Teething is still going strong over here but we did get some big smiles from her throughout the day too!
My Thursday run was 9 miles @ 8:34 average pace. I was tired (that is to be expected during peak/teething baby week) and took a few breaks to just stand there for a minute. Today is an easy run and Saturday is a 3 hourish run that is going to be the best dress rehearsal for race day. I’ll probably be doing that one with some friends which will be really nice. I’ve really got to nail my nutrition down so I have an exact plan for the race.
There is a new fire down south. The air wasn’t bad during my run but it was crazy to see the smoke roll in over the mountains.
I am still loving bringing my water bottle in my fuel belt. I forget that it is there, it never leaks and it actually holds a lot of water.
Pattern day for these two. Themed days at school are heaven for them.
Knox asked me to blog about his latest lego creation that he made. He told me that he thinks you will all be impressed when you see it and I agreed with him.
Yesterday I did much better at really resting my body. I like to be on the go and moving as much as possible but instead we hung out on the rug for a while.
I even did most of my work from the ground on the laptop. I also decided that washing and doing my hair was too much effort so as part of making sure to recover… I’ll let it stay dirty for a while;)
Skye had her 9 month doctor appointment. How we are to this stage already, I do not know.
Afterwards we grabbed some J-Dawgs. Normal hot dogs do not compare to these in the slightest. Andrew is all about the jalapeños and bell peppers on his but over the years I have liked those two things less and less.
Another highlight from our day was Knox’s soccer game!
Skye made a friend with a baby 2 weeks younger than her while we were there.
And then they did their normal ‘sprint down the hill as fast as possible’ thing afterwards. PS I am pretty sure one of the biggest reasons our kids are loving soccer so much right now is because the after game snacks that they get. <— Which runners understand with the food at races in the finishers area.
I just have a few (aka I took a little break from buying ALL OF THE RUNNING gear this week;) Friday favorites to share with you this week:
*My favorite podcasts from this week—> Ali on the Run w/ AMY CRAGG (the 1st podcast I’ve listened to with Amy), Ali on the Run LIVE @ NYRR, Rambling Runner with Sarah Bishop, Developing Emotional Maturity and 3 Life-Changing Mantras to Remember During the Marathon of Motherhood (and running).
*RUNTRITAM posted these stats from the Boston Marathon 2018… WOW.
*Clearly chocolate covered anything. SO good.
*Jen posted this list of ways that you know you’re a runner and I thought they were pretty funny:) My most expensive shoes are definitely my Levitates ha!
*I took this screenshot yesterday so we are actually 21 days away now… I am more excited for race day than I have ever been before.
*Gwen Jorgensen shared her pre-run activation drills… they are really great!
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Jenny!!! “Early this spring, my cousin Ashley texted me and asked if I wanted to train for a half marathon. I said, “of course!” I was just coming off from an injury so I took a few months to slowly work my mileage back up and make sure that I was healthy before signing up for one. But once I felt confident, we signed up for the Hobble Creek Half in August. I haven’t ever “officially” trained for anything more than 10k, so this was a new experience and I loved it! It would have been way more fun on the long runs if Ashley was running with me, but we live 4 hours apart so that wasn’t going to happen. It did help that we checked in with each other daily about it.
2 weeks before the race we had a lot of fires going on in our area (and right near the course) and my asthma made an appearance in a big way. I started getting nervous about running the race in the smoke but every time we checked the race directors assured us that the canyon we would be running in was better air quality. So we decided to just keep watching it and do what we needed to do. I took my inhaler a whole bunch and took some allergy medication daily for those two weeks (doctor’s orders). And started to slowly see a difference in my breathing.
1 week before my race my knee started to hurt really bad. It hadn’t happened enough to call it an injury but I decided to take a few days off. I ran again 3 days before the race and it was worse. So I called my PT to see what he thought of me running. He confirmed my thoughts on it being too early to call it an injury but told me to stretch, ice, foam roll and stretch like it was my job and that he would tape it for me before the race. So that is what I did.
Race day I took some ibuprofen, allergy medication, and my inhaler (feeling kind of like an old person with all those pills haha) and we headed to the starting line. About a mile in I needed to go to the bathroom already! So I stopped quickly and went. By the time I got out, Ashley was pretty far ahead of me but I could still see her. I was pretty convinced that I wouldn’t catch her but told myself as long as I could stay in a place that I could see her I was doing pretty good. So I kept plugging along. My knee wasn’t really bothering me much at that point so I kept pushing my pace a little bit. Around mile 6 I caught up to her and we were both really glad that I did. It was fun and nice to have someone to visit with for a couple of miles. Around mile 8 or 9, Ashley kept encouraging me to go faster. She said she could feel me pulling her along and that she didn’t want me to slow down for her. I didn’t feel that at all. I was so convinced that going faster would make my IT band and knee flare up more and I’d be in trouble. But I finally decided to speed up just a little bit at a time. From there I felt like the miles just kept passing by. I felt so good and strong and I was running off of all that adrenaline and other endorphins. By mile 11 my knee had had enough. The pain got worse and I slowed down but I kept going. There was absolutely no way I was going to DNF with 2 miles to go. Pretty soon I was at the finish line and I ran/limped in as fast as I could. I finished at 1:47:25 and took 3rd in my age group and I was the 43rd woman overall. Ashley ended up finishing about 7 minutes behind me! It was such a fun experience and I’ll be doing it again. But for now, I’m taking a long recovery because my IT band and knee are still pretty angry/injured. It was worth it. I’ll be back to running/racing soon!”
I’m just going to brag about my family for a second:) My niece and nephew are rocking cross country. My nephew was in the top 10 and my niece had a 1 minute pr!
Jalapeños and banana peppers—> Yay or nay? Sauerkraut?
Have any exciting plans this weekend?
Favorite chocolate covered item on the planet?
-Chocolate covered caramels.
Those of you prepping for a race… how many days until your race?