The kids requested that I wake them up early yesterday so that they could get a chance to play together before school. They are always mad if they have to leave for the 2-3 hours of school before they get in play time ha, so I got them up a bit earlier and they played hard.
Skye got in some morning play time too.
I snuck away during Skye’s morning nap again to hit up a strength class. The instructor of this class was somebody that I used to go to at BYU 11 years ago when I was at college. So that was fun and she was just as difficult as I remembered. We did some pelvic floor work during the class which I really appreciated. I’m thinking these classes are going to help out the little bit of back pain I am experiencing from breastfeeding/carrying a baby around all day.
I definitely think my body is in a state of confusion. It doesn’t know why I am doing so much strength work and not running every single day. Next week I’ll probably be back to 6 days a week but I’ll keep up the strength training. I’m just going to keep tricking/confusing my body right into a PR marathon.
Stephanie gave me the idea in the comments yesterday to try out potato croutons for my salad. I roasted the sweet potatoes with olive oil and TJ’s Everything but the Bagel seasoning and they are my new favorite croutons.
Our summer plans… A National Parks pass!
We set out on our first hike of the season together.
You will probably see many pictures similar to this one below over the next few months.
We packed a lot of really gourmet snacks.
And set out to explore our beautiful state.
We hiked for a few miles and I’m pretty sure Brooke and Knox ran for about half of the time we were out.
No better time to get in some good talking than on a hike.
We made this activity our ‘family night’ for the week. We always do a lesson with our family night and I used some things from here (Nature—Evidence of Heavenly Father’s Love) to talk to them about how Andrew and I believe that nature is one of God’s many tools to show us that he loves and cares for us. <— I feel this every. single. time I am out in nature.
Utah people, you must go up to Tibble Fork Reservoir as much as possible this summer.
Time for a few Friday Favorites!
*We don’t really buy avocados anymore because we are in love with buying this guac from Costco, it is the best. It is so tasty and it makes it so easy to just add to whatever we are eating and price-wise we get way more avocado goodness this way. The brand is Wholly Guacamole and it comes in a pack with three of these:
*This article that Sarah shared with me, all of you mama’s need to read this. It’s beautiful and so true.
*We’ve started listening to story podcasts in the car with the kids every now and then and they LOVE IT. I want to hear any kid podcast recommendations that you might have please!
*Our new pack for Skye. We bought this one and used it yesterday and LOVED it. Skye was very happy in it which is a good thing because we are going to put a lot of hikes in with this pack.
*The other day in the comments, Bradley shared with me to check out SMASHRUN and I am now fully addicted to it. I have a strong love for stats/graphs/numbers when it comes to running, SMASHRUN tells you everything you need to know. It has all of my stats since 2013 on there too and tells me how many miles I ran each year and pretty much anything I’ve ever wanted to know about my running. If you like to know your running stats, join this thing right now. I loved studying my last half-marathon! Quite the dip in speed at mile ten;)
*Knox told us that Skye doesn’t need toys because all she needs are her feet to keep her entertained… He has a good point.
*I am continuing to work on my form. I loved this video about Shalane Flanagan’s form and how these different things could help us to run faster. I am going to start working on keeping my eyes up like Shalane:
Your accomplishments are incredible. I love reading them so if you want to be be featured just send them in to [email protected] !
Maddie!!! “I just wanted to share that I got a 4 minute PR today in the Boise Women’s Half Marathon. My time was 1:35, I got 6th place overall and 1st place in my age group. It was so much fun and recommend to anyone looking for a fun race in Boise, ID.” GO MADDIE!!
Sam!!! “I ran my first race in over a year, which was a 5K in a small little town in Minnesota. I had to take 10 months off from any form of exercise during my pregnancy, it was all worth it in the end, as I gave birth to our first baby boy, Mikko! The race I ran last Saturday wasn’t for a PR or time, it was to prove to myself that I can come back after so many months off (I’ve ran 2 marathons + many half marathons in the past, running keeps me sane). It feels so good to be back running. I even placed 2nd in my age group during this race! I look forward to many more races this summer and fall.”
Lindsey!!! “Growing up playing competitive soccer, running had always been seen as a punishment to me. Now, it’s my “me” time, relaxes me, and I can’t go without it! Your blog has always been my go to spot for motivation and encouragement and inspired me to set a goal of running a half marathon. Well, as usual, life happened and delayed that target but 2 kids later I crushed it! I ran my first half at the Magnolia Silo District Marathon in Waco, TX with the one and only CHIP GAINES! My goal was to finish in 2:30 and I came in at 2:21!!! I smiled during the hard times and cried when I saw my 3 yr old son yelling “Go Mommy Go” on top of my husbands shoulders at mile 12.5. Magnolia Bakery sugar cookies were the perfect treat at the finish to celebrate an amazing accomplishment!”
Kate!!! From part of the email that she sent me… this woman is incredible:
“I’m also a teacher and a runner. Last year, I ran 50 miles around the high school track to raise money for scholarships. Runner’s World did an online article about it, which I shared with you here, and then you shared it on your blog. This year, I decided to run all night too and reach my goal of 100 miles the next morning. It was an incredible, powerful experience for me as both a runner and a teacher. GoFundMe Studios came all the way from California to our small town in Virginia to make a 10 minute documentary about the run and its larger purpose.”
Jenny’s daughter J wrote this: “I’m J and I’m 6 years old. My school had a race and I ran it with my mom. It was a 1 mile at my school. To practice, I ran with my mom. The race was at my school. It was a hot day so a lot of teachers had squirt bottles and squirted us. At the start of the race, I stretched, then the race started. Some people cut across the course (they got confused where the course was) but we just kept going. My aunt and cousins came to cheer for me. I saw them at the end of the race. I finished in 9 minutes 40 seconds.” From Jenny—> At the beginning of practicing for her race none of her friends were running it. But they would see her running with me around our neighborhood, and she would go to school and talk it up a lot so they all ended up running it too! I’m super proud of her for this, last year, when she ran it she finished in over 13 minutes, so this year she PRed by 4 minutes!!
Chelsea!!! “I’ve been battling a hamstring injury for about 10-ish months. I was supposed to run a full in April- the Nashville Rock’n Roll, but had to drop to the half due to my injury interfering with training. At one point, I thought I was going to have to completely withdraw from the race. My ultimate goal was just getting to the start line HEALTHY and able to run. I took time off, strength trained, pool ran, yoga- all the things I should’ve been doing from the beginning. I slowly began building mileage again about two months before the race. This was my 14th or 15th half, so the distance wasn’t anything new to me. I felt 100% healthy the week of the race, so I knew I was going to get to run! I originally wanted to shoot for a PR, but after taking time off and not training for speed, I knew just being able to run was going to be incredible. The morning of the race, I felt pretty good. I decided to try and PR, but if I felt ANY hamstring pain, I would back off and just enjoy running. I managed to PR by a little over a minute! I was ecstatic. (I’m the one in the pink shorts). My girlfriends crushed their races, too! I have since signed up for my first full. I WILL get to the start healthy:)”
Ever run a women’s only race?
-I have run two… the Nike one in San Francisco and one 1/2 marathon in St. George. They were both a blast… I want to find another one to do.
What are you most excited for this weekend?
Any great recommendations for kid’s podcasts?
Have good hiking where you live?