Another morning where my sister texted me saying her daughter would watch Skye if we wanted to run later in the morning rather than running early and in the dark like we had planned on doing…
Yes and yes.
The sunshine was very needed. 5 miles @ 9:28 with plenty of walking breaks thrown in there too (I pause my Garmin for the walking breaks).
We came back to my sister’s house and my niece was helping Skye get ready to be a big sister with the books they were reading together…
And then I took my niece to her favorite restaurant. She could eat at Zupas every day of her life and I’m grateful that it is her favorite because it hit the spot yesterday.
Skye got hurt which made Brooke cry which then made Skye ask Brooke if she needed a hug… There were all of the emotions from all three of us yesterday.
Later on we went to pick up some bday presents for friends…
General Mills sent over cereal in perfect timing because my 2 a.m. cereal stash was getting low…
And the hospital bag packing has begun. Packing for both a girl and a boy is making it a little bit more difficult ha.
And with each day that I get closer to the due date, the earlier I get in bed and turn on The Office with a random treat.
The other day my sister asked me to go on a hike with her to the top of the Y mountain (something that she did through her pregnancies). I looked at her and started laughing, the answer was no. I currently am winded when I walk up the stairs or up small hills and the idea of hiking a trail like the Y made me want to take a nap on the floor at that moment.
Thinking about that hike reminded me of how last year at this exact time of year, Emilee and I RAN up that trail the day after a speed workout… and then a few days later had a 24 mile run with 18 miles in the middle at a 6:29 average pace.
PS does this picture make anyone else want to drink hot chocolate?
Exactly one year ago, I was definitely in the best running shape of my entire life and obviously things have changed a lot in one year (I CANNOT WAIT TO MEET THIS BABY). I was trying to figure out why it hasn’t been hard to lose all of the fitness I built up last year and one of the many reasons why is…
Because I know that RUNNING WILL ALWAYS TAKE US BACK. I’ve learned this lesson over and over again throughout the years. Whether it be taking breaks from running because of injury, because of heartache, because of pregnancy/recovery or because of burnout… Each time that my body and brain are ready to come back to running, it is there for me again. The fitness always comes back. It waits patiently for us to be ready and as soon as we are ready to work hard again, it welcomes us back with sweaty arms;) I can make a comeback next year or if next year doesn’t work then the year after that or the year after that (remember how Sara Hall just set a marathon PR at 37 years old wahoo and I love this picture of her so much because you can see her husband cheering for her).
If you are feeling frustrated because you feel like your running (or fitness in any area) has gone backwards or you’ve been forced to take a break this year or you’ve lost your motivation because of the lack of races or you are going to be too busy during the holidays or the emotional stress of 2020 has held you back from doing workouts you used to do easily… Remember, that running is there for you whenever YOU are ready. You don’t have to force it and you don’t have to come back before you are ready.
Be calm and it will come (when YOU are ready).
Has running always taken you back when you were ready… give me examples please!
Have a restaurant that you could eat at every day if you could?!
What was the last treat you had? Do you have a sweet tooth or are you more about the salty?
Last tv show that you watched?