Wednesday, August 27, 2014

So I Put My Hands Up They're Playing My Song

Honestly, is there any kind of crap mood that can't be cured by watching Pitch Perfect? I don't think so. It's on HBO right now so if I'm scrolling through the channels and have nothing to watch and maybe if I'm in an exceptionally bad mood I'll watch it. And it will make me feel better.

Or at least not as crappy.

You know what's fun? Taking your son to the doctor because of a rash on his face and being told by said doctor that while they know what it IS NOT they don't actually know what it is.

That's fun.

And by fun I mean really crappy.

I have my hands full of one ROUS (Rash Of Unknown Source) (or Rodents Of Unusual Size) child (thanks to my friend Rachel for that Princess Bride nod) and one super crabby kid because he senses a disturbance in the force and therefore must balance it out by being in a crabtastic mood.

It is quite lovely.

It didn't help that we were stuck indoors yesterday evening because of more rain. Thankfully our basement did not flood. Unfortunately, a bunch of local freeways flooded. Detroit, you are embarrassing yourself!

What this all boils down to is I haven't run since Saturday. And that makes for a cranky Mama. It's just a barrel o' fun in these parts.

And that's my whining for the day. Thanks for listening. We're here 'til Thursday. Try the veal and don't forget to tip your waitstaff.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Who Run the World? Girls!

This weekend I participated in my first virtual race for Moms Run This Town. If you're a part of this group, there are chapters all over the country, this was part of the Summer Safari virtual race.

We met up at a trail about twenty minutes away from my house. The weather was great, cloudy, a little muggy but in the 60's. Unfortunately, only two other members were there. I think our leader was expecting at least a dozen. Boo to that.

I got my swag bag and some MRTT socks which was fun. My swag bag was a MRTT lunchbox cooler, my medal, and a pair of flip flops. Yay!

We ran a 5K in just over forty minutes which was great. The pace was nice, the conversation was great and the trail was awesome.

I can honestly say my second group run with people I don't know went off really, really well. Our group has grown enough that they meet up every Saturday at 9:00AM to run together so I might do that when I have the time.

That was all the running I got in this weekend. Had a work picnic on Saturday afternoon. The Guys loved it and ran their hearts out. They did not nap in the car like we had hoped. We had a date night planned for Saturday evening so my sis and bro-in-law came over to watch them around six. Hubs and I went to dinner, got back to the house and put the boys to bed (my sis is pregnant so we brought her ice cream) then went the store to buy a bike. Yep, that's how we roll.

Got a nice bike, I just want one I can use to tow the Guys around in a trailer and use to ride to my sister's or the library. I'm excited about it.

Then we played euchre with my sis and bro-in-law and watched the Detroit Tigers squeak out a win. Whew.

Sunday was more running around for a birthday lunch for Sis and a BBQ with friends. The Guys were wiped from the long weekend and conked out at 8:30PM without a fuss.

I was ready to go to bed then, too!

How was your weekend?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Guess Who's Back? Back Again?

I have used excuse after excuse to keep me from running in the mornings. Shoot, I used the same excuses to keep me from running at night.

No more, I say. NO MORE!

When my alarm went off at 6:00AM my first instinct was to turn it off. I keep my normal alarm on all the time as a back-up so lately I have been waking up to my running alarm and just shutting it off. I realized that I was only getting an extra half hour of sleep, forty-five minutes max, so I forced myself to get up.

Honestly, I had forgotten how absolutely awesome it feels to run in the morning. That is, how absolutely awesome it feels once the run is done.

I sorta kid.

Between plays and floods and raising toddlers and making new friends LIFE really got in the way of my working out. I used staying up late with my friends as an excuse not to run in the mornings. Not anymore.

Here I am, running again. And it feels good.

Except I desperately need a new pair of shoes. Yay shoe shopping!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Red, Red Wine: Running Through the Vines Race Recap

Let me start off by saying while I was not as trained as I should have been for this race I don't think I would have done well in this even if I had been REALLY well trained.

There were a couple of tiny decisions I made or did that affected the race and looking back I really, really regret them.

Just to give you an idea of the state of my mind and body on race morning...
1. Hubs and I spent Friday evening cleaning and disinfecting the basement. I made about three million trips up and down the stairs. My legs hurt when I went to bed.
2. I went to bed at 11:30PM. My alarm was set for 4:30AM. I got up at 1:45AM with a teething toddler and stayed up until after 2:00AM.
3. I wore underwear. This is an over share, but this one came back to bite me in the rear.

Registration/Packet Pick-up/Pre-race
This race was a little over an hour away from where I live. Packet pick-up began at 6:15AM. I met my friend and running buddy at a Tim Horton's at 5:00AM, got a coffee and a bagel, and we hit the road. We arrived at the race location around 6:20AM. Parking was super close and very well directed. We hung out in the car for a bit, then grabbed out packets and headed back to the car. It wasn't cold, just that morning coolness. In fact, the weather was one of the best parts of the race!

I wore a Sparkle Skirt and a short-sleeve tech shirt. Now normally I don't wear underwear when I wear my Sparkle Skirt. For some reason I did on race day and because of that the way my shorts fit was slightly different than normal. So I chafed. I chafed BAD. Luckily I didn't really notice it until after the race.

There were about twenty porta-johns at the starting line. We both took advantage of the porta-johns then hung out in the car for a bit. We were meeting up with one more person, a runner friend of my friend's. This particular friend, N., wasn't severely under trained, had never run further than four or five miles. She was originally signed up for a 5K but my friend S. had a friend who was sick and couldn't use her bib so N. decided "what the heck" and decided to run the half with us.

I do not recommend this to anyone, ever. I didn't find out about this until that morning because had I known I would have been all HELL NO. It was a bad idea but I was dealing with grown adults and as grown adults they were allowed to make their own stupid decisions.

The race was sold out, they must have allowed 600 participants, so it was a smaller crowd. We just sorta lined up behind the starting area, there were no corrals or recommended times posted anywhere. We stuck to the back and waited to start.

And then we were off!

The Race

Now, I live in a relatively flat area of the state. My training runs involve a teeny, tiny bit of elevation gain, but nothing you would call hills.

This race was hilly. My god, the hills. I wasn't prepared for them in any way shape or form. Unless you count running stairs. But, even with the hills we would have been in much better shape if it weren't for N.

I am not knocking her here, folks. You all know I am not the speediest person by any means. I run my race and try not to compare myself to the people lapping me. But N. was struggling after the first mile, struggling hard. And I knew she was going to have problems. There was a three hour and thirty minute time limit for the course. So we had to keep a pace of at least 15:30 min/mile, just to give us a bit of a grace period. We were running a 2:1 run/walk interval.

Here's my splits:
Mile 1 was good. We did a 14:00 minute mile and S. and I felt great. N. did not. There was a bit of a hill in that mile, nothing too crazy, but enough that it worked us and that knocked her out. I honestly believe that hill kinda screwed her for the rest of her race.

Mile 2 was 15:50, slower than we needed to be. And 15:24 for Mile 3. Between Mile 3 and Mile 4 was ONE porta-john. ONE SINGLE PORTA-JOHN. We waited in line forever to go to the bathroom and I forgot to pause my Garmin. And then after finally getting to go we started running and not a half mile later N. fell and rolled her ankle poor thing. It sucked. It sucked for her. Mile 4 was 22:57 and included the pit stop and rolled ankle. N. thought she was good enough to run so we started out again much slower. Mile 5 was 16:54. At this point, we were passed by two women from the race committee who warned us we had to be off the course by 11:00AM. They weren't very nice about it which I found off putting.

I started to do the math.

We were on track to get swept. N. was hurting, not running much. We had switched to a 1:1 run/walk interval but even then she had a hard time running on the run parts. In my head with my tired brain I figured we need to run at least 14 min/mile in order to finish before we got swept. And we weren't even close to that. S. let N. know. Because she was hurting and because she knew she couldn't go that fast N. threw in the towel. I give her credit for going another mile with her bad ankle. She shouldn't have, don't get me wrong, she should have just stopped then but I think she was embarrassed and didn't want to quit.

S. and I headed out on our own and directed some volunteers back to N. who was still walking.

The course was on a dirt road mostly, some parts open to cars, some not. Because it was a dirt road and somewhat isolated by this point there was NO ONE on the road except for us. No one. It was a bit of an out and back so we saw the same volunteers at Mile 8. But for the most part we were alone. At least we had each other. It was disheartening and a bit sucky but we made the best of it. S. and I upped the run/walk intervals back to 2:1 and set out on a really good pace.

Mile 6, Mile 7, and Mile 8 were all right around 13:30 miles. The pace felt good and we weren't suffering. Then the hills got worse. Mile 9 and Mile 10 were right around 14 min/mile. Again, not bad.
Pictures don't do the hills justice
When we had stopped for the porta-john and N.'s ankle at Mile 4 everyone passed us, EVERYONE. And because of our pace for a bit we never caught up with them. We didn't see another person after the aid station at Mile 10. No one else. At one point two paramedics went by us on a Gator, then came back. I think they were checking on the four of us everyone left on the course.

The last three miles were rough. We stopped following any intervals and just walked up hills and ran down them when we had the chance. Mostly we walked. The last 3/4's of a mile were all uphill. I was doing a lot of whining, I know and I am thankful S. didn't smack me across the face.
Almost there. Just ONE MORE EFFIN' HILL!
But, we finished. And we finished BEFORE the cut-off.

Official finish time: 3:23:52
Overall place: 592/594

The Finish

There was a photographer at the finish, there were volunteers with water and pretzels and there were still medals left so it was a pretty good finish. S. and I finished together. There were some people around, but the finish was weird, right before the vineyard. Her husband was there with her kids and the closest he could get to the finish was on the other side of the vineyard which kinda sucked. Not a very spectator friendly race. In fact, there were NO SPECTATORS allowed on the course at all.

The swag was nice. Ended up with a wine glass, a tech shirt (in white meh) and a medal that looks like a bottle stopper. It's nice.

Afterwards, we had three tickets on our bibs that could be used to get three separate wine tastings. I wasn't feeling any wine at all so I gave my tickets to my friend's husband. There was supposedly food set up somewhere, but again, I just ate the pretzels I was given at the finish line.

Overall Grade: B

I didn't love this race. There was an elevation and course chart on the website, but I don't know anything about elevation so I didn't think constant hills. I don't like hills. I did a ten mile race years ago, The Crim, and I have no desire to ever do it again. Hills are not fun.

There was no crowd support which can be boring. If I didn't have S. with me I would've probably panicked a few times because like I said, we were ALL BY OURSELVES for miles at a time.

And to have ONE porta-john on the course was ridiculous. There were 594 racers out there. I can't imagine what the line was like when the bigger crowds rolled through!

Unlike previous races, I have no desire to redeem myself. I'm glad I did this. I'll do the 5K in the fall and get my Thirsty Three race series medal hanger. And then I won't ever think about running this one again. Whew.

Next up, Detroit Women's Half Marathon in September. I ran this last year so I KNOW the course is flat. Thank goodness!

Friday, August 15, 2014

But Tonight I'm Cleaning Out My Closet

Or my basement. One of those things.

Hubs and I have both been working this week so we're doing what we can with the basement when we can do it. Which usually means we're down there tackling the stuff after the Guys go to bed. You know what's fun? Keeping toddlers away from the open basement door because we're trying to get some airflow down there to dry things out. Wait, no, that's not fun.

Here are some pictures of my neighborhood just to give you an idea about how many people were affected by this 100 year rainstorm that blew through.

And now enough about flood waters.

Tomorrow is the Running Between the Vines Half Marathon. Because I was afraid I would get discouraged if I waited until after this race I already signed up for a half marathon in September. Crazy? Maybe.

I have been checking the weather like a crazy person. It should be pretty good. This week has been the BEST weather for running. Tomorrow it's supposed to get a little warmer and a little more humid because why not when I have a half marathon planned? Luckily, it will not be as bad as I anticipated when I first signed up for this. My only goals is to finish. I'll be running with two other women with the same goal at a 2:1 run/walk interval so wish us luck!

And then I leave right from the half to drive to my sister's in-law's cottage for a Girl's Overnight Trip. I doubt I will be drinking much, I never feel like boozing after long runs. But, goodness knows I will be snacking!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Let the Rain Fall Down, I'm Coming Clean

Yesterday afternoon I left work at my usual time, right around 4:30PM. It normally takes me about a half hour to get home. It had been raining steadily all day around here so there were some tie-ups and a little bit of water on the road.

Just as I got near home the skies really let loose. And for about an hour and half it was a monsoon.

Luckily, J. and my mom, who watched the Guys, made it home safely.

Because then it got really crazy.

Every freeway in the Metro Detroit area closed at some point. The freeway I had been on not thirty minutes earlier flooded so badly people were sitting on top of their cars waiting to be rescued. Most of the roads are still closed today. There is so much water on one section of the freeway it looks like a river and not a freeway.They are actually bringing in a dive team to check that section of freeway.

Here's a picture of an intersection last night in Warren, where they were hit the worst:

Thankfully I did not take this picture!

As the rain increased and we noticed the street in front of our house get flooded J checked our basement. Unfortunately, it was flooded, too. Fifteen minutes before he looked I had gone down there and checked everything and there wasn't a drop of water in the basement. That's how fast it came in!

We ended up with about eight inches of water down there, maybe twelve at the deepest parts, that eventually receded. It left behind damaged carpet, drywall...I don't even know about the appliances or furnace and hot water heater. J and I both had to work today so my mom is home with the Guys. My brother is over there and will check things out later on this morning.

I know everything down there is just STUFF. Our house is fine, our vehicles are fine, but man does it suck. And I know this will come as no surprise to you when I tell you our homeowners insurance does not cover sewer back-ups. That's a separate rider. If a meteor hits our house, though, we are golden.

I am thankful my family is safe. I am thankful I am not sitting on my roof right now waiting to be rescued. Believe me, if I don't come across that way, I am feeling that way deep in my core. But I am also sad and stressed. But, mostly thankful.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Outside the Dawn is Breaking on the Stage That Holds Our Final Destiny

And that's a wrap, folks.

There were some issues. There was some tension and stress. But, overall I had an excellent time during the show and would do it again in a heartbeat. Now, if you had asked me that last Thursday when I was near tears I would tell you not so much. But today, after the dust has settled, I realize how much I love it.

One of my really good friends came to show with her son. He's two so they left midway through the second act and I didn't get to see her. She sent me a message last night that said. "From the moment you opened your mouth and sang your first line you looked so completely at home on stage. Clearly you were meant to be there." Such wonderful words. Love that lady.

So here are some pictures from the last two weekends:

First up, we have a dry run of our death scene. Which would be why we aren't in costume. Tech week was ridiculous and we were all feeling the nerves. We did this run through two hours before the show and I think it really, really helped us. Thank god.

I struck a pose while waiting for the show to open. I was super, super nervous. Which is why you can see in the mirror that everyone else is warming up and I am apparently goofing off. Oops.
 This is DV. He played my husband in the show. We struck a rock star pose because he wore a wig that made him look like a member of KISS.

 And this is DM. He was in charge of music and vocals and seriously, there were a couple of times before the shows where I thought I might throw up. He always talked me off the ledge and made me feel like I actually knew how to sing.
 Alright, so that's it for theatre stuff for a while. Next up, a half marathon next weekend. Nothing like jumping right into things, right?

Friday, August 8, 2014

We're Not Broken Just Bent

I am not a dancer. I never have been. I enjoy moving to music but I am not about to be on stage rocking my dance skills.

Luckily my role in this show does not involve dancing so I am golden.

I do, however, do a lot of scrambling across the stage. And in a particularly emotional knee I leap and land on my knees. It's not that big of a leap, it's not really graceful but I do it.

And after last night's dress rehearsal I noticed something.
Oh hey, giant bruise on my knee! That's after one night. I have two more shows to go. Let's see how big that bad boy gets on Sunday!

I'll be pretending to be a gorilla for one more weekend. And then life should settle comfortably back to normal. Then I can work on my time goal for the half marathon in September.

Plans, people. I got plans!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

David Duchovny Why Won't You Love Me?

I had my Non-Scale Victory yesterday so I linked that post up to KT J's link up. Go check them out. Gotta love a NSV, amiright?

Today is David Duchovny's birthday. According to imdb he is 54 years old. I had a gigantic crush on him when I was in high school. Yep, always had a thing for older men. Hubs is two years older than me so we're ok.

I was on fire yesterday. I took the Guys to the park by myself. And holy crap, they figured out how to climb the BIG structure. It's still on the small side, but it's higher than the other one and the only way to get up it is to use a ladder. They know how to use a ladder! I am in trouble. I really love that they are independent and fearless. Watching them get up that ladder, their chubby fingers grabbing on for dear life, freaked me out but I held it in. And when they successfully made it down the slide on their own I applauded for them. Yay independence!

At least it's better than them climbing the entertainment center which has been their new game since we've been stuck in the house because of rain.

I got sidetracked, sorry.

After the park I took the long way home and managed to get a little over a mile walk in. That plus the mile I walked on lunch is two more miles than I have walked any other day this week.

I also managed to lift some weights while watching So You Think You Can Dance. I gotta tell you, no one is really standing out to me. I know the judges love Ricky and I can't fault them he is a great dancer, but he doesn't really connect with me. I think I like Jacque the best, but that could be because I have always wanted to be a ballerina.

 And here I go, off on another tangent.

Summary: I got some movement in yesterday, burned some calories, cleaned my car, lifted weights, did some walking. The end.

And it's back to the jungle I go for the next four days. We have a brush up rehearsal tonight and then shows all weekend. Somehow I got invited to the cool kids party after the show tomorrow night. I feel like they really don't realize that I am old and have toddlers at home who will wake me up early on Saturday morning. I'll make an appearance at least since it was nice to be invited.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Gonna Dress You Up in My Love

I tend to avoid online shopping for a whole variety of reasons, but mostly because the people they show wearing the clothes online never ever look like me.

On Thursday, perhaps because I had a coupon or perhaps because I was feeling fat and frumpy and depressed about the upcoming show (it was a week, folks), I ended up buying a bunch of stuff from Old Navy.

I found some stuff on super sale (shirts for four dollars!) and stuff on sorta sale and figured what the hell. My problem was deciding what size to get. I got a dress from Old Navy this spring, and I love it. I bought a XXL and it is very big on me. Right now I pin the sleeves and wear a sweater over it and no on knows but it would be nice to wear it without the sweater.

So when shopping I found a cute dress and bought and XL. I also bought two pairs of jeans in a size 16. It was wishful thinking, I haven't really been a size 16 in many things lately. But, my current jeans look terrible on me and I needed something new.

After I purchased everything (the dress, two pairs of jeans, a tank top, a running tank top, a polo shirt and a t-shirt) I started to worry. I was 100% positive everything would be too small on me and I would look ridiculous.

Well, the clothes showed up yesterday.

And everything fits!

The dress is fantastic!

 I was afraid it would be too twee but I love it. The only problem is the back is low cut so my bra strap shows, the actual hook and eye part of the bra strap. Not sure what I can do about that. Any suggestions?

Both pairs of jeans fit. I  bought two different cuts and like one more than the other but THEY FIT!

Hubs is out of town for a few days for work so I can't go running in the mornings or evenings after the Guys are in bed. Last night I cleaned our bedroom which needed it desperately. After the fourth load of laundry (not kidding) I realized how much I had been slacking in that department. I also packed up a bag of summer stuff that I have not worn all summer and will not wear again. If I can't wear it or won't wear it, I'll donate it!

Tonight once the Guys are asleep I will clean out the minivan. Words cannot properly describe how awful the van is right now. I was basically living out of it last week, heading to rehearsal right from work, eating in it, all sorts of crap. It's hit up. I'll clean it all out tonight and then vacuum it on my lunch tomorrow.

I might not be running but I am sure planning on burning some calories!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Monday You Can Fall Apart. Tuesday, Wednesday Break My Heart

Wow, last week was intense. So intense it feels like it took a month to get through. But, get through it I did!

I did my start of the month weigh-in and I am happy that I am down 1.5 pounds from the last time I weighed in. Still not at my lowest or where I want to be but it's good to know I have managed to lose weight without my regular exercise. Apparently running around pretending to be a gorilla burns more calories than one would think.

The show went really, really well. There were occasional hiccups but I had fun and that's what matters. I went out with the cast on Saturday and Sunday and stayed out far too late on Saturday. It really has been a treat getting to know these people. It is hard to make friends as an adult, which I'm sure you all know, so making new friendships has been a blast.

I have no rehearsal tonight. After the Guys are in bed I have plans to go for a run, first one in a while. I'll take things somewhat easy, do some walk/running and get as much mileage as I can under my belt before my half in less than two weeks. The half has a cut off time of three and a half hours so I think I can make it in under that time, barring any unforeseen circumstances like EXTREME heat.

Now off to kick this week's ass.

How was your weekend?

Friday, August 1, 2014

She Said I Think I'll Go to Boston*

I don't have kids in school or summer vacation or anything like that and still the time is just flying by this summer. My poor sister will be teaching again before she knows it. Not that she doesn't like teaching, let's just say she's been enjoying her summer break.

It's opening night tonight for the show. It's a double cast show so my opening night is technically tomorrow night. I'll  be there tonight to support the cast and try to familiarize myself with the music even more. I'm nervous for them but nowhere near as nervous as I will be tomorrow. Eek.

And now, back to the post, here's what I was up to this month:
And here's what I had planned on being up to at the start of July:

July Goals:
1. Walk/run at least 50 miles.
Not too shabby. I was 1.5 miles away. Which pisses me off. Although I know there were a couple of walks with the boys where I didn't bring my phone and track miles so I'll say I'm right there.
2. TRACK my strength training at least twice a week.
Oops. I did really well at the start of the month, but I haven't touched the weights since things got super hectic around here. I'm coming back for you, weights, I promise!

3. Lose three pounds.
As you all know, I broke up with my scale. I am going to weigh myself tomorrow morning, and then won't weigh myself again until the end of August. A monthly weigh-in works better for me. I will call this one a wash.

I didn't completely suck, which is good. I did screw up my My Fitness Pal streak. I haven't logged all week. Looks like today is as good of a day as any to get back to logging. The good news is I have been so tired and a little bit stressed about this week and the show that I haven't really been eating like crap, I've been too tense to eat crappy food. Ha!

And now onto this month.

August Goals
1. Make it through the Running the Vines Half Marathon in less than three hours.
2. Walk/run at least 60 miles.
3. Lose three pounds.
4. Run at least three times a week.

Now I am off to practice lines and songs. What are you up to this weekend?

*I know this is pushing it, but the post title lyrics are from Boston by AUGUSTana. Yep, my creative juices are FLOWING today.