It's that time again! HALF MARATHON TRAINING is in full swing, y'all and I'm PUMPED about it! You all know by now that I LOVE having a plan to follow. It's just so much better than winging it all the time!
Since our Colorado trip earlier this year, I've put running on the way back burner, mostly because it's hot and it made me just hate life (just being honest here!). I knew I wanted to run the Corpus Christi Harbor Half again (I did it 2 years ago!) so I just kind of put running on maintenance mode until the official training began.
Well, week 1 arrived and I'm already feeling so much better about running! It's amazing how powerful the mind is when it comes to exercise. I don't talk myself out of finishing a run, because I know I have to cross that workout off my list. PLUS, I have an awesome running buddy Sara to meet me at the curb in early mornings. BTW - FIND A RUNNING BUDDY. It makes all the difference in the world!
So...how did the first week go?
I was asked on Monday from a friend "how in the world are you going to get all of your miles in with the kiddos?". My answer? "I don't know. But I'm going to schedule my runs and make them a priority." I've used the "kids will wake up" "it's too hot" " my husband is too busy" excuses for TOO LONG.
I'm doing this people.
Will it be tough some days? Yes.
Will I probably be begging people to entertain my children when I get to those double digit run days? Yes.
But that's what our tribe is for (look out mama friends...I'm comin' for ya!).
So all that being said, the word that best describes this run week was "Free-ing". I committed to 2 early morning runs with Sara, and my husband agreed to deal with the kids awake OR asleep.
Getting the run out of the way before breakfast was life changing! I love the fact that I can take the girls running with me, but for right now, this "me time" is what I need. I didn't have to rush the hungry kids out the door when it was already too hot to run, while feeding them muffins on the go. Our mornings became stress free again, because mama had already had her run. I'm not gonna lie, we had some tough nights this week, and it was tempting to bail on those early mornings, but I'm so glad I had a running buddy waiting for me! Today I slathered myself with eucalyptus and wild orange oils in a desperate on-the-way-out-the-door attempt to wake up! It worked!
I did my other 2 runs later in the day with the kids, which was hot, but they were short, so not so bad. I've been liking listening to podcasts while I stroller run to keep my mind off the extra weight and to keep the kids quiet!!
I also loved that I still am incorporating other workouts into my week. I did 2 strength workouts (1 with my Mommy Strong crew, and 1 in my driveway) and 2 yoga workouts. I love Runners World Yoga and Yoga with Adriene!
I'm feeling really balanced and motivated to continue plugging away at this training cycle.
1 week down, 11 to go!!
Who else is training for a fall race? I want to hear about your training and your goals!
Feel free to follow me on Instagram (@homefield_essentials) - I post way more on there than this little bloggy blog! I'm gonna try to do regular updates on here though, as I'm learning that every little bit of accountability helps me!
Here we are, August 1st and you all know what that means....FOOTBALL TIME!
As a college football coaching family, our year pretty much revolves around the different "football seasons". There's more than 1 football season, you say? Well, yep. We've got Fall Camp, Actual Season, Post Season Play (hopefully), Recruiting Season, Spring Ball, did I mention recruiting season? Oh yeah that happens all year long.
But we start to get really excited when August rolls around because it's the real deal football time. I love taking the girls to practices and games, and I love seeing the spark of passion that lights up in my coach hubby's eyes when he gets back on the field.
I was reading back on some old blog posts of mine and found one from a few seasons ago that still really rings true to me. It was about supporting my coach through a healthy season. I know not every wife has the time or ability to do this, but I really try to take it upon myself to set my coaching hubby up for success during his season. You might want to check my old post out too - mostly for the funny comics I posted! Is it bad when your own blog posts make you laugh? I digress.
Last year, I have to admit, I didn't do much in terms of helping my husband out. I had a 10 day old baby and a 2 year old at the first game, and I was pretty much happy to just survive last season. But this season we're ready to roll again and I'm excited about some of the things we do to get ourselves and my coach ready for a winning season.
As far as me and the girls go, I make sure to have a pretty set (and fun!) fall schedule. Staying busy keeps us sane, and I'm excited to have a fall filled with Mommy Strong fitness classes, music class, some visitors and lots of fun little day trips. I also like to plan out a few weekly meals so that we don't end up eating cereal for dinner every night! Finally, we have a tradition of making new team shirts for the girls each year before the first game, so that will be a fun activity to do sometime this month!
As far as supporting my coaching husband, I"ve put together some of the things I send him off with for a healthy and successful season. If you have a coach (or any active, busy, hard working person!) some of these things might just make a perfect care package for them too!
Obviously, this initial stash won't last the whole season. I send lunches (and breakfasts and dinners usually) as well as healthy snacks like hard boiled eggs throughout the season too.
The Coach gave me list of stuff he needed for the locker room. I don't ask many questions, I just buy the list!
This makes my heart so happy. My husband Mr. Tough Football Guy was really skeptical of essential oils when I first ordered them. Fast forward to now...he asked for a diffuser in his office, uses oils every day and has been asking me to send samples in for other coaches!
He even had the idea of creating a "Football Season Survival Kit" for coaches with all of his favorite doTERRA products! He has seen how much these products have helped him, and I love that he wants other coaches to experience it too!
A few of the must-haves he told me he needed:
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I always like to send something a little personal too - this is one of the books I've given to him in the past to add to his collection at the office. I also like to print a few recent pictures of the girls for his office!
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I love connecting with fellow coach's wives...what are your favorite things you do to prepare yourself (or your coach) for football season?
I'm curious...where are you watching football from this year?
It's getting HOT HOT HOT here in Texas. It was already warming up in Colorado before we left, but the heat index of 104 and high humidity has hit us like a TON OF BRICKS since we've returned home. Miss Mak was actually crying about the heat while we were walking the 10 feet to our car this afternoon.
I know girl, I know.
This morning while we were running (and by running, I mean slowly slogging with a 100lb stroller and a dog through 90 degree heat), I was thinking out loud and said "it's too hot to run...I'm going to have to start running in the dark!". Well tonight, while my conniving 2 year old was delaying bedtime, she said "Mom, it's dark! Let's go for a run!". I'll admit, I almost took her up on her offer.
So, what's a mom to do when you're in the dead heat of summer, but you've gotta run to keep your sanity?
Here are a few tips:
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1. Run in the Dark. Take the advice of a 2 year old. Be sure to practice safe running in the dark by taking a friend, wearing reflective gear or lights, and running in safe areas. Typically (at least in places other than South Texas), it will actually be slightly cooler in the early morning or late evening hours.
2. Change your plan. Stick with lower intensity runs during the hottest parts of the day if you can't avoid it. Save your intervals for the shade, early mornings or inside.
3. Stay Hydrated. When you're running in extreme heat, it's really, really important to stay hydrated. I like adding a drop of wild orange oil to my water sometimes to change it up, and often mix in some Momsanity BCAA's or Emergen-C into my water bottle post-run to aid in recovery.
4. Wear light clothing. Both lightweight AND light colored. Finding good breathable material that is light colored will help keep your body temperature down. And don't forget sunscreen for your exposed arms/legs/face!!
5. Use peppermint oil. This is one of my favorite oils for runners, because it helps with respiratory function, blood flow and can soothe tummy troubles. But when it's super hot, my favorite way to use it is by putting a drop on the back of my neck! It's INSTANTLY cooling, and can actually help lower your core temperature.
6. Find a treadmill. If it's just too dang hot, take it inside. I hate running on treadmills as much as the next person, but if you have access to one, it's not a bad idea to get some quality runs in when the heat just won't quit.
I hope you're able to keep on running this summer, regardless of where you live! I know my mileage is going to go down, but I'm still aiming to get a few short runs in each week! Meanwhile, I'm taking on a plank challenge. Be sure to check out my IG posts for more on that!
How about you?
How hot is it where YOU are right now? Do you run in extreme heat?
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