Friday Favorites!

What's up you guys? Friday is HERE! 

I can't even tell you how happy I am for the weekend. I have talked about sleep a lot lately and how it relates to good marathon training. Welp, I haven't gotten as much as I have wanted this week and I am feeling the effect today. It is raining again - by the way, we have had so much rain in Los Angeles, that no one has a regular conversation anymore - all we talk about is RAIN. 
Anyway, I am cozy inside with a mug of tea and my kids are having their weekly movie night afternoon (movie night would mean disaster for my family complete with a bunch of crazy kiddos.).
The silence is unbelievable and all I could think about was connecting with you guys and catching up.

It's not always sunny here!

Let's talk about flexibility for a moment. I think it's so important to be flexible in your training. Life is a series of roller coasters and no training plan is perfect. I've talked about my word of the year being GRACE and I'm still in love with the word. Giving yourself grace and love and understanding. It sounds like something you would gladly give your best friend, but what about yourself? I am learning every day to love myself more and more. I know (most of the time - it's so easy to revert back to beating yourself up on occasion) that if I love myself, I will be capable of giving more love to others. 

For example, yesterday we went to a friend's wedding. Yes, on a Thursday afternoon. It was so beautiful and super fun, but I had to juggle a whole LOT to pull it off and guess whhhat? The run didn't happen. I kept thinking that we would get home in time (early morning didn't happen for a good reason, not because of sleep cause I was up at the crack) that I could jump on the treadmill and it just wasn't meant to be. We arrived home late, bellies filled with food and wine (I haven't had a glass of wine since New Years, I think) and all I wanted to do was go to bed. So, that means I have to run Friday, Sat and Sun - but it's worth it. Grace.

Alright. here is what I am loving this week!

1. Sarah Mac Robinson's blog post - How To Go Faux Pro, Marathon Edition

Um, yes; I'm fan girling here. Sarah is a STUD. She is an amazing athlete, I love the raw honesty of her blog and balance of motherhood and marathon training. Be sure and check out her Instagram for pics of her adorable daughter and dedicated, blazing workouts (8 x 1 mile at 5:56's!!) She qualified for the Olympic Trials in 2016 (hello, awesome!) after having a kick ass race at CIM in December 2015 (her face as she crossed the finish line is absolutely priceless). She is down to earth and I feel like I could have tea with her and talk for hours. Anyway, you have to check out the post, as she keeps it real and lifts you up all at the same time. You'll find yourself muttering "yes, I do this!" or cursing "ahhh, I need to do this!" 

2. New World Women's Half Marathon Record!!

4:57 average page!!!???

I guess we should all have that look on our face when we finish a race, right?! 

3. Martha and Snoop!

I love this commercial and more importantly, I want to move into her house, stat! :) #lifegoals

4. Ina Garten Brownie Tart Recipe

Someday I am going to meet Barefoot Contessa. Yep, I just know it :)
Here is a delectable dessert to make for Tuesday! This looks so good I want to eat the page...

I hope you guys have a great weekend! 

Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? If so, how?

How many miles are you running this weekend?

Happy running.


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