Sunday, May 26, 2013

Six Years

Six years ago, I stood before God and our family and friends and took my marriage vows to love, honor and cherish Donovan all the days of my life no matter what. I never made a better decision in my life.

Quick overview...

  • 6 years of marriage
  • 3 children
  • 3 vehicles
  • 2 houses (one we bought)
  • 1 dog 

I am thankful that...

  • he loves me and our boys
  • he is generous
  • he is loving and kind
  • he is my best friend
  • that we were married young and have done our growing up together (and will continue to do so!)

My hope is that...
  • we will grow old together
  • we only fall deeper and deeper into love

Happy Anniversary my love!


Saturday, May 25, 2013

My Attempt at a Progression Run which Ended Up Being More of a Tempo

After my 5:30 am wake up yesterday, I failed miserably today and didn't run until 12:05 pm. And even if the thermometer doesn't say it's that hot, it's hot at 12:05 pm. Hot, humid and windy. The wind has been ridiculous lately. We haven't gotten a break from it at all--it blows all day and all night. Usually at least it will die down at night. And we got 1.8 inches of rain last night. And you could tell by the humidity.

But I would say that it is an accomplishment to have done it. I didn't put it off or cut it short. I just did it. I had decided to attempt some sort of progression run. My first ambitious thought was 2 miles easy, 2 miles faster than those and 2 miles still faster. But with the heat and wind and my current level of fitness I went with

2.5 miles easy-just under 10:00/mile pace(2 of those were directly against the 20 mph wind)

1 mile faster-8:58 mile (really I kept my effort the same, but since I wasn't running against the wind anymore, it was faster)

and 1 mile faster yet-8:43 mile (is it cheating because the wind was directly at my back this mile?)

1.5 miles-ended up being super easy about 1. 25 miles from home I started feeling the effects of the heat.

For a total of 6 miles which ended up being more of a tempo run

Really for the weather conditions and my fitness level, it probably wasn't too bad of a workout. I'm trying to get some speed back in my legs by focusing on shorter, but faster runs (than my 1/2 training which was all just easy running trying to get to the race uninjured.)

I came home and my husband made me a protein smoothie and I rehydrated with some NUUN (I mixed the Tropical and Fruit Punch flavors in 32 oz of water--pretty good especially since I wasn't a big fan of the Fruit Punch flavor) and ate leftover pasta salad for lunch.

I'm off to take it easy while my boys are all sleeping :)

I never use to like leftovers, but now I look forward to them.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Five Fantastic Things on Friday

It's Friday! Which is extra fantastic because yesterday felt like Friday. It's been one of those weeks.

5 Fantastic Things:

1. It is 7:03 am and I have already run and had my coffee. That's right, I motivated myself out of bed at 5:30 for the second time this week. Folks, that might be a record. Usually I'm just a one hit wonder ;) But I do have a question for morning runners: How is your body awake? My super slow pace felt super fast and I felt like I was sleep running. At least the sky was pretty.

2. I get to see my family tonight! There's a party for my cousin (who live 1/2 hour away from us) and my parents and 3 of my siblings will be there, along with my grandparents. I'm super excited to see everyone and I'm thankful that we don't have to drive too far.

3. Our 6th wedding anniversary is in 2 days!

4. My husband gets off of work an hour earlier than usual today. They've been working 9 hour days to get some projects done, but today is just an 8 hour day. So that means we get to go to Sam's before the party tonight and we can get more Nutella! Because I really want to make these S'MORE COOKIE CUPS.

5. We have leftover peppers from our fajitas last night and I'm going to make an omelet with them and I can't wait!


Monday, May 20, 2013

Monday Mumblings

This morning I was up at 5:30 am! Which is pretty good for someone who normally considers everything before 7 am the middle of the night. I realized that unless I want to run in extreme heat all summer, I need to teach myself to run in the morning before my husband leaves for work. I would love to be a morning person...I just need to go to bed earlier. And besides if you sleep late in the morning you miss these beautiful skies:

I really do like to run in the morning. My mind is not as busy and it's so peaceful. And it's just great to get it out of the way and not have to think about the run all day. My Bursitis was acting up this morning--my calves have been super tight. So instead of pushing it, I just headed home. I haven't been very diligent about stretching and it's catching up with me. I KNOW it will so why don't I just stretch?

I had a pretty good week of running last week. I was going to take 2 weeks off after my half, but got too antsy to run so I took a week. All my runs were pretty low key (4 runs for a total of 16.5 miles). I did get one workout in where I pushed my legs a bit. 

Total of 4.5 miles: 
1 mile easy--9:38
1 mile faster--8:00
{1.5 hour break--I was doing this during naptime and the baby woke up so I finished after my husband got home}
1 mile easy--9:43
1 mile fast--7:27
.5 cool down

I was super excited to see a 7 in front of that last mile. It's been a long time. I'm so excited to train my legs to run fast again. I want to get some more speed work in and really push the pace in that painful, but endorphin filled sort of way. 

I want my kids to think it's normal to have a sweaty, stinky mommy...

What was your best run/workout last week?
What's one thing that you want your kids to remember about you?
--That exercise is important and fun!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Date Night

Clockwise starting at top right: Flippin' Sweet Pizza (local pizza place), Our $2.02 Mint Chip Ice cream, The best pull apart garlic bread I've ever had with alfredo, pesto and marinara dipping sauce, Climbed to the top of the tower at the park.

What was your last date? We're always looking for ideas.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Current State of Mind

My writing juices haven't been flowing too well lately. I took a week off of running too. So I just wasn't coming up with much to say and I'd rather say nothing than force it. But this morning I read Cori's post and it inspired me to answer the same questions:

I feel...
weary. I am physically tired from a lack of sleep. But I'm emotionally tired too. I have a lot going on inside of me--trying to learn and decide what I think is true. I'm struggling against what I may want and what may actually be true.

I want…
my boys to grow up to be strong and courageous men.

I have…
an overactive imagination. I can make a worse case scenario for everything. It doesn't help that I also tend to be a pessimist.

I am thankful for…
my mother-in-law. She is one of the sweetest people I know and she has accepted me into their family easily. She has a beautiful servant heart and I love how much she loves my boys. The road is sometimes a bumpy one, but I just love her and am so thankful that my husband has such a wonderful mother.

I would like to…
have adventures {as a family}. There is so much of the United States that I would love to see and things that I would love to do. I am in awe of God's creation and I just want to soak it all in.
Moab Utah--Up at the top of our places we would love to see.

I dream about…
running fast again. I feel like I am finally at the spot postpartum and hopefully post injury that I can start pushing myself in workouts and build my speed up again.
I even want to get back on this painful thing.

I prefer...
deep conversations to chit chat. I don't do small talk well, but want to go beyond the surface? I'm your girl! 

I am passionate about…
truth. I believe in absolute truth. 

I am happy when…
my boys are playing happily together. There is nothing that warm's a Mama's heart more than listening to her children be kind and loving toward one another.

I am looking forward to…
tonight! We are having our best friends over for supper and it will be a great mid-week pick me up.

I have never…
had a pedicure. 

I would never…
I have learned to not say I will never do/say/think _____because a lot of time I'll change my mind. And you never know what will be at that certain point in your life. So I choose to say..."I'm not planning..."

I am always able to get cheered up…
by ice cream. I mean really, who doesn't!?
Nutella+Cinnamon Life+Chocolate Chip Ice Cream=Delicious
I enjoy…
spending time outside as a family. I am so thankful that {at least the 2 older} boys love to be outside. I want to cultivate that love in them always.

I appreciate…
little gestures that say, "I'm thinking of you." A card in the mailbox, an email, a facebook post, a compliment...any little thing like that makes my day.

I know…
that I love to run and it's something that I don't want to give up!
I use to…
think that everything had to be all or nothing. But I'm slowly learning there is a balance in life.

I never expected…
the deep, intense love I have for my children. I knew that I would love my kids, but I was surprised by how having kids completely changed me. Pretty cool, really. They are constantly making me look at myself and become a better person.
Mother's Day this year...and I look as tired as I felt.

I wish…
I could better express how I feel, especially to those I love the most. It's hard for me to let people know I love them and that's wrong.

How about you? Answer as many as you would like!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Lincoln National Guard 1/2 Marathon Recap

I signed up for this race at the end of December. I knew that if I were going to sign up, I would need to do it right when registration opened, because this race sells out pretty quick...and it was full in 15 hours. When I signed up I had run 4 miles fairly easily and had been running for a month (after Nolan was born). Well, the day I signed up, I started having issues with my ankle...which first I was told was Achilles Tendonitis, but the second opinion said Bursitis. Well, either way, I wasn't running much and essentially didn't run January or half of February. I had pretty much given up on the race and figured I couldn't get there. I eased back in easier than I expected, but my original 13 week training plan became a 7 week training plan and I only got one 10 mile run in before the race. And while my weekly mileage was fairly conservative, I was pretty aggressive in upping my long runs (which isn't really the recommended way to do it.) A couple of weeks ago, I started having a lot of soreness in my IT Bands, which thankfully felt better before I started, but that came at the cost of several unscheduled rest days...which didn't do much for my confidence.

The race was about 2.5 hours from our house, so my husband, Nolan and I got a hotel the night before while the older two boys stayed with Grandpa and Grammy. We went straight to the expo so I could pick up my packet. A zillion people+small space= claustrophobia so we didn't stick around long. However, for some strange reason being at the expo made me less nervous for the race.

I bought a headband for the race at Scheels (breaking the nothing new rule, but I figure it would be easy to take care of a headband if it bugged me). I got a nice wide one to serve two purposes #1: Keep my frizzy hair under control and #2: Double as an ear warmer. I knew I didn't want a heavy one, but just something to keep the wind off my ears. It worked fantastically!

I find it funny that I had no problems with getting up at 5 am. It's amazing how if I have to get up for something I want to do, I can always wake up---any other day, I consider anything before 7 am the middle of the night.

My breakfast was a peanut butter sandwich with LOTS of peanut butter and 16 oz of NUUN. It was perfect. My stomach felt great the whole race.

I didn't really know what was really reasonable for a goal for the race, but finally decided on these goals and kept in mind to adjust to how I was feeling.


A: 2:10 or faster.
B: 2:10:01-2:15
C: Finish the race. Not giving up.
D: Pull out of the race if I am going to injure myself by continuing.

I lined up a bit behind the 2:10 pacers. I really did not want to start too fast. Since my training had been so limited I knew that going out too fast would be about the worst thing I could do. I started easy and my legs felt great from the beginning. I tried to rein my pace in even though I felt good, because 13.1 miles is a long way for these legs right now. I caught the 2:10 pacers in the first mile though. I stuck with them until the water station at about mile 6 because it was a long downhill and I was feeling fantastic {they walked through all the water stations}. Despite the goals I had above, I really wanted to be closer to 2:00 and I knew that I couldn't wait to speed up later. I took the gamble of speeding up while I felt so good even though I had 1/2 the race left. I was still feeling great at mile 8 when I saw Donovan.

I felt great at mile 9 and 10 I was still doing okay. But that's when my legs started dying. By mile 11, I just wanted to be done. The last 2.1 miles felt like the longest miles of my life. I was so thankful to all the spectators. The race actually finished in Memorial Stadium on the 50 yard line {where our college football team plays}which was kind of fun.

I had never fueled during a race before. The only other half I've run, I didn't know anything about fueling and only took a tiny bit of water the whole race. I've experimented with a gels a bit and as of right now, I like the Mandarin Orange GU. I took one 45 minutes in and 1/2 of one {my stomach didn't want any more} at about 1:30:00. I really do think it helped keep a little more pep in my legs longer.

My official time ended up being 2:05:39 {so I surpassed my A goal!}

So I seriously need to learn to use the splits on my watch. It is a bit pathetic that instead of learning, I just try to remember them.
Mile 1: 9:43
Mile 2: 19:28
Mile 3: 29:40
Mile 4: 36:??
Mile 5: 49:??
Mile 7: 1:07:??
Mile 8: 1:16:??
Mile 11: 1:44:??
Mile 13.1: 2:05:39

But the thing that I was even happier about was this: I passed more people than passed me :) I suppose that is the advantage of starting further back.

I know that I ran this race the best I could today. I was happy with it and it fueled my desire to get faster again, but right now I'm giving myself some time off to recover {a week or two}.

In retrospect, I would not have signed up for a 1/2 this soon after baby. But at the same time, I'm glad I did.  It ended up being fine and I surprised myself with how I did and it was kind of fun to be overambitious, but usually overambition just leads to injury. However, having a goal race DEFINITELY kept me focused in my training.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Recent Activities and Food.

The other night we went to a girl from church's soccer game. I'm all for excuses to attend soccer games. I was a soccer player in high school and while I don't miss playing really, I miss watching! Our friend is the one with the ball.

It was a super gorgeous night so I made a picnic to eat at the game. Pizza Stromboli, carrot sticks, apple slices, and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies-YUM!

Last Saturday was my last "long" run {6 miles} before my 1/2 this weekend. I was nervous because my IT bands had been getting super sore, but it went really well. It was much warmer than usual, but there was a breeze that made it bearable. I  didn't wear my watch and the last week has been all untimed runs. After my shower I looked out the window and saw this:
My husband was burning the burn pile and the wind picked up a bit. Oops. Fortunately there were no problems.

And some of the yummy food from my week:

My taste buds are growing up. I use to not be able to eat any sort of vegetable with my eggs, but I made a fajita omelette the other day with our fajita leftovers and it was absolutely delicious.

Cinnamon Life Cereal+Nutella+Ice Cream=Delicious

This soup was amazing. It's supposed to be a knock off of Chick-fil-a's Chicken Tortilla Soup--which I've never had (no Chick-fil-a's here :( ) Go find the recipe here and make it. I didn't make it nearly as spicy because I was feeding children and left the red pepper out because I was feeling too lazy to cut it up.

We baby-sat our friends' kids last night so they could go out on a date. And now I am extra thankful that I don't have 3 sets of twins. Our oldests are 5 weeks apart, the middle 2 are 4 months apart and the babies are 2 months apart. Although for being 2 months younger Nolan is way bigger. (He was 90th percentile height and 75th percentile weight at his 6 month check-up!)

And now I must get back to preparing for my race by hydrating and planning my outfit and trying not to freak out.

Eat anything yummy lately? Any recipes to share?
How do you prepare for races (besides the running of course)?