Monday, June 30, 2014

Whatever Makes You Happy. Whatever You Want

I went into my 5K on Saturday knowing it was going to be hot and that I shouldn't push myself too hard. Running in the heat can be tough and no fun if not handled properly.

I did my best to hydrate my ass off on Friday and Saturday morning. Because I was getting two little people dressed before my race I actually forgot to eat until I was getting ready to leave the house. I mowed down a half a banana and called it breakfast.

Thankfully the starting line was around the corner from my house so I didn't have to rush to get there. Packet pick-up was easy. I got my bib and my t-shirt. Because I had walked I ended up stashing my t-shirt behind some bushes hoping it would still be there when the race was over (it was).

The start was very informal. We all lined up behind a spray painted line and waited for the race director to shoot the starting gun.
Lined up at the starting line

And then we were off. Like I said on Friday, I was familiar with the course. I ended up taking the first mile WAY too fast, like sub-11 minutes fast. I had to reel it in for the second mile.  I was also burping up lovely banana flavored burps. Note to self: Eat WAY before the race next time!

I ended up chatting with an adorable eight year old from about 1.5 miles to 2.5 miles. I needed to slow down and he was trucking along alternating between feeling awesome about his race and feeling ready to stop.

 The water stop was just before Mile 2 so that was nice. I also had my handheld water bottle. I'm glad I brought it. It seemed like a bit of an overkill but having it meant I wasn't DESPERATE for water by the time the water station rolled around, I was just thankful for it.

The last stretch from just past Mile 2 to the turn at Mile 3 was tough. I was hot and a bit overtired. There was a woman in a yellow shirt with her name on the back that I kept in my sights for the entire race. As we got closer to the finish and the turn I thought I could overtake her. We turned the corner and I could see the clock. It was at 35 minutes and change and I knew I would have to book it to finish with a PR.

I booked it, people. I passed the woman in the yellow shirt. I could tell it inspired her to try to move faster to keep me from passing her but I had a lot of oomph left in me, at least I was forcing that oomph out so she didn't have a chance.

Finish: 36:04.

Hell yeah, PR!

I grabbed a bottle of water, stuck around to watch my little buddy finish and then walked home. Being able to walk home from a 5K is pretty awesome, let me tell you.

The Guys were playing with my mom in the backyard when I got home. We got them all sunblocked up then headed back to where the race was to the pool. They spent a delightful hour exhausting themselves in the water.
Sleepy swimmers.
All that swimming can wear a guy out.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Hot Town Summer in the City

Tomorrow I will run my June race of the month. It seems like it's been ages since I've run a race. And I guess it has been since I ran my May race at the start of May. Thankfully my leg has healed since then so I should be able to run without problems. I know one shouldn't hope for a PR when it's this warm out but you never know, right?

It's supposed to be 74 degrees and sunny and 76% humidity. I imagine it'll be a bit like running in the bathroom right after someone takes a hot shower. At least it's only 3.1 miles. I'm still dreading the 13.1 miles I got myself into in August. Who runs a half marathon in August? Idiots...idiots run 13.1 miles in the middle of summer.

I need to find a July race. I can't believe I am running my SEVENTH race of the year. I have never trained for this long, shoot never stuck with any sort of workout routine this long. At least not since high school and even then I would just train for swim season DURING swim season. There was no off season training for me; I was sixteen, svelte and was in it to hang out with my friends not win Olympic gold.

With tomorrow's projected temps and humidity on the warm side I have been all over my water intake today. Gotta keep hydrated!

I think I'll run with my handheld water bottle tomorrow, too. Better to have it with me than have to worry about where the water stop is. And there is a water stop, believe me I checked.

Enjoy your pre-holiday weekend! Is it already almost July?!?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Put Your Mind to It Go For It, You Got to Break a Sweat

I wish there was a way to track the mileage in a game of Mama's Gonna Get You because I'm sure I run MILES playing that game. The boys love it and I love making them belly laugh and run away from me.

After toddler play time, bath time and then bed time I was sure I wouldn't have the energy in me to go for a run. But, I had talked to my mom earlier in the day and told her I was going to run the route for my upcoming 5K (yay neighborhood races!) and just before I left work she sent me an email telling me to enjoy my run.

The good news about the route is I am very familiar with it. In fact, on most of my runs I run the route in the opposite direction which is harder. This will hopefully be a fun and easy race. Funny thing, there was plenty of construction on some of the roads the route is supposed to follow. I wonder if it will be done in time or if we'll just run around it?

Here I am post run. Gotta love a blurry and sweaty selfie!
And it was still light out. At 9:15!
And here are my stats:
I actually didn't follow the route all the way to the end. I started running before I got to the starting line then followed it until I turned to head home. I didn't need to end at the finish line.

After my run I grabbed some water then headed to the basement to pump some iron.

I finally remembered to take a picture of my badass weight lifting set-up.
Yep, that is a 2.5 pound weight...plate? What is that thing called? The bar weighs forty-five pounds so it's actually pretty just doesn't look that impressive.

And please ignore that stain on the wall. It isn't a stain, it's a patch, I think. Man, it looks like I work out in a dungeon. It's not that bad, I promise!

I pumped some iron and watched So You Think You Can Dance. There really is nothing like watching supremely fit athletes dance around in very little clothing to inspire one to keep doing those crunches.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Said My Get Up and Go Must've Got Up and Went

When my alarm went off this morning Hubs groaned and said, "Do you have to do this EVERY morning?"

I think what he was implying was the whole me setting my alarm early for running and then turning it off because I am too tired to run.

Funny thing was my alarm wasn't set for my usual 5:30AM attempt at running but instead for a 6:15AM attempt at doing SOMETHING physical so I could at least get moving this morning.

So I said, somewhat snarkily, "Why yes it does as I have to WORK!"

Neither of us are morning people.

I managed to get a 20 minute cardio session in. I watched some Chopped and climbed on and off the bottom step in my basement. Not the best workout ever but I was sweating and feeling the burn so it was better than not doing anything at all.

I am tired.

I don't know if it's the evening rehearsals or getting over being sick or what it is but man, I am having a helluva time just getting out bed most mornings. The idea of working out exhausts me. I don't want to workout!

Luckily, my eating hasn't gone to hell. We have had donuts at work every day this week and I have womanly resisted them every morning. We also have had catered lunch and while sometimes it's not the BEST thing out there I still make the healthiest choices I can.

It hasn't been a total loss. I am struggling, but at least I'm still fighting in the right direction.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Storms Will Come, This We Know For Sure

By the time the boys went down to bed on Friday there was a steady rain going. Luckily, there was no thunder or lightening so I went for it. As I was lacing up my shoes I realized I had run through SNOWSTORMS and a little rain wasn't going to make me melt.

It was a great run. I ran a little over three miles and felt strong for all three miles. Which was nice after three days of fighting to breathe through my nose.

Can't finish up an evening run without a rainy selfie, right?
Notice the water spots on my glasses. I ran out of dry shirt to dry them on

And yep, that is a neon green running top. I wasn't risking not being seen by the drivers in my neighborhood.

Hubs went to one to a party Saturday night. I had no desire to go and didn't want to get a sitter so I stayed home with the Guys. While he was gone I did a ton of crunches and sit-ups and push-ups and tricep dips while I watched three quarters of Wolverine, the newest one set in Japan. I started about thirty minutes into the movie and was still able to follow along. It was pretty good. Kept me distracted during my workout so that's good.

I have the HARDEST time watching my mindless eating when I am home alone. I'm sure it's because I have no one to answer to. Not that I have to answer to my husband when I eat, but with him around I am less likely to graze. He distracts me. Plus, he usually hogs the t.v. watches sports so I'm not sitting around in front of the t.v. I'm reading or playing solitaire on the iPad.

Sunday the boys and I went to the zoo in the morning to meet up with some friends. Then I flew back home, picked up Hubs and we all went to a grad party. The boys missed their nap, both of them just snoozed in the car on the way to the grad party, so they had a rough evening. We had plans to go to dinner for my mother-in-law's birthday but I doubt the boys would've handled that well. We ended up ordering sandwiches in and hanging out at home.

By the time the boys were asleep I was ready to crash myself. I ended up getting up at about 11 with A. who woke up crying his head off. We snuggled for about a half hour, until he fell sound asleep. He has the cutest little snore.

Of course, being up that late meant I was having none of it AT ALL when my alarm went off at 5:30AM. I talked myself out of my normal run but managed to get out of bed a little bit earlier. What's a person to do with a limited amount of time and a need to move? Go run for a mile!

I had just enough time to run a half mile away from my house and a half mile back. I pushed it but because I walked the first little bit (I always have to walk a bit when I run in the mornings) my overall pace was a bit slow. Ah well, I ran and that's all that matters.
I have my 5K for June coming up next Saturday. Hubs has to work so thankfully my mom is helping with the Guys. It's early enough that I would've had to wake them up and rush through breakfast in order to get to the race on time. The race is close enough that my mom could even walk the boys to the finish line so I could see them which would be fun. I don't know that I say this enough but I am beyond thankful for my family! Hubs and I couldn't raise these boys without them!

So that was my weekend. And my upcoming week. How was your weekend?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Oh, This Has Gotta Be the Good Life

This congestion is starting to really rub me the wrong way.

I don't normally suffer from sinus issues so a lot of the stuffed head and nose is all new to me. Hubs on the other hand, bless his snoring like an out of control freight train heart, has plenty of experience with sinus issues. Unfortunately,  Hubs has asthma so when it comes to what he can take he is pretty limited.

Really he can't take anything with the good stuff in it. That's right, he can't have an psuedophenadrinefiuaosfit265346$$%adjg or however you spell that stuff. The good news is he doesn't have to show three forms of ID proof of residencyy his passport DNA testing to buy decongestants. The bad news is the stuff without the GOOD stuff doesn't really work.

Thankfully my sister is out of town and I have been swinging by her place to water the cat and feed the plants. Having access to my sister's medicine cabinet makes my life that much easier. Sure, I could've stopped at the store but really I get sick with this kinda crap so rarely it's not worth it to buy it. Besides, my sister already has it and FREE is better than COSTS LOTS OF MONEY.

I am Mucinexed up and ready to face the world!

Does that mean I ran this morning?


Does that mean I might run tonight?

Sure, we'll see.

Does that mean I may spend the evening watching episodes of Doctor Who instead of running?

Quite possibly.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

God Bless Mother Nature, She's a Single Woman, Too.

 While we have most certainly not been hit with weather the way some of the Midwest has been (those people are in my thoughts!) we have had our fair share of thunderstorms in our part these past few days.

 The storms showed up Tuesday evening and yesterday morning. Which meant no running for me. And again this morning when my alarm went off it was still DARK out. Which was a surefire sign of rain to me. It actually wasn't raining but ah well. I didn't get to sleep in. One sick child woke up at 6AM and the other at 6:45AM (I was already up when that guy woke up). We have been hit with the dreaded Summer Cold in my house. Hubs, me AND the Guys are all battling it in various stages.

Apparently my cure for a summer cold is to eat my weight in chicken nuggets. Not a brilliant move on my end.

I have run once this week. And the storms have prevented me from walking on my lunch so my mileage this week is a lousy 3.5 miles. I am disappointed in myself.

Instead of focusing on that I would like to take a minute and give mad props to two of my blogging friends.

Meg and Liz have both been running in this blasted heat! We are all first time summer runners so I think the heat has taken us all by surprise (I know it has for me!). Both of them are kicking butt at getting out there and getting moving! When I read their posts I wish I was close enough to A. High five them and B. Run with them because we have similar paces and I think it would be a blast! So go Meg and Liz! You ladies are awesome and I am in awe of your running dedication! WOO HOO to you!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Oh Way Up There, There Was a Bear

Hubs was working last night so when I woke up at 3AM to a weird sound I knew it was him. I listened for a minute because the strange sound was starting to bother me. Finally, I hauled myself out of bed and opened the bedroom door.

There was Hubs, sweeping the living room 3AM. Now listen, I can appreciate him cleaning, believe you me. But, cleaning at 3AM? No thank you.

I may have growled at him.

I growled because my alarm was set for 5:20AM. So in a little over two hours I was getting up to run and his EFFING SWEEPING MAKE IT STOP FOR THE LOVE OF GOD was not helping things at all.

Of course when my alarm did go off I woke up with a sore throat so there went my plans for running this morning.

Sore throats suck.

One of the Guys has been super fussy. He ran a fever on and off for a day or two last week. It could have been any number of things. But, if it was a sore throat, believe me, kid, I feel your pain and I'm sorry we didn't give you pain reliever.

I'm hoping it's just sleeping with the a/c going and not something worse. Because I handle being sick about as pleasantly as a bear handles getting woken up mid-hibernation. Don't poke the bear, people.

I'm hydrating, medicating and doing the No Sick Dance today. Wish me luck.

Monday, June 16, 2014

I Put Your Picture Away

For some reason this weekend felt really long. It felt long in the best of ways, really it did. It's just in thinking back over it we really did a ton of stuff this weekend. But, not so much stuff that we were overwhelmed by it.

What I'm saying is, this weekend was fabulous.

Friday night after the boys were in bed I made myself go for a run. It's so hard not to when the temp is downright spectacular and Hubs just wants to watch hockey. I left him with the DVR and off I went.

The sun was setting and made the tops of the trees look like Fall.

I really pushed myself during those miles. I always like to say I am going for a three mile run and then add more miles if my body feels like it. I whipped butt at the first three miles, then took it easy for the fourth mile. Two sub-twelve minute mile miles makes me happy!
11:29 hell yeah!
Saturday we took the boys to the park. We had the place to ourselves which is always great. The Guys are still a little small for the park so when there are big kids around they seem to think they are able to do the same things as the big kids. This means Mom and Dad do lots of chasing around and hovering which isn't fun for anyone.
A thinks he's ready for the rock wall. Please note, he is holding his juice cup in his other hand, so not really that ready.
As Hubs took this I said, "Just let me know if my butt looks fat." And he said, "Butt looks great. Although you look a little awkward."
Mama had to show A how to work the rock climbing wall. I think I'm a little big for it.

Sunday was Father's Day so J. got to sleep in. I made him breakfast, the boys gave him a gift certificate for a couple of rounds of golf and then we had a BBQ. J enjoyed himself which means successful Father's Day.

My Sparkle Skirt showed on on Saturday. I was so excited to wear it so I tried it on right then. My best friend was over (her husband was working on my van's brakes with my husband) so I modeled it for her. As soon as I put it on I was all, "Eek. It's a little short." To which she responded, "Aren't shorts supposed to be short?" And she's right. I wanted the skirt because I want to be as cool as possible as I run through the summer.

I didn't get a chance to really try it out until this morning. My requirements are pretty simple, I just want the shorts to stay in place and I don't want my inner thighs rubbing. If the shorts stay in place then the inner thighs shouldn't rub, right?

I wore a bright yellow tech shirt with this skirt. No one was going to miss me!
The shorts stayed in place! I was very aware of them as I am whenever I run in anything new. I am a fidgeter by nature and had to force myself not to tug on them when they didn't need tugging.

I LOVE the large zip pocket. It's technically at the front of the skirt, but I wore it backwards and had the pocket at the small of my back. My phone fit in it perfectly.

I ran for 3.5 miles this morning and I love the skirt! I'll test it out on some longer runs, but so far so good.

I also realized I don't have many short-sleeved tech shirts. I need to fix that ASAP. My run this morning was warm. It was 71 out but every now and then I would hit a pocket of warmth that reminded me summer was coming.

How was your weekend?

Friday, June 13, 2014

Leader of the Pack and Now He's Gone

Heather Gannoe, a self described Front of the Pack runner "I’m not headed to the Olympics, but I’m certainly a regular in the front half, if not sometimes the top 10% of races." finished at the back of the pack at the Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon last weekend. I found a link to her blog from Katie at Runs For Cookies.

As a regular Back of the Packer I have run that race she describes. I have been there on many occasions and let me tell you something, it can really, really suck.

It sucks to be told to move to the sidewalk because the course is opening up even though you are well within the time restraints for the course.

It sucks to finish at a finish line that is empty of everyone except the race director.

It sucks to get to the finish line and not get water or food.

It sucks to get to an aid station on the course and find it abandoned.

My first marathon...I say this because I am moderately tempted to run another full before I turn forty in a few years. We'll see. Anyway, my first marathon experience sucked. It sucked bad, bad, bad. I gave up running for over a year, it sucked that bad.

I ran the Cocoa Classic in April. The front of the pack half marathoners had no problems at the finish. The back of the packers finished with the 5kers and it was a mad house and so poorly managed that when I crossed the finish line with my friend we literally stopped three feet over the line because people were EVERYWHERE.

And sometimes it can be awesome.

I ran the Detroit Women's Half Marathon last year and finished a full twenty-five minutes slower than my fastest race.  I was at the back of the pack, only finishing before a handful of runners. But during that race I never felt like I was unsupported. Every aid station remained manned until the last runner past. The police officers blocking side roads stayed there until the very end and clapped for us slow runners when we passed. There was music. And at the finish line there was an announcer cheering us on and shouting out names like we were the first people to cross the line.

I was the last person to finish a 5K. Because it was on a parade route the road was closed anyway so no one was stressing about where we ran and people cheered us on. And there were people at the finish line cheering and the music was still playing.

I was one of the last people to finish a four mile race that was pretty much just a group run for a local running group and the finish line was still up when I finished, volunteers were still at the intersections directing us and there was plenty of food and water at the finish.

 I volunteered at a 5K and was there until the last person passed me, at nearly an hour after the start. I directed people through a loop of a neighborhood so it was pretty important that I stay there since they needed to know which direction to run in. And the water table at the end of the cul de sac remained up and stocked until the race director came through. He actually walked the course behind the last person to make sure everyone made it.

If you're ever in a race or volunteering at a race try to keep this in mind. Try to remember that the back of the pack runners are working just as hard as the fast people. Those people paid the same amount of money for the race as the people finishing it in half their time. Maybe stick around and cheer some people on. And if you're volunteering, it's an awesome feeling hitting a water station manned by people who don't look like they're counting down the minutes until they can leave.

The van in the above photo was being loaded up as the finish line was broken down. And the barricade you see is all that was left of a barricade that lined the road for about a half mile. Because all of the spectators were gone except for my family and some medics.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

You Better Lose Yourself in the Music, the Moment, You Own It

Down 1.6 pounds this week, can I get a HECK YEAH.

Shoot, it's a loss so I'm gonna go all, can I get a HELL YEAH!

So, I just bought a SparkleTech Skirt. I have read good things about them and I am in desperate need of something cooler. Even my running capris are a bit warm. Plus, they have pockets. I love pockets. Pockets are cool. (Like bowties).

I'm trying not to feel guilty about the cost of the skirt. It's an investment. I will use it.

Anyone else feel that way when they buy something exclusively for themselves? I can justify work clothes. I try to buy "casual" clothes that can also be worn at work.

I'm going to let go of the guilt. It's not like I'm buying Sparkle Skirts instead of groceries, right? And it's not like Hubs and I go out to eat all the time or go to lots of movies or shoot, go to ANYTHING anymore ha.

Ok, I feel better. Aren't you glad you read the previous paragraphs?

I'll write a review on the skirt after I wear it a few times. If I like it, I'll have to get some tech tops that I can actually wear with it. Going out for a morning run in a gold skirt and whatever top I find isn't a problem. Showing up for a race in that outfit might look silly. And while I fully support looking silly, I don't want to look THAT silly.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

She Did the Mash...the Monster Mash

Here is a mish-mash of stuff going on with me:

*Had another dentist appointment this morning. I like how my dentist tries to be all sneaky with the Novocaine, like "hey, pay no attention to me back here just go about your business". First, Dr. Dentist, I can see you and your gigantic needle in the reflection in the window right in front of me so you're not fooling anyone. And second, hello, you have to put your hands in my mouth. It's pretty difficult to sneak attack someone with a needle IN THEIR MOUTH and think they won't notice you.

Know what else I hate? When the Novocaine wears off and you can feel exactly where you were stabbed poked. This filling was in my front upper tooth so it kinda feels like someone popped me in the mouth.

I could go on endlessly, let me tell you. Thank you, genetics, for my crappy teeth.

*I have been a terrible runner lately. Having an excellent run Sunday evening and then not running since is a big downer. Run, Meg, just run. I have plans to run tonight and tomorrow morning so we'll see how that goes.

*The show I am in this summer has a large cast made up of about 75% of kids under the age of thirteen. During rehearsal last night the kiddos had a hard time keeping their mouths shut so the Music Director gave us all a stern talking to. I was recording the music at the time so I would have something to practice with on my own time and caught the stern talking to in all it's glory. This guy is almost ten years younger than me and even I felt uncomfortably shamed. Note to self, don't piss off the music director.

*Discussion: Who is your favorite Doctor (from the t.v. show Doctor Who) and why? Personally, I'm a huge fan of Tennant, the Tenth Doctor. Although I'll always have a soft spot for the Ninth Doctor because he was my first. I just see him showing up with Rose and saying, "Run!".

*I'm watching Star Trek: Into Darkness again and I don't know how, but sometimes I forget how damn sexy Benedict Cumberbatch is. Also, Chris Pine is pretty fine, too. There's just something so rough and tumble about, there is some eye candy in that movie, for sure.

Although I have high hopes JJ Abrams has learned his lesson and will hopefully not post any stupid scenes of scantily clad women just because he can. That scene with I have no idea what he name is now, but she's changing and Kirk turns around and sees her in her undergarments just pissed me off. Why, JJ? Why the objectification of women?

Wow, that quickly turned into a rant instead of a comment about a movie. Sorry about that.

*And last, I forgot to post this picture with my post about Sunday's run.
The red arrow is pointing to a deer
 I do not live anywhere near the country or open fields or even a wooded area. In fact about a quarter of a mile in front of me is this picture is a flippin' interstate highway. Yet somehow there was a deer in that person's yard. I didn't want to get much closer because I didn't want to scare it in front of a passing car or towards the highway. Crazy, right?

Monday, June 9, 2014

In the Jungle the Mighty Jungle the Lion Sleeps Tonight

You guys know I love my morning runs, right? I really enjoy them for a whole list of reasons I have gone over multiple times.

Well, after last night's run I could see myself changing my schedule around.

I had planned on getting up early Sunday morning to go for my first scheduled long run (four miles). When I didn't get to bed until after midnight on Saturday I knew that wasn't going to happen.

We had a whole bunch of stuff going on this weekend. On Sunday we capped it off by taking the Guys to a graduation party at a park. They did plenty of running around so by the time we got home after seven they were beat. They snacked on some goldfish crackers, had some milk and we all watched The Little Mermaid until just after eight.

After the boys were in bed I realized 1. it was still light out and 2. I had my "chores" done for the weekend. Laundry was in the washer, kitchen was clean, bathroom was alright. On top of all of that was was downright LOVELY out. Seriously, it was in the low 70's, the sun was starting to set and there was a cool breeze. It was RUNNING WEATHER!

So I went for a run.

I don't know if it's because my muscles were warmed up from chasing after toddlers all day or because I was just more awake but my run felt good. And when I saw the time of my first mile, sub-14 min/mile with a five minute walking warm up, I knew I was in for a good run. I pushed myself for negative splits, and that totally happened.

I am normally a quantity person, that's the training plan I use. It's not about how fast you go during training runs but how many miles you get under your belt.

But sometimes it feels good to just kick it into overdrive and run faster than normal.

My weekday schedule simply does not allow for that many evening runs. And with the temps rising I kinda doubt I'll get that perfect evening weather again any time soon. I'm just glad I got to enjoy it while I could.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Well, I Hear the Music. Close My Eyes Feel the Rhythm

I am by no means a professional dancer.

I could even go as far as saying I am not even an amateur dancer.

I am a person who could maybe learn dance steps and with lots and lots of practice somehow manage to not fall down.

In high school I was in show choir so I used to learn dances that went along with our songs. That was always a lot of fun because the dances were never super complicated. Really, we had to be able to sing and dance so we weren't busting out Travis Wall contemporary routines while singing "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat". Speaking of Travis Wall, yay for So You Think You Can Dance coming back. I don't care about the audition process, as much. Can't wait for the Top Twenty!

Wow, OK, tangent.

During last night's rehearsal we learned our first dance. I am singing for a good chunk of this song so there's a possibility I won't be doing the dance the same way everyone else was taught. But, the choreographer isn't sure what she's doing yet so she had me learn it anyway.

And this is when I wish I had a heart rate monitor because man, I was working hard. Dancing and engaging ones diaphragm so one can sing is a whole different feeling than just going for a run. It's definitely cross training! I think I'll practice singing while I run, who cares what anyone else thinks, just to work on my ability to sing and move. I'll just be the crazy Singing Runner!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Change Will Do You Good

I had a rough week adjusting to my new schedule. Rehearsal on Tuesday night was a blast but I didn't get home until after ten. I was starving on my way home so I had fast food for dinner. And then I was pretty much wiped Wednesday morning so I didn't get up to run.

It's ok. I'm not going to beat myself up over this. All is not lost.

I just need to adjust my schedule which I think will be pretty easy.

First, I'm going to run Tuesday and Thursday mornings and then Wednesday evenings instead of morning. Any other running I get in, aside from a long run on Sunday, will just be bonus time. This lets me sleep in on Wednesdays after my late rehearsals.

Second, I am packing dinner for my rehearsals. We get a break around 7:45PM but I wasn't hungry last time, I think it was just nerves. I will pack healthy snacks for our break and something substantial enough that should I be hungry on my way home I will eat that instead of fast food.

Third, even with the lack of running and the crappy eating I still only gained 1.2 pounds this week. Not the worst. I did not destroy all my hard work by having a bad week where I need to adjust to a new schedule. Whew.

And I had a Non-Scale Victory this week. Let me start with a little background. I don't watch much reality t.v. but back in my pre-kiddos days I used to watch What Not to Wear on Friday nights while Hubs was playing hockey. They always had a marathon on TLC, fun. One thing I absolutely learned from that show was that dressing in baggy clothes may make you think you look less fat but is completely wrong. Baggy clothes just add bulk to your body and do nothing for you. I have a hard time accepting this. I cannot stand clingy clothes. I keep thinking that my lumps and bumps are on display for everyone to see.

A few weeks ago I ordered two t-shirts from etsy. I ordered the first one in a 2XL. It's a comfortable t-shirt and I know I can wear it without any problems or feeling uncomfortable. I ordered a different t-shirt in an XL. I went back and forth about it, believe me, but finally figured why not. Turns out I was right. I wore that t-shirt on Tuesday for rehearsal and I felt fine in it. I didn't feel like it was too tight around my midsection or anything. In fact, while I love the 2XL t-shirt, I know I look better in the XL one. Looks like Stacey and Clinton were right. Bigger is not always better.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

They Call Me On and On Across the Universe

Well, guess who slept through her alarm on National Running Day?

Yep, this lady right here!

The Universe is laughing at me. I was talking about being a mom and finding yourself outside of motherhood yesterday. And last night I end up awake at midnight with a feverish toddler. 

I was supposed to go to a baseball game for Runners Night tonight but that fever is part of an ear infection. It's bad enough I have to be at work while my kid is sick at home.I don't care about the game enough to be away from my sick guy more than I have to.

I get it, Universe. I get it. 

I'm trying to look at this as a blessing in disguise. If A didn't have an ear infection I would be at the game and if I went to the game then I definitely wouldn't run tonight. So there is that.

I will run once the boys are asleep. Unless I fall asleep first.

And because that's it, that's all I've got today, here are some pictures from Tuesday's run.

I like the reflection of the house in this one.

Yep, almost overflowing the curb.
We had a lot of rain come through Monday night. There were lakes puddles like these at quite a few intersections. Made for some interesting running.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Whispered Conversations in Overcrowded Hallways

Last summer, just as the Guys were almost six months old, I auditioned for a local community theatre production of Shrek: The Musical. I chose this particular theatre group because their summer productions are open cast, as in everyone gets a part no matter what. All in all there were about 200 people in the show, 75 adults and 125 kids.

I was originally just in the ensemble but someone dropped out of the show so I ended up with a very small singing role, Mama Ogre. I was super excited about that and had a lot of fun with it.

I know that doing this show was a huge step for me. Up until that moment I was really in my Mom Shell and not involved with the world much. The show helped me get out and talk to other adults and carve out some time for myself. Shortly after it finished I ended up running again. I know it sounds cheesy, but I doing the show helped me realize I needed to find some time for me, that my entire identity was not wrapped up in being a mom.

A few weeks ago I auditioned for the same community theatre group. I made it to callbacks. I don't have THE BEST singing voice, I will be honest. I can sing, don't get me wrong, but I'm no Broadway belter.

The cast list was posted on Friday and I ended up getting a very large part. I was so shocked that I almost started crying at my desk.

I love being a mom. I love my sons more than I really thought was possible. But, I know I am a BETTER mom when I take time out of my life with them to do stuff for me. I'm not a big drinker or partier so I don't go out for cocktails. I'm not on a bowling league or anything like that. I plan my runs for the super early morning or when they are napping on weekends so I don't miss out on time with them. Taking the two nights a week for rehearsals (up until Tech Week) isn't going to scar them for life.

This is a bit rambly, I know, but bear with me.

When my boys were just over twelve weeks old, I went to my first and only meeting of a twin moms group. There were women there of ALL ages but I was clearly the one with the youngest set of kids. A few women commented on how surprised they were to see me out of the house. I distinctly remember one woman saying, "I didn't leave the house until they were over a year old."

This bothered me a lot at the time. I didn't feel it was said in a kind way, I felt very judged, like I was doing something bad leaving them at that young. I am a full time working mom so I was already leaving them to go to work and feeling guilty about that.

I'm getting to the point, I promise.

What I am trying to say to you reading this, to any new mom who maybe is feeling super overwhelmed or a mom of a toddler or any mom who is possibly feeling guilty for wanting to get away from her kids, and to me who feels guilt, too...what I'm saying is it's OK. It's OK to be a PERSON and not just MOM. You are allowed to take time for yourself. You are allowed to discover a new hobby or go back to an old one. Your life does not have to revolve around your children. Your family will be better and stronger because of it.

And yes, you will probably feel guilty still (or not, whatever happens it's OK) and that's OK, too. You were a woman before you became a mother. A unique and individual snow flake. And the kind of woman you were then helped shape the mother you are now. Helping that woman grow isn't a bad thing. I promise.

And let the people judge. They don't know your life. As long as you and your family are happy, screw the haters. Although, maybe not literally. Unless that's the way you roll. Then to each their own.

Monday, June 2, 2014

She Listens Like Spring and She Talks Like June/Monthly Goals/A Challenge For YOU

And May is finished.

With Memorial Day kind of early this year I actually felt like May was over last week. Anyone else?

Let's see what goals I set at the start of May and how I did.

May Goals
1. Run sixty miles. I am going to attempt the May Streaking Challenge ("We're going streaking! You, you can come, too. Wear your hat!") put on by the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans. If you don't click the link, it's basically a challenge to run or walk at least a mile everyday for the whole month.  
 I ran/walked 88.04 miles this month! That's my highest mileage month yet! And sure, a lot of those miles were walking, but they are miles and I am counting them!

2. Do thirty minutes of activity every day for the entire month of May. Jess over at Operation Skinny Jeans is hosting a challenge for anyone who wants to do thirty minutes of activity a day. You have to be her friend on Map My Fitness. The rules are on her site, basically if you are active everyday for the month of May you're entered to win a prize. It's very casual and fun. Did you know the state of Colorado has a challenge to get people moving? How cool is that!

Well would you look at that?

I kicked May's butt!
3. Lose five pounds.
Close but no cigar. I lost three pounds this month. Not too shabby. I didn't win this month's weight loss challenge. My other girl friend is kicking butt which is awesome for her. She says she really needed this challenge to get her butt in gear.

4. Strength train three times a week.
I have read the studies. I KNOW that I need to strength train more, that strength training is important for weight loss. Yet, I still struggle to actually DO the strength training. I think I did better this month than previous months. Having the gym in the basement helps. Now I just need to really focus on it. You can do it, Meg!

5. Go down a dress size. I don't know if I shared this or not, but I bought a dress a few weeks ago and it was officially in Misses sizes, not plus-size. Of course, it was still a 16, but I'll take it!
 I haven't been shopping all month so I don't know if I am down a size or not. I do know I have tried on some of my old summer clothes, pre-pregnancy stuff, and not many of the size 16 and lower pants fit me. I have a lot of fat and extra skin around my middle still, thank you twin pregnancy. I don't see a difference there but I never see a difference there, not even before babies.

Funny, if no one read this blog I would still continue doing this just because of these monthly goal setting posts and my monthly recaps. Sometimes I get down on myself because I'm not losing the weight fast enough or because I didn't get up and run in the mornings as much as I think I should. Looking at my goals and seeing what I accomplished and what I need to work on really makes me feel good about myself.

So here are my June Goals:
1. Walk/Run 75 miles.
2. Strength train twice a week. TWICE A WEEK, MEG! If you can't find time to lift some weights and do some crunches TWICE A WEEK...well, you can, so just do it.
3. Lose five pounds.

And now...a Challenge For You!

I really enjoyed Streaking Through May. I had a lot of fun at it and on days when I didn't want to do anything, when I just KNEW I was too tired to do anything more than eat carbs and watch Food Network, the challenge got my butt off the couch and moving. And I always felt better after my walk or run.

So, I would like to extend that challenge out to YOU! Anyone who wants is free to join in. At the end of the month post a picture like I did of your month's worth of activity and I will choose one lucky person to win some stuff. Not sure what, but I know Target gift card will be involved (I love Target) and maybe some other fun stuff, like socks! Honestly, nothing too crazy this challenge is more for FUN and inspiration. I'll post weekly Streaking updates and you can post them too. I don't know how to do a link-up so I'll work on that.

Now let's all get out there and go streaking!