Monthly Archives: March 2013

I’m In Love…..

With this writer. There has never been a blog post I did not like. She’s also a blogger for Oiselle – one of my favorite companies. Best shorts ever.  Read her. She’s amazing.

http://www.oiselle.com/blog/mama-says-no-major-life-decisions-march

The “F” Word

Fartlek. Yes, I said it out loud. Hearing the words Indian Fartlek strikes fear into the hearts of most runners and those are precisely the words that my coach spoke last night.  On hills no less.  It was 58* out which you’d think was perfect however it was overcast and raining with 20 mph winds. My hands were freezing, it was one of the most exhausting workouts I can remember doing and I was the first to drop out.  When I dropped, our steady pace UP HILLS was a 7:45 minute mile.  I wanted to hang longer, but once I dropped  back, my teammates started dropping one by one for the next .2 miles so I didn’t do too badly.  I would have only gotten another 2 sprints more than I did.  At the end of the loop, coach waited and told us at the next road sign to all out sprint to the end.  So I did.  I was already running in the 7’s and my Garmin said for that short burst I ran a 5 minute mile.  Holy.  Crap.

You know those training runs where you’re so spent you aren’t sure when you’ll be able to move again and you vacillate between wanting to throw up and not wanting to throw up??  That was last night.  It was euphorically difficult.  You say, “There’s no way I can do that – holy cow I just did that!!”.  That, my friends, is a good work out!

Me ready to go.  That's why I'm smiling!!!  BodyRock Sport Love For All Capris

Me ready to go. That’s why I’m smiling!!! BodyRock Sport Love For All Capris

Frank helping me show off my "fun running pants"

Frank helping me show off my “fun running pants”

Mermaid Pose

Swimming kicks my butt. Coach has been working on my stroke which is fantastic and I spent time watching my teammates so what he was saying had a visual impact. My lower body is doing what it’s supposed to and my breathing is better.  I’m trying to get my head down further in the water.  It’s a work in progress for sure but I love how blissfully exhausted swimming makes you feel.  Limp noodle.  It helps work out all the kinks from running as well.  I was a little wimpy today because of this ridiculous lingering cold, but swim day always challenges me.

Coach called this my Mermaid Pose....  It was exhausting....

Coach called this my Mermaid Pose…. It was exhausting….

Screw Sick….. Go Running!!

I’m over the cold for the most part. 2 days of fever, 5 days of miserable, the last couple days just the lingering residual tendrils that wear you out.  Last night, it was team time!!!  We did mile repeats.  Moderate the coach said.  I didn’t have my Garmin so I ran with Jason and he kept track.  He does a better job than I do anyway so I think he should just accept it as his duty and I can just run.  Seriously.  It’s a very hilly, very difficult run.  Not the hardest we do, but very tough.  When coach says to meet at the Rattler, we all cringe.  Jason and I crushed it.  I was actually impressed with the times we pulled.  Training is hard.  Running is hard.  I love it!  9.3 miles total.  6 miles of repeats:  8:47, 7:20; 7:45; 8:40; 8:25; 7:17.  Can you tell which ones we were going up on????

On way to my team run.

On way to my team run.  I’m just being honest about how I was feeling….

Post run.  Yeah baby!!

Post run. Yeah baby!!

A Couple Days

A day or two has gone by…. I still haven’t figured out how to post from my Kindle Fire without losing the post… Need to work on that.  Here’s some fun while I was sick….

I like these.  I get them for the kids but it's an excuse to enjoy them myself.

I like these. I get them for the kids but it’s an excuse to enjoy them myself.

This was my friend for 5 days....

This was my friend for 5 days….

Got these a couple weeks ago when I updated my bubble bath.  I smelled everything and liked them. I tend to go for the same thing and these were different.  I'm loving the bubbles!!

Got these a couple weeks ago when I updated my bubble bath. I smelled everything and liked them even though I don’t like vanilla or coconut. I tend to go for the same thing and these were different. I’m loving the bubbles!!

Got this in the checkout (again).  It was awesome  but $4.50 so I probably won't be making a habit of them....

Got this in the checkout (again). It was awesome but $4.50 so I probably won’t be making a habit of them….

At the salon.  Owner Marilynn was getting her hair done and Cindy - my bestie there - decided I needed one highlight....

At the salon. Owner Marilynn was getting her hair done and Cindy – my bestie there – decided I needed one highlight….

Work.  BodyRockin' it

Work. BodyRockin’ it

 

Be Jealous Of The Weather…..

In the desert you wake up to 28* and in the afternoon it’s 55*. Lovely. We tend to have Spring two or three times so winter will probably kick us in the pants again, but for now I’m enjoying the reprieve from cold temperatures all day. After being sick for a few days (thank goodness that’s over!!) I was ready to get outside.  Chris wanted to do 5 miles on the bike path in the afternoon when it warmed up and I decided to pace him so I’d be slower.

Yes.  Groovy

Yes. Groovy

The River Run

The River Run

Chris post 5 miles.  9:27 average

Chris post 5 miles. 9:27 average

Me.  Oiselle Roga Shorts and BodyRock Sport Lauren Bra

Me. Oiselle Roga Shorts and BodyRock Sport Lauren Bra.  Need to get the abs back in order….

Also Kalley got her big girl shots and her microchip.  It was a full day folks…..  And a lovely Sunday.  I’m still WAY too sick to clean, so I didn’t….  Oh, don’t worry – it’ll be waiting for me later.  That stuff never lets you down.  My vacuum is on stand by.

 

Bad pic of Chris and Kalley at the shot clinic

Bad pic of Chris and Kalley at the shot clinic

Gettin' it done!!!  The  vet tech was a transvestite which was a shock to walk in the room and see.  Mustache and boobs.  But totally cool once your brain put it all together....

Gettin’ it done!!! The vet tech was a transvestite which was a shock to walk in the room and see. Mustache and boobs. But totally cool. Just took a minute for your brain put it all together….

Microchipped and legal baby!!!

Microchipped and legal baby!!!

Some Random Fun Stuff

Since I got knocked on my booty by this nasty cold, I haven’t run. I won’t run with a fever, vomiting or lung issues so it’s been yucky. I’m stir crazy but exhausted, ready to go but my “get up” is gone.  Work, kids and minimal cooking/cleaning have me wiped out.  But here’s some random fun stuff because even sick, I’m still a blast!!

Found this in Raleys checkout and got it to try.  I'd get it again.

Found this in Raleys checkout and got it to try. I’d get it again.

Saw a picture of this and wanted to do it so Olivia was game.

Saw a picture of this and wanted to do it so Olivia was game.

Side view

Side view

Taylor walking the dog.  He's  bomb.  Well, actually both of them are!

Taylor walking the dog. He’s bomb. Well, actually both of them are!

Kezia on a walk being her funky self.

Kezia on a walk being her funky self.

Ashlea and Alana.  They pretty much rock my world every day

Ashlea and Alana. They pretty much rock my world every day

Watch Your Words

Yesterday at work I wrote my first blog post from my Kindle Fire. And lost it. I don’t know how, or what I did, but it was epic and now we’ll all miss out. I’m blaming it on the fact that I’m sick. Yes, I bragged about my 48 hour little cold and my 24 hour mild flu bug and how I rarely get sick. Actually that’s all true. But then I got knocked flat on my butt by a monster cold that wants to vacation in my sinuses. Lovely.  Oh, well, it had to happen someday.  I am blessed to rarely get sick and rarely have it last long.  But those aren’t the words I’m talking about.

I recently got a Facebook message from someone I do not know.  He asked if I would wear an outfit for him this summer on his birthday.  Just stand on the side of the road and wear it.  Freaking creepy.

The outfit he wanted me to wear

The outfit he wanted me to wear

I work hard for my body, have put it through a lot and I’m proud that – at 42 years old – I’m in pretty good shape and I’m not self-conscious at all.  It is what it is. But THIS outfit??  No skin, nothing risque….  A running skirt I paired with tights and a long sleeve under my V-day T-shirt.  But it was the WAY it was said.  I could have told him my husband wouldn’t approve, but I don’t approve.  So I said, “No I won’t wear it for you.  How about this – I’ll wear what I want, when I want and I’ll blog about it. If you like it, that’s great.”  To which he replied, “How about if I just never write to you again??  How would you like that?”  Well, perfect actually.  Now we’re on the same page!!

It's all about how you phrase it...

It’s all about how you phrase it…

So can I urinate between parked cars with the doors open??  What if you’re closed??  Holy cow this made me laugh but really it’s all about being direct and honest without being offensive.  There’s a bathroom in here – just come on in and use it, it’s Okay…

You can say the same thing in a hundred different ways.  That guy could have just said he liked the outfit, he wished he had a girlfriend that wore the outfit, etc…  instead of asking if I’d wear it for him….  Runners are pretty straight forward and we give each other lots of information but we’re usually careful in how we word things.  I want constructive criticism, I want encouragement, words of wisdom, advice on being better, etc… but it’s all in how we word it.  Unless, of course, you want Tabasco with your feet in your mouth….

 

Take A Dump

Photo dump.  You guys all have gutter brains….  Like I’d post about actually taking a dump.  Okay, I would.  Just not today.

I love these stairs.  If I ever get a house with stairs like this, I'm doing it.

I love these stairs. If I ever get a house with stairs like this, I’m doing it.

My nails got done a few days ago.  Tiffany blue.  Makes you want to buy me jewelry.

My nails got done a few days ago. Tiffany blue. Makes you want to buy me jewelry.  Don’t hold back

Laughed so hard when I saw this!!  Think I should go

Laughed so hard when I saw this!! Think I should go to show my support

My daughter Olivia just got her prom dress in the mail.  Yup.

My daughter Olivia just got her prom dress in the mail. Yup.

Super fluffy running tutu's.  At Junkee Exchange packet pickup and $25

Super fluffy tutu’s. I’m assuming for running of course.  At Junkee Exchange packet pickup and $25

Saw this version of a Snickers in the check out at the grocery store.  It was good.

Saw this version of a Snickers in the check out at the grocery store. It was good.  Really good.

Enough said.

Enough said.