Happy High Five Friday!
It’s been two weeks since I posted a High Five Friday. It feels like forever! Although that’s what happens when you let life take over and not the blog. Or I’m just really bad at putting posts together ahead of time when I know things will be busy. Just an FYI – I may skip out next week too because I’ll be in Pennsylvania for the Runner’s World Half & Festival. I was a tad bit nervous for all the races that weekend but now I’m even more so knowing that we will be participating in the Altralympics. We’ll be competing as teams in different events. This could get interesting. Btw – There’s still time to register for the races. Get 10% off your entry with code HappyFitMamaBlog.
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1) A few of my favorite things – blue skies, crisp October air, sunshine, running. Fall running at it’s best!
2) Saucony Bullet Capri’s that match the dark and stormy weather.
3) The accidental selfie that is probably one of the better pictures I’ve ever taken of myself. I should selfie by accident more often. Btw – Flannel is a must for fall. This one is from KUHL and it’s cozy.
4) All the leaves please.
5) Blue skies shining down on me. Nothing but blue skies, that I see. Does anyone else get that song stuck in their head on blue sky days? Just me? Oh.
How I define “health and fitness” – It’s not all about the PR’s (anymore) – I loved this post from Teri because I find myself in the same spot. Last weekends half was definitely a testament to it. I’m not in PR running shape right now. I let running goals and training plans go this year. It’s tough to run a race and NOT have high expectations especially when you expect yourself to run paces that the “other” you could easily do.
9 Moms Get Real About How Long It Took Them to Start Working Out Again After Giving Birth – Loved this compilation from Christine of real women sharing how long it took to get back into exercise. It goes to show that every woman is different. Don’t think you need to have your “body after baby” back immediately. These things take time!
I’m Sick and Tired of Being Paranoid – I don’t love that Rachel had to write about this topic. What I do love that she is sharing her thoughts and feelings. They are the exact ones that I have had for some time. Just yesterday I had hoped to meet up with some other runners for pre-dawn miles but no one could make it. I questioned whether I should go alone. The old me would have gone in a heart beat. The new me? I couldn’t do it. It pisses me off that I’m so paranoid about creepers. I keep trying to remind myself that the odds are that nothing will ever happen on a run. But that one instance almost two years ago, won’t let me forget it.
Remembering Why I Run After Rise.Run.Retreat – I had to share Jes’ post because her beginning paragraph really hit me. It reminded me of my own running group story. I’m always amazed that runners can come together and talk endlessly and easily with each other. I’ve found myself in conversation with people who I most likely would never speak to in any other situation. And this -> “It is the sense of community we share. It is strangers who almost instantly become friends. It is the common understanding we have where no one really needs to explain themselves because we already know what they are going through, both the highs and the lows”.
The Power of Friendship and Running – And here’s another post from Rise.Run.Retreat! I had the pleasure of meeting Natalie for the first time last weekend. When I would see her Instagram posts, I always thought she had the most radiant smile. A smile that could light up the room and make anyone feel welcomed and loved. I can now attest that her smile, and Natalie herself, is just that.
Good luck to everyone racing this weekend! Especially my coaching client Dawn at Chicago – Run like the wind!
What would you like to High Five today?