Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!
(Sadly I have zero digital pictures of my mom to post on my blog! I guess that goes to show you how often I see her. :()
To my Beautiful Mom,
Thank you for all your love and support over the years! You have given so much—always helping and taking care of others before yourself. I know I can always count on you to be there whenever I call or want to talk. You are a great listener! You have raised three wonderful children, and I’m so glad you are my mom! Love you!
Enjoy your day and take some time for yourself!
Yesterday morning—as with practically every Saturday morning—I tackled my long run of the week. This week: 18 miles!
When I mentally start preparing myself for a long run, I always have to break it into smaller amounts.
Here’s how I mentally broke up yesterday’s run:
1. Run 5.5 miles to my friend Jen’s place.
2. Run 8.5 miles with Jen.
3. Run 4 miles back home. (I took a shorter route on the way back.)
Distance: 18 miles
It was an awesome run overall! I loved how my run was broken up into smaller amounts; it made the time fly by! I will definitely be doing this again—thanks, Jen!
I got so carried away talking to Jen, I almost forgot to take this gel shot. I had brought two along but didn’t feel like I ever needed the second one.
When I returned home, I knew I needed some fuel though, but the only thing that really appealed to me was an energy bar, so I started with this Clif MoJo. I really liked the flavor of this bar—definitely sweet and salty, which was a nice combo after a run.
This is supposed to be my “freezing” face, but I look more scared than anything.
Step 1: Put as many layers on your top half as humanly possible.
Step 2: Fill up the bathtub with the coldest water that will come out of the faucet.
(Yes, I know my bath tub and shower are in need of a good cleaning. It is probably my least favorite thing to clean.)
Step 3: Have some good reading material near by to keep your mind occupied and a towel handy.
(Some people will even prepare themselves a hot beverage to sip on while in the tub.) Step 4: Don’t think about it too much—just get in as quickly as possible, sit down, and start your lamaze breathing. I know it hurts, but after a minute everything goes numb and you will be fine!!
Step 5: Make sure your toes are sticking up out of the water. They are extra sensitive to the cold water, and they will be a-hurtin’ otherwise.
Step 6: Sit in the ice bath with your legs submerged in the cold water for 10-12 minutes.
Step 7: Get out and try to warm up. I usually wait 30 minutes before taking a shower because otherwise it seems counterproductive. Plus my legs are icicles, and I just want to sit or lie down because I can hardly move them.
Mileage for the past week:
Monday: 8 miles (ladder workout on the track)
Tuesday: 5 miles
Wednesday: 0 (I took the day off because I was sick.)
Thursday: 8 miles + 45 minutes of weight lifting at the gym
Friday: 5 miles
Saturday: 18 miles
Total: 44 miles
My goal was to hit 52 miles, but since I took Wednesday off, obviously that didn’t happen. Yet at the same time I’m glad I took the day off, otherwise I may have pushed myself too hard and then not have been able to complete my long run on Saturday. I know I will be able to make up the miles next week.
We had a little visitor this morning.
He’s just a little fella.
Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!