Andrew, Skye and I went out for my first run post-Boston! For some strange reason we decided to make it a hilly run and just as I was thinking how hard it was pushing a stroller up the hill a woman zoomed past me pushing a double jogging stroller with two toddlers in there and she inspired me big time! Andrew of course offered to push during the run but I’m trying to build up my stroller strength because there are going to be way more of them this summer.
It felt so so good to get out there and move again. My body definitely feels ready to go again but I’ll keep things easy for another week or so and then I’m feeling ready to join my friends with speed again (I’ll gradually build up to where they are at). After St. George last year I had zero interest in doing speed work and an ultra called my name but now that it is warm again, my body is craving the speed and track again.
5.5 miles @ 9:08 average with 495 feet of up. Skye did great but the second we stopped and unbuckled her she was ready to jump out and move on with her day.
She wanted to switch places and push her car all around the house.
My hamstrings are still feeling a bit tight so I’m making sure to stretch and roll them big time. I get a lot of people asking me if I think the R8 Recovery Roller is worth the investment. We bought ours and would absolutely buy it again. I use it way more than I used my foam roller. I think it really gets those deep muscles that need our attention. It’s part of my injury prevention tool box.
Skye joined me at the computers for a little while too. She felt very cool.
Leftover burgers (hamburgers have quickly made it to my top 10 favorite foods list) for lunch and then we were the volunteers again at cross-country! For Earth Day the kids ran all around the fields picking up trash and then finished off with tag.
With our kids getting into sports more and running these days I’ve been thinking a lot about how we can make this a super positive and encouraging experience for them. I don’t know about you but I feel like I grew up in a time when the media really made exercise look terrible/punishment/all about losing weight. Anyone remember this episode from Full House where DJ kills herself off at the gym because she wants to lose weight? I feel like there were just a lot of messages sent back then showing that you exercise to lose weight and it’s going to be a terrible experience but you do it anyways because you hate your body.
I feel like we are SO lucky now that there are so many great role models and athletes out there that we have to look up to that exercise because they love their bodies. They do their sport/workouts because they love the challenge, they love to compete and they want to find their potential. I feel like we do a better job showcasing that we move for self-care! I think that the mental health benefits from exercise are talked about a lot more now too and it’s something I talk about with the kids a lot. Long story short I just want to make sure our kids are not getting the DJ Tanner messages and they are seeing that their examples out there exercise for stress relief, the endorphins, to push themselves, to live longer and to find their potential in whatever sport/activity they choose to chase after as they grow up.
I had a phone call with Brooks to learn all about amazing new shoes coming in soon!
Salsa + chicken + crockpot to go along with our taco salads.
Dessert. Soft-serve ice cream never gets old to me and JCW’s has some of the best.
We ended our night outside. I do not miss winter in the slightest.
I have a few tangents to share today.
*We are so boring with our pizza toppings but those frozen Trader Joe’s pizza crusts (Monteli Organic, each package comes with two crusts) are so delicious. Add some veggies and fruit on the side and they are such an easy and quick meal for us.
*My running friend sent this text to me the other day:). Try it…
*A few people have asked what the kids use at cross country to earn their necklace beads each time. They get one of these feet and each time they go around the loop they get two punches on their card. If they fill up the entire foot they get a two beads for their necklaces. It is SO motivating for them and you wouldn’t believe how many kids are out there each practice running!
*I mean… my first 3 I didn’t social media about it but I think times have changed so maybe it doesn’t count now if you don’t hence why I tell you about it 4,000 times afterwards;).
*Haribo and Albanese are the two best brands of gummy bears on the planet in my opinion. The kids got a bunch of these mini packets of them and mom tax= I’m enjoying them a lot.
Anyone reading having allergies? I do every year starting about now until the beginning of June!
Do the people in your life know a lot about your running or are you pretty quiet about it with them?
Do you think the media does a better job making exercise about enjoyment/mental health etc?
Who runs with a jogging stroller?