I typically like Monday. I’m not one of those people who dreads the start of a new week, in fact I quite like it. I like new beginnings, a weekly fresh start.

These days 5 AM alarm on a Monday is tough. I dragged my butt out of bed at 5:30 and was ready to take on the day. I function best in the morning, if I can just convince my mind to leave my warm bed.

For most of my life I thought I was a night owl, but I’m not. I like being awake when other people are sleeping – it just happens to be in the dark of the morning because I’m getting up, not the dark of the morning because I didn’t go to sleep.

I caught up on some emails before heading to the basement to do some strength before I needed to get Chloe and Miles ready for school at 7 am.

My legs were a sore from my basement workout yesterday, which reminded me that I really want to make a habit of stretching at night. I feel healthier in my body after I have stretched. Once I realized that simple fact I started to enjoy stretching.

However I have never been able to make stretching post run work for me. When I am finished running, I want to be finished. That’s why I try to always do strength before a run, even though I know if I work on legs it makes the run harder.

I know how my mind works. If I wait, I will talk myself up the entire run, saying today you are not going to take the easy way out – you are going to do this, this and this after the run. The moment I get home though, I don’t want to do any of those things. I want to shower and move on with the day.

I’m fairly good at convincing myself of things, so I have to work within my own mental framework to find a way to out smart myself. Does that make sense?

I have a similar approach to food. I know that I can reason with myself that I deserve to eat any type of food come night-time. I have an immense amount of will power till say 4:30 or so and then it’s gone. When I know that I am running extra low on willpower I won’t have certain foods in the house that I know I won’t be able to stop eating once I start. i.e. corn chips

 

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After more runs than I would like on the treadmill I was excited to head outside today. I cleaned rather than hitting up the ‘mill before taking Colton to school. Only when I got him to school the door was locked. Apparently I’m an idiot and didn’t know that there was no school today. I love his school don’t get me wrong, but it seems like they use any excuse in the book to not have the kids at school. It’s frustrating when you are paying what you consider a lot for them not to be in school for more than 1/4 of the month.

On the way home I was kicking myself for not getting the run over with because now I had to head to the treadmill anyways….till I remembered!! I have a new BOB Running stroller that BOB recently sent me!! It has an extended weight capacity of 75lbs – meaning my stroller running days are not over!! Adding all these exclamation points because I was that happy.

I quickly remembered after not having run with Colton yet in 2016 that there is one pace when it comes to stroller running….

The I’m out of breath, oh my goodness why is this so hard pace……

I remember why I typically drive to a flatter area when I push him in the stroller.

We only had time for 4 miles together because Chloe was having two teeth removed today, so we needed to get her and make our way to the dentist. That being said I’m pretty proud of those 4 miles. It felt like a tempo run with zero warm up or cool down. I 100 percent believe that I was my fastest right after I had Colton because I was pushing the three of them in the stroller on most of my runs!

 

 

 

In other fun to me news, my picture made it in to Women’s Health Magazine this month. I had a business friend email me and tell me it was cool seeing me in her magazine. Needless to say I was pretty excited :)

And last but not least if you missed my blog post on Friday, I’d love it if you would check it out and consider sharing your story with me

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