marathon training

Friday Five!! #TGIF

Here are my Friday 5’s in which I’m loving, or not loving, in no real particular order:

1. I am still loving my Brooks Launch 2’s, and plan to order a second pair on pay day to break in for the marathon.  I love how lightweight they feel, the cushion they provide my legs, and the fact that my feet rarely (after racing last weekend everything hurt, lol) hurt after a long run.  Winning all the way around.

Maybe I'll get this color this time, what do you think?
Maybe I’ll get this color this time, what do you think?

2. I am not loving being a Mom to a teen.  I LOVE her…but wow, no one gave me the listed side effects in advance that come with raising a teen.  These side effects include the following, keeping in mind this list is NOT all inclusive.

Moodiness, snarkiness, outbreaks, tears, sarcasm, silent treatment and hatefulness, all with a side of ultimate love deep down to the core.  ❤

Was I this terrible?  Don’t answer that…I think I better apologize to my Mom for the umpteenth time for being such a crappy teen.  LOL!!!

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3. I am loving the warmer temps here in the Chicagoland area.  It’s SOOOOOOOOOOOOO nice to be out running in a tank and shorts.  Despite having to slow down and watch my breathing, there’s nothing like the sunshine on your face and the wind in your hair after a long day of work. I have however, forgotten my bug spray and sunscreen on my last couple runs.  Here comes the runner’s tan!!!

#runnerproblems
#runnerproblems

4. I am not loving the humidity.  ‘Nuff said.  But I WILL NOT complain about the heat.  Nope.  Not gonna happen…(recall Chiberia 2013/2014?!?!?!)

LOL!
LOL!

5. I am loving the fact that every day I dig a little deeper and reach a littler further towards my goals.  Whether it’s simply pinning one of MY recipes on Pinterest, or writing up a new blog post, I am reminded daily that I won’t give up on my dreams.

From @Womensrunning
From @Womensrunning

Tomorrow calls for 14-18 miles for my long run that I missed last weekend and then off to my youngest daughter’s first Ballet recital.  I was super stoked to get the surprise that my Mom is driving down from MN to attend!  YAY!!!  What are you all loving/not loving lately?  Any big plans for Mother’s Day weekend?

Keep Movin’ forward, y’all!

❤ Michelle

goals

November goals…

Oops, I am a day late in my November goal post I promised myself I’d write.

Better late than never, right?

With running/racing season nearing it’s end for me, I decided I would make goals for myself for each month of winter.  Last winter was brutally rough for me, between being injured and living in Chiberia with the Polar vortex nearly wiping me out I knew I needed to start this winter off with a positive force.

 

photo credit to the Chicago Tribune
photo credit to the Chicago Tribune

November goals:

Yoga at least once per week

Weight training 3 times per week

Dreadmill running 2-3 times per week, even if its just a couple miles

Epsom salt baths, weekly

Continue decluttering at least ONE space in my house/life EVERY week (I will post for accountability)

Continue cataloging/blogging my recipes so I can get enough documented recipes to work on my e-cook book. 

I’ll do a blog post each Sunday, reporting back how I did for the week.  If you’d like to join in, HOLLA!

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What are some of your November goals?