rather than push snooze? Drinking more water? Fueling your long runs better? Anything. Sure you could have started doing it 20 years ago but NOW is a pretty good time to start too.
*I was listening to a church talk yesterday while I was getting ready (I washed my hair for reasons other than it having spit up all over it… fist pump) and this quote came up and I LOVED it and it fit with what we were talking about yesterday with our failures. I loved the part about GROWING from failure to failure. Don’t let those failures take away your enthusiasm.
Brooke joined me for the last few minutes of my run and cuddled up on the couch. I think this might be the hardest part about treadmill running for me at home—> my couch is just 4 steps away from the treadmill. Sometimes I think I can literally hear my couch calling my name.
Brooke then showed me up with her stretching. I got in a few planks too but then Skye was up and ready to start the day.
Fives days apart from one another makes them extra happy to see each other when they do. LOOK AT KNOX’S NEW HAIR… I love it.
Skye woke up with her post-nap glow.
I’m trying to see how many times in one week we can go to Target. I forgot about teacher appreciation week so we went to get some goods for teachers and like usual, I realized that I didn’t pay for something on the bottom of the cart and had to haul everyone back inside to pay. I just need to stop putting anything down there.
The kids requested to listen to Elmo songs in the car yesterday which might have been my biggest mistake of the day. I had Elmo’s World playing in my head for the rest of the day so that hurt.
While we were at the store we picked up stuff for more slime because Knox had never made it before either.
We also got the ingredients to make these Golden Grahams s’mores bars that Melanie (she replied to my IG story requests) recommended for me to make with the kids. The teenage girls in my neighborhood came over last night for an activity and they loved them.
Make these now. They come above rice krispy treats for me now.
I had cereal for lunch so I figured I’d try to make something for dinner. We had orange chicken from Costco (it comes frozen and you heat it in the oven) with brown rice and some veggies. Right as I was going to stick the broccoli in the oven I realized that roasting broccoli makes the entire house stink more than anything else and people were coming over… so we’ll have that today instead.
Skye is reaching for my food like crazy lately. She almost got it too!
So a new thing that is happening at our house now is that when Skye cries, it makes Brooke cry because she is so sad to see Skye cry. It’s always fun to try to get both girls to calm down at the same time;)
My new favorite article about Boston 2018—> It’s from Runner’s World and it goes through before, during and after the race and everyone’s thoughts along the way. It is very honest and SO fun to read! I will never bore of reading/watching anything about Des winning. Article HERE.
Tell me any thoughts you have had during your runs lately!
What is the hardest part of treadmill running for you? Boredom, being inside, the couch being close, it’s hot, no breeze?
What did you have for dinner last night?
What type of music are you least likely to choose to listen to?
-Elmo but also country… I forget it exists for some reason.