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We woke up to a lot more snow.
So we went outside to play in it for awhile.
We watched it fall outside from the warm inside too:)
I bought matching dresses on Black Friday from Ivy City Co and was pretty ecstatic to finally wear them. Skye’s had stains all over it within 30 minutes but we got a good picture before that happened!
Sometimes you just need to snack on some snow on your way to church.
Quite a busy day:
I’m telling ya… we moved into the best neighborhood. Neighbors brought us homemade salsa and chips yesterday and it hit the spot.
It’s SKYE’S BIRTH WEEK!! She is one on Saturday. I do not know how this year went by so fast but I’m so excited to celebrate her this week!
*How do you stay so positive when life gets you down?
-I definitely don’t always… at all. You can ask my Andrew, my mom or sister. I think it is important to really feel what you are going through (I tried to use buffers for too many years to avoid feeling things and that didn’t work well). I let myself feel what I need to feel to process but then a few things really help me to see the positive and move forward—> My family, my faith and running:) I think that focusing on what I’m grateful for rather than what is wrong makes it easier to see the positive—> “When you love what you have, you have everything you need” is so incredibly true for me. It’s pretty impossible to feel gratitude and negativity at the same time for me. When life is really hard I think having hope in a better day to come is what really has gotten me through a lot. This quote was one I read daily during my divorce and it was such a comfort for me (it’s from this talk).
*Tips for nutrition during a half marathon?
–This book (The New Rules of Marathon and Half Marathon Nutrition) is an awesome resource for half marathon and marathon fueling! PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE. Try all sorts of different methods and types of fuel and use them during your long runs. For me, I found that my body does best with huma gel and starting earlier than I would think and fueling more often than I thought I would need during a race.
*What do you eat before a midweek run, and how far in advance do you eat before you start running?
-Right now a few bites of a banana for my runs that are an hour or shorter. Before I go on longer runs or on the trails then I have a banana and usually a piece of bread or two. If I am running during Skye’s nap then I have oatmeal or Kodiak pancakes an hour or two before. During training for my last marathon when my runs were longer then I definitely take in fuel before. UCAN is something that I have recently fallen in love with to take before a run. During marathon training when I was doing 10 plus mile runs then I was usually having about 200 calories of UCAN and a banana or a piece of toast or a huma gel before I went out. Before a long run I would try to eat about 30-45 minutes before leaving but before my weekday runs I was eating pretty much as I was walking out the door because I had to get back asap to get kids to school. You can read my full race day fueling plan here.
*How do you handle long hair for sports? Skin care routine?
–POWER BUN. My skin care routine is terrible lately and I need to get better at this.
*What’s the longest distance you run while training for a marathon?
-For this last marathon my longest run was 22.2 miles. 22 is usually my longest but 20 has also been my longest training run for other marathons too.
*Where do you get your lashes done?
-Her name is Alyssa and she is the best human. I’ve gone to her for FIVE years now. Comment if you want her number and I’ll email it to you:)
*Everything about your lashes, please?
-I go once a month and my lash girl fills them and she also tints my eyebrows and waxes them to shape them. I avoid getting them wet or touching as much as possible so that they can last longer. The eyelashes and eyebrows make it so it takes about 90 seconds in the morning to do my makeup.
*What running plan do you follow when you aren’t training for a race? I just ran a PR half Sat! Now what?!
-Congrats Jennie! That is awesome:) My coach wrote my day to day plan for about two months after the marathon and now I’m in ultra training so I am roughly following plans from books. I think that it is important after a big race to just take time to relax and run whatever your body is telling you each day so that you are ready to get back into hardcore training again when you want.
*How do you find the motivation to run? I work full-time and have kids, which makes it hard?
-YOU are doing a lot. A ton. For me, the motivation comes because I KNOW that my day will go better if I run. I’m more patient, I’m taking care of myself and my health, I’m getting fresh air and those endorphins… I know that life is smoother when I take care of myself and running is one of my favorite ways to take care of myself. Also, races. Those motivate me big time because I want to do well in them and that takes getting out the door almost every day to train for them.
*Do you think you guys will move again, or are you in your forever home?
-Forever ever ever ever ever ever home. I am so in love with this home. It is now the 7th member of our family. You can see our house tour here!
*Do you like to run for time or distance when you are training?
-DISTANCE for sure but with my upcoming ultra plans I think there will be a lot of training by time too which will definitely be something I need to get used to.
*What’s the best part of having a blended family?
-That I get to be in Knox’s life and that Brooke has Andrew and that Brooke, Knox and Skye all have each other.
*Hmmm best piece of advice when it comes to choosing a husband?
-TRUST YOUR GUT. When dating again after my divorce I was so in tune with how I was feeling. If somebody I was seeing felt uncomfortable or if they were great but it just didn’t feel right or there was something we didn’t mesh well on or there was even the slightest red flag… I was OUT OF THERE so fast. My mom said I turned into the most efficient dater out there. I just knew that I would rather be single than get divorced again or be in a bad relationship so there was no way I was going to waste time when something felt off. And then Andrew came along and my gut told me nothing but goodness about him. I seriously just felt at home with him the second I met him. SO my advice, listen to yourself. You’re not crazy for feeling the different things you feel, you feel the way you do for a reason. Have your eyes as wide open as possible while dating and remember that you are the interviewer… not the interviewee (the same goes for them). You are not on a date to see if you can fit the position to be good enough for them but you are there to see if they fit what you are looking for and for what you deserve.
PS the picture below is from the night before I met Andrew. I was at a singles activity and remember thinking it’s a good thing I really love my life together with Brooke because this whole dating thing is not working out ha.
*Do you think you will get a brown eyed baby next time?
-I would love that! Skye is Andrew’s mini-me so it’s so fun to see that!
*How many kids do you think you all want?
-Andrew and I would love to be able to have two more kids but I also wouldn’t say no to 3 more:) I get so sick while pregnant that I’m sure I’ll say ‘this is the last time’ each time.
*What’s your next running goal now that you got sub 3?
-A 50 miler, sub 1:20 (1:21 pr as of now) for the half and sub 2:55 for the marathon. Who knows where those road race goals will fit in with having more kids but I’m determined and I love chasing goals.
*What’s the most effective thing you introduced into your running to help you get faster?
-In general, track workouts and tempo runs. This last marathon training cycle, mental training really helped me out a lot too. The track makes you so fast and the boredom of going around in a circle makes you strong too once you are on the roads ha. Tempo runs condition you to control and maintain pace, they help you to practice for race day and improve your endurance. Oh and another thing that I did that has really helped is to REALLY take my easy days easy so that I rock the hard workouts. Read all of the things you can about positive mindsets (running or non running books), listen to podcasts about positive thinking, journal your strengths and truly believe in yourself. I can honestly say that switching my brain to “I CAN AND I WILL” instead of “I think I might possibly have a chance but I’m not really sure because ….” made the biggest difference in my running recently (well, that and my coaches ridiculously amazing training plan she had for me).
*Best fuel for new long distance runners- I’m training for first half?
-I personally think Huma and UCAN but I’ve been hearing a lot about Maurten and I’m intrigued. Has anyone tried this.. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
*What was your first marathon time?
-3:20. I was just going for completion and was shocked that I BQed. I was absolutely dead at the end and I pushed myself to the absolute limits that day but loved it so much.
*Do you ever get post marathon blues?
-Yes, pretty much every single time I get them… except for this last one. I felt super fulfilled after St. George this year and like I seriously gave it my all. Signing up for new races always helps me with the blues or spending time working on another passion also helps me a lot to get past the post marathon blues. It’s VERY normal to have those blues so don’t worry, they will pass!
*What’s the hardest part of being a mom? What’s your least favorite part?
-The hardest part of being a mom for me personally is all of the sharing that goes on because we have a blended family… not having them for holidays is probably the hardest. The lack of sleep during the first few months of their life is my least favorite part. Andrew says my 3rd biggest hobby (after family and running) is sleeping.
*What is the number one mantra you repeat to yourself during the toughest part of a marathon?
-I can do hard things. It helps me to remember all of the hard stuff I’ve made it through before (during running or in real life) and helps me to see my strength and know I can keep going. During this last marathon I used, “I can and I will” the most and I felt like it was a self-fulfilling prophesy for me. Repeating that to myself made me believe it.
*Where did you get the rug in your living room?
-It’s our favorite! You can get it here!
*Fav cold weather running gear?
-I have them all HERE!
*Do you still eat candy?
-I do now but I’ll probably stop again once I want to get fast again… I am realizing it made a big difference in how my stomach felt and how I recovered. I still eat plenty of desserts during training but I think no candy helped me out (I normally eat a lot so it made a difference).
*Top 5 favorite candy?
-This is hard because it changes frequently but as of this moment: Strawberry Sour Patch Kids, Rolos, Milk Duds, sour gummy bears and chocolate covered gummy bears. Our sour candy canister… it forces my nieces and nephews to want to come over here all of the time.
*How much time do you spend on your blog per day? Not counting social media?
-This one just depends on the day… some days it is 6-7 hours (split up throughout the day.. usually when working on sponsored posts etc) and some days it is 3 hours if kids are needing me. I work Saturday’s and just put up a few pictures on Sunday. Luckily, I can take my computer with us and work in the car when Andrew is driving because it can get tricky with kids in the mix.
*Do you set time aside, every day, to blog? Or do you write multiple posts to schedule at once?
-I definitely do—> SKYE’S NAP (she takes one nap a day for 3-4 hours). This time is sacred for me:) The other time it just happens whenever we can fit it in… like when Andrew can take kids or when they are asleep at night etc. I do things like cleaning/house things etc when Skye is awake because that I can do when she is awake, work not so much anymore. Oh and on the days where Andrew is at work I fit in my run and work during Skye’s nap and that’s pretty much it for the day because she keeps me busy (so if you notice now that he is in the hospital more that I am not so great at responding to comments/writing a lot/emailing.. that’s why).
I WOULD LOVE IT IF YOU ANSWERED ANY OF THE READER QUESTIONS THAT CAN APPLY TO YOU TOO!
What do you use for your skin? I need to switch things up (I do every so often) and would love to hear what works well with your skin!
Anyone else have a December birthday? Any December races?
WHO RAN CIM YESTERDAY?! HOW DID IT GO?