The top 3 most viewed posts from last week in case you missed out!
My sister and I slept in big time (I love sleep) and then headed back home to our families… it was a very nice getaway! (Skye and Andrew aren’t in the above pre-church photo because I had to leave early for church and Skye was asleep and Andrew was showering).
Andrew straightened Brooke’s hair for church… something he never thought he would know how to do.
Post church naps and complete relaxation.
And then our family came over for a goodbye party for my aunt <– This is the aunt that signed me up for my very first race (a half marathon about 12 years ago)!
Her favorite food is spaghetti so we made this sauce and it was delicious.
Skye is pretty attached to my sis lately!
A few Monday Matters to share:
*I always knew Maggie (on A Million Little Things) was my favorite character. Then I saw her wearing a pair of Brooks on the last episode and I felt like maybe we actually are real-life friends.
*Ultra training and all of these miles = I’m hungry 12 minutes after I finish a meal. I always have snacks with me now in my coat pocket no matter where I go. Trail mix is my current favorite snack to take around with me.
*DON’T FORGET… just like running through the hot/humid summer helps you to get to some awesome fall race times, training through the winter with less than ideal conditions is going to bring you some incredible spring race times. Don’t give up, the hard stuff during training is going to help us out big time on race day.
*Time for a lot of miles—> I switch the days up a bit to fit our schedule but I’ll be working towards getting all of these in! Plan from this book.
*In order for me to get a long run in I am having to break it up, does that still count?
-I sure think it does. Now if you are training for the Olympics or a very competitive time then you probably have to get in more long runs all in one chunk but I think breaking it up still counts if you are looking for completing your race. Maybe just try to get in two or three of your long runs in one chunk during the cycle and then break up the rest if you need to!
PS In this episode with Camille Harron she actually talked about how beneficial it is for your body/recovery to break up these long runs.
*What is your morning getting ready routine with a baby? Doing your hair, etc.?
-I usually shower while Skye naps (she suddenly started hating it when I would shower while she is awake) and let my hair air dry (if I wash it) while I work. When she wakes up I put a little bit of makeup on (I have no idea how to do makeup so I just buy random stuff at Target and throw it on as fast as possible) and curl my hair, straighten it or ponytail it while she crawls around my room. Having fake eyelashes and tinted eyebrows helps cut down the time it takes for me to get ready.
*When you started blogging how long did it take you until you got a large amount of readers and how did you get readers?
-I think I started getting a big readership about 6 months into blogging. Do you remember Skinny Runner’s blog? She had a huge following and she posted about me one day and I received a lot of readers from that. A bit later I posted about my amenorrhea and that brought a lot of readers. I used to post all of the time on Runner’s World forums and I think that helped me to get my name out and I did a lot of guest posts for other bloggers too.
*How do you know when you’re ready to train for a race again (vs taking it slow running) postpartum?
-I am not an expert in the slightest about this but I’ll share how I knew I was ready! I CRAVED it. I did it because I wanted it… not because I thought I should be doing it. I missed it a lot during pregnancy and right after having Skye (I took 6 weeks completely off after she was born) and once I started to really crave running fast again I knew I was in a good spot (for a little while I was just too tired to want to train hard). I started feeling a little pep in my step again and the itch to go. I was also in a situation where Andrew was at home doing a ton of the nighttime feedings and help which made it a little easier for me to feel good to go again (aka I slept a lot more than the normal postpartum situation I’m guessing)… the next time around will definitely not be the same way because he will be working.
Soak in your time with your newborn/little one and when your heart/mind/body tell you you are ready to train again, go for it. PS come back extremely slow though. My coach tested my patience by giving me very short/small workouts in the beginning for a while and I’m glad I started out so small and slowly built up so that I didn’t end up injured.
This time goes by way too fast:
*What pace were you when you first started running 8 years ago?
*When I run I get bored! What do you do to not get bored when you run by yourself?
-Podcasts 100% or I will take a new route or throw in intervals. On the treadmill I usually read a book (if I am just doing easy paces). Run with people, run in beautiful areas if possible, run different paces/speeds each day and dream about your breakfast;)
*How do you not let a bad race put doubt in your mind?
-I do let it put a doubt in my mind for a day or so but then I have to CHOOSE to move forward. I have to tell myself that one bad run can’t determine my potential (just like one good run can’t). We have so many races up ahead of us so let that bad race fuel your flame to train harder and get to those goals of yours.
*Meg asked about the best places to visit in Utah? Favorite part of blogging? Hardest part of blogging? How do you make time for it?
-Salt Lake City, Park City, Zion, Moab, Bryce Canyon, St. George, Utah County (so I can take you to Kneaders and Cafe Rio), SUNDANCE and pretty much anywhere where the mountains are.
My favorite part of blogging are the connections I’ve been able to form. I’ve met some amazing people and get to talk with you guys every day. The hardest part of blogging… self-employed health insurance (but not for long… Andrew starts work soon;) and some days when trying to juggle 3 kids when Andrew is gone and I have companies I need to get back to and content to create = I get stressed. I make time for it when the kids are asleep and when Andrew can be on kid duty. I love being able to sit down every day and write about the things I’m passionate about. I’m very lucky that this blog that I thought would last for like a month has lasted for 8.3 years so far and many more to come.
*Bridget asked for my best tips for managing plantar fasciitis?
*How do you come back after injury? Dealing with one now and I hate it!
-Less is more (not that I’ve always done this… or even close to this but I’ve learned the hard way many times by getting re-injured). Be patient with yourself. You’ll get back there again but if you do too much then you will be back to not running again because of another injury. This article could be very helpful.
*Treadmill tips with babies or kids at home?
-Do it when they are asleep ha. The farthest I’ve gotten with Skye is 30 minutes while she is awake. Stick with it… kids do learn, it just might take them a little while. If they are with you in the room while running then have all of their favorite toys and snacks in there. If anyone has tips for me too.. please help because more treadmill miles at home are in my near future.
*People keep telling me how bad running marathons is for my joints/body. How do I respond?
-‘Prove it.’ Ha I don’t really know. Just smile and nod and go along with doing whatever your heart/doctor tells you is best for your body and soul.
-I have so many favorites.. here are my current favorites: Ali on the Run Show, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend, Finding Mastery, Man Bun Run, The Training for Ultra, Run This World, Work Play Love with Lauren Fleshman, How I Built This, I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein, The Fitnessista, Marathon Training Academy, 3 in 30 Takeaway for Moms, Better Than Happy, SuperSoul Conversations, Rise Podcast, Run Eat Repeat, Run This World, The Morning Shakeout, Rambling Runner, Running for Real, Rich Roll and Cold.
*How do you carry water on your runs?
-CAN SOMEBODY HELP ME WITH THIS QUESTION… My answer is to have a Josse in your life. She knows the entire running community in the state of Utah and I have met all of my running friends through her.
*What smart watch do you recommend for runners (under $200-$300)? I have a gear fit 2 pro and hate it (unreliable)?
-Andrew has the Garmin 230 and he absolutely loves it (his review is here) and it is about $220! I love the Suunto Spartan Trainer (review here) and that one is $279-$329 (so a little above). I have used the Garmin 225 for a few years. It isn’t a smart watch but I love it. I have the Garmin 935 now and I am beyond obsessed with it but it is a bit more.
*How do you balance training and motherhood?
-I feel like training makes me love motherhood even more. I really love being a mom. I think doing something for myself helps me to focus on them for the rest of the day. Having a race on the calendar or a goal I’m working towards helps me to be a better mom and enjoy taking care of them all day. I have to juggle around when I get in my training and maybe wake up earlier than I would like or spend more time on the treadmill but I find a way to get it in each day according to everyone’s schedule. Growing up my mom was a stay at home mom and with 5 kids her life was VERY busy… but she always made time to have a hobby or something she did just for herself (French lessons, piano lessons, book clubs, gem cutting etc). She was a great example to me of not losing ourselves to motherhood by continuing to spend a little time each day on ourselves.
Skye is 4 seconds away from falling asleep:
*Balancing energy demands between family, work, running.
Any tips on making running friends? What about running on the treadmill with kids at home.. how do you do it?
What’s your definition of balance… do you feel like you have a good balance on things most weeks? What feels most out of balance for you?
Do you ever break up your long runs?
What was the best part of your weekend… I would love to hear! Do you have today off?