I hope you were able to check out Brooke and Knox’s race recap yesterday, they were so proud! I didn’t update you on my Saturday running (and there was randomly a lot of it…) yesterday so let’s talk about it today.
Saturday morning we met up with the Runner’s Corner group to do a trail run.
The first two miles were on the paved river trail and then we climbed up and ran on the trails. It was so muddy (sometimes the puddles were up to our ankles) but the views were awesome.
Saturday was my first time back on the trails since my ultra. Not going to lie, I was TRAILED OUT after my ultra so I needed some time before I did them again and now I’m ready to love them again. We are going to be using the trails each week to help with our marathon training and I know that they make you stronger so I’m excited to see what that does for our marathon times.
PS this trail is the trail that Andrew and I took on our second date for a 12 mile trail run. Utah people—> It is about .3 miles west of Bridal Veil Falls and just goes right off of the Provo River Trail.
We had burgers for lunch from our grill and got in a bunch of errands with the kids.
Saturday night we decided at around 6:30 to grab a babysitter and go on a short run with Emilee and her husband for a date night. 4 miles in my favorite canyon with the perfect weather.
After our run we went to Guru’s for dinner. The Salmon couscous fries and sweet potato fries (Andrew and I finished those fries in about two minutes), both were amazing.
Just a normal Sunday over here and I only have two pictures from the day to share…
After church we do a little lesson at our house (we get our weekly lessons from this manual) along with a family meeting (goals for the week/activities etc). Skye was bored stiff.
I have a runner’s PSA for you (and myself because every year I seem to forget about this).
WEAR supportive shoes this summer! Every spring/summer I wonder why in the world my feet are hurting so bad. I initially blame the feet problems on my running and then I remember that the pain is coming from wearing flip flops and shoes with zero support everywhere.
You are welcome for cropping out my runner’s toes.
Birkenstocks make my feet/body the happiest during the summer and this pair is my current favorite.
Sam recommended this podcast episode to me last week and I absolutely loved it! I 100% recommend listening to it unless you have already mastered the growth mindset (then teach us all please;).
The next few paragraphs include quotes from the podcast mixed around with my own random thoughts on it all:
How many times have I not hit my goals in a race (or in life) and felt like a complete failure? Many times. I’ve heard friends say the same things about their experiences and I have seen many people call themselves failures or say they feel like a failure online for not hitting their goals.
IT ISN’T TRUE THOUGH. We are not failures for missing our goals.
This podcast said that the outcomes (our race times, whether we get the job, losing/winning etc) are actually just reflections of the process, not of you. If we fail to hit our goal then we are not failures, the process to get there was a failure.. It took me many many attempts to get my sub 3 marathon and those failures did not = I was a failure but that something in the process to get to that goal failed. We just have to view these failures as something wrong happening on the path to get there. We must figure out how to fix and better the process for the next time and try again. We are not the experiment (our worth does not change based on the outcome of a situation), the process is the experiment.
It’s totally okay to take outcomes (a pr, new distance record etc) SERIOUSLY but not personally. We can dream big and put in the work for a goal and be upset if we do not hit our goals BUT we cannot take the failure as a way to define ourselves.
When I look at a goal with the fear of me feeling like a failure I don’t want to try it, I avoid it completely. BUT when I look at a goal as testing out if the process is successful or not then it makes me want to jump into the goal head first. Making the process of training an experiment makes me excited to learn and grow.
As you are reaching for these running goals of yours over the next few months please remember that your worth does not change based on the failures along the way to reach your goals.
The episode reminded me of one of my favorite quotes from Des Linden (here), “We fail all the time, and we learn from it and we get better. I think that’s amazing. You fail your way to success. That’s how it happens, and I’m super comfortable with that. I have no problem pointing out a bunch of failures in my career. But I don’t define myself or my career as a failure.”
I’m setting some huge goals for myself over the next five months of training/racing and I’m sure there will be some failures along the way but that’s okay because that does not define us!
In case you missed last week… the most viewed posts were:
What are you looking forward to this week?
Do you have to wear supportive sandals in the summer or is this not a problem for you? Favorite summer sandals?
Salmon… delicious or no thank you?
What are you eating for lunch today? Do you eat the same lunch on repeat or switch things up often?