Let’s go over some things I’ve been meaning to talk to you about.
*During my 5k last weekend I forgot to tell you but I made approximately 25 deals with myself during the race. I would find a point about .1 miles in front of me (a sign, a store, a parked car) and PROMISE myself that if I just made it to that point I could slow down if I wanted when I got there. I fully believed myself too that I would let myself slow down once I got there but each time I would get to the point I was staring at I would make another promise to myself to keep going to another point. Do you ever do that when you race? For longer distances I usually take it a mile at a time but for the 5k sprint I had to make smaller promises to myself to maintain the pace. My miles were each a few seconds apart so it worked. Try it!
*I am very proud that Skye is carrying on the ‘Palm Tree Head’ tradition…
I was the first generation ‘Palm Tree Head’ and hopefully we can keep this tradition going throughout the generations. My family still calls me Palm Tree Head every now and then:
*After I dropped off Brooke at school I went on a walk with Emilee! A reader asked me how I know my body needs to take a break from running right now and I don’t really know how to explain it besides I just feel worn down (I’m guessing from the combination of racing + traveling for races + adjusting to some big life changes around here). I also know that the next 5ish months are going to be INTENSE with my training to get to the times that I want so a week or two off now to get my body ready for that training is the smart thing (for me:) to do. It’s easy to get greedy with running when you are performing well but that doesn’t mean your body doesn’t need rest/recovery! PS having an extra fridge/freezer (we found a cheap used one) in our garage has been the absolute best (especially when Andrew and I were both training for an ultra and eating non-stop) and we might have to get another one once the kids are teenagers.
*I got this muffin out so quietly to eat while Skye was playing with her toys and yet she still heard me and was there in 5 seconds to join me.
*Andrew and I are trying to figure out which stadium to visit next (for his goal of visiting every stadium)… any ideas for us? PS we are already loving the fact that for his job he can stack three shifts in a row and then have time off for a while so we can plan little trips etc.
I got this hat at Fenway and I’m pretty sure being there was one of the best days of Andrew’s life.
*Did you see this?!? I started breathing heavy when I read this. My worst nightmare. We got an email the other day that a neighbor a few streets away had one in their yard in the middle of the night so we are extra careful at home now too.
*Usually Bath and Body candles are my goto but only when they are on sale… so when I run out the Target ones are MUCH cheaper and this one is heavenly. I have a candle going at some point every day.
*These two spend a good amount of time together. I know at least one of them is happy about that!
*9 out of 10 times when I listen to things when I work I am listening to Damien Rice. I can only listen to calm and relaxing music when I am trying to do something else but Andrew can study with movies going on or any type of music and still focus so well.
*Knox brought home his Kindergarten yearbook and was a little excited about one signature in particular;)
*This is an old image (2012) but back then they said the average amount that a runner spends on running gear is $327.01… would you say that is true for you? How many running shoes a year would you say you buy each year?
*I feel like it is my duty to give reviews of candy for you. Almond butter is #1 over peanut butter in my world so I knew going into this I would love it and I was right.
*You can never start too young to get your gear out and ready the night before a race;)
*I just liked this picture.
*Every now and then things really bother me and I feel the need to talk to you about them. I saw this ad on IG and it bugged me. I have smile lines even when I’m not smiling on my face… THEY ARE FROM SMILING A LOT. Why in the world are smile wrinkles a problem, I do not understand. I don’t want to not smile to avoid having smile wrinkles, do you?!? That sounds miserable.
How much would you say you spend on running each year if you want to share? Or how many new pairs of running shoes do you buy a year on average?
The above image said this—> “Achieving a personal goal is the No. 1 reason why people enter into a race.” Is that true for you too?
*Yes and no! Many times it is for a PR that I sign up for certain races but I also love to use them during my training for workouts or just to see a new place!
When you need to focus can you have background noise or do you need silence?
Random question of the day—> Uber just added the option to have a silent mode car ride or happy to chat ride. Which will you choose?