|A few of my favorite things right now: Brooks Ravenna 3s, Tiger Tail massage roller, Epsom Salt|
It's been awhile since I've taken the time to write a blog post. Most of my updates or writing has been on Runninghood's Facebook page. I still haven't fallen in love with Twitter and I'm guessing that at this point, I probably never will. My lack of writing on here hasn't been because I haven't had things to say or ideas flowing. Life has just been busy...marathon training, preparing for a move, being a mother to three kids, trying to make their last memories before moving be full of AMAZING, and much more of that thing called life. Love it. Yesterday, I ran in the Vancouver Lake half marathon as a training run where I was working on confidence with my marathon pace (more on that later). While there, I saw several people I knew or recognized or that knew me. One fellow running blogger/mama said hello and asked me if I'd quit blogging and another came up to tell me that she loved reading my blog (put a smile on my heart). These moments were a reminder to me that
1. It has been too long.
2. People really do care. It may seem like sometimes that this blog is just for me and that it doesn't matter. And you know, for the most part, it is true that Runninghood is mostly just for me. But it has also helped me connect with some pretty special people and opportunities in life. And you never know what kind of impact you make when you share yourself.
So, brief update on where I'm at:
- Still staying home with my kids and LOVING MOTHERHOOD! Wouldn't trade it for anything.
- Training for the Napa Valley Marathon on March 3rd. And the Boston Marathon will be for fun. Napa will be fun too but it is just the race I'm training for and then Boston will be off of the base I build for Napa.
- In about a month we will be moving from Portland, Oregon to Asheville, NC. For Fun. For an adventure. Because life is short and we have a good opportunity to see another part of the country and show our kids things they wouldn't otherwise see. No time like the present. Even if it seems scary. Good things are often on the other side of fear.
Things I'm loving Right Now:
- My Marathon Pace 13.1 Run yesterday. Marathon pace all the way until the last mile. Felt strong, happy, easy, comfortable...all the things you want to feel for a workout like this on semi tire/sore legs after a 65ish mile week. I needed this: 7:32; 7:20; 7:32; 7:25; 7:30; 7:28; 7:26; 7:29; 7:30; 7:26; 7:22; 7:27; 7:05. Official workout time: 1:36:59. I'm so glad I got myself up and out the door for a half marathon yesterday. Not racing for me but a chance to get myself in a race environment, nail marathon pace and build marathon day confidence. Feels good to see the pieces coming together and patience pay off. I will take this confidence with me through the rest of training and continue to be INTENTIONAL about my life decisions...with training and everything else. I love how training/Running carries over to LIVING. So many lessons about ourselves that we learn along the way...so many things that help us live life with the same joy, dedication, perseverance, and sense of accomplishment and gratitude that we gain from our RUNS.
- Brooks Ravennas. So glad I changed shoes. The Ravenna 3 (see top picture) really seem like a great fit for me. I think they will be what I run my marathon in too. Why not?
- Tiger Tail Roller (also in picture at top). This Tiger Tail stick goes with me everywhere. I'm not joking. You'll often see the top orange handle sticking out of my purse on a normal day. I LOVE it. It was one of the things we got for running Hood to Coast with Nuun. I would say every runner should own one. So much better than those blue foam rollers.
- Epsom Salt. I've posted on Facebook about the GREAT benefits I'm finding from my nightly epsom salt baths. I swear by them now and I'm certain they have been part of my hamstring healing and holding together for me. Not only has it helped with sore muscles, stress, and my tweaked hamstring, but I'm convinced it has helped to give me the magnesium and sulfates that so many of us are lacking.
- Udo's Oil. The website speaks for itself. I believe in it. And YES, I notice a difference in the way it makes me feel with stamina, recovery, and strength. I encourage you to check out the research yourself. It's expensive but worth it to me.
- KT Tape, otherwise known as Kinesiology Tape. This stuff, like Udo's Oil, is well worth the money. My hamstring will look like the picture above for the duration of my training. I love this stuff. I first started using it after my complete tear of my right hamstring in 2010. Since then, I've worn it off and on as hamstring strains and niggles have come up. Now I always have it taped if I'm going to be running. I know lots of people who have had success using this tape...on knees, legs, shoulders, arms, etc. Check it out yourself!
- Running Journal Time. My running journal used to be my main training tool in the past. A couple of weeks ago, I was kind of doubting myself as far as marathon pace went. Then I realized that in addition to the physical work I've been doing, I needed to spend some time WITHIN and do some of the mental/self work. So glad to have come home to my Running Journal! My journals (I keep several) are a big part of who I and how I grow...as self, mother, wife, friend, professional, athlete and more. Creating Vision Collages in my Running Journal is one way that I spend time visualizing and empowering myself as an athlete. The one above is one I did last weekend to refocus and get my goals clear and my confidence up.
- Kid Jokes. This school year has brought with it the tradition of giving my kids a joke every morning before heading to school. They have come to cherish this as I also have. Not only is it a positive start to their school day but it helps them gain a better understanding of language, humor, and other things that keep their brain working! My five year old daughter never lets me forget. I usually just google "kid jokes" but I found this site today that will be a favorite until we've used them all: Childhood Beckons.
- Motherhood Moments! I'm savoring them all right now. Here's one part of my life that makes me smile....My youngest kids helping with coffee grinding at Trader Joe's. This is one of their favorite parts of grocery shopping. The rest of the shopping experience isn't always peaceful though. I try to remember this instead of the cart crashing, apple pile spilling, loud shouting, hair frazzling walk down the wine aisle with a crazy 3 year old boy, and the melt down moments at being told "No" to getting __________. But coffee grinding is fun!
Really, I could go on and on and on here with things I'm loving. Life is truly good right now and there is lots to love. I'm feeling inspired again and FULL of ideas and motivation. I'm also a little stressed and FEARFUL of this upcoming move across the country. But it is the kind of fear that I know holds with it some pretty amazing stuff if I can push past it and JUST DO IT! This goes not only for moving but in putting some of my ideas to action instead of just writing about them. Good things ahead. I can smell them.
What are YOU loving lately?