Friday, September 28, 2012

Run Down

It's been a busy week.  Started Saturday morning....up at 530 for my parents to pick me up at 6:15 to head down to Madison for the Badger game.  Got to the bar at 830 to tailgate for 2 hours before heading into the game.  My brother has awesome seats for the games....
You can't ask for better seats than that, can you??  The Badgers won, too, which was a bonus.  The weather was absolutely perfect.  The only bad thing was that I didn't bring my sunglasses into the game.

Sunday morning, my kids and I volunteered at the gel station for the Fox Cities Marathon at mile 22 for the marathon or Mile 9 for the half marathon.  So, we were out the door at 7 a.m.  That was fun.  And so inspiring!  I couldn't believe how fast the leaders were - men and women!  The woman who won the marathon, she was so far ahead when she passed us.  She actually started walking a bit when she passed us.  Afterwards she said that she walked quite a bit the last few miles.  I saw that she only won by a little bit.  AND, it was only her 2nd marathon!  CRAZY!!  Some day, I'm going to do a half marathon.....

I must've been inspired by the marathon.  In the afternoon, I had to do 4 miles.  I kept an eye on my watch and did a 5K in 36:55, which would be a PR by over a minute.  I did the 4 miles in 48 minutes, which means a 12 minute pace, which is great for me!

Then, on Monday, I'm sure from lack of sleep, etc., I started getting a sore throat.  Uh oh.  It STILL hasn't turned into a full fledged cold, so maybe it's allergies.  But, it's bugging me and my head feels like it's going to explode.

Last night was a beautiful night -- 62 degrees, hardly any wind, no clouds.  Went for a 3 mile run.  I had to walk the last 1/2 mile.  I just felt crappy.

Look at how nice it was, though.....  At least I was out there.  Tomorrow, I have a 7 mile run on my schedule.  Not sure how that will work, but I'm going to try it.  We have a busy weekend and Packer game.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Cheers to the Freakin Weekend!!

I'm kind of late with the update from the weekend.....

Friday night started with me doing a 6 mile run/walk.  I've really been focusing on my breathing - taking deeper breaths.  It seems to help me from getting too winded.  I was able to do the entire 6 miles, maintaining 1/1 running/walking intervals.  I couldn't do that on my 5 miler the week before.  So, I was pretty psyched about that.  The weather was great for me, too.

I wish every day could be like that!!  Today it's not even 60 degrees!

Saturday morning we left for the northern Chicago suburbs for some hockey games.  L's team played 4 games throughout the weekend.  They lost all 4.  L had 4 penalties in the first game.  Luckily he didn't have any more for the rest of the weekend.  C and I pretty much hung out all weekend.  We skipped the second game so she could swim in the hotel pool.  Then we drove around and found a nice beach on Lake Michigan.  Again, the weather was beautiful.

We were able to stay at a friend's house Saturday night, which was fun to catch up.  I did drink a little too much wine, though.  Gotta do that once in awhile!!  Except I paid for it on Sunday....I couldn't get enough to eat all day and food was the only thing that made me feel a little better!

The highlight of the weekend, though, was how good C was for me ALL weekend.  I told her that several times.  When I thanked her on Saturday night for being so good, she said that she was going to be good tomorrow, too!  And she was.  She is so much more fun to be around when we're not arguing!!

Planning on a 3 mile run tonight, hopefully the rain will hold off.

Friday, September 14, 2012

2 Weeks

We're only 2 weeks into school.  Why does it already seem like there was no summer vacation??  I'm already pulling out my hair!!  I've had 389 arguments with C already about doing homework.  She's told me at least 5 different lies about things that have happened at school or that her teacher has said.  In these 2 weeks, we've had 4 football practices, 1 football game and 5 hockey practices.  Tomorrow we go down to Chicago for 2 days for 4 hockey games.  I'm tired just thinking about it all.  Luckily I'll get to see a few college friends while I'm down there.  That should break things up a bit.

In the midst of everything, I'm training for the Fall 50, which is a 50 mile running relay in Door County in October.  There are 5 of us on the team, so I need to be able to run about a total of 10 miles, broken up into 2 legs.  Tonight I'm doing a 6 mile training run.  I still am a run/walker, so I run about half of the time.  Maybe someday I'll be able to just run......

I recently lost 30 pounds.  I need to lose another 20, but I'm kind of at a self imposed standstill.  I determined that I needed more food to run/walk.  So, while I'm not losing right now, I'm also not gaining, so that's a win in my book.

I've started several blogs in the past, but just never kept up with them.  I'm hoping that this can be a place where I can talk about my struggles and successes with parenting, running, losing weight, eating, and anything else in between!

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