Done and done.

August 23, 2014

18 miles were accomplished yesterday morning.

Probably not my best idea for us to do the first mile straight uphill.  I guess it is good training to run the last 17 miles of my long run on tired legs from climbing a mountain at the very start!?

Jess came and did the first 8 with me on the trails (PS if you are wanting to make your long runs more interesting ((and easier on your joints)), try doing part of them on the trails and then finish up on the roads). 

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After Jess went home I did 5 miles on my own and made sure to stop at my favorite grocery store for their perfect drinking fountains and clean restrooms.  Their water is the perfect temperature and none of the employees at this particular store ever give me a weird look when I walk in sweaty and bright red.  

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Bless Candice’s heart for getting me through the last five miles of my run (she did 20 yesterday)!!!!  It was getting pretty warm by the time I finished and I stopped exactly at 18.00 miles because I was ready to be done.  42 days until the marathon!!!  I am a little bit worried about that.

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After I finished we sat in the pool for a long time and ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

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And once dinner time rolled around we all went to the food truck round-up.

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Green Me was the winner.  Like usual.  

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Brooke and I tried the peach one for the first time and loved it.  I am still amazed that they are able to fit so many greens into each smoothie…

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It started to get really windy outside and so we decided to go up the road to In-N-Out for dinner so that we could eat inside.  Salty french fries are kind of a requirement after a long run.  

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My sis and her husband came over to my place and we watched Sherlock to end the day.   Just add that to the list of shows that I am addicted to.

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For marathon training, what is usually the longest run that you do?  What about for half-marathon training?

What is your long run or workout this weekend?

Favorite place to get french fries?

5 Wellness Life Hacks

August 22, 2014
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Here are 5 simple things that I do to try and be a little bit healthier. 1. Eat breakfast every single day. Mornings are busy and it is easy to skip breakfast or grab something filled with junk (apple fritters—> I am looking at you) but my entire day goes so much better when I have a healthy breakfast. I have really been into smoothies the last few months and my go to one is pretty darn simple but amazing: […]

8 things I do to prepare for the long run

August 22, 2014
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18 miles today.   That is a really long way to go.  We are all kind of crazy, you know that right?!   It is funny because just a few months ago the run I am about to do today (18 easy paced miles) was no big deal BUT after taking some breaks and just getting back into long runs again it feels like I am about to embark on a 10 year journey.  I will survive and I have […]

The time I quit after 2 miles and went and got donuts instead.

August 21, 2014
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I was really excited to get out and run in the rain this morning but I ended up stopping at two miles (I was planning on going 6).  It was just one of those running days.  I haven’t slept well at all this week (sometimes I have weeks where my brain doesn’t stop racing and I can’t sleep) and so I think my body was just exhausted.  No need to get down on ourselves when this happens because it happens […]

(Run-on) Sentence per picture.

August 21, 2014
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My sister and I switched kiddos last night and I got to take my niece out on the town for a date.   Where the magic happens:  Nothing like girl talk over a bowl full of cheese, chips and guac. You can never do too much back to school shopping—> The winning outfit: Anyone else prefer shopping for/living in workout clothes over real people clothes… I think I need these capris and this hoodie. Because you simply can’t walk by […]

A lil’ strength video and I don’t know how I feel about this.

August 20, 2014
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Wednesdays have turned into my cross-training days.  Taking a day off from running after a speed day feels pretty nice:)  I did 40 minutes of the stairclimber and elliptical and then a quick 20 minute strength workout of simple/basic moves.  I tend to stick to the basics with my strength training. Do each of the five moves for 60 seconds before moving to the next—>  Repeat 4 times = 20 minutes. 1.  Upright rows. 2.  One-legged squats (my balance struggles). […]

The fam came over to party.

August 20, 2014
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I don’t know if you have noticed yet but Brooke is my world.  I love this little girl more than I ever thought possible.  Celebrating her birthday has been so much fun and reflecting on our memories together over the last 2 years has been really incredible The family came over for dinner, presents, cake and a piñata (ummm we didn’t have a bat/stick so we ended up just kicking it open).  Brooke loved having everyone over to her pad. […]