Thursday, May 27, 2010

School's Out For Summer

I can't believe the school year is over already! It really went by way too fast.
Tomorrow we head to Colorado Springs for IRSF's Annual Family Conference. I can't wait to meet up with other families again!! Wish us luck flying with all the kids though! :)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Magnolia Meltdown 5K

(excuse the sweaty look)

Today was my 5K with my running group. My ultimate goal was to beat my last 5K time which I did, finishing at 27:02. I was hoping to finish about a minute faster but it was hot (80-something and 93% humidity) and the course was tough. 3 different people in our group who were the faster runners said it was by far the hardest 5K course they have ever run. So that made me feel better. The course started uphill and ended up a really hard hill, not fun!

Overall I'm happy and I won 3rd place in my age group. Next up is the half marathon!!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Morgan Graduates

Wednesday was Morgan's last day of Mother's Morning Out for the year. She'll still go this summer but they had a little "graduation" ceremony to mark the end of the school year. So cute!

Here's Morgan waving at mom while the rest of her class sings songs

Shy little Morgan getting her certificate from her teacher

After graduation, ready to party

Class party

Morgan had a great first year of Mother's Morning Out. She LOVES her teacher and loves her little friends, and I'm glad some of them will continue it this summer with her!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Dancing Queen

Tuesday was Addy's dance recital. They danced ballet to the Wizard of Oz, and then did jazz dances after that.

Here she is dressed in her ballet costume
On stage!


Afterwards, with her flowers and dad

With mom

We also had the rehearsal Monday night which was LONG and went late. Morgan and Riley were there for that one, and amazingly they did very well sitting there watching for the 4 hours we were there. I guess they loved the music and dancing too!
It was a fun night and a cute recital. Addy is not really interested in continuing dance though, so this was probably her last recital. However Morgan wants to "dance like those girls" so there may be more tutus in my future!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I ran 12 miles

1.1 miles to go and I will have run a half marathon! 8 miles to go and I will have completed marathon training. I don't plan to go over 20 miles until the actual marathon, so going 8 more miles doesn't seem too horrible right now. Just a little horrible. :)

It wasn't that bad. The weather was warm (70-something at the start, 81 at the finish) and humid (96% humidity). My feet hurt (will my feet ever not hurt?) but my legs didn't ache like they did the first time I attempted 12 miles. I did get a side stitch from about mile 9 to mile 11 which sucked. I was able to keep running, but that thing hurt. Was it from the sports beans I ate at mile 7.5? Who knows.

BTW sports beans are yummy! I had half the packet about 30 minutes before I started running and finished the other half when we stopped to use the bathroom.

We stopped 4 times for a total of 4 minutes. First time was a potty break, then two stoplight pauses, and once to take a big swig of water.
The backs of my legs are a little sore today but nothing bad. I do have one tight muscle in the back of my right leg that has been tight for a while now so I plan to do lots of stretching today.

After my run I was starving - which would seem normal given I just burned over 1000 calories. Actually my heart rate monitor said I burned 2003 calories but it's always seemed too high. Normally I can't eat after a long run, my stomach feels sick if I try. But after the 12 miles I actually felt hungry so I treated myself to a chicken salad sandwich on a bagel from Beagle Bagel.

That might be my new post-long run splurge! It was delish.
Today is rest day, hooray!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

a few of my favorite things

For running anyway!

My Garmin Forerunner 305, which is actually not even mine. I got it for Mitch for Christmas but I think I use it more than he does! Great for tracking distance, time and pace. It has other cool features too but that's mostly what I use it for. So nice not to have to drive out my route first to figure out how far I'm going!
Pink Spibelt! I didn't think I'd like it at first, but this thing holds my iphone plus anything else I want to carry. I wish it was waterproof but I just put things in a ziplock bag and it's all good.

2-bottle hydration belt. I think once I start marathon training I'm going to need a 4-bottle but this one works great plus has a pouch to keep keys or anything else too. Plus the bottles are easy to drink out of while running without choking!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

the road that never ends

This was the end of the trail on my run today. It was so hot, it just didn't seem like I was ever going to get to the end.

Weather right now: 86

Feels like: 88

Feels like when you're running on asphalt and the sun is beating down on you and there's no breeze: 150

Whew. It was a hot one.

The Running Blog

With one month to go until my first "big" race - a half marathon - I figured it's time to start blogging about running!

A little background: I started running inconsistently about 3 years ago. I started the Couch to 5K training program a couple times but never finished it. In January 2009 I actually stuck with it and started running 3 days/week pretty consistently. By last summer I was running 2-3 miles at a time. Sometimes I'd run 4 miles and I thought that was SO far.

My first 5K: Last July I decided I wanted to try running a 5K race and I talked Mitch into signing up with me. It was so much fun! We ran two more 5K's over the next several months and then I signed up for my first half marathon, which is coming up June 12.

Stepping it up a notch: I should say a BIG notch. Running a marathon has always been something that's been on my list of things to do. Since I was already training for a half marathon I thought maybe this was the time to go a little farther and run the whole darn thing. October is Rett Syndrome Awareness month so Mitch and I signed up for the Chicago Marathon on 10-10-10 and hope to raise money for Rett Syndrome while running it.

So there you have it! Right now I'm following Hal Higdon's Novice Half Marathon training program although I'm adding a couple extra weeks since I was ahead of schedule when I started. I'm also running 12 miles as my longest instead of just 10 since I have the time. I already have one 12-miler under my belt (um, ouch!) and plan to do another one next Monday with a training buddy. After that we'll see!

Well, off to run now!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Look who is 9!

Happy Birthday, Sadie!! :)