MOST IMPORTANTLY TODAY… I want to share about an amazing race that is going on this weekend that you can find HERE! The race is in Tigard, OR and you can run it virtually too!
Here is why they do the race:
Our son, Keith was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 3. He fought for 19 months and eventually, passed away from the disease. As a result of our experience and his, I felt compelled to do something to help improve the options for children’s research. Even for children who survive, the side-effects are ugly and life long. I have a passion for running and Keith loved superheroes, so I thought we could combine those two things and come up with a fun, meaningful way to celebrate Keith’s life and hopefully make a difference in the life of others by raising money for cancer research. We came up with the superhero-themed Hero-Up Half-Marathon, 5K and Kids’ Race. We hold it every year in September, which is the month of Keith’s passing and also Children’s Cancer Awareness month. My family, friends and community come together to run, volunteer and work to make each year a huge success. It is an enormous outpouring of strength to see our “village” come together to support us and to help raise money for children’s cancer research.
100% of race net proceeds go directly to children’s cancer research funding. Nobody makes any money on this race! You can participate by running, volunteering, sponsoring, or donating directly on our website. We’d love to have you join our team of superheroes fighting against children’s cancer.
I hope your Tuesday is a great one!
My Monday morning run started nice and early and a few miles into the run we saw an owl! He was just hanging out and watching over us.
I was able to run with Josse. I had 8 miles on the schedule and we finished with a 9:00 pace. I’ve got a really fun speed workout to do today and I want to make sure I go into it as well rested as possible. Josse has had some injuries she has been dealing with for a while but things are starting to all come together for her now and she’ll be running the St. George Marathon too. It is going to be a party down there. We should plan a big meet-up afterwards (let me know if you will be running or in town for the marathon)!!
Then Andrew went for his run. Isn’t it sweet that we have the same favorite running shoe at the moment—> The Levitates. Taking pictures next to his feet make my feet look smaller than the size 10 that they are.
After we took Brooke to school I took Skye on a walk. She wasn’t very thrilled about life—> Brooke left her all weekend and then left again to go to school.
Skye is entering the stage where she loves to make messes!
Dinner was fabulous and included cauliflower gnocchi with pesto, steak, edamame, milk and chocolate coconut almonds:)
I’ve got some random tangents to discuss with you today:
*I have a new handheld water bottle (I’m going to run with it a bit more before I make my decision on how much I love it) but I think Skye is convinced it is a new bottle for her.
*Beretta has started to use my Hyperions for a pillow… I tried to offer her the glycerins (they have way more cushion) but she likes more of a firm pillow it turns out.
*We went on a short Sunday walk with my family and that was the most movement I did the entire day. I love a rest day each week. Marathon training is starting to catch up with me. I’m not feeling as springy as I was a few weeks ago and my hip flexors are tightening up! BUT the key with this point of training (39 days until race day) is to fulfill these workouts even though I am feeling a bit tired… Because before the marathon I will have the taper so I’ll be more rested and fresh but I’ll have the fitness from these weeks now to get me across the finish line in the time that I want.
*At some point we will learn that you really can’t ever bring too many outfits for Skye whenever we go somewhere. Luckily she didn’t mind going on a walk in just her diaper.
*I ran 18 miles with one of Knox’s toys. I’m not sure how it got in my belt and how I didn’t notice it until the end but I’m wondering if Knox put it in there for me.
*”Where the mind goes, the body follows.” I just want to highlight Kara’s entire book.
*My coach sent me these tips and I have officially set a bedtime for myself. Why work so hard out there during my workouts if I can’t do the other stuff that is so important (like sleep) too?! The kids go to bed at 7:30 so I’m putting myself to bed at 9:30-10 until the marathon. I went to bed at 9:30 on Sunday night and woke up feeling so good Monday morning. It’s so hard to not take advantage of those hours at night when we don’t have kids and stay up really late but I’m not giving my body the time it needs to recover from my running. Time to focus!!
*This also includes just spending more time on the couch because sitting still is kind of hard for me to do too. It’s not always possible with the kids but when it is, I’m taking advantage of it and the laundry or dishes can wait.
*TWENTY MILES THIS SATURDAY. That is almost a marathon;) I am going to experiment with Tailwind in addition to my huma gels during this run! This long run has a workout mixed into it too which I kind of love because it makes it easier for me to split up the miles into smaller segments in my brain to accomplish.
*Let’s just hope that this one doesn’t feel like last weekend’s long run but I was listening to a church talk (this one) during my walk yesterday and I really loved it and applied it to running too:
“COME WHAT MAY, AND LOVE IT… every life has peaks and shadows and times when it seems the birds don’t sing and bells don’t ring. Yet in spite of discouragement and adversity, those who are happiest seem to have a way of learning from difficult times, becoming stronger, wiser, and happier as a result. If we approach adversities wisely, our hardest times can be times of greatest growth, which in turn can lead toward times of greatest happiness.” <— Bring on the really hard workouts or days that don’t feel great because that is what is going to make us stronger and smarter to crush our running goals.
An important question from Andrew. As you know, Halloween is his favorite and he goes a bit overboard (I call it overboard, he calls it a need) on decorating our house for the holiday. Is September too early or should he wait until October 1st to get his decorations up?
Those of you that train for marathons—> How many 20 milers do you usually do in your training cycle?
Outside of running… what is something that you are doing to help your running? Let’s learn from each other!
Who will be in town for the St. George Marathon!? Should we plan something after?