Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thankful Thursday

So I am not typically a "thankful thursday" poster, but since it is Thanksgiving today, I can make an exception, I think... Not to mention, I enjoy having something to write about...

So, let's talk about what I am thankful for on this beautiful Thanksgiving morning:

1. My family. I am so happy to have these two in my life. Sometimes they stress me out and I worry about the little one (ok, and the big one) all the time, but without them, I would be less of a person, I think.

2. Running. This often seems like the only thing that I have that can keep my stress levels at bay. I am CONSTANTLY reminding myself that I "get" to run, rather than I have to run. And that helps.
3. My job. Although we are going through a stressful time at the office, but I still enjoy the people that I work with very much. They are truly the best, and I am grateful to have all of them most days.

4. My health. I have more health issues that are weird than a lot of people. Between various blood issues and dizziness, plus my strange habit of falling down and hurting my elbow, I am overall a very healthy person. I have learned and developed a healthy relationship with food and exercise, finally, and I am very happy to have it.

What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A weekend home

I wanted to write a little update about how the weekend went at our house when there was no traveling for a marathon, no twenty mile run, no travel to a hometown (we seem to be on the road a LOT lately), and just us... our family...

So I still planned on getting a "long" (that term is relative at the moment) run in, so J and I went to bed rather early on Friday night. My alarm went off at 5:00 am, and unfortunately my dogs went crazy, so J woke up too...  He ended up staying up. At 7 am, bundled up with a hat, gloves, and multiple layers, I headed out the door with plans to run 8 in just over an hour.

After my run and shower, while J got his own workout done (treadmill in the basement), I got Addie ready for the day. J had gotten her fed while I was out on my run. We headed out to the grocery early because we had to shop for all of our Thanksgiving goodies! We purchased our turkey, ingredients to make sliders (a fave of J and his family!) and ingredients for my dad's stuffing. My SIL is taking care of fruit (for the 5 kids that will be there, plus anyone else) and mashed potatoes. My MIL is taking care of desserts and a big salad. None of us are sweet potato casserole or green bean casserole people, so we went with fruit and salad. Whatever works!

After we got home, I fed Addie and got her down for a nap, and J settled in to do some work on the couch. I was planning on getting the Halloween decorations away (yes, I know I should have done that WEEKS ago, but between Indy and then being in Toledo last week, it just was not happening!) I have been listening to this audio drama, and I am HOOKED.
It is science fiction, so if that is your style, I recommend it. BUT it isn't quite finished yet (apparently there are still 4 chapters to be released!) and so now I am stuck WAITING until the rest gets released. Anyone have any podcast recommendations. I like fitness. science fiction. and true crime (serial, obvis).

After the Buckeyes lost (ugh, we are STRUGGLING with this one in my house), we needed Sunday to be a little MORE relaxed. J made homemade biscuits and gravy for breakfast (yes, I married a man who loves COOKING!) and we put on the Lion King for our little Simba lover (her current favorite song is Hakuna Matata. Expect a singing/dancing video in the future). At naptime I started decorating for Christmas. Yes, I realize that it is not Thanksgiving yet, but you know what? I got my village up. That is a WINTER item. Therefore, it is acceptable.

While decorating, I enjoyed the first of many of these of the season:
My favorite!

We made a simple dinner that night, that was a hit with the whole family, even little miss eats-only-yogurt.

How was your weekend? Have you started your holiday celebrations?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Updated running - no GOAL race, but a race!

So somehow, it is Thanksgiving week, we have reached the end of November, the beginning of the holiday season and we are on a rapidly moving collision course toward the end of the year. At least, that is what it feel like.

I have been running regularly, and I had a call with Coach Jenn yesterday. Granted, I have not been able to establish definitively my goal race for spring, but I am making some progress. I am not sure when I will finally make a decision. It is definitely starting to stress me out that I have not made a decision. So for now, I am just trying to take a breath, relax, and just keep running for right now.

Because remember, I GET to run. I wonder if I can remember that always through my next training cycle.

I went for a run yesterday, 5 miles with 4x30s striders, at around 7:15 am. It was a not-so-pleasant reminder about winter in Ohio. It was below 30* for the first time all year, and I was frigid. I wore my CW-X tights, and I decided I need other tights. Warmer ones. Because darn it, my ass was FREEZING!  I think a new pair of Lesleys is in my future. Because its DAMN COLD!

I got my latest schedule from Coach Jenn yesterday as well. I still have not selected a race, but at this point in time, it does not really matter that much. I am just base building and starting to try and get my legs to GO again. I feel like I have been struggling in the turnover department since the marathon, but likely that is still me shaking all of the lead out. Strides have been helping for sure, and I know that as I continue to get my legs back underneath me I will be able to continue accelerating. I am racing a 10K on Thanksgiving, and would like to PR.

Full disclosure... I have PR'd in the 10K distance nearly every single time I run more than 10K these days. My 10K was achieved the week after I PR'd a half and less than one year after Addie was born. So I know that I should be able to knock that one out of the water, even on a hilly course. Originally, when I was supposed to have Chicago as my goal race, and therefore have over a month to get back into running, I was going to go for a sub-45. Unfortunately, I have only been running for about two weeks (well, race day will be the 2 week "anniversary") so I think it is very unlikely that my legs will run that fast. But I am going to play it by ear and see what happens.

I am seeing lots of "runner gift guides" out there, and I am thinking on my own, but we will see...  It may be out here later. Depending...

How is your week going?

Monday, November 23, 2015

Training Recap: Week of November 16

So I have not yet managed to come up with a next step. A new goal. A new plan. I am leaning toward a half marathon for the spring, going for a PR, but obviously, as you have seen from my FOMO post, I am not sure that I am ready to commit to that yet, because then I might not have a chance to do other things!  Ha ha. That is ridiculous. Right?

So let's take a look at the week.

I don't have a schedule yet from the coach, so I figured I was just going to go mostly with convo pace/however I felt like running miles.

Monday: 5 miles with 4x30s strides
Tuesday: 55 minutes of strength training (took the time to DO the strength workout Coach Jenn gave me. I should do better at that next cycle)
Wednesday: 5 miles with 4x30s strides
Thursday: 5 miles, core
Friday: PT exercises, core
Saturday: 8 miles
Sunday: Jasyoga and PT exercises

Overall, a good week, and I am glad to be back on the "regular running schedule" train. I cannot WAIT to talk to Jenn and REALLY nail down a plan.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday Five III

It is kind of crazy that I am already on the third iteration of the Friday Five! I am definitely loving having a go-to post that allows me to have a much easier time composing a post for a certain day. So let's look at some weekly random items.

1. My little nugget made a lunch out of construction paper. She seemed to be having fun.
I do love her daycare. They have such solid teachers there. It is definitely a little school and not a daycare center. I think it has always been that for her. Even when she was very little.

2. I took out the #shortshortslongsleeves for a run this week.
Stride short mini in money (purchased during the recent factory sale) and the wazzie wool baselayer, my first wazzie. I purchased the wazzie during the reflective gear sale.

3. Last weekend in Toledo, I found something that I MUST get for Addie for Christmas. Or rather, Santa must get Addie for Christmas.
PICASSO TILES. These are seriously the coolest things ever. I think I will play with them as much as Addie will. My cousin Liz and her son Sam (and my Aunt Teresa) were visiting my mom last weekend as well, and Sam has these tiles. Addie was playing with these instead of watching Frozen. So as you know, this is a pretty big deal.

4. I have been dealing with some post-marathon/light running bloat lately. It definitely has my abs in disappear mode. I am hoping that as I get back to running and away from my weird food choices (post marathon enjoyment) I can get my stomach back to its unbloated state. Ugh. And running more this week, that obviously will help as well.

5. I am starting to explore options for my next race. Nothing has been selected yet, but I am planning on running a fast half. Not a full next. I think that will give me the mental break that I might need as far as training and progress go.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

I am suffering from an affliction

FOMO. Fear of Missing Out.

Have you heard this before? The first time I figured out what it actually stood for was when Oiselle was having a sample sale in Seattle. Obviously, I do not live in Seattle, so that was a bummer in and of itself. And FOMO struck. When I received an email from Oiselle claiming their "FOMO Sale", I had to google what that stood for. And yes, I had it about that sale. In addition, I definitely have it in other aspects of my life right now.

Right now, FOMO is impacting EVERYTHING in my life. Let's take a look.

  1. What if I don't run a marathon? What if I miss my chance at a BQ?
  2. What if I don't run in Toledo in the spring? It is my favorite race, but if I stick to the half, it seems late in the season to add on a spring/summer marathon.
  3. I am 32. What if I miss my opportunity to have another baby? Should I have another baby? Does Addie need a sibling? (Too be clear, I am not pregnant. I don't even know if I really want a second. I know I feel sad about the fact that Addie is BIG now, and I miss the tiny baby part. But that part is very short-lived, so I don't know that this means I need another child. TBD?)
  4. My job. I feel like I need to figure out EXACTLY what the next step is and the WHOLE picture, rather than just taking the small step and continuing to do my current job with a step up in responsibilities. I have to know NOW if I want to be the CFO or the COO (or just hang out comfortably where I am forever.)
I have no idea what this is so immediate, I have no idea why there is such a need to figure it all out right now. For some reason, this is weighing on me, constantly, and I am definitely in the middle of a struggle-fest relating to this.

Do you suffer from FOMO? How do you deal with it?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Some fun stuff

Today I feel like writing. I don't have a particular plan for this post or where it will end up, but I feel like writing.

Things have not yet completely let up at work, although they are definitely getting better at this point, which I certainly appreciate. I am grateful (for once) for my choice in career because although my particular team and position was hard hit with a ton of stuff earlier in the year, right now we are not too overwhelmed with work. This was a bigger hit on the technology front. At least some of the guys in technology are back to seeing their families on the weekend. They weren't for some time there.

Addie's daycare sent me this picture of her napping. She really is the sweetest thing ever, even when she is insisting that she is a princess. I love her so much.

Last weekend, Addie and I took a trip to Toledo to visit family. Rachel and I had some plans that we had to take care of, and while we were there, my dad took the initiative to get all of us kids together and have thanksgiving. It made me feel sad that J was not with us. I think he was a little sad too.

But we tried to see if we could get a cute picture with Parker and Addie together, in their turkey hats that Rachel got for them. And hilarity ensues...

As you can see...  Disastrous. Trying to get Addie and Parker to BOTH sit still, smile, keep their hands out of their faces, etc, laughable.