Monday, April 17, 2017

Hot springs

Once again last week was a bust running.  I just can't get it together.  Last weekend I decided to work on increasing my miles.  Sunday is a run day, Monday is a no run day, then Tuesday and Wednesday are run days, Thursday a walk/spin day with my sister, Friday and Saturday are run days.  I haven't completely decided, but I think I'm going to go back to long runs on Sunday.  I really do prefer that over Saturdays.  Well, it didn't work out that way this week.

Tuesday Maddox had t-ball pictures, but I still went for a run, even though it was kinda late.  Then Wednesday was t-ball practice and I didn't run.  Thursday was Damian's track meet, so no walk or spin.  And Friday when I got home I was the only one home with Maddox so couldn't go run.  So after Saturday's run, I ran a grand total of 13 miles.  Not what I'd call increasing my miles. . .

I ran 5 miles yesterday.  My legs were a little sore after 10 miles in 2 days, which is a bad sign. Means I'm not in great shape.  =/  I did get a roller stick to roll my legs with.  I was having a hard time with the foam roller in certain areas.  I'm not sure I'm sold on it though.
After my run we did our weekly grocery shopping and then went up to a hot springs about an hour and half away from our house.  It took quite a bit longer though because of road conditions.  We were chugging along on a "forest road" up a  mountain.  About 2 miles away from the hot springs we ran into some snow and a very muddy road.  It wasn't horrible, but the center of the road was quite a bit higher than the tire ruts, Chris was pretty worried about the car getting stuck. 

Chris told me that it was a maintained trail with about a half mile walk from the parking area, and there was even a changing room.  So not knowing anything about where we were going or the conditions of the place but thinking it was a well maintained "park-like" spot, I wore flip flops.  I thought about tennis shoes, but decided that if it was an easy hike, flip flops would be fine. 

Well, when we got to this snowy part of the road, we got out and walked the small spot where it was troublesome, in flip flops.  (At least I had clothes on and not just a bathing suit with a coverup over it.)  We discussed driving over the area, and I was mostly for it, I thought that the car would be okay, but Chris was really worried.

While we walked in the snow, Maddox kept
saying he was the smart one because he was
wearing tennis shoes.  =)

After about 45 min and walking the road several times, we discussed what would happen if we got stuck up there.  Both of us were in flip flops with no other shoes, no other clothing options.  We had no shovels, and no cell service.  Chris decided we'd turn around and go somewhere else.  We were just getting in the car when a jeep came by and said it wasn't that bad.  The spot we were at was the only snowy spot in the road and there was a car about the size of ours up there.  So Chris decided we could make it, and we did.  =)

Maddox's dam
The trail there was not a well-maintained "park-like" trail, but it wasn't too rough, so my flip flops weren't that bad.  There was no changing room, nor was there a bathroom of any sort.  I had worn my bathing suit on under my clothes, but Chris and Maddox had to change. 

This was my first experience with a hot springs and it was pretty smelly.  Chris couldn't stand the smell (the smell of eggs, and he hates eggs) so we were only there about 20 min.  I swear, we debated the road for a lot longer than we were actually in the hot springs. 

We had met a family coming down, the family of the car that was the deciding factor to keep going, so we were the only ones there.  We got out and I changed Maddox and then was about to change myself when Chris said some people were coming.  Yep, 3 people were walking up the trail.  I will change in a women's locker room without much hesitation, but there is no way I will get naked in front of 2 men on the side of a mountain, so I just put my clothes back over my wet suit and we left. 

We got part way down the trail and far enough away that they were out of sight, so  I decided to change behind a tree.  We kept going a few feet further, I realized my travel wallet had fallen out of my sweatshirt pocket at some point.  I turned around and walked back to where I changed and then all the way back to the hot springs.  Thankfully I found it, it just had my ID in it, but I didn't really want to worry about having to replace it. 

Like I said, I've never been to a hot springs before, so I was caught off guard by the lack of visibility in the water.  The "pond" was only 3 feet deep, or less, and I couldn't see the bottom.  I don't like not knowing what's under me in water so it was a little intimidating at first.  Plus, whenever I stood up I had black silt all over me.  I was the only one this happened to, so I don't know what that meant. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


This last Sunday was a nice day weather-wise.  We were going to go to some hot springs north of us, but Damian had to work and then it was decided that we'd wait for another time to go.  I ended up doing some yard work. 

I did go for a run.  I decided to do an easy 5 miles, not worrying about my time or anything, just a nice 5 miles.  It was so nice outside that I would have kicked myself if I hadn't. 

After grocery shopping I decided to mow the lawn.  I don't think I've ever mowed a lawn without a self-propelled lawn mower before.  I've mowed my parents lawn many times, and one notable time last fall.  And I've mowed the lawn at my home with a different mower than what we currently have.  Let me tell you, mowing tall, wet grass with a push lawn mower that is not self-propelled is hard!!  And even though I weight lift, I am obviously not strong enough to pull the string thing (whatever that's called) to start the mower.  I had to ask my neighbor to do it to begin with (Chris and Damian went to lunch).  He said once it warmed up it would be easier, but with the wet, tall lawn the mower kept stalling out, so I'd have to start it all over.  I swear I pulled that thing at least 50 times, at least 5 tries to start it each time, and my arm is sore today. 
But my lawn looks nice now, and not so jungle like.  The lawn mowing was harder than my run yesterday. 

After mowing the lawn I did a few other things, I don't even remember all I did, cleaned house, worked on some stuff outside.  Anyway  I talked to our neighbor about a car.

Just before our family trip our neighbor asked us if we were interested in a 1997 Toyota Corolla for $600. His boss had bought the car for his daughter, but then she decided to keep her Mustang (why buy a Corolla to replace a Mustang for a teenager? seems silly).  Anyway, he had already put some work into the car, tune up, new belts, new stereo, I don't know what all.  We wanted to look at it and hopefully have my brother-in-law, who knows more about cars than any of us, look at it, but the guy was out of town the week before our trip, and then we were out of town.

Thursday before we went to Long Beach, our neighbor told us that his boss had sold it to someone else for $1500.   I was pretty bummed, because we really do need a second car, but we couldn't compete with $1500.  Well, on Sunday our neighbor told me that the other deal fell through and the car was still available and we could still get it for $600.  So we bought it. 
We also have a Dodge Neon SRT-4 that is not working but Chris told me this weekend that he thinks that he sold it to a coworker, so that will be nice to not have that broken car in our yard, although I really like that car and will be sad to see it go (I hate my current car).  Oh and I also have a 1989 Toyota Camry that doesn't work in our driveway.  I was going to donate that one two years ago, but taking it off our insurance would have made our insurance go up more than double because of the discount of being a 2 car family and having Damian being a "primary" driver on the sporty Dodge, so after buying the Corolla I had decided I'd donate the Camry and then we'd have all broken cars gone.  I think it'd be great to have all cars that don't work gone and have 2 actually working cars.

Well, Chris called the insurance on Monday to take the Camry off and add the Corolla and I was going to work on getting it donated again . . . ha!  So apparently there is a 3 car, 3 driver discount, and once again, taking it off our insurance would raise our insurance. If we keep the Camry, our insurance goes down $20, but getting rid of the Camry our insurance would go up $8. . .  Chris even kept adding things that we don't have, like collision (I don't know why we don't have that) and rental (if the car breaks down and we need a rental for a week), plus, we didn't change our address from Burlington from 2 years ago, so moving to Mt. Vernon added money on the insurance.  But even with adding all that we are still $6 cheaper keeping the Camry than we were before we bought the Corolla.  Oh! and I forgot, currently the Camry is insured for storage, not for driving, so Chris tried to decrease the storage to the minimum amount, and the lady told him we didn't want to do that because it would be more expensive.  So the Camry (the worthless car that doesn't work) is insured for the maximum amount of storage, and our insurance is still $6 cheaper than before. 

I will never be able to get rid of that car!!  But if we can get rid of the Dodge, at least we'll be a 3 car family with 2 cars that work instead of a 3 car family with 1 car that works.   Although, right now we're a 4 car family with 2 cars that work . . .

Monday, April 10, 2017

Tulip Run

In the last few months I've gotten slow.  I haven't been running far or fast or often, and that definitely showed in my time at the Tulip Run on Saturday.  Last year I ran a PR at 42:12 min/mile, getting first place in my age, at 39 (granted the age groups go in 5 year increments for this race). The year before I felt like I was dying in mile 5, but was still faster than this year.  In 2014 I won first place for my age as well.  In 2013 I didn't run it, and in 2012 was the first year I did it, where I walked with my sister.

This year was slow.  45.31 min/mile slow.  I usually find someone to run behind as a pacer.  I never really found that person.  I was behind a girl with a stroller for awhile, but she slowed down when we went on the muddy trails, and I passed her.  When we got back on the pavement, and then the hard packed gravel she passed me and I couldn't keep up.  I stayed pretty close to 9 min/mile for most of the run. I was fastest in mile 2, at 8:36 min.  Well, here's my splits according to mapmyrun.

According to this I was just under a 9 min/mile, but previously I have been closer to a 8 and a half min/mile.  I can't beat myself up over the run.  It was not a bad run.  It was pretty average for my running lately.
It was cold before the run.  Windy and rainy and in the low 40's.  The wind is what kills me, I hate the wind.  I have hated the wind since I was a kid.  Eastern Washington has dust storms more often than any other storm, which is probably why I hate the wind so much.  Anyway, I didn't want to wait around outside for the start.  I was only about 20 min early for the race, but I decided to sit in my car for most of the time after I picked up my race packet.
I have never stuck around after the Tulip Run before.  I usually get my tulip (the only one I see) and go home.  This year I decided to stay.  I don't know why, I didn't think I'd win any awards.  But it was okay, they had food, which I didn't know they had.  =) 

Looking at the official results online that night I was 7th for my age, so not even close to a medal (top 3 in 5 year increments).  Even if I had run with the same time that I did last year, I still wouldn't have made the top 3, the third fastest female in the 40-44 age group was 41:28, my best time is 42:12.  Which makes my slow time seem better somehow.  ; )

Even though the weather was not good on Saturday, after the run I decided to plant seeds for my garden.  I was thinking that I was getting a head start on them, but looking at old pictures, I'm pretty sure I was a week or two later than last year.  The weather has just been so bad it's hard to realize it's already April.  Anyway, Maddox has been bugging me for 2 or 3 weeks (whenever we bought the seeds) to plant them, so I decided we should do it.  I did it inside, of course, it was way too cold outside. 

Sunday was a pretty eventful and busy day, so that will have to be a separate post.  =)

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Long Beach 2017

Last weekend we went to Long Beach with my parents and my sisters.  I don't really know how to talk about my weekend.  Nothing exciting happened, and nothing bad happened, it just wasn't my favorite family vacation.  I don't really know why. I love my family, but last weekend I just felt antisocial.  Maybe it was because of the drama with my sister before we left (the one that didn't go).  It might have been because my niece (the daughter of the sister that didn't go) went and was more than a little clingy.  It isn't so bad when she's the only one hanging on you, but I also had my son, Maddox, who only ever wants Mommy.  Thankfully my sister, Nancy, was there (she's the one that lives close and I see often) and my niece liked to hang on her too.  If I had been the only one she was hanging on, I would have gone crazy.

We did our normal stuff, antique store shopping and going in and out of the tourist stores.  We went back to a house that we've been a couple times, but this year they had a new hot tub, something we weren't expecting.  Saturday we went looking for swimsuits and thankfully found one.  Swimsuits in a tourist town are expensive.

I think I'll just do a photo dump.

Bottom left is my sister and her husband, they were standing
looking out the window and my brother-in-law saw I was about
to take a picture so he put his hand down.  I snapped, and my
sister yelled at him.  =) I thought it was funny.
I'm not sure why there are very few pictures of my Mom.  I guess there aren't that many of my dad either, but I went for a walk with him so got one with the two of us.  =)

When we got home on Monday I went for a run.  It was a beautiful day and I was itching to go run the whole trip home.  I was really happy that I didn't miss the sun.  I ended up running along the river about sunset time, which was perfect.  =)

This picture doesn't do it justice, but while I was running my shadow looked pregnant.  I was so bloated from the salt and eating out all weekend.

This week didn't feel like I was very active but after looking at mapmyrun, I did something every day.  Monday run, Tuesday I went to the gym and lifted weights, Wednesday was a 4 mile run, Thursday was a 5 mile walk with my sister, back to the gym on Friday for leg day, and today was the Tulip run (5 miles).  Not a ton of running, only 13 miles, but maybe I'm too focused on my mileage.

I'll write another post about the Tulip Run (which I almost forgot to register for).

Friday, March 31, 2017


Can you believe March is over.  Today is it . . .  I did not do great running this month, only 50 miles.  Nor did I do great with going to the gym.  Remember at the beginning of the month when I said I checked in at the gym in February 4 times but didn't go?  Well, this month I think it was more.  I'm pretty sure I checked in 5 times and walked out without actually working out.  Plus, I skipped a whole week of running, granted it was to allow my knee to feel better, but still....  This last week I only went to the gym 2 times and checked in 2 times. . . I ran 2 times, Sunday and Tuesday.

Monday I went for a 4 mile walk with my sister, Nancy.  And the rest of the week has been a little busy in the evening.  Tuesday I ran, Wednesday Maddox had his first tball practice and his parent teacher conference, yesterday I came home, cooked, packed, groomed my dog (because he needed it badly). 

Why am I posting so early today? because today we are going to Long Beach, WA. Remember this post from February?  Well, that trip was rescheduled for this weekend.  There was a lot of drama around this weekend and it turns out that one of my sisters won't be going.

On Sunday I went for a 5 mile run and I passed a speed checker.  I was surprised when I registered on it.  I've passed them many times before and I don't normally register, the only time I ever really did was when I was pushing Maddox in the jogging stroller.  I had to turn around and run by it again so I could take a picture.  =)

 Oh, and you know what else I got this week??  A draft of Damian's senior album book.  This is by far my favorite set of pictures. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

San Juan!

I booked a camping trip to the San Juan's (San Juan islands in Washington) in June, June 15-19 so a long weekend.  A couple things fall on that weekend . . . June 18th is Maddox's birthday, and Father's Day, and the San Juan half marathon.  =)

We used to go to San Juan Island every year to go camping, but it's rather pricey.  The campground is a county campground, so it's more expensive than the State campgrounds, plus, it's an island, so you have to pay a ferry to get there.  And the ferry there is expensive.  Plus, the campground is rather small, and you can't reserve more than 90 days in advance but you can reserve for up to 10 days after the initial day.  So if you're wanting to arrive on Friday, you can go reserve exactly 90 before that, but a lot of people will reserve in the middle of the week and through the weekend which makes it hard if you are only going to be there for the weekend.  Last year we were going to go for a weekend, but even though I was on the website at midnight exactly 90 days from our camping date, which was a Friday, the sites were all full. 

This year they weren't full at all.  In fact, I forgot to stay up late and did the reservations in the morning and had no problem getting our favorite site, which over looks the water.  That has never happened.  I'm wondering if people aren't thinking about summer yet because it's been so cold and rainy.  Last year it was nicer at this time of year.  Although, the dates we are going this year are earlier than we have in the past, and it may actually be still chilly and rainy.  =(

The first year we went was 2009, which was pre-blog (and pre-running).  We were invited by a friend and went as a last min thing.  It was a lot of fun, he was a scuba diver and wanted to go diving off the coast.  He rented kayaks (the pedal kind) so we could go with him and "watch his bubbles."  The morning after we got the kayaks we heard someone saying that there was a superpod of whales out.  A superpod is when more than one pod (family of whales) come together to mate, we hopped on the kayaks to see if we could find them.  We were on our way back when we found ourselves in the middle of it.  It was pretty amazing. 

In 2010 we had a different friend go with us.  He was living with us (I think) at the time and he actually went almost every year we did.  Maybe not the last and definitely not the first.  (I guess that's only 2 years.)  He probably went in 2013 though, I can't remember.

Damian is walking on a tightrope, he was pretty good.
I'm pretty sure we skipped 2011 because that was the year Maddox was born, although I know we did a bunch of stuff that summer because he was born in June and I had the rest of the summer off for maternity leave.  Actually, now that I think about it, I think we just did a lot of fishing type stuff, not camping. 
2012 was Maddox's first trip there.  He had just turned one and I had just started running.

The last year we were there, 2013, my parents and a different friend went with us.  Since then we decided it was expensive and we tried to go to different places.  Last year I said I missed San Juan so we were going to go back for a weekend, but I couldn't get a campsite for just a weekend so we ended up camping elsewhere with my parents.
I just noticed this, but our friend's head looks like it's coming
out of Damian's back.  =)

parental units
I'm excited to go back this year.  I'm excited that the half marathon falls on Maddox's birthday (the half marathon is why I booked the trip at this time).  What an amazing birthday he'll get!  Oh and Father's Day.  ; )  This campground has no showers, so either I'm gonna have to find a shower after the half marathon, or I'm going to smell pretty bad for a day or so.  =)
This post wasn't supposed to be a reminiscing post, it just kinda turned out that way.  =)   

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I missed it

Sometime at the end of February was my running anniversary.  I didn't even think of it this year.  I've been running for 5 years since February 26th.  I didn't even do anything special, just ran 3 miles.  Last year I did a whole recap of my running, but I just did a big recap of my 2016 running, and don't really feel like repeating the same post.  So if you want to read about my last 4 years of running here's last year's 4 year runiversary post and 2016's recap post, which we all know sucked. 

Last week's running was average, 18 miles.  I also did 2 weight workouts, and instead of cycle class I went for a walk with my sister.  We are walking Bloomsday in May, which is a 12k (7.45 miles) and since she has to train to get up that far in mileage she's already started.  The year that I walked with her, my first year doing it, I was surprised at how much different walking is than running.  By the end of the 7 and a half miles(ish) my feet hurt, and my hands were swollen.  Back then I figured that walking 7.45 miles would be easy because I could run more than that easily.  That's not true, it's not that I was overly tired or couldn't do it, but 7 and a half miles running takes me a little over an hour, 7 and a half miles walking takes almost twice that long, so essentially the same amount of walking as if I was running a half marathon. 

Although, the first time I walked Bloomsday I hadn't yet run a half marathon.  My longest run at that point was 11 miles, and I was running for 1 hour 47 min.  Our walking time was 2 hours and 16 min.  My longest half marathon (from this year) was 2 hours and 9 min, so walking Bloomsday took longer than 13.1 miles running.

Anyway, back to last week's running.  I ran 4 miles on Friday and 5 on Saturday.  I don't know how, or at least don't remember doing it, but at some point I entered a challenge on Mapmyrun, and I got a notification early last week that I earned $40 off a $100 purchase at UnderArmour.  I need a new gym bag because the zipper on the one I got for my birthday has completely died.  I decided to go look at gym bags on the UnderArmour website.  I got a bag, shorts (they're softball shorts, but I'm hoping they don't slide up between my thighs like all other shorts do, the reviews were good, with a couple mentioning that they don't slide), and a new sports bra.  With the $40, the shorts and the bra were free.  =)  And I got it all on Friday before my run.
Unfortunately the bag is gigantic, so I need to return it and get a smaller one.  I'm kinda bummed about that, but oh well. 
There was nothing exciting about my run on Saturday, just 5 miles.  I noticed on Instagram that a lot of the runners I follow always put their times and distance on their pictures, so I went looking for how to do that.  I found the Nike+ Run Club app, but it is another GPS tracking app.  I did download it (obviously, as you can see it from my pictures) but that means that I now have 2 tracking apps and my Garmin all monitoring my runs.  Nike and my Garmin are more accurate for distance.  Mapmyrun somehow always ends up a little ahead of my actual mileage, and it gets worse the longer the run is.  (My mapmyrun app said that I ran 26.71 miles for my full marathon 2 years ago, it really wasn't a half mile longer than 26.2 miles.)
Sunday was a beautiful day!  We haven't had much sun in rainy western Washington lately.  I heard that we've had 4 completely sunny days since October, so having the sun out was a big incentive for me to do something.  I did a bunch of yard work after grocery shopping and then forced myself to go running.  I didn't really want to, but I've gotten lazy and it was so nice, it would have been a shame to waste the weather.

I decided I was going to do another 5 miles but wanted to do a different route than my usual one.  I had an idea the week before of a route that I thought would be about 5 miles, but then ended up not doing it.  My visualized route would take me along the Skagit River, which I like to do, so I decided to try it out because it was so nice outside.  Well, it wasn't 5 miles, but ended up being over 6 miles, and I actually cut out a part of it which would have made it over 7 miles. 

When I started running I had an irritation in my knee.  Just a little "pop" like feeling, it wasn't bad, and it wasn't consistent, so I continued.  Then around mile 4 it started getting worse.  It was really bothering me.  I stopped several times to massage it and stretch it a little.  At that point I was the farthest away from home that I was going to get, and there was no point in turning around, that would have made it 8 miles, continuing the run was actually the closest beeline home (well, unless I was a bee and could fly over houses).  =)  So I continued, but I stopped and walked a few min several times. 

Well, that evening and Monday my knee felt awful.  I decided on Monday that I need to apply my lessons learned from my sprained ankle and rest my knee . . . and stretch my legs as I'm sure that's where the problem stems.  (My right leg has been really, really tight the last several months.)  This means I haven't run at all, or done any exercising, since Sunday.  I could continue to lift weights, but I'm so unmotivated by that I've been skipping it again.  And . . . if I'm honest . . . leg day is my favorite day, and I can't do that at the moment.

Yesterday and today my leg has been feeling almost completely back to normal, so I've been very tempted to go for a run.  Tuesday is, after all, my "I always run" day.  I ended up going out for drinks with a friend after work last night, so that was probably a good thing because I didn't go home and feel like I should go run. 

I have more to say, but this is getting long, so I will type another post on another day.  =)  Not that I care much, but 2 days from today is my "blogiversary," the day I started my blog 5 years ago.