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!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

I Hurt Myself Today

That scream you heard? That was me submerging myself in the bathtub and finding the spot the hook and eye enclosure from my bra rubbed raw. Hooo-weeee did that ever sting! Note to self: ditch that old sports bra ASAP!

I don't normally worry about chafing on short runs but for some reason I had some lovely spots after this one. I won't go into details about where the spots are but let me tell you, it ain't pretty.

For some stupid reason I was all pumped for this run so took off out of my house like a bat out of hell. Wrong move. Game over, man, game over. My shins started screaming at me by .5 miles and I had to chant over and over "The first mile lies, the first mile lies, sweet jesus, the first mile lies" otherwise I would have turned right around and gone back home. By the start of the second mile my legs hurt so bad I had to stop and stretch. It took me a full minute or two of stretching before I could move again and then I slowed way down to just give my legs a chance to recover. After that lovely slow second mile I decided to kick it up a notch for my last mile.
I realized after my run that I walked on the treadmill the previous night in kinda crappy shoes. I wonder if that also had something to do with my shin pain. I will not be doing any walking on Friday since I have an 11 mile run planned for Saturday. My best friend is going to ride her bike next to me for support. It's really awesome she was talking about getting into running so we're going to start meeting up with the kiddos in the jogging strollers and running a mile or two to get her started then letting the kiddos go play at the park. Everyone gets fresh air!

Can it be Friday yet? This week is being very unkind and moving slow as molasses!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Is It Getting Better or Do You Feel the Same?

There are times where working out and being active come easily to me and times where I struggle something fierce just to get out the door. Usually I have to trick my mind into working out. For example, last night, I needed to run. It didn't need to be a long run by any means, but a decent run, especially after my poor showing on the treadmill. I had plans to watch the second season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix last night. Instead of driving to her house, I ran there and then she drove me home.


It was a five mile run, but I overshot her house, they just moved there, so I got a little lost and it was more like a five and a half mile run. Thank goodness for map apps on phones, that's all I have to say.



I have to repeat to myself over and over that the first mile is a lie. Seriously, I have no idea how runners become runners when we have to deal with Mile One. Three quarters of the way through that bad boy I was all set to turn around and just drive to my friend's house. Does anyone know the science behind Mile One Suckage? Thankfully I was listening to Hamilton and powered through. The rest of the run was great, in fact I felt like I could have gone longer and my legs still feel good today. Stupid first mile. What are your tricks to get through it?

Monday, April 18, 2016

I Was Kissing Valentino By A Crystal Blue Italian Stream

It is always hard to start the week after having such a wonderful week with the family. As we were driving home from a party yesterday evening one of my sons said, "Mama, I had a good day today." True story, kiddo.

I kept pretty active. Saturday evening my husband went out for a bachelor party and once the boys were in bed I figured I would give my new treadmill a whirl. It has been a long time since I ran on a treadmill, it took a lot out of me. I need to figure out what pace works best for me, that's for sure. I rented Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (I love me some big budget action movies) and ran for 5.5 miles. I needed eight, but like I said, getting the pace on the treadmill was tough, plus I was tired. I'm happy with what I got in there.
I would also like to count in the calorie burn from Friday evening. It was a pain in the butt to get the treadmill down there and once it was my husband said he was never going to move it again. If we ever move, the new homeowners will get it as a housewarming present!

On Sunday, we had a little adventure. I was on the way to my mom's house with the boys when we had a tire go flat on us. I was on the expressway and it wasn't quite a blow out, but the low pressure light went on and then I could feel the tug on the steering wheel of a flat tire. I managed to get over three lanes, and off the expressway, all while chirping like Mary Poppins, "Everything is great. We're doing fine. We are great! You are such wonderful boys." I have had it ingrained in my head my whole life that you don't stop on the side of the expressway for a flat tire. As my mother always used to say, "You can always replace a rim, but you can't replace a life". I drove on the flat tire with my hazards on to the nearest exit, then pulled in the first driveway which just happened to be at a tire store. HA! They were closed, but we left the truck there, did a switcheroo with the minivan and I was on my merry way an hour later.

I get made fun of by my family for driving like an old person, I don't speed, I am a cautious driver, etc, but I felt like Ricky effing Bobby after that little adventure!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Less than two weeks until my half. Happy Boston Marathon Day! My Mom's Run This Town group is running 2.16 miles today in honor of Kathrine Switzer (first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon, if you don't know much about her, read this, it's pretty awesome). If you can, get out and run, walk, bike, or elliptical that distance and share a picture! Happy Monday!

Friday, April 15, 2016

If You Call, I Will Answer

I put the call out on the good ole FB looking for a used treadmill for about 100 bucks. I'm not looking for anything fancy, just something I can use, either when I am home with the boys at night while hubs is out, or if the weather if really crappy. Now that I have decided to bite the bullet when it comes to a full marathon I will need reliant workout equipment. If I train in the winter I can't let ice stop me, no sirree.

I got two responses because my friends are awesome. One friend checked with her in-laws. They're going to sell me a barely used, three year old treadmill for 100 bucks. Barely used, all the bells and whistles woo-hoo. Another friend has one she brought with her from Florida and isn't using, she joined a gym.  She is giving it to me for free! I'm starting with the free one, since it is closer. Setting that up, then when I can, picking up the fancier one. Once I get that one, I will give the free one to a friend who said she wanted it. Wins all around!

I have to tell you there is nothing quite like feeling the runner love from your friends!

It's Fri-Yay you all, so hope you have an excellent weekend. I'm getting a long run in, eight to ten miles, and enjoying family time. What about you?

Let me leave you with this photo. I snapped it as we walked to school this morning. You can't tell with the boys, but we're all holding hands.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Family That Runs Together Has Funs Together

We have this game we play when we're driving and see a runner. One of the boys will spot the runner and say, "Look a runner, Mama!" and I'll say, "Who else is a runner?" and the will say, "You, Mama. And me and my brudder!"

I have little runners and I love it.

They love racing. They tolerate running with me, but unless it's a closed course, I don't let them get out of the stroller. We have done a few kids races, but it's funny, the 1/4 Mile distance is almost too short for them.

I debated signing them up for a mile fun run. A mile is a long way when you're little. I don't want them to hate it. I contacted the race director because I am going to run the 5K for the same race, a half hour after the mile run. I asked if I could run the Fun Run and just have the boys run with me. He suggested registering both boys. Yes the race gets more money from that but it's for a good cause so I'm not mad and the boys will each get a medal. I will run with them with the jogging stroller and if they need a break, I'll toss them in there, run with them, and let them run across the finish line. It's the weekend after my half, so I'm not expecting to break records here. I just hope the boys have fun and get to run as much as they want to.

Running together as a family makes my heart happy.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Come With Me and You'll Be in a World of Pure Imagination

I am not much of a cook. I can make a decent casserole. And I can boil water like a champ. But, other than that, not so much.

Usually when I attempt a recipe if the ingredients list is too long, I saw screw it and don't make it. But, my friend at Runs to Get Waisted raved over this recipe and Hubs loves him some carrot cake so I thought I would give it a shot.

Oh She Glows Heavenly Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

I managed to follow the directions pretty well while also making dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets for the kiddos, making sure they washed their hands, filling milk cups, etc. That I didn't forget an ingredient is a minor miracle since I was going off the recipe on the phone. I should have just grabbed the tablet but see above wrangling.

I got everything in the greased pan and into the oven it went.
"Wow, that looks interesting." - My husband
I pushed the ingredients down into the mix as much as I could but they ended up floating to the top anyway, so my baked oatmeal has a layer of dried fruit and nuts on top. I might try mixing them into the batter before dumping it into the baking dish next time just to see if it gets incorporated better.

It says it serves six, but I ended up cutting it into eight pieces. I brought one for my midmorning breakfast at work.On MFP it tracks at 239 calories a piece if it is eight servings.
It's good. Here is where I admit I'm not really a HUGE carrot cake fan. Hubs loves the stuff so I made it for him. It tastes mostly like cinnamon oatmeal with bits of carrot and nuts in it. I also threw in some dried blueberries because I had them on hand. They add a nice pop of sweetness. I will for sure make this again. I might mess around and attempt other baked oatmeals. Because I am crazy like that!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

No More War Pigs Have the Power

In two weeks I will run my...I don't know eighth or ninth half marathon. You know, I want an exact number. Stand by while I tally it up.

Free Press
Free Press
Detroit Women's Half
Cocoa Classic
Running through the Vines
Martian Half Marathon
Detroit Women's Half
Monroe Half

Look at that, I was right. I will be running my ninth half marathon. I ran one marathon six years ago, hated every second of it, and swore I would never look back.

But, by the end of this year, barring any injury,  I will have run ten half marathons (I am signed up for the Chicago Half in September). Seems to me like that's a mighty fine time to make a second go at full marathon running.

There are some differences between runner Meg six years ago and now. First, about thirty pounds. And then there's the two little boys who take up a big chunk of my life. But, I think I can manage the training. I am working on getting a friend to run it with me so we can do our long runs together. Plus, I am way more comfortable with the Galloway method which I have used for every race since the Detroit Women's Half my first time around.

OK, so I've thought about it. Now to pick a race. I want to travel somewhere. I want it to be slow runner friendly. I want there to be crowd support. I want it to be in the spring because I do my best training during the winter months. After checking out the available ones, I think I might run the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati. This year it is on May 1, so next year I am assuming it will be around that time.

Anyone run that race? Hear anything about it? Want to run with me? Come on, you know you want to! Reviews say it's a great one for newbies. A little hilly, but from the course elevation chart it looks like the second half of the course is downhill so woo hoo to that.

Monday, April 11, 2016

I Wanna Wake Up in a City That Doesn't Sleep

I don't vacation that often, especially now that we have kids. Last year the whole family went to Montana for my brother's wedding which was amazeballs, but was also ten days of family, and I love them I really do, but it was intense. Plus, I was in Mom Mode.

My sister and I went to New York this past weekend to visit my brother and his family. It was so nice to hang out with my sis and just be together as sisters and friends, not as moms. Most of the time when we hang out we are wrangling kids, so it makes it hard to focus on each other. That was by far my favorite part of the trip. We laughed so hard at the dumbest things, even now I can start to giggle thinking about some of them.

We left early Thursday morning. We got in, dropped our stuff off at my brother's apartment, then spent the day walking around the city. Since we were up so early, we had an early evening. I think I was asleep by 8:30.
That's a lot of steps.

The next day we got to go to school with our niece and nephew, see their classroom, which was awesome. After that, our plan was to head up to the reservoir in Central Park. My sister doesn't run but she planned on sitting on a bench and hanging out while I ran two laps around the reservoir. Mother Nature laughed in our faces at this plan. As we walked the twenty or so blocks from the school to the reservoir the day was lovely and sunny with a crisp breeze. I had a regular jacket, not my running jacket no room in the suitcase, and a long sleeved tech shirt on and figured I would be fine as long as there was sun.

Look at that sunshine!
Ha. Ha. Ha.

Sis, "Look like you're running."
As soon as I got to the path around the reservoir it started to rain. And then sleet. I was pelted in the face by tiny bits of ice. I made it a quarter mile then turned around. My sister decided to cab it back to my brothers. I figured I would just at least run back.

Thankfully, as I continued back along the reservoir the sleet stopped. It drizzled a bit, and was windy as a mother effer, but not horrific.
Once I did a full loop around, I decided to head off that path and onto the bridal path which was hillier. I ran on that for a bit, then around the city streets until I ended up with 3.5 miles.
The first mile included the whole stopping because of sleet bullshit.
After a wonderful run we brunched because that is what classy ladies do.

"Lift up your effing pinkies like a classy lady!"
Then we walked some more, visited some touristy sites (Hamilton's grave yep I am a nerd) like the Brooklyn Bridge and the WTC Memorial.
People put coins on his monument which is dorky and awesome!
We walked to the middle, then turned around and came back. I can't handle the hipsterness of Brooklyn
 Look at all that activity!
 
On Saturday we went to a hockey game with my brother and nephew. It worked out, it was the Detroit Red Wings vs. the New York Rangers. The Red Wings lost, but it was still fun. My sweet nephew said, "I'm sorry the Red Wings lost, Auntie Meg." which helped make up for his dad taunting us. Older brothers, sheesh.

My sister in law is huge into Soul Cycle. It's pretty much a fancy cycling class with mood lighting. I went with her Saturday evening. It was a 90's Hip Hop class. I have heard the instructors can get a little spiritual up in there "Breath out your aggression" or "This last song is for someone you love" stuff like that. Thankfully, perhaps because of the theme, the instructor did none of that. I was worried I would be the biggest person there and while I was, there were also other women close in size. AND, the best part, they turn the lights off other than a spot on the instructor which means no one could see me angry sweating in the back row. I got a good workout, but not sure it is for me.

 Now I went into this vacation trying to be as active as possible. I wanted to run in Central Park, I wanted to walk a bunch, and I didn't want to ruin my fitness and eating plans entirely. I think I accomplished that. I had some fun meals, some treats:
Chocolate with chocolate butter cream and salted caramel with some sort of light and fluffy frosting. Neither was spectacular
 but for the most part I stuck to my plan. I avoided soda except for the hockey game when the only option of a beverage would have been a sugary juice with more calories, so I split a Diet Coke with my sister.

Because of my sister's awesome planning, we got in early enough Sunday morning I was able to spend the day with my guys and relax. I should have grocery shopped and done laundry, but eh, there's always tomorrow.

I had a fantastic trip. It was an excellent way to usher in my 36th birthday.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

I'm Young, Scrappy, and Hungry

I turn 36 next week. It's not a monumental birthday by any means, but it is a tick in the direction towards "quickly heading out of my thirties". I don't know where I read it or who said it, but somewhere in my life I heard about your thirties being the best years of your life. I would have to say, so far they have not let me down. I have done things in my thirties I never thought I wold do when I was in my twenties. And I did them without worrying about what other people thought about me. Because if there is anything I have learned as I have aged is I don't really care what people think of me. Oh, I care what my friends and family think, but random stranger, eh, who cares.

In four years I will be forty. You may have noticed a little addition to my sidebar. If you didn't notice, I won't judge you. I did this before I turned thirty and thought why not give it a go again. I'm adding fun things I would like to do before I turn forty. I feel like things I wished for in my twenties- to get married, have kids, buy a house-they have happened to me so I will focus on those things I have daydreamed about.

One thing I am very proud of, that I accomplished this year is self-publishing my book. I know every author ever has it in their head that they have written something worth being published, really published not self published. I enjoyed writing The Luckiest, fell a little in love with my characters. It's a fun read if you haven't read it yet. Plus it's only 99 cents! Sorry, shameless plug there. If anything, writing that book has inspired me to write more. I forgot how much I missed it until I started doing it again. Will I someday write something a publisher will like? Who knows!  At least I am trying!

Is there something you have always wanted to try but maybe it scares you a little bit? Let me tell you, I am living proof that even if you fail at it, at least you tried. Stop waiting and just do it! 

Monday, April 4, 2016

No One Else Was In the Room Where It Happened

Five seconds ago I was all "hell yeah it's Friday" and now it is Monday and I am exhausted and have no idea where the weekend went. Sheesh.

I think the weekend flies by because we pack so much stuff into two tiny days. With Friday being the first of the month I really wanted to get a run in. Weather was great, and with the sun staying up so much longer, Hubs and I came up with a plan. After dinner, we took the boys to the park, which has a track right next to it, and while they played I ran for two miles.

My pace was all off because the boys ran a lap of the second mile with me. Well, one son ran it. The other one ran half it, wanted me to pick him up, decided he was a Transformer and army crawled for fifty feet, then ran the rest of the way. Also, Map My Run wasn't accurately picking up the laps, so I had to run almost 4.5 laps to get a mile to show up on the app.

I always feel like I am going to have a good month if I can start out with a run. I also did day one of the Pop Sugar 21 Day Arms challenge. This is going to sound a lot like bragging, but what the hell it is my blog and if I need to toot my horn, I will toot it. I did the first day and it was easy. I have issues with a lot of my body, but between hauling around two three year olds, and regular arm workouts I think I've got a pretty strong upper body. We'll see if the challenge challenges me over the next week.

Another Friday treat, the boys got twin beds!
Twin beds for the twins
C loves it. A went to bed in his bed, then got up in the night at some point and slept on the floor. He did the same thing on Saturday and Sunday. At least he liked his Batman comforter.

Saturday I saw Batman Vs. Superman. No spoilers here other than to say...don't go see it. If a two and a half hour movie FEELS like a two and a half hour movie it is just not worth it.  The only good things about the movie were the fact my friend snuck in a thermos of wine for us to share, and Henry Cavill's abs (although not enough abs in my opinion).

I also got new shoes on Saturday. Check out these beauties!
I love my local running store, I really do. However, help there can be hit or miss. I don't know if sometimes the salespeople assume things because of how I look or what but this time was a miss. Last time I went the guy who helped me was great, he had me try them on, checked to make sure the toe box was wide enough, did a gait analysis before he even picked out shoes for me, watched me walk...all sorts of fun stuff. It's how I ended up with my last pair of shoes. This time, the guy asked what I wanted, I said I wanted new shoes, preferably the same ones I had. He looked up the ones I had, grabbed the latest model, and waited while I tried them on. He never suggested I run on the treadmill with them, or touched my foot in any way, or I don't know, worked as a salesperson. Thankfully, they are the same make as my last pair, just the newer version, I had Pro Guide 7's and these are Pro Guide 9's. But, I was a little bummed by what I felt was a half-hearted sales attempt. I'm not saying I need to wooed or anything but the shoes were 120.00 so it's not like I wasn't investing some cash. This paragraph is kind of rambly, sorry. Really, I tell people all the time to go to a running store for a fitting because I firmly believe good shoes make all the difference in the world. I just wonder in this case if I didn't know EXACTLY what I wanted if I would have walked away with a good pair of shoes and that makes me sad because I think people should get treated like they are a Boston Qualifier regardless of whether or not they actually are. Does that make sense? I would just hate for a new runner to get the same experience I did.

Wow, that must have bothered me more than I thought. Lots of words there.

I took those lovely shoes for a run on Sunday. I have to tell you I have been experiencing some shin pain while running which is a big indicator for me that it's time for new shoes. With these ones on, it was like running on a cloud.

And then I went to bed and now it's Monday. Damn.

I am going on a vacation with my sister on Thursday, to New York City to see family.  I have plans to run in Central Park on Friday, not only to celebrate Rex Manning Day but because I want to run in Central Park.  We're going to see some shows, hang out a bunch, attempt to get lottery tickets for Hamilton on Thursday. Most importantly I would like to a. pee without someone banging on the door and asking me what I am doing and b. sleep in and wake up when I want to not because someone is yelling my name. Pretty reasonable, I think.

How was your weekend?