While I was out for my 7 miles @ 9:24 average pace, I ran into the group I used to train with last year. They were out doing a 3 x 2 mile workout (they amaze me having motivation to do really hard workouts without a race on the calendar) and it got me very excited to join in next year with them!
During my run I saw at least 10 different school busses and it felt SO weird to me. I swear I haven’t seen a school bus driving since mid-March so it definitely surprised me to keep seeing them on the roads.
The other weird part of the morning was having a routine! I feel like it has been forever since we had a routine other than to eat breakfast and get our swimsuits on.
Brooke also told me a few times that jeans just feel so strange now and that’s because she has been in activewear or comfy shorts for the last 6 months.
Brooke was then off for her first day of 3rd grade! She only has 7 kids in her class during this phase of learning and when we got there we realized her best friend was in her class too. It put Brooke in the best mood.
And even though she will only be gone for a few hours each week, I came home and cried because it felt so weird to say goodbye to her. We’ve been connected at the hip for the last 6 months.
Skye wanted in on a first day of school picture too. Preschool at home lasted a total of 22 minutes but I’m calling that a huge success.
Later on these two went on a few errands and the house was very quiet which also felt so strange!
Before the kids got home from school, Skye and I made some snickerdoodles for them to eat while they told us about their day. Luckily they didn’t notice that I accidentally added 1.5 TBS of cinnamon instead of the 1.5 TSP I was supposed to do;)
For dinner we made Easy Coconut Shrimp Curry! We used chicken instead of shrimp and added peppers and cooked potatoes. It was a win for everyone in the family (even though the kids picked around the mushrooms and onions like they were performing surgery on the meal).
You know you are living on the edge when your new steam mop arrived and made your entire week. I’ll use it for a while and give you a review of it but so far, I’m in love.
Courtney had an awesome question the other day and I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject too!
The other day my niece was telling me about how she just does not enjoy running. She hates how it feels and just does not understand how in the world I could love it so much. First, I told her that there is nothing wrong with hating running. She has found her love for movement with volleyball and that is amazing. Second, I told her that I really don’t LOVE the act of running as I am doing it. Yes, there are magical days where my body feels great and I have a pep in my step, it definitely wakes me up and makes me feel alive and there are days that are 1 in a million like the St. George Marathon in 2019 where I truly loved the actual motion of running BUT most of the time the movement of running is anything but comfortable. She was shocked that I didn’t just love the feeling of my legs burning and sweat dropping into my eyeballs because she thought that people that love running just love the way it feels the whole time.
For me, I run because I LOVE the challenge. I love that the hard makes me stronger and a whole lot more growth happens during the run than if I didn’t go out and run that day. I love that it gives me a chance to see what I’m made of each day and to prove to myself that I won’t quit. I love how I feel for the next 15 hours of my day because I went out and ran. But the pain (not injury pain) I feel during the run is not fun and no matter how many years I train, that pain still accompanies me whenever it wants to pop in and say hello.
I think with consistency in our training we learn how to deal with the discomfort that we feel during running a bit better. The discomfort is there but we are better able to cope with it. Over time we prove mile after mile to ourselves that we are not actually going to die or have our legs fall off even though our brains tell us that they might because we are so tired. We learn what things work for us (For me—> repeating a mantra like ‘I can do hard things’, counting steps, turning on music, changing our perspective to focus on doing our best in the NOW rather than thinking about how we are going to feel in the future, focusing on the parts of our bodies that do not hurt ((usually, that is just my elbows ha)), taking in fuel/fluids, chopping up the run into mini goals ((just get to the next stop sign)) focusing on pumping your arms when your legs get tired, we learn to welcome/expect the discomfort etc).
And when I am in great shape, then those easy paced days with friends where we laugh 70% of the run do feel better (unless I’m sore from a hard day the day before) but it never feels as good as sitting on the couch does ha. I do remember when I first started really getting into running that I started enjoying the entire process a bit more once I could run 5 miles without needing to stop. At that point, it felt a bit more fluid and my body felt more efficient with the movement….
BUT if it still feels hard even though you are progressing, I think you are right on track and feeling the same way we all do. It never gets easier, we just get faster. You are doing amazing Courtney and I can’t wait to hear about your progression!!
What are your answers to Courtney’s questions? How do you deal with discomfort in running? How long did it take you to enjoy running more?
What is something simple that has brought you a lot of joy recently?
What are you making for dinner tonight? I’m on a roll right now with cooking three times already this week and need some ideas for tonight!
Last recipe you messed up on?! Or is it just me that keeps forgetting things or doing the wrong measurements….