Tuesday Tangents + Therapy Moment

(Shirt, shorts, shoes)

When I entered the door, Knox told me I had pulled a Knox;).  I had put my shirt back on after the hill repeats backward, but I think my body was too tired to notice after 12 x 200m hill sprints.

It was the prettiest morning.

And luckily, we had markers on the road for our 200m hill sprint finish.

We did a 3-mile w/u, drills, then started them conservatively and sped up with each one.  We did a 200m jog back down on the grass to the start of the repeats, followed by a c/d.  We ended with 10 miles @ 8:18 pace.

Lauren called me out on how much I lie to myself (and her) leading up to a workout…

I have found my favorite use for the Adizero.  Uphill sprints.. these babies make you feel like you are bounding up the hill.  My friend told me that hill sprints are the best ‘form fixer’ because they help you with your knee drive and running efficiently to get to the top.

I did a few errands with Andrew between his meetings and then all of the kid’s events for the remainder of the day!

Now for a few tangents:

*I think it makes sense why I’m feeling better these days… A blender of greens a day:)

*Beck earned brownie points the other night when he turned on my electric blanket to prepare it for me…

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*Thank you, Beth, for sharing this idea for Andrew…. Next year, we will leave it up.

*Picking paint out with my sister…

*I loved this article that included the seven principles to help you find your flow when running…. That flow state during a run is everything.  My kids are so good at getting into the flow state when they do something they love.

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*This article talks about London Marathon Myths and the truth… ummm I had no idea the odds were so low to get into the race:

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*’ The Truth Behind ‘Runner’s High’ and Other Mental Benefits of Running.’ I always thought that the endorphins were what I was chasing… PS I had an interesting experience in therapy years ago.  My therapist brought up a really hard experience I had and asked me what it made me feel… All I could think of that day in response to her question was, “I want to go on a run right this second.”  My brain was trying to get me to do something that would help me to relax when I was remembering a situation.  Luckily, my therapist was able to work with me through the event (EMDR for the win) and help me gain some additional coping mechanisms. Still, it was so interesting to me how badly I wanted to pick up and leave her office and go for a run in my boots and jeans because my brain/body knew that would help ease the pain I was feeling.  

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Random Q—> Have you ever gotten some terrible advice for your running?  

Who has run the London Marathon?  Who has tried to get in?

Ever do hill sprints?  Any things that help you with them?

Have a heated blanket or anything like that that helps you get through the winter?

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No heated blanket but I just got a new car Friday and I definitely splurged for the heated steering wheel. I’m already very grateful for my decision! I also got the Backcountry mittens you linked last year and they are fabulous :) have a great day!


Worth the splurge 100% and now I’m jealous my car doesn’t have that! Oh those mittens are 100% the best. Enjoy warm fingers this winter and I hope you have a beautiful day, Courtney!


Just curious if you follow a specific recipe for the smoothie? I’ve never really been a smoothie fan but you’ve inspired me to try and sip on one throughout the day after I’ve had my morning coffee 😆


Hey Lindsey! Yes, I am following one from my sister. I am using .6 lbs of power greens (baby spinach, kale and chard), 1/2 cup of chia seeds, and as much frozen fruit and water needed to make it tolerable and easy to drink;). Usually I add in a full frozen banana and probably 3/4 cups of frozen berries. I think you should try it. I truly cannot believe the change in energy I am feeling. Let me know what you think!


I’ve been very lucky with the London Marathon Ballot and had two places in the past… and London Marathon is incredible!
I also ran the virtual London Marathon in 2020 and 2021 and those were VERY different experiences, particularly the first one when my route had flooded. Running a marathon while taking in the sights, with crowds cheering for you, is much easier than wading through knee-deep water on your own for 26 miles.


TWO TIMES! Okay, that is amazing Helen. Send me some of your luck so I can get in:). Ummmm how in the world did you complete that marathon alone in those conditions?! That is incredible.


The skeleton dressed as a turkey, ha ha ha. I totally see this happening in your yard. We have a house in our neighborhood that puts big spiders on their house for Halloween. They leave them up until they put away Christmas, and the spiders all get Santa hats. It’s so cute.
Heading out for a run, and it is feeling really chilly this morning! I love that.
Have a great day Janae


Someone down the street from us has an all year skeleton, and it looks over the fence at a main road that goes by. It becomes a Pilgrim, Santa, has a valentines banner, Easter Bunny, Leprechaun for St. Pat’s, Cinco De Mayo, Uncle Sam for the 4th, back to school, (I think they even do mothers and fathers day) – it is soooo creative!


Someone once told me that running is the only leg workout I need. Ha I wish that were true!

I ran London last year.. finally! After 6 failed attempts at the lottery, I ran for MS Society and fundraised. A great cause, so definitely worth the effort for sure! Also running through London was amazing! But compared to the other 5, it was much harder to gain entry. I got a lottery entry on the first try for both Berlin and Tokyo and time qualified for NY, Boston, and Chicago.

Heated pad ftw. I am sitting on one right now. I also have a space heater in my home office and use my heated seats in my car. Also, I live in San Diego, so kinda wimpy over here lol The mornings are chilly!!

Home renovations are such a pain but so exciting and gratifying when they are done!! You’re so lucky to have such a talented sister!

Have a great day, Janae!😊


Ohhhhhh how I wish that would be true too… life would be so much easier. Annemarie, I am so happy you were finally able to run London. I can’t even imagine how great it was… someday I need you to rate them in order:) You are not wimpy, the mornings are so chilly and I swear the humidity makes it feel worse. Thank you, me too. We are coming up on a year soon of this and I swear they aren’t that big of changes hahaha.


I think the advice to eat a banana on race morning is the worst for me, though it works for so many. I love bananas but if I eat one before I run, I just keep re-tasting it the whole time. Gross.
I actually love hill sprints. Going up is ridiculous, but going back down is so fun. Plus it’s a lot of bang for your buck — if I only have 15 minutes to work out, warm up plus hill sprints it is!
When I was a teenager, I had a heated blanket that I practically hibernated under all winter. I don’t have one anymore, but do love cuddling in front of the fireplace this time of year! Hot showers help, too.


Isn’t it funny how different our guts all are on race morning with what works and doesn’t work. I hope you never have to have a banana before a run again. SO much bang for your buck. I don’t remember the last time my heart rate was so high. Oh I am so excited for my fireplace to be back again… you just reminded me! I hope you have a beautiful day, Stacey!


Worst race advice I’ve ever received was in high school when I was running cross country. I was injured and went to see a Dr and he told me that with how my legs are I should never run again. I overpronate. Good thing I was like pssshhh, and kept running. 🤣🤣🤣🤣 Makes me wonder how many people receive advice like that and follow it.

I have never run a marathon, yet, but London would be cool. I had no idea it was that hard to get into. But makes sense with that many applicants, that’s crazy. For winter I have a heating pad I use all the time, and a microwaveable heat pack I stick in my bed at night. No heated blanket because my husbands runs warm, so I make my own with the heat pack. Also, I strangely love hill sprints too. So hard but so fun!


He told you that you should never run again?! Oh I am SO grateful that you didn’t listen to him and that is scary… I hope most people are like you:). I need to get out my microwaveable heat pack, I love those. I am positive every muscle in your body is used for hill sprints. Hope your day is a great one, Beth!


Worst advice was to get orthotics to “fix” my bunion. After spending $$$, I saw a PT a few weeks later for Achilles issues and she was like, 1st thing we need to do is get rid of these orthotics. Oops.

And Janae, I am running the Big Bear marathon this coming weekend. I was poking around their website yesterday trying to distract myself from nerves (hah) and I watched their sample video and it was YOURS! I remember you posting that last year. Fun to see you flying down that course!

And we just got a heated mattress pad, it’s been a GAME CHANGER!


I’ve entered the lotto for London a few times, but never gotten in. I think a tour group is the only realistic option, but I’ll keep playing the lotto game.
car seat warmers and a fireplace insert for the family room are my winter go-tos. I want to use the sauna at my gym more too!


I’m sorry if you have already answered this…but I’m so curious how the smoothie tastes. What would you give it 1-10? (10 being super yummy)


Great article on f nding your flow. I will be using this in multiple areas including cooking folding clothes, work and of course running.
My favorite workout years ago with my masters cross country team was a 3 mile w/u followed by 4 @ 200meter hill repeats then a slow jog to a grass field where we did a 1200 grass tempo X 3 then a 2 mi c/d. It was a killer work out but I felt so accomplished after. My key to the hills was to follow the fast ones. lol
Funny thing about my electric blanket. i have the WORST electric blanket and would not recommend it to any one. (I won’t mention the brand) but I won’t be getting rid of it because it is perfect for Phoenix, AZ. Ha!! If we ever move to a colder area again, I will be purchasing a new blanket.


on hills, because I hate hill repeats…either I find a lot of undulating hills, or I do a ladder thing…90 seconds, 45 seconds, 30 seconds, 15 seconds and repeat….
the worst advice,,,,,drink way more water..and take a lot of gels…..my GI did like that….


My partner and I each have our own hot water bottle for winter! We use to only have one, but it was too difficult to share :D

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