During my run yesterday (the scenery was not as beautiful as the below setting from our hike;) I was thinking about something that I think keeps me coming back for more when it comes to running. A good chunk of my day is filled with diapers and spit-up and chauffeuring kids around, which I love, but I love that running gives me a chunk of time each day that feels different. It’s time where I feel like I’m out exploring on my own and doing something that makes me feel strong so I am sharing this random thought with you.
My Monday run = 7 miles @ 8:15 average pace. Let’s talk about the run angel for a second. They sent me one for free and I am choosing to write about it:)
The ‘run angel is a personal safety wearable that emits a very loud alarm to attract attention in an emergency. The run angel free companion app provides peace of mind for family and friends who will be alerted by SMS & email, showing the date, time and location of the wearer when your run angel is activated.’ I have not sounded the alarm yet (and hopefully I’m never in a situation where I have to) but the alarm is as loud as if you were standing right in front of the speakers at a rock concert. It is very light and comfortable and I don’t really notice it on my wrist once I start running. It comes with a little charger and if you turn off your run angel after your run it will last 4 hours of use before needing to charge it again.
I LOVE feeling more secure with this on a run. When I wear it it really helps me to feel more safe knowing that I have a loud alarm and Andrew will know exactly where I am if I set the alarm off. I need to get in the habit of wearing it on every run (and not just the early morning runs) because why not enjoy feeling more secure on your run each day and if something does happen while you are out… this will really help you! I highly recommend it and it would also make a great gift for runners in your life if you worry about them while they are out running.
I listened to this podcast during my run and it was AMAZING. Diana Nyad is the woman that swam 110 miles from Cuba to Florida! I will be listening to this episode a few times leading up to my marathon, it was so inspiring and included so many amazing tips that could help us all with our running. I loved her mantra—> FIND A WAY! I’ll be using that one.
Something else I really loved that Diana said was a quote from Henry Thoreau, “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”
I came home to Brooke reading some library books on the couch which made me pretty happy. I’m interested to hear what schedules those of you with kiddos have during the summer months. Do you have a routine in the mornings? Chores? Andrew and I are trying to figure out what mornings look like for the kids during the summer and I think they will include picking up their rooms/making beds, reading and a chore or two.
I then gave Skye a little bath (she is obsessed with splashing around in the water).
Next up, we went on a walk while Andrew did his morning walk.
Brooke and I had banana, blueberry and almond butter toast along with mini banana almond butter sandwiches.
And then we went up north to spend the day at my in-laws. My sis-in-law had Skye while Andrew was hanging out with our nephews and I went on a long bike ride with Brooke and some more family.
We made a few stops along the way.
For dinner we had a big bbq with a hamburger bar. I am very thankful that corn on the cob and watermelon are back in my life.
For dessert, Brooke and I helped Andrew’s mom to make this Easy Berry Trifle.
1 angel food cake
1 pkg strawberry or raspberry jello (8 serving size)
2 cups boiling water
20 oz fresh berries
3 6 oz strawberry or raspberry yogurts
Tear cake into 3/4 inch pieces. Pour boiling water on gelatin, stir, add 1/2 of the berries. Refrigerate until thickened but not set. Layer half of cake pieces, gelatin, and yogurt; repeat. Top with fresh berries. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. It is the perfect summer dessert.
After we ate we watched the Stanley Cup!
Also, I read through a big chunk of this book yesterday and it was really interesting. I’m excited to finish it off… it is all about our interactions with people (whether brief or long term relationships) and the impact we have on each other and our health. I love this kind of stuff.
Skye is really enjoying eating her toes lately. I’m sure you wanted an update on stuff like this.
I’m just going to give this information to you now so that you can put it on your calendar… free doughnuts (even though I prefer to spell it like this—> donuts).
Parents reading—> Do you have a summer schedule/routine for your kids? Tell me about it!
Do you feel safe while running?
Will you be celebrating National Doughnut Day on Friday?
What was the last podcast that you listened to?