5 degrees so inside for my 3rd run of the week on the treadmill. 7 miles @ 7:50 average.
Something that sometimes happens to me when I am running (and I’ve shared this a bit before but it is something I constantly have to remind myself):
*I start thinking about how in the world I’m going to be able to run another XX amount of miles during my long run or how I will be able to do 5 more intervals at a speed that kind of scares me.
*When I’m on the treadmill every now and then I catch myself thinking about how in the world I am going to be finish up another XX more minutes on the hamster wheel.
I’m probably not alone with having these thoughts but for me there is an INSTANT solution.
I tell myself, “All that matters is that I’m doing it NOW. I feel great now so why even think about the future because all I need to think about is how I’m left foot, right foot, left footing it right this moment. I can’t predict how I’ll feel in 10 miles or even in 1 mile so why think about it? Just pay attention to how the NOW is going and as of right now I’m doing what I set out to do.”
I really learned this lesson during my last marathon training cycle and luckily it is carrying over to this ultra training cycle. There is no point in stressing out if I am capable of continuing for X amount of miles or how I am going to be able to complete my THIRTY ONE MILE training run (followed the next day by a ten miler) in a few weeks. All I need to think about is what I’m doing in that moment in life because thinking about the future too much brings me anxiety and calmness/happiness/confidence/enjoyment sweeps over me when I’m just taking it a stride at a time.
We are constantly trying to figure out the best ways to cope so we can get faster and stronger. Those coping tools helps us to cope with real life stuff too.
Also, 50 pushups here I come! Kate gave me a great schedule and I’m going to go for it. Thanks Kate! Day one… complete.
Skye had her very first ponytail yesterday. It took about 10 minutes because she is so wiggly but it happened.
I gave Andrew this RUN hat for Christmas and I think I’m going to have to start borrowing it for me to wear too.
The gas station attendants know me as the hot chocolate girl. It really is how I survive winter in Utah.
Skye survives by snuggling in on us as much as possible.
The kids were excited to go to Costco but then we were all let down by the fact that they only had one sample?!?!
Salsa Verde Honey Lime Chicken taco salad for dinner (one of my favorite meals at home… + bonus points for leftovers the next day).
Knox’s current love of life= magic tricks so the kids made us tickets for their magic show last night.
And then Skye crawled all over us before bed. No wonder she sleeps 13 hours at night uninterrupted… she doesn’t stop moving all day long (besides her nap).
4 Random things to discuss:
*Andrew got a gift card for Christmas and used it to buy little kid Hydroflasks for Brooke and Knox because I mean… have you seen anything cuter? Brooke takes hers EVERYWHERE with her and her water drinking is reminding me to drink more water.
*I keep seeing people using these… anyone have one? What are your thoughts on these air fryers?
*I put this picture on my IG story but wanted to post it here too… Brooke is killing it in the big sister department. One of Brooke’s aunts on her dad’s side of the family messaged me the other day to tell me how amazing Brooke was with her little baby cousin and playing with him. Brooke has a thing for babies these days.
Brooke is the first one into Skye’s room when she wakes up and loves playing with her so much… this 5.5 year age gap is really, really nice. I think Skye might think that Brooke is one of her moms too:)
*I’m trying to figure out my race calendar. MY FAVORITE (Provo City) half marathon is on May 4th of this year. Our 50 miler is on March 23rd… do I have enough time to recover and jump in for my favorite half 6 weeks after the ultra? Those of you that have done a 50 miler, how long did it take you to recover? Not looking for a PR during this half but I would love to do it and push myself.
Flashback to this race 5 years ago:
I love hearing the amazing things you do so send them in to [email protected] if you want to be featured! (I usually post them on Friday but this week I am posting one today:)
Kelly!!! “I have always wanted to run a half marathon, my partner and I have a running joke of “is this going to be the year you run a half marathon” because I used to say it every year. This is going to be the year. Well this year was, 2018 I ran my first. 2:31. I was really happy with the time as I just wanted to finish it. 2019 marathon here I come.”
Have any problems with your running lately? How do you solve them?
Are you getting back into your normal routine after the holidays or still all over the place?
-I think we are going to still be all over the place until the kids start school next week.
Last kitchen gadget/tool/machine that you bought… what are your thoughts on it? Anyone have an air fryer?
How many races are you wanting to do this year? Have you signed up for any yet?