The top three posts last week were…
Sleeping in Sunday morning was the best thing ever. We stayed at the Hotel Monaco in Salt Lake City and hung out down there for a bit before we drove back to get our girls. Then we went to church with Andrew’s family and after headed back to their house for the afternoon.
PS This dress is pretty much my favorite dress ever.
PS my mom sent me this picture of her because my sis-in-law saw it yesterday and said that my mom and I look alike. I think we do too!
My in-laws always have amazing spreads for us. Andrew added chips to his sandwich, pretty smart idea.
Later on my family had a big party. Two of my brothers are in town so we all got together at a park and had some more sandwiches! Does anyone else feel like summer is way busier than the school year?
Oh and this tomato, cucumber and avocado salad that my brother-in-law made was awesome.
And then it started pouring rain randomly.
We left the park and some of my family came over to watch the Dodgers/Angels game!
PS Andrew made the best mango salsa the other day. You have to try it. It’s super easy too:
3 mangos diced
1/2 purple onion diced
2 large roma tomatoes
1/4 cup cilantro
4 Jalapeños (deseeded if you want, but we like some heat so we keep the seeds)
Fresh lime juice – around 1/4 cup – I just do it to taste
Salt to taste
Mix it all in a bowl and chill before serving.
Hope is not a strategy.
I need a strategy to get myself to this next race feeling strong and healthy! We can’t just hope to hit our personal distance/time records or hope to stay healthy and strong. We have to be proactive and do the work. I have a few things that I wanted to share that I’m doing this time around with my training. You know what they say… the 10th time is the charm (aka this fall will be my 10th marathon:).
1. Recruit those glutes. Activating my glutes BEFORE I go out to run. Normal Janae = put on running clothes and get out the door as quickly as possible… and maybe do some strength work afterwards. This time around= get up a few minutes earlier to get my clamshells and lunges in along with some strength after the run too!
One of the Brooks Beasts showed me this to help get my glutes alive before a run. With the resistance loop around your legs, go into a semi-squat and move one knee outwards at a time… your going to feel this in your glutes big time.
I can honestly say, I notice a difference in my runs when I do these things. I feel my glutes working much more compared to when I don’t do it.
2. To go along with the above point—> Focusing on my biggest weaknesses. AKA my hip drop problem. I see Dr. Bennett soon to get this all figured out. I’ve been in denial of this major problem for years but it has quickly moved to the top of my goal list for the remainder of 2018.
3. Continue to do a bit of yoga at night. I love that Andrew joins me in this but I think it is helping me (even if it is just 5-10 minutes).
4. COMPLETELY trust the process. Trust my coach. Trust the workouts. Trust my body returning back after having Skye. Sure it is scary to think that I’m going to be running 26.2 miles again but the process always gets me to that finish line. Let go of the worry about future weeks/miles ahead and stay in the mile you are in… it feels good for me to do this.
5. I learned this thought from this podcast and I loved it–> “I’m going to be a sub 3 marathoner so what does a sub 3 marathoner do?” I like the idea of telling yourself that you are going to be something. No ifs ands or buts. I also like the idea of using that to help you get out on the days that you don’t feel super great or make the choices that are necessary to go after your potential!
6. Writing things down. Whether that be my goals or the things I’m learning with this training cycle, I’m taking it to my journal and pen to write down the important stuff. I’m sure there is some quote about how important writing our goals down is so just think about that right now:) Writing this stuff down.
7. A little less ‘Night Guy’ for me…. “Late at night and you are watching tv and I stay up late cause I’m night guy… getting up after 5 hours of sleep and that is morning guy’s problem. That’s not my problem, I’m night guy. There is nothing morning guy can do to get back at morning guy.” It is so nice to have a few hours at night without kids needing us so we’ve been staying up late BUT I am working on finding a balance because sleep is everything.
8. Over the last few weeks, I’ve really brought down my sugar intake. Do I think it is healthy for me to cut out sugar completely? Nope. I love a good treat and eating them with my family is kind of the best. BUT focusing on filling my meals/snacks with as much nutrients as possible is going to get me recovering better than ever and feeling my best for these tough workouts.
9. Focusing on recovery! I am thinking of starting to take in some BCAAs after my hard runs to help aid in recovery. And even if this doesn’t actually help me in recovery that much, the placebo effect is my favorite and that always does work for me;)
10. I think this nifty tool is really making a difference to help me stay injury free this time around. When I was debating whether or not to get it (because it is pricey), one of you told me that it is cheaper than going in for a sports massage regularly and that is what convinced me to buy it. This thing is unreal. 1st it is SO much easier for me to use compared to my foam roller. It’s convenient to take everywhere and I don’t have to get on the ground to use it. 2nd it is so much more effective for me. It gets the really hard places to roll out and it also hits the much deeper muscles. It feels like I’m getting a deep tissue massage.
There ya have it, a few things that I’m loving this training cycle!
Anything you have started doing over the last few months to help your running out?
Have any goals for this week?
Share with me your favorite sandwich combination?
-If a sandwich has turkey and cranberry sauce, I am a very happy woman.
Question from Andrew—> Would you rather be stuck in traffic for four hours or drive straight (not in traffic) for 5 hours?