So here's a question: Do you bring/drag your family to races??🤔
For me, the default is "yes". I can count on one hand the races that I have gone to alone since our kids were born.
Now that there are three little bodies to cart around and keep track of, the logistics are even more complicated. We bring the double stroller and baby carrier because the kids are 4,2 and (almost 😩) 8 months.
My rational brain knows that it's kind of insane to bring them along and my husband is a good sport but I know it's a tall order for him to keep them occupied. Heck- most of the time they aren't even at the finish line when I cross 😆! So really, like REALLY, why do I push it??
For one, I really do value doing things together as a family. Even simple things like going to the grocery store or running an errand that are seemingly so mundane... it just feels good to be together rather than always tag teaming and dividing to conquer the never-ending to-do list.
For two, I like the idea of coming together to support each other. This isn't something I ever remember doing in my own family growing up and I am sure that had a lot to do with the logistics of a four children family. Maybe it happened and I just don't remember.🤷🏼♀️
Maybe once our kids are older with their own schedules, I will do most of my races alone. Maybe I am being selfish to expect everyone to follow my schedule. Maybe the added stress really isn't worth a few post-race family photos. I dunno.
For now, it's important to me. So if it's not -40 or +40 degrees chances are my little clan will not be far when I hit the start line.
As for Race Weekend (May 26) It will likely be a game time decision. 2+ hours in the sun with big crowds is a lot to ask - especially for my first daughter who doesn't like "crowds, clapping and being hot". 😒
Would love to hear your decision making process here: do you bring family along? Do they enjoy it? Does your significant other also race and so do you take turns or race together??
🏃♀️Easy Stroller Run🏃♀️
Sent this picture to my dad earlier and he asked me what are those trees on my plate 🙄🤣 He kills sometimes I swear. But ya girl loves her trees what can I say 🤷🏻♀️ Tonight’s dinner was oven baked chicken w/ @thenewprimal classic marinade + roasted broccolini and rosemary red potatoes. Happy hump day y’all!
Ladies and gentlemen. Boys and girls of all ages. It has been 27 days since my last protein bar confession...and oh boy - I have sinned. I lusted after a pretty package once again, and stumbled upon the No Cow protein bar in the flavor of...drum roll please...lemon meringue. Yes, oh yes, sinful lemon meringue. This is a vegan and gluten free protein bar that seems to be new to my local Sprouts in three flavors that also include peanut butter and chocolate. Being the daring or idiot risk taker that I am with trying these bars, why not start with the one that surely will decimate my taste buds on an epic, catastrophic scale. So excited!
Bite one! Squished face, flips package to re-read ingredients. Flips package again to make sure it says lemon, and not dirty dish water. Bite two! Why is this partially crunchy like a Nestle Crunch? Where is the lemon? WHY IS THIS BROWN?!?!? Bite three! Why do my teeth feel like they are being squeegeed with every chew? Like...literally squeaking. Bite four! Why is this even called lemon anything? WHY IS IT STILL BROWN?!?!?!? Bite five...kill me. Just squeegee me to the afterlife and let me end this agonizing ingestion of protein funk.
In summary, this "lemon meringue" bar is 200 calories, has 20 grams of protein, 1 gram of sugar, and 20,000,000,000 grams of nasty. I still have no idea why anything called lemon meringue would be brown...and crunchy...and destroy the being of my soul...but for $2.79 - you too may also regret every single life choice that you have made up to this point while awkwardly squeegeeing your teeth...and brown.
I dream about this dish! 😩
- 1 serving of lentils and quinoa
- Sautéed mushrooms 🍄 and spinach... top when it’s near done with the “sauce”—1 tbsp olive oil, lemon juice (half a lemon 🍋), 1 clove of minced garlic, pink salt and pepper
- Half an avocado 🥑
Workout: Hour spin class 🚴🏼♀️
Didn’t feel like running. Body felt very tired/exhausted but then got a text from @andrewthomass and felt like I should go and do it and not care about the pace. Was aiming for a pace between a 7:00-7:30. After the first mile I figured I was in trouble. Told myself to slow it down but as you can see that didn’t happen really. Guess my body was listening to my heart more than my brain. It knew I could do it and needed it to see it’s possible. I know my runs won’t all be like this but it’s nice to have a good one to remember and focus on.
The third pic sums up my feelings on my run.
Quick jaunt around the block on my work lunch! Thanks to @novaphysio I got some great pointers and a new exercise routine to strengthen my arches and open my hips. Hello exercise bands! Also he recommend an app Maelz Sport to increase my stride rate. Starting at 175 steps per min which I succeeded at today! Happy #humpday
Conditioning the body to run those longer distances...and conditioning the mind to keep going even when you’d really like to stop 😆 I’m presuming this is what these long runs on the program are supposed to do 🤔
Felt great to achieve my first hour and 45 min run last night. I broke the last 45 minutes into blocks..for some reason I seem to get through it more easily if I segment it 🤷♀️ Active recovery today....and lots and lots of fluid.
Training update 10😳
Our sea level block has come to an end. It was a great seven weeks of training, and we finished with a race at the Bryan Clay Invitational. ⠀ ⠀
The race itself was more a test of fitness for our group: no big stadiums or awards. I ran the 1500👆🏼(with Shelby, Colleen and Courtney) and placed 3rd. ⠀ ⠀
The whole experience - race prep, mental fortitude, body perception and calm - was a million times better than my indoor races. I have to be happy with that. But I‘d be lying if I said I was thrilled with a time of 4:08.
Everyone says to be patient with a training group change, it takes time. I say that. And yet, the truth is, I’ve never fully believed it. In every past experience working with a new coach, I’ve set a personal best within the first six-ish months.
I’ve always thought the advice to be patient can easily turn into an excuse to be complacent, and one has to be vigilant to keep them apart. ⠀ ⠀
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I am also someone who tends to rely on intuition in my decision-making. Complacency only kicks in if I know something is off and I don’t address it. In this situation everything indicates good progress. Training is going well, and my mood is high. The only outlier is a race result. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
So I’m adjusting my cynicism and staying patient and resolved. I trust I am not being complacent, and things will continue to progress. Is that just a rationalization to make my principles consistent with my actions? Maybe. But I believe it. And really, that’s all that matters. 👊🏼💥
Who wore it best? My money is on my cute pup! 🐶 The picture in the upper left is how I spent the last 4 days. I felt like I had been hit by a truck with one of the worst colds of my life. I literally had zero energy and was miserable. 😷 Since Friday was a rest day, I haven't run for 5 days, which l know was important and the right call, but still a tough pill to swallow. Between rest and a visit to the doctor, I'm finally starting to feel better this afternoon and am finally heading out for a little run. I know it'll make me feel even better once I get out there! #louietheenglishbulldog#englishbulldog#englishbulldogsofinstagram#runnersofinstagram#running#halfmarathontraining#sick
#runnersofinstagram I need help! I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect shoe. On the right are my #brooksglycerin15 which I find kinda stiff. On the left are my #altraparadigm which have great cushion but are wearing out like crap and I’m not loving the zero drop design. Up top are the new #hokaelevon - they feel light and responsive but not as “plush” as the #hokabondi5 on the bottom. I would keep both pairs of Hokas but that’s a chunk of change. I’m leaning toward the bondi because of the awesome cushion but they feel cumbersome in comparison to the Elevon. What do people think? #runnersproblems
Had a successful #denimday today!!! Also, question for you all - what running apps do you use? I LOVE running but I’m so bad at it and don’t know how to get better (it’s hard for me to even run a quarter mile). I need something to help me work up to that. PLEASE HELP ME. thx.
The distance between dreams and reality is action. 🙌🏻
Just a little last minute action before Saturday’s race!!! 🏃♀️
How did you make a dent in your dreams today??? ❤️ Comment below!!!
Today’s the last day to enter my @roadrunnersports $100 gift card #giveaway !!! See my post three back!!! I’ll announce tomorrow!!! 🤗
3.7 miles today to #FinishForMatt . Thanks to @orlandotrackshack for providing a weekly evening run.
Some thoughts while running: I train in the Florida heat and humidity regularly. It is not easy. We get up at oh dark 30 to finish before the sun rises and sometimes we’re still training in 85 to 90° F temperatures with 100% humidity. Even with all of that we are infallible and need to pay attention to our bodies and the temperature.
would I be prepared to run a marathon in the extreme conditions that were in London on Sunday? Technically yes, however it wouldn’t be easy. Even though I train them.
Now I’m thinking about the opposite effect. My friends who went to Boston and could have collapsed due to the opposite extreme temperatures there. Those of us in Florida do not train for30 mph winds, pouring rain and wind chills below freezing. The Boston marathon was quite lucky no one was critically injured.
as runners we all must take care of ourselves. It is really hard sometimes though!! We want to get out there. We want to push ourselves. We want to see what our body can do. Past six or so weeks I’ve taking it pretty easy because of asthma. And honestly I have gotten annoyed at myself for not pushing through. Right now I’m proud of myself for taking a break my body told me I needed.
i’ll never know what was going through Matt’s head while he was running the London Marathon. He may not of even realize the danger he was in. No matter what, we have lost a fellow runner and shall remember him. #RIP#Run#Runner#runnersofinstagram#instarunner#NUUNLife#NUUNLove#NUUNAmbassador#HeadUpWingsOut#oisellevolée#Marathonfest#marathontraining#FloridaRunner#MindOverMiles#Health#MentalHealth#Asthma @orlandotrackshack @nuunhydration @londonmarathon @bostonmarathon @twincitiesinmotion @brooksrunning @brookswomen @inspiringwomenrunners @feeturessocks @garmin @garminfitness