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Sleep, Running Thoughts and Some Throwback Shots

Sleep, Running Thoughts and Some Throwback Shots


No one wanted to get out of bed this morning.

And I mean no one.


Ha ha.

The boys and I slept in about 30 minutes later than planned, but heck, when you’re tired, you’re tired.

I’ve ben sleeping so much this week. It’s nice. It’s also nice to listen to your body and when it’s telling you it needs sleep, let it sleep. Some weeks are just like that.


with training and exercise sleep is an important piece of the puzzle.

I don’t usually prioritize sleep. I talk about it a whole lot, but actually making it happen is a little more difficult.

This week I’m giving in and sleeping. It’s glorious if I do say so myself.

Sure, a lot of other things aren’t getting done, but that’s okay. I’m getting some quality zzzz’s.


Here’s a little article on sleep and sleep quality and how they affect performance.

Owner’s Manual: Sleep Your Way to a PR

It talks about how important sleep is for recovery and how you don’t want to miss out on quality, deep sleep.

The best quote from the article was this one.

Other recent studies have revealed that people suffering from sleep deprivation often experience adverse changes in their diet (they eat more and often an unhealthy diet), make poor decisions, can’t focus, and become unmotivated. And those things can throw a wrench into your training plans and not allow you to reach your workout goals.


It talks about getting a good solid 7 hours of sleep a night. I’m pretty sure I don’t do that on a regular basis.

Do any of you?


Boys are at school at the moment. I scarfed a turkey and spinach STUFT egg-rito in the car to start the day.


Then I powered through a little over a six mile run.

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My maximum pace was not nearly that fast. My GPS was a liar today. That was probably just the last 20 feet to my driveway. Ha ha.

With my Runner’s World Challenge training plan my easy runs are supposed to be at an 8:10 pace. Sometimes they are, sometimes they aren’t. I’m not very good at pacing.

I really felt like going slow today, but tried to pick it up a bit just to get through it. I told myself coffee was waiting at home and for goodness sakes I was wearing my Sayonaras. They’re supposed to be fast.

I got a nice little neck sweat ring and some armpit ones to match.

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I’ve been experimenting a lot with the whole plantain cake baking thing. Today’s creation was the best and ended up in a roasted kabocha squash.


Yeah, pretty awesome. I’ll share the recipe for the cake soon. It’s super easy- 4 ingredients friends. Pretty much impossible to mess up (believe me, I’ve tried).


Today is also the first day that I got to light this little(actually it’s pretty darn big) candle. Finally it’s cool enough here to feel like fall.


Yankee Candles are the best by the way, aren’t they?



Had a couple thoughts on my run (as usual) this morning.

Today I kept thinking about that it’s not how many times you fall down or how many mistakes you make, but it’s how many times you get up and fight back and how many things you learn from your mistakes.

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God doesn’t count how many time we mess up, He just waits until we finally figure things out and get it right.

For some of us (like myself) that takes a very long time. Ha ha.


eventually we’ll get there.

So, hey, if you have to press the “reset” button again on something in life (like I do on a regular basis), well, just do it. No one is counting.



Here’s a couple things to leave you with today.

A little Runner’s World motivation.

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And a couple throwback Thursday things.

Two years ago we did this 10 minute family workout video. Dang the boys were young. Weird.

Last year the whole pumpkin mocha thing was on the blog.


That is definitely going to have to make a comeback in the next few weeks.


And just because I feel like sharing, a really long time ago I was this girl in college.

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Four years ago I was this pregnant lady teaching middle school PE full time and teaching fitness classes still trying to get my run on.


Funny stuff.


Have a great Thursday friends!


Do you get 7 hours of sleep a night?

Do you ever feel like you have to press your “reset” button?

Where were you four years ago?

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  1. 1
    Diane says:

    Haha!! Those pics are awesome! Love the one of you preggers! Super fit Momma you are 🙂 I try so hard to get 8 hours of sleep. I stay at home with my 2 year old and am due next week with my 2nd so right now I’m getting about 10 hours, thank goodness!! Still getting my run on! Love those Sayonaras. I just bought them about 2 months ago and love them!

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    Kathy says:

    The college picture does not even look like you. I have a couple from high school that I just can’t believe myself. Must say you are looking very fit and very pregnant there. 😉

  3. 3

    I did get 7 hours of sleep last night actually! I’m pretty proud if I may say so myself! Love that picture of your pregnant – I hope I look that fit when I’m pregnant hopefully one day! 🙂

  4. 4

    I’m very fond of sleep, I’m probably going to be a horrible momma some day when I have to function on little to no sleep. I usually try to get about 8 a night. Sometimes during exams and others I have been known to sleep even more. I love you lout thoughts on how no ones counting. I think often times people become discouraged with failure and get scared to try again.

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    Holly says:

    You are adorable pregnant!!! So, I’m sure you do, but I must ask…do you love your Sayonaras? I’m about to purchase new Mizunos, and I usually stick with my tried and true Wave Riders, but I keep hearing awesome things about the Sayonaras. I may branch out. 🙂

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    MILF Runner says:

    Sleep is for wimps. Anyway that’s what they told me when my oldest was born 14 years ago. Prob about time to hit a reset button on THAT idea!!!

  7. 7
    Laura says:

    Love love love your running outfit today. I am so loving running skirts these days! And I love the mizuno top. I really need to get one of those!
    I almost always get 7 hours of sleep….I need my 7-8 hours a night…. There are many, many days I would love a reset button. Heck, yes….. and four years ago…. I did NOT like 2009. It was probably my least favorite year of life. (hah, dramatic, much?!?) 🙂

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    Amie says:

    Haha I love throwback pictures! I am spoiled and usually get about 9 hours of sleep per night. 4 years ago I was busy as a college party animal, and I also met my now-husband! So fun to look back 🙂

  9. 9

    I kept thinking about that it’s not how many times you fall down or how many mistakes you make, but it’s how many times you get up and fight back and how many things you learn from your mistakes.

    Kristin – I live this & am still living it – hard stuff but I try to keep going!

    I lit my yankee candles too! 🙂

    BTW – you have come a long way from college!

  10. 10

    Nothing beats a solid night of sleep that doesn’t involve getting up to pee a ton of times and actually waking up when the sun has already risen. LOL! I’ve been resetting the “life” button all week and hope that I am done resetting it for a few days. I need a break. Like you said earlier this week, it’s just been one of those weeks. XOXO

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    elena says:

    i just wanted to say that i love kabocha squash like you too! but then i realized that it has twice as many calories as i thought it had.it definitely has more than 40 calories a cup.did you realize that has as many calories as most other winter squashes?

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