It’s Thursday and I’m more than half way done with week 3/16 of my first marathon training. I’ve had a lot of time to think on my runs and questions myself as to why I’m running a marathon. Saturday morning my alarm was set for 6am and I needed to be out of the house by 6:30am for my 10 mile run to beat the heat and be back in time for Josh to mow the lawn and do yard work before it got too hot. Unfortunately, Cooper was up ALL NIGHT like he had been most of last week due to teething. Nothing soothed him much, except if I stood up and swayed back and forth while he chewed on my finger(he won’t take a binky and he wasn’t hungry so he wouldn’t nurse). I decided to sleep in. I thought to myself, ” why am I training for a marathon while nursing? When my baby isn’t sleeping through the night? When it’s summer and I should sleep in? When I’ll have to do long runs during our vacations? . . . and on and on. But I decided to get out there anyway.
I didn’t start my run till 8:45am and finished a little after 10am. It. Was. Hot. I’m glad I had my hydration belt and knew where there was a water fountain to fill up. I ran hills and felt so accomplished after I got back home but also guilty that I had waited too long to go out and Josh had to do the yard work during the hottest part of the day and he didn’t even complain.
I’m running because I want to push myself. I want a challenge. I want to stop making excuses and I want to show my kids that you can set big goals and achieve them if you work really hard. It takes sacrifice, commitment, and ya maybe a bit of craziness ha. Also, I love running. It’s so therapeutic to me. I solve a lot of problems in my head when I’m out running haha and I love the way I feel after. I feel so accomplished and proud of what my body can do. I feel strong. Even though it’s SO Hard to get out of bed early, I’m gonna keep trying. I’m gonna keep pushing. I wanna see what I’m capable of.
8 miles before 8am on Monday. I try hard to get my workouts in before my kids wake up. But I usually have 1 little buddy. Today it was Claire for a few minutes then J and Lily woke up so they watched TV. I fed Cooper at 6:15, then started my workout. That way he usually sleeps another hour or more.
Josh and I went to our first ever Real Salt Lake soccer game last week. He got tickets through work and the weather couldn’t have been any better. We ate dinner together that wasn’t good but we didn’t care, we loved having each other’s undivided attention.
I’m so grateful to my mom and Josh’s mom who babysit for us often so we can have date nights.
For the last couple of months I’ve been writing in a gratitude journal every night. I write 10 things I’m grateful for from that day and it can’t be the same as the day or even week before. It’s helps me pay attention throughout the day to the little things. Here are just a few:
Easy summer dinner
Warm evening breeze
Lily sharing her backpack with Claire
Finding J, Lily, and Claire in Lily’s bed reading after my run.
3 freshly bathed babes<—-prob one of my top 5 fav things
Week 2 Marathon training
Monday- 7 miles; 4 mile warmup with 2 miles of hills and 1 mile c/d
Tuesday- legs + 4 slow miles
Wednesday- 5 easy pace miles
Thursday- 5 progression miles
Friday- arms + abs 1 hr workout
Saturday- 10 miles
Total Miles-31 miles- First 30 mile week in over a year!
The day after the 4th we headed to Cowbunga bay with Josh’s family. We’ve been a few times before and knew we would have a blast. Bonus: Josh took the day off so he got to spend the day with us too. He’s definitely the fun parent and took the older boys on the big slides and even took Lily down the big ones she is allowed on.
Claire would not be left out, Josh ALSO took Claire down the little slide in the little kid area about 20x. I took the kids in the lazy river and went down the slide with Claire, but I was keeping Cooper happy/fed so I’ll do the big slides next time.
We all loved having cousins, Aunt Whitney and Grandma Lee Lee there. We spent the whole day there and came home wiped out!
Another awesome year celebrating THE best holiday.
Snuck out for a 5 mile run
Made festive pancakes with berries
My sister in-laws and mother in-law are so fun and set up tie dye shirts for the 4th. They turned out so cute and the kids loved them!
The parade is one of my fav traditions.
Oh and so are the afternoon naps, which this year happened later than normal. The girls would not nap, but Josh took over parent duties so I could relax for a bit while Cooper slept. It was heavenly.
Dinner, fireworks(J and Cal got to light them all off!), and birthday celebrations for my nephew.
It was COLD! The first time since I’ve lived here(11 years) it wasn’t lava hot haha.
Claire liked the fireworks from a distance..
Love where we live and I am so grateful for all those who fight for our freedoms.
Little did we know when we bought our bed it would be made for 6.
Lazy mornings when all the kids meander in with sleepy eyes, bed heads and rosy little cheeks are my favorite. They always step over me to get to Josh #favparent to give him kisses and hugs and then eventually find me. After a few minutes they usually demand breakfast, but some mornings we can get away with shows and a few more minutes of sleep.
Funny story about our mattress. When we bought it we had to drive about 25 minutes with it in a flat bed trailer that we pulled behind our car. Being young and naive we didn’t think a heavy king mattress needed to be strapped down. Well, as we were driving along the freeway it flew out! Luckily the people behind us saw it happening and stopped. No one was hurt, and a guy pushed it to the side out of the way. Then me and my sister in law WENT AND SAT ON IT ON THE SIDE OF THE FREEWAY while Josh took the next exit to turn around and pick it us up. So so dumb. Oh and I was 6 mo pregnant with my 1st, Jackson.
Jackson has been so excited for his first time playing baseball. Josh played baseball for 9 years, so it’s been fun for the 2 of them to practice together.
I’ve loved the excuse to get out on summer nights, eat some milk duds and chat with family while watching J play the game. He’s getting good and enjoys it a lot.
There’s always been something special about grandma’s house. It was probably that there were no rules, we could eat ice cream, and all our cousins were there to make memories with.
I’m so glad my mother in law gets to spend the Summer in Utah. My kids LOVE going to grandma’s house and playing on her water slide, tie dying shirts, eating yummy treats, and being with grandma and cousins.
I am so glad several of you reached out to tell me the Big Cottonwood Marathon wouldn’t be a great first time marathon. I had been feeling that way for sometime and read a few blog posts of others who warned that the downhill was BRUTAL. I was trying to find a marathon close to home, in the Fall so I had time to train, and near my 30th Birthday because why not? BUT after hearing from a few of you, I have decided to NOT run Big Cottonwood Marathon and sign up for the SoJo( South Jordan) Marathon October 12th. I would love to do the St. George marathons, but I also want to sleep in my own bed and have a familiar routine for my first marathon.
The SoJo Marathon does have some uphill from mile 3-6, but the rest is flat or downhill. I’ll be training for those hills and would love any tips you have for my first marathon.
Since changing marathons, I now have 15 more weeks of training. I think that will be ideal!
Would you guys be interested in what my training looks like? I already keep my own training journal, but will post it if that’s something people are interested in.
Here’s what week 1 looked like:
monday- 3 slow miles(sore from race) + arm workout
tuesday- 4 miles comfortable pace
wedneday- 4.5 miles hill training; 1 mi w/u, 2.5 mi on incline, 1 mi cool down
Thursday- legs+.5 mi(ran out of time)
Friday- 5 miles +core
Saturday- 7.5 miles outside(slept in so it was sunny)
Total mileage 24.5—-
Last weekend Josh finished our basement floor. We had new carpet installed everywhere but in our gym. He decided to put down laminate and I think he did an amazing job.
I don’t understand how he just looks it up on YouTube and then does it. I would be way too nervous. It was a lot of work mostly for Josh since I was watching kids, but I love how it turned out!
After(still haven’t done finishing touches and put workout equipment back, it was too late when we finished!)
He and my dad finished our second to last yard project too(we are still waiting on our garden boxes). We had sand and rock delivered and filled the kids sandbox with fresh sand and my dad and Josh finished putting rock around our retaining wall on the front and side yard. It turned out so great! It’s a lot less maintenance too. We’ve been trying to pick away at our overwhelming yard to make it a little more manageable. I feel so much better about it now. I’ve planted things I love and enjoy taking care of like my lilac trees. I love lilacs!
Our last project(for now) is our garden box. We had it made to fit our space and I love how it turned out. I am so excited to see if we get anything!
Everyone in the family is having a good time helping. Even my mom helped me find good plants.
We’re planting tomatoes, squash, pumpkins(thanks to our sweet neighbors) and bell peppers, watermelon, and strawberries, basil and cilantro. We’ll see how it goes since we’re a little late this year.