A few more house things…
Remember how we just finished our bathrooms… that wasn’t for us to sell, that was for us to enjoy. Andrew kept telling me that he wanted to finish off the bathrooms and I kept saying, let’s do it after the holidays because I’m tired haha. He won;) and did them and then a few weeks later is when all of the house stuff happened. I am VERY grateful he did them because it made our house very easy to sell since everything had been redone.
One of the biggest reasons we moved was because they built a 3 story high school across the street from our old house. When I moved in, it was just a gorgeous field where we could see the sunset over the lake. The high school is amazing and helped increase our property value.. but once school started for the first time in August, we just weren’t huge fans of all of the traffic and late night football games that we could hear from our bedrooms:) BUT the people that moved into our house love being so close to the high school because they have teenagers. We also just really wanted to be closer to my family. My sister sent us the link to our new house because she wanted us to come see it (and live by her;) and even though we weren’t serious yet about moving… We felt it was the right house immediately and we moved in less than a month later. It fulfilled everything on our list of needs and a growing family. Andrew and I tend to make decisions fast ha (this was even shorter than our dating process… remember how we got married 2 months after our first date?)! We are very lucky that it worked out the way it did and I’ll show you the house once we get a few more boxes unpacked.
Andrew was very worried about how the move would affect my marathon but because we were so excited about the move, I think it just added to the positive vibes I had going on! I just watched him and his friends do the hard work from the comfort of the couch while on kid duty.
Crazy hair day for these two at school. Luckily, the kids don’t have to go to a new school either but our drive is a little bit longer but totally worth it.
Skyester and I got ready to go out for a walk. During breaks from running I do miss the routine of getting out and moving but taking walks definitely fulfills that for me while I recover.
Andrew had a great four mile run.
While I was out walking I saw my mom on her way to do errands… the perks of living closer to family.
I hung out at my computer for most of the day while Andrew had Skyester and he brought me home this salad.
This is our little homework and reading spot. I’ve always wanted a window seat like this so I’m obsessed with it.
I don’t know what was happening but there was a lot of giggling happening.
My mom came over for a bit too!
PS Beretta is adjusting nicely to her new home too.
We had brinner for dinner and Andrew turned his into a breakfast taco.
Time for a few Friday Favorites!
*Another picture of hugging my mom after the race. I want to relive this moment and luckily whenever I look at the pictures from that day, some of the same feelings flood in all over again.
*Josse sent me this video and I loved it.
*Clark’s comment… seriously, if I just went 1.84 seconds slower per mile I would have missed the sub 3.. That was close.
*Now that we have moved, I’ve been really into looking at ways to decorate our house and I’ve spent an unhealthy amount of time looking through completedesignbyeg (she is a friend of mine too) and she is incredible. I drool over each room that she designs.
*High Hopes by Panic! At The Disco. The perfect running song.
*A few of you asked about the white bread that I eat race morning (or before long runs/workouts) and this is the stuff. If you haven’t had a grilled cheese sandwich on Grandma Sycamore’s bread then you need to make sure to have one this weekend. If they don’t sell them at your grocery store then I need to ship you some.
*I bought this Cinnamon Broom at TJ’s to put in our house and our entire house smells like cinnamon heaven now.
I LOVE hearing about the amazing things you are doing so if you want to share your awesome running days then send them to [email protected] .
Maija!!! “This is me (purple shirt) running across the finish line with one of my best friends at the Foothills 50k Frenzy in Boise, Idaho on October 6th. It is one of the proudest moments of my life, but not just because I finished a 50k… Back in April, I signed up for this ultra on a whim, knowing one day I wanted to challenge myself to do an ultra and deciding this would be a great opportunity (it also had a fantastic race director who donates part of the proceeds (after swag, etc) to the program in Boise which maintains our foothill trails so I was okay with my entry fee going there even if I never showed up to the starting line). I was feeling pretty strong in my running base when I registered but had never raced farther than a half marathon when I signed up. I was also in the middle of graduate school, working full time, and planning my wedding. Um, too much? Running was basically the only thing keeping me sane, but it was a fine line between running for sanity and running obsessively. I was definitely in need of more balance because shortly after registering, I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression. I was not in a good head space for the first 6 months of the year. After my diagnosis, I started making changes in my life to bring myself back to a healthier and more stable place, which also meant running less.
By the time the race came around, my longest run to-date had been a 16-mile flat run in June. I hadn’t done a trail run since June either but the race had over 3,000 feet of elevation gain (and loss). I had also just increased the dose of my antidepressant because I was still battling with daily symptoms of both anxiety and depression. But, I knew that I just needed to try. Like every run, it would just be putting my shoes on and running as far as I could before it wasn’t fun anymore. That was my goal for race day. Have fun.
I know it probably sounds crazy but I didn’t feel as under-prepared as it might seem. I relied on the base I did have, knew how to eat to avoid cramps and stay energized, and carried plenty of water. But mostly, I relied on my intention to run the race without any expectations (not even expecting to finish!) and to make sure it was 100% fun or I would bail. And it was a blast.
Finishing the race was one of the proudest moments of my life, and something I will cherish forever. I wanted to submit my accomplishment to hopefully encourage any other runners struggling with anxiety, depression, or both, to keep doing what works for you and to not be so hard on yourself. Running will always be there for you, even if you’re not ready to return to it, and your body might surprise you with how much it can handle if you give it the chance:)”
Pam!!! “My friend Allyson and I ran the 10km Transplant Trot in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, on September 22. My son and her daughter also ran their first 1 km race. The medals were a hit for the kids, and my achievement was beating my PR from 2 years ago by 8 minutes!”
Kari!!! “Last week, 9/29/18, I ran my first race postpartum. It took me almost 2.5 years to get back out there and run. After my son was born I suffered from postpartum depression and anxiety. I also had to go back in the hospital for 4 days with postpartum pre-eclampsia (did not know it could happen AFTER you have a baby, but it did for me!). I had a huge fear of something medically happening during a run or exerting myself in any form. Fast forward to 11 weeks ago and a group of friends wanted to train for a half marathon. I signed up and was all in! Prior to children I ran a lot. I had run this half before and my PR was 2:06 and had lots of running under my belt at this point. As much as I wanted to PR again, I was only 1 minute off my PR, 2:07, with only 10 weeks of consistent training! I’m thrilled with my time and using it as my starting point to get back out there and crush my goals!!”
Have any weekend plans you are looking forward to?
Have any favorite things from this week?
What was your dinner last night?
Do you brush your teeth first thing in the morning or after you eat breakfast?