Oh boy. Three days away!!! My hamstring is tight all of a sudden but I'm rolling it like crazy and hydrating like a BuzzFeed intern writing an "I Drank a Gallon of Water a Day for 30 Days and Here's What Happened" story.
I keep coming back to this quote I used as wallpaper on my phone for awhile. It hits the nail on the head for me because running provided me an outlet to stop giving a crap what anyone else thinks about me. I cannot begin to tell you the amount of years and brain cells and energy I've wasted on making decisions in life or gauging my own happiness based on what other people think. Or what I think other people think. There is nothing good that came out of that mindset for me. I took jobs I didn't like. I read books that weren't interesting. I wore clothes that made me uncomfortable. There came a day, and maybe it was associated with my sobriety, when I just got tired of caring about it. The need and desire to impress people just sort of melted away. Running coincided with this turning point. I don't run for anyone else but me. None of my close friends run for exercise. My husband doesn't run. My family members aren't runners. I don't do it to lose weight or to break any records...I do it because I feel strong and fearless. I've grinded through a lot—a LOT—of tough running situations and there was no one telling me to keep moving. No coach or running partner. Just me and my head and my passion to get out there and do it. I get this quote and I agree with this quote that when you stop seeking validation from other people, you will be surprised at the strength you can summon up when you need it.
Yay grandma is in town!!!!!!! It's just been a big old love fest since she and our friend landed.
We all met up at a cozy little family-owned Eastern European restaurant. We had cabbage rolls, mushroom crepes, pierogi, German noodles, chicken schnitzel, sausages, and sauerkraut. It was warm and flavorful and felt like your grandma just took it out of the oven. We had a lot of fun. Notice the seating choice for the kid in red. It's a deliberate placement so we can corner him in :) Does anyone else do this with young kids?
The sunset was gorgeous. We've been having some really stellar ones lately.
We took a long walk before dinner and talked about how we want to start seeing more holiday decorations up soon!
Saw this in the photo stream. I don't know the story behind it, but he sure does pull off a rainbow wig!
The three ladies did some Christmas shopping while the males were at school and work. We stopped for lunch at a Hawaiian restaurant and this poke bowl with hot tea was just what my body was craving.
Yes!! These looked so pretty hanging from the tree.
I made a little pu pu platter for the guests and The Dude while we waited for Jon and Croc to get home.
I love this picture because they are watching Home Alone and laughing so hard you would have thought it was a new release. Their laughter was infectious and it was such a sweet moment.
Then The Dude took a break to make his dad a birthday card (tomorrow is the big day!). He is becoming quite the artist :) I love that he colored the picture in Reds colors. He knows his poppa!
This woman is seriously an amazing individual. She is a survivor and one of the most loyal friends I've ever met. Just being around her makes you feel good.
These kids are getting spoiled rotten by these ladies. They got gifts for no reason... just because. It made them feel very special. Croc started sweeping and cleaning right away. Now if we could just teach him how to scrub toilets (not clean his hands in them).
p.s. Don't mind my garbage sitting there to be taken down. I like to wait for Jon to get ready to walk outside so I can casually ask him if he'd mind running the trash down with him. ;)
This couldn't be any more accurate. I have had some of the deepest conversations ever with my Lyft drivers!
Now is the time to pack up everything I need for race weekend. I don't want to forget anything so that there are no surprises when I wake up race morning. There are a ton of packing lists out there on the web (do people still say "the web"?) but I liked this one from Brooks. There are some post-race essentials on there that I can see would come in really handy after the finish line. I know after every half marathon my feet have been extremely sore and all I wanted to do was take my shoes off, so I can only imagine how sore they'll feel after twice that distance. Packing flip flops is going to be essential. Feet swell quite a bit when running long distances so the relief of wearing sandals will be nice.
The good news is that if I forget anything, odds are that my mom has it in her purse. You'd be surprised the things I've seen her pull out of her bag!
Don't worry, I've got the ketchup!
I plan to set my phone alarm, use the hotel alarm, AND ask for a wake up call on the morning of the race. That is my worst fear when it comes to race day... that I'll just oversleep and all that training will have gone out the window!
It's really nice having mom and friend here to support me. I gave them both some of my muscle gadgets while we were watching Home Alone and you should have seen their faces. Mom loved the Back Buddy and friend loved the shiatsu neck massager. I know what I'm getting mom for Christmas!
Tell me what vital item I should pack in my bag for race weekend?
How do you ensure you wake up in time for a big event?
(Almost) daily blogger. Sober runner. Mental sh*t stirrer. Pro gender equality in tech. Family first.