My track workout on Wednesday left me quite sore for my run on Thursday. 5 miles @ 8:45 and then straight home to Polly Pockets. Also, see our bathroom floor back there, say goodbye to it because Andrew is tiling our bathrooms next week. I can’t wait. I’m very glad that Andrew enjoys doing home renovations.
Brooke held Skye while I attempted 10 push-ups on my toes. I made it to 8 but it felt like a huge accomplishment for me.
Knox is back!
Our day was filled with cousins before everyone leaves back home today so I’ll share a bunch of pictures from that time!
My sister had free passes for everyone at the Provo Beach Resort for the entire day so the kids were in heaven.
We also made it to a different nephew’s bday party.
And to answer the question I asked yesterday…. MY BROTHER is moving here!! They aren’t sure about the dates quite yet but they will be here. They haven’t lived here since I was in jr high so I’m pretty thrilled about this and the kids are beyond excited to have seven more cousins to hang out with all of the time.
Andrew is going to take over !
Today I wanted to write a short post about the top ten things that I have learned from running. Soooo…. lets do this:
1- Every day is different, there are no definite things in running… just like life. That same 3 mile loop that I always kill, seems like it is killing me today and all I can manage to do is just walk the last mile…. Then the next day I’ll smash out an 8 mile run. 76% of time I’m 100% sure I’ll have no idea how my run is going to go.
2- This one might not be applicable to any of you so sorry, but this one is VERY applicable to me. I sweat… let me repeat this, I sweat ALOT. I learned this valuable lesson one day after a REALLY LONG run on the treadmill at the gym in college (yeah it took me a while to learn this) and while I was walking by the mirrors I saw my sweat and how my shorts and shirt were drenched….. AND I’ll just stop there you get the picture. I can wear only certain colors of clothing due to how much I sweat…. sorry, I hope you read this before breakfast.
3- Open your eyes, look at things different and look at your surroundings. There are many things that you are not looking at which will make the difference for your run or your life. Don’t stay in the rut of your own thinking and vision. You might end up stepping on that rattle snake or that pile of dog poop that someone gracefully left in the middle of the trail or better yet you might miss the 4 bald eagles up in the trees above your head (Yes this really happened and it was AMAZING… so glad I had my eyes open).
4- You know that saying, “Trust your gut” Well… hate to break it to you, during your run and if you have a gurgle…. DO. NOT. TRUST. IT. No matter what… enough said…
5- Another one that might not apply to most of you… If you want to keep your friends and family happy, just shower or change after the run. You might have gotten used to that stench that you are emanating for the many miles…. The world is a better place if you just shower ASAP
6- Don’t focus on the hill (problem) on the horizon. It might look mean, huge and intimidating from afar but as you push on and focus on the here and now you will realize that the hill (or otherwise problem) wasn’t as bad as you were anticipating. One step at a time, focus on the here and now.
7- There is a saying that I have learned to live by and especially in my running life, I think it was written by a Navy Seal. “Be comfortable being uncomfortable.” I know that this is an oxymoron or something of that degree… it is a quote that I LOVE. Growth is NOT comfortable and I always want to be better. The more comfortable I get being uncomfortable the better person I am pushing to become. Learn to push yourself and progress more.
8- You can’t rely on innate talent or past accomplishments or awards. Running requires consistent work… You don’t work, you won’t progress. It might seem that others have it easier or whatever… it will catch up to them. Consistency is huge and more important than what you might have done in the past. ANDDDDD…. just because you have done something in the past doesn’t mean you are a failure because you can’t do it now. Work now… live in the realistic present.
9- There is a difference between a pain you should listen to and the little aches that you should ignore. Know the difference… I’m not just talking about running here obviously. There are some things in life that you should pay attention to and change… and don’t sweat the small insignificant things.
10- You have to separate your feelings about your coach and your hard runs…. especially if your coach is your wife. There is a reason she puts me in the “pain cave,” and its not because of the stupid thing I said last night to her…. or so I think??? haha… who knows about this one??
What have your learned while running?
Have you ever ridden a flowrider, the artificial wave thing in the pictures above?
I’m curious have you learned anything about yourself by reading the Hungry Runner Girl?