Thursday, December 22, 2011
In November of 2009 my stepmother (of 25 years) passed away suddenly at the age of just 50. That was extremely difficult to deal with. My brother was in his early 20's but still lived at home, and he instantly became displaced. My sister was only 20. Neither of them could cope with much of the planning or decision-making, and as the oldest all of that naturally fell to me. And it was hard. And I'm not very good at mourning. It was a rough time.
In April 2010 my grandpa passed away. It was not sudden or unexpected, but he had been sick a very long time. Every year at Christmas we all said "appreciate your time with him, this could be his last". I think we had said that for at least the last 10 Christmases. And he kept on hanging on. And we all sort of stopped believing that "it might be his last" because he was so resilient. But last April he finally lost the fight. And I took that loss extremely hard. Harder than I even expected I would.
My grandpa left behind his 96 year old mother. We always said that she would hang on to take care of her sick son as long as he needed her around. And she did. But just a few months after he passed, so too did she. Yes, 2010 was rough on me too.
In 2011, I haven't lost anyone I've loved and for that I am grateful. But I almost lost everything else. My husband and I have been married for over 7 years. We have two beautiful little girls. We have a life that I love. But this year, we didn't take care of it and we almost lost it all. We came to the very brink of divorce. And it would have been justified, and no one would have blamed me for leaving, but it's not that easy. I wasn't willing to throw away almost 9 years of history. I wasn't willing to walk away from my partner, my best friend since we were 22 years old. I wasn't willing to sacrifice my childrens' family or future.
Together we have spent 6 months living in and going through hell, to fight for our family and our relationship. We have kept our childrens' home together, and kept it running smoothly, and protected them from the hard work we were doing behind closed doors to keep it all together. We have fought, and it seems we have won. But it was a terrible year in the making, a terrible year to get to where we are today.
I know that there are still hard times ahead. I know that my current situation is such that I will have to continue to choose my husband, even when some days I don't want to. I know that I will still get down, feel sad, be exhausted from the weight of it all. But I also know that I can choose how to respond. I can choose to find happiness and joy in my life. I can choose to make 2012 huge and wonderful and exhilirating. I can choose to make 2012 different. I can choose to really live in 2012. I can choose.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Here are the contenders (in no particular order):
Anybody have any opinions on these or other treadmills. Any that you love? Or hate?
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
The other problem with running is that my husband had his tonsils removed on Thursday. See pitiful man below:
- I spent 7 hours in the waiting room on surgery day,
- then another couple of hours making a pharmacy run and a grocery run for soft foods.
- I don't mind doing either #1 or #2, BUT THEN
- I pick my 2 kids up from daycare and my darling eldest eats dinner and then pukes it back up.
- She puked all night long.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The Mini and I have unfinished business since I fell during training this spring and had to downgrade to the 5K. I had to come back from that fall slowly, doing a run-walk thing instead of just a run thing. The marathon I was supposed to run on Nov. 6 was downgraded to a half. A miserable, painful, depressing, 2:47:45 half. It really wasn't depressing because of the time, but instead because of how awful I felt. I was in pain nearly the whole time, and the mental aspect never kicked in for me. I was down on myself the entire time.
Well, I've got big plans involving a sports doctor and a whole lot of ambition and I am going to nail a PR this spring!
I sort of disappeared on the internets when I had some bad, terrible, awful stuff go down at home. I sort of disappeared on people in real life too. I'm not really ready to talk about what happened, if ever. But I am ready to engage with the world again!
I've got some big goals set for my next half marathon and I'm ready to put them out there in Blogland and then make them happen! More on that in my next post :)
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Monday night I went to my first class, Body Combat. It was fun, like Zumba, so you didn't really feel like you were quote-unquote working out. BUT it was so much easier than Zumba because you didn't have to be a Dance Goddess to keep up. It was a mix of different styles of martial arts moves set to music. We did all sorts of combinations of punches, kicks, lunges, chops and so on. We didn't stop moving the ENTIRE HOUR. I was a sweaty, tired mess and could barely lift my arms by the end of the class. And I loved it!
Every day since that class I have been so, so sore. My abs feel like they've never even been used before Body Combat...like I only just discovered them. I obviously got an amazing arm workout too, because OW.
Anybody else ever try Body Combat?? Did you LOVE it?
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tonight when I got home from work and church it was gorgeous outside. It was about 88 degrees with a nice breeze. Amazing considering the last two days topped out at 105 degrees. So although I generally swear off running/exercising the day that I give blood, tonight I couldn't resist heading out for a short run.
Ummmmm....1.1 miles in 13:59. In 13:59 I took no fewer than 3 walk breaks. My chest hurt, my arm hurt, and my pride hurt. There's a reason the Red Cross tells you not to do any strenuous exercise the day that you give blood. Trust me.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
But I did it! I bought a bike!!! And she's a beauty...if I do say so myself.
A Diamondback Vital 2 Hybrid. She rides like a dream!! Here's my new baby:
I seriously love it! I got it for sale at Dick's Sporting Goods. I paid $278 plus tax. And I feel really good about it! I've ridden it 3 times (then left for two weeks on travel and had to leave her behind...frown) and it was so smooth and fast and a great workout and I just really love it!!!
And I can't believe I'm sharing this goofy picture with you all, but safety first :) I even got a matching helmet:
And now I still have time for a run this fine evening. Wonder if I'll find my motivation?
Friday, June 24, 2011
Anyway, two weeks travelling means two weeks of privacy, quiet evenings, working out whenever I want for however long I feel like...in other words, no kiddos running around. Naturally I miss them dearly, but I do love being able to kick back and read for hours if that's what I want to do. As a mom, I miss quiet reading time every once in a while!
So...in honor of my coveted reading time (and thanks to a very expensive trip to Books-A-Million), here's what I'm reading:
1. Gossip Girl
Am I a teenager? No. Do I still love the guilty pleasure of Gossip Girl? Absolutely. I've just purchased books 3 and 4. Quick, easy reads that will take you back to high school...without the horror of actually being there.
2. Smokin' Seventeen
I am Stephanie Plum's biggest fan. Seriously, all of the Stephanie Plum books are HILARIOUS and if you haven't read them, you MUST. Now. I wait anxiously on each new book and then I buy it in expensive hard back because no way am I going to wait until the paperback comes out. And if she ever chooses between Ranger and Morelli I don't know what I'll do because I. love. them. both.
3. If You Were Here
Jen Lancaster's first venture into the Fiction world. I have read every one of her non-fiction books and follow her blog and she cracks me up. I love when the written word is so good that you actually laugh aloud and people look at you like you're nuts. Jen Lancaster always does that for me, and I have no doubt that her fiction book will be excellent as well.
4. Working It Out
This was an impulse buy that I didn't know I was looking for. It's written by Abby Rike who was a contestant on The Biggest Loser. I LOVE that show, and Abby's story never ceased to amaze me. Her husband, daughter, and very young (only weeks old) son were killed in a car accident. She was supposed to be with them, but had stayed home sick at the last minute. After the accident, she put on huge amounts of weight, which she subsequently lost on The Biggest Loser. Now she's written a book all about her amazing story of living on after tragedy, and I can't wait to read all about it.
Now...where to start?
Monday, June 13, 2011
Now I'm off to research some training plans that are friendly to injury prone runners like myself :)
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
But none of them really did. I went to several stores. I rode at least a dozen different bikes. Around the store. And I felt like a gigantic goob as people watched me pedal through the aisles. But I was on a mission.
There were things I liked about each of the bikes. Some of them even made me feel fast... But I never got that special feeling. None of the bikes gave me that comforting "oh, this is what the right bike feels like" vibe. I'm still just as confused as ever. Scratch that. Now I'm more confused.
So, that does it. I'm going to a specialty bike shop. I know I can't possibly afford their bikes. But I definitely need their help.
When I first went to a specialty running store I was intimidated. I feel like that again now. What if I don't speak the language right? What if they laugh at me when I leave? What if I can't afford anything in the store and they get mad and throw me out for wasting their time?
But really, what's the worst that can happen? In the end, the specialty running store helped me immensely. I found my first really great fitting pair of shoes. And I was even able to afford them.
Here's hoping my specialty bike shop experience goes the same way. Wish me luck!
Monday, June 6, 2011
I've been toying around with the idea of biking for several weeks now. I've been perusing Bicycling Magazine (it's no Runner's World, but it's a start), envying the Super Serious Bikers around town (and the neighborhood kids too...who am I kidding?), and trying out/lusting over/trying to understand the bicycles at every store in town.
I know nothing about biking. Less than nothing. I've spent very little time on a bike since I was a kid. I especially don't know anything about bike types besides my purple mountain bike. I picked it out back in the day because it was pretty. I've never sported a bike helmet, or bought special shorts, or tracked my mileage or speed or "aero". What on God's green earth is "aero"??? But I want to learn.
I'm not really sure what I plan to do with biking. Are there races? Is there a biking equivalent to the 5K? Better yet...is there a couch to 5K plan in the biking world? That's definitely what I need right now.
I think I'm ready to take the plunge and buy a bike. Heaven help me, because I still don't know what kind to buy. Mountain? Cruiser? Hybrid? Comfort? Whoa. But I've perused and envied and lusted long enough. Tonight I hope to stay at the store(s) until I make a selection and bring home a bike. Even if it's just because it's pretty.
And for now, I'm just going to ride. At least until I figure out what else I'm supposed to be doing.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
I had a really great time working out in the morning, while it lasted. Actually, I really do plan to keep up my morning workouts, maybe I’ll even work out this morning. But I have been derailed a bit.
Wednesday I had a fantastic morning workout. Then I came home from work where the girls and I literally walked in the door 2 seconds before a torrential down pour. The tornado sirens started going off about 4:00 so we were hiding out in the basement closet and listening to the loud noise of something pelting our house. After the sirens stopped we went upstairs to find this:
It’s hard to see but all those white flashes of light are hail.
The biggest hail we’ve ever had in this house, for sure. It was bizarre because it only hailed in the back yard. Out front (where our car was parked) had only a few pieces of hail. Only one of them hit our car, so I counted us lucky.
When Dave got home we went out for dinner, and on our drive home got reports of more storms on the way. So, we went home and turned on the TV where all programming had stopped in favor of covering the storms on the way. They kept telling us that there was a storm headed for us, and that the radar showed clear rotation. The weather forecasts were actually astonished at how clear the rotation was on the radar, apparently it was uncanny. So naturally we were kind of freaking out (privately…didn’t want to freak out the kids!)
Around 8:00 the sirens sounded again and we were back in the closet, listening to hail pound our house, and debris crashing around. This time the hail was baseball sized. It was already dark, so I didn’t take any pictures. Also, we glued ourselves to the TV because a) we thankfully still had power and b) they were reporting a tornado in my tiny town. It had gotten dark, so news crews (who are stationed 2 hours from us) couldn’t make it in time to get pictures or aerial footage.
We were very lucky, we had no damage to our home. The hail got our cars this time, so we have some good sized dents and dings in both cars, but other than that we were really lucky.
At 10:15 the sirens sounded yet again. We were in the closet for an hour this time, and about 10:30 the power finally cut off so were in the dark except for the light of a flashlight.
It was a SCARY night, seriously. We were up (kids and all) past midnight.
Thursday we were still without power until about lunchtime. There was definitely no morning treaddy time. When I went in to work I was able to check out the news and see that there was a confirmed EF-2 tornado in our town, about 5 miles east of our neighborhood. Thankfully, it was in a less populated area, so the destruction was minimized, but there were still several houses that were completely flattened and 12 injuries reported. But, no casualties, which is a blessing.
The 10:15 tornado warning produced an EF-1 tornado north of us, which flattened a neighborhood, but thankfully only caused 8 injuries and again, no casualties.
Driving past the devastation is heartbreaking. But it is amazing to see huge cars and trucks, flipped on their sides, picked up and moved from their driveways, bent and broken…houses flattened to a pile of rubble…and yet to know that somehow the people inside were left mostly untouched.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
I didn't do anything super intense because I'm still having the weird calf pain. (p.s. I really am going to get that checked out soon, I just have to find (make) the time) I ran a mile yesterday morning on the treaddy, then did some free weight strength training for upper body. Today I ran another mile and did some lower body strength training moves.
I love going through the day knowing my run is already done, instead of spending the day mentally wrestling with how and when I'm going to fit it in. I also really do feel better during the day, energized and such. I LOVE IT! The only downside is that it's dark, so I'm running inside on the treaddy instead of outside which is a) boring and b) hurts my calves worse than pavement does. I have been catching up on episodes of I Used To Be Fat to help alleviate some of the boredom!
I'm hoping tomorrow will be another snooze-less morning workout day!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
- how to be a runner its hard
- Wow, how much do I complain on here? People who hate running find my blog. Great.
- marathon training
- Scary. I have never actually run a marathon, so please don't take advice from me. Seriously, just don't.
- any day i am too busy to run is
- Yep, now that sounds like me.
- image thin mint crack
- Okay, is anyone else picturing a plumber here? No comprendo this search term.
The run itself was torture. My knee felt pretty good but my "insides of calf/shin areas" were on fire. I think that's a technical term. My mind also was not on board with a full 3 miles. But I persevered and the run is in the books.
I think I've decided to go ahead and continue with the plan to run a fall marathon, even though my half was a bust. In fact, I've already reserved a hotel room. Just have to take the plunge and register for the race. More on that as it is finalized!
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Almost exactly 2 months ago I fell down and I've had a hard time getting back up. My knee has re-gained all of it's skin, but it still hurts like you wouldn't believe and feels a little twisty and out of place. Leading up to my half marathon I never ran any longer than 3 miles, and most of my runs were more like 1.5 - 2 miles. I knew there was no way I could run a half and that I would have to downgrade to the 5K. Frankly, I was depressed about it. I know it wasn't a lifelong goal like Boston (and I can't imagine living with me if it had been that big of a race) but I had been training and training and was having the moment robbed from me by a stupid crack in the sidewalk and I was angry!
|Don't mind the Liquid Plumr. I wasn't that down about the sitch.|
We woke up race day and took the requisite pre-race picture (both of us still thinking maybe we could do the half, and knowing we would be crippled for a good long while if we did):
|Yes we look haggard...it is early, don't judge.|
Anyway, the 5K starts in the half marathon A-D corrals. Corrals E-Z are already lined up behind you and the half marathoners who want to get into A-D stand off to the side and shoot you ridiculous 5Kers dirty looks. As a person who downgraded to the 5K you can feel the energy, nerves, excitement, etc of all the people behind you who are about to do something they've trained and looked forward to and maybe even feared for months. Personally, I understood the glares from the people on the sidelines waiting to get into my corral. Last year I was in Corral D, and I wanted the 5K to get out of my way already, because it was COLD on the sidelines and at least in the corral I would have body heat surrounding me. All of that energy surrounding the half made me still want to get out and run it while standing in the 5K start line. Glutton for punishment? This girl right here.
In the end, we did run the 5K. It was so congested that we walked for almost the first half mile. When it finally cleared a little you had to spend the next half mile or more dodging people, weaving in and out, because no one actually lined up according to their pace. In the end, Dave and I finished together in 33:07, the first time we've ever run a whole race together from start to finish. It was a nice thing, running together. But next year we are totally running the half!!
We got done in time to head back to the finish line of the half (score some Dippin' Dots) and watch the quickies finish the race. I even saw some people I knew from our running group at home and one guy I went to college with (random) and cheered them on as they ran down the final .1 mile. It was exciting and fun to cheer for people. You could see who had some left in the tank and who was totally crippled by their effort. One chick actually had blood gushing down her legs (we think from chafing, we hope from chafing).
We cleaned up and went to do our traditional post race gorging of ourselves. Dave wanted PF Chang's and so for the first time in my life I tried tofu (the sacrifices we make for love):
|No, just no. Nononononono.|
While we were walking around the mall eating our cookies we saw a Proactiv vending machine. The things you can buy out of vending machines these days astounds me.
The good news is, we weren't crippled by running a 5K (smart decision? yes.) and we were able to have a great weekend playing mini golf, shopping for new furniture, and eating yummy chocolate at The Melting Pot. But we will be back to avenge the Indy Mini next year!
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
1. Opening weekend for the Cincinnati Reds. We were there. It was fab. More on that at another time, but suffice it to say I was living up every minute and not so much blogging it.
2. Dave and I are both on travel for work (1000s of miles apart). The girls are with grandparents. The night before we left Dave took on story time like the great dad that he is. Super sweet:
Friday, April 1, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Tonight was my first run since the Great Injury of 2011. I opted to run on the treaddy in case my knee completely gave out, or my spirit wimped out, or any other possible contingency that I could dream up. I decided to get on there and just take it easy. I wanted to run at a roughly 12:00/mile pace, nice and easy, 0% incline, and I intended to stop at the first sign of pain. I felt much better than I thought I would and didn't really feel any pain until I hit 1 mile. At that point I thought "why stop at the FIRST sign of pain...that's for WIMPS..." and I kept going. Until mile 1.15 where I reminded myself that this was my first time out in 16 days and the whole point was to test out my knee function, not wind up back in bed with my leg propped up on pillows. So, I went on until 1.2 (I like nice even tenths) and then I (very responsibly) stopped. I ran 1.2 miles in 13:52 with minimal pain.
I feel confident that if I take it easily and work back up at a reasonable pace that I will be good as new in no time. I don't seem to have lost too much fitness, my lungs and heart could have kept going. I actually expected that my first run out would include walk breaks, but it didn't which is great news! Just have to get the knee conditioned to working out instead of laying down.
There was a degree of fear in the run, twofold:
- Physical fear: Watching my feet. Wondering if I would trip and fall again. Would I step off the side of the treadmill? Would I re-injure my knee?
- Mental fear: Was I ready? Was I still capable of running? Would I be able to (eventually) hit the pace and distance from before the injury? I mean, one glance at my recent training log was enough to have me quaking in my Ryka's...
Running Goals Revisited
My half marathon is roughly 5 weeks away. I was hoping to PR, now I'm hoping to finish without hurting myself. My new goal is to safely build my training back up, run my half for training purposes, and then have a strong half in June. The only problem is that I'm not actually registered for a half in June!
So...anyone know of any half marathons within the first two weeks of June that aren't A) sold out, or B) inhumanly hot? A little heat is okay, too much...not okay. Flat course and a hotel within walking distance of the start/finish earns you bonus points :-)
P.S. Have you checked out SkinnyRunner's biggest giveaway ever?
Friday, March 25, 2011
- Constantine Maroulis is apparently still news-worthy? Who knew?
- Jennifer Hudson looks A-MAZ-ING!
- Chris Brown...too much Chris Brown. Seriously.
- Brangelina believe in time-outs for discipline. And they really just live an ordinary life. I would not have guessed ordinary really.
- There is a Scream 4. Which is probably the most shocking thing I learned today. Apparently I haven't had a very educational day...
I am FREAKING OUT!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Here's what I've been doing since injured knees and strep throat have moved into my life.
Eating 10 tons of cookie dough that I made for the specific purpose of being able to eat the dough straight up:
Drinking unbelievable amounts of Hot Chocolate and Milkshakes:
Watching hours and hours of this:
|Suzanne Whang was by the far the best host, p.s.|
What a week, no?
Today is my scheduled 9 miler and I was (gasp) looking forward to it. We were going to chart new territory on a brand new paved trail!! Alas, there will be no long run for me. In fact, there will be a goose egg for this whole week I'm pretty sure. I'm still feeling positive though, because today when I got out of bed, I had no pain in my knees. Now, 30 minutes later that twinge of pain is back. But I experienced a few minutes of pain free bliss which means I must be on the mend. And I'm hopeful that I'll be on the roads again in no time.
Zack, AC, Screech, Suzanne Whang, Sandra Rinomato, Jeff Probst...our time has been special to me, but I think it's about time we all move on.
Monday, March 14, 2011
What a week.
The silver lining? At least I'm not missing two weeks of training by having hurt knees and THEN getting sick. Better to get them both out of the way at the same time. I'm grasping for something positive here...
Saturday, March 12, 2011
You might ask: The elusive runner's high? A new pace or distance? Conquering an impossible course?
But you would be wrong.
Because today was the first time...
That while running...
(Warning: blood ahead. If blood freaks you out, you may want to skip the first picture)
In the aftermath, I found that I had skinned (as in, no skin left) both knees. My right knee is bruised and swollen up nice and huge. The palms of both my hands are skinned and only a little bloody. It hurts to walk or bend my legs. And it has probably ruined my weekly mileage. Pretty sure I won't be able to hobble out my last run tomorrow.
At least this arrived in the mail today:
We are going to go watch Just Go With It and eat copious amounts of popcorn while I also eat that entire chocolate bar.
This is me and Grandma (and my mom) then:
This is me and Grandma now:
I love you Grandma...happy birthday!!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Tuesday I laced up my shoes and went for a run on my lunch break with Work Friend and 2 of her old coworkers that I had never met before. Work Friend assured me that I was totally going to be fine because they would probably run 11 minute miles...maybe even 12 minute miles. Ummmmm......
3.5 Miles in 35:23 (10:07 pace)
Mile 1 - 10:42
Mile 2 - 9:59
Mile 3 - 9:53
Mile 3.5 - 4:50 (9:40 pace)
That also includes a roughly 30 second stop at a stoplight to wait for traffic where I forgot to stop my Garmin. So? Probably less than 10 minute pace in reality. Yowza!
The thing about running with new people the first few times (at least for me) is that I'm really self-conscious. I didn't want to be the loud-breather...I mean I didn't want to sound like I wasn't in as good of shape as they were. I didn't want them to take off and leave me-I had to prove I could hang! I didn't want to be the last one up any hills. I didn't want to be the "annoying look at your watch every 2 seconds girl" but I just had to keep my eye on that pace!
Not being the loud-breather really messes with your breathing too. I probably would have had a much more comfortable run had I not been trying to not breathe. Okay, when you're 30 years old you're too old to get caught up in games like this, right? Apparently not right. Meh.
In the end, I did keep up with everyone, I did eventually return to my normal breathing, I did post one of my better paced runs of the season, and I did have a really great time.
I'm looking forward to many more lunchtime runs with coworkers in fact. It was all very Runner's World lunch breakesque.
On a related note-today I found out that Work Friend got a new job. We'll still be close enough to run together (if she doesn't forget me) but we'll no longer sit in the same building or work together daily. Sad day.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
- I have two kids sound asleep. They feel all safe and protected and carefree because they have a grown-up to take care of them. It's so weird when you stop and think about it. Because, you know, I am the grown-up.
- My GU sampler arrived in the mail today. I just ordered it yesterday. The shipping details said I would get it in 5-7 days. I got it in 1 day. Go to Road Runner Sports and order something now. At the very least, you won't be disappointed with the shipping speed.
- Today A. asked for a baby brother. She wanted the one we saw in the waiting room at T.'s dance class. I told her we couldn't take their baby, so she asked if she could have her teacher's baby because she would really like him to be her baby brother. I explained that if we got a baby brother it would come from the hospital. She asked Dave to go to the hospital and get her a baby brother, to which he responded "good luck with that".
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Mile 4 - 11:24
Mile 5 - 11:38
Mile 6 - 12:08
Mile 7 - 12:16
Monday, March 7, 2011
1. I finally bit the bullet and bought 2 real-life sweaty bands. I chose a solid black band and a brown/navy/cream argyle band. I love argyle, true story.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
What a great mail day!! So glad I pre-ordered Dean's new book! (Cause we're on a first name basis...) I haven't cracked it open yet but can't wait! Holy exclamation points Batman!
It was just the motivation I needed. It was a totally gorgeous day, 52* and sunny. I put on some shorts (first outdoor run in shorts this year I believe) and a t-shirt and headed outside for a quick 2 miler. I ran in our neighborhood which has some massively steep hills. And you know what? Once I was out there it felt amazing! I was so glad I went out for a run. I soaked up the sunshine and all my steps felt light and great. It was one of those runs where everything just came together perfectly.
2 miles in 21:30, 10:45 pace. Although it was a decently slow and definitely short run, I definitely worked up a sweat:
Monday, February 28, 2011
I got up and went to work really early, which meant I got to leave at 2:30. That's like the middle of the day!! I surprised the kids and picked them up early. They were so excited to see me that I got some of the biggest hugs ever.
We went to the store for a quick couple of items and then we came home and I trimmed their hair. Nothing fancy here, just a trim. I just can't see paying salon prices to take the split ends off of two tiny girls!
We ate some breakfast for dinner all together and I even let them have some dessert, which is kind of rare around here. There were lots of smiles and none of their usual bickering with each other. It has been a fantastic day!!
No running again today, as I'm working on a migraine. But I still feel blessed, even so!
Sunday, February 27, 2011
I live in a place that doesn't sell alcohol on Sundays so wine was out. I really could have used some sweet red wine. Instead, it was a milkshake to soothe the immediate pain. Now it's the Oscars and chocolate. Dolled up stars and Easter candy definitely make this girl smile.
Doesn't Jennifer Hudson look amazing, btw??
Also, was that guy joking or serious when he interrupted his applause and said "You're taking up my time."?
That is all.
We tried some new fuel (still in experimentation mode). Dave had the Black Cherry Shot Bloks. He said they were great for his energy level but the taste was less than desirable. He did recommend them for people who like Dr. Pepper and really strong whiskey....which is obviously not him given the face he made while eating them. I so wish I'd had the camera!
I had the Blueberry Pomegranate GU Chomps. The taste and texture were great, but I didn't get the same kick that I experienced with last week's Clif Shot. In fact I was totally dragging the last half of our run. Last week's run felt good, this week's felt a little less good. They can't all be rainbows and sunshine I suppose.
Despite my lack of mojo we did make it our full 7 miles in 1:19:29, average pace 11:22.*
And then we went to Longhorn Steakhouse and stuffed our gizzards! Followed by White Chocolate Mochas at Starbucks since we were feeling smart for having a gift card to Longhorn!
We picked up the girls and made them take much needed naps, and then minus the hubs, we had a girls night out. We went to see Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 3D. Because I have little girls. And little girls have Bieber Fever. It was cute and not nearly as painful as I'd imagined. The home videos of him as a little boy were really cute and I was pleasantly surprised to see how hard he actually worked for his career. He wasn't quite the overnight sensation I had imagined. Cute movie.
The girls wanted their picture with the Biebs:
*Split times, for those who want to know:
Mile 1 - 11:00
Mile 2 - 11:43
Mile 3 - 11:36
Mile 4 - 11:25
Mile 5 - 11:38
Mile 6 - 11:33
Mile 7 - 10:36
Must. Get. Faster.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Today I got home a good half hour before the hubby and kids got here and I was so, so tempted to lay down on the bed and watch some trash TV or just "rest my eyes" until they got home. It is so rare for me to have the house completely to myself. The silence and privacy was so very tempting!
But, I laced up my shoes and hit the road. It was only a 2 miler scheduled for today so I used that to my advantage when I was playing the mental game to get out the door. I ended up finishing the 2 miles in 20:12 which I find to be awesome for someone who didn't have the energy to run in the first place!
I got a new product in the mail a couple days ago. I mean, I bought it and the Fed Ex man delivered it to me. I don't have sponsors beating down my door or anything. Anyway, after the run in with the dog last week I decided to order a SPIbelt. With warmer weather teasing us, I know shorts weather is just around the corner. At least I hope it is. And when I start wearing shorts, I stop carrying my cell phone. It makes me beyond nervous to be out by myself without too, in case of emergency. So, enter the SPIbelt:
It is A-MAZ-ING! I've used it twice so far and it is awesome! Once you put it on, you forget that it's there. It doesn't bounce or ride up. It doesn't squeeze your waist. You don't feel it at all. In fact, tonight I came home and cooked dinner with it still on because I forgot it was there. And look how deceptively small it looks. But it expands to easily hold my iPhone:
And if I had been going on a longer run I could have easily squeezed a few gels in there, my car keys, and probably even more stuff. It is deceptively huge. I couldn't be more pleased with this purchase! If you have ever stressed about how to carry everything you need for a run, especially during shorts weather, get one of these now! They are FAB!
Nope, I didn't get paid or reimbursed in any manner to brag on this thing. But I wish I would. SPIbelt = new love of my life.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Today I ran a quick 3 miles outside before taking T. to dance class. I decided to get back to the basics thanks to something I read at The Hungry Runner Girl today. I couldn't go all the way, I mean I didn't leave my Garmin at home or anything crazy like that. But I did decide not to look at it, except when it sounded the alarm at the mile markers*. I did not watch my pace, I did not stress that I was running too fast or too slow, I did not count down the tenths of miles until I would be back at my car.
Instead, I ran what felt good. If it felt too easy, I picked up the pace. If it felt too hard, I slowed it down a little. I appreciated every foot step, and even had a monologue going on in my mind about how each and every foot step was literally getting me closer to my immediate half marathon goal and my more distant full marathon goal. I appreciated the nature around me...even if I wasn't happy that it was snowing!! And the entire run felt amazing. It wasn't one more check on my To Do list. It was me, enjoying myself. It was the best solo run I've had in a long time. And my time wasn't too bad either, even without checking the pace every 20 seconds. Go figure.
3 miles in 32:13. Average Pace: 10:45.
*I just learned how to set my Garmin to automatically chime at me at the mile markers on Saturday. Yes, I have had this watch for two years. No, I am not ashamed.
Monday, February 21, 2011
I laid around all day Sunday, watching TV, napping, not eating and generally feeling miserable. Finally at the end of the day I sucked it up and got on the treadmill to run 2 miles. I figured even if I didn't make it the whole way, I could still say I ran four days for the week.
I had a pretty sweet setup going:
That's the setup that let me pound out 2 miles in 21:15 (10:38 pace) even while sick! That made 12 weekly miles in 4 days of running. I felt proud. And tired.
A. was tired too. We had to wake her up from her nap and she promptly snuck into the chair and fell back asleep. It was too adorable...so I just let her go back to sleep!