In case you missed out last week, the top 3 most viewed posts were:
Skye tried yanking out Brooke’s bow as Andrew was snapping the picture above…
Brooke has been loving the fact that she is getting better at carrying Skye around (with me right there with them:).
Brooke told me that she wanted to paint her nails before going to church which made me realize she is pretty much a teenager now.
Fast forward until dinner time and we went over to my sister’s house for some deliciousness.
Trying to squeeze in as many bbqs as possible before it gets too cold!
Knox came back and they did their normal ‘measure themselves to see who is taller after being away from each other for 48 hours.’
And my mom had shortcake for us for dessert.
There are a few things that marathon training makes me do and I would love to hear what race training makes you do…
*More laundry than I thought possible.
*It gets me out and exploring the cities around me more. I feel like it is so easy with the kids and me to just stay in our little bubble at home (or at my mom’s and sister’s home;). With marathon training I go to places that I’ve never really paid attention to before and I get to explore. I find roads that are perfect for running and take advantage of the fact that new running routes make all of the marathon training miles so much more fun.
*My brain is thinking so much about the number 26 (.2) because of the marathon that the other day I was convinced that there are 26 hours in the day. Maybe I need to stop thinking about the marathon so much.
*Think of doing everything possible to help aid your recovery… sit in a tub of ice, put on huge compression recovery boots, wear OOFOS religiously, roll the heck out of your legs, bcaa’s… you name it, I want to recover FAST so I can get out there and do it again.
*Become an expert on your mental game… I swear we become SO much tougher mentally from our training. I loved the way that Matt Fitzergerald explained physical fitness and mental fitness:
*It makes me close my eyes during a run for a few seconds and say a little prayer that I can finish the long run/workout;) PS I carried my phone for the entire NYC Marathon. I wanted to take pictures and videos of the course because I couldn’t believe I was there. I also put my fuel in a little baggy and put that in my shorts. I didn’t listen to music the entire 26.2 miles and just soaked in the entire experience.
*Plan your weekends all around how many miles you have to do and figure out a way to make it socially acceptable to get in bed at 7 pm on a Friday night.
*You become the neighborhood morning mascot. I’m just out there roaming our street 6 mornings a week and I think they think I’m crazy.
*Become a math expert. Maybe it’s just me but during a run, I become quite good at math equations (unless I’ve hit the wall… then all of my math skills go out the window). Sometimes I think about what percentage of the run I’ve accomplished… i.e. I just hit 4.25 miles of my 8 mile run which is around 53% completion. Or if I turn here then I will get back home with 1.3 miles left and I can go do that hill a few streets away before I finish my run. Or if I just run this mile 7 seconds faster than the last then I will hit my goal average pace for the run. It’s weird, but I love thinking about the numbers during a run.
*Spend way too much money on gear and fuel and food.
*Dream about running… I have had about 10 dreams already about the St. George Marathon.
*Your family (is forced) to become experts on all things training related along with you;) Skye is a big fan of my latest water bottle love.
*Marathon training makes me learn a lot more about myself. It teaches me over and over again that I’m stronger than I thought or that I have so much passion for things and will do what it takes to get there.
*Eat all day long. This bowl of pesto tortellini came after many meals (steak and sweet potato fries for dinner) and snacks throughout the day.
*Look a little different by the end of the run… drenched in sweat, dying from the humidity, exhausted beyond belief… yep. From my brother:
I have a very important question for you… I need help! I am really not wanting to run with my phone during the marathon. It’s large and I just don’t know if I want to have it on me (also so I can pour water all over my head without worrying about it during the race). When Andrew rides his bike with me he has my phone and it is so nice to not have it on me while I run. I need music (I start it about half-way in during the marathon) and I need it to have bluetooth so I can use wireless headphones. I want to use my Garmin (for the stats and I’m just used to it) and I’m wondering if any of you know of a way to solve my problem:) How do you listen to music during a race?
During a race—> What do you carry with you?
What are some things that training makes you do?
Who has a September bday?
-Knox has a bday on September 27th!