If you missed out last week, the top three posts over here were:
Our Sunday started out the way it normally does… Kodiak Cakes and syrup.
Later on we went to church and Skye’s little smirk below made me laugh so hard.
After church we had lunch—> guac, bacon, turkey, peppers and carrot salad with bleu cheese Bolthouse Farms dressing.
And then I passed out for a solid two hours. Skye took a nap, Brooke was hanging out with Andrew and I fell into a deep sleep on the couch. I think I had some catching up to do after all of our traveling last week and it took Andrew a few minutes to wake me up (I had a meeting to go to for church).
I snacked on kettle corn during the entire dinner making process and then we had the Trader Joe’s sweet potato gnocchi. I LOVE that stuff. Along with some chicken and a quinoa/rice bag mix from Target.
We made it over to the park for a bit too. Maybe I dropped some of my chocolate on her feet and that is why she could not stop eating her toes.
My rest day and their run day:
I had one speed workout last week (on Saturday) and during my 4th interval I was just wondering why my running feels like it isn’t clicking yet. It felt like I bounced back a lot faster with my running after having Brooke and instead of letting that frustrate me, I decided it was time to work a little harder on some compassion/grace for myself. I’m not talking about coming up with excuses but just not being so hard on ourselves when we aren’t hitting what we think we should be. Isn’t it crazy how sometimes we show people in our life a lot more compassion than we would to ourselves? During the run I was thinking about what would I tell my sister/a best friend/a neighbor/a reader if she felt like she was not bouncing right back to her previous running ways after having a baby. I would comfort her and tell her about how much her body has been through to bring a little one to the world. I would reassure her to be patient, that it will click again and to enjoy the journey she is on with her running because if she isn’t… then why do it? I would remind her that many women don’t feel like themselves for about a year after having a baby and that obviously the lack of sleep is not helping her running to feel like it did before… so I reminded myself of the same thing to think about for myself.
I’m just going to keep on showing up in the arena to train and race hard but give myself grace and my body the time it needs to get back. Whether it’s a comeback from injury, a break for emotional trials going on your life, sickness, a baby, surgery, the crazy summer temperatures or a running plateau… keep working hard but give yourself the same grace that you would to someone close to you. These things just take time and one of the biggest things that I’ve realized with running is that consistency is key. It just takes time and the things I work the hardest at always seem to bring me the most joy.
As Des Linden says, “Keep showing up.” <— aka my favorite mantra to use in the mornings when I am having a hard time getting out the door.
I’ve got some Monday Matters to talk about today:
*I promise at some point I’ll stop talking about our family reunion but it was just a really special week for me. I have three more pictures from our time that made me happy.
All of my siblings.
*And this picture of our kids.
*I might have already started planning our next family reunion:)
*This just in= the nectarines currently at Costco are ridiculously good. So is the watermelon. I made sure to consume large amounts of this yesterday:
*Such an awesome podcast episode from Ali on the Run—> HERE! I listened to it on Saturday during my run and loved it… Des, Meb, Andrea Barber (Kimmy Gibbler) and Christ Heuisler!
*Skye almost fits into her baby birkenstock knock-offs. She’s growing like crazy.
*I’m going to get some Oofos today because my feet are not as happy as I want them to be. Every summer I learn this the hard way—> wearing my Rainbow sandals all day = plantar/stiffness. My feet need support.
*There was a challenge given in our church for the youth to go 7 days without social media! Andrew and I decided we wanted to try out this challenge too! Today is the 7th day and I love that we did this. I still got on to post on my social media channels (social media is my job so I couldn’t skip out on that ha) and to respond to messages/comments etc (and one time I got on without thinking and scrolled for a second until I remembered) but it was nice to take a break for a week. It was a great reset to remember that I don’t need to get on my phone when I’m in a line or sitting on the couch or in bed. I think moderation is key for everything but if you are feeling the need to take a break ever, try it out!
How long has it taken you in the past to start feeling like yourself again with running after an injury or baby or break?
Have any running goals for this week or month?
What temperature do you keep your house at during the summer?
Favorite summerish type food?
-Watermelon. My new allergy to grapes is hard but if I was having a watermelon allergy, I would be really upset.