Sunday, July 28, 2013

Quintessentially Summer

Well everything except the weather. We've been having a cool spell here in Nebraska...highs in the low 70s and it has been glorious! Sadly, however, I have not been able to run in it.

But everything else was summer...and so much more enjoyable we weren't sweating to death.

Jack sold cookies at Farmer's Market again this morning and I was able to pick up most of my produce including SWEET CORN.

And what goes better with sweet corn than hamburgers...on hot dog buns. The tomatoes were heirloom tomatoes from market.

Then because the boys took good naps, we decided to go to the rodeo. I was hoping to photograph a beautiful Nebraska sunset, but the clouds got in the way. It did make it easier to see though.

It was lovely being able to wear a jacket and it even was a bit chilly by the end. The other plus for cooler temps--less trashy fair apparel. Why is it so many people decide to dress skanky for the fair?

Snacks: Kettle Corn and Cotton Candy :)

The bull riding is the best part of rodeo, sadly, there were only 4 riders and none of them managed to stay on for the full 8 seconds. The guy riding the bounty bull (would get an additional $500 if he rode the bull the for full time) managed to stay on for about 6 seconds, but no one else even made it that long.

Have you ever been to a rodeo? What's your favorite part?
Do you frequent your local Farmer's Market?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


So I haven't really been wanting to blog, because you see I haven't really been running. And I didn't really want to write it down, because then it makes it too real that I am injured.  I also didn't want to sit here and whine and complain because nobody has time for whining and complaining....especially because I don't know what to do. I am at the point that I think I need a professional opinion to get to the root cause of this. And I don't know who to see. And whining and complaining without doing anything to fix it really isn't cool. But I really do feel like this:
from here

So I'm not here to complain. I'm here, wishing I knew what was wrong and wishing I could run.

And reflecting on my mistakes:

1) Diving in too quickly after Nolan was born. When my other two were six months I was up to about 4 miles and when Nolan was 6 months old, I ran a 1/2 marathon. And I don't think my body was ready. I was motivated and it seemed fine, but was tearing down my body more than I realized. And in order to get to that 1/2, I was pushing my body more than I would have without the race deadline looming over my head.

2) Not doing enough core work or strength training. Sure I did some, but not enough especially not to rebuild my core after pregnancy.

3) I know just enough about running since I've run for 11 years, but not enough to coach myself through 1/2 marathons 6 months post-partum while struggling with injuries. I was self-diagnosing and self treating and that's just a bad idea. Please don't try it.

4) Running through IT Band pain. It doesn't go away unless you stop running.

5) Trying to increase my mileage and speed at the same time. I was increasing my weekly mileage at a fairly conservative rate, but by throwing in a day of speed work. Needless to say that 2 weeks of that and now I'm not running.

What lessons have you learned from past mistakes?
Anyone deal with IT Band/hip flexor/foot or ankle problems (yes I'm pretty sure they are all related) what sort of doctor did you see?

Saturday, July 20, 2013


Our internet was down from Wednesday-Friday, and while it was annoying and I missed having it, it was nice to unplug and it forced me to to spend more attention on things that I should. I played with my kids more, I read more, I cleaned my house more. It definitely opened my eyes to how much time I spend online...and how it's good and enjoyable to unplug sometimes. I'm going to try to be more intentional in my usage from now on. But I love having Netflix back and being able to look up all my recipes and workouts--that only exist on the internet!

Our county fair is this week. We took the boys last night and managed to run into our friends in the parking lot. Jack was pretty excited to see his best friend. We wandered through the commercial building and the 4-H and open class exhibits and then we allowed the boys to choose one ride to go on.
They were both so serious! Motorcycle riding must be serious business. And they couldn't go together, because
they both wanted to drive.

Joel with his future wife. She told her mommy the other day that someday she was going to marry Joel.

Funnel cake.

Taken by my 4 year old 

Those lovely Nebraska sunsets.
Do you have a county fair? Ever go? 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Would You Rather--Running Style Survey

I have started writing several posts this week and they all sound whine-y and complain-y and nobody wants to read that, so I'm answering Cori's Would You Rather survey again. (See my other one here) And hope for more inspiration for me to write things that people actually want to read.


Do a tempo run or hill repeats?
A tempo run. I just don't like hills...especially having to run up it more than once. I have bad memories from hill repeats from cross-country too.

Hydrate with water OR hydrate with a sports drink?
Water! Sports drinks have their time and place, but our bodies need water. I wrote a post awhile back about water and the effects of dehydration.

Itch constantly as you're running or sneeze constantly 
as you are running?
I think I'd rather sneeze. I get a little spastic when I'm itchy and that makes it awfully hard to run.

Compete in the Olympics as a runner or in another sport? 
(What sport?)
I'd love to be an Olympic runner!

Be a short distance sprinter OR be the energizer bunny, holding the same pace for a long period of time?
I'd rather be able to run for a long time. Running gives me an out, a break from life and I'd rather have that time than being able to run fast for a few seconds.

Do speed work on a treadmill OR do speed work on a track?
I have never done speed work on the treadmill, but I don't like the treadmill so I'm going with the track. I have done lots of speed work on the track and it was never fun, but when is speed work fun?

Do core work OR stretch post run? (Now do you really do either?)
I'd rather stretch. I need to be better about stretching because I think a lack of stretching is contributing to injuries. I also need to do more core work, I think about it more than I do it. Today, I stretched and I foam rolled, but I'm still thinking about doing my core work.

Have no toe nails OR black toe nails?
Black toenails please. That's what nail polish is for.

Wear an army pack while running 
OR wear lead toed boots while running?
I'd rather wear an army pack. And it would give me a taste of the things that our armed forces do all the time. Thank you to all the people who fight for and defend our freedom!

Run twice a day three days a week or 
run once a day for seven days a week?
Once a day...Two a days mess with my head.

Have side cramps your entire run or 
have leg cramps your entire run?
Side cramps! I'd think that they were be easier to deal with, because at least I could keep moving forward.

So I'm dying to know...what would you rather?

Friday, July 5, 2013

Five Things Friday

Sweetest Moment with my Boys...
Reading on the hammock. Their attention spans aren't very long, but I really want to instill a love of reading and books in them so I read as long as they are interested and then take a break.
Photography by my 4 year old :)

I'm feeling...
I'm exhausted. I'm drinking coffee and I didn't even really want it, but I wanted the caffeine. There has been too much activity, too many late nights, too many sick kids, and too many children waking up in the middle of the night.

Good eats...
Bacon Chicken Alfredo Pizza. I made a homemade sauce that was delicious.

My latest workout...
I ran a cool, windy four easy miles yesterday morning. It was slow, but that was ok. I was just going for what felt good and easy. I pondered and prayed and came back feeling refreshed.

Newest Running Gear...
I got this sports bra the other day at Scheels. I have been running in the Moving Comfort Juno bra, but since I'm not currently pregnant or nursing, I can get away with less support. I've only had one run in it, but I didn't even notice it and it's nice and light which is perfect for this hot weather.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

America the Beautiful

Today we remember those who have fought and died for our freedom. It is really true, freedom is not free. Many have fought, many have died so that we can live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. We must never take it for granted. We must never allow anyone to take away the freedoms that others have fought so hard to secure for us.

Quietly and thoughtfully, before running off to the parties and fireworks think about the the powerful words of "America, the Beautiful" by Katharine Lee Bates:

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern impassion'd stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America! God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!
America! America! May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev'ry gain divine!

O Beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

Have a great 4th! 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

It's One of Those Days

Coconut Caramel Latte

I had a gift card for coffee and I was saving it for "one of those days." And today was it. Because I have a sick little boy.

He succumbed to the strep throat that his older brother had last week. I was hoping we were in the clear, but no such luck. At 3:00 am he was feverish and "my tummy hurts." I called the doctors office first thing, had an appointment at 9:20 am and had his first dose of antibiotic in him by 10:30 am. The treat when you are sick is to sleep on Mommy's bed. I was frustrated because I am missing my second Wednesday afternoon Bible study in row due to strep throat and we were supposed to have supper at friends' house. But I decided it's good for me. I am going to have a positive attitude. Besides, it's good for me to sacrifice for my kids. It teaches me to not be so selfish and put someone else's well-being ahead of my own.

But in the way of running. My IT Bands are still a bit sore {I know I should rest more, but I have a race coming up} but stretching lots has improved them. I only got 10 miles in last week, which was disappointing because I was hoping to get closer to 20. But it'll come, it'll come.

Tuesday: 2 miles and it felt like I was running for the first time again.
Thursday: 3 miles in 25:25 at the park. I have been enjoying getting the chance to run on pavement occasionally and mix up the running surface.
Saturday: 5.2 miles with other people! There is a group that meets at the YMCA and runs together every Saturday morning and I had been getting emails forever, but just went for the first time. Ended up running with the guys. There was only one other lady who runs pretty slow so it was me and the guys with daughters my age {in fact I used to work with one of the daughters} Anyway, it wasn't quite what I'm wanting so I don't know if I'll go back...we'll see.

Monday my run ended up being great. I ran my fastest 3 miles since Nolan was born in 24:25 and my last mile was a 7:35. This was encouraging for my upcoming 4 mile race. I'm nervous and excited for the race--it's a week and a half away.

For the last several weeks we have been meeting friends at the park and taking turns running and watching kids. My husbands has lots of friends to run with and I run alone. Well, last night I took Nolan in the jogging stroller so I wasn't alone. I ran 2.5 miles in 21:54. I ran with my Mountain Buggy jogging stroller for the first time. We haven't quite figured it all out yet for running {it's pulling to one side badly}, but I'm hoping to get that figured out and then after a few runs do a review on it.
finished with their run--only 2 of the 5 that ran
I worked on making my grocery list, because my friend has a shower
to go to so she wasn't there until later
And my toenail polish matches my shoes
Hanging out with this sweet boy.

The real reason Donovan wants to go to the park: slacklining!

Have you ever slacklined?
What was your best recent workout?
Anyone else having one of those days?