Happy October! It’s now officially acceptable to pull out the boots, drink some pumpkin spice lattes and make all the pumpkin muffins our little hearts desire. But who are we kidding? We’ve been doing that since September 1st.
As for me, I’m on day two of pumpkin oatmeal for breakfast and loving every bite of it. Last night I mixed in a TON of cinnamon with the oatmeal and our apartment smelled amazing. I can’t really taste pumpkin much in oatmeal unless I add some cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice (or honey!) but it’s chock full of nutrients that my body needs and I love it.
Anyways. Yesterday I felt like a proud little momma.
Since I’ve started coaching my Girls On The Run, I’ve been in awe of them. My girls are smart, they’re extremely sweet and they are so refreshing to be around. I truly cherish every day I get to spend with them and if I can inspire them half as much as they inspire me, I’ll be happy.
Almost all of my girls are in the orchestra at their school, so yesterday some of them weren’t able to make it to our practice because of an orchestra party. My other coach, Kathy, and I decided to take the three remaining girls on a walk/run at a community center/park right down the street from their school. One of my girls runs triathlons and 5Ks with her dad and is always game to run. Some of my girls are a little more shy about running and would prefer to run/walk. That’s fine. Everyone has their own pace and I try to teach them each week that you should do things at your own pace, and in a comfortable way for you. I’ve been working on showing them how everyone’s unique qualities are what is most important.
When I was talking to Kathy, we decided that we wanted to get the girls to run a little bit around the park. It was beautiful–no humidity which is so rare for Florida–and the path was in a beautiful park full of trees, lakes, rivers and lots of wildlife. There was a .5 mile trail around the area where we walked in with markers which was perfect. Kathy suggested that I run ahead with Julia because she is pretty quick and she said she would stay back with the other two girls who said they wanted to walk.
We ended up running 2 miles together and finished in 15 minutes. Little Jules is just 11! It was so, so nice to run with her through the quiet park and just talk. We talked about how her parents are really healthy and make sure that she and her sister are healthy and active (clearly–girl runs 5ks and triathlons and is 11). Not only was I impressed that she kept up with me like it was no thing, but I was impressed at how mature and sweet she was. It was so refreshing to talk to someone who is half my age and see how they feel about certain things. I’m also majorly impressed with her parents. I hope that if/when I ever have children, I will be able to raise them in a similar manner. I feel like it’s far too easy these days for parents to just throw fast food at their children without a second glance, but that’s a topic for a whole other day.
Anyways, when I got home Nick was heading off to the gym so I went with him. Since I ran a couple of miles before, I just hopped on the elliptical for 10 minutes and the bike for 15. Then I went to hot yoga and sweated it out for an hour.
Came home, drank a HUGE green smoothie-one frozen banana, one cup of dark chocolate almond milk, 1 tbsp peanut butter and a TON of spinach.
And chased it with two PB&J rice cakes. Followed by half of an apple!
Tonight I’m taking a hot yoga class and plan on taking Mr. Bentley on a looooong walk around the lake. He’s been a little ball of energy lately and we can’t take him on enough walks these days!
Alright, I’m off to enjoy this beautiful
fall October day in the 90 degree heat! Drink a PSL for me! ;)