My favorite date so far and Andrew’s least favorite date so far;)
Below might be why it wasn’t his favorite… he actually enjoyed parts ha but miles 3-4 were rough.
We were able to get in some great talking (minus the 3-4 portion) and this once a week date thing has been so good for us (THANK YOU SISSY FOR TRADING WITH US). It’s so easy for us to fall into knowing each other as the mom and dad role best with three little kids but taking time once a week (and putting the kids to bed early at night too) to be Janae and Andrew (and not even talk about the kids) is amazing for us.
Gotta love the view from the top.
I’m one step closer to my goal… I only stopped for 2 short breaks during the Y climb (1100 ft up in 1.1 miles). It hurt so good/bad.
A few things that I think help me with trail running:
*Wear the right shoes. Trail running (on a technical course especially) in normal running shoes would be very tough for me. Trail shoes help provide more stability, grip the trail and the rock plates help you to not feel every rock that you step on. The Mazamas are my favorite.
*A lot of times I don’t listen to anything on the trails because I need to not be distracted… I need to pay attention to where I am and avoid tripping.
*Take your dog, a friend, your run angel, let people know where you are going, bear spray, run on trails that other runners/hikers are on… stay safe!
*Feet up. When I’m tired (which happens a lot on trails because of all of the ups and downs) I don’t lift up my feet very much which results in tripping. I try to pay attention to driving my knees up during trail runs (which lifts my feet up too) and that helps me avoid tripping over a rock or root.
*Keep a high stride pace so that you can react to changes in the trail quickly. A high stride rate lowers your chances of falling.
*Be okay with walking. Trails are hard and taking a break to hike/walk/rest is a-okay. All of those hills you are doing are making you crazy strong and even the best ultra marathoner/trail runners take breaks to walk/hike.
*Keep your eyes down and SCANNING for all of the obstacles ahead.
*When it gets hard, just remember how crazy strong it is making you. You are working so many different muscles and your stabilizer muscles which results in strength, speed and injury prevention! The dirt is better for your joints too:) Embrace the challenge… I think that is what I love most about trail running right now= the extra challenge.
At the base of the Y portion (the down is hard too because you are braking yourself from rolling down the mountain) Andrew said that his legs were completely numb. He could no longer feel them but about an hour after finishing he said he wants to do this once a week.
Someday I will remember to take my Garmin off first before I try to take off a layer and get my arm completely stuck. While we were running the thought crossed my brain that I would really love to do a 50 mile trail race someday. Don’t quote me on this haha but a fire might be ignited.
Runs starting after 8 a.m. definitely require caffeine. How my body has more energy at 5 something in the morning vs any other time of day is strange.
As we were walking Brooke into school she noticed we were all wearing running shoes so that was fun. Skye went over to my sister’s for the morning. Then we went to Knox’s parent-teacher meeting and he is acing Kindergarten.
We picked up Skyester and grabbed some lunch too. Those chips are topped with their ranch dressing and they are insanely good.
Later on we had Brooke’s parent-teacher conference and then my nieces hung out with us for a while.
We had a few errands!
Followed by dinner and making these chocolate chip cookies (my favorite)… undercooked and broken up in pieces for an ice cream bar party that we went to.
The people that we bought our current house from invited us over along with my sister and her family and another family for the good stuff.
And a few random things that I feel like telling you:)
*My mom made this blanket for me when I was a baby and I was obsessed with it for years and took it everywhere. I found it (and washed it) and showed it to Brooke and she has now taken it over.
*Most mornings Brooke is the first one into Skye’s room and makes sure to hand her a stuffed animal.
*Did you see Allie Kieffer’s power bun on Sunday. She hit a new personal best and I’m convinced the power bun is one of her tools for being so fast;) I don’t think I will ever race without it now.
*Heather sent this to me… and even though I love Sour Patch Kids… they went to far with this idea.
When you are reading/studying/working do you listen to anything or does music/noise distract you?
-It depends on the day for me… sometimes it helps, sometimes it distracts me.
Did you have a special blanket/stuffed animal that you were obsessed with as a kid? Parents reading—> Do your kids have something they can’t sleep without?
Have you done any ultras? Do you have any desire to do an ultra?
What is your run today?!