First, let’s catch up on the last two days!
Monday’s run: A slippery one with Emilee of 10.1 miles @ 8:42 average pace.
Tuesday’s run: 8 miles solo in 17 degrees @ 8:08 average pace.
The highlight of my Tuesday run was seeing my niece on her way to her carpool.
She told me I was crazy for running in the crazy cold weather yesterday morning and I agreed with her. My face hurt.
REALLY starting to look forward to our reward in Utah after running through months of being freezing—> SPRING.
Andrew was still in shorts for the 17 degree weather. I think he secretly wishes that he could turn his scrubs into shorts for work;)
We celebrated my dad’s bday at his favorite, Texas Roadhouse. Their rolls are something special.
They had the girls sit on the saddle when they came to sing for my dad’s birthday and they loved it.
The other night Andrew had to go back in to finish up a training so we had a girl’s night at home complete with chocolate, nail painting, Regina Spektor listening, a bath bomb for the girls and face masks;).
Brooke told me she wanted to start practicing for cross country so I found her running circles in the yard.
I watched the show, ‘Zoey Extraordinary Playlist’ and fell in love with it quickly. I NEED MORE EPISODES.
Skye is learning sign language too (she basically just copies every little thing that Brooke does so it works out nicely).
Each year Andrew and I renew our gym memberships telling ourselves that THIS will be the year that we get into strength training and each year we do not get into strength training. Our track record is really great for a few of the goals we make each year;)
So we didn’t renew our gym memberships this year and we are trying something that we think will actually work. This new method makes it so we don’t have to take our kids anywhere (Skye hates the gym daycare lately) and it is something we can do together…. Or Andrew can do at 11 pm when I’m in my 3rd REM cycle and he is wide awake because he can’t sleep ha.
I can actually say that it has been fun (the few times that I have joined Andrew so far but at least I’m being a little consistent) and super convenient. One of the many reasons I have been consistent with running is because it is so convenient—> I can run on my treadmill at home or walk out my door and start running. Having something that doesn’t require driving makes us more likely to do it and an added bonus is that we can just turn up our speakers as loud as we want at home;)
Andrew did all of the research on what he bought and he put this little area together.
300 lb Olympic Weight Set (Andrew needed to go up that high for a weight set, I need about 1/5th of that;)
He bought rubber stall mats rather than gym mats because they are cheaper and pretty much the same thing.
We already had a bunch of free weights.
The combo of everything wasn’t much more than we were paying for our yearly memberships to a gym so it will even out after about 1.5 years.
Riddle time: How many of the elite runners include strength training into their weekly routine?
All of them ha.
So if I really want to get to my dreams, I need to make it happen.
I listened to the Morning Shakeout episode 99 with Lindsay Flanagan and I loved when she said this when talking about the importance of strength training and marathon training, “In the marathon it all comes down to not breaking down and I think the stronger you can get, the better you can be.”
Here’s to having the equipment at home and a lifting buddy to do it with to finally get me to lift regularly;)
Oh and one more topic for today, I came across my mileage stats for the last 12 months of running and was wondering what your highest mileage months were! Mine were July, August and November of the last 12 months!
Of the last 12 months of running, what were your highest mileage months?
What about you—> Would you rather go to a gym consistently or work out at home consistently? What works better for your lifestyle/situation?
Do you strength train consistently? What helps you to be consistent with it?
-Over the last few years since I had Skye I’ve been consistent with push-ups, planks and sometimes pull-ups but I think I need to start lifting heavier as part of the equation to faster marathon times.
As far as restaurants go… who do you think brings out the best free starter (ie Texas Roadhouse rolls or Olive Garden breadsticks/salad or Cheesecake Factory bread)?