9.17 miles @ 8:16 average with Emilee in TANK TOP weather.
There was only about 12 seconds between Skye’s above picture of pure joy and the below picture of moping. Guessing her next emotion is quite an entertaining part of my day.
I have figured out a little bit better how to get Skye to wear normal clothes… buy her matching clothes with Brooke!
She only changed once during the day which is a record lately.
Andrew brought us home fresh Great Harvest bread on his way from a training and that was definitely the highlight of my afternoon. Getting rid of Great Harvest Bread was NOT part of our new budgeting of eating out less… I can’t live without their bread;).
Who got dressed in pink first…
We made Jen’s Easy Pad Thai recipe and it was a hit. We added the sriracha to Andrew’s and my bowls rather than the sauce so that the girls could eat it without the spice and also so that Andrew could add half a cup to his bowl because he loves spicy food.
This is how Skye felt about it.
PS Jenny shared this episode with me of Ginger Runner talking with Ladia Albertson and her experience of running the trials. I LOVED hearing all of the details from the day and Ladia is just an incredible human.
The other night I was thinking about how many things have changed over the years in my running and it really does feel like a different sport to me now! I am really interested to see how running has changed for you over the last 10 years.
1. I had a subscription to every running magazine ever in my 20s and used my highlighter marker as I read through them and now I don’t have any subscriptions and rely on all of their online sources.
2. I HOPE I’ve learned to handle bad races/workouts better in my 30s than I did in my 20s. I feel like now I just know that they are bound to happen as part of the growth process but in my 20s I felt defined by my race performances which made them a lot harder to handle if they went poorly.
3. I’ve started to wear much more supportive sports bras in my 30s vs my 20s ha.
4. In a lot of my 20s I saw running as a way to burn calories and see how little fuel I could get away with… now I see eating plenty of calories as a way TO ALLOW ME to keep running. In my 20s there were many runs that felt more like a punishment for what I ate the day before and now I’m grateful that those thoughts aren’t a part of my running anymore.
5. Most of my running in my 20’s was on my own and it feels unusual to be running alone now.
6. I’m not sure if I ever ran on trails more than 10 times in my 20s and in my 30s I can’t believe how excited I am for every mile on the dirt I can get.
7. I didn’t really know that much about different elite runners but now I feel like we are all best friends because I obsessively stalk their social media channels, Youtube videos and podcast interviews. I love learning from them and being inspired by what they do.
8. In my 20s I was on the treadmill a lot more! When I was a teacher the only time I could run was very early in the morning and I didn’t have running friends so I hit up the treadmill and then as a single mama I NEEDED the treadmill big time. In my 30s it has worked out that I am outside running most of the time but in both decades the treadmill has been an excellent tool for my training.
9. I incorporated a lot of spin classes into my running training in my 20s and I think that was really good for me and I miss those classes a lot.
10. I put sunscreen on before EVERY single run now (even if it is dark for 99% of my run) and I sure wish I did this during my running in my 20s.
11. I fuel during my longer runs and races and often. It took me years and years to understand this concept and I don’t think I really started doing it well until Mary would write my exact fueling plan into my workouts . The more I took gels the more my stomach handled them well and the sooner I start taking in fuel in long runs/races the better the experience.
12. I hated short distance races in my 20s and oh wait… I still do ha. Emilee and I have been talking though and if we really want to take our marathons to the next level and OTQ we are going to dedicate a year to really building that 5k/10k speed along with some half-marathons. We need to develop that next gear and so many of the best runners in the world specialized in the 5k/10k distances first and we definitely both just skipped to the marathon first.
13. In my 20s I pretty much listened to angry music on 99% of my runs and in my 30s if I am listening to something it’s a podcast.
14. Lighter gear (shoes, Garmin, clothing) and a whole lot less cotton is happening with my running now.
15. I fell a lot more in my 20s while running which doesn’t make sense why because I don’t think I’ve fallen once in my 30s… maybe I take less selfies now while I run?!
16. I stretched a lot more in my 20s than in my 30s… but I really need to switch that around.
17. In my early 20s especially I skipped breakfast more than I ate it and now I come home and eat as soon as I possibly can (thanks to Andrew especially because a lot of times he’ll have something made for us to eat if he is home).
18. I wear a lot more spandex now than I did then. I was too self-conscious about it back then but now I could care less if it shows my cottage cheese because spandex makes me feel like I can run faster.
19. I LOVE my rest days each week… love them and I do absolutely nothing on Sunday’s. In my early 20s especially I never took rest days… even when my body told me to and I’m sure that played into my constant injuries.
20. I definitely put limits on myself with my goals and dreams in my 20s. You’d think as I get older I would be putting more limits on myself but it turns out that I’m learning more and more that the only limit is ourselves and our thoughts and once we take those away we can go so much further. Ten years ago I did not understand the importance of mental training and the last few years I spent a lot of time reading/studying/incorporating every mental trick I could get my hands on.
If you have been running for a while… what are some ways your running has changed over the decade? Can you relate with any on my list?
Spicy food… YES please, just a little bit or you don’t want to go near it? Spiciest food you have ever eaten?
What’s your favorite bread to have at home?
What type of cross-training have you done the most out of everything over the years?