15 of some of the hardest miles of my life, done and done.
I helped Andrew through the first half and then he started feeling great and I started feeling terrible and he got me through the second half. <— When I asked him at mile 11 why the heck we were doing this he told me to just keep going.
After I finished I realized that’s why we are doing it… we are doing this together. It is out of both of our comfort zones. It brings us even closer together doing something hard and helping the other person to reach a goal. Many of our runs are fun and I love frolicking through these mountains but days like yesterday are beyond rough and if I could have found an Uber up there on the trails, I would have taken it back home no questions asked ha.
It was ridiculously gorgeous though and it felt like there was not another person on the planet besides the two of us.
The snow was not slippery but it was powdery for the majority of the miles which felt like running on sand. I think that is what made it so hard for me. Hopefully I at least gained a calf muscle from the day. Our legs were burning.
We stopped half way for candy and then turned around and realized we had a tailwind the entire way and had a headwind to go into on the way back, ha.
We survived and matching made the experience more fun. We gained about 1250 ft total and our average pace was 8:56.
Andrew went to get Knox from school and I stayed with my mom and waited for Skye to wake up from her nap (she just napped there while we ran). I was never cold during the run but once I finished, I was wet and shivering so my mom and dad gave me dry clothes to wear. PS Andrew didn’t use gloves the entire time… it was like 28 degrees?!?
Knox was done with school. We got to talk to my parents for awhile.
Post-run hot chocolate was necessary.
The other three highlights of the day were shopping with the kids for the Angel Tree, Knox’s wrestling practice and picking up pizza on the way home.
I’ve got some favorite things this week to share!
*George W. Bush’s eulogy for his father. I cried.
*I am pretty sure that these were actually made by Trader Joe’s for Brooke. We both loved them—> add a little ice cream on top and you’ll really be excited about life.
*A few weeks ago a few of you told me about weighted blankets when I was talking about having troubles falling back to sleep in the middle of the night. Janalyn told me about this one below and I totally copied her. I have been sleeping so much better now with this blanket (maybe placebo effect but probably not;). You can get it here but I bought it at Bed, Bath and Beyond with a retailmenot 20% off coupon. Merry Christmas to me… I sleep like a rock with it.
PS I thought the blanket would be too hot but even Andrew agrees, it doesn’t overheat you in the slightest.
PPS I gave one to my mom and her fitbit has told her that she has had deeper sleep once she started using it.
PS this is how they say it works and I agree with it:)
*CONAN HAS A PODCAST!! I have only listened to two of them so far (with Kristen Bell and Will Ferrell) but it is amazing. I legit had to stop twice during one of my runs because I was laughing so hard and it was making my stomach cramp. I just love Conan and miss the days of watching it every night with my roommates in college:)
*I love these little trees at Target for decorations. They are only like $3-5 and so cute. I keep finding more spots in my house to put them.
*Try it, it works.
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Stephanie!!! “This is me after my last 5k of 2018. I did one 5k each month and if you count my ‘test run’ races last year it’s my 14th straight month of 5ks!!!!! Next year I’m upping the ante to still run a 5k every month except for the 4 months when I run a 10k. And 2020 is, god willing, all about half marathons even with my dang arthritis knee. #teamnolimits #teamawesome #teambrooks all the way!!!”
Ginette!!! “My running accomplishment is not so much a PR or even a race (although I did complete a 5k race in my 3rd trimester!) I am currently 33 weeks pregnant and at this point finding it harder and harder to get out there pain-free. Huge disappointment to say the least. My body was able to run this far into my pregnancy and for that I am SO thankful. Right now I am running 1 mile (with stroller) and walking a few extra miles on top of that… just to keep my running legs. But just getting out there is what keeps me sane, healthy & happy.
I believe wholeheartedly that because I ran in this 2nd pregnancy, I was able to have a WAY better pregnancy than with my 1st. My doctor HIGHLY recommended for me to keep running. And she was right on the money. In my 1st pregnancy, I had hypertension from the very beginning and gestational diabetes. And now in this 2nd pregnancy, I have zero hypertension and the gestational diabetes is so minimal that I can even eat bread and desserts (in moderation of course) with no insulin needed!
I’m going to keep running as long as I can. Literally 1 mile at a time!” Her IG is HERE!
Maureen!!! “On Sunday November 18th, I ran my first marathon at the Philadelphia Marathon!! I was so nervous leading up to it that I was basically in tears the morning of and my boyfriend gave me a pep talk while he was half asleep before I left. I started slower in the first 10k and worked my pace down. At mile 25 I saw the clock and knew I could finish in under 4:20 if I pushed it. So I just ran hard. Mile 26 was 8:44 and the last little bit was run a a 7:50 average pace. I finished in 4:18:22 which is a 9:51 pace and I’m so dang proud of myself. When I met up with my boyfriend after I burst into tears as we hugged because I was so proud and happy! I definitely caught the marathon bug. I have a race recap here.”
Miranda!!! “My friend Lori and I ran the Buckeye Woods 50k last year, and it’s an awesome race! It’s on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, which is a great time to get 31 miles in :) We decided to drag our friend Maria in it this year. Everyone runs a mile around the pavilion first, and then we’re off on 5-mile loops! We run around a beautiful lake, on crushed limestone paths through the woods, and then on a trail through the woods before it loops back to the pavilion. It’s so nice to be able to go back to the pavilion after every loop to eat, use the bathroom, whatever! I had my border collie, Maggie, with me (not planned), and I thought I’d run a loop with her, put her in the car for a loop, run a loop with her, etc. Well, she goes with me on all of my runs, so I changed my mind and decided to let her run as far as she wanted to go. She did the whole thing! We weren’t out there trying to crush the race and push the pace (it was wayyyyyyy too muddy for that!), but she totally kept up with us at our 9:45/mile pace. She spent some time recovering this week, like I did, but she was back to playing and scampering around before I was!”
What are your weekend plans?!
Anything that you do that helps you to sleep better at night?
What was the last really hard run thing that you’ve done?
Do you have a favorite comedian?