Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Andrew's First day of School

Mommy's warning here!  There is nothing about running in this post, so abandon ship if you just like running.  This is a way for me to remember his very first day of kindergarten.

We were going to walk to school.  We live a few blocks away, and we were so excited.  Till we got outside and it was thundering and raining.  Sigh.  To the car we go.  

Little man didn't mind.  He was SO excited to go to his "big boy school".  I was a little nervous, because I had heard what a mess parking could be.  

We got to the school before the doors opened and luckily found a spot fairly easily for once.  We got in the doors as the storm hit in earnest.  We found our way to our new class and to the line up outside the door.  

All the kiddos were posing for pics.  It was truly mad chaos inside the building.  Andrew seemed okay.  He talked to his new friends and his old little love bug friends that were all around him in other class rooms.  

Of course we got pics with all of his wrestling friends.  

Some of the kiddos were getting pretty upset and his smile was turning into a frown, so I took it as time for me to leave.  No tears from either of us!  

I found this sign on the internet and had to print it. I totally forgot to do the whole sign thing pre school starting, but the storm was hindering good pictures.  When we went to pick him up from Boys and Girls club, he was hysterically crying.  From what we can get, he was super upset because he got in trouble on the play ground.  He also mentioned bullying.  I am not sure what to believe.  I DO NOT like picking my kiddo up hysterical and in tears, but at the same time, if he was doing something wrong, he needs to be fussed at.  I hate that whatever happened caused him to be upset about the whole day and caused him to not want to go back to school.  IN fact he said he hated his new school and wanted to go back to his old school.  Change is hard and I know he always needs a day or two to get use to new situations (remember camp invention?).  I think the majority of the day was good for him.  He talked about liking lunch and making a playdough minion.  He brought home a colored picture, but he seemed stress that it didn't turn out how it wanted it.  I honestly had hoped he would be more like his daddy, but it seems he inherited his type A from me.  Sigh.  Will be getting lots of advice from my mommy on how to handle my mini me.  Looking forward to the rest of the week and getting into our routine.  All in all, minus the crying, I think he had a good day, and I am going to think about the positive and not focus on the negative. 

Kindergarten stats that everyone put on their pics that I totally forgot to do:
43 lbs
3 foot 7 inches
curly red hair
still loves Thomas and legos
wants to be a train conductor when he grows up
favorite dog: Harley

Class of 2030!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Week 10 of 18 Chicago Marathon Training

Another week up and down, and another week closer to the peak of my training.  The temperatures are getting a little lower, but the humidity is making up for that.  I wouldn't mind an early fall at all IF we could lower the dang temps!

This was a crazy and big week. I had made a decision to do something super scary and outside of my comfort zone. I have decided to go part time in my beetle/BNG lab that I have worked for, for 13 years and work part time for Tony's company, Coleman Electric.  This means I am saying good bye to my algal lab that I have worked in for the past year.  I really loved working with them and hate to let them go, but I really, really want to be a part of my hubby's company and help it grow and help him not be chained to paper work all night every night.  I am super nervous, as this is totally out of my wheel house but heck, I do love a good challenge.  Keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I try a new chapter in my life!

Monday:  Rest day.  How I love thee. I actually had to work sunday all day and had a ton to do monday, so came home pretty exhausted.  Like go to bed at 6:30 pm exhausted.  I am hoping my body is just fighting something off and this isn't something else (and no I am not preggers:).

Tuesday:  Speed work. Mile repeats.  After going to bed super early and not sleeping very well throughout the night, I knew when I got up that repeats were not in the stars for me.  I decided to do just mileage and hope that whatever this feeling is that i have is nothing, and a few days of easy will cure it.

Okay, so here is a tiny rant.  I have had my garmin 220 for years now. I have never had issues with it or if I have, they have been pretty quickly fixable.  The past couple of weeks my watch has been off big time.  I know where the mile markers are on our route, because I haven been running roughly the same routes for years now.  At times today, mine and Mel's watch was off by a quarter of a mile !!!!!  I know we can be a tenth or so off, but not a quarter of a mile much because we are running side by side!  I am as I type this, installing a software update, so hoping that fixes it.  I love my garmin and hate talking ill of it because it has been such a good watch, but dude, I ran 6 miles today and I didn't get credit for it :)

These two crack me up.  This was "second dinner" as they ate while I was at soccer and then ate again when I went to subway to pick up a salad
Yes, I have been roped into soccer again.  This time I am a head coach.  I think I have lost my mind, but surely I can do this with only 5 five year olds and some help from Rockin Robin right????

Wednesday:  Cross and Strength.  I vowed to get back on the C and S horse and I batted .500.  I really think we should rethink cross training, because i think I should sometimes get credit for lugging an almost 50 lb kid around hyvee.  Actually, we are in the stage where he absolutely does NOT want to ride in the buggy, but yet push the buggy and push the buggy as fast as possible, which is not cool.  His head is now above the pushing bar and it just makes me happy and sad that he is growing up so quickly!  I did get 30 minutes of strength in, including my MYRTL routine before we headed out.

Thursday:  6 miles easy.  My hope was that by skipping Tuesday's speed work that I would be more apt to hit it hard Thursday.  Nope.  I woke up and just wasn't feeling very speedy and that was compounded by 96% humidity.  I swear Kansas, please, dial back the humidity so us runners can enjoy the lower temperatures!!!!  I tried to get a pic because we were running in this dense fog the whole time, but this is all I got.

Yes, it really was that thick.  I hate running in this mess because I feel like I can't even breath.

Friday:  Cross.  A nice bike ride post dinner that got shortened thanks to running out of daylight.  I love fall, but I hate loosing that precious daylight!

Saturday:  18 miles.  Woke up super pumped to see some meteors as the Perseid's are here.  They did not disappoint.  In the middle of the city, with all of the light pollution, I saw about 13 in the span of an hour, and they were all SUPER bright!  My hubby even came out and saw a few very bright ones.  I had hoped to see more on my run, but by the time i got out of the door, dawn was creeping in, plus running and looking up is kind of tricky.  I decided to take both dogs with me, and then loop back and drop off if they needed it.  The humidity was at about 96 percent, but the temps were low, so I took plenty of water with me and gave them water breaks every 3 or so miles.  I also attempted to walk only when I gave them water and briefly when I had to fuel.  I can run and eat, but it is a challenge i would rather not attempt.  Choking in the middle of no where would not be fun, and I don't think the dogs can do CPR or the Heimlich.   

I was going to do some loopage, but since the dogs were doing so well, I decided to try and get 16 before looping back to the house to re fill water bottles.  Since my stashed water bottle got stolen a few weeks ago, I am a little gun shy about stashing anything these days.  Hopefully no one will steal anything off of my front porch!!!!  I dropped off a very reluctant Deuce, and Stella ella and I headed out to finish the final 2.  We decided to do part of the race course we will be doing next weekend for the Run Back to School 5K.  

I need one of those tennis ball attachments so she will look at my phone
Sunday:  Recovery run 6 miles.  I got up at 4:30 am to catch some meteors, but after a while of seeing nothing but clouds and the bright moon, and NO meteors, I decided to give up and go back to sleep.  I must have slept hard (and needed it) because I didn't wake up till 8:30.  Deuce and I headed out for a super easy 6 with some walking.  I was kind of sore post yesterday's run and Deuce had done 16 miles, so we were all about easy.  While the sun made it feel a tiny bit hotter than I would have liked, we managed and Deuce took a few dips in the puddles that were left out on our route.  

Total mileage for the week: 35.77 (although I am pretty sure I got the .33 but I will keep it official LOL).

I am glad we are on the downside of training, even if I haven't gotten through my longest runs.  Coach hasn't let on yet if we are doing multiple 20s or 22s or what, but I kind of like not knowing.  Less for me to obsess about that way.  I ended this week feeling much better, and I am looking forward to more lower temp days!  Oh I finally saw the number 130 on the scale meaning I have lost 13 lbs now.  I haven't really changed much about the way I eat at all other than just trying to stay within my calories so going to keep food logging and see where this takes me!

Have a great week!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Week 9 of 18 Chicago Marathon Training

It's the half way point, EEEEEK!  Dare I say I am feeling really good and I attribute it all to the strength, cross training, and loosing 10 lbs.  I know I have some tough runs coming up, but it feels good to know that the peak is almost here and then the taper comes quickly!  Most hate the taper but my body LOVES the taper!

Monday:  Rest day.  Rest day is sacred to me and I love it :) . Especially with speed work days being Tuesdays.  I need all the rest I can get!

My attempt to get a good pic of mel and stella leaving me in the dust

Tuesday:  800 meter repeats x 6 with one mile warm up and 1.5 mile cool down.  100% humidity.  We were drinking air.  It was so foggy and wet that we were instantly drenched.  Other than the very first interval, we were able to maintain our pace.  Glad to be back to the lower end of the repeat scale but I know coach is ready to ramp back up again to the higher repeats and that always scares me.

Wednesday:  Cross training and strength.  I finally managed to get up and get an hour on my bike with rocking robin.  Strength did not happen though :( . I have managed to fall off of the strength wagon this week.

Thursday:  7 miles easy.  Actually my coach had us doing speedwork again BUT, since I have a 10 K on Saturday, I really didn't need to do three days of speed work.  Unfortunately when we got up there was a huge thunderstorm headed our way, so we both went back to bed hoping we could get out post work.  The weather ended up being amazing all day, and we took both of the dogs out for our 7.

Friday:  Cross and strength.  Decided to sleep in and make it a rest day due to the race being Saturday.  Really glad I did because later that night, I was wide awake very, very late.

Saturday:  10 K race, Brew to Shoe. Here is a pic from the first year I did the race, complete with my beer!
2013 Brew to Shoe on the old course

This year we were not so lucky with the weather.  We knew the weather men had been predicting 100 % heavy rain all week, but we all secretly hoped they were wrong.  Whelp, they were dead on right.  When we got up, thunder was rumbling already, and by the time we got to the start line, the lightening and rain had started in earnest.  The RD kept pushing back the start time, but they finally had to make a decision due to the roads needing to be opened back up.  The RD shortened the 10K down to a 5K, with the 1 mile run happening right after the 5K cleared out.  Unfortunately, I needed 6 miles, so a 5 K and a longer wait didn't sound good to me.  I could run on my mill and be completely dry or run in the rain around my house and get a full 6.  As we were driving home, the lightening got less and less, so I decided to eat quickly and head out an hour later.  

We managed 6.2 on some sloppy roads with a little bit of rain and some rumbling of thunder, but no lightening.    

Sunday:  Long run 18 miles.  We had a birthday party the night before and I was so exhausted that I fell asleep as soon as we got home.  I am glad that I did because 4:30 came way too early.  Of course we had a lower temp thanks to the rains that moved through BUT we had 100 percent humidity.  Thanks Kansas.  I really struggled around mile 15.  That was the first time in a long time that I honestly contemplated stopping.  I had done one loop with Deuce first for about 10 miles and then came back home to swap out out dogs and pick up Stella for the last 8 miles.  I was trying to run and not walk at all, but I think trying to gut it out made me feel like poop.  I usually walk every 2 or so miles when the humidity is that bad but I thought I would be tough and keep going till I had to fuel.  Oh well, live and learn, I may be a runner but my walk breaks help me stay strong and finish.  I managed to finish and get to work.  Yes, I had to work on a Sunday and it wasn't bad but I was sad to not be with my family on a weekend.  That may be all about to change, but more on that later:0)

Total mileage for the week:  38.2

It's going to be a busy few weeks at night, so I HAVE to get my butt out of bed and do all of my work outs early, not just my runs. I have no excuses,  I need to get in bed earlier no matter what and I need to get up and not hit snooze.  We start soccer this week and apparently I have been promoted to heard coach.  I have little to no knowledge about soccer so this will be very interesting.  

Have a great week!!!!