I hit my longest run in a little while yesterday—> 7 miles! Those 7 miles flew by because I had two different training partners to join me…
First, my sister’s schedule and mine worked out so we were able to run together so here is a beautiful blurry picture of her foot and my knee.
And then towards the end of our run I received this text (from Brooke on Andrew’s phone) which made my day.
We decided to first get ready for school and then run to school together. It was crazy hair day at school (I actually remembered a dress-up day!) so we did that while Andrew made us crepes.
Crepes make an excellent mid-run snack…
And then we were off to school. It was her first time running all of the way there without stopping so that was exciting. She is going to hit her ‘marathon in a month’ goal in no-time.
Skye was just so upset yesterday that Andrew was going mountain biking without her (HOW DARE HE;) so they went out on the street for a few minutes beforehand. She made sure to bring her headlamp.
Then we picked up the kids from school and did the snack/homework/chore/play/relax on the couch thing.
Next year I am not even going to plant a garden because my sister has supplied us with our favorites.
After dinner we went to Brooke’s soccer game…
And then Andrew and I had a much needed porch date while we ate Costco Flautas for second dinner.
I am rereading ‘Let Your Mind Run’ again and this chapter was JUST what I needed. I feel like at this point in my pregnancy I am getting more grumpy by the day with how my body is feeling (nausea has made a return wahoo;) and my thoughts needed this reminder:
“Peale wrote about the effects of word choice on our perception, which encouraged me to look at words that frequented my vocabulary: “hard,” “cold,” and “tired.” Replacing those words with “challenging,” “tough,” and “adapting” provided a greater feeling of strength and purpose…
Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate.”
It really is so crazy to me how switching the words we use to describe how we feel can completely change our perception of everything around us. I 100% know that this works with running but am now experimenting with it during these final weeks of pregnancy. I saw how much my running changed when I started using my thoughts as a tool to build myself up rather than slow myself down. During those really tough miles if I could simply adjust the “can’t” to “can” or the “tired” to “grateful” or “have to” to “get to” it was pretty much a guarantee that I would hit my goal paces during workouts or races. Our brains are always eavesdropping on what we are thinking and while we might not be racing right now, simple positive thoughts can shift the miles we do run and our entire days. After just switching a few words in my brain yesterday, my body felt more comfortable even though absolutely nothing physically had changed.
My dad is really an amazing example to me of this. When I ask him how he is feeling (when I know he isn’t feeling great because of his cancer) he ALWAYS is able to use words that are honest to express how he feels but that are still uplifting, positive and full of SO MUCH gratitude. I’m sure the way he speaks/thinks makes a big difference in his everyday life during this trial. I think I need him to write a guest post about this because he smiles more than anyone I know and the way he thinks/talks inspires me big time.
What is something that has made your day recently?
Any changes you have made or want to make with your self talk lately?
Who was the last person you ran with?
What is the longest run you have done recently?