Focus of yesterday’s run= don’t swing my arms across my body from right to left. When I am going faster it’s a little easier for me to pull my elbows back and drive my arms forward but it feels SO weird to me to do that when I am running at a normal/easy pace. I’ve swung my arms across my body during the run for so many years now it’s tricky to completely switch it but it is so much more efficient so it’s worth it.
When my body tells me to take it easy I do. I woke up probably 4ish times (someday we might need to sleep train Beretta;) the night before and my body was craving to just take it nice and easy. We have a speed workout on the schedule today and then we will take two more days easy and run the 5k on Saturday.
PS I’m the biggest fan of ranging your pace (besides when I’m pregnant… my body wanted to run the same pace ((down to the second pretty much)) every day:) during training. For me it helps me to get faster, avoid burnout and avoid injuries.
After Brooke and Knox were off to school Skye and I went over to Mer’s house to visit with her.
PS I post a lot of smiley pictures of my kids but there are more than enough tantrum moments throughout the day too. I just don’t think to take a picture of those moments as often ha.
I would love if any of you could share some ideas with me on this—> My grandma is having a hard time getting in enough calories each day. She needs things that are very easy for her to grab and eat that are packed with calories and nutrients too. I took her these energy balls yesterday that we love and would love to hear any other ideas that you guys might have that I can bring to her (buy or make). Let me know!
Andrew was able to come home for lunch!
We played outside…
And had quite the gourmet dinner;)
Five Bullet Points to Discuss:
*Call me strange but racing a half-marathon (or running fast for the last 4 miles of a half-marathon) sounds easier to me than racing a 5k! I’m not sure why but it’s probably because I’ve raced 5ks way less than half-marathons and because I know that racing a 5k is probably going to hurt from the first step… while racing a half-marathon doesn’t really hurt until the final miles.
It’s weird, I know. When I start getting nervous for the race though I’m going to remember what Deena Kastor said when I went to see her speak a few weeks ago. She said something like, ‘feeling nervous just means you care.’ That’s it. Those pre-race nerves (to a point… too much = damaging) are going to build up our adrenaline and shows that we care about running and racing. Once I acknowledge that the way I feel is normal and just means I care about something, it actually makes me feel more calm.
*You know that someone is your soul mate when they get just as excited as you do over a new pair of running shoes. Andrew is now sporting the Glycerin 17s and loving them.
*Charlie brought me some candy from London! Very different but very delicious. I think I need to make another goal and have it include eating candy from as many different countries as possible.
*A burger and fries will always and forever be my favorite post-race meal. After my last 5k I grabbed a large fry from McDonalds on my way home and I feel like that is my new 5k tradition.
*This was from Lauren Fleshman’s IG and I loved it, “Calm the mind and the body will follow. Stay where your feet are. One at a time.” Remember this for your next interval workout!
Any ideas for things to make my grandma?
Random question of the day… does turbulence on an airplane freak you out?
-Last Friday on the way there I was thinking it was my last day on earth due to the turbulence and I was sweating like crazy… Whenever I tell this to my brother that is a pilot he says, “Turbulence is something you NEVER have to worry about but I can give you a list of things you can worry about while flying ha;).”
Tried any candy from different countries (or if you live in a different country than I do)… tell me what were your favorites?
What race distance makes you the most nervous?