Happy Monday! It kind of feels weird going two days without chatting much but I figure we can spend Monday’s catching up a bit now with what went on over each other’s weekends!
Saturday morning started by meeting Maddie for a trail run that included a hill (ehh mountain) known as Grizzly. I’ve only done it 2-3 times so far and each time it kills me. It is about .5 miles long and it goes up and up and up like the below picture shows for the entire hill. I’m sure I could hike it faster than running it but I try to keep a bit of a run step in as I go up and every single muscle in my body hurts within 30 seconds of starting it. We did a total of 10.5 miles with 1,100 ft of gain and I’m just so thankful that with the snow melting (besides the snow storm we had yesterday) I can start getting faster again with the help of trails.
We then got in some lifting together…
While Skye and Beretta ran around the yard. This is definitely a plus of our shed set-up because they get their exercise in too while we exercise.
Andrew, Skye and I watched the trials and I honestly could not believed how sad I was as soon as I saw my favorites pulling back. I am thrilled for the people that made it and so excited to follow their journey but I was shocked over how heartbroken I was for the people I have loved forever (Des and Jared especially). I think the heartbreak comes from just knowing what goes into preparing for the marathon, seeing how hard they have worked and knowing it all just has to come together perfectly on race day. That course and the wind just looked insane to me and I cannot wait for podcasts to come out with interviews from different athletes participating. Also, the fact that this was Molly Seidel’s first marathon and she took 2nd place is just unreal to me… she kept saying afterwards that she was in shock and I can see why!
Excited for my friend Abdi (well, he doesn’t know we are friends but Monica and I consider him to be our friend) and his qualifying at the age of 43!
Skye did pretty great with the big kids gone because she got ALL of the attention.
When we bought Andrew’s truck we decided to cut something out in our lives as we added a new car payment to the budget and that one thing is eating out! I have no idea how much we were eating out (probably a total of 3-4 times a week) but now we are just sticking to one time (besides gift cards, people visiting and special occasions) which will probably come close to equaling the car payment!
Week #1 and we did it… We ate out at a place called Chubby’s for our meal out and started off with dessert.
On Sunday Andrew went to California to pick up Brooke so it was just the two of us.
As we were leaving church it started snowing and snowed the rest of the day. I guess that means we better go ski a lot this week! The rest of the day we stayed pretty lazy and in pjs which was a great start to this week!
Felt so good to have her come home!
Here is how last week’s running looked!
Monday: 10 miles @ 8:16 average with weights afterwards—> squats, deadlifts and bench press
Tuesday: 8 @ 8:35 average
Wednesday: Trails with Andrew on his mountain bike! 10.5 miles @ 8:28 average
Thursday: 7 miles @ 8:14 average
Friday: 7 miles @ 8:11 average
Saturday: 10.5 miles @ 9:30 pace on the trails with strength training session afterwards (lunges, squats, bicep curls and bent-over row)
Turns out I need Emilee to motivate me to do speed ha… she is back home now so I’ll go for it this week but I am very happy I got in 2 strength training sessions and plenty of trails!
Dr. Stacy Sims (I’m kind of obsessed with her right now if you can’t tell) is really motivating me with strength training. Loved this post from her… The slowdown is preventable and fixable… my best years are up ahead now that I’m making lifting heavy (for me:) a priority!
“This kind of (strength) training stimulates your neuromuscular system, activating the maximum amount of muscle fibers. It also keeps those high-energy, powerful type II muscle fibers engaged, which is essential because those are needed for speed, and they’re the first to go…. The best part is that the benefits of strength training are nearly immediate. Even before your muscles get bigger and stronger, you wake up sleeping muscle fibers and develop neuromuscular connections that result in strength gains after just a few sessions.” FROM ROAR!
This is her Ted Talk in case you want to learn more about her research!
Okay, just two more things today…
Andrew said he has never related to anything online more than he does to this hope and dream that he has:
And Julia sent this to me because she knew that I completely relate with this too:
What was the best part of your weekend?
What is something that motivates you to strength train?
Anything that you’ve been doing recently to save money?
What are your thoughts with the Olympic Trials?