Monday, August 31, 2015

So Be True to Your School Now

This morning I took two tiny little hands in mine and walked the three or so blocks to preschool/daycare. We enrolled the boys for two days a week starting today. We have been beyond lucky to be able to have family take care of them at home but the boys are getting older and wilder and I don't want the grandparents to have to parent so much as spoil the crap out of them. The three days a week the boys won't be in school will be split up between my in-laws and my mom. And that's only if my husband isn't working, his schedule is pretty fluid.

I know it was harder for me to drop them off. They barely looked back at me after we gave good-bye kisses, etc. I held back tears until we were out the door and on our way home. Whew.

People used to tell me to enjoy every moment, that they wouldn't be small forever, that I would blink and they would be grown. It hasn't really been that way for me. Sometimes it feels like it's taken us five years to get to this 2.5 year mark. And sometimes it feel like five seconds ago I was getting up in the middle of the night to nurse a newborn.

It's been an emotional day. Normally I would survive something like that by emotionally eating but thankfully I have not today.

Before all the preschool drop-off stuff started, I made it through the weekend. My plan was a ten mile run at some point. I wasn't sure how the weather would be on Sunday, possible storms predicted, so I switched things around and ran on Saturday instead. Hubs and I take turns sleeping in so I got up with the Guys and took them with me.

The route was five miles to the park, let them play at the park for a half hour, then five miles home from the park. Halfway to the park A. was getting pissed he was still in the stroller so I did what every wise mom should do.

I stopped for fast food.
After Burger King hash browns for each of them we headed out. Thankfully, the hash browns go us to the park with no further problems. We had enough time for about forty minutes of playing so that made it even better.

Then we headed home. Both boys did great, in fact I gave them each pine cones (second running with kiddos tip: pick up random things from your route and let them play with them. Sticks, rocks, and pine cones are my guys' favorites!) and they happily played Mama and Baby pine cone for the rest of our trip. At the nine mile mark, A. decided he had ENOUGH. He cried to go home, cried to get out of the stroller, and just whined in general. I looked at my Garmin, looked at home many blocks we had left to get home and  headed home. They were SO GOOD for so much of the trip I couldn't force them to go much longer.

I got home at the 9.5 mile mark. Hubs was up and moving around so I unloaded the boys, pretty much chucked them at him, and said, "I need to run a half a mile more. You got this?" He had it, so I took off and ran around the block to get to the ten mile mark. Oh we runners are a strange and funny lot.
My pace was awful, 14:48 per mile average, but since I did a lot of starting and stopping, was pushing the double stroller, etc I am not mad at it. The weather was perfect pretty much until the last two or three miles, plenty of cloud cover and low humidity.
I figure if I can get through 10 miles with the boys, I can make it through the 13.1 on my own.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Now I am off to call my husband to make him call the school and check on the boys. If I do it, I think I might start crying.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Gotta Get That Boom Boom Boom

Some mornings you just need a little extra oomph the get you out for your run.
As you can tell from the picture, it was even cool enough to wear pants for my run. When I left it was 59 degrees and dark. I have a lovely flashlight/glow stick combo thing my sister-in-law got all of the kiddos while we were in Montana. It works great for me while I run, at least for shorter distances. Headlamps are my favorite, hands free light is always a plus, but this works not only as a flashlight but to keep me visible.

My average pace for most of my runs with Nike + have been over 13 minutes/mile which has frustrated me. Yes, I know, it's been hot and I have been pushing a stroller full of toddler for a lot of those runs but still. This morning I really wanted to get some faster runs in.
I think it was the socks!
I ended up with 3.20 miles and plenty of time to shower and get ready for work. Getting up just a shade before six has been perfect for me. Now if I could only find my armband that holds my phone while I run I would be all set! Anyone seen it laying around?

Yesterday I had a follow up appointment with my endodontist. Yay apicoectomy! I wasn't really nervous, I was told it would just be x-rays. Well I get there, the assistant takes me back, takes some x-rays then tells me to hang on. I am waiting and I hear him open up a package of tools. Now, if you've been to the dentist as much as I have you recognize sounds. Seriously, I could tell you what  the damn needle they use for Novocaine sounds like, TRUST ME. When I heard that sound I started to get nervous, like "hey, why do you need tools?". I could feel myself tensing up. A few minutes later the assistant comes back in and says, "Ok, you're all set." Holy mother of pearl, man, why did you open the damn tools?!? I go back in a year for one last check up to make sure everything healed well. I'd like to say other than my cleaning in October that will be my last dentist appointment for a while but I know better. In fact, a tooth I've had some issues with for a few months has still been bothering me, even after getting a filling, etc, so I'm thinking I'll be told I need another root canal. Again, when you've had as much work as I've had you learn the signs pretty quickly. Stupid teeth.

And that was a wonderful non-fitness related side note. You are all very welcome.  Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

We Live On Front Porches And Swing Life Away

I know I had everything all worked out and how I was going to do a half marathon in November instead of September, blah, blah, blah. Then I spoke to a friend who is running the half I wanted to run and her running partner bailed on her so we did a registration transfer and voila! here I am running a half marathon on September 20 AND one in November. Wait, what?

The good news is I have been keeping up with my running lately so I am not completely freaking out that I will screw up this half. I will run some longer runs these next two Sundays and then taper on the 13th so I am ready to roll on the 20th. It won't be a PR, but I know, I just know, it'll be better than the three hours and twenty minutes it took me to finish this race when I ran it back in 2013.

This morning I ran for the first time in a long time. It was dark when I left the house so I grabbed a flashlight. I couldn't find my arm band for my phone and ended up carrying that. Note to self: Better night before planning, please! And stupid Nike + wasn't working. Thankfully, I am pretty familiar with where I need to run to get certain distances in so I did a nice three mile and change loop then mapped it afterwards. All in all I did 3.20 miles in just under 40 minutes. It always feels good to get my workout out of the way in the morning.

Now I will spend the morning womanly resisting the donuts one of my co-workers brought in for a class he is teaching. Meg, you don't even LIKE donuts!

Monday, August 24, 2015

And Run Through With My Gym Shorts On

My friend posted this on Facebook:
I thought I might add something.

Here's the updated version:
Thankfully we had wonderful running weather this weekend. And this week is supposed to be in the low 70's all week long. Which means it'll be even cooler at night. Celebrate, good times come on! Mary, I am sending you some of this weather!

My run wasn't anything spectacular, but it was a run and I felt good. I managed to wrangle the Guys in their stroller for about 45 minutes, 3.25 miles. Their cousin was on his way over so I had to cut the run short. I might've been able to add an extra mile in there if we didn't have an end time.
Tonight my plan is to run as much as I possibly can. I am all screwed up with my training and I have a friend who is going to transfer her bib to me for the Women Run the D half in September. I don't plan on running it for a PR but it will be nice to run it when I am more properly trained than the last one.

And, one more thing, I lost three pounds at this week's weigh-in! Holy shnikeys! I wasn't eating at my best, but still tracked everything even though some of it was rough. I had a couple of super snacky days. But, I had Weekly Points left and I trusted the program and holy shit, three pounds!

Friday, August 21, 2015

I've Given Up On Waiting Any Longer

Ah procrastination you wicked, wicked beast.

I took my sweet ass time registering for the Detroit Women's Half Marathon coming up on September 20 and now registration, with fees, is up to $90.00.


I am bummed, but at the same time sorta relieved. I wanted that one to be a PR because I know the course, it's fast and mostly flat. I also got my ass handed to me by the half two years ago, and was only able to do the 5K last year do to under training. I really wanted to show that half who was boss! Alas, it is not my year.

Next year I am coming for you, Detroit Women's Half Marathon.

I instead registered for the Monroe Half Marathon. I checked with Stephanie and read Katie's race report and it sounds like Monroe is flat which makes me happy. Rolling hills are bullshit and anyone who says otherwise is a liar crazy a masochist!

I decided to use a new training plan that incorporates tempo runs and intervals. I've never done that before but I know I need to do that if I want to get faster. And I know I can get faster. I honestly think I would've crushed the Martian Half Marathon back in April if not for the heat, the lack of shade, and the hills. Always check the course map for hills.

And now it's the weekend. We don't have anything planned for the first time in ages so I'm just going to enjoy hanging out with my family. Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

You Got to Turn Me Around and Put Your Feet On the Ground

And just like that, I got back into the swing of things.

Guys went down to bed last night around 7:45. I waited for Hubs to run off to the grocery store for essentials, then headed out for a run. I wanted to go for an hour and whatever mileage I got in, great.

I always start my fitness tracker, in this case Nike +, right when I leave my house so my first mile tends to be slower because of the walking. I like to walk at least a block before I start to run just to prime my muscles.

It was a warm and sticky night and I would bitch about the humidity but I feel like I've been bitching about the humidity all summer long so I'll keep mum on that point. It was cooler than I expected, the sun was mostly down and there was a nice breeze. And it was steamy as a mother effer!
I ended up with 4.20 miles. By the end of my run it was pretty much DARK out. I regret not bringing my head lamp, I had to stutter step through some sidewalks because I was afraid I would bite it. Now I know for next time.

It just felt so damn good to run! I was afraid I would feel like crap, but nope, I was rocking it out pretty much the whole time. Welcome back to me!

Monday, August 17, 2015

'Cause Saturday Night's the Night I Like

I had my weigh-in on Saturday. I wasn't expecting much, thank you TOM, but lo and behold I had a one pound loss!

I am currently down 3.4 pounds and that is with a ten day vacation and the stress of Tech Week and performances, etc. I have a friend who was involved in the show with me who is also doing WW which is great, makes it easier to go out afterwards when I have support.

Now the show is over, vacation is over, and I have plenty of time on my hands. I need to get back to my training schedule, my half marathon is a month away. There are pretty much no hills on this one. And just now I realized I haven't run a race for August so I need to get on that. Oops.

I planned on running a half marathon on September 20, but now that I am looking at it, I am somewhat disheartened by how much this particular race costs. This particular group has done some other races this year that have been on the higher price range, as well. Now I don't know if I want to pay that much or if I should wait and do a different one. I'm thinking possibly the Monroe Half Marathon in November. That will help me get back into the swing of training without super fretting about the missed days. Plus, it should be cooler for my long runs come October. Hmmm...

All in all, it was a good weekend and now I am ready to get settled back into normal life. Hope your weekend was fabulous!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Five Days Since You Laughed At Me, Saying Get That Together Come Back and See Me

Five Things Friday 

1. Montana was amazeballs. I have been a couple of times, but this was the first time Hubs went and obviously the first time for the Guys. I was so nervous about the flights, but for the most part, aside from some motion sickness for C, everything was smooth sailing.
I didn't track on WW at all for my trip. Not because I didn't want to but because the mobile app simply did not work out in the mountains. Gotta have internet access and my data package was all jacked up. I ate mostly ok, but didn't stress about it. And I was active. I was watching kiddos in a house that wasn't exactly toddler proofed. We spend most of our days walking around looking at rocks, throwing rocks into rivers, digging in dirt, etc. And one day we even hiked up a mountain.
The start of the hike, when the kiddos wanted to walk. That lasted five minutes.

And by hiked I mean for 90% of the trip I was carrying a toddler and walking uphill. Talk about feeling the burn! All in all it was a lovely trip and I am super happy to be home.

2. I had a rough day yesterday. We got back from our trip on Wednesday afternoon and had no energy to do anything other than collapse in a heap on our couch. On Thursday I had zero choices for breakfast so I ended up skipping which meant I was a hungry rage monster for most of the day and tried to eat everything. I tracked what I ate, though, because I need to be honest with myself. Shocking discoveries: a cheesy bean and rice burrito from Taco Bell is 12 points!

3. Along those same lines, I have noticed eating greasy things makes my stomach mad. Thankfully I planned ahead today and have breakfast AND a decent lunch.

4. I have my opening night of my show TONIGHT. I am super excited and super nervous. I've had so much on my mind OTHER than the show that the usual stage fright hasn't hit me until about five minutes ago. Holy crap. Breathe Meg, just breathe. On top of that, it's Dream Cruise weekend. If you don't know what that is, it's a classic car thing where cars literally drive up and down one of our big roads for the day. The official day of the cruise is this Saturday but people have been cruising since we got back on Wednesday. I don't like crowds. I don't like loud cars. I don't like people. There's a shit ton of traffic, oh and our Trader Joe's in on this cruise road so we won't be able to get there for groceries until probably Sunday morning. It's pretty much the worst. Yay for added stress!

5. I haven't run in a week so I'm getting to that "Uh-oh, I have a half marathon in a month am I ready for this?" place. I know I can run it and finish it and most likely have fun. But, dangit, I really wanted to CRUSH this one and PR. Yes, I know exactly what I would say to you if you if I read this on your blog. I've got time. I've been on par with my training up until this point. Plus, my runs have all been with the Guys so I like to think of that as EXTRA training. Runs without them will be a cake walk, right?

Happy Friday! Go crush that weekend!

Monday, August 3, 2015

I Hope You Had the Time of Your Life

Saturday evening I spent some time mapping out a route for my ten mile long run on Sunday. I was running with the Guys so I planned on running to a park to let them play for twenty minutes or so and then finishing the run.

My mom and brother were coming over with my nephew who is only a few months older than the boys. I figured if it came down to it, I w ould drop the boys off and finish whatever miles I couldn't get done with them.

For the most part, my plan was a success. It was four miles to the planned park. Boys had fun playing at the park. Strapped them back in the stroller and headed home. Weather was perfection, cool enough I wasn't dying and very little humidity! the first mile after the park stop was a little rough I could tell my legs had tightened up, but by the second mile (or sixth mile really) they were limber again.

And then the foot pain started.

I had about a mile left before I got home, which would put me at eight miles. Pre-foot pain I was still planning on dropping the Guys off and finishing off the last two miles. But, man, foot pain sucks. As soon as I stopped running it was fine. And even now there isn't even any tenderness. I think my laces were just too tight. At least that is my hope.

I cleared the data from my Garmin somehow. I have hopes I didn't permanantly delete it and when I upload my runs from the last month it'll be there. I ran 8 miles in about 1:54:00.

And tonight starts Tech Week from my show. And I leave on our first ever family vacation on Wednesday. I think everything is all set for both of those things but I have a feeling I may freak out at some point. At least an internal freak out. This will be my last post until I'm back from our trip. Enjoy your week. Keep cool. Drink lots of water!

Oh yeah, one more thing, lost another pound this week. Slowly but surely...