Thank you so much for your kind comments yesterday! They mean so much to us. We will be leaving on Friday to California.
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Wiggly teeth are a big deal around here at this time in our lives. Knox wants Andrew to pull out one of his teeth if it is slightly wiggly and Brooke refuses to let any of us near the tooth.
Andrew had another shift so the kids jumped in bed with me for a little while yesterday morning.
Skye is very upset with me whenever the big kids are playing outside without her. She says mama on repeat in her stern voice:
We had church…
We watched some videos from when Knox and Brooke were younger…
Her favorite seat.
For dinner I made these Chicken Burrito Bowls and I will make them over and over again. The dressing on top won. I cooked my chicken in the crockpot rather than grilling it because the crockpot is so easy ha. My bowl didn’t look as good as hers:)
Her tooth fell out while eating dinner. She is thrilled to be able to eat turkey sandwiches again (she said that turkey sandwiches hurt her when she had a wiggly tooth ha).
Followed by graham crackers dipped in milk…
Those bad patches.
Sometimes they last for 5 miles, sometimes 6 minutes or sometimes much longer than that. During my last marathon, miles 16-21 were a very rough patch for me because I was having a lot of cramping.
The bad patches happen to all of us but there is a part in Deena’s book that I always remember when I come across a bad patch.
OUR JOB during a run or race is to get out of the hard parts (+ to remember that there will be good patches up ahead) and grasp on to the good ones .
To get ourselves through those hard spots—> We just have to figure out different coping mechanisms to handle those rough miles! We might need to fuel up, drink up (or caffeine up) to help us to feel better. Maybe it means walking for a few minutes while giving ourselves a pep talk. We might choose to focus on our form to get through some hard miles. The hard spots might be the perfect time to refocus our energy on the moment we are in rather than wondering how we are going to go X amount more miles. Getting through those rough spots may involve finding someone to talk to during a race or focusing on the things that do not hurt.
During my 30 miler last week I was seriously wanting to quit from miles 13-17ish… I was so over it. It was windy and I was by myself and just wanting to be in bed. I thought about this part in the book above and focused on getting in my fuel, paying closer attention to the podcast I was listening to and thinking about how lucky I am that I get to run. I got through those really difficult miles and then I had a 12ish mile good patch. Those miles were still hard but I felt so much better mentally and physically. Running/races are a roller coaster of emotions for me and I am guessing I will probably have 200 different emotions during this ultra.
WE CAN DO HARD THINGS <— My favorite mantra ever.
Also, I’m now doing what I did before my goal marathon last fall (and it really did help me to get that sub 3). A lot of the physical training is done and now it is time to think myself there to my goals of this 50 miler.
I’ve heard quite a few strong opinions about this on instagram (and from @manbunrun ) but I wanted to ask here too (and I cropped the image for those that do not agree with men’s running tights;)…
Men in running tights? What are your thoughts?
-Andrew wears them on the trails a lot in the winter (aka when it is 15 degrees or below, any warmer than that and he is in shorts) but I have heard from many others that do not agree with men in tights without shorts on over them or something!
How do you get through the bad patches of a race/run? Did you have one during your last race?
What was the last chocolatey item that you ate?
What workout this week are you most looking forward to?