I have runs the next two days so I'm enjoying a bowl of pasta with very little guilt. And I am a big fan of the frozen naan from Trader Joe's. This one was garlic - yum.
Only 86 days until California International Marathon!!
Tomorrow I have my long run and then on Sunday I'm doing a short race called Jog in the Fog. This little guy was in my belly the last time I ran this race! Looks like he's carbing up too.
It was also the first time The Dude ran a race. In this picture, we'd just crossed the finish line and he was proudly showing off the injury he sustained. He's a tough one :)
It's definitely feeling a whole lot like fall around here! Tonight the fog actually rolled in again. It felt like a perfect autumn evening and the best part is I got to take the boys to the park for some solo time and everyone got along and no one complained about anything. The stars were aligned! Jon went to see the movie It with friends. Creepy scary clowns? No thanks.
We start getting excited for holidays months before the actual date. We are the people you get annoyed by who enjoy seeing the Christmas decorations up in Macy's in September. I think I get this from my mom, who always decked out the house with decorations for every single holiday. I'm talking heart-shaped soaps for Valentines day and an Irish-themed tree lit up for St. Patrick's Day. We didn't have a ton of money growing up so sometimes we used what we had around the house to decorate the rooms -- trimming pine branches from the pines in our backyard and cutting out paper decorations to tape on the cupboards. Jon says it's one of the things he loves most about my family and I agree!
Nothing in the Critter Crate tonight though I shined my phone light inside and there was discussion of a snake sighting but it all turned out to be a lie. When we got home, Croc helped me change the batteries in all our candles and then we set up for movie night! Jon inspired us to watch our own "scary" Halloween movie which was a really old and really bad (and borderline offensive to homeless and little people) movie with the Olsen twins in it: Double, Double, Toil and Trouble. Yes I felt really old when I had to explain to The dude who the Olsen twins are... I feel like kids movies made in the 80s and 90s are creepy on their own without any added effects. Tell me this still of them dressed up like younger versions of Cloris Leachman's witch character isn't the creepiest thing you've seen in awhile. Don't get me wrong: I DO LOVE CLORIS LEACHMAN!! Remember her in Facts of Life?
Odds are 2 out of the 7 nights a week, I am asking the family if they want to do a Family Movie Night. The requisites for a good FMN include snacks (popcorn usually a must), drinks, pajamas (aka comfy clothes), every blanket, pillow, or generally soft object must be place on the floor and then we turn on a bunch of candles). It's really nice. I remember my family doing something like this when I was young too.
I saw this article on how our most efficient running stride is "built in." It talked about this study that was done on both novice and experienced runners. They put them on a treadmill, keeping the same speed for 20 minutes, and then measured their oxygen intake during both their regular strides and when they were forced to match the cadence of a metronome.
When the researchers examined the data to see how the volunteers’ running economy had been affected, they found that when the runners modified their preferred running strides, whether lengthening or shortening them, their economy generally declined. The running became physically more difficult.
I've been hearing a lot more about this idea of listening to your body's natural wants when it comes to running form. I do agree with this line of thinking, though based purely off my own completely informal A/B testing. Sometimes when I'm running I'll feel a little discomfort somewhere like in my knee or foot, even though I know my form isn't slacking. Living in San Francisco and running close to buildings with tons of windows on the first floors means I can constantly check my reflection to make sure of these things! Anyway, when I feel discomfort sometimes I'll just let myself loosen up and completely forget about how I should be carrying myself, and then in a few minutes the kink works itself out. Is this scientific? No. Did this prove we don't need to worry about running form? No. Is this story helpful to you in any way? Probably not. But you should read more about the study if you're interested.