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Before I get to answering a bunch of questions, I’ll show you our Sunday:
It was Skyester and me again (Andrew was at school ((his LAST classroom instruction hours before he graduates) and Brooke and Knox were with their other parents).
My day started off watching the NYC Marathon and for about 2 seconds Skye put her head down on my blanket and watched with me.
Seeing Shalane at the end say ‘I LOVE YOU’ gave me all of the goosebumps. I loved watching the end of the men’s race… it was so close. I love that we get to have so many men and women to look up to that inspire us with our training.
My crust didn’t turn out super pretty but it all tasted like heaven. I’m gladly welcoming the month of pies.
Our neighbors little boy is 2 months younger than Skye and the two babies ‘played’ (grabbed each other’s faces and stole toys from one another) for the first time.
Andrew came home and then we went over to my parents for dinner.
Skye and my sister have been bonding.
After dinner we picked up the Brookester!
Beretta was happy to have her home too.
The other day on Instagram I asked for any questions that you’d like me to answer so today I am sharing a bunch of them! I’ll share about half of them today and the rest on another post!
*What’s the first project you’re going to tackle in the new house?
-We (I mean, Andrew) just finished putting shiplap up in our living room so we are decorating that. Next we will be putting together our GYM SPACE!!
*How do you use your anxiety in a positive way to fuel your running?
-I definitely deal with anxiety… doesn’t everyone have it a bit? Running helps me so much. I am anxious about a lot of things… kids, work projects, different relationships in my life etc and running melts them away. When I took two weeks off after the marathon I could feel my anxiety rising with each day I took off. It was definitely still manageable but I noticed it more without running. Running helps me in so many ways and starting the day off with a run makes the entire rest of my day so much better. I don’t know if anxiety fuels my running at all but running helps me to work through problems and have a better perspective on things that are worrying me. I definitely think it is so important to have many different tools to help you deal with problems but running is one of my favorite tools.
*How do you get your sponsored posts?
-I work with Mediakix exclusively which is an influencer marketing agency. They have been the absolute best people to work with and they have helped to connect me with so many brands that I absolutely love that have been the perfect fit for me!
*How are your girlfriends? I miss seeing them on the blog a bit:)
-They are fabulous! I don’t see them as much as I did a few years ago but we usually get together once a week or every other week to see each other. We are still as close as ever though… that’s how you know they are good friends, you just pick right back up where you left off even if it has been a while (when life is crazy sometimes we don’t see each other for a month).
*Do the girls in your church go on missions too? Or just the boys?
-Both can go. The sisters going has been much more optional though. I did not go (I got married) but Andrew served Spanish speaking in Cincinnati, Ohio. My three brothers went to Peru, Portugal and El Salvador.
*Who is your favorite 35 yr old red headed friend?
-Easy. Megan D. No questions asked.
*Any tips for women trying to get pregnant, but not wanting to lose too much fitness?
-Hmmm this is a tough one. With Skye I was still doing workouts and did one race and then as soon as I found out I was pregnant, I stopped doing speed and extra long runs. Each woman is different and some continue to do speed during pregnancy! Work with your doctor and do what feels right for you. For me during pregnancy, I kept up some fitness but really used running more than ever for my mental health. I struggle with hormones during pregnancy and running helped me to feel so much better. I knew that running fast was going to be there for me after I had Skye and recovery so I just ran easy and as far as my body told me to each day without worrying about losing fitness… and then once my body was ready to go again, I went for all of the fitness possible:) I think my body welcomed the break from speed/tons of miles during pregnancy and that helped me to have a great marathon afterwards.
Below was my last speed while pregnant with Skye (I found out I was pregnant a week later).
*Favorite non-running activity/exercise?
-Hiking. By far. It used to be spin class but I haven’t taken a spin class in forever… but hiking I love because I live in the perfect place for it and it’s something I can do with my family.
*Where are the booties that you wore in your giveaway post from?
*What does your coach like for you to do for cross training?
-Strength training. Mary is big on strength training and I’m starting that all out this time around. Other than that, I don’t do any cross training (besides hiking). I have the time for running (and now weights) and that’s it… plus running is my favorite so I do that in the mornings when I go out.
*Do you get trolled on the internet? If yes, how do you deal with that negativity?
-Absolutely:) Sometimes it is worse than others (and with each year it gets better and better) and most things don’t hurt me except when it is about how I am as a mother (like how I didn’t breastfeed for a year… I’ve gotten some pretty harsh stuff about that). I think that stuff hurts the most because I am constantly questioning how I am doing with this important role in my life which means that criticism hurts bad BUT other than that, I’m used to it and it doesn’t bother me. I’ve learned over the years (and need to apply it to the mothering comments) that you can’t please everyone. By far the majority of my comments are kind and supportive. I love my internet friends!
*Would you consider a marathon in another country?
-Absolutely. Let’s all meet for one somewhere!
*Will you ever want an assistant?
-As of right now the position is filled but I’ll let you know if Skye ever quits and I have an opening;)
*When will you start grad school? I remember you posted about wanting to do that for yourself awhile back!
-I changed my mind on this one for now:) Life is completely different at this point in my life and I want to have more kids and continue to do the job I love (blogging) and between the combination of family, running and blogging… I’m maxed out and extremely happy. At that point I wasn’t sure how long blogging would last but I’m so so grateful it continues to go!
*Do you plan to go back to teaching?
-This is a great question… I go back and forth on it. I loved teaching and miss it a lot but I also don’t know if I will want to go back to that once blogging is over (hopefully blogging never ends:). I might want to try something new or maybe I’ll be blogging when I’m 60. But there is a chance that when all of the kids are in school that I’ll go back and join them… gotta love having the same hours and days off as your kids.
*Do you plan on starting to coach soon?
-I’ve always wanted to coach and I was so excited to get certified to start. When I went to get certified things with the blog were slowing down (dry spells are a part of blogging) and I didn’t have Skye yet so I was sure I would have the time to coach. I didn’t know I was pregnant with Skye during the certification weekend and days after I finished I started to feel like junk for a while and was doing the bare minimum with work etc during my pregnancy. Things have picked up a lot with blogging now and the kids keep us busy so right now my plate is full. When I do start coaching I want to be giving my 100% with it and at this point that wouldn’t be possible. Someday it will happen and I apologize it is taking me a bit longer to get there. I’m having fun coaching my brother and Andrew for now and practicing on them for when I start taking athletes!
*A few weeks ago Jenny asked if I did a warm-up before the marathon.
-I did nada before running. 26.2 was the max distance I was prepared for so adding to that wasn’t going to happen:) I also wanted to start slow and finish fast so using the first few miles to warm-up was very helpful. If I would have warmed up before I think my body would have felt good and I would have shot out fast rather than taking the first few miles to gradually get into things.
*Something most parents stereotypically, seem to like, but you just don’t. (Ex: I found out I am not a zoo person).
-I just realized this last month I’m not a pumpkin patch person and I think it’s because each October I took the kids to Cornbelly’s (the most crowded event in Utah, I’m pretty sure;) way too many times and I burned myself out on it. I kept seeing cute pictures of kids at pumpkin patches last month and I think I just need a few Halloweens away before I go back (or find one that isn’t crazy crowded).
*Marilyn asked the other day how Beretta is with Skye.
-Amazing. Brooke loves to get up in Beretta’s personal business at all times…
Beretta just gives her a lick, takes her craziness calmly, rolls over or moves out of her way. Beretta’s patience is amazing.
*Why don’t you wear a wedding band?
-I don’t know why to be honest haha… one less thing to lose? My ring has two little bands glued together so I just count that as my wedding band;)
*How do you know if you are getting enough calories to perform in running?
-This previous training cycle I actually started weighing myself. Once I was at my pre-pregnancy weight(ish) I stuck to that area. Scales with my previous disordered mind= TERRIBLE. Scales as a tool to make sure that I am fueling properly during marathon training = perfect. If I started to lose weight I would eat more. Marathon training is not the time to lose weight in my opinion… in order to rebuild and repair after hard workouts/long runs = you need energy/calories. Making sure to not drop weight is what helped me to make sure I was getting enough this time around!
I WOULD LOVE IT IF YOU ANSWERED ANY OF THE READER QUESTIONS THAT CAN APPLY TO YOU TOO!
Do you struggle with anxiety at all, does running help you with it?
What is your favorite non-running exercise/activity?
Do you do a warm-up before races?