Morning running friends!

Last week I was feeling a little blah, okay a lot. I get in these funks sometimes and though I try to look at all the positives and pull myself out of it, some days all I want to do is sit on the couch and stuff my face while feeling sorry for myself. Stuffing my face then makes me feel more sorry for myself because I feel like I’ve lost all my motivation and have no clue how I will get it back. As quickly as the funk comes that’s as quickly as it leaves.

I think I just have a lot of emotions running through my head and have been running around all summer. I once loved, and in some ways still do, how summer is unstructured, but for the first time in my life I’m realizing that I crave the routine that comes with the school year. When I was younger summer was fun because I could sleep in, but more often than not I remember moping around wishing my friends would come home from camp or where they went to over the summers. I thought it was school I was looked forward to, and maybe it was because I really enjoy learning, but maybe it was that with school came routine. YES I look forward to the weekends, even as a so-called-stay-at-home-mom {why the first question people ask you is where you work, I’ll never understand – but that is a debate for another day}, but I also really like Monday – Friday.

There is good in every day.

I thought summer training was going to be easier now that my kids are older and it hasn’t been and will continue to not be easy until school starts. So I’m not lamenting about it or even really worried about it. My fitness isn’t the same, my weight isn’t the same but that is all A-OK. It will all come back with time and a little hard work. It feels nice to say that while it is a priority, it isn’t my only priority. I don’t regret for one second not making my summer all about my running. I don’t regret not being exhausted and snappy. Not one bit. At some point I had to be honest with myself and say it’s okay to NOT do it all, all at once. It doesn’t mean I’m less dedicated or love fitness/running any less, it just means that there are ebbs and flows in life. Make sense? Okay enough with my rambling….

Monday I picked up Chloe and Miles from my dads in Maryland after they flew home from their Disney/Universal Trip in Florida. My sister Jessica joked that maybe if we were good my dad would take us to Disney one year…bahaha. In all seriousness, I’m very thankful that my kids get to do fun things with my dad and his wife. When Eric and I were in San Diego for the RRS Craft Classic Half Marathon my kids were with them most of the time. Chloe and Miles did a week long tennis camp and Colton got to do fun stuff with grandma while they were gone in the mornings. In the afternoons they headed to the pool – which I loved for them, because we don’t have a neighborhood pool {we don’t live in a neighborhood}. Without help from family, I wouldn’t be able to do half of what I do. Grateful doesn’t seem like a strong enough word.


Yesterday morning I jumped back on the lifting bandwagon and did upper body AFTER lots of morning snuggles.

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I LOVE lifting in my basement. I can wear whatever mis-matched outfit I want. I can rock a sports bra and not care what my abs do or do not look like. I can turn up the music hella loud and dance between reps.

Also regardless of what I do or do not look like – I have a runner’s body 😉 YESSSSS I do!

Dancing + Lifting = my favorite strength workout

Don’t knock it till you try it. Seriously.

I love going out dancing with my girlfriends, even though I’m the worst dancer ever, so doing it alone in the privacy of my basement is sort of the greatest.

It keeps my heart rate up + gives me a chance to actively rest between sets.

Try it.


This picture makes me laugh….me, trying to keep up with my former self behind me. Soooo the reason I have an almost life-size poster of myself in my basement is because it was a gag gift of sorts. In 2012 I hung out in the Women’s Running booth at the RNR Las Vegas marathon expo {real speak – they asked me to come sign magazines – still laughing about this}. When I arrived at the booth there was this giant poster of me. I was slightly embarrassed and pretty much uncomfortable giggled the entire time I was there. Uncomfortable giggling when someone said to me – wow you really look like the girl on that magazine OR when a guy {still annoyed by this one} said that’s you? – you don’t look like that at all. okay j.e.r.k. thanks.

The girl in the booth was super sweet and sent me and poster after they were finished using it – sort of as a joke. My kids LOVED it and so it got hung in my office, where it lasted for a while – but then I started to feel weird having it behind me “watching me” so it got moved to my basement where it’s more appropriate in my workout area. {Side note: I’m only now noticing that the poster they sent me is different from the one at the race – so maybe there were more of these – jokes on me}


I’m going on a fun adventure next week that is going to involve a very tall mountain {more on this later}, so I wanted to work on time on my feet + elevation.

My Landice treadmill let’s you “climb” different landmarks. After my lifting session I climbed the Empire State Building. Started at a 5% incline and then worked my way up to a 9% incline. My speed was nothing crazy, 15 minute miles for most of the time but I was breathing just as hard as if I was on a run outside.


Decided to add in a run after Chloe got home from soccer practice. I wanted to run on tired legs for more time on my feet. 6 miles – I had planned to keep it all in the low 9 range but it turned in to an accidental negative split. I haven’t run at dusk in awhile and I forgot how nice it is to run before relaxing for a little and then heading to bed.


What are you loving this week?

I’m loving my new Brooks Heritage shoes that I paid $11 for at the last Nordstrom Rack clear the Rack sale. Clearly I won the sale lottery 😉 I just ordered THESE fall ones from Brooks and can’t wait for them to arrive!


If someone sent you a poster of yourself would you hang it or hide it? Tell me!


  1. I think I would hang it in our treadmill room (so kind of like a basement, I guess). Seems like a good place for it! I

  2. Danielle @ Wild Coast Tales says:

    Thanks as always for your honest posts! I definitely struggle with that need to do it all and this week it came crashing down a little! Haha I skipped a run or two, opted for more sleep, and indulged a little more than usual… hoping this will help me out in the long run of marathon training.

  3. That’s realy cool. If I had a poster of me, it would go in my bike room – it’s a little office that has my bike in it (and my husband’s) and a couple of turbo trainers… plus our race bibs, medals, trophies etc If someone thought I looked good enough to be on a poster then it would motivate me to get back to that stage! :-)

  4. Thanks for reading!! I’m a big believer in sleep 😉 xo

  5. What type of treadmill do you have? I may be in the market for a new one!

  6. I think that’s a great idea, not just motivation, but a reminder of your own success so far!

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