Monthly Archives: February 2013

Running Awesomeness

Tuesday morning I did my slow, short run with Kalley. I allow her to set the pace somewhat and, because she’s a young puppy, I know a good half of the run isn’t going to go “well”. Distractions, tug of war with the leash, refocusing her, etc…  This run was different. Possibly a fluke, possibly she’s just getting it. Regardless, over time I know she’ll figure it all out. I’ve said before she brings me my shoe randomly and her leash. She jumps in the car enthusiastically wagging her little nub. She loves to go.  When I stagger out early in the morning wearing my running clothes, she looks at me expectantly assuming she’s coming with me.

I planned on 2.5 miles since she’s only up to 3 and from the get go she was just on.  Yes, I still had to correct and refocus her but she spent a lot of time just being there.  I kept looking down to make sure she was still there because we’d go several minutes with no tension in the leash.  Usually she runs at about a 12 minute mile average, but this time we averaged 9:49.  It was just fun.

Whooped this little girl who fell asleep on my slippers.

Whooped this little girl who fell asleep on my slippers.

My team met Tuesday night and most of them are doing the Napa Marathon this Sunday so we did an easy, flat 5.2 miles.  Who am I to complain just because I’m not running the marathon??  I’m here to support my team!!  It’s lighter so much longer now I hardly needed my knuckle lights, it wasn’t very windy and the temps in the high 30’s made the cold bearable.  Sometimes it all just clicks

Feeling Crafty

I’ve been called the “Snot Rocket Queen” on more than one occasion. I can only assume it’s akin to all the other “Queens” in the movies….. The good ones anyway. There are a couple bonuses to cold weather running. One: More clothes means more pockets. I don’t like to carry much but if you have to, it’s easier to have a place to put it. Two: A sleeve to wipe your nose on when you snot rocket. Be grossed out – just because I’m willing to verbalize it doesn’t mean we don’t all do it. Also just because I get that crap out of my body doesn’t mean that non snot rocketers don’t wipe their noses.

I’ve seen wrist bands online.  Some have a zipper pocket (have one) to put stuff in but I didn’t like the bouncing.  I also saw one that you wrapped around your wrist but alas, I haven’t been able to find it.  At any rate, I decided to make my own.  When the warmer weather hits, I want to be prepared.  No wiping the nose on bare skin or pulling up my shirt – I’m keepin’ it classy!!!

At one of the races I did last year they gave away tubes of fabric with running slogans on them.  I somehow ended up with several and all my kids got them as well.  Sam likes the “pirate” version…

What I used them for this winter

What I used them for this winter

Packaging has great ideas on what to do with the tube

Packaging has great ideas on what to do with the tube

Lightweight, stretchy, breathable.

Lightweight, stretchy, breathable.

The tube.  These are awesome for lightweight neck gaiters - I've used them all winter.

The tube. These are awesome for lightweight neck gaiters – I’ve used them all winter.

I cut the tube into strips making mini tubes

I cut the tube into strips making mini tubes

Wrist wrap for wiping sweat and snot

Wrist wrap for wiping sweat and snot

Tubes can also be used as wicking headbands

Tubes can also be used as wicking headbands

 

GOOD MORNING!!!!

I am a morning person. On my own, I’m awake around 5:30am. If it’s a day off I force myself back to sleep and can usually make it until 7am when I get up amazed that I got in a little more of that blissful, potent morning sleep.  Chris is a night person.  He’s ready to go around 9pm when I’m drooling on myself in a semi-comatose state and doesn’t come to bed until around 2am.  So he says.  How would I know??  I’m halfway through my sleep!!  At any rate, about half of my kids are morning people.  We all come softly to the living room and have morning cuddles, stretch and yawn and talk about tackling the day.  I love the quiet, the solitude of the mornings.  Kalley being a puppy needs a routine and I love our mornings.  Even in the cold (which I’ve mentioned is not my thing), when the sun is just up and there’s no wind, just the quiet of the morning, I love being outside with Kalley for the ten minutes it takes her to decide to go to the bathroom.  It’s peaceful, calm, serene.  She learned to join in on the cuddles with the kids and me and even my kiddos who are more inclined to be up late at night know mornings are the time to score some nice down time with mom.  We do craft projects at 8am, we plan our day, we talk about the dreams we had at night, we talk about the goals we want to achieve.  Mornings remind me a little of running.  Different conversations, major decompression, lots of thinking, stretching and feeling good.

View of my backyard minus the dog poop.  You're welcome and Good Morning!!!

View of my backyard minus the dog poop. You’re welcome and Good Morning!!!

 

 

I Heart Days Off

Not from running. Duh!! From work… It’s nice to regroup and get things cleaned up. I was up at 5:30, left at 6:30 for a run with my team. 15*, very little wind (thankfully!!) and 9 miles done. I averaged 8:30 minute miles. Not fast for me, not slow. It was pretty flat and I had no issues except the cold. Wearing so many layers and bundling up inhibits my groove. We were blessed with a couple days that spiked into the 50’s and I relished the warmer temperatures.  I long for them.  I like heat. Fortunately for me, I like training MORE than I dislike cold.  Vanity is awesome.  Everyone just gets to hear me complain about it, but when I’m surrounded by people who are complaining about the heat, I’ll just smile and feel blissful.

Driving.  I was at a stoplight. Don't judge

Driving. I was at a stoplight. Don’t judge

We have a mile marker for mile repeats on a paved trail through some wetlands.  My team knows I might have a slight crush on Dwayne Johnson so they give me crap about “the rock”.  HAHAHAHA!!!!!!

The Rock.  I'd like to spoon it and take a nap but it's too cold!!

The Rock. It’s actually TWO rocks I’d like to point out.  I’d spoon it and take a nap but it’s too cold!!

Done.  See my 3 layers??

Done. See my 3 layers?? Black base layer, pink top layer, jacket.  Also gloves with liners, hat, warmer socks, lined pants and disposable  hand warmers.  It’s exhausting to get dressed and undressed.  Plus the laundry is ridiculous. 

It's what's underneath that counts, right?? Or is it what's inside?? Huh...  Sort of like wearing pretty lingerie under your day clothes, my BodyRock Sport bras make me feel pretty even if no one knows I have them on.  Sigh....  Running lingerie.... I need a new belly button ring.  I'll put it on the list.

It’s what’s underneath that counts, right?? Or is it what’s inside?? Huh… Sort of like wearing pretty lingerie under your day clothes, my BodyRock Sport bras make me feel pretty even if no one knows I have them on. Sigh…. Running lingerie…. I need a new belly button ring. I’ll put it on the list.

 

Presents In The Mail

Chris got me a Kindle Fire HD8.9″ for our anniversary along with getting some jewelry fixed. The Kindle came in the mail – I love packages in the mail!!! I’m figuring it out and ready to order the case and keyboard which will make a huge difference in my ability to type and post since I’d like to be able to carry it around like I do my laptop.

I also received my Fitmark Ambassador bag.  YAY!!!  These aren’t available for purchase,they were made specifically for ambassadors.  It’s a good sized duffle and I’ll be using it for my running gear when I bring it to work.

Boxes to me, boxes to me!!

Boxes to me, boxes to me!!

Every bag comes in it's own cover bag....

Every bag comes in it’s own cover bag….

Bag logo

Bag logo

Ready to ROCK!!!!

Ready to ROCK!!!!

What’s Your Motivation??

Before having kids, my motivation came from just wanting to be in shape.  I felt that if I stayed in good physical shape with a relatively clean diet, it would be easier as I got older.  On this, I was correct.  While having kids, I wanted to bounce back, wanted to be active WITH them, I wanted to stay on top of my fitness.  Even when they were pretty little, I was physical with them.  Pushing a stroller, biking with a trailer, bringing them to classes,walking while they were using training wheels.  Now that they’re older it’s become just who we are as a family.  5K’s as a family??  At least twice a year.  Manning an aid station??  My kids know exactly how to do it.  Crewing me on a long run??  They’ve got it down.  Riding bikes while I run??  They ask how much water they need to carry and if I’ll need nutrition.  Staying active is a selfish behavior because I like to look and feel my best but since I didn’t think I’d have to give anything up after having kids, I just figured out ways to make it work with them.  Now, not only do I want to be a good example to them, they motivate me to be better, to push harder, to do more.

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One of my teenage daughter Olivia’s friends asked me recently, “Do you still run that big hill??” “No”, I replied. “Now I run a bigger one.” “A bigger one?” She exclaimed??!! “Yeah” said Olivia. “That’s just how she rolls!”  Well now I’ll have to run it again.  This time even faster.

9 kids (2 who also ran a 10K) waiting for me to finish my half marathon.  They put a picture of them with their signs in the paper.

9 kids (2 who also ran a 10K) waiting for me to finish my half marathon – I’m in the green tank top. A picture of them with their signs was in the paper.

I can go to a race with my kids, take off to do the race and I know they'll be hanging out together waiting for me at the finish, screaming like wild banshees for me to finish strong

I can go to a race with my kids, take off to do the race and I know they’ll be hanging out together waiting for me at the finish, screaming like wild banshees for me to finish strong.  On this race they did crafts while I ran

8 of the kids pre race.  Samuel - the youngest - ran the mile, everyone else ran the 5K

8 of the kids pre race. Samuel – the youngest – ran the mile, everyone else ran the 5K

 

Tuesday Run

I’m so glad I have a team. I spent years running alone and I was absolutely committed but having people to meet makes it so much nicer in cold, windy temps. It was 30*, 12 mph winds and projected snow (at least they were wrong about that!). I’m glad that I have finally streamlined my winter running gear. It only took me the past 7 years but some of us are slow….. Not only do I own the gear now, I’m pretty good at gauging the temperature and dressing correctly. Big improvement!!  We did 6 miles tonight.  Less than normal and not as hilly, but I’m NOT complaining!!

Winter running gear!!  I heart my gear.... I will look back fondly on my winter running pictures like I do childbirth - total denial of how difficult it is and how much I wanted it to be over...

Winter running gear!! I heart my gear…. I will look back fondly on my winter running pictures like I do childbirth – total denial of how difficult it is and how much I wanted it to be over…  In the end the reward is worth all the work so I’ll keep on keepin’ on!!

My teammate Pete (who ALWAYS bails his teammates out!!) read my post today on Facebook about looking for a pair of sunglasses and brought me two pairs to try out.  He got cooler, newer ones.  Wonder why he didn’t let me use those???  These are by Smith and retail from $130-$160 from what I saw online.

Pair one.  Lenses are too light.  I switched them because I'm cool like that

Pair one. Lenses are too light. I switched them because I’m cool like that

Darker lenses

Darker lenses

Pair two when I got out of the shower...

Pair two when I got out of the shower…

I didn't think I'd like the bigger frames,but I do!!! I'll keep you posted on how I like them to wear and to run in!!

I didn’t think I’d like the bigger frames,but I do!!! I’ll keep you posted on how I like them to wear and to run in!!

Just A Jaunt

My almost 21 year old daughter Bri wanted to do a 3 mile slow run today but who wants to run alone???? Kalley and I joined her of course. Oh, by the way, it isn’t really possible that I have an almost 21 year old. Nor is it possible that I have a couple older than that…. Just stupid.  Kalley is still a puppy and still learning.  Half the time it’s a tug of war, the other half she does well. She likes to go, gets her leash and jumps in the car so where she lacks in skill, she excels in enthusiasm!!  It was just warm enough to wear a long sleeved shirt with a T-shirt over it.  Bri tried my Oiselle pants and one of their T-shirts, I wore a T-shirt of theirs as well.  I love the companies shorts – the only shorts I run in now – and the pants are great as well. Bri loved them.  Now if it were only warm enough to wear the shorts….

Bri is a dork. I got my finger in the shot so I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!!

Bri is a dork. I got my finger in the shot so I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!!

Bri running with Kalley.

Bri running with Kalley.

Giving praise for a job well done

Giving praise for a job well done

Yes.  I was there!!! One of my favorite shirts!

Yes. I was there!!! One of my favorite shirts!