7.15 miles at 8:16 pace which also means I spent about an hour trying to acclimate to cold temperatures again. It was 26 degrees when I finished and I give myself about 2 more weeks to get adjusted to the cold before it feels normal again. Maybe I should cover my ankles and that would help.
Skye turned 11 months yesterday!
She celebrated big time.
Do you eat raw veggies? I do in salads but other than that… I eat veggies cooked. My sister is really good at snacking on raw veggies throughout the day but I’m all about roasting them in olive oil and whatever seasoning sounds good that day.
And Knox started wrestling so he was pretty thrilled about that.
Our neighbor owns a restaurant (and is one of the chefs) in the area so he invited us to come try the new menu (it is available starting Monday) and it was amazing.
La Jolla Groves for the win. I’m going to need to go back weekly for all of this goodness.
The gnocchi, arancini and kale salad were my absolute favorites!
I have a few favorite things to share with you today (affiliate links included):
*It’s the little things…. this space heater under my desk feels so so good.
*The Nest. Andrew was SOOOO excited to get one of these and now I think it is pretty great too. We like it because it can be controlled from our phones, it learns our cooling and heating habits and looks for ways to save money for us. Another awesome thing is that our local gas company gives us a rebate for it as well!
*This picture of Beretta. She is loving the trails as much as I do but she is a lot faster and pretty much flies the entire time.
*This little car thing is still Skye’s favorite.
*Did anyone else see this episode of Shark Tank? Andrew and I sobbed. These three kids lost their mother to breast cancer and then a few years later lost their father to cancer (a cancer that he developed during the cleanup of 9/11). Their dad invented the Cup Board Pro and they are now selling it to continue his legacy. Once they are aren’t sold out again we will be buying one.
*Favorite podcast of the week: The Morning Shakeout w/Mario Fraioli with Lauren Fleshman.
*A Million Little Things. I cried 4 times in the first episode.
Keep doing amazing things and send those accomplishments to me to feature.. they are my favorite!! —> [email protected]
Katherine!!! “I’ve always been a runner, nothing crazy fast, but I love the training process and the connection with other runners while training and racing. I’ve done 5 full and a handful of half-marathons. I found out I was pregnant over the summer and decided right away that I wanted to try and run (at least) one half marathon during my pregnancy! I’ve followed your blog for a while now and remember reading about your races while pregnant with Skye, and how you rocked them! So, last weekend, I decided to run my first (hopefully not last!) half-marathon while 18 weeks pregnant! It wasn’t my fastest- or my slowest, but it felt great the entire time and I ended up placing second in my age group! I’m hoping to find another soon, or at least a few smaller races to sprinkle in before April when baby girl is due:)”
Sherri!!! “I’ve been addicted to the half marathon distance for a while now but finally ran my first full at the Marine Corps Marathon last weekend. I was running with a friend and we were both aiming to BQ. We came up with a 3:35:59 (59 seconds too many) but it didn’t matter. We were so happy and had an amazing race. The crowd support was like nothing I’ve ever seen. Definitely recommend it to anyone thinking about running their first marathon. Naturally I can’t give up on that BQ so I’m going to run another 26.2 on my birthday in April! I didn’t think I would love the marathon distance, but there is something about it. There’s something about giving every ounce of yourself that makes me want to do it again.”
Susan!!! “On October 27, 2018 – I completed my first marathon – Run with Scissors trail marathon in Cuyahoga Falls National Park – Ohio. I have been running 10 years and recently celebrated my 50th birthday. I felt like 26.2 was a distance I could not achieve. Then I joined a Moms Run This Town trail running group and felt like I could finally achieve this distance with all the support I have received from this wonderful group. The picture below is me (on the right) and my friend Cynthia Thompson (she is on her 3rd marathon this year). The conditions for the race were rainy and slippery mud, rock and roots but my butterfly wings helped me make it to the finish line.”
Chelsea!!! “I ran my first ever marathon on Sunday! It was the Bass Pro Conservation Marathon in Springfield, MO. Before this one, I had trained for two other marathons, but ended up getting injured halfway through training and was forced to pull-out of them – I guess third time’s the charm!! It was a crazy, crazy experience. I ended up finishing at 3:57:30 as the 13th overall female! I also snagged first in my age group! I couldn’t believe it. I definitely broke down and cried at mile 23, but my hubby and a girlfriend ran with me for a few minutes and that helped. I didn’t think I wanted to do another after I finished, but now I am already thinking about which one I want to sign up for next! I included this picture because it makes me laugh – I sprinted my finish and my body was DONE! People can read more about my race recap and training on my blog – papersandpavement.com ”
Melissa!!! “I have been wanting to write this email (and hoping that I would be able to) for so very long. On Saturday I ran my first ever RunDisney race and my first 10k ever!!! After twisting my ankle in January and having to go to physiotherapy to rehab it I was unsure if I would ever get back to being able to do this distance. But patience, an amazing physiotherapist, and being an A+ physio student.. I managed to meet my goal of running a Disney 10k! The energy was unbelievable as I ran it with 30,000 of my Disney friends. Excited to run my second Disney 10k in April and now have an itch to try my hand at a half marathon… Gulp!!!”
Tanna!!! “I (second from left) completed the Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon this past weekend with three of my best friends and managed to snag a TWENTY minute PR! I stuck with Laura (third from left) for the entire race. She and I have had the same goal for years- a sub 4:30 marathon. We have not always seen eye-to-eye and have been competitive in the past to the point that it ruined our friendship. After working on ourselves and forgiving each other, God brought us back together in a way only He could and we accomplished our biggest goal! Our time was 4:29:19!! I am so thankful for her and her friendship, I couldn’t have accomplished this without her! Her sister, Ashley (far right) also snagged a PR at this race and fought for every mile! Her mental game is something I strive for! Paula (far left) is my absolute best friend and one of my biggest supporters in life. There is no way I could have reached this goal without her help and encouragement. She ran the 10K and killed it! My parents were also HUGE supporters, both through training as well as at the actual race. They spent their morning (before 5AM) getting our breakfast ready and making sure we were all ready to reach our goals. I am so blessed that God chose them to be my parents, they are the absolute best! Lastly, God was with us every mile on that course. He has blessed me with the absolute best friends and family and I felt Him with me for the entirety of the race. I am beyond blessed… and also finally a sub 4:30 marathoner!!!”
Michelle!!! “This has been a great running year for me who says we slow down when we get older!? Ha! I turned 46 this year and running has never been better! I ran a half marathon on Sunday in Santa Clarita, CA. I felt really good that morning and ended up with a PR of 1:45, 2nd place in my age group out of 70 women and 18th overall of women! So proud of myself! This is the first time winning an age group award for me! My next stop is Boston in April for the first time! I can’t wait!”
What are your weekend plans?!
How do you most often eat your veggies… raw, steamed, roasted?
At home do you wear shoes, slippers, oofos or are you barefoot?
Who has a November birthday? A November race?