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Training » The Adventures of Noah and Lia
Oct 132015
 

And the only reason I’m back is to record my last half marathon because this seems to be the place where I track things:)

Between RnR and Diva I’d signed up to do two others – Pittsburgh and an off-road half. Neither of which happened for one reason or another. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to train as my photography biz picks up so I was not trained at all for either and instead of risking injury I forfeited my bib (because neither offers a transfer).

When I signed up for Diva I did so because it was a local road race that a girlfriend of mine was running so I thought it would be fun to train “together” (since she’s not exactly close we trained in parallel and tracked each other over MapMyRun:))

Overall the race was good. My expectations were low because I did not train as much as I had for the others although I did get my long runs up to 11 so. It was quite a hilly course – i think on a flatter course I could have been closer to Richmond time (which makes me hopeful for Richmond in Nov). And since it was the Diva run it was basically a moving sea of pink except for me – I was in white, blue and green.

The race overall was unremarkable. Just a nice pace through the countryside of Loudoun county. My playlist didn’t work thus I was without music so I had to entertain myself other ways. Looking for my friend as we doubled back on one another helped a bunch. The rest was spent counting or writing my next business plan in my head. I was also anticipating seeing the kids and DH at any moment (they ended up showing up at mile 11.5 or so). I will say that the last mile was the longest mile ever (it always is). There was a nice downhill but then you had to go up and roll along for a bit to get to the chute. It felt like it would never freakin end:)

I’d probably do it again if I had a friend to do it with. It’s nice that it was local but getting to and from the start was tricky because there was no parking. You had to shuttle in and out (or walk the mile from the closest neighborhood). Not the end of the world but not awesome either.

Now, after a week and a half off, I have to get my head back in the game and get back to training for Richmond (which starts with a new pair of shoes!)

3/22/2009 VA Beach Shamrock Half (pre kids – trained to 8) – 2:15
5/15/2011 Pittsburgh Half (A year after Noah’s birth – trained to 8) – 2:20
5/5/2013 Pittsburgh Half (9 months after Lia’s birth – no training) – 2:40
3/15/2014 Rock and Roll USA (first half by myself – trained to 11mi) – 2:19
5/18/2014 Fountainhead Off-Road Half (first trail half – totally different ball game) – 2:49
10/14/2014 Hershey Half (trained to 8) – 2:19
11/15/2014 Richmond Half – 2:06:14!!
3/14/2015 Rock and Roll USA (trained to 10ish) – 2:07:26!!
9/26/2015 Diva Half Marathon (trained to 11) – 2:09:47

Mar 142015
 

So I’ve abandoned this blog for the most part and it’s unfortunate. But trying to keep up with it, the kids and their activities, my day jobs and my new photography biz (we’ll, new focus on the biz) I just can’t seem to keep up. If you’re interested in the kids, I post periodically about them at my photography blog

I thought I’d pop by however and record (for my own posterity) my latest half marathon. I’m really starting to get the hang of these things and no longer feel like a slow poke jogger but an actual runner of sorts. I managed a near PR on a pretty tough course in pretty tough conditions which of course only pushes me to want to do more to see if I can improve that time!

The weather outlook for the RnR USA race was not a favorable one. Beautiful weather Friday made way for a cold wet forecast for Saturday (and of course a cold dry forecast for Sunday). Unfortunately the weather guys were right and it started raining Friday late and really has yet to truly stop (as of Saturday early evening). Fortunately the temps were not super cold – 40 and 50’s which was the only way it was doable.

I was racing alone again which I’m actually getting used to. It’s funny how being among a collection of like-minded crazies can really motivate you and boost your mood. I was dreading this race when I woke (at 4:45am!) but once I got to the metro where everyone was catching the train in, the energy was contagious and I was feeling much better. Runners are such happy, social people!

My ride in was about an hour but I couldn’t find it in me to sleep so I read a book. A nice relaxing time before it all kicked off was nice. As I exited the metro station I donned my 50 gallon bin bag to keep dry and went to drop my gear bag and get a quick potty stop in. Met a few new friends while waiting.

RnR does wave starts and I was in corral 14 so even though the gun was 7:30 it was about 7:50 ish I think when I crossed the start. Just as it started to pour (prior to that it was just a steady drizzle). I was bin bag less and in it for the duration so I just prayed it would stay warm. Those first few miles I really wish I had had gloves. I know they would have been water logged later but in that first few it would have been nice.

Maybe it was the rain or just the energy but the first 4 miles passed quickly. My splits were amazing (for me) at like 8:30 and 9 min miles. Not sure I would be able to keep that pace but I was going with it while I could. There is a killer hill between miles 5 and 6 that I knew I was going to walk so I wanted to build up a buffer of time so it wouldn’t hurt me as bad in the end.

Miles 5 – 8 were pretty rough. The hill at 6 really took it out of me and it took till 8 to really recover (plus there were a few smaller hills after 6…ugh). But I was keeping a decent pace so I was okay. I was fueling up at every water station and had Gu’s at 4, 7, and 9.

I lost connectivity in my phone around mile 9 so from there on out I was in the dark about my pace (and without music – realized today I really need a soundtrack as I’m running…). The trouble really started at 11…I totally bonked. I had to stop and walk most of mile 11. But I really wanted to finish so I figured a walk break would allow me to do that. I’m not sure why it happened. I’m fighting a cold, it was horrible outside and I never really did get to train up to 11 so I figure it was a combo of things.

After 11, 12 felt pretty slow and like the longest mile in the world. Thankfully it was mostly downhill so I could take advantage of gravity which is probably the only way I was able to finish. As we turned the corner I could see the decent into the finish line. I tried like hell for a kick but there was just nothing left so I just cruised across the line – hopefully smiling for the pictures rather than grimacing. I noted the clock on the way thru – 2:20 something which was gun time..not my chip which means my chip was under 2:20. My goal for this race was 2:20 because of that stupid hill so to know my chip time was already under that made me excited.

As I walked through the finishers chute, DH called. He’d been tracking me via texts and had my chip time. 2:07! Holy hell, at least now I know why I felt like hell right that second. Even with the hill and horrible rain I nearly PR’d (which of course makes me mad for walking mile 11 – I could have killed my PR! ). Now I’m determined to PR on this course so I’m already signed up for next year:)

I wandered aimlessly for a while grabbing snacks, my gear bag and some fluids then I had to make my way back to the metro for my ride home. No DH to drive me home this year – it was too cold and wet to get the kids out there. The metro ride was uneventful – long and cold but nothing much to remark about.

Now that I’m home and reflecting on the race I really think I did the best I could. My training was not perfect and I had been fighting a cold so I’m really happy with my overall time! Plus I’m just really happy that the addition of compression socks help alleviate the calf pain that I’d been dealing with the last few long runs.

Lastly, and probably my single smartest move of the whole race was to pack an entire extra set of clothing for after the race – with the rain I figured I’d be soaked and I was right! It was so amazing to put on that dry shirt and fleece (all while standing on the metro platform..haha). I wanted to change my pants but I figured I was not going to test the tolerance of the metro police for indecent exposure. Plus I had compression socks on and soaking wet shoes. Pants wouldn’t have made a huge difference at that point. It was just nice to have the shirt and fleece.

Anyways…long summary but I love going back to read them later as motivation to do my next one:) Right now I don’t have anything else scheduled but want to find an april or may race and the another in Sept/Oct like last year. Maybe another shot at Hershey:)

Summary:
3/22/2009 VA Beach Shamrock Half (pre kids – trained to 8) – 2:15
5/15/2011 Pittsburgh Half (A year after Noah’s birth – trained to 8) – 2:20
5/5/2013 Pittsburgh Half (9 months after Lia’s birth – no training) – 2:40
3/15/2014 Rock and Roll USA (first half by myself – trained to 11mi) – 2:19
5/18/2014 Fountainhead Off-Road Half (first trail half – totally different ball game) – 2:49
10/14/2014 Hershey Half (trained to 8) – 2:19
11/15/2014 Richmond Half – 2:06:14!!
3/14/2015 Rock and Roll USA (trained to 10ish) – 2:07:26!!

Dec 022014
 

So putting two races mostly back to back was probably not my smartest idea to date but I survived and I actually did great! (no, not going to do that again)

I was running by myself again although I did meet up with a high school friend who I got to pal around with at the Expo and then met up with again at the start. We ended up in the same corral so it was nice to have her there to start with.

The night before the race she and I grabbed dinner and then drove all over Richmond looking for an open CVS so I could grab some sports tape to cover my still healing from Hershey blisters and some morning of nutrition (since I forgot to pack my oatmeal). We actually had a great time catching up. I haven’t seen her (except for Facebook) since high school!

On a side note: it pays to look for a race hotel the week of if you didn’t book ahead! I found a hotel that was two blocks from the race start and two blocks from the race finish – perfect for me so I didn’t have to navigate traffic and closed roads for parking.

The morning of the race they were calling for super cold temps – I think at the start it was just over 28 degrees outside. So, I waited until the very last min to leave my cozy hotel room! I ALWAYS overdress so I was super worried about what to wear. Trying to remember that it’s okay to freeze as you stand at the start because you’ll most surely warm up as things get moving, I wore my fleece lined tights, a long sleeved tech t-shirt and my wind stopper running jacket. I had light gloves and a headband to cover my ears. It was actually the perfect combo. I took off the gloves a few miles in but the rest stayed on and I was very comfy.

Since I registered for this two years ago (and deferred one year) my estimated finish time was just a shot in the dark that turned out to be about 15 min slower than my last half. The end result of this was that I was in a corral that was so far away from the 2:15 pacer I wanted to follow that I had to pace the race myself (I’d never catch him given he had a 15 min head start due to a wave start). Add to that the fact that my GPS didn’t pick up at the start and I had to restart it at mile 2 and I was completely unaware of my time the entire race. I had the general pace in my ear every mile or so but she was a bit discombobulated while in the city because of the buildings so outside of a quick glance at the starting clock, I had not a clue in the world what my time was.

Knowing that, I decided not to stress about it and just try to catch the guy in front of me. I was feeling really good – once things got warmed up and the creaking stopped that is. I would pick a person about 500 yards in front of me and try to catch them. As I caught up to them I’d find the next one and run for that and so on and so forth. It was a great game to keep my mind off of things and since I had trained with the same play list that was buzzing in my ear, I had a good sense of my foot cadence too. At one point I saw the 2:30 pacer and blew by him so I knew I was on a pretty good clip.

At the 10k mark I did some quick math in my head and realized that I could kill my 2:19 Hershey time by a bunch if I could just maintain my pace. Problem is, I usually hit a wall at 8 miles and there were a few hills between me and the finish (not counting the huge down hill into the finish line). I made an effort to stock up on Gu when I could and used every water stop to make sure I was well hydrated and fed. The gummy bear stop around mile 9 (I think) was AWESOME!! Who doesn’t love some gummy bears to suck on.

As I crested mile 11 I heard someone yell – it’s all downhill from here. I laughed because they always say that. This time though they weren’t lying! The last 2 or so miles was straight down hill. It was heaven! It was so steep that I was having trouble keeping my feet under me but it did enable me to blow through the finish line nice and strong.

I caught a glimpse of the clock as I passed through but didn’t trust my memory of the starting clock. Regardless, if it all aligned I was looking at 2:08. However, since I wasn’t sure and my GPS was completely wrong I had to wait for the official clock time to get really excited – which didn’t come until later that night.

I know I had PR’d but not by how much….at about 8:00 pm they finally posted the times:

2:06:14

I blew hershey away by a full 13 min and my overall best time by 9 min! I really don’t know what the difference was. Between Hershey and Richmond I was a pretty lazy runner. It took me a week to recover and even after that I was dealing with some serious soleus pain so my runs were short and fast and not as frequent as I would have liked. I know Richmond is a fast course so perhaps it was just that.

Regardless, I’m taking a bit of time off again to let my legs recover. It’s almost 15 days later and I’m still struggling with my soleus muscles. I need to be better about stretching and rolling. I figure I’ll hop back on the training wagon in the new year to get read for RnR USA in March.

My new goal is going to be 2:04:00 – it’s only 2 min but I know that DC has one killer hill in it around mile 6 that could blow everything if I’m not careful.

Some day I hope to be sub 2 but that’s a long ways off I think – just gives me something to keep working for!

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Summary:
3/22/2009 VA Beach Shamrock Half (pre kids – trained to 8) – 2:15
5/15/2011 Pittsburgh Half (A year after Noah’s birth – trained to 8) – 2:20
5/5/2013 Pittsburgh Half (9 months after Lia’s birth – no training) – 2:40
3/15/2014 Rock and Roll USA (first half by myself – trained to 11mi) – 2:19
5/18/2014 Fountainhead Off-Road Half (first trail half – totally different ball game) – 2:49
10/14/2014 Hershey Half (trained to 8) – 2:19
11/15/2014 Richmond Half – 2:06:14!!

Oct 232014
 

It’s almost a given that on the heels of running a half, I’m itching to do another. I blame runners high and the endorphins. After I finished the Fountain Head Half in May (and once the soreness passed) I found myself searching for another race. A road half this time since Fountain Head was off road an that was a totally different ball game.

This time around I also wanted DH to be able to run with me. It’s fun to do those types of things as a couple (at least for us). So I had to find something close to one of the grands so we’d have kid coverage. Pittsburgh was too far off date wise so I was looking around Lancaster. I stumbled on Hershey and I’m so happy I did. How could you go wrong running through an amusement park and having a chocolate stop at mile 12?

I worked out perfectly. We left the kids with DH’s parents and drove the 45 min up to Hershey for the race.

It was an early morning because we had to pick up our packets prior to the race and of course Lia woke as we were trying to leave so we had to wake my MIL to hang with here. We arrived in Hershey just before 6am and scored what we thought was a primo spot right at the front (which turned out not to be – we waited a long time to leave!).

Packet pick up took 10 min which is good because at 6am it was COLD and blustery!! I worried that I had enough layers on to run this race. DH had brought trash bags to try to keep warm prior to the start of the race but unfortunately for him they were kitchen sized and he’s not. So, he had a trash bag scarf to wear – so not effective. Anyways, we ran back to the car and waited out the 90 min until the start in the comfort of our warm car.

Around 7:15 we made our way over for a quick potty stop but after 15 min in line we still weren’t even close to the front and the race had started so we abandoned that idea and just started to run. That was a fun first mile! Thankfully we were able to make a pit stop at mile 1 and continue on our way – much lighter.

The first 4 miles were pretty quick. We spent 2 working our way around the parking lots and Hersheypark drive and on into the park. We ran a mile through the park and then on out into some of the neighborhoods around Hershey. By mile 5 we hit a groove and things flew by. We ran past the country club which was really pretty.

Running down Chocolate Ave was cool – the road surface was actually brown. Then we ran into the campus for the Milton Hershey School. What was neat about this was that all the kids that live on campus there had come out of their houses and set up camp on the roadside to cheer people on. By the time we got around to them they had to have been there for at least and hour and were still excited and yelling. The had to be exhausted after the race was over!

The last 3 miles hurt pretty badly. My legs were done. I could feel the blisters on the feet and my knees were pretty sore but I looked at our time and realized that we could make this race under 2:20 if we kept up our pace. So I looked at DH and asked if he could push it for these last three. It was only 30 min…I can hurt for 30 min I kept thinking. So we kicked in whatever afterburner we had and tried to book it in under 2:20.

At the top of the hill at mile 12 there was chocolate which I thought I’d love but I was so parched that it was like chewing sand. Oh well…the little bit of sugar had a nice kick. As we rounded the stadium DH grabbed my hand thinking we could cross together holding hands…only, we still had about .2 miles to go. He was a little premature in his celebration.

The last .1 or so was around and into the stadium. That’s the fastest I think I’ve ever run. I left it all on that track (my GPS said I was an 8:30 pace which for me is crazy fast!). Crossing the finish line and looking up to see 2:22 on the clock was a little disappointing (I totally forgot that that was total time elapsed – not my time) but a good show none the less considering how much we trained. It wasn’t until I checked my email as we sat down to stretch that I saw we actually came in under 2:20:) 2:19 and a few milliseconds. Not a PR but one of my better times (my RnR race was 2:19 as well). I was definitely happy with that race.

We milled about for a bit cooling down and refueling. We took a few pictures but were anxious to get back to the kids so we headed out. It took about 45 min just to get out of the parking lot but once we were through (and a quick Dunkin stop) we were on our way home.

The rest of the day was rough – we still had to drive back to DC so when we all passed out at 9:30pm I was not surprised. It only took a few days for the soreness to go away which is good – I have to get back on the training wagon – Richmond is in 3 weeks!!

(and just so I have this somewhere…)
3/22/2009 VA Beach Shamrock Half (pre kids – trained to 8) – 2:15
5/15/2011 Pittsburgh Half (A year after Noah’s birth – trained to 8) – 2:20
5/5/2013 Pittsburgh Half (9 months after Lia’s birth – no training) – 2:40
3/15/2014 Rock and Roll USA (first half by myself – trained to 11mi) – 2:19
5/18/2014 Fountainhead Off-Road Half (first trail half – totally different ball game) – 2:49
10/14/2014 Hershey Half (trained to 8) – 2:19
11/15/2014 Richmond Half – shooting for 2:15!!

Oct 222014
 

I can’t believe we’re to 45 days already with this thing. I’m so much less focused on it because it’s just part of the day now. Get home. Feed Family. Put kids to bed. Go work out. Same routine most nights.

I’m still seeing results which is astonishing since my eating has been CRAP lately! I suppose I could see more if I actually ate right.

Anyways – no pics this time – just don’t have enough hands or time to do it. But I’ll update the measurements.

Starting Measurements:
Waist – 30 in
Hips – 37.75 in
Chest – 33.5 in
Thigh – 20.75 in
Bicep – 10.5 in
Calf – 14.25 in

Day 30 Measurements:
Waist – 29 in (-1)
Hips – 36.75 in (-1)
Chest – 33 in (-.5)
Thigh – 21 in (+.25)
Bicep – 10.5 in (0)
Calf – 14.25 in (0)

Day 45 Measurements:
Waist – 28.75 in (-.25)
Hips – 36.5 in (-.25)
Chest – 32.5 in (-.5)
Thigh – 20.5 in (-.5)
Bicep – 10.75 in (+.25)
Calf – 14 in (-.25)

So, downward progress. I lost 1 lb as well putting me at a total of 7 lbs from the start of all this. Honestly I’d love to lose another 10 but I’ll settle for another 5:) But that’s going to take some serious commitment on the eating front of which I seem to be lacking lately.

We still have the second half of this challenge so here’s to recommitting and trying to move the needle even further.

Jan 282013
 

Things have stalled. I’m counting calories (or at least was for a while but fell off the wagon over the holidays) but I’ve been bouncing around in the low 140’s for the most part. I’m not happy with that but I’m dealing with it for now. I’d love to go below 140 but it seems that as soon as I do, my milk supply tanks:( And since my goal is to get Lia to 6 months with breastfeeding I can’t yet give up!! Almost there (although, with how sick she’s been I think I need to keep it up until at least March so she gets those good antibodies).

My dilemma is this tho – we have a half marathon coming up in May (early May) and I’m not even the slightest bit in shape. I figure I need to hit training hard core by early March at the latest but it would really help if I started things now (because, let’s face it, I’m a lazy trainer and a lazy runner. There’s nothing “hard core” about me when I exercise. I’m definitely a fair weather athlete haha). I just haven’t figured out how to add exercise in without causing my supply to tank. I’m counting calories and thought I was making up the deficit (I worked out for like a week back in the fall:) ). I know people have done both I just can’t figure out how I can.

So anyways…that’s where we stand. I’ll check back in on this front next month.

Sep 062012
 

As I approach the 6 week mark after having Lia I’m starting to look more seriously into how to lose this weight (and the extra 10 left over from Noah that I never lost). All told I have 35 to lose to be at an ideal weight and I’ve already lost 10ish of that. I know diet and exercise is the way to go but I have a few hurdles to hop over first.

First, when the heck am I going to fit in 30/60 min of exercise once I go back to work? Right now every min is accounted for and it’s only going to get worse once I start back to work. I don’t have a solution for this yet. I can always get up earlier but then it’s dark outside and I’m hesitant to go running in the dark. Perhaps some Jillian Michaels or some P90x (or Insanity?) in the early morning time before everyone wakes up. If Lia keeps her schedule (which I’m thinking she will for at least another few months) then I’m up at 5 anyways. By the time I feed her and get her back down I still have about an hour before anyone wakes up. That shoudl be plenty of time to get something in right?? Working moms, what do you do?

Second, I’m still breastfeeding and plan on doing so for as long as I can. That means that I can’t cut my calories very drastically or else I’ll affect my milk supply. To solve this I’ve signed up with MyFitnessPal and downloaded the app to my phone. That way I can track the calories I put into my body and make sure I’ve got enough in there to fuel the milk pumps:) Anyone want to be my friend on MFP – Linzyxo, look me up!

Lastly, pure motivation. I get bored easily. Working out has to be fun or else I’m quick to dismiss it. A new gadget is fun for a while and will keep my attention (like my Garmin. I’m thinking I need a Fitbit now) but the shine wears off soon and I’m bored again. One thing that has worked in the past is setting a big goal. We’ve trained for 2 half marathons and during both I managed to lose some weight and get with the cardio program so I’m going to do that again. Once registration opens I’m going to sign myself (and DH) up for the Pittsburgh 1/2 marathon. We loved it a few years ago when we did it and would love to do it again. Problem is, I’m at square 1 this time. I haven’t run in almost a year. Heck, I haven’t walked more than a mile in almost 10 months. I went out with the dog for a long fast walk and realized just how far I have to go to get back into running shape. So, taking this slowly. I have 9 months to the race!

Anyways, 9 months on 9 months off right? This weight isn’t going to disappear overnight and I realize that. I would however like enough of it to go away so I don’t have to buy a new wardrobe for work. That leaves me 5ish weeks to drop 5 lbs. I think I can do it.

So, here’s a start…

Starting weight – 160lbs (the day Lia was born)
Today – 150lbs (BMI 26.8 – Edge of overweight)
Goal – 125lbs (BMI 22 – Middle of normal)

Oh and I’m dragging DH along for the ride. He’s complaining that his pants are too tight yada yada…so, I’ve reserved the right to nag him about what he eats and how often he exercises and he has the same right to nag me. Such love…such love….

Jun 232012
 

I’ve been waiting to write this post until we were further along with the potty training and I think we’re just about there. I’d consider Noah 90% day time potty trained. He goes to school in undies and often comes home in the same ones. We use pull-up’s when we have road trips or long times between potty breaks but most days he holds it until we get to a good spot to pee. I have a portable potty in the car for emergencies as well (which he loves to use…haha).

All in all this has been pretty painless so far. I attribute alot of that to daycare since they were the ones that actually started him and do the day to day work on it. There are three other little boys around the same age and they just started them all together and do the every 15 min thing (at least at first…now they break every 2 hours). I think it really helped him to have a potty buddy to learn with and from. He’s so proud of himself when he actually goes and will show anyone his undies to prove that he’s a “big boy”. It’s adorable.

Anywho…of the three he’s the only one in undies a majority of the time which makes me happy. They were putting him in a diaper for naps but I found that washing one CD at a time was a big PIA so he gets a pull up at nap time too. I feel like a bit of a CD failure since we went for pull ups instead of cloth trainers but in the end the pull-ups worked best for us and he’s not really going thru that many so the cost is controlled.

I can’t tell you that there was any trick to it. Daycare did most of the work but I know when we were home we were on a 15 min schedule asking and trying. We quickly spaced that out to 30 min and then an hour. I never really watched his fluid intake like some say to do. I wanted him to learn normally, not on reduced or increased fluids (depending on which method I read). Alot of this was just taking queues from him and being observant. He has a definite peepee dance that as long as I was watching I’d catch it in time. Now he just tells us or runs for the potty. There was lots of cheering and whoopla after a successful trip too (daycare even had a song that he still loves to sing:) ). The cheering has died down now that he’s doing better but we still make a deal of it (and he gets stickers!) every time he goes to show him how proud we are of him. I love the smile that he gets when we do that:)

Also, we also had training potties on all floors of the house and generally had one in the room we were in at the time – at least at first. That way it wasn’t a far run to get there. Now that he’s doing better the potties have been relegated to the bathrooms on each floor and he gets to choose now what he wants to use (the big potty or the little potty).

So that’s where we stand…he still has small accidents here and there but it’s generally just a tiny bit before he recognizes that he needs the potty and makes a run for it. We’re still working on a consistent #2 trips and night time but that will come in time. He has even woken me up a few times in the middle of the night asking to go (I’m not comfortable leaving the gate open for him to roam freely yet, he’s still far too inquisitive and into things he shouldn’t be. Plus we have two sets of steps he could crash down if he’s not careful….) so it’s a start. I’m just happy to be out of diapers before little girl gets here so I only have one set to deal with at a time.

Apr 112011
 

Back at the start of the winter I signed DH and I up for a half marathon in an effort to get us motivated to stay in shape over the winter. Well, here we are about 5 weeks out and I about died on a 3 mile run today. This so does not bode well. I have to get up to at least 10 miles before May 15. The plan looks like this:

Week 1 (this week): MWF: 3.0mi Long run 5.0mi
Week 2: MWF: 4.0mi, 4.0mi, 5mi, Long run: 7.0mi
Week 3: MWF: 6.0mi, 6.0mi, 7.0mi Long run: 9.0mi
Week 4: MWF: 6.0mi, 7mi, 8mi Long run: 10mi
Week 5 (taper..haha): 7.0mi, 7.0mi, 6.0mi, Race on Sunday.

Pretty ambitious me thinks….last half we ran we only got to 8mi in training and I had nothing left for the last 2 miles of the race. I finished running but just barely. So, i’m thinking that if we can get to 10mi prior to the race we should be good. I suppose if we get to 8 then we’re none worse off than when we did this last time (except the course this time is a bit more hilly).

Here’s to hoping my knees hold up!

Feb 152011
 

I seem to be doing alot of that lately…catching up. Lots to do, not enough energy or daylight hours to do it in it seems….regardless, we push ahead and do our best:) However, with that thought in mind, todays “catch up” post will be in bullet form:)

– I realize that I really don’t like running…I make myself do it because I know i need the exercise but really I’m sooo bored the whole run. I even try to liven it up by setting up a good playlist and taking the dog but no…still bored. I’m thinking it’s my surroundings…I’d much rather be mountain biking or hiking in California. I think I’m spoiled….

– Had a wonderful weekend in Pittsburgh with the fam! I got to see some old friends and celebrate the impending birth of my friend Mellys baby bean. We had the fam down for some lunch and cake to celebrate Noah’s upcoming birthday (since they can’t make it down here for his actual party). I even got to sing in the choir at church – it was like old times:)

– I had my heart broken on Monday. I found out that a friend of mine from highschool suffered a devastating loss and my heart breaks for her and her husband. I don’t know what to do or say because I know that nothing I try will take away what they’re feeling right now.

– I finally accepted the fact that I’m getting old on Monday too….V-day was rather uneventful…take out dinner, bath/bed for Noah and then DH and I sat down on the couch to watch My Big Fat Greek Wedding….only to fall asleep half way thru (at 10:00pm…hahahahah)

– DH is a planner, I’ve said that in the past. We finally have our “plan” together for baby #2! There are a few things we need to do to the house in preparation for another baby but we’re well on our way to being ready to start TTC soon:)

– Lastly, the training plan has already fallen off the rails. Last week was sooooooooo cold! Running in 12 and 13 degrees just hurts so I didn’t (and my weight showed for it!). Coupled with the fact that I just don’t like running (mentioned above), I’m having a hard time keeping motivated. Plus! The numbers on the scale aren’t budging…good eating and working out and yet they stay exactly where they’ve been for the last 3 months….10lbs higher than I want them. Gah…just keep plugging I suppose…

And because I can’t leave you without a picture of Noah, he’s a sneak peek of his cake smash photo session last week…

Feb 072011
 

So I’m a day late on this but I have a good excuse – the Superbowl was yesterday and my beloved Steelers were playing (too bad they didn’t actually show up until the second half…argh…I dont want to talk about it..)

Anywho…I’m genuinely surprised. Not having been very active since about my 7th month with Noah I was anticipating a really rough first week of running. But, I made all three runs with not a ton of pain (and a pretty good pace for me) plus, they’re already starting to get easier. Dodging the snow and ice makes it slow going at times and the dog is still getting into her groove (as in, running and not stopping every 10 feet to sniff) but all in all it was a good first week.

The plan called for a 30 min run on Tuesday, a 25 min run on Thursday and a 3 mile run on Sunday. Tuesdays run was just under 2.5 miles (mainly because I biffed it early in the run and had to slow down to let my poor sore bum recover). Thursdays run was 2.6 miles in 25 min and my three mile run took a little over 32 min. I’m slightly sore today from yesterdays run and was pretty darn sore earlier in the week from the previous runs but that too is getting better.

I need to do some cross training today – weights or something but the plan says not to do anything that uses my calves? I’m sure there’s a reason there but right now it’s not clear to me. However, I will oblige since I need to do some arm work anyways (although, lifting a 24lb one year old is a good workout most days)

The weight is not dropping off like I’d hoped but it’s still early. I’m continuing my calorie counting and this three day a week running plan should have it gone in no time right??:) I really really really want to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight before we start trying for number 2. That way I’m not working of a compounded problem after that pregnancy (plus I’ll be more cognizant of my eating with number two…gallons of apple juice and Panera’s broccoli and cheese soup will not be my main stay!)

So, week 1 down…only 14 more to go until the race.

ETA: I totally spaced…I actually was kickboxing thru the summer (at least until I got laid off…) that’s why this isn’t sooooo bad…wow…mommy brain at it’s finest:)

Jan 302011
 

or we will try to go…

Months ago I signed DH and I up for the Pittsburgh half marathon which is in the middle of May. I figured it would be a good way to kick my arse in to gear at the height of winter at a time when usually when I’m at my heaviest (which is soooo much different than prior to Noah). Well, a girlfriend posted a note on Fbook about her first race of the season in March and it reminded me that it’s probably time to kick that plan into gear (actually, she said I still have time – she forgets, I’m going couch to 21k on a body that holds almost 10lbs more than my previous race…so…start slow:)).

So, I set out to find a plan that I think will work for me. I was looking for something that didn’t run more than 3x a week because based on our training for the last half, my knees were shot if I ran any more than that (plus, my first foray into running post Noah didn’t go well..). Moreover, I needed something I could accomplish during the day while Noah was at daycare (on my “lunch hour”) because bundling him up to take him out in this weather is one of the reasons I’m not doing more. Thanks to the wonder that is Google I found a plan on jeffgalloway.com that I’m going to try.

Annnnnnd….to keep myself accountable I’m going to report in weekly (on Sunday’s hopefully) – aren’t you all excited?!

And just because I can’t go without giving you a Noah picture….:)

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