Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Mama, If That's Movin' Up Then I'm Movin' Out

Move in for my friends was a success!

I forgot to mention their apartment (we moved them into their new house) was a third floor walk-up. That's right, not only did I carry a shit ton of boxes but I also carried them down the stairs. I proudly got in 73 minutes of activity. My goal for the month of March was 1500 minutes so in the next three days I need to get 177 minutes of activity. I have runs planned for today and tomorrow, that will help. Plus, my strength workouts. I can do it!

After all that lifting I woke up this morning with that sore "Dear God what did I do to myself" kind of feeling one gets after exerting oneself. It's a good feeling but also a painful one.

My awesome Lovely Ladies group is working on paying it forward this week. We all had rough weeks last week for one reason or another so we're really working on doing kind things this week. Yesterday, I sent an email complimenting two people I interacted with these weekend since I know, as a manager, it is rare to hear good things and only bad, bad, bad.

Today, I sent a thank you Starbucks gift card to a dear friend who gave me a bunch of workout clothes that were too big for her. It's not really a kind gesture since it is more of a 'thank you' than anything, but I meant to do it ages ago and this week reminded me to do it. Now to keep my eye out for a chance to do more good today!

Random Fun Thing: Pajiba is hosting a sex-off bracket. It's racy and there is swearing so maybe NSFW if you can't look at that stuff, but basically, it's which character would be better in the sack. The reasoning the creator of the bracket puts behind each match-up is pretty clever and there are some where you just have to yell, "NOOOOO!!!" and randomly pick one.(I am talking to you Ian Malcolm vs. Indiana Jones)

Hope you have a good day!!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Chckety China the Chinese Chicken

Last week my goal was three days of strength training. I am happy to say I got at least two days in, so three-quarters of the way there.

I also ran three days last week. I didn't get as much long of a run in on Sunday as I would have liked but I did get in 3.10 for my #LLBunnyHop5K. I consider that a success since so much shit (sorry I have to swear it really has been a big, fat suck) went down in the last couple of days that just getting out of the house on my own was a damn miracle.

I did plenty of walking on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday between taking the boys to the park and my run I ended up with 121 minutes of activity. Cute park story, on our way there we noticed the fire truck at our local fire station was out getting washed so we headed that way. As we got there, the fire fighter was backing it into the garage so the boys watched. Then he came out and asked the boys if they wanted to see inside the truck. We spent a few minutes taking turns sitting in the truck and honking the horn. Made their day. Seriously, we have had wonderful interactions with a couple of police officers in our small city, as well. Our Public Safety Department rocks!
Finding those Easter eggs!
It was cold enough for coats in the morning and warm enough for shorts in the afternoon.
This week, I will again aim for three strength training days and at least three runs. Fingers crossed! I am helping a friend move tonight so if I carry enough boxes you bet your sweet ass I am counting it as a strength workout.

Oh man, I forgot to mention during my run yesterday I wore a running skirt! Woo hoo to warm weather. I had super hairy and super pale legs, but I didn't care, it was awesome!

Any plans for this week? Anyone on spring break? ENJOY!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Two Hearts Girl Get the Job Done

I ran last night because I slept in yesterday morning. Today is my husband's birthday and I have plans for him post-hockey which means no time for a run. I set my alarm for 5:30AM thinking I probably would turn it off and sleep through it.
I had timer issues during Mile 2 which sucks because I know it would have been faster

Yet, when it went off I woke up. I didn't even have to have my usual AM pep talk (Get out bed. No! Come on, get out bed. NO!) just sat up, put my glasses on, said, screw it and went for a run.

Now, it has been a while since I ran in the morning so my legs took some time to wake up. Plus, I ran last night, remember? I ran at about 8PM.Doing the math, I realized I was pretty much running twice in less than twelve hours. Did I mention I did speed work last night? Well, I did. Because I am crazy.

My leaden legs remained leaden past the usual mile point. It wasn't until I was almost to two miles that they started to feel OK. Not even good, you guys, just simply OK. Note to self:  back to back runs like that maybe not the best idea.
I  like how my run is almost symmetrical. I didn't even do that on purpose.

But, I ran. I ran in the morning when I didn't want to. That is my second run this week (I count Sunday as the end of my week, not the start, as does Map My Run) and I feel good about it. One more and I have reached my goal of three runs a week. Since I have two more planned I will surpass that goal. Plus, since my run is out of the way I can do a good arm workout tonight after the birthday festivities! Wins all around!

I almost forgot, today I weighed in for Weigh-In Wednesday and I am down 0.8 pounds, which let's be honest is practically a pound, right? I am officially one pound more than my lowest weight this year. Keep on going down, scale!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

You Might Think I Can't Take It But You're Wrong

Sometimes I just have to break my life up into manageable pieces. Right now I will survive this week.

This week my goal is to run three times and to do three strength workouts. Yesterday was a rest day from running so I did a strength workout. I did squats and then a bunch of different arm moves I found by perusing YouTube and using exercises I have known to work for me. No weights this time, the weight bench is in the basement AND the HDMI cord is not hooked up to it. (Had to pilfer the one from the basement after the twins broke the one on the upstairs TV and have yet to hook up the replacement one. Yes, I am sure it will only take a second. My lack of electronics knowledge knows no bounds). No way am I working out in the scary basement without the television on!

This evening I will run since I forgot to run this morning. OK, I didn't forget, but my husband is still sick and it is easier for me to run right when the boys go to sleep then run in the morning and worry I won't be home before they wake up.

Wish I had decided that before my alarm went off at 5:30AM.


I am hosting another virtual 5K, the Bunny Hop 5K, which will be held on Easter Sunday (March 27, 2016). Run/walk/swim/bike a 5K or any K distance you want. Feel free to share an image on social media tagged #LLBunnyHop5K. I am planning on a 10K myself, but that's because I have an 8 mile run on the schedule.

Monday, March 21, 2016

I'm Simply Saying That Life Finds A Way

Take one sick husband.

Add in two very active toddlers.

Take one woman who plans on running a half marathon about a forty minute drive from her house. It should take her just under three hours to run the race. With the commute on either end, it would be about a five hour commitment.

Again, don't forget the sick husband.

And the active toddlers.

In order to run my half marathon yesterday I would have had to leave the house by 6:30 in the morning. I wanted to get there early enough to pick up my packet and get decent parking.

I just couldn't do it. I couldn't ask someone to come over that early to babysit the boys while my husband continued to be miserable from whatever ails him.

I didn't run my half marathon yesterday.

I am bummed. Making the rational adult decision sucks.

Instead once the boys were awake, I got them some breakfast then we went to my sister's house once her daughter was awake. They played with her while I ran five miles. It wasn't the 13.1 I planned on running but it was better than nothing.
Nothing like a little bathroom selfie before a run!
Gotta love negative splits.
Then I signed up for a half marathon at the end of April because damnit, I am going to run a spring half marathon. Gives me about eight weeks to train which sounds about perfect as I am coming off of my taper for this half marathon.

You know what I am truly bummed about? I had a box of Girl Scout cookies I was planning on opening yesterday after my half. Instead they went into the basement freezer.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Reluctantly Crouched at the Starting Line. Engines Pumping and Thumping In Time.

On Sunday I will run my first half marathon of the year. I am actually, sorta, well trained for this one. not for speed or anything, but I have the mileage under my belt, sort of, so I shouldn't be miserable at the end. At least I hope not.

Two worries:

1. I have a heel crack on each foot that bother me when I walk. They aren't gut-wrenchingly painful but they hurt enough that I'm worried if they aren't mostly healed by Sunday they might bug me. Keep your fingers crossed all of my hydrating and petroleum jellying works out!

2.  Husband has been fighting a stomach bug since Tuesday. Or rather, he had the stomach bug on Tuesday and is still working his way back to healthy. Keep your fingers AND toes crossed it doesn't get me this weekend!

I like that my worries aren't about the actual race. Everything I have heard about it makes me believe it is a well run race. Plus, the weather is supposed to cooperate, in the 40's with some cloud cover. I can handle that!

Leading up to Sunday I will focus on my water. One of the smart women in my LL group suggested setting an alarm as a water reminder. Since I have a tendency to not drink as much on the weekends because I am running after my guys I thought that was a great idea and will be doing it for sure.

Here's to the first big race of the year! Hope you have a good weekend!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A Plague on Both Your Houses

I know, it's not from Julius Caesar, but I am feeling angry so that Shakespeare quote fit my mood better.

I auditioned for a part in 9 to 5 The Musical for one of our local community theatres. I did not get a part. In fact, not only did I not get a part but this woman I cannot stand who is a favorite amongst the community theatre set for reasons that defy me, did get the part.

So there's that.

Auditions are worse than dating. The problem with my own auditions is I get super nervy and have a hard time truly showing off my voice. Much like dating, I think I read better after you get to know me. My sarcasm and keen wit take some getting used to. Add to it I'm an introvert, aside from when I am acting go figure, and well...let's just say I am thankful I am married and don't have to deal with Tinder.

The good news, instead of drowning my sorrows in pounds of spaghetti, I am just focusing on working off may anger in other ways. I think I shall go for a run.

In a few days I will be able to look at this and say, well at least I tired. Because no matter what, there is that. At least I tried.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

And If This Child, Shares a Fraction of Your Smile

I had one of those evenings last night where I turned into the Incredible Hulk and raged at my kids. They had a fantastic day with their grandparents but by the time I got home from work, got them fed, I was left with two overtired little boys.

I thought a bath would settle them down but somehow in the three seconds I was away from the bathroom they managed to empty the bathtub onto the bathroom floor.

I yelled. I'm not proud of it. At the time, a little part in the back of my mind was all, "ok, clearly this isn't helping" but parents can be overtired, too. Tried to get them to settle down for bed to no avail. I ended up just putting them in their room, removing everything they could play with, and leaving them hoping they would fall asleep.

My husband came home from hockey shortly after that and between the two of us we got them to fall asleep.

On nights like those, where I am exhausted mentally and physically, it is so easy to mindlessly snack. By the time the boys fell asleep I was well past hangry. I had soup and salad with grilled shrimp Hubs brought home for me, which was delicious.

I should have run. I had three miles planned, was going to leave as soon as my husband got home, but being the Incredible Hulk takes a lot out of me. Instead I used the stair stepper for a half hour and called it a day.

I posted a cute picture of my boys on Instagram to remind myself that even when I yell, even when I think I am a crappy parent, I still love them with everything I've got and hope they still love me, too.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

I'm a Loser. Baby

I'm just going to do a bullet point list for all of my random ramblings today.

*I weighed in this morning and am 4.4 pounds down from last week. Last week's weigh-in was rough, I had a rough couple of weeks leading up to it so I knew it would be bad. Thankfully, the scale is now heading in the right direction.

*I really didn't want to run last night. I stayed up too late Monday night reading. Side note: I am seriously into this Regency romance author Sarah MacLean, her books are a delight. It's a tough time period to write, the women, obviously, didn't have a lot of choices back in the day. But, she does an excellent job, they are quick reads, and she writes a series including the same characters but giving each of them their starring role. What I am saying is you should check her out. Wow, that was a big side note. Anyway, I really didn't want to run last night but I had a slightly heavier than normal calorie day knowing I would be running and couldn't justify NOT running. It's absolutely gorgeous here right now, yesterday it was seventy degrees! I started running playing the Runner Mental Game of OK I will only do two miles. OK, now I will do three miles. I ended up with 3.20 miles. Not my fastest, but better than 0.0 miles.
No hat, no scarf, no jacket. Yay spring!
*My mother-in-law commented on how she noticed I've been losing weight lately. I didn't want to call her a liar, and instead said thank you, because hey, almost five pounds in a week could be noticeable to someone other than me.

*I am obsessed with Dole chopped salads. Forgive the picture, it's a little blurry, but I made this taco salad on Monday.
I like the chopped salad because it's mostly cabbage with some kale and shredded carrots and the cabbage just feels more solid, you know? I added ground turkey with taco seasonings, a tiny bit of cheese, and salsa instead of salad dressing. It was great!

*I have been focusing on my water like crazy pants.
It's bigger on the inside.
*Finally, I hit a rough patch a few weeks ago. Took me some time to come out of it it. I have to tell you, the women in my LL group are just the best. I got Facebook messages checking on me and posts wondering where I was. It was very sweet and just what I needed to drag myself out of my funk. So, thanks ladies. I am super lucky to have friends like you!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Praise the Lord, Get Out the Ammunition

I DID run on Friday night so thank you all for the encouragement. I ended up with a great three mile run. Saturday I had an active day of sledding with toddlers, chasing toddlers, pushing around a giant snow boulder, and playing in the snow. I am beyond sick of winter, even though it has been a mild one here, but I don't mind it quite as much when I get to have a snowball fight with my guys.

Sunday I had my first long run of this training cycle, oops. It went much better than I expected it to, I ended up with 10 miles. However, I forgot to bring fuel. I had lunch not that long before I ran so assumed I would be fine.

Nope. Rookie mistake. At about Mile 7 my stomach started growling and I could feel myself getting light headed. Oops. I powered through with the plan to end my ten miles at the library, which is a half mile from my house. Figured  I would pick up some books I have on hold and walk home for my cool down.

The library was closed when I got there! I thought they were open until five, nope it was only until four. NOOOOOO!!!

Trust me when I say that extra half mile walk sucked. The whole walk home I may have grumbled about how I could have been home eating dinner. Yep, run ten miles without complaints, whine when I have to walk a half a mile. I'm awesome like that.

My calves have been bothering me when I run and I just realized it's probably because my shoes are getting worn out. New shoes here I come! I will get them this week so I can get a few miles on them before my half marathon on the 20th.

Today is a rest day. A rest day and a vocal lessons day as I meet with a friend who is going to help me work on my audition song for auditions next Monday. I really hope I get a part, it has been far too long since I've been on a stage. I hung out with my Robocop: The Musical friend and his cast on Saturday and I have to admit I really miss being around theatre people. There is nothing quite like the bonding one gets with their cast mates.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Friday, March 4, 2016

You're On Your Own. Awesome. Wow.

I feel like I have been on a non-stop roller coaster full of peanut butter M&M's and more than the occasional bagel. That has to stop.

The weather and life have prevented me from running this week  and I hate that because I really count on my running to help with my calorie burn. The only real active thing other than some laps around my office yesterday was twenty-five minutes on the stair stepper on Wednesday. And even then I had to have serious come to Jesus talk with myself (I get all animated and shit, too you would love it) just to get on the damn thing.


Enough is enough. I started today off right, I had oatmeal with an 1/8 cup of dried cranberries and two packets of Truvia. Delicious and enough to last me through to my awesome salad for lunch. I got this.
That is oatmeal in a stryofoam cup. Because I keep it classy and hurt the environment
It's also supposed to be nice enough out this evening, and Hubs doesn't skate until 11PM, that I will get a run in after the Guys eat their dinner. Wins all around!

Enjoy your weekend again. I am going to see Robocop: The Muscal for a second time because I have another friend who wants to see it and my friend is in it and I LOVED it the first time I saw it last week. I also plan on run, run, running my tush off!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

It Takes a Leap of Faith to Get Things Going

For the last two years I had a yearly goal to run a race a month, usually a 5K with the occasional half marathon thrown in there for good measure.

I didn't do that this year, I've had a lot on my plate and trying to figure out where I can run in January when I really, really don't want to run got old.

I had my first race of the year last night. I had my eye on it but here in Michigan you never know what the weather will be like so I held off until the last minute and registered Friday. The race was a Leap Year Four Miler in New Hudson at a Metropark.

 I think because the 29th fell on a Monday this year the racing company set this up as an evening run. Start time was 6:30PM. Unfortunately, there weren't enough port-a-johns so the director delayed the start for ten minutes to try to get people who had been in line for a half hour (I waited twenty minutes) a chance to get to the starting line.

I don't know if it was the standing around for forty minutes in the brisk wind or running on Saturday and Sunday, but my legs were not happy with me for the first two miles. Halfway through the second mile I had to stop and stretch out my calves because the muscles felt like they were made of stone. I think they warmed up enough after that that I was able to buckle down and haul ass for the last two miles.

The last half mile was straight into the wind. For the most part, the rest of the course was sheltered from it with the occasional open windy spot. Man, running into that wind sucked. In fact, I had to take a walk break a little early because I couldn't catch my breath with the wind blowing straight into my face. I would also like to take a second to apologize to the people around me. There were a couple of times where I dropped F-bombs. "You've got to be effing kidding me!" Trust me, the wind sucked.

It was a fun run plus we got glow in the dark medals and a super comfy sweatshirt. I had to book it to trivia right from the race (you're welcome teammates. Thank goodness for deodorant and body spray!) where we ended up getting first place. Woo-hoo!

Now I am twenty days out from my first half marathon of the year. Training for that one has been rough, while the winter has been mild it seems all of my weekday runs have been jacked up because of ice or snow.

Is it really March already? It feels like February flew by. I am going to buckle down and focus on my running this month. Three days a week, minimum! I've got this!