Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Check marks

The thing about bucket lists is that if you share them with people then all of a sudden you have something to be accountable for.  It's really a double edged sword that "someday" list.

My way craftier than me, Sister-in-Law, made this medal holder last year for my birthday.  Knowing that I had "run a full marathon" on my bucket list she made me a separate peg just for that.  Cause you know, marathon medals shouldn't have to be lumped in with all the other race distances...they are an accomplishment that should be recognized by themselves.

And there that empty peg was, staring at me, each time I added a race bib to the wall.  So, when are you going to get around to that...

The thing about marathons is you have to really commit to them.  You can't just decide one day you're going to go for it (unless you are the husband I suppose).  And I do have that pesky little issue with my knee where it is missing some of it's fancy padding and 100 miles a week isn't really a good choice.  So I made a game plan that I thought would work and chose to follow the crossfit endurance training program.

It involved crossfit (which I love anyway), a couple days a week of track work, and some strategically placed long runs.  

So, I hung the training calendar on the fridge and off we went for twelve weeks.  The boy has always been so supportive of my crazy ideas.  He even showed up to rescue me on my long run that day my music died and I needed a pep talk and sip of coffee.

After what felt like the longest/hottest summer on record, race weekend was here.  I knew if this was going to be a one and done endeavor for me, then Running with the Bears was the race I wanted to do.  It's small, a beautiful route, and has the best aid stations and spirit ever.

bear claw tattoos are tradition!

It was so nice to have Mama Woolsey pacing me on her bike.  I didn't think about it before hand but it was the best choice on race day I could have made.  She kept me company and distracted from the miles as they ticked by.  And she's laughing in this picture, because I insisted we take a selfie before I got tired and cranky!

(I know ice baths are good for you but they are so, so, so cold!)

And then before I knew it, the race was over and I was eating bananas and taking a dip in the ice bath.

I don't know what we were talking about but this is my favorite picture from the weekend!

The rest of the race crew (they ran the 10K cause they are not nearly as crazy as I am).

Final time, 4:18, which earned me third place in my age group.  No where near a Boston qualifying time for my age but I'm very happy with my finish time!

And with that there is a giant check mark on my life's bucket list.
You know what, it feels pretty great!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

first days

Time for another school year to begin.  This mama is actually looking forward to getting back into a weekly routine with regular bedtimes.  

The girlchild is starting her last year at elementary school.  She's got a fantastic teacher and they will be learning Nevada History this year.

Burrito got the teacher he wished for but none of his best buddies.  The good news is there is still recess and a chance to make new friends too.  p.s. don't let Bob's face fool you...he's wicked excited about school.  Just thinks he's too cool to smile for mama.

As for me, I'm patiently waiting to hear how the first day went and hoping the kids love their first day of school presents I left on their beds this morning!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Reno 5000 series - Race 2

Who has two thumbs and got 2nd in the series race at Hidden Valley?

This girl!

I now have a third place win (from April) and a 2nd place win.  So naturally...
I have my sights set on first for the final race of the year!

If we were having coffee today - A summer update

I know, I know, it has been far too long since our last coffee date.  We should really do this more often.

I used to think that the baby stage was the most time intensive stage in being a parent.  They need you to do everything for them, there's feedings every two hours like clockwork, and mountains of tiny onesies to wash and fold again and again.  But as each year passes, the children prove me wrong.  I find myself spending most of my free time these days coordinating play dates and planning around sports and piano lessons.  It's a happy busy around here.

In other news, there is less than one month until I run my first marathon.  It would be a lie if I didn't tell you I am more than a little nervous.  Hanging my training schedule on the refrigerator door has been the best thing for me.  To be able to see where I am at and what still needs to be done.

The biggest question of all is how do you set goals for a distance you've never run before. I decided really the most important goal is to finish.  A marathon is quite the feat, you can't muddle through training and still do alright like you can for a 10K or even a half marathon.  But there still is that nagging voice in my head saying "Pick a Time Goal...."  And if I can run 15 miles in 2 hours 33 minutes, could I run another 11 miles in two hours?

In crossfit news I did get two new PRs this month.  Front Squat (150#) and Back Squat (175#).

  It feels nice to have 10 weeks of concentrated hard work pay off.  Someday I'd like to get some Olympic lifting classes in.  My form definitely needs work for the clean and snatch movements.
But the next goals on the horizon are to make it into the 100 club (100 unbroken double under jump ropes) and to get a muscle up.

While there is still plenty of sibling bickering going on at home, I am surprised by all the times I peek around the corner to see these two helping each other.  From reading to tying shoes to massive craft projects, it makes this mama's heart proud.

And just when I needed the little pick me up, this girl right here shows up by my side at 5am today, all bright eyed and full of energy to run sprints.

She was full of running form tips and encouragement that only a nine year old can give.  She doesn't know it yet, but we are going to run the Reno 5000 5k races together next year!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

If we were having coffee today

If we were having coffee today I'd tell you that I got a new deadlift PR (225#) and I placed third in my age group for the 10K I ran this past weekend.  I got a sweet blue hat for it too!  It says 3rd place right above the brim.  I joke that it feels a little like celebrating mediocrity, but I am really quite happy to rock a 3rd place hat.  I come in 3rd kind of often actually, but I don't mind.  It's comfortable here.  Always someone just ahead to chase and I don't have to worry about being in 1st and looking back over my shoulder to see how close someone is from stealing my thunder.

But even more surprising to me, I beat my time from last year on this course by 5 whole minutes.  5 minutes.  And I honestly didn't even have a time goal.  The three run series is scored by age group placing not course time.   So I spent my time counting runners in front of me, trying to pick them off, and working on my breathing.  I hardly glanced at my pace except to see where I was at when I got to the turnaround spot halfway through the course.
I just finished this great, older book, This Running Life, by George Sheehan.  It was published in 1980 and I found such amusement in how different the running advice is now than it was then, before iPODs and Garmin watches.  He even suggests hydrating with tea and getting your quick carbs from beer mid run.   These days everyone has a new supplement or hydration tablet for you to try.   But the part of his book I have been focusing on mostly is the 3Bs.  Every great runner has these in common, they push off with their big toe, belly breath, and use their butt muscles for power.  I'm still working on figuring out the last one but judging by my time improvement I'd say the first two are very good tips!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

If we were having coffee today

If we were having coffee today, I'd tell you that I really was going to do a blog post yesterday, as the boy pointed out this weekend, it's been far too long.

If we were having coffee today, I'd tell you that I packed the kids up and sent them out the door to Grandma's house for a few days of camping fun on spring break.  I think I kinda, sorta, miss them already....but I do have plans of cleaning out their toy box while they are gone, shhhh...don't tell!

If we were having coffee today, I'd tell you that I started 21 day sugar detox yesterday. I epically failed at my lent resolutions this year and so here we are.   But my little Bob rocked lent.  What vices does a 7 year old give up for the lenten season?  Ketchup of course.  And it has me thinking that we shouldn't be so quick to label people.  This is my impulsive, gimmicky, technology obsessed kid.  And not only did he stick to his ketchup abstinence vow he passed the marshmallow test we did in February as a science fair project, while his older (mostly more responsible) sister didn't have the stick-to-it-ness for either.

If we were having coffee today, I'd tell you how there was a surprise photo shoot at yoga yesterday and I was wearing my kinda see through capris that I can't wear to crossfit but it's okay at yoga since they keep the lights out.  And they had the lights on full, yeah, can't wait to see how those turn out - eek!

What would you tell me if we were having coffee today?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Too Much Stuff

I live in a tiny house piled high with boys, potatoes, fetishes and books of science, a wedding cloth, a disintegrating map of the world, and ancient leather suitcase of memories - a growing accumulation of past crowding out our ever-narrowing future.

The Poisonwood Bible

Do you know what happens when you grow roots in an area, decide to call it home, and then add two little people to your lives?  You accumulate stuff.  Stuff in closets and bathroom drawers and under the beds that had you moved a time or two over the years, you would have been forced to consider that item's value in packing and unpacking again.  It has taken a good 12 years into our marriage, but the Husband's policy against single use items is starting to sound like the best idea I've ever heard.

I don't think I can stand another minute on the endless march of dirty to clean toy rooms and spending all day Saturday cleaning a house that is going to look just the same by Monday morning.

More and more, I find myself browsing department store shelves thinking it all is too much.   Too much stuff.  One more thing to dust, or move, or pack away in the linen closet, or find a place on a shelf to store it.

(what is consumerism really teaching our children anyway?)

So here I sit, pondering those piles of stuff, and the fact that I cannot take two steps into the kids' room without stepping on a light saber or a littlest pet shop creature, and thinking is all this necessary?  And what is to be done with these messy feelings of unrest?

what happens when you read these questions in a book, and think, Yes! Yes! Yes!

As resounding as my yes is to this clutter.  I don't think I'm ready to take Dave Bruno's 100 thing challenge.  But I can approach 2015 with a clutter-free mindset.  Whether it be give one thing away every single day or purge a room at a time, I haven't worked the details out just yet, but something is going to happen and soon.

So, how do you stay on top of the piles of stuff in your life?

Monday, January 5, 2015

Never Miss a Monday

*never miss a Monday*

One of the rules I hope to live by this year.
Don't sleep through the alarm.
Show up.
Get work done.
Be present.

One of the other things I'm working on for the year....doing the hardest things on my to-do list first, instead of the easiest ones.
Wish me luck and a little bit of bravery.

P.S. This picture has nothing to do with this post really.  I was looking for something with a coffee cup in know...cause it's Monday and all.  And I ran across Bob's Disneyland annual pass picture.  I wondered why the attendants would giggle every time they scanned his card.


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