My hearts go out to everyone in Las Vegas. I'm going to channel my anger and sadness into action.
Today was a rest day for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. But I did not eat well and I will pay for it tomorrow when I run! Some noobs never learn.
This quote came through my IG feed and I think it applies to so much more than just running!
I was thinking about this when I was running the race on Sunday—at a point when I was really feeling tired and my legs felt like bricks and I was talking myself into slowing to a walk—that this is the part you read about. This is the hard part where I have to work more on my mind than I am on my running form. Sometimes I let my mind tell my body when to quit. I read on a blog somewhere about how the first 20 miles of a marathon are physical and the last six are mental. I believe it. I'm sure there will be times during the marathon when I'll want to quit or slow to a walk or lower the bar of my goal in some way, so that's when I have to mind hack. I tell myself it's normal to feel some discomfort during a long run, my body is prepared for this, I've hydrated and fueled properly, and that I will eventually get to the finish if I just put one foot in front of the other.
I find breaking down goals to be really effective for achieving the big things on my bucket list. Some days when I look ahead on my training plan I think, what the heck?! How am I going to find time for this or how will my body be able to handle those miles, but when I just look at tomorrow's activity then it seems so much more manageable.
1.) I am not really a fan of anything pumpkin spice flavored except pumpkin pie, so I don't get all the hoopla about pumpkin spice season being here!
2.) But I am a huge fan of fresh apple juice and this stuff from Trader Joe's is my new obsession. I'll throw a little sparkling water in with it and voila! Instant delicious mocktail.
Wait, actually I have a third confession: I am obsessed with my kids' feet. They inherited their dad's massive feet and I love them so much. Croc still has a little of that baby fat padding on his. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
Today I had to work from home because Jon had a training that started at 7am and we didn't want to drop croc off at childcare so early (his days are long enough as it is). We took a break from work to have a picnic at the library: yogurt, hummus, chips, water, Justin's peanut butter cups ;)
I found this old picture of The Dude and it's so strange to see one without his glasses on... I've grown so used to them by now. This picture makes me want to camp so bad! Look at the socks on the grill. Clearly I wasn't camping during this one or I would have been yanking them off and reminding everyone about fire safety!!
The Dude is getting so big. He has a really sweet heart and loves to learn. I catch him being very sweet to his little bro when I'm not looking.
This old pic pretty much captures the essence of our brood. Croc used to be obsessed with gloves. He called them gubs :)
And finally let me just ask when the heck is Croc trying to pull over on us? The Dude and I were laughing *hysterically* because Croc drew the first picture - a picture of me - not that long ago and then just the other day I asked him to draw a picture of me and the blue figure is what he drew. I mean what the heck? I guess he's just been waiting for the right time to show us he understands the human figure.
Tell me: are you a pumpkin spice fanatic? It's okay, no judgement!
What do you do when your mind tells you to give up during a hard workout? Share your tips with me.