8 miles @ 8:30 average pace (my legs are adjusting to trail running and they were tired big time from yesterday). I came home to Brooke feeling much better and Knox ready to go on his field trip.
During the run I listened to this podcast with Bart Yasso and I absolutely loved it. There were a few stories he shared that made me cry (which is dangerous this time of year because it is so cold;) and so grateful for our awesome running community. He also talked about how much has changed over the years. He said that women used to only be about 5-8% of the people in races and now they are many times more than half of the participants in a race. GO WOMEN GO!!! He also talked about how people used to register for Boston the day before the race at the expo… yeah, quite different than now.
The feelings that Skye has if she finds a remote control is similar to how we would feel if we found a $100 bill. She has a bunch of great toys but the things she isn’t supposed to play with will always be her favorites.
Andrew joined Knox on his field trip and they had a blast together.
My favorite salad right now for lunch.
Quite the exciting afternoon of going through and choosing which Lego creation we would choose if we could choose any while snacking on trail mix.
Followed by spending some time outside.
Wrestling practice and a night out with my friends ended the day off great!
I’ve got some favorite things to share today (affiliate links included)!
*I went up to Lululemon to get these amazing earwarmers —> they keep my ears so toasty the entire run. I absolutely love them… even though I had it on upside down in the picture below;).
*I walked out of Lululemon with something extra that I wasn’t planning on. I told myself, I’ll just try them on for fun and then once they were on me I had to get them. They feel like butter on my legs. Welcome to my winter wardrobe. Ready to Rulu Pant. The softest pants I’ve ever had on.
*A friend told me to put a tiny amount of hand sanitizer on a zit to help it disappear and I tried it. And it worked. Or at least in my head it disappeared faster than they usually do but either way it was awesome.
*Megan D brought over the most amazing caramel brownies on the planet. I had to share her recipe (also, it is egg free too ((I need to make them for my dad)):
Mix together 1 box devils food cake mix, 1 stick of butter and 1/2 can sweetened condensed milk. Press 2/3 of mixture to the bottom of a 9x 13 pan. Bake at 350 for 8min. While that is baking, in a saucepan over medium heat, melt 50 caramels with the other 1/2 can of sweetened condensed milk. Stir often so it doesn’t burn and melt until smooth. Pour over brownies once they are out of the oven. Sprinkle with 1 cup chocolate chips. Crumble the rest of the brownie batter on top of the chocolate chips and caramel and bake for another 11min. Let cool completely before you serve. Or not….like tonight…and let it be a gooey mess.
*This is Skye’s current favorite book. I had it on my IG story the other day and a ton of people asked about the book so I’ll share it here too… you can get it HERE and it is perfect for Skye’s age.
*I’d like to take a second to thank one of my mentors for this last marathon, Deena Kastor;) Reading her book really helped me to change some things going on in my brain (self-doubt) and that changed my race day big time. Love this little video:
*I might be 100 years behind on the technology timeline but I just figured out yesterday that I can copy something on my phone and then click paste on my computer and it pastes what I copied on my phone… and vice versa from my computer to my phone (both Apple products). I have emailed myself 10,938 times over the years trying to get stuff from one device to another and this has changed my life. PS I showed it to Andrew and he didn’t know you could do this either so maybe we are both just behind ha.
*Zara Babies. I want to buy every single item they offer for Skye.
*32. How did I not know this?!?!
Send in the amazing things you are doing to [email protected]. I love these so so much.
Stacey!!! “This is kinda silly but i’m very proud of myself. I ran the Chicago Marathon in 2016 and have been running collectively for 7-8 years but in reality, i’m not a ‘great’ runner. I ALWAYS have to walk. The last time I ran 2 miles w/o stopping for a walk break was during the tail end of my Chicago training and it was at a very slow pace but I finally accomplished it….but haven’t done it since! Well, both on last Friday AND last night during my 30 minute runs (i’m doing the @RunEatRepeat Pile on the Miles November challenge) I ran 2.5 miles in my 30 minutes WITHOUT WALKING ONCE. I was over the moon excited on Friday and then I did it again last night! Granted, i’m only running 4.5 mph on the treadmill, so more of a jog, but I DID IT! I kept telling myself “get comfortable with being uncomfortable” and just was determined to do it! And I did! Just wanted to share!”
ALI!!! “Hi! My birthday was on Sunday (Nov 11), and I had originally signed up to run a marathon that day – but due to time and other circumstances I couldn’t commit, and to avoid risking injury or completing not running the race, I dropped down to the half. Because of that, I told myself I had to PR in this race! And I did it – 5 minute PR!! It felt so, so great and I just kept telling myself to leave it all out on the race route like you did for your sub-3 hour marathon – I knew I’d be hurting and have the thoughts of wanting to give up or give into the pain, but I pushed through and so glad that I did! Now it’s on to the next one and dropping that time by another 5 minutes! :)
Joanna!!! “I ran my first competitive (as in, fully recovered from birthing my second son) half marathon on October 14. Gunning for a PR, I took the 1:40 pace band. The weather ended up cold and raining and it poured on us at mile 5-6. We ended up having to run through some ankle deep puddles, filling my shoes with water, and made my feet feel like they weighed 10lb each. I ended with a 1:38:07! I was really pleased with how it went despite the weather and it made me want to see what I could do with the right conditions.
Ashley!!! “I have been following your blog for years and am so excited to share a running accomplishment. I have been running and racing for many years, my favorite distance being the half marathon. A few years ago I finally got my husband to start running and racing with me and he caught the bug too. We both ran and finished our first marathon on 10 Nov 18 at the Chickamauga Battlefield in GA. It was such a rush and I’m so glad I can finally scratch that off my bucket list!”
What are your weekend plans?
Anyone running a turkey trot next week?
The podcast I listened to yesterday also talked about the decline in magazine subscriptions over the years and I was wondering do you have any magazine subscriptions or do you mostly read things online?
Who knew that chick-fil-a tip? Favorite thing at chick-fil-a if you go there?