Friday, June 21, 2019

Fast Friday

It's Friday! This post is a little late because we've had another kind of crazy week. This summer is turning out to be a busy but fun one.

Last weekend we went to the park with a few friends and the sprinklers were on so we all decided to run in them.

We went to Lagoon with Trevon's work, you can read more about that HERE.

I got some running in.  I tried to keep this week's workouts a little more light. Monday night I did a 3.5 mile easier tempo run.

M started saying her ear hurt so we went back to the doctor. Turns out she got swimmers ear. They gave us a prescription for some ear drops. While we waited we went to get a car wash because having a nice clean car makes me really happy. And now that she's been using ear drops she's feeling better!

I got my new swimsuit in. I got it from Coral Reef Swim. I love it. It's a great price and fantastic quality, and I love the back of it. 

The girls have been begging to do a lemonade stand so we put one together for a couple of hours this week. They sold pink lemonade and chocolate-chocolate chip cookies. And they made a good amount of money. I think this will end up being a regular thing this year because J really wants to save up to go back to Disneyland. Honestly, with how much they made in 2 hours on a weekday afternoon, it wouldn't surprise me if they made that much.

Foam rolling happened to help me stay nice a loose. While I was foam rolling I found this show and it was hilarious!

V insisted on going to bed with this hat on the other night and he still had it on when he woke up.

I did a quick 2-mile shakeout run and decided I'll be wearing THESE leggings on race day (that's an affiliate link btw;) ). They are incredibly comfortable and it's going to be chilly running race day thanks to a cold front coming in. Why can't summer just decide to stick around this year?

I'll be back next week with a race recap!

Who has a race this weekend?

Did you ever do lemonade stands as a kid? Were you successful?
  We never really did so I'm surprised how well they actually do.


Thursday, June 20, 2019

What I Do When I Get Nervous For Race Day

2 more days to go! I'm excited and ready to see how this goes!  Keeping my workouts pretty light this week so I don't end up sore.  I did a quick easy bodyweight workout in our back yard. Inchworms, mountain climbers, burpees, push ups, side planks, bear crawls, side plank, bridge, and crunches.

Race day prep starts way before the race but the week before it's extra important to make sure you're preparing right.  This week I'm making sure to keep well hydrated, fuel right and make sure to get good rest.

There has been a lot of foam rolling happening.

And a lot of relaxing.

Whenever I get nervous for the race, I think about how much fun it's going to be and picture myself in the race. Picturing myself doing well in the race not only helps me feel excited about it, but it helps me feel more prepared and ready for anything on race day. It really helps prepare my mind for the mental challenge of race day, which will definitely be needed on for a 10k. Holding that fast of a pace for that long is way harder than people think it is.

Know the main things about the course before you go so that you can get a good idea of what the elevation is like, how many turns you'll be making etc. Then, start picturing yourself running through the course. Picture yourself having fun, running strong and feeling happy. If mantras are something that helps you, repeat those mantras to yourself while you're picturing this. This kind of meditation helps you mentally feel excited and ready for race day!

Race day is supposed to be pretty cold for this time of year.  46 degrees and possible rain. Which means I will be layering and hopefully not freezing. I am not a cold weather runner, clearly. Being prepared is a huge help for anything on race day.

When's your next race?

What do you do to help yourself feel prepared physically and mentally?