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It was really nice to have everyone home for the weekend.
We woke up to our first little bit of snow. It all melted a few hours later but it was kind of exciting to see it.
Because chocolate chip pancakes are kind of a Sunday morning tradition around here.
We went to church and Andrew and I taught nine three year olds:) Add that to chasing Skye around the classroom and it was quite a busy few hours.
After church I told the kids we could all watch a movie together and they told us that they would rather make a city (each building is detailed on the inside) so that is what these two did for 2.5 hours. Andrew and I napped on the couch while Skye was napping.
And then when Skye was awake she insisted on pretending she was Godzilla on their city.
We had my niece’s family birthday party over at our house:
She requested Ritz Chicken!
I miss grapes so so so much. I think I’m allergic to them and I’m too afraid to try them again but I miss them dearly and get jealous when I see others eat them.
My niece also requested concrete—> AKA one gallon of ice cream and TWO packages of Oreos mixed.
It is unreal.
We finished off the night with arm wrestling.
And now whenever I don’t feel like strength training I will watch this video of my mom beating me in an arm wrestle to motivate myself to someday be strong enough to beat her.
A lot of really good experiences come our way because of the miles that we put in each week… We are so lucky that we GET to do this!
I’ve got some sweet sweaty moments that I wanted to share and I’d love to hear yours too!
*When you are on a run and you put your music on shuffle and suddenly a song comes on that you haven’t listened to for years… it gives you all of the feels and somehow you still remember every.single.lyric to the entire song.
*The time you keep your word to yourself and you finish the run that you actually wanted to quit a dozen or two times throughout the minutes.
*When you are running along and you think you are guessing that you are running a certain pace and then you look down at your watch and see that you are running much faster than you thought. You realize that all of your hard work over the last months or years is showing off.
*The spring races after freezing your buns off all winter or the fall races after melting from the sun… those hard months of training in less than ideal temperatures make us so crazy strong and enjoy those perfect weather races so much more.
*When you get to the top of a hill without panting like crazy like you used to when you used to have to stop and take a few breaks on the way up.
*A song comes on and it’s beat perfectly matches your cadence and you put it on repeat for the rest of your run/race because it fits you so perfectly.
*Those sweaty runs when you are first coming back from an injury or a baby or a crazy time of life that took you away from running for a bit. They hurt more than usual but dang you are way more grateful than ever for running because you missed it so much.
*When you are hitting that part in the race where you seriously don’t know if you can keep going any longer and you turn the corner and you see your people there to cheer you on. You stop and give them hugs or a high five or just their smiles and cheers fills you up with a crazy amount of energy.
*Ever dedicated a run or a mile or a race to somebody important to you? Somebody that is struggling with something or somebody that has really done a lot for you over the year? Those are some sweet (and usually teary) moments for me as I’m thinking about them and they are motivating me to not give up.
*Any and every time you cross a finish line.
*When the training starts to click. You’ve put weeks, months, many training cycles into your training and you’ve been as patient as can be and all of the sudden things start to click. It’s crazy when this happens and I wish it happened more than it actually does for me but maybe that is why it feels so good, because it doesn’t happen as often:)
*A sweat in my eyeball workout. This happens more on the treadmill than outside but I know if I get sweat in my eyeballs, I know I’ve pushed myself harder than I usually do.
*When you are pounding out the miles with your sole sister(s)/brother(s) and you have one of those times where you are both vulnerable and sharing your deepest thoughts/experiences with each other. I swear when you are doing something hard with other people, it makes it so much easier to open up about life and how you feel.
*You finish your first marathon and chuckle over the fact that _____ _____ in junior high said you wouldn’t be able to do a marathon when you shared it was your goal in your 9th grade English class. <— Okay, this one might be just me:) It always feels kind of good to prove somebody wrong about what they thought you weren’t capable of;)
*You are out on a long run and you realize you told somebody the night before that you are JUST running 12 miles… umm that is a very long time to be running and yet it doesn’t seem as far as it used to to you because you’ve been training like crazy and running further than that normally on the weekend.
*Monday- terrible run. Tuesday- are my legs actually made of lead? Wednesday- I’m so emotionally drained from a hard day of life. Thursday- Wow, I am on fire… nothing is going to stop me and I’m rocking this run. Those good runs that pop up after a few miserable ones, that’s definitely a sweet moment for me.
If you are having a lack of motivation lately, maybe remembering your favorite sweet sweaty moments will help you get out the door to make more of them!
What are some of your favorite running (or your workout of choice) sweaty moments?
What was the best part of your weekend?
What is the meal/dessert that you usually request for your birthday?
Has anyone else gotten snow yet?