Hey you guys! I hope your weekend was a great one… just in case you want to check out the most viewed posts from last week, here they are!
Another Sunday in the books. PS I get 99.9% of my dresses at Roolee… they have the best ones (and the one I wore yesterday made it really easy to nurse).
Brooke is the only one that can get Skye to smile this big… Brooke was talking to her when I snapped this picture.
Church was pretty uneventful and Skye managed to get in a good nap.
I taught a lesson to the 16-18 year old girls. Andrew made our favorite Everything Cookies for me to take to them. These cookies have cornflakes, coconut, oatmeal and chocolate so of course they are amazing.
It is nice to be eating at home again after eating out so much the previous few days. We had turkey and bacon sandwiches loaded with veggies for lunch.
We had a random storm come through so I think the kids were getting a little bored staying inside all afternoon.
Skye joined in on their card game.
We had Grilled Lime Salmon w/Avocado-Mango Salsa again (minus the avocado + jalapeños) and I could literally eat this salsa by the spoonfuls.
This plus a million chips to eat more of that salsa with.
Skye has a sixth sense of whenever we sit down to eat… it wakes her up every time. She does not want to miss out on the dinner conversation.
Every now and then running will feel a little flat/boring for me. The week or two after my last half-marathon I was feeling like I was in a bit of a funk with my running. Having a race coming up is something that keeps running really exciting for me and after my half, I knew I didn’t have another for a little while. Plus, with recovery and taking out the speed work/long stuff… I was just feeling flat and a little bored with it so I have four things that help me to start feeling alive again with my training. I would love to hear what you do to spice things up with your running when you feel like you are in a rut.
1. Change of scenery. Whether that be driving to a new spot to run, hitting the trails, going a different direction than normal… anything to keep it fresh is so helpful when I’m feeling bored with training. Normally, I am more than happy to just leave from my house most days but when a funk happens, changing it up is necessary. I went to one of my old favorite running trails the other day and that livened things up for me big time. In this exact spot is where I used to run a lot when I was pregnant with Brooke and there was a bird that would always dive bomb me as I went by… He wasn’t there anymore but it was fun to remember all of my ducking running memories.
2. Light feet. Maybe this is just me but sometimes I feel like I really sink into each step that hits the ground. A way that I like to liven up my runs is focusing on having light feet (which also makes me run faster + quickens up my cadence too). I like to spend less time with my foot touching the ground and feel more excitement with my run. For some reason mentally, sinking into each step feels monotonous and kind of boring but trying to get off the ground fast again with each step makes it more fun.
3. Stay curious about your potential. Sometimes I get into a routine with my running and when it gets a bit boring I start questioning where I want to go with my running. I start thinking about the far ahead goals that make up the big picture and then the day to day runs and recovery that might not be as exciting remind me that it is part of getting to see my potential. Get curious with pushing your limits and dream bigger than you think you should:).
4. The other day in the comments, one of you reminded me of the fact to just see the little things during the mile you are in and focus on all of the good around us. Whether that be a bird chirping, kids riding their bikes to school or your bright new running shoes. Gratitude changes everything and finding the little things to be happy about during the run is something that always pulls me out of a funk.
One of my favorite pictures of Brooke… EVER.
On a random note—> We met the coolest people while we were on our trip. They bought a bus and then transformed it (all on their own) to their adventure home. They travel around the U.S. seeing all of the best things and their bus is their home. The inside was incredible and had a kitchen, washer/dryer, a stove, shower… everything. They get all of their power from the solar panels on the top of their bus too! Their IG is HERE if you want to see more about what they do!
They took this photo of our family at the Coral Sand Dunes… I want their camera (and skills;)!
What are your fitness goals for this week?
-Two strength classes (my goal is to gain some muscle so that these classes don’t make me sore for a week anymore) and to rock my mile repeats tomorrow!
What do you do to liven up your running when it starts feeling boring or like you are in a rut?
We are in need of some new games again to play with the kids… any suggestions?
A question that has nothing to do with this post… what is the #1 thing that you spend probably too much money on that you don’t really need?
-My eyelashes and eyebrows… these might be a need for me because I HATE putting make-up on every day.