Thursday, December 29, 2016

It's the End of the World as We Know It...And I Feel Fine

I feel like my goals for the year are always the same and yet somehow I end up at the end of the year basically the same. It kinda sucks.

I lost some weight. Woo-hoo.

I started training for my marathon in May. Woo-hoo.

I'm trying a new way of approaching food. Woo-hoo.

I know it sounds a little sarcastic, but honestly, 2016 has been one nut punch after another. Not just personally, I am sure you all read the news, you know what's going on with the world. Sometimes it just seems like it would be easier to just lay down for a while with the covers over my head and pretend life isn't happening the way it is.

But, that solves nothing.

Because I am training (successfully might I add, already on week 3) for a marathon I am going to once again attempt my running goal of 1000 miles next year. I get close, or I do really well in January and then I slag off. Not this year.

I have my training plan posted at work, plus I have a planner I got at the dollar store that has all my workouts in it. I'm the kind of person who likes to put a check mark next to something when she accomplishes it. With my planner and my monthly schedule at work, I think I'll be putting in lots of check marks.

I started writing again. Finished a rough draft of one story. It has been bothering me. I walked away from it for a month, then was inspired to come back to it. I think I have figured out my issue with it, I want it to be more romantic than my characters want it to be. Which sounds dumb coming from a woman who wants to write romance novels. But, this one needs something else. I'll continue to work with it until it is right. There are other stories in my head that need to come out. I'll work on those in 2017, as well.
Notebook from my awesome friend to write down story ideas. And an idea. Is it just me or is there a serious lack of romances about women in their thirties? They are all either ingenues, or in their twenties just discovering the world.
Is this a wrap-up post? Not exactly. But, it's where I am right now. Hope you have a fantastic 2017!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Lights are Misty in the River

Morning foggy views are the best.
Two morning runs this week AND one evening run. Not too shabby. My legs are happy like, oh hey, we remember this. Running is fun!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

I Was Working in My Lab Late One Night

I wandered around my house most of yesterday evening, picking up pieces of Halloween candy, putting them back down. Looking at the carbs in my cereal. Putting it back. I wasn't hungry. I had a super filling dinner of homemade turkey stroganoff with zucchini noodles. But, my mind wouldn't let it go.

After the boys were asleep and Hubs was home I decided to hit my home gym. I haven't run in a while because of a nagging hip issue. But, with my mind all jumbled and the giant bag o' Halloween candy in the house, I NEEDED to do something. I ran a mile on the treadmill. Funny thing, my treadmill is stuck on an incline right now. I'm guessing it's about a three or four, but not sure. Anyway, it means I am running uphill so I struggled. It was a brutal run and a brutal mile, but I stuck it out. then I kept walking until I hit thirty minutes of activity. After that it was weights. I know my body is adjusting to lower carbs, I can tell from the way it felt to workout. Good news, the weights felt GOOD. I was afraid I would feel shaky.

When I was done with my workout it was back up to my kitchen and Temptation Island. Again, I pondered the candy but there really wasn't anything calling my name. I brushed my teeth, read a little bit, and went to bed. Well done, me.

I've decided to make my weigh-in days Monday. I have a tendency to use the weekends as an excuse to slack off and I don't want to do that. I weighed in on Monday and was already down a couple of pounds. This morning as I passed the scale in my bedroom I hopped on. And I am down another 1.5 pounds.

Do I think my weight will continue to drop as quickly as it has once my body figures shit out? Nope. But I am going to enjoy it while it lasts!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Sugar, Awww Honey, Honey

I have learned, the hard way, that I have what some may call, a bit of a sugar/carb thing. As in, I love them. I love them soooooo much. I want to make out with them. I want to draw little hearts with my initials plus SPAGHETTI or FRENCH BREAD.

You see where I'm going here?

I always do better with dieting, eating, and working out in the fall. There's less going on, it's cooler so running outside is much more enjoyable. So I've come up with a November challenge for myself. I'm going to go low carb/higher fat and protein. I started prior to November 1st because I wanted to be in my zone by the time the 1st rolled around.

Good news, when I weighed myself to get my starting weight for the month I am already down almost four pounds. And that's without adding in any exercise. Funny thing, cutting carbs = waaay less energy for me. I know it's my body adjusting to burning different forms of fuel, etc. It still sucks. Needless to say, I have had zero energy or willpower to do anything more physical than march around my house to get my 10,000 steps in.

As I've worked my way through the "carb flu" I feel more and more like myself and like working out. It also hasn't helped I got hit with this wicked cold going around. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel with that one, as well.

Alright, lower carbs here I come!

If you're a lower carb eater naturally, or are doing the same thing, please feel free to share some yummy recipes. I have made a few which have been good, but am always open for more suggestions. Oh yeah, and welcome to the 2010's, Meg, I tried zucchini noodles for the first time (hello spiralizer) and absolutely loved them. I sauteed them with a little bit of butter before adding my sauce over them and they had the texture of REAL PASTA. I am for it!!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Take a Break, Run Away With Us for the Summer

In the past two months I:

*Got a promotion at work
*Trained for the promotion
*Busted my ass at my new job
*Injured myself
*Recovered(ing) from injury

I haven't blogged much. Too much to do, too little time I suppose. I started writing again so what time I have left my brain nags at me until I get the voices in my head down on paper (or typed on the computer).

I am taking a break from running until I start my marathon training in December. I have a nagging glute/hip pain after I run any sort of distance. Plan is to rest the crap out of it and work on my weight lifting instead. Build up the muscles in that area to keep myself injury free.

Until then, until the book is finished, just until...I probably won't blog much. I do still like to read everyone's posts, that's for sure. So you keep writing, I'll keep reading, maybe comment when I can. And eventually we'll all meet again real soon!
When I was sixteen, a sophomore in high school, I sat next to an older boy in my social studies class. He was a senior, but flunked the class his sophomore year, which explained his presence in a class for tenth graders. I was shy in high school, at least when not surrounded by my fellow theatre and choir geeks, and like a shark sensing fresh blood in the water, he attacked.

For weeks he sat next to me and whispered vile and disgusting things, all sexual in nature. They were horrific and disturbing and sixteen year old Meg had no clue had to cope with something like this. I ignored him, pretended I couldn't hear a word he said, focused on my classwork.

He was good, always managed to whisper just loud enough for me to hear but not loud enough for the teacher to notice. Occasionally the other boys, because yes, I was surrounded by boys, would tell him to stop. But, then again, he was a senior, bigger and scarier than them.

One day my teacher happened to sneak up on him from the opposite side as he leaned across towards me and continued his nasty whispers. To this day I have never heard a teacher get so angry. Honestly, I think the teacher would have punched him. Instead, he had this senior removed from class. He never came back.

And so started my history with sexual harassment.

I have had bosses tell me I have nice tits. I have been crowded into a corner of a supply closet by a co-worker and groped. I have had strangers yell at me while I run. I have had people tell me to smile more. The list goes on and on and on, over and over, lather, rinse, repeat.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Lazy Sunday Wake Up in the Late Afternoon

Saturday was still  bloody humid 'round here so we played inside.
Pretty sure I am the blanket fort master.

At some point in the night on Saturday, I wouldn't know when since I was asleep by ten, the humidity broke. It was nothing but cool breezes and cool temps come Sunday morning. You know what that meant?

RUNNING OUTSIDE!!!

I am getting used to the treadmill but nothing beats a great outdoor run. I left for my run about 8:30AM and was home just after 10:00AM. When I ran in the sun it was a little warm, but there was a great breeze and I live in a super shady neighborhood. It was awesome!
The first mile was a little jacked up because my timer and my music both had a hard time working together. Plus I got a text message from my mom who was coming over, asking about what kind of bagels we wanted. Since I had three kids (my own plus a nephew who spent the night) who wanted bagels, I had to stop and respond to her.

It was supposed to be an easy run, which I did great at for the first three miles. Then I needed to speed up just to get home and I also wanted to get some negative splits. Looks like I accomplished that goal.

A friend is running a diet bet, not an online one, but one she herself created. It's ten bucks and the top three biggest losers all win money. We had to take a full body shot.
I blame the weird angle on my husband
A couple of things: I don't actually hate the way I look in this. This is pretty much right after my run, which explains the flushed cheeks and crazy hair. But bodywise, I'm actually OK with this pic. And this is the BEFORE photo!

I finished my MFP logging in last night and saw this:
GAME THE EFF ON!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tuesday's Grey and Wednesday Too

Yesterday, I didn't finish my dinner.

I know it sounds like a weird thing to talk about or to even be proud of, but hear me out.

My husband made spaghetti for dinner last night. It was really good and I was hungry, a good hungry. I had eaten my planned snack at about 3:30 so when I got home from work I was ready for dinner. I followed all the little tricks I know: I drank water before I ate, I used a smaller plate, I set my fork down as I ate.

I finished my spaghetti and thought about a second serving. I was still hungry. And at no point in my weight loss journey do I plan on being miserable and hungry. I dished up a second serving, had a few bites, then stopped. Because I was full. I could have kept eating it. Normally, I would have done just that simply because it was in front of me. But, I recognized I was full, knew if I ate anymore I would move past full to uncomfortabe- I had a three mile run on the books and wanted to do some speed work- and I did not have time to be miserable.

I stopped eating because I was full. It seems like such a small, inconsequential thing. To me, it is huge. Such a step in the right direction.

My day of awesomeness didn't stop there. My goal for my three mile run yesterday was to go fast. Not a very complicated training approach, but I figured why not give it a try. I ended up on the treadmill because of the rain around here.

I crushed my fastest 5K time AND I ran a sub-10 minute mile. Sure, I was pretty sure I died about three quarters of the way through that mile, but holy balls I did it. Not a bad way to start my week!

Monday, August 15, 2016

My Buddy and Me

I got my first long run of this half marathon training cycle (oops) in on Saturday. It was a five mile treadmill run interrupted by the occasional stop to keep my children from beating each other up referee. When I was done running, A. stood on the treadmill, then asked me to make it go. So we walked on it at a setting of 0.5. Funny thing, anyone else who runs on their treadmill are you super paranoid about the kids being around it? I yelled "don't get too close" so often, the boys started saying, "We're not too close!" as they came down the basement stairs.
The miserable hot heat passed just the tiniest of bits on Sunday. The boys rode their trikes up to the park. There's a track right next to the park I like to use for speed work It was too hot to run outside, plus a rest day for me, but A. really wanted to race.
He won.

I ran three times last week and lifted weights twice. This week my goal is four days of running and three days of lifting. Completely doable, plus if the weather is nicer (as in not 98% humidity) I should be able to run outside woot woot!

How was your weekend?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

You Make a Garbage Man Scream

We have had donuts offered everyday this week at work. Plus, lunch has been catered. It makes it difficult to track calories- I like to log my food for the day into MFP first thing in the morning- but I find a way. It helps a lot of the catered food is meat heavy and not interesting to me. I have gone with loading up at least half my plate with veggies and splurging on enjoying the hell out of a roll.

I don't like donuts, but sometimes I eat them because they look good. They never taste as good as they look and I usually regret the wasted calories.

This morning I had a lovely peach to go with my oatmeal.
Weird thing about me: I don't like eating peaches whole, but when I slice them up I enjoy them. I think it's because it breaks up the furry skin so I don't get a mouthful of peach fuzz with every bite. I'm weird.

This is what it is all about. Finding ways to be healthy without feeling like I am torturing myself. Any successful weight loss comes from doing stuff you will be happy doing for the rest of your life. I'm never going to give up carbs. But, a peach instead of a donut? Sounds good to me!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Night Swimming Deserves a Quiet Night

What is it about the treadmill that makes me run so much slower? Is it just me? Because I feel like I am hauling ass but then run a thirteen minute mile. Sheesh. I don't know how I'm going to train for a marathon on that thing...

The good news, I got to watch a lot of the Olympics while running four miles last night. Then, since I was still so into the Olympics, I walked for an hour. It's funny, during some of the swimming events I found myself trying to walk faster, especially if the race was a tight one.

Watching the swimming has also made me want to get in the dang pool. It was a little cool these past few days, but another heat wave is coming, so I'm thinking some lap swimming Wednesday and Thursday. Gotta get into merry murderous shape. In case you don't get that, Chicago: The Musical auditions are at the end of October.

I feel like my eating has been on point this week. Looking forward to a good weigh-in tomorrow!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Every Breath You Take, I'll Be Watching You

Things I Am Currently Obsessed With

Stranger Things
If you have not watched this on Netflix, I highly recommend you start. Do you love all things 80s? Do you love awesome child actors? Do you want to see Winona Ryder doing something other than get busted shoplifting? Watch this. It's sci-fi with a bit of scare to it, some jumping out stuff. I hate horror movies and I like it.

My Fitbit and Fitbit Challenges
There is nothing like getting that little notice: It's time for a walk, you're only 864 steps behind Bob to really get me off my ass.

Nectarines
I don't love a peach, sometimes the furry flesh skeeves me out. But I will take a nectarine any day of the week. I also am an odd duck and like them slightly under ripe. I like things firm. Which sounds dirty.

Wow, I thought this list would be longer.

Ah well, it's Friday. I'm allowed to have mush brain.

Enjoy your weekend! Any plans?

Thursday, August 4, 2016

I Hurt Myself Today to See if I Still Feel

What do you do when your brush up rehearsal ends early enough you're home before ten? Go for a run outside! It was a little humid but running on the treadmill seems to bother my leg more than running on pavement so it was time to suck it up, buttercup and run outside.

Unfortunately, I have a feeling my hip issue isn't just a treadmill thing. Although if I analyze the pain it seems to radiate from my hip down the side of my leg, but not quite the side, sorta the side/back. Anyone know what muscle that is?

Good news: After the first mile it felt great.

Bad news: I had to suffer through the first mile where I almost had to walk the entire thing.

More bad news: Probably going to have to take a break from running for a bit.

That's the thing with injuries. The only way to make them better is to rest. Ah, bull crap to that.

I'm going to see if I can cross train without the muscle bothering me. Might ride my bike or swim. We shall see.

I did have a good run once my leg stopped hurting so there is that...
Pretty fountain on one of my neighborhood streets

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

I Wonder Who, Who Wrote the Book of Love

Much like riding a bike, things are slowly coming back to me. Oh I remember you lifestyle change. Things like drinking more water, planning healthy snacks, deciding what I am going to get from a restaurant before I even go there, the usual tricks of the trade.

It's other things, too. Focusing on whether or not I am hungry or just bored. Avoiding fast food, and trigger foods in general. Did I mention the whole "not eating just because I am bored" thing?

It's not hard. Yet it is hard. The little changes are easy enough, it's implementing them, keeping up with them that gets hard. It gets hard when some days I am tired and drained and just want to eat carbs and veg.

This morning I had refried black beans from Trader Joe's for breakfast. It doesn't look like much, but it fills me up and I love the way it tastes. I forget how much I dislike breakfast food which is why I often stop at fast food places on my way to work. At least McDonald's hashbrowns taste good! Breakfast doesn't mean one has to eat breakfast food. I can eat whatever I want as long as it keeps me nice and full until lunch.

Which is how I ended up eating refried black beans for breakfast.
My big inspiration for this, on top of many things, is I am planning on auditioning for Chicago: The Musical in November. The theatre company I am with is very size-inclusive so I don't think I won't get a part because of how I look. However, if I did get a part the costumes for Chicago tend to lean towards the skimpy side. I want to feel comfortable while performing in a show I love. Add to that, I start marathon training in November and everyone knows it is far easier to run with less weight!

Those are the two things that are my big push right now: Chicago and marathon training.

How about you? Any tips for someone getting back into the swing of weight loss?

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Doctor, Doctor Gimme the News

A selfie a day keeps the doctor away.

Wait, no, that's not it.

I'm doing a new thing along with some women in my fitness group. We're going to take daily selfies to help with our weight loss. I slacked over July, just let the heat, the stress from rehearsal, etc get to me. But, not this month. August, you are mine!

I crushed it last night. I ran two miles on the treadmill. Ended up with some hip pain so stopped running but kept walking until I ended up with over 21,000 steps last night. It helped I was super invested in the Great British Bake Off episode I was watching. And then continued to be into Walk Tall with Dwayne The Rock Johnson who was about half his current size in that movie. Man, I love me a crappy action flick.

I got a little notebook, as well as other fun prizes, when I won a reading contest at our local library. I decided to use the notebook to jot down feelings I have about things going on in my life that I maybe don't want to share with the internet.
Tonight I will walk on the treadmill once the boys are in bed and get up early tomorrow morning to go for a run outdoors. Hopefully the hip issues just stem from running on the treadmill and are not an actual issue. Fingers crossed!

Monday, August 1, 2016

If You're Going Through Hell Keep on Moving

Last week was Tech Week, AKA Hell Week. I left my house at seven each morning and didn't get home until after eleven at night. I was exhausted, made poor food choices, but had a blast when we  actually performed our show on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Tech week is done. We have one more weekend of shows, but tonight, for the first time in over a week, I will get to go home after work. I'll have dinner with my family.

And I will go for a run.

I run the Chicago Half Marathon in two months. Since I am running this to help my friend finish her first half I want to make sure I am in great shape to get her over the finish line without worrying about myself.  The heat has broken here, at least for now, so I will run outside tonight.

Let me repeat: I will run tonight!

Before I go, here's a fun picture of me in one of my wigs from my s how:

Friday, July 29, 2016

Who Run the World?

My husband got upset with me when I used the term mansplaining the other day.

He's right. I hate to generalize about anyone, male or female, I am raising two boys who I hope will grow into the kind of men who don't mansplain. But at the same time I came up with this whole thought process.

Yes, it isn't exactly a nice term. Yes, it is a generalization. But, if  a man, Husband for example, can tell me honestly, he has ever had another man speak to him in a patronizing tone about something he has not requested information on and quite possibly ALREADY KNOWS, then I will concede and we can call it blowharding. Well, maybe not that.

Here's how you can find out if you are qualified to use the term MANSPLAIN:

1. HAve you ever been out for a walk or out for a run or just walking out to your car at night and found yourself hyper aware of your surroundings? Have you done any of this acitviites in an area known to be safe with your keys clenched in your hand in case you get attacked?

2. Have you ever been called sweetie or honey by a complete stranger while in a professional setting? Is that complete stranger of the opposite sex?

3.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

For Only Love Can Conquer Hate

Between performing at a street fair in our area and walking around the street fair, I got almost 12,000 steps in on Friday. I said to myself, "Well, why not get on the treadmill and see if you can get in any more steps?"

So I did.
Obviously, I have hit 20,000 steps before (half marathons woo hoo!). But, this was my first time with my Fitbit so I'm pretty proud of myself.

I even managed to get in a run on Sunday. Funny thing, one of the guys in the show I am in sent me a text message and told me I inspired him to go for a run. Reading that inspired ME to go for a run. Three miles on Sunday felt so good! It wasn't my fastest three miles ever, but I ended up with an average pace of 11:54. I'm trying to throw some speed stuff in there since I am officially in Chicago Half Marathon training mode.

It's even cool enough I might be able to run outside this week! YAY to that!

Then there's this:
 I know the world has been struck by tragedy over the past few days. It breaks my heart into a million pieces and just when I think I have it back together again something comes along and shatters all my hard work. I am truly, truly sad. I've never written this blog to be political. For me, it's mostly a place for me to keep track of my weight loss and fitness efforts over the years. So, if you read posts from me that aren't about terrorist attacks or snipers killing off police officers it isn't because I am not thinking about them. Trust me, I am thinking about them. It's because this is my tiny little place on the internet. And as long as I control what is put into this tiny little space, I'm going to focus on the things that keep my world spinning, not the things that tear it apart.

Friday, July 15, 2016

She Is Broken and Won't Ask For Help

I go through weird phases when it comes to Netflix. For a while I hate watched a whole bunch of episodes of Cupcake Wars (seriously, that contest is rigged. I wonder how they figure out which baker is going to be the one to screw up each round). Then it was Property Brothers.

Right now I am on an NCIS thing.

Don't even get me started on the giant, huge crush I have on Mark Harmon.

OK, get me started.

It started when he looked like this:
I was waaay too young to have a crush on him, but man if my teachers looked like he did...
And then as an alcoholic in Chicago Hope:
Forearms...drool
Then NCIS:

Goodness, that man is aging well. Mind you, I am watching NCIS circa 2003 so I'm about 12 years behind the current season. Doesn't matter, I still love him.

I just completely distracted myself with these pictures.

Right, what I'm watching on Netflix! I don't think NCIS is an excellent piece of television. It's got a formula I enjoy, mostly, in the end they always catch the bad guy. And it's not super rapey and graphic.Works for me!

To keep up with my Fitbit I've been taking long walks through my neighborhood. Sometimes I'll walk the dog, but she's not so spry, so can't last that long. And when it's hot I take it easy on her.

Last night I needed 7000 more steps to hit my 10K step goal for the day. I put NCIS on, plugged in my headphones and started walking. I have to tell you, listening to a t.v. show, especially a procedural like NCIS is awesome. I don't really need to see much, you get the gist of what is going on just by the dialogue. Every now and then I would glance at my screen.

During my walk, I noticed a car out and about around my neighborhood. At first, I thought he was a pizza delivery guy. He didn't look that old, maybe in his late teens, early 20s. I didn't notice him again until I turned down a street leading me back home. His car had a muffler issue so I recognized it. Again, it didn't make me nervous, but it made me curious.

By now it was full dark, so I used the glow of my cell phone screen on the sidewalk. As I crossed the intersection the same car pulled up. "Pokemon Go?" he asked.

HA! I realized what it must have looked like. It was clear I had my cell phone on. I was wandering around the neighborhood, occasionally glancing at it. In the dark, with my hair up on top of my head and my t-shirt and shorts, it must have been hard to tell how old I was.

I half laughed and told him. "No, Fitbit."

Thursday, July 14, 2016

I'm Gonna Wait Til My Bobby Gets Home

I have two rehearsal free days off in a row and I am taking advantage of them.

Last night I cooked a real meal for what feels like the first time in ages. I made an unstuffed cabbage casserole with TVP instead of ground beef. It didn't have a ton of flavor, but I added a little salt and it was better. I pretty much through some rice, some tomato sauce, some diced tomatoes, and shredded cabbage into a casserole dish and baked it.

I use the bags of shredded cabbage from Trader Joe's so I don't even have to chop up cabbage. I am a damn genius! This will also be my lunch today.

After dinner I went for a run on the treadmill. I had a super crappy 5K at the end of June, partly due to heat and I don't know what else. It bummed me out, so last night I challenged myself to run my three miles as fast as I could.

It was awesome, I ended up with an average pace of 10:58 per mile! Of course by the end I was pretty much a dead woman running, thought my legs were going to fall off, and drenched in sweat. It was worth it!

Confession: I have to tell you, in the show I am in, I play an older version of a character. The younger version is about half my size, which sucks. I try not to let it get to me, we all come in different shapes and sizes, right? But, when I have to wear a costume similar to hers and she is all tiny and petite, I feel like a giant troll standing next to her. Blergh.

That's my troublesome thought for the day.

Friday, July 8, 2016

I Was Walking With My Feet Ten Feet Off of Beale

Yesterday I mall walked. Oh hell yeah I did.

Let me explain. I am in a musical at the end of this month and yesterday we were told we would get our bio pictures taken. These are the pictures that will be in the program, at least I am assuming they will be. I did my hair and make-up yesterday so I would look pretty for my picture.

That meant, after work and between rehearsal, I couldn't do my usual walking outside because it is hot and humid out and my hair and humidity are not friends.

So I walked around the mall.

But, wait, there's more. Before that, on my lunch, I walked around the big empty conference room space we have here.
And then after work I walked around the mall.

Then at rehearsal I danced (after I got my picture taken).

Then I got home and thought, eh, I will keep walking at home.

Then I realized I was doing really well on my steps so I kept walking.

Then I realized I was pretty exhausted and no matter how close I was to 20,000 steps there was no way I was going to make it happen by walking around my living room.

So I went to bed.


Thursday, July 7, 2016

I'll Be Two Steps Behind You

Damn you, Fitbit for being so inspiring!

I made it home after rehearsal (which involved dancing yay calorie burn) and had only went up one flight of stairs. Fitbit suggests 10 flights a day.

So, I get home from work, look at the damn thing and think, Oh screw it, Meg, just walk up and down the stairs nine times.

Nine times is no joke. I clearly need to add more stairs in my life.

Anyone use the Fitbit One on the treadmill? I'm running on the 'Mill tonight and wonder how to best wear it so I can accurately track my movement.

I am aiming for a 20K step day today. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

One Step at a Time. One Hope, Then Another

I had rehearsal yesterday. The timing of it is such that when I have rehearsal after work I just stick around this side of town instead of driving home first.

Problem with that is I have a two hour break between work and rehearsal.

Yesterday, I ended up walking along the waterfront during that break instead of my usual thing: sit around and read. Part of it has to do with having the Fitbit and wanting to get some steps in on my Workweek Challenge. Part of it has to to do with feeling the need to be healthy.

 It's a good feeling.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Just Own the Night Like the 4th of July

I finally caved and got a Fitbit. I enjoyed my Jawbone but after getting a replacement and then having said replacement die on me I was less than impressed. Plus, all of my friends have Fitbits and if your friend jumps off a bridge you do, too. Wait, that's not right.

I ended up with the One. Got it on Groupon, refurbished so eh, but it's got a 90 day warranty. Keep your fingers crossed. Figure if I love it and this helps me I will bite the bullet and get the more expensive Blaze. My Garmin also quit on me this summer. I'm fine for short runs but once I start marathon training in the fall I'll need a GPS watch.

Stepping here I come!

I spent the long holiday weekend on a vacation with my family. In Michigan if I say, "we went Up North" you would get what I mean. It basically means heading anywhere north of the city you live in. For some people going Up North is less than an hour drive. For others, it's an eight hour drive. Our Up North trip was only two and a half hours away. Perfect amount of time to be in the car with the Guys.

They had a blast. It was hard to get steps in. I didn't bring any running gear on purpose, I wanted to spend as much time with them as I could without stressing about a workout. I did spend a good forty minutes swimming in the river which was a blast and a great calorie burn. Plus, there were two full flights of steps down to the dock, and we went up and down those a whole bunch all weekend long!

We came back Sunday night so we could spend the 4th in our little town. Our city puts on a great parade and fireworks on the 4th. Boys enjoyed the parade. But, after spending the afternoon swimming at an aunt's house, by the time we got home ALL of use were too tired for fireworks. No worries, they don't know what they missed.

Now to focus on July goals.

1. Get at least 20,000 steps three times a week. The rest get 10K.
2. Strength train three times a week.
3. No fast food!

How about you? Any goals for July?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

We're Gonna Make It After All

I have had a weird ankle issue for the last week or so. It's not sore, I didn't sprain it, it just feels off, especially when I wear flats. I know, flats are no good for me, but they're cute, cheap, and I can wear them to work.

I took the week off running, even missed a planned 8K, although I didn't miss much, check out That Loud Redhead's post on it. (Spoiler: It was HOT!) Yesterday I took an easy treadmill run because it was still 89 degrees at 8PM last night. I just wanted to see if my ankle could handle it. Surprisingly, my ankle felt better running than it has all week just walking around. I don't know what's up with it. Since I won't see a doctor for anything unless it is an emergency or my annual check up, I'll wait it out as long as I can. Yes, I am that person. No, I will not change. Don't judge me.

Because of my slacker week last week, I'm all about laser focus this week. I ran and did an hour weight workout (hello wobbly arms this morning). Aiming for three nights a week of weights, and three nights or mornings of running. Plus,  now that it's finally WARM still, I think I might try to do some lap swimming at the outdoor city pool after the boys go to bed. The pool is open until 8:30, but we've had some pretty cool nights and I haven't felt up to swimming/

How are you going to stay active this week? Stay cool!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The West Coast Has the Sunshine and the Girls All Get So Tanned

I have a tankini I bought a few years ago. It doesn't fit me quite right in the top, I am well endowed and bathing suits seemed designed to make sure my breasts are usually a second away from spilling out. Plus, my belly is bigger so if I want it to be loose around the belly, it usually ends up loose on top. The bottoms are shorts or sometimes I wear the ones that look like a little skirt.

It's not a good suit for swimming with the boys. They like to grab onto me as they splash and frolic and inevitably their tiny hands grip the precariously perched edges of my suit and my breasts almost fall out.

I bought a Speedo over the winter with plans to use it for lap swimming at the pool. It is a modest cut Speedo, so the sides aren't cut up to my hip bones like traditional suits, and the back comes a little higher. I have yet to wear it to swim laps, no time, and it is only mid-June.

I took the boys to the pool by myself on Saturday. While I tucked them into their cute bathing suits with the sharks and beach balls, pulled on their Ninja Turtles rash guards, I debated what to wear. It was just me and them and I didn't want to constantly tug at my suit, worry about flashing an unsuspecting teenager, while I swam with the boys.

Screw it, I thought. I will just wear the Speedo.

My inner thighs, the jiggly, soft skin, have not been exposed to the light in years. I have a permanent tan line from skirts and swim shorts. The Speedo does not hide the soft roll of skin around my belly, the extra skin from my twin pregnancy and weight gain. In fact, the cut of the Speedo sorta emphasizes it.

But, my breasts stay where they are supposed to. I don't have to tug on the bottoms to keep them from sliding down. It is a good suit.

I wore the Speedo.

No one gasped in shock while I frolicked for hours with my two boys. No one kicked me out of the pool. There were all sorts of bodies on display that day- it was a hot one on Saturday- women in tiny bikinis, women in one piece suits, and men of all shapes and sizes with no shirts on, just swim trunks, their hairy backs and bellies on display.

I wore the damn Speedo and nothing happened.

I'm going to wear the Speedo again. I don't go to the pool so the sixteen year old lifeguard will get a crush on me, or one of the dads hanging around the pool will stop and think, "damn that is a fine looking woman". I go because my boys love to swim, could spend hours climbing up onto the edge of the pool and jumping in, over and over. I want them to look back on their summers and think of all the time they spent swimming with their mom who gave zero fucks (ok, maybe a few but I am a work in progress) about what other people thought about her and just wore the damn bathing suit that worked best.

Wear your damn Speedos!
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Monday, June 6, 2016

Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk These are Just a Couple of My Cravings

One of my biggest struggles has always been to get enough protein in my diet. Before I was full on vegetarian (sorta pescatarian but my husband doesn't eat fish so really only if we go out to eat and it looks good) I didn't eat meat anyway, I just don't like the texture of it.

I can't drink protein shakes. Whey protein powder makes me gag. I wish there was a different way to describe it but there isn't. I can't even smell the stuff without getting queasy.

I searched vegan protein bars and powders online, since obviously something vegan won't have the whey in it. I found a couple of options but nothing carried in my local stores.

I found this at Trader Joe's yesterday.

If you aren't familiar with TJ's policy if you get something there that you don't like you can get your money back. You don't even need to bring in a receipt or the product, just tell guest services and boom, done. I figure if I am going to try a protein powder anywhere it might as well be here.

I went chocolate because vanilla flavored things usually make me gag. I know, I'm weird. I didn't have anything to make up a shake so I ended up adding it to my oatmeal. It's not bad. There is an aftertaste, for sure, and I can feel the powder on my tongue a little, but that might go away in a shake. I only added one tablespoon, serving size is four. So far my stomach seems ok and I can smell it without needing to chuck, wins all around!

I think I might pick up some chocolate milk, try mixing it with that and see how that goes. Wish me luck!

Friday, June 3, 2016

And If You Go Chasing Rabbits and You Know You're Going to Fall

First outdoor run in far too long.

Between running on the treadmill the night before and doing a weight workout which included working my leg muscles, I felt sluggish. Kept up a decent pace and got my three miles in. Also saw some wicked looking wildlife:


"It's got sharp, pointy teeth!"

Happy Friday!!!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Summer Breeze, Makes Me Feel Fine

Yesterday was Global Running Day AND the first of the month. If it is possible I like to start the month off with a good run. I didn't last month because on April 30th I ran a half marathon. But, I had no excuses for June. Plus, GLOBAL RUNNING DAY!
Most of my race medals. The one in the middle is my marathon medal from 2010
Kinda wish this picture wasn't blurry 'cause I think my leg muscles are bangin' from this angle!

I know people talk about treadmills being easier than running outside, but man I would like to meet those people and find out how they do it. Maybe it's because I do the walk/run method or maybe it's because I hate the treadmill but either way the 3.1 miles I ran last night felt like a flippin' 10K at least!
Post-run passed out on the treadmill face
Then I did my usual weight workout for thirty minutes. Crushing the first day of June like a little bug.

I took my measurements last night. All of my measurements went down except my arm which actually went up an inch. I don't think that's right, my arms aren't beefing up enough to go up an inch and I'm certainly not gaining weight in my arms. We'll see what happens with that measurement next month.

I am ready to lose fifteen pounds this summer. Starting the month off with a killer workout really helped!

Happy June, everyone! Do you have any goals for the month? Feel free to share. I love cheering people on!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Feed Me Seymour, Feed Me All Night Long

I changed up my riced cauliflower last night. Went more Mexican inspired with it. I added some frozen tri-color pepper strips, some salsa verde, and some seasoning. It wasn't as good as the Asian inspired dish, mostly because the soyaki marinade I use is THE BEST. Next up, I will try a more Italian flare.

For those that are super excited for the riced cauliflower at TJ's, I have found it in the frozen section. There is also a fresh riced cauliflower package in the veggie section but I have never tried it. I know from reading other blogs the frozen stuff tends to run out. I usually shop at the ass crack of dawn because I am awake and TJ's turns into the seventh circle of hell on a weekend. Which means when I get there there's usually a whole bunch of bags. I usually get two every time I go,  but now I might bump that up to four. For 1.99 a bag I get two meals out of it, dinner and then a leftover lunch. Can't beat that!

Here's my little guy helping with the TJ's shopping. I look at this picture and holy crap he looks so big!
I need to up my protein game so I picked up a couple of Clif bars and some Larabars at Kroger yesterday. I will see how I like them. I can't do whey protein which is a pain in the butt. I am on a seach for the Larabars with the ALT in the name, they have added pea protein, but my Kroger didn't carry them. I can buy a case online but would like to taste them first to see if they are worth it.

Funny thing about peas, I had no idea they were a good source for protein until I started looking up vegan protein bars and powders. Now I know what I am adding to my stir frys!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

It's the Freakin' Weekend 'Bout to Have Me Some Fun

I'm having weird stomach issues: feeling overfull after only eating a little bit, some nausea, some wicked heartburn. (First person who asks me if I'm pregnant gets a kick in the shin!) I wanted to run last night but that wasn't going to happen. Hopefully this goes away soon.

I did manage to stay super active this weekend. Our city pool opened up on Saturday so we spent a couple of hours there on Saturday and again on Monday. The pool was jamming! I don't think I have ever seen it that busy. We usually go in the evenings when I get home from work and it's pretty dead. I have been debating signing up for the Masters Swim. It's from 6A to 7A and I know I can do it but I will miss out on mornings with my guys. Maybe I'll sign up for it when they're a little older. I did get a speedo, a swim cap, and new goggles so I will also be doing some laps in the evenings after the boys are in bed.

We had a bbq, and walked up to a parade, did lots of walking to the pool, really, we didn't stop moving for most of the weekend!

I changed things up for a bit and tried a pilates video on Friday. Seriously, y'all, I threw up a little bit during that video. It was a legs and core thing and I swear to god, the moves look super easy but the burn was real!!

With May rapidly ending and summer looming I am coming up with a personal challenge. My awesome fitness group will have our own thing, but for me I want to lose fifteen pounds this summer so I'm going for #15in3 (lose fifteen pounds by August 31). I tend to be way more active in the summer with just the boys alone so it's doable.  I've got this.

I'll take my measurements tonight but I already know I am improving as I moved up to the next heaviest weights in my free weights (fifteen pounders) and added weight to my bench press. We'll see if that is reflected in inches.

Hope you had a fantastic weekend! It will be Friday soon!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Beef Ragout, Cheese Souffle, Pie and Pudding En Flambe!

I am not much of a cook but I have to share with you my latest obsession.

Let me preface this by saying I am the last person to jump on food trends. I roll my eyes so hard when I read about Paleo and clean eating (seriously, that term has got to go away, clean eating implies other eating is dirty and somehow wrong and it just comes across of arrogant) that they should get stuck that way.

However, I am a carbaholic. It's bad, you guys. If I can find a way to get the feeling of carbs without the calories of carbs, I will go for it. Unfortunately, I don't really like cauliflower which seems to be the be all and end all substitute for carbs. Um, cauliflower crust does not taste like pizza crust.

I tired riced cauliflower instead of rice in a stir fry because I read a blogger who raved about it. I saw it at my local Trader Joe's and tossed a bag into my cart.

Um, good lord, it is the best.
Like I said, not a cauliflower fan, but the texture of this is PERFECT. I stir fry it with a bag of frozen veggies, add a little soyaki marinade, which also comes from TJ's, and I just want to make out with the whole thing. And it's just vegetables. Tons and tons of veggies. Next time I might scramble an egg and toss it in there. I made this a few nights ago and had it with Trader Joe's chickenless Orange Chicken. Don't judge me.

Now, whenever I go to TJ's I grab two bags of this. I am going to become a riced cauliflower hoarder. Tonight I'm going to try to make more of a Spanish rice with it with diced tomatoes, black beans, and green chilies. I'll let you know how it turns out.


Enjoy your long weekend!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Mistress Mary Quite Contrary

I spent a good chunk of my Saturday turning my little veggie garden from this:
Into this:
I know, I know not very many plants. Funny thing, we used to do tomatoes, but usually tomatoes end up being so prolific we can't keep up. I enjoy a raw tomato occasionally, as does Hubs, but we get too many and they are wasted. Yes, I could jar them and make sauces, etc. But, since I usually barely have time to make our dinner, let alone pre-make sauce for future dinners, I decided to pass on tomatoes this year.

What you see in that picture are two zucchini plants and two cucumber plants. Fingers crossed those puppies turn out! I love me some cukes and I love zucchini. I want to have oodles of both. Hopefully there's plenty of room for them to grow!

I couldn't figure out why my back and arms were so sore on Sunday until I remembered the gardening. Ah yes.

May has FLOWN by. I'm going to do a measurement update in a few days, see how I am doing there. I need to do more strength training, but I have been getting down to my basement gym at least once a week this month, sometimes twice, which is more than previous months. I have also been utilizing the incline of my treadmill. I am going to crush those Cincinnati hills next spring!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

I Met Him On a Monday and My Heart Stood Still

I haven't run in a week so I hauled my ass onto the treadmill yesterday to get some mileage in. Not actively training makes it hard to make myself move. I ran three miles, then spent twenty minutes kicking the incline of the treadmill up from a six to an eight to a ten while walking. Holy crap, did I feel the burn. But, I am proud of myself for not holding onto the arms of the treadmill and finishing strong. Those Cincinnati hills are going to be a walk in the park!

I finished my night out with thirty minutes of arms and legs weights. Fell the burn, Meg. FEEL THE BURN!!

My butt hurts today which is a good feeling! Well, not a good feeling exactly but I feel good knowing I worked hard enough to make my glutes sore today.

Better news, even better than working out updates, I got a role in a show! I tried a different community theatre and ended up with a nice sized role. I would have taken ensemble with this group, they were all so kind and nice at auditions. Instead, I have solos! Woo-hoo! I'll keep you posted on that.

I'll leave you with this, since I love a post with pictures. I came home from my audition on Monday to this lovely bouquet from Hubs. He was gone all weekend and he brought me these just because. Love that man.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Poor, Unfortunate Souls

I read somewhere that most people's comfort foods are foods you eat with a spoon because subconsciously they remind us of when we were little and being spoonfed by someone who took care of us. Maybe that is all wrong, but personally, my comfort foods are definitely soft spoon-eating foods. I had a rough weekend flying solo and Sunday night found myself fixing up mashed potatoes with canned corn. It wasn't the healthiest dinner, but it made me happy and comforted.

I auditioned for another musical and was once again rejected. You all, I know I am not leading lady material, I don't have the pipes for it. But, getting rejected for even a crappy part sucks. Deep breath and let it out. Another audition tonight. I honestly don't know how people do this professionally. I need to develop a thicker skin.

Between that, the lack of sleep with no husband home, the boys being great aside from being exhausted Sunday evening and melting down over everything, I ended up with my bowl of potatoes.

It's a new day and a new week. We survived the weekend.

 Hope Monday is kind to you.

Friday, May 13, 2016

But the Colorado Rocky Mountain High

For some reason I started reading Flying Pig Marathon recaps and I freaked out about the hills. Guys, I live in Michigan which is essentially as flat as a damn pancake. There are some hilly-ish areas around here, but not many. Training on hills is going to be hard, mostly because I will have to drive a distance to get anywhere with hills.

Alright.

But, I have people. I have my Moms Run This Town area chapter. On our Facebook group one member posted a link to this article:

Three Hill Workouts for the Treadmill

I am going to go with the Mindfully Long Hill Workout which sounds more like what I need to prepare myself:

  • Warm up by walking for 2 minutes.
  • Run easy for 8 minutes.
  • Repeat 3 times: Run one mile at a 3 percent incline at an easy effort in the Yellow Zone, or Zone 2 for heart rate. After each mile, run 2 minutes at 0 percent incline, at a faster, but controlled Orange Zone (or Zone 3 heart rate) effort to simulate the speed of running downhill. Then, run one minute easy (Yellow Zone) at 0 percent before moving on to the next rep.
  • Run easy for 5 minutes.
  • Cool down by walking for 2 minutes.

The women in my Lovely Ladies group have all joined together to train hills with me. We're going to do squats and wall sits and lunges and all the fun things a runner needs to do to get her ass over some hills. Speaking of asses, if after this training you can't bounce a quarter off of mine I will be sorely disappointed.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Born and Raised in South Detroit

FINALLY, some good news. I went to the endodontist for my follow-up appointment. I had a lovely apicoectomy last year and went in at six months and today to make sure it healed properly. Excellent news, all is good and I am done with the endodontist. Except I know how my mouth works so I have a feeling I will be back there some day down the road.

Eh.

I was so pumped about signing up for the marathon that I had to make sure I got a run workout in. I ran and then spent thirty minutes beating myself up on the weight bench.

Flying Pig is hilly for the first half of the course. From what I read, for at least the first eighteen or so miles. I am not going to let flat ass Michigan get me down. My plan, is to run hills on the treadmill. I just need to find a good hill workout. If you have one you love, let me know! When I can, there are a couple of Metroparks in the area that have hills on them, I will try to get my LONG runs going on those. We shall see. I think weights and hill training are going to be my best friend!

This is real.

Until then, my new goal for the summer (I won't start marathon training until September) is to PR my 5K. Let's do this!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Would You Capture It? Or Just Let It Slip?

Oh my god.

I am dumb.

I got caught up in the awesomenees that is my ladies group and all of a sudden I was entering numbers and filling shit out and then I got the email confirmation that told me I was signed up for this:
Uh, yeah, that says MARATHON.

Jesus.

Well, might as well come up with a training plan. I follow the Galloway method and he has an eight month plan for beginners. I might tweak it a bit but that sounds about right for me.

Holy shit.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Don't Let Me Hear You Say Life's Taking You Nowhere

My friend: Hey, so you run whatever pace you want. Don't worry about me.
Me: What are you talking about? I'm running this with you.
Friend: Why? I only signed up for this to support you!

My friend ran her second ever 5K without training on Saturday because for some reason she thought I needed her support? I have no idea where her brain was. But, she's one of my closest friends so we had fun and she said at just past mile two, "God, I hate running."

Fun times.

I didn't love the race. It was a SMALL one, which is usually fine, but I was told there would be medals for the boys when they finished their Mile and there were not any. Not cool. Thankfully, the boys didn't care, they just ran, then played on the playground with my husband while I ran the 5K.

C finishing with his arms up
A. finishing strong!
The best part, honestly, was this:
There were four of five of these with different names. I don't know if they randomly picked my name or if someone is friends with a different Meg B, but I enjoyed this. I am going to look at this picture when I get down in the dumps about stuff.

I can do it.

Hope you had a great weekend!

Friday, May 6, 2016

You've Got That Long Hair Slicked Back White T-Shirt

Two strength workouts and three run workouts done and all before Friday. I feel pretty accomplished!

Last night, I did not want to run. J had to run to the store to get me a mother's day present on a secret mission which meant I could either wait for him to get back or just use the dang treadmill. Treadmill it was.

This is my, it's beautiful outside but I am running indoors face:
The treadmill is in the basement so I couldn't even open a window and pretend I was outside! Such is life.

I sent a text to my friend who planned on running with me virtually. She'll  be at the 5K I'm running on Saturday. Then hit the rubber.
I have heard people say running on the treadmill is easier than running outdoors, at least easier on your body,  but man, it does not feel that way for me. The fifty plus minutes it took me to get through four miles felt like fifty hours. I tried to distract myself with the movie The Rock (yep cheesy, big budget action movie, sign me up!) but even Nic Cage couldn't save me. If I hadn't agreed to run four virtual miles with K. I probably would have stopped at three.

Then, it turns out, K ran out of time and had to cut her run short so she only ran three but I'm not bitter. A little bitter. Ok, a lot bitter.

I finished my workout off with thirty minutes of weights. Man, I am feeling every one of those weights today!

As for my weekend, I've got a busy one. Running a Mile Run with the guys and then a 5K immediately after. Taking the guys to a birthday party. Girl's Night for Mama. And Mother's Day celebrating with everyone on Sunday. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. If you're a mom or a dog mom or a mom-like person, happy mother's day. If you've lost your mom, extra hugs to you, I am thinking good thoughts for you!

Hope you enjoy your weekend! Anything fun planned?

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Climb Every Mountain Search High and Low

Weekly Workout 2 of 3 COMPLETE!
J had hockey last night which meant I got to hang out on the treadmill. I wasn't feeling a run so I walked at a BRISK pace for fifty-five minutes, with a five minute cooldown. I distracted myself by watching The Avengers. Nothing like Chris Hemsworth's arms to make me forget where I am.

The treadmill has been awesome. I am so glad I am able to use it when it's raining or I am home alone with the boys. Makes all the difference in the world.
No more excuses!

I didn't do weights yesterday, I will do them tonight, after my run. It's supposed to be just lovely out all day today so I'll either run with the boys in the stroller if they want to, or just run after they are in bed.

Look at me being all healthy and shit.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Are You Happy? Are You Satisfied?

Last night I did my first of three workouts this week. I ran three miles then headed to my gym (ie the basement) to work on some weights. I ended up beating myself up lifting for about forty-five minutes while I watched Inside Amy Schumer and Spring Baking Championship. A bit of a dichotomy there, right?

My run, the first one post half marathon, was GREAT! I am running a 5K on Saturday with the Guys so it was nice to know I could do a shake out run and feel this good.
The first mile went so well that I pushed myself extra hard for the second and third miles. During my first mile I just enjoyed the scenery. I pass this all the time, but usually have my timer going for my intervals and can't stop for a picture. (The stupid timer stops working if I take a picture, totally dumb) But, this time I didn't so I stopped.
The Guys think it's the doorway for a squirrel's house while I think it's for a fairy. We have fun debating it whenever we pass this tree.

Tonight Hubs has hockey so I will be running my three miles on the treadmill and participating in a May the Fourth Be With You Challenge. Can't beat that!

Monday, May 2, 2016

99 Red Balloons Go By/ Let's Move Festival of Races Half Marathon Recap

Ninth half marathon in the bag. Here's the recap:

Packet Pick-up
The half marathon was in my mom's neighborhood so she picked it up for me which was awesome. She said it was super easy to get through. I ended up with a long-sleeved tech shirt that says Half Marathon on it (the race had a marathon, half, and 5K so I like the special recognition), a bag, and a collapsible water bottle.

Start
Again, right near my mom's house so I dropped the boys of with her and the dropped me off right near the starting line. The start was at 9:30AM which I honestly think was late for a half marathon. The start was not organized well. The 5K race start at 10 and a bunch of 5Kers were there. I couldn't even hear the announcements telling people to line up over the crowd noise. I just followed the pacers and lined up behind them

You know how you get a bad feeling about a race right before it starts? I looked at the people lined up, the hundred or so sleek, fast runners and thought, "Oh shit, this is going to be one of those races where I ended up running by myself for most of it."

I was right.

Race
The course was great. I am a huge fan of races that are just one big loop. It is a bit disheartening to see the fast people on an out and back hitting Mile 8 or whatever when you are only on Mile 3. With a big loop I didn't see any of the fast runners.

Now, the rest of the race was my fault. I lined up behind the 2:45 pacers and made it a goal to keep them in sight. I did great for the first six miles. Then, I caught up to them and stupid me started running with them WITHOUT doing my walk/run of 30 sec walk/1:00 run. I lasted for over two miles like that, just running until my legs were all "hey Meg, eff off". I had to start back on my walk/run. It's funny, I will be the first person to tell you RUN YOUR OWN RACE it doesn't matter what the people around you are doing, do what you know. I stupidly didn't listen to my own self and I suffered the consequences on the last half on the race. Boo to that. Because if I had stuck to my guns, I bet I would have finished right around 2:45. Instead I struggled for the last two miles. Stupid, Meg, just stupid.

The course was nice, but very, very empty. Even running through neighborhoods, at 11 on a Saturday, there was no on around. I mean, no one, not people out in their years cheering, nothing. It was a bit twilight zoney, especially since Saturday morning was so lovely. Maybe they all knew the course would be in their 'hood and they skipped out.

There were water stations every 2.5 miles or so. Every water station had water and Gatorade. Supposedly one water station had Gu but I didn't see it being offered. I stuck with water for the most part, mixing some Gatorade with water around Mile 8. At one water station towards the end they ran out of water. Listen, course people, I was well ahead of the SIXTEEN MINUTE PER MILE pace requirement. It is completely unacceptable for a water station to run out of water. On top of that, the marathon was still going on, so there were potential marathoners (they ran two loops of the course) out there who wouldn't get water. I was pissed. Well, I would have been more pissed but I didn't have the energy.

I read two reviews on the race's Facebook page from marathoners complaining about not only the lack of food at the finish, but also the lack of even a race photographer. And we're talking two marathoners who finished under five hours with a 6.5 hour cut-off. Not cool.

Also, I just went through the photos and in doing that I realized there were NO photographers on the half marathon course. There were a shit ton of pictures of the 5K people but none of the half marathon. I get it, there are more 5K participants but come on!!
After the race I didn't bother with food or anything. I grabbed a cup of water from the finish line and my mom picked me up. I had to shower quickly and head off to a wedding where my husband was the best man. I have to tell you, that man looks GOOD in a tux.

Overall
I won't do this race again. First, there was the water stations running out and second, there was no food at the finish. I didn't even think of this, but there weren't bananas or bagels or anything. I had a ticket for free pizza but I'm glad I didn't try to use it because apparently the place that was offering the free pizza stopped offering it at noon and I didn't finish until almost 12:30.

I realize I am not a fast runner but I have ZERO respect or tolerance for a race that promotes itself to be friendly to all paces and then screws over the slower paces. In fact, the more I think about this, now that I'm not distracted by the wedding, the more upset I get. Honestly, when I turned the corner to the finish line it reminded me of a post-apocalyptic movie, an empty street with paper blowing in the wind and an empty finish line. I guess I should call myself lucky that I even got a medal!

However, the important thing here is I finished, I felt good, I danced the night away at a wedding. I highly recommend listening to Hamilton the musical while running long distances. It kept me smiling and moving when there was no one around.

I won't be running another half until the fall. I might run a few 10Ks here and there but for now my training will be on hold until half marathon training starts. Until then my goal is three three-five mile runs a week and plenty of strength training.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Friday, April 29, 2016

This Is The Moment! Damn All the Odds!

I don't know why I feel so good coming into this half marathon, but I do. My training has been good, but I haven't done any speed work (on purpose) so I doubt I will PR. I just look forward to a good race, finishing strong, and feeling good enough to go party at a wedding afterwards.

The timing of it will be tight. I should finish by 12:30 and the wedding ceremony starts at 2:00 on the other side of town. I will shower and change at my mom's, right by the race, and  then book it to that side of town. I am never hungry immediately following a long run, but I will pack a sandwich to eat on the way when the hunger strikes. Then I will go home, get my things because we are staying in a hotel on Saturday we are FANCY, and go to the reception/hotel which starts at six. I also plan on bringing some treats with me to the hotel so I can relax there for a little while since I have a feeling at some point my legs are going to tell me to go eff myself and I will want to put them up. Plus, I have a box of Thin Mints I have been saving since March! (In the freezer, I'm not an animal!)

Happy weekend to you. Happy running, happy trails! Please keep your fingers and toes crossed for no rain! Sorry, Katie, hope the weather gets better for your race!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Course By Course, One By One, 'Til You Shout 'Enough I'm Done!'

I made a goal at the start of this month to get 2000 active minutes. Well, I am currently sitting at 1823 and I have a half marathon on Saturday that combined with the walk to the start and the walk home should put my well over 180 minutes. Woo-hoo!

I also tried a bunch of new recipes this week. I have been aiming for more meat free eating over the past couple of weeks and this week was the first one where all of the meals I cooked were vegetarian. Hubs is a good sport about it, he just gets his meat fix for lunches or will make a sandwich. And the boys have never really liked meat so it has worked for all of us.

I made this awesome Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa last night. I highly recommend it, even if you aren't a vegetarian. It cooked a little longer than I wanted it to and I worried it would be too mushy, but it was just right. I am having some for my lunch today and probably tomorrow, as well. Yum!

For the next two days I am going to focus on drinking tons of water and staying off my feet as much as possible as a person can when they have twin three year olds in their life. I feel really good about this upcoming race and want to keep that feeling going through the start on Saturday.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Humidty's Risin', Barometer's Getting Low

I have reached the point of half marathon training I like to call, Obsess Over the Weather.


So far so good. Race is on the 30th and the weather looks great! I like a partly cloudy day for running. Just straight old sunny looks really pretty but gets pretty warm. The race starts at 9:30 which seems odd to me, it's a late start for a half marathon. I ran last Saturday at 10:00 am and by the very end started to get warm so the timing of it should be about the same. It was also SUNNY.

Fingers crossed things stay the way they are predicting!

Next step in training: Figure Out What the Eff to Wear!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

My Stupid Mouth Has Got Me In Trouble

And then Meg lost her mind.

I had a cleaning today, my semi-annual one. Yep, I have dental insurance and I use it like a boss. Twice a year I get my teeth scraped and cleaned and sparkly. And twice a year, almost without fail, my dentist tells me there is something wrong with my teeth.

This time it's a cavity. You know you have special teeth when both your hygienist and dentist go back to last year's x-ray to make sure they aren't imagining things because the cavity is so big that it is pretty impressive it just showed up as quickly as it did. Yep, my mouth is mind boggling even to my dentist.

I admit it, I cried. I know, lame, right? I have had a shit ton of work done to my mouth in the last year and this is just a stupid cavity. I have seen specialists for pete's sake! Ever heard of an endodontist? If you haven't you are lucky. (I mean spellcheck doesn't even recognize Endodontist as a WORD!) After all that I have done, after all the flossing I do, and yes I actually floss every single damn day and if I forget to floss at night, I floss in the morning and AGAIN at night to make up for it, I am not kidding when I admit that...after all that I end up with a whopper of a cavity.

Well suck it, Trebek.

You're the worst, Burr.

Balls.

It is infuriating and maddening and frustrating. I am frustrated. I just...look, I just want to have a pity party for a little while and wallow. I want to be mad and upset about it. I want to shake my fist at the sky a la Charlton "Damn you, dirty apes!" Heston.

You go about your day, I'll be the one crying over a stupid tooth.

Monday, April 25, 2016

At Least I Keep His Eyes In My Life

My friend who was going to ride her bike with me for my long run on Saturday ended up backing out because her son was sick Friday night. Trust me, I get it, handling sick kiddos in the middle of the night is never fun and is completely exhausting.

I started later than I would have liked, left my house just after 10:00. I took out two water bottles, but left one on my front porch. My plan was to run an out and back in one direction, switch out the empty water bottle, then run and out and back in a different direction for a grand total of eleven miles. Temperature was in the 40's, sunny. with a nice crisp breeze. For a bit I wore a heandband over my ears but ditched it as I warmed up.

My plan went off without a hitch aside from one or two nitpicks. My goals was to run about a 13:30 to 13:50 mile. Aside from the times where I ended up waiting at busy intersections that's exactly what I did.
I felt great the entire run. Towards the end my legs felt a little sluggish, but I wasn't dying for it to be over. Makes me feel pretty good about the half next weekend.

One of the ways I planned my run was to pick neighborhoods I don't normally run it, at least for the first part. I found a cute park I figured the boys would love so after my run I loaded them in the car and we played for a while.
Sandpit full of trucks and toys AND a dinosaur!
My legs felt great all day, I felt awesome all was good. Then on Sunday we walked up to the park with the boys and walking back with a kiddo on my shoulders while wearing flip flops completely jacked up my left hip and knee. Which makes me swing back towards the feeling nervous about Saturday's half marathon. My plan this week is to take it easy, with one or two short and easy shake out runs on Tues and Thursday just to keep my legs fresh. Wish me luck!

Hope you had a great weekend!