The Good Things This Week

Life has been a bit hectic this week. With big changes on the horizon (I’ll get into once we things have been finalized), travel, very bad news about a friend, and general every day tasks, it’s been hard to focus on little things that make a day or a week a little bit brighter. With that, here are a few things that brightened my week:

1. I’ve been lucky enough to have a very healthy milk supply. So lucky that I have quite a surplus of frozen milk in our deep freezer. This week I took 450 ounces from my freezer stash and donated it to the Mothers Milk Bank of Colorado. With the average newborn drinking about 25 oz/day, that will feed one baby for nearly three weeks. I’m so happy that I can help families that need/want it.

2. We paid off my car, finished our taxes and signed our wills. Yes, I am a really adult even though my head tells me I’m still 21.

3. These little people. It’s so easy to get caught up in our nightly routines. With the weather getting nicer and the days lasting a bit longer, we’re trying to enjoy just playing with the kids. Of course Anderson cannot talk yet, but he can cuddle like a champ. And my Ella, oh my Ella. Her randomly saying I love you and huge hugs melt my heart in an instant.

 

4. Dinner with my seventh grade walking buddy. Lisa and I go way back. Like going on 18 years back. While I was in Houston for work, I got to catch up with Lisa who now lives there with her husband Mike. Business trips are always better when you have good company.

5. This guy who has reminded me not to take myself or life too seriously. Even with the added stressed lately, he makes sure that we have a good laugh.

6. Room service after a long run on the hotel treadmill.

Photo: Best thing about doing a longer run at a hotel.

 

 

 

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A Day in the Life Lately

It’s been quite some time since we’ve done a day in the life post. Now that Anderson is nearly eight months old and Ella inching closer and closer to three (OMG!) here’s a glimpse into how our routines are shaping up.

4 am hour - Yes, it's ungodly early and I'm up. It's been a rough night with both kids. Anderson was up several times and Ella woke us up to tell us she needed to pee, twice. I long slightly for the diaper days and wonder why it is Anderson sleeps like an angel only on weekends. I hop in the shower, put on 90% of my make-up and head downstairs.

4 am hour – Yes, it’s ungodly early and I’m up. It’s been a rough night with both kids. Anderson was up several times and Ella woke us up to tell us she needed to pee, twice. I long slightly for the diaper days and wonder why it is Anderson sleeps like an angel only on weekends. I hop in the shower, put on 90% of my make-up and head downstairs.

5 am hour - Prep for work, nurse Anderson, finish getting dressed and am out the door.

5 am hour – Prep for work, nurse Anderson, finish getting dressed and am out the door.

6 am hour - Arrive at the office. I'm hungry so I warm up my breakfast apple cinnamon and cranberry oatmeal) and eat as I check emails.

6 am hour – Arrive at the office. I’m hungry so I warm up my breakfast (apple cinnamon and cranberry oatmeal) and eat as I check emails.

7 am hour - First pumping session of the day. I bring my laptop with me so that I can answer some of my emails.

7 am hour – First pumping session of the day. I bring my laptop with me so that I can answer some of my emails.

Laptop

8 -10 am hours – Sit through a meeting and it’s time to pump again. I take my snack and laptop with me so that I can eat while I do a module of my content marketing certification course.

Target basket

11 am hour – Another super exciting pumping session followed by writer’s block. I decided it’s the perfect time for a quick trip to Target. I return a few things and try not to accidentally spend $150.

12 pm hour - I'm so proud of myself for making it past 11:15 before eating my lunch. Leftovers...so exciting.

12 pm hour – I’m so proud of myself for making it past 11:15 before eating my lunch. Leftover BBQ chicken and spinach, artichoke and quinoa casserole…so exciting.

Cube

1-2 pm hours – Wrap up my day with another meeting, verify my flight and hotel for a last minute trade show I’m attending at the end of the week, and more emails. I swear the emails never end.

3 pm hour - I'm back in the car and off to get my kiddos. I try to get there by 4 so that I get as much time with them in the evening as possible.

3 pm hour – I’m back in the car and off to get my kiddos. I try to get there by 4:15 so that I get as much time with them in the evening as possible.

Kids playing on the floor

4 pm hour – We’re home! The kids play while I make dinner.

5 pm hour - We all sit at the table for dinner. This is one of my favorite times of day because we catch up on everyone's day. Ella generally induces laughter from Anderson who is babbling away while he tries out the new food of the day.

5 pm hour – We all sit at the table for dinner. This is one of my favorite times of day because we catch up on everyone’s day. Ella generally induces laughter from Anderson who is babbling away while he tries out the new food of the day.

Reading to Ella

6 pm hour – It’s bedtime for Anderson – diaper change, jammies and we’re ready to head upstairs to rock and nurse. Josh and Ella play and start her bedtime routine.

7 pm  hour - Bedtime for Ella. We follow these easy steps and pray that she'll fall asleep by 9.

7 pm hour – Bedtime for Ella. We go through these easy steps and pray that she’ll fall asleep by 9.

8 pm hour - With both kids in bed, I'm off to the gym for my run.

8 pm hour – With both kids in bed, I’m off to the gym for my run. I’m not the only one who loves watching Food Network while exercising am I?

9 pm hour - Arrive home and start prepping for the next day. I transfer milk into Anderson's bottles for daycare, pack up a solid of some kind for him and make my breakfast/lunch. Hop in the shower to rinse before getting into bed.

9 pm hour – Arrive home and start prepping for the next day. I transfer milk into Anderson’s bottles for daycare, pack up a solid of some kind for him and make my breakfast/lunch. Hop in the shower to rinse before getting into bed.

10 pm hour - Yes, I'm in bed! Shit is that Anderson crying? Ok, quick nursing session and I'm off to sleep.

10 pm hour – Yes, I’m in bed! Shit is that Anderson crying? Ok, quick nursing session and I’m off to sleep.

 

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Better Attitude, Better Runs

Last week, geez, my last post (I’m trying to plan posts better), I told you guys about my poor attitude around my long runs lately. It was negatively impacting my run quality again and again. After struggling through an eight mile run on Monday, I decided it needed to stop. You know what, I had GREAT runs this week.

Wednesday I set out to do 3×800 at 7:20 – something pace. I hit the gym and nailed my intervals at 7:24 min/mile pace. It was a short and sweet four miles. I walked back into my house with a big smile. Friday was the same story. I planned to do my tempo on Thursday, but the kids decided not to go to bed until about 9, so that went straight out the window. I was so grumpy. I hit the gym right after work for my five mile tempo. Again, good attitude, good run.

This weekend I tackled my longest run since the Las Vegas Half Marathon. I woke up feeling well rested after Anderson slept for seven hours straight, waking to eat then going back to sleep for three more hours! Yes, I got like seven hours of sleep Saturday night. I had forgotten how amazing getting so much sleep is.

I struggled to get out the door between putting Anderson down for a nap and gathering up all my crap. Once I did, I told myself to enjoy the beautiful weather, beautiful mountain views and not even look at my Garmin unless I was stuck at a stoplight. I was at about 3 miles when I hit my first stoplight. Looked down and I was averaging 8:48.

The light gave me the green and I ran another mile and a half before hitting a second light. I kept going until I got to my favorite lake to run around. When I got there, 5.5 miles under my belt, it was time for some fuel. I was still averaging about 8:50 or so, but my energy was starting to lag. I didn’t have a chance to buy more gels, so I ate a package of fruit snacks and set off for a loop around the lake.

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With a loop done, I was just shy of nine miles. I decided it was a good time to take the last three ShotBloks I had because the previous mile had been tough. I don’t think fruit snacks are quite enough for me. Little water and I was off again, out of the neighborhood and back towards home. That next miles I struggled, but I felt the bloks kick in by mile 10.5.

Right as I was running towards my neighborhood for my last two miles, the wind picked up and it started sprinkling on me. I was cold and getting tired, but I was so close. I hit the 13.1 mark at 1:56 and some change which made me feel quite confident that I’ll be able to run under two hours next month. I was almost dead-on with my route, but had to run .25 miles past my house to hit 14.

I finished my long run in 2:04:30 with an average pace of 8:53. Though not as fast as some of my other long runs, it felt so much easier and more fun. I wasn’t worried about pace and I didn’t just want it to be over. I actually enjoyed the entire run, rain, head wind and all. What a difference a good attitude can make.

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I hit a weekly mileage high of 31 miles. Doing my long run from the previous weekend on Monday threw me off a bit. It’s no wonder I’m feeling a bit sore today. I hope you all had a great weekend!

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Colorado Half Marathon Training Update – so late, so behind

Somehow it’s been a few weeks since I’ve updated you all about my training. There have been runs, many runs. Long runs, short runs, fast and slow runs. In midst of the runs, we spent four days in San Diego. I have lots of fun pictures from our trip to celebrate my cousin’s wedding that I’ll share later.

Let’s get back to the running. The weekend before last I ran my longest postpartum run to date. I ran 13 miles which leads me to conclude I will actually be able to complete the half marathon in a month. It was a tough run for me as was the 8 miles I did when we got home from San Diego. They made me feel like instead of getting faster, I’m actually slowing down. I suppose it’s all relative because my paces were those I dreamed of a few years ago before Ella. I could blame the weather, the treadmill I do most of my week day runs on, or being tired. I think what it really comes down to is attitude.

Going into both these runs, I was in a sour mood. I didn’t necessarily feel like running, delaying until Josh pushed me out the door. Don’t get me wrong, I love running and training, but some days I just don’t want to do it. Not being in the right mindset from the start, never bodes well for me. With a ‘this is going to suck’ attitude, I almost guaranty that I’m going to struggle.

This week, my schedule is a bit mixed up. I did my long run from last week on Monday when we came home. I took yesterday off and will be running today and tomorrow, taking Friday off. My long run for the week will be done on Saturday or Sunday (14 miles!) depending on which day has the best weather. I may even get myself up for a 6:30 am start since that is our race day start time, we’ll see about that one.

With only a month to go before the race, I’m focusing on hitting my paces during my week day runs and nutrition during my long runs. Only a few more weeks until it’s taper time!

 

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Making of Memories

There is something about the smell of popcorn, cotton candy and handheld light up toys that brings memories from my childhood flooding back. On Saturday afternoon, Ella and I sat in our seats at a local events center, ready to be wowed by the 100 Years of Disney ice skating show. I scanned the audience, seeing random lights all around, kid scarfing down on popcorn and other treats, and instantly felt like a kid again. It brought back memories of attending the circus, begging to get one of those cheap toys and get all of the clowns’ autographs (obviously this was before Stephen King ruined clowns for me).

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As I stared off into the crowd, I started to wonder when she’ll start to form long term memories. What sounds, smells and sights will ignite fond childhood memories? Will she remember Disney on Ice, trips we take, special events or just random days that were special in their own way?

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I watched Ella’s eyes wide with wonder as she watched her favorite princesses and characters take the ice. She sat there mouth agape in amazement. It brought a huge smile to my face and I realized that whether or not she remembered that day fondly, it was totally worth the cost of admission, a coloring book and a souvenir cup of lemonade.

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