Monday, March 31, 2014

March Monthly Recap: In Like a Miserable, Frozen Lion, Out Like a Lamb

Happy Last Day of March!

It didn't start feeling like March until about a week ago. At this rate it should be summertime by August.

I kid. Sorta.

 I had a nice five mile run yesterday.
Look at that sunshine! And the unzipped jacket! And the non-winter hat!
 I called that run my "Test Out My Outfit to Make Sure it Works for the Half Marathon" run. I wore compression capris under a running skirt and a tech t-shirt under my running jacket. Since it's only supposed to be in the high 40's on Sunday (and that's the high. The race starts at 7AM so you know it won't be that warm then) I figured I'd need my jacket. Plus, I love having pockets. I'll need to get used to running with a belt or something else come summertime.
Mud spattered legs. And yep, my socks don't match. At least they're the same brand!
The outfit worked out really well and I'm feeling pumped for next Sunday!

As for my goals this past month, this is what they were:

March's goals:
1. Run 60 miles. 
2. Run at least four days a week.
3. Do strength training at least twice a week. 
4. Log my food into My Fitness Pal daily.

And this is how I did:

I ran 68.93 miles.

I ran four days a week all month except for one week. And even on that week I ran THREE days so it's not like I was laying about doing nothing.

I did strength training twice a week except for one week. The same week I skipped a run. Must've been a busy week for me.

And I sure as heck used MFP daily. Even when I didn't want to. (Damn you, Cadbury Mini Eggs!)

I kicked March's butt!

I am really enjoying setting monthly goals and then being able to look back on them and see how I did. I started this blog so I could keep track of my training and weight loss and to hopefully meet like-minded people. I have been able to do both of those and for that I am supremely lucky and thankful!

And now for April's goals:
1. Run 60 miles.
2. Complete two half-marathons (we'll see how I feel after Sunday's run).
3. Strength train twice a week.
4. Celebrate my birthday and Easter without going overboard in calories!
5. Lose five pounds.

Alright, April...let's see what you got!

Friday, March 28, 2014

This Is How We Do It

I am having a root canal today at noon. I have had a few in my lifetime so I'm not any more afraid of this than I would be if I was getting a filling. Of course, I am petrified of getting a filling so that's not saying much.

I'm glad I put off yesterday's run until today. Hubs didn't have to be at work super early so I was able to get up a somewhat reasonable hour (since when is anything before six AM reasonable??) and get my four miles in. And it was warm out! By warm, I mean in the fifties. Of course I didn't check the weather before I left so I walked out the door with more layers on than I needed. I wasted some precious time adjusting what I was wearing as best as I could. I ditched my hat and gloves, unzipped my jacket halfway and headed out.

It was windy so the jacket helped. I had an excellent run with some awesome splits.
Yep, had to take a picture of my computer screen. Gotta love it!
When I ran I didn't think about my upcoming dental appointment or anything like that. I listened to my music and my breath and just enjoyed the moment. I actually enjoyed that run which says something.

Yes, I don't like getting up early. Yes, sometimes it takes me ten minutes to convince myself to get out of bed and run. And yes, during that first half mile I am usually cataloging my aches and pains and mentally berating myself for even attempting to run.

But, when all is said and done, when the run is over and I can look back at my splits or the distance I covered I feel damn good.

And that is why I run.*

*Plus, I can eat a milkshake today instead of lunch (dental appointment) and not feel guilty about it. That's also why I run.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

90 Days 'Til Summer Challenge

I'm six days behind on this, but I wanted to join Jess, Marcy and Val for this challenge.

You women, you brave women, who took pictures of yourself in bathing suits and then posted them for all the world to see...I bow down to you. I am not that brave. I took the pictures for my own personal use and will take another set in 90 days and see if there's a difference.

Let me rephrase that. I will take another set in 90 days and THERE WILL BE A DIFFERENCE.

My plan is to keep up with my running. I don't have to put in the mileage like I have been because of my half marathons being over. But, I'll run and work on my speed work. And I think I'll join a Zumba class. And I'll add on to my twice a week strength training. Make it three times a week!

I can do it!

On the running front, I didn't get a run in this morning. The boys had their 15 month Well Child visit this morning so I slept in (funny how sleeping in until 7:45AM is sleeping in) and got up when they did. I have to work tomorrow, at my usual time, so I'll get up early and got for a four mile run. Why four miles? Because if I run four miles this will be the first week where I break the Twenty Weekly Miles mark. Which seems pretty awesome to me!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Weigh-In Wednesday/The Cold Doesn't Bother Me Anyway

I thought I was done running in the snow.
It's not much snow, but it is still snow. At the end of March.
I was wrong.

You know what? When one loses a filling said tooth can be a little sensitive to cold. When one is running in the cold sometimes those cold breaths in hit the tooth with the missing filling just right and BAM it's like a zing of white hot pain shooting down one's jaw. Fun times.

I have a dentist appointment today. And since I love the dentist about as much as I love running barefoot in the snow (translation: I hate going to the dentist) I am a teeny bit stressed out about this. Stupid filling. Stupid cold. Stupid dentist. Ugh, I get a pit in my stomach just thinking about it. I don't have very good teeth, mostly due to genetics. I don't ever get to go and get good news. Nope, it's always "root canal" or "extraction" or "here let me just stab at your mouth with pointy objects until you bleed". Ok, maybe not the last part.

Stop obsessing over the dentist, Meg. Let it go...let it GOOOOO-OOOOO! (I'm channeling my inner Idina Menzel. You're welcome)

It's Weigh-in Wednesday oh crap woo hoo. Once again, I am linking up with Heather and Ash.

This week I lost a total of .2 pounds. I know why. I know I made poor food choices. I cannot eat McDonalds twice in the past week and not expect it to affect me. I also have to watch my evening snacking. I am aware of why I only lost .2 pounds. Being aware of it is half the battle, right?

It's a loss. I will focus on that. A loss is better than a gain.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Go Speed Racer!

Hubs is on an early schedule again. I want to yell at his boss for having him go in early, but since Hubs owns his own flooring company, it's really HIS fault. Ah well. Work is work and I am always thankful he's working*.

I like to get at least three miles in on non long run days. I feel three miles is a good distance to qualify for a good workout and for good training. If I can get three miles in in the morning I am a happy camper.
I thought I had negative splits in there. Ah well.
Today I followed my lovely well lit route from last week. And I managed to pull in 3.12 in 37 minutes and change. Right after I hit stop on my Map My Run app and started walking the last block to my house I realized I had just PRed my 5K time. Let the Badass Runner Dance commence! (I like to picture myself rocking it out a la Kevin Bacon in Footloose but you can do whatever Badass Runner Dance floats your boat. Perhaps you're more of a Flashdance kind of dancer)

"Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. 
Happy people just don't shoot their husbands, they just don't." 
Elle Woods, Legally Blonde

On a different note, I don't eat before my morning runs. I don't drink coffee, either. It's too early for me to even think about eating. And either Hubs makes coffee when he wakes up or I make it when I get back from my run. I wonder if I should start fueling with something when I wake up. I think any type of sports energy thing might upset my empty stomach. Any suggestions?

Speaking of eating, I've gotten into the habit of having a turkey sandwich for breakfast. I know it sounds weird, but I'm not a huge egg fan so eggs don't really work for me in the morning and Mama needs protein. I use one slice of bread and load it up with turkey and a handful of a spring salad mix. It's really good and easy to eat on my drive into work. Anyone else eat non-traditional breakfasts? 

 *Except maybe not quite as thankful when my alarm goes off twenty minutes earlier than normal.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Marathon Mondays/S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Night!

Let's get this out of the way.

I did not run my planned fourteen miles this week. I was able to get ten miles in, so I am thankful for that. But I am also disappointed in myself for not making the time to get the extra mileage in. Sunday was Hubs' birthday so he got to sleep in. Plus, I had to grocery shop before I could go for a run. When I finally got out for a run the timing was such that I had, at most, two and a half hours to run. Not enough time for me to get a fourteen mile run in, that's for sure.

As soon as I left my house and started running I realized I was running straight into a cold wind. The cold ripped through my layers and stabbed at my arms and legs like a beast. I briefly entertained the idea of turning around and going back inside. Instead, I altered my route and stuck to the more sheltered subdivisions.

Two hours and thirteen minutes later...
I'm not mad at my pace or my splits (except mile three there, no idea what happened). And when I finished this run I knew I had more in me which makes me happy.

Tapering starts next week. I'll do my usual weekday runs and then on Sunday the plan is for a five mile run.

And then the next week is half marathon time. Eek!

All in all we had a good weekend. Saturday Hubs had to work so my sister and I took the boys to the mall so they could play on the Germ Gym play structure. They had a blast and tired themselves out.

We had Hubs' parents over Saturday night to watch the Guys so we could go out with my sister and her husband. It was a lovely double date/birthday celebration. I have realized something when it comes to eating. We went to a somewhat fancy place that uses lots of local ingredients. I had a mushroom risotto that was fantastic. And because it was so good and rich, I could only eat part of it. I enjoyed each bite instead of just shoveling it in my mouth. Being aware of what I eat and just enjoying the moment makes for a much more satisfying meal!

Then on Sunday we met Hubs' parents at Carraba's for his actual birthday dinner. This was after my ten miler. For some reason my stomach was a little upset so I wasn't really into the meal. I got spaghetti and meatballs so I could share with the boys and I ate, maybe a quarter of it. I did enjoy their minestrone soup. Honestly, last time Hubs and I went to Carraba's I ended up throwing up so I think the link was still there in my mind which made everything taste kinda ick.

I did save some room for birthday cheesecake!

I'm joining Jess' Marathon Monday link-up. If you're training for anything feel free to hop on over there and add your link!

Friday, March 21, 2014

With a Rebel Yell

I didn't end up running yesterday, not in the morning or evening. This is why I run in the mornings, people. If I wait until evenings, until after the boys are in bed, it's already eight o'clock. And let's face it, it's pretty unlikely mama's going for a run at eight o'clock. It does help that it's still somewhat light out. Maybe tonight.

I did do a strength workout last night. Yeah sexy muscled arms!

I did my strength workout while watching Radio Rebel on the Disney Channel. Yep, I watch made for t.v. Disney Channel movies. I'm not ashamed.

Except, maybe I'm getting a tad too old for Disney Channel movies. I found myself scoffing at certain plot points and yelling at the t.v. "It's not a school event, why is the principal even there?!?"

It did distract me.

My arms are a little rubbery today. I feel like Chandler Bing. "Joey, be a pal. Lift up my hand and smack her with it."

It's all good. I'm excited for my super long run on Sunday. For some reason the weather gods are screwing with me. Weather has been decent all week and on Sunday it's supposed to be a high of thirty-two. Forties all week long and thirties on the day of my long run. Sigh. It's not a Two Pair of Pants kind of day, but it'll be close.

My route is planned to loop out and back to my house, then out to my sister's house and back. Plenty of water and potty stops for me!

On top of all of the Hubs' birthday is on Sunday. We're going out with my sis and brother in law Saturday night, then out with his parents and the boys on Sunday. He's not into celebrating (what?!?!) but I'm kinda making him.

How about you? Anything fun planned for the weekend?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Doctor, Doctor Give Me the News

I finally made an appointment for a physical. I don't have a General Practitioner and stopped seeing my OB/GYN because they're not very close to me, plus I am done having kids. I figured I needed to see SOMEONE, especially when it comes down to the odd illness and what not. I have not had a physical in years! (Please note, I have had annual lady exams, just not a normal physical)

My sons' pediatrician also specializes in Internal Medicine. Hubs goes to see him and I figured, why not, so I bit the bullet and set up an appointment.

One of the reasons it has taken me so long, and it's shames me to admit this, is I've been embarrassed by my weight. I know when I go in there I will hear something about how much I weigh and my tender ego simply doesn't want to deal with that right now. Dumb, right? I feel like an idiot just admitting this to you all.

 I had a very small goal of being in Onderland before I set up the appointment. And then I realized what a dumbass I was being.

I read an article talking about deaths during half marathon races. And I know they are rare, but I ran in one, my second half marathon, where two people died. One was a man in his forties, the other a guy in his early twenties. People die from running.

And I am overweight. My body went through the pregnancy and delivery of twins! I gained and lost weight quickly, then gained it all back again. This can put a lot of stress on the heart, the gall bladder and whole host of other organs. I NEED to get checked out so I know I am in a place where I can run and not worry about being a statistic.

My appointment is at the end of April. There is a very real possibility/hope that I will be in Onederland by then. And even with that, my doctor isn't going to know how much I weighed BEFORE this. He'll see that number and know I'm overweight so what difference does it make to him?

Anyone else fear the doctor*?

* Not the one from Gallifray. Now, if I was going to see The Doctor it would be a different story. Chris Eccelston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, any of them can take my blood pressure. (wink wink)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Weigh In Wednesday: She's a Little Runaway

Alright, let's start with the nitty gritty. Back to linking up with Ash for Weigh-in Wednesday.
I didn't do Weigh In Wednesday last week because I knew I would be up due to nature. Thank you suck.

I weighed myself on Sunday and I was down .8 pounds.  And today I weighed myself for Weigh In Wednesdays and BAM down TWO POUNDS. So that's a 2.8 pound loss in two weeks. I will take it, thankyouverymuch.

Here's the part where I have to take deep breaths and trust my body. I am not seriously restricting myself on anything I eat aside from no pop/soda/whatever you call it in your region. I track everything I eat. I have the occasional treat of ice cream or a fried food that sounds delicious and I log it. I've noticed that a lot of times things I think should be TERRIBLE for me aren't even that high in calories. If I restricted what I ate even more would I lose weight faster? Absolutely! I also know, for a fact (as it happened before) if I do that then I will also be more likely to gain it back. So, I trust you, Body.

I'm not going to lie, it also helps that we have pretty much ZERO junk food in our house. The Guys eats healthier snacks from Trader Joe's and Hubs isn't much of a snacker. Simply not having the stuff around makes my life that much easier.

As for my run today, whew that one was awesome. It was ABOVE FREEZING so I went out without gloves, with just a headband to hold my hair out of my face and cover my ears if necessary and I ONLY WORE ONE PAIR OF PANTS.

Hallelujah. Hallelujah.

It was a great run. I changed my route up a bit and ran along a busier road, on the sidewalk. It was well lit so I could keep up a steadier pace without dodging pot holes. And I was getting near my house and saw I was at 3.8 miles so said, "Let's do this!" and ran the extra .2 miles to make my run an even four.

You know what makes me feel bad ass? Running four miles before work.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Do You Believe in Life After Love?

Hubs didn't have to get up at the ass crack of dawn work this morning so I wasn't as invested in getting out the door for my run super early. Took me a good fifteen minutes to get from bed to the sidewalk, which is slow for me. I made up for it with a nice 3.4 mile run. After the first half mile I was really into it. I'm glad I got out of bed. I almost had myself talked into staying asleep and going for an evening run. HA! I would've ended up making excuses why I couldn't run tonight. 

This is a multi-media kind of post so I'm going to break it down for you.

 Has anyone else checked out the new show on NBC called Believe? I watched the pilot yesterday while I did a nice weight workout. Gotta love a rest day from running, huh?

The pilot was good. Lots of action. A little predictable but also clever. I enjoyed the banter between the young girl and the lead guy. Honestly, it had the kind of energy I wish Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had. I had such high hopes for that show and it just let me down.

But, this show was enjoyable and worth checking out if you've got some room on your DVR.

 And Hubs and I are going to see Grand Budapest Hotel this Saturday as part of his birthday celebration. I love Wes Anderson. In fact, I would say The Royal Tenenbaums is tied with Serenity as my favorite movie. Anyone see it yet? Is it good?

I just found out the third book in Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles, Cress,  is out which makes me happy. I'm into post-apocalyptic young adult fiction so this is right in my wheelhouse.  This series is a bit of a play on fairy tales. It's interesting and if you're into The Hunger Games, Divergent, etc. you might enjoy this trilogy. Speaking of that, why are books all trilogies these days? Just like, why does the last movie based on a series of books have to be separated into two parts? Stupid money making ideas.

What are you reading? Any suggestions on good books?

OK, I think I'm a bit behind on this but I simply love Bastille's Pompei. The beat is awesome, it makes me happy. I just did a little research on the group and they're British which makes them even cooler. I need to get their CD so I can add them to my playlists.

Any other tunes I need to get behind? I listen to a lot of NPR or books on CD on my commutes so I tend to be behind the times when it comes to current popular music.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sunday in the Park With George

Had an excellent weekend. Saturday Hubs had to work so I took the Guys and met up with a friend at the mall. We walked around for a bit then let the kids go wild at the indoor germ gym play place. This was a first for me. It was tough keeping an eye on both boys. They had so much fun it was worth it. I tried not to let the kid with the goopy, runny nose and hacking couch get the germophobe in me going. They need to build up an immunity to this crap, right?

I went with the suggestions from everyone, as it made sense, and only ran seven miles on Sunday. So thanks for the advice!

Ha, only ran seven miles. Makes me feel like a bad ass saying that.

Next Sunday is a 14 miler. Apparently, I read my training plan wrong on all sorts of levels. Ah well. 
It was cold today. Mother Nature is just effing with us at this point. I had to wear layers. You know how you're supposed to practice your long runs in the outfit you expect to wear for your race? How can that happen if I'm still wearing two pairs of pants?!?

You can tell it was cold because the one of the "lakes" froze over.

Seriously, Spring, you can show up any time now!

Here are my splits:

I tried a new route. Not normally a big deal except this new route had a sidewalk...that was still covered in snow. Come on, now! The first slow split at mile three came from a super bumpy sidewalk with lots of ice patches. And the other slow mile, five and six, happened because of the whole no sidewalk thing. I had to mostly walk run on frozen, pitted grass. Thank goodness I didn't twist an ankle!

All in all, a good run and a great weekend. How about you?

Saturday, March 15, 2014

I'm Singing in the Rain

By the time I got home from work it was almost fifty degrees outside. Once the boys had their dinner I packed them up and off we went for our run.

The combination of not running for two days plus eating like crap made that first half a mile feel just awful. I thought I was running super slow, felt like I was trudging through molasses. My first mile finished in 13:37 which is actually pretty normal for me. Man, it didn't feel that way.

The Map My Run app took a crap on me after 2.37 miles. It was still tracking the time but not the mileage. I don't know the rest of my splits, which sucked but what can you do?

The boys had a great time as did I. Running in warm weather is such a treat. It's so wonderful I'm not even going to complain about this:

I call this Lake Wet Shoes

Friday, March 14, 2014

I Did It I Did It Guess What I've Done

For a hot minute or two I didn't think I'd be able to register for The Cocoa Classic Half Marathon on April 6th. Funds were tight and the cost is no joke; although the cost does include a hooded zip-up sweatshirt, a knit cap, a travel mug and chocolate at the finish line.

Photo courtesy of Cocoa Classic

But, I did it. I registered. So, yep, looks like I'm running a half marathon on April 6th. This will be the first ever half I have trained for through the winter so we'll see how that goes. My current PR is somewhere around 2:51. And last September when I ran one while seriously under trained I finished in 3:15. My goal is under three hours. And if I happen to go under 2:51, that would also be awesome.

Mostly, I just want to finish strong knowing I have actually trained for this one. Training is key. And knowing that my legs can do this is half the battle.

Speaking of training...somehow I screwed up my plan so I am a week ahead of schedule. I will turn to you all for advice. I'm running twelve miles this Sunday. Then next week I taper, then the week after that is the race. Except, somehow I messed it up and the actual race is THREE weeks away, not two. So, what do I do? Shorter distance this week and then long run next week and then taper and then race? Do my long run this week, then somewhat shorter run next week, then taper then race? Any thoughts?

The weather is supposed to be nice today and tomorrow, kinda crappy Sunday and Monday, then head back into nice for the rest of the week. Let's hope it stays that way!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

She Works Hard for Her Money

Oh man,  I had such an excellent time on my day off. It was just the boys and I, which is pretty rare since the Hubs is usually home on weekends. We hung out all day. They didn't wear pants for a large chunk of the day. There is just something about a toddler in just a diaper and shirt that makes my heart grow three sizes. Ouch, the cuteness hurts so much!

I managed to shovel snow while they napped so I burned some calories. And some of that snow was HEAVY since the snow came after it had rained here for a few hours. I wasn't a complete shlub all day. Although, I admit, I didn't change out of my pajamas (sweat pants and a t-shirt).

The cold stuck around today, too so I didn't go for my run. It's supposed to be forty tomorrow so I'll run in the morning. Yep, you read that correctly, eight inches of snow on Wednesday, below freezing temps on Thursday and a high of forty on Friday. Michigan, you confuse me.

Supposedly, the cold pocket came down from Canada so I will blame this on them. Blame Canada! (Anyone get my reference?)

Unfortunately, being home alone meant I was a little too snacky. The good news is, there is pretty much crap for junk food in my house thanks to my new eating habits. So, while I did snack, it wasn't on total crap. I nibbled on some cereal and some Trader Joe's apple straws. Thank goodness Hubs isn't into junk food or I would have had problems.

All is not lost, right?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Stick a Fork in Me, I'm Done

I took the day off work today. Predicted snow was up to eight inches and I didn't want my mom trying to drive over here to watch the Guys in that crap.

Spending the day with the Guys. We're dancing and reading and having a blast.

I already dug the driveway out one time while the boys were napping. No rest for the wicked. I guess if I can't run I'll get my cardio in somehow.

Anyone else snowed on?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Hulk Angry

Five Things 

Because lists are awesome.

And I'm tired.

1. That scream you heard this morning? That was me looking at and realizing we're supposed to get 6-8 inches of snow tonight into tomorrow morning. This will jack up my morning run AND my morning commute. Win all around!

2. Did you know the snow was JUST starting to melt in my neighborhood? I could see people's lawns for the first time since New Year's Day.

3. This is the power of running with a limited amount of time:
I had to take a picture of the screen with my phone. You're welcome.
That last mile was me going "Oh crap, I'm not going to make it home on time!" and booking it. I love negative splits!

4. I made a wonderful and healthy dinner last night. Shepherd's Pie made with ground turkey instead of ground beef. My boys loved it. It was alright for me, but not that good, too meaty. And for some reason Mama needed carbs. So at 9PM I made a bowl spaghetti. Now that was glorious. Yes, it put me over on my calories needed for the day. But, I tracked it anyway and in the long run, it tasted good, I got my carb fix and I'm happy. It's nice to know I can do that, eat some spaghetti and not beat myself up over it.

5. I have watched Doctor Who off and on for over a year now.I started with the 9th Doctor and got into the appearance of the 10th Doctor then kinda stopped watching. There's a list on Buzzfeed ranking all the modern episodes so I'm settling in and watching them in that order, starting with the top ten.  I just finished "Vincent and the Doctor" a few days ago and that one really struck a chord with me. Of course, I watched it at work on my lunch and tried not to cry too hard. Oh the feelings. My goodness, people who don't watch the show, please, for me, go out there and watch it. It's brilliant!

Monday, March 10, 2014

You Spin Me Right Round

My Sunday run was glorious.

I didn't run on Saturday, we walked the 5K, so I wanted to get a solid run in on Sunday. I had four miles on the schedule and by George, I was going to run those four miles.

At first I was going to bring the Guys, but it wasn't that warm out. Plus, when I run with the guys I have to run on the sidewalk which would've meant dodging puddles and patches of ice from assholes who didn't shovel their sidewalks all effing winter.

Once nap time rolled around I suited up. I wore two pairs of pants because my legs have been getting cold pretty easily and it was windy out, and just a regular running top and my jacket. I had my hat and gloves and took them on and off throughout the run. There were a couple of windy patches where it helped to have my ears covered!

During my four mile loop I passed this guy:
Oh, Alice the Camel has two humps!
 It's a badpicture because I didn't want to climb into the snow to get a better one. That's a camel. My route took me along the back of the zoo and this time I had enough juice in my phone to snap a crappy picture of the camels!

I like how I'm enjoying seeing them now. I bet come summer time I'll be complaining about the smell.

Bonus part of the run, my average pace was sub 13 min/mile! All that running super fast because my morning run is getting cut off has paid off! Don't tell Hubs I said that.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Lucky Dash 5K Race Recap

Happy St. Practice Day!

That's what my friend calls parades that happen the weekend before St. Patty's Day. It's a chance for all the amateurs to get their drink on and warm up their livers. Technically, St. Practice Day is tomorrow. That's the big Detroit parade through Corktown that involves lots and lots of drinking. I had no idea people did this until a few years ago. Apparently, it's a thing.

And back to the race recap.

Packet pick up was a breeze. I picked up packets for me and my two friends the night before since I live closest to the race location. The race started at 10:45 AM which was another check in the Awesome Column. My friends, K and V met up at my house at 9:30 since we were planning on bringing the kids, K's son and my boys. I figured this would give us extra time to load them up and unload them.

Parking was easy peasy and because the parade was immediately following the race parking was also FREE courtesy of the parade. Second check in the Awesome Column.

It was a pretty small crowd, 275 or so people. I'm not good at estimating that. Decent turnout even though it was overcast, slightly breezy and a balmy 32 at the start of the race. I briefly doubted having the boys there. I was afraid they would get too cold since we would be running into the wind for half the race. They wore their snowsuits, were bundled under blankets and had their hats on so they were fine. Prior to the race we found a nice alcove to stick them in, out of the wind.

The boys before the race. They actually ended up falling asleep halfway through the race.

The race started right on time. And here's where it went downhill. Not because of the people running the race or anything like that, but for my friend.

K was fine, and she was the one I worried about. She's had some health issues and back pain. It was V who ended up suffering. V, who signed up with is back in January and then simply did not train. After a half mile, when everyone was far in front of us and the follow car was right behind us, V started to cry.

She was so mad at herself for being under trained. She berated herself for her calves hurting and for being overweight. K and I comforted her the best we could. We offered to quit.

She refused. She was going to finish!

The good news is we were walking on a parade route so the road's were closed until after the parade. We didn't have to worry about getting swept.

Our mantra for the remainder of the race was "DAL (Dead Ass Last) is better than DNS!".

She struggled. We cheered her on. It was the slowest 5K I have ever walked. 

But, she finished.

And because I know it shouldn't matter, but also know that it DOES matter, at the very end I yelled at her to push it, to run across that finish line. And she and K hustled their asses the last tenth of a mile. They crossed just ahead of me. 

Which meant I officially had my first DAL finish. And I'm damn proud of that one.

Me and the Guys.

Every single person involved in the race was awesome! The cop who followed us the first half never really pressured us to go any faster. The volunteers at the turnarounds clapped and cheered even though we were clearly bringing up the rear. And the two guys handing out water bottles at the end were awesome and clapped for us. Third, fourth and fifth checks in the Awesome Column. Are you sensing a trend?

I will definitely run this race again next year. It was 23.00 to register and that included the processing fee. T-shirts are good, grey with the logo and that's it. Not covered in sponsors. And like I said before, everyone was awesome and supportive. A great race!

The good news is this didn't get V too down on herself. In fact, she was more inspired to do this again. Next race we all train together. Couch to 5K here we come!

V, me and K. I almost didn't post this one because my face looks so round. Then I said, "Screw it!" and posted it anyway. It's not about my round face, it's about the happiness of V's face!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday, I'm in Love

Even with a slightly jacked up schedule (long run last Saturday instead of Sunday, Hubs leaving extra early for work) I will have managed to get four runs in this week. Quick Kevin Bacon a la Footloose victory dance!

My friend is running her first 5K tomorrow and I am going to be there with her every step of the way. This race allows for strollers as long as you start at the back of the pack. Well, since I always start at the back of the pack this won't change anything. It's supposed to be in the 30's so I'll bundle the boys up and take them with me. They love people watching and noise so that should distract them from being strapped in for an extended period of time.

Unfortunately, my friend is very, very sedentary so this run is going to be a challenge for her. My goal is to get her running at a very small intervals. The good thing about a 5K is really as long as you are somewhat in shape you can walk 3.1 miles. And since this is obviously a family friendly event (you can even bring dogs!) we'll be OK. I just don't want her to get burnt out and feel like she can't do another one. Any tips for her?

And Sunday is a nice and easy four miler. I'm really looking forward to that one since I've had to do speed workouts and short runs this past week because of Hubs' schedule. It'll be nice to run for longer than 25 minutes!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Ogres Have Layers, Onions Have Layers

After I got back from my quick run (Seriously, being pressed for time for my runs has made me a speed demon. Who knew?) I pulled off my multiple layers of clothing and inwardly and perhaps outwardly sighed.

This is the process it takes to get me out of the door for a cold morning run:

1. Three sports bras (This is my own fault. I need to just invest in one really good one. I have one really good one that is two sizes two small and two years too old. The other two make up for the lack of support from the one.)

2. Columbia Base layer shirt and pants

This isn't the exact brand I use. I got mine from Cabela's two years ago just before Hubs and I went on our honeymoon. We had lots of hiking planned in Yosemite. Funny enough, it was almost too warm for base layers.

3. REI pants (These are old. Like six or seven years old. Man, I should probably invest in an updated pair, huh?)

4. Smartwool Socks.

5. Neon shirt from Target
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 6. Running Jacket from Target

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7. Buff I got for participating in the Detroit Women's Half Marathon
8. Hat from Super 5K that I DNSed but who cares it keeps my head warm.

I put all of that crap on before I even walk out the door. It takes me about ten minutes to get dressed. It maybe takes a little longer because I am also half asleep while I get dressed. Either way, it's a ton of crap and it needs to go away. I'm not going to know what to do with myself when I can finally run in, dare I say it, CAPRIS!!!!

I wash my kit (man, I love me some British sayings) every other day. I know, gross, I run in dirty clothes. But, Mama can't afford multiple pairs of long johns and pants. That's the other thing. Come warm weather I am set! I have drawers full of capris and shorts and short-sleeve tech shirts. I'll be able to go a whole week without repeating a running outfit! Until then I will run in my dirty clothes. Judge me, I don't care.

At least I'm running, right?

What's your heading out the door for a run routine?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Now That's Better/Weigh-In Wednesday

I went for a run this morning.

I'm in a better mood.

The End.

Not really the end. Of course you all want to know ALL about the ins and out of my life for the last twenty-four hours, right? It's riveting stuff, folks!

First, I finally lost weight on MFP. My word, it seems like it's taken forever.  In case you are new to this saga, you can catch up here. Yup, new scales are evil. After what seems like months but is really only weeks, I have finally caught up to my original weight and now MFP shows a lovely one pound weight loss. Yes! Fist bumps all around!

I'm joining Weigh-In Wednesday now that I can OFFICIALLY track my weight loss on MFP. It also helps me with accountability so yay for that!

You know, if I was still using my other scale I would be under 200 pounds right now. Sigh. I guess accurate is better.

I'm getting there! Steps in the right direction!

I grumbled my way through a run this morning. I know it seems like all I do is bitch about the weather but seriously, people, I should not be dodging ice patches or running on snow in March. I don't live in Norway or Alaska. It should be warm out, damnit!

Because Hubs had to leave early I had to book it for the last half of my run. So I did some speed work, which was good. Gotta change things up, right? I'll get my timing down better tomorrow. I was moving a little slower than normal just getting out the door because I stayed up too late. Tonight will be better!

And I didn't even bite his head off when he didn't leave at his expected 6:30 but instead at 6:35. I could have added a little more mileage to my run if I knew I had a five minute cushion. I may have stewed about that internally but I didn't say it aloud so brownie points for me!

Happy hump day!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

And the Thunder Rolled

Last night as I was all settled in bed, nearly asleep, Hubs climbed in next to me and whispered, "I'm leaving for work at 6:30 tomorrow morning."

Well, if that isn't going to wake a lady right up.

"What?" I nearly bellowed. "I won't be able to run."

"Just get up earlier."

"Really? Just get up earlier? (does this man not know me at all?!?) And you decided to wait until 10:30 at night to tell me this?"

Yeah, we had an argument about running. It was a fun time.

I guess not really an argument, but it sucked and I didn't run this morning.

On non-running days I don't wake up until 6:45. Hubs came in to kiss me good-bye before he left for work and I happened to glance at the clock and it was 6:42.

Let me repeat that. Hubs didn't leave for work until almost 6:45.

Which means I. Could. Have. Gone. For. My. Run.

Oh lordie, I was livid. LIVID I tell you. Flames were shooting out of the side of my face.

It was a bad start to the morning. Tons of things went wrong. I spilled a cup of juice. My tights, my new tights that I just purchased in size Giganto are tight and roll over at the waist. If that isn't one of the most uncomfortable feelings. Sigh.

I was running late for work so I didn't have time to make breakfast. I barely had time to throw together a Crockpot meal. And the boys were up when I left for work so I got to leave them crying on my mother.

All in all, it has been one swell morning.

I blame Hubs. If I had run this morning THINGS WOULD BE DIFFERENT.

Now, excuse me while I go growl at someone else.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Saturday in the Park

This was one of those weekends where I continuously patted myself on the back for thinking ahead.

I woke up Sunday morning, the normal day for my long runs, and saw that we didn't get the predicted two to four inches of snow.

Oh no, we got six inches of snow!

And I had no run scheduled because I planned ahead and ran on Saturday.

High five to myself.

My long run was pretty good. I say this because the first half of my route I ran in a busier section of subdivision. Too busy for me to run in the street. Which meant I did a lot of shuffle steps over icy patches because stupid jerkfaces never shoveled their sidewalks so the snow packed down and packed down until it was a flippin' six inch thick sheet of ice and that bugged the hell out of me. What do you mean "you can tell?".

Luckily, the second half was better. I had planned an out and back for the first half with a stop at my house if needed. I didn't want to stop at the halfway point. My legs felt good. I had water. And I didn't need to potty. So, I kept going.

The last five miles I ran through my regular sub with it's slow moving streets and ice-free pathways. What a treat!

Part of my run takes me along the backside of our zoo. I got to see some camels just chilling out in the snow. Of course, when I went to take a picture of them my phone died. Apparently, one cannot run the Pandora app and the Map My Run app for over two hours and expect their phone to remain fully charged. Looks like an iPod Shuffle is in my future.

Overall, like I said, it was a decent run. I'm just ready for this crap to be melted so I can enjoy runs without planning around icy spots.

Instead of running on Sunday I spent the day cleaning the house. Then Hubs and I went out for a late lunch/early dinner while his parents stayed with the Guys. We went to Outback because we had a gift certificate. I don't ever want to feel like I can't eat something because I am on a diet. That's not the kind of lifestyle I want to lead. I didn't exactly indulge, but I did have some things I don't normally eat, like part of a blooming onion and dessert.

We got home, bathed the Guys and put them to bed. Hubs watched hockey upstairs and I watched the Oscars in the basement and did a strength workout. We have a weight bench in the basement but it's in the laundry room, not in front of the t.v. Hubs is taking it apart tonight and putting it in the t.v. room so I can have access to even more weights while I watch t.v.. What a guy!

That's my weekend. There was running. There was plenty of time with my sons. There was plenty of time with Hubs. Pretty much perfection.