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Let’s chat about Sunday for a minute:
Thank you thank you for sharing your book recommendations with me yesterday. I’ve already started on two of them! My throat felt back to normal yesterday (thank you antibiotics) but overall I just felt pretty crummy still. Taking another rest day from running today and hopefully tomorrow I’ll be back to logging the miles for marathon training.
I’ll probably miss a total of 2 days of training (I’m counting Saturday as a miss since I didn’t do the workout and Sunday I always take off so 2 days missed) but I’m not worried about that! I’m still good to go on shooting for a pr.
It was nice to have real food again! I did a research study (aka I had her try two different mixes) on Brooke and she prefers Kodiak Cakes to other pancake/waffle mixes. They really are the best.
They went to church and came home to me reading in bed.
Skye went from crying about something to extra happy in a split second.
Brooke fell asleep on my arm while writing her bday thank you notes. My arm is still recovering from being like this for a few hours.
Skye is still quite obsessed with watermelon.
And Brooke has decided that it isn’t possible to wear too much pink.
PS Brooke is somehow turning six in two days. Quick flashback to her first bday party.
PPS I saw that Jordan Hasay went running in the airport during her layover… I have wanted to do this every single time I have had a delay/long layover. And now I think I will:
I wrote this next little part a few weeks ago and thought today would be the perfect time to post it (sometimes I write posts in advance for days like today when I don’t feel good:)!
The other day during this podcast, Des Linden said something that I really loved:
“I’m a realist with a little bit of hope.”
PS I’m sorry I talk about Des so much but I pretty much consider us to be best friends since we met and talked for 24 seconds on 4/18/2015. I mean, Des is even leaning in towards me in the picture below so I think she feels the same way about me.
I truly think hope is what gets us through anything.
Think about it for a second.
During those really hard miles in a race or the last interval of our workout what is it that helps us to finish? Is it thinking about how we are a failure or that we absolutely cannot go another step that gets us to our goals? Absolutely not (for me at least… if it does for you please explain to me:). Mentally, what gets us through those really hard parts of our training or racing is hope. Hope that you are going to start feeling better soon. Hope that you’ve got the strength to keep going. Hope that you’ve completed crazy runs/races before and you can do it again. Hope that you truly are stronger than you think. Hope that you can do hard things and that today is your day to kill it. That type of thinking is what helps us to push. I think it is very important to be real with the situation (hey, I’m not ‘hoping’ to OTQ during my next marathon because that is not realistic for me right now) but I am thinking our running is going to be pretty flat and quite sad without that hope. Some hope that we are going to hit our goals or that we are going to get to that finish line is what keeps that left foot, right foot, left foot motion going strong to the end.
Hope is truly what got me through those dark years of my divorce. When I talk to Andrew about his experience with his divorce, it is the exact same thing for him. Hope. It’s what got me out of bed in the morning. Believing that things would improve when I was at rock bottom and as lonely and heartbroken as I thought possible is what helped me to keep moving forward. Thinking back to that time where I cried more than I wasn’t crying in my parents’ basement, I can say that the little glimpses of hope in a brighter future for me is what helped me to keep going. Those glimpses started out small but with time and work, my hope got stronger and larger. I remember changing many of my passwords (I have since changed them;) to 2015willrock. 2013-2014 were hard so when 2015 came along, I knew I had to pep up my hope game so typing 2015willrock over and over again helped me to keep the hope going strong. 2015 still had a lot of hard months thrown in there but it was a whole lot better because my hope game took a step in the right direction.
This is a quote that I had up in my room during those years.
The good things really do come.
I feel like my entire body from the top of my head to my toes softens and changes when I have hope in running and in life. When times are tough I go from an anxious and stiff position to comfort and calmness when my thoughts change from those that are negative/worrisome to hopeful thoughts that things are going to work out. And even if the thing we ‘hope’ for do not happen… it sure makes the journey we are taking so much more enjoyable. Looking back on life I can see that God’s plan is perfect. Just trusting that plan gives me all of the hope in the world for the tough things in life that happen as I go from here on out.
So maybe try this week to add a little bit more hope to your training. And of course, if you are in a hard time of life right now, I promise you that adding hope to your thought processes are going to make all of the difference in the world. <— And I learned that from my mom so of course it is 100% accurate because she is the smartest woman I know and she has been through so many incredibly hard times in her life.
What are your thoughts on HOPE? How does it help you in running or life? What are some things you are really hoping for lately?
Have you ever run somewhere that isn’t a normal place for people to run (like an airport)?
What color do you wear most often? (In running clothes or normal clothes)
What workout are you looking forward to this week?
-18 miles with Andrew this weekend!