There was no way I was going to wake up early to run when I stayed up two hours past my normal bedtime the night before;) Brooke wanted to run to school and Andrew didn’t have work so I started out my run for the day with Brooke.
She is half-way done with her marathon!
Andrew and Skye met us at the school to deliver Knox’s birthday treats to his class. His birthday isn’t until Sunday but yesterday was his last day of school before his actual birthday. Skye was not happy that she couldn’t just stay at the school and send us home afterwards.
Then I went to my sister’s house and picked her up for the rest of my run. We are starting to get to enjoy hearing the leaves under our feet while we are running…
Andrew and Skye enjoyed donuts (well, Skye just eats the sprinkles and a bit of the frosting just like Brooke did when she was her age) in the back of his truck while I finished up my run… 5 miles total @ 9:13 average pace.
Fast forward a few hours and Andrew went mountain biking and I got to meet up with my mom to eat lunch. Back when it was just Brooke and me, I am pretty sure my mom and I went out to lunch 4 times a week (# not including our froyo dates each week too) so it felt so good to get the chance to do it again.
Another highlight from the day was Brooke’s soccer game. It was her last game of the season and she has sure had a good time with it this fall.
Andrew is constantly the human jungle gym…
And then I was definitely ready for bed before the 2 year old was ready for bed.
Every now and then on a run I do a thing where I check myself. I check myself to see what stories I am telling myself. I swear I make so many stories up in my head each and every day about all of the things but let’s focus on the running stories we tell ourselves. We can take a tiny bit of information and then come up with all sorts of stories to help support that small bit of information and I think it is so important that we check in on ourselves with these stories and figure out whether they are helping us or hindering us….
It could be any type of story…. about how tired you are, how so and so is so much more talented than you are, how you should just give up because you are already off pace, how you don’t belong, how you need to change things about your body in order to be a better runner, how you need to just give up on your big goals if you are hurting badly during your workouts to get to that goal, how you are too old or too young or too anything to be able to do a certain race or a certain trail or a certain pace etc.
Check in on those stories that you are telling yourself because there are so many better stories you can replace them with! Replace those false stories with TRUTH (we have so much potential just waiting to be used!).
If you are tired you can tell yourself a story about how all of the amazing nutrients you have been eating the last few weeks are actually canceling out the fact that your legs are telling you that they are ready to quit.
You can tell yourself a story that the cooler temperatures right now have actually turned you into a pr machine and that you can in fact finish the workout you are doing in that moment strong.
You can tell yourself stories about how you are going to accomplish your craziest running dreams or your stories in your head can be about times in the past that you have done REALLY hard things so you can absolutely do something really hard again.
Check in on the stories you are creating in your head during your next run and make them good ones. As runners we spend a lot of time alone as we train with so much time to think about who we are and what we are doing so take advantage of that time!
Happy running (just throwing in a picture of a time that I had about 9 hours to tell myself different stories and those stories made all of the difference in how I felt)!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PUMPKIN TREAT/BREAD?! I am craving pumpkin items and need some ideas!
What is keeping you motivated and running during this time without races?
Those of you that are doing distance learning/homeshooling… how are you managing it all?
What is something you cannot live without right now?