Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Early morning

Yesterday I decided to take the day off of running.  I've been kicking around the idea of running less while I do the Insanity workouts.  However, I noticed after doing Insanity yesterday that even though I worked hard (my obliques are killing me today) and got a good sweat, it wasn't the same as the feeling after I run.  I guess that just proves my suspicions are true . . . I am a runner.  =)  Anyway, I really missed my run.

So . . . drum roll please . . . I got up this morning at the ungodly hour of 5:30am and went outside to run.  I seriously hate getting up so early (it's only 30 min earlier, but still, 30 min is 30 min).  =)  I was even able to drag myself out of bed after a horrible night's sleep.  I was up at least 4 times last night. 

I loved the feeling of running in the morning.  I met a fellow runner and she was bright eyed and chipper and said "good morning!"  I think I grunted a "morning" back.  =)  But I do like the cool air and the empty streets.  You know, when I see a runner in the early morning, I always think "they really love exercising to be out that early."  So I felt like that's what other people thought about me today.  =)  However, no audiobook for me today, I needed the music to get me motivated to get out the door.  Anyway, I felt great after my run and I'm planning on doing Insanity this afternoon. 

I think I'd like to try to get up on Thursday too, but I don't know if I'll be able to.  I'm able to drag myself out of bed about 1 in 100 times.  But I'm not doing any exercise tomorrow, so maybe that'll motivate me again.  It definitely helped me this morning, knowing that I didn't run yesterday. 
From my 11 miler on Sunday
In other news, I have ran more miles this month than last month.  Remember for March I was wanting to run 100 miles?  Well, this month (April) I ran 116.  =)  I don't know if I'm going to continue to try to best my monthly mileage, I can see how that would get really hard.  =)  But I'm happy to see my mileage up so high.  It's a nice thought . . .

Last week my weekly mileage was 29.5 miles, which is my highest weekly mileage (I did have one week higher, but I did 2 long runs that week and I don't count it.)  This week my mileage will be down.  I'm going to Spokane, WA for Bloomsday so I won't be doing a long run.  I'm walking the 12K (7.46 miles) with my sister.  I grew up in eastern WA but never went to see Bloomsday in person, so I'm kinda excited to see what it's like.  I've heard that there's a really killer hill, Doomsday Hill, so I am happy I'm walking this year to check it out.  Next year I really want to run it.  =)

Monday, April 29, 2013

A week of workouts

I have been horrible at posting every day of the work week.  That is my goal, but honestly, I feel like on days that I don't exercise I have nothing to talk about.  And then some days are busier than others and I don't get the opportunity. 

Anyway, I started Insanity last Thursday.  It is hard!  Very hard.  However, I am not nearly as sore as I expected.  I have been sore, but not horribly so.  Mostly my back, from my neck to my knees.  I find that very interesting.  I guess running works the front of me pretty good, but the backside of me is neglected.  =) 

I cannot do a full Insanity workout.  I have to stop and break . . . a lot.  Even the fit test, which you take the first day, was hard.  I really like that the warm up is 20 min long (and it's hard too) and it incorporates stretching after you've warmed up.  I have never warmed up so long in my life. 

Chris has been extremely sore.  He went from no exercise to Insanity. I think he's downplaying it for me because I am not that bad, but I catch him limping quite a lot when he first gets up off the couch.  =)  I think he is trying to prove that he's not that out of shape because he's pushing himself really hard at the beginning.  However, by the end he can't do much and does a lot of laying and breaking.  (However, so do I.)  =) 

MaryFran, to answer your question from last week, Chris hasn't had many "colorful" words come out of his mouth, I think yesterday I heard my first f-word from him.  I don't swear much so he tries to tone it down around me and our kids.  Yesterday when he did swear, I was in the kitchen, so I think he thought I couldn't hear him.  =) I think I complain a lot more than him, I whine a lot while I'm doing it, which is funny because he's more of a wimp when it comes to pain than I am (aren't all guys?).  =)  Like I said, I think he's downplaying his exhaustion because he doesn't want to admit how out of shape he is. 

~To clarify, we can't do it at the same time because our living room is so tiny, especially with our giant couch.  Plus, I started a day before him, so we're not on the same workout. 

Yesterday I was planning on redoing my 11 miles from last week.  However, I also was supposed to do Insanity.  I tell you, I was not looking forward to either one.  I thought about skipping my long run but I knew I couldn't let 11 miles win.  So then I thought about skipping Insanity.  I went on my run and it was better than last week, but still very hard.  I thought it was going great, I felt great and thought about going 12 miles to prove that 11 miles wasn't that hard . . . at mile 4.  By the time I got to 6 and 7 miles I was tired.  My self talk turned negative, I just wanted to be done.  I don't know why it has happened at that point in my last 2 runs when I've been fine in all runs before that.  Anyway, I took a couple energy gummies and kept going, however, at mile 8 I was still telling myself that I could stop at 9 or 10 miles.  That's still a long distance and no one will care if I stop.  I talked myself out of it and kept going.  I started saying "I can do it"  "I feel great."  I don't know if I started feeling great, but it definitely helped me to finish . . . however, I didn't go "the extra mile."

I was still thinking of skipping the Insanity workout after my run but when Chris got home he also talked about skipping it as well and I didn't want him to skip it. So I put on new workout clothes and put in Cardio Recovery.  I am so glad I did. I didn't know that the recovery was basically just stretches and yoga moves.  Afterwards I felt energized and much better.  That last until about 8pm when I crashed.  All energy drained out of me and I had to go to bed. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Healthy eating is HARD!

I decided to skip zumba Tuesday night.  I felt like I needed a rest day, and I'm happy I took one, however, Wednesdays are rest day now because of Damian's baseball games and I dislike having two rest days in a row.  So today I am going for a run.  Last Thursday I did intervals on my treadmill and I enjoyed it, so I may do that again today.  I feel like doing it on my treadmills forces me to run faster than comfortable and I can bump it up if I want to. 

I also got Insanity yesterday.  I couldn't start it yesterday but Chris wants to start it today.  I'm really worried about it, not just for me, but also for Chris.  Chris is not in shape at all and he's starting this cold turkey.  I at least have some running under my belt . . . but in no way do I think I'm in good enough shape for Insanity to NOT be hard.  I don't know how I'm going to get my running in and Insanity, but I really want to try it.  I want to see if I will lose more weight on it.  I want to be in the 140's.  =) 
Scary!!
The last few days I have really let my eating slide (again).  I don't know why the eating thing is so hard for me.  I guess I've never tried to eat healthier.  I've never even gone on a "diet."  I have always just eaten what I liked.  I never felt like I was overeating, just eating more than I should and not very healthy.  Which is why I gain weight.  The last time I lost weight, Damian was about the same age as Maddox is now, just under 2.  I lost about 40 lbs, but that is not from what I did.  I took some pills with ephedrine in them, you know, the ones that are illegal now.  I loved those pills, it made losing weight easy and effortless.  I didn't have to do anything at all.  In fact, I think I passed one of my PE classes just because of those pills. 

~I dropped out of college to have Damian and get married.  I went back a year later, but I hadn't taken any PE classes at all the entire time I was in college.  I didn't know I needed 3 classes to graduate, so that summer I had to take 3 PE classes in order to graduate college.  I ended up taking a swimming/weights class (doing weights in the pool) and then a lifeguarding class after that.  I didn't attend the first class regularly, in fact I think I had a D or a C until my final weigh-in.  After I weighed in and got my grades I had an A- . . . so I think the instructor looked at my weight and thought I had done more than I did and passed me.  All thanks to a magic pill that could have killed me.~

Anyway, eating healthy and appropriate portions has never been my strong suit.  (Which, as I've said before, is why I have lost weight so slowly.)  I eat healthier than I ever have before, it's just not healthy enough.  I have kicked around the idea of limiting my carbs, but I love carbs and I don't think that I can kick them out of my life for good.  In trying to lose any weight, I want to make changes that I can live with forever, and getting rid of all carbs is not doable for me.  I rarely eat sandwiches, and I always think twice about eating a piece of bread . . .but we have white potatoes for almost every dinner.  And I love pastries (not that I eat them every day, or even every week, but they are allowable foods for me once in awhile.)  I'm hoping that with Chris doing Insanity with me, it will make him want to eat healthier.  He does half the cooking in our house and his meals are not very healthy at all.

I went into that way more than I intended to . . . sorry.

Anyway, I have been scared worried to attempt another long run this weekend.  Last weekend really wasn't a good run, and I don't want a repeat.  I feel like I should just get over it and do the 11 miles again, but at the same time I have a picture in my head of me practically dying in the shower afterwards.  It's not fun.  And I run because I think it's fun.  I don't know where I'm going with running long distances.  I don't have a goal, other than at least one half marathon this summer.  But right now I'm just doing it to do it, and because my 9 and 10 mile runs went so well.  So does that mean that 11 miles is too far for me? 

Just a cute picture from Damian's baseball game last night.  I need to take more of D . . . right now I have an abundance of Maddox, and he is not the one playing.  But he's so cute when he tries to copy his big brother.  =)

D plays catcher for his baseball team (he has since he started baseball).  Maddox watched some of the game, but then went to play catch with his ball.  He got in his "catchers" stance every time.  It was super cute.  =)

(In case you're wondering, I call him Damian for everything except sports.  In baseball, and most other sports, he's called D by his teammates and his coach, and now all the parents. . . and me.  In my blog, I find D faster to type =) so I usually say Damian at least once, and then just type D.  Maddox's initials are MOJ - Maddox Otis John without his last name - and Chris wants his nickname to be Mojo, I have a hard time with this nickname, so until he plays sports and wants that nickname, I call him Maddox.)  =)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

11 miles-crazy or not?

 I've talked before about my son's learning disorder (here), and since he doesn't read well, but loves books we have really encouraged him to listen to audiobooks.  He loves them, in fact when I started getting them from the library (the first one was the first Harry Potter) he said it was like a movie playing in his head.  =)  This way he can "read" books that are geared toward his age level.  I even got an Audible acct so that we could get a book that he needed to read for school and we couldn't find it anywhere else.

The first book I got for D on Audible was Z for Zachariah, and he said it was really, really good, so I decided to listen to it.  He was right, it was a good book.  =)  I have started listeing to the books I get for D.  He likes survivor, end of the world type books (Hunger Games type of books) and I have developed a taste for them.   Anyway, I really enjoy listening to audiobooks while I run.  I like it more than music, although I think the music pushes me harder (the beat) but since I have been doing long runs, I find that the "slowness" of an audiobook helps me out.  Right now I am "reading" The Host by Stephenie Meyer.  I tried reading this in the "traditional" form (you know, an actual book) but I couldn't get into it, I thought it was really slow and very confusing.  A coworker has told me several times how much she likes the book, so I decided to get it on Audible and listen to it while I run.  (The book is 22 1/2 hours long.) 

All of that was just to say how much I want to be listening to my book right now.  =)  My coworker was right, I don't want to put it down.  It is so good.  I have been allowing the boys in my family to play more xbox so that I can just plug in my headphones and listen to the book instead of watching TV.  I even find myself groaning when Chris asks me what I want to watch.  =)

This last Sunday I ran 11 miles.  It was hard.  I was feeling sluggish at about mile 6, which is 2 miles sooner than I have before.  I ate a couple energy gummies (I can't remember the name of them, they are good) and then I ate a couple more at mile 8.  I have started adding the miles at the beginning of my run, rather than the end.  I know once I get closer to home I will feel like just calling it a day and going home, rather than adding another mile or two.  I have been trying to make it so I end at about the same spot each time, with about a half a mile walk home to cool down.  Sunday I was extremely glad I added the extra mile at the beginning.  I think if I had to add it at the end I wouldn't have gotten 11 miles in.  I was tired, I was dead.  I hit 11 miles and stopped dead in my tracks, I didn't want to go a step farther.  I even asked Chris to come get me instead of walking home.  I did have about a quarter of a mile walk to where I asked him to come get me, so I did cool down some. 

When I got home I had to use the bathroom pretty bad so I skipped stretching and just got in the shower after using the bathroom.  I was in the shower and I hurt.  I started thinking about why I run, and in that moment I didn't know why I run.  I was tired, I was hurting and I just thought that maybe longer runs aren't for me.  3 weeks ago I ran 9 miles "accidentally" and I felt really great, so great that 2 weeks later I ran 10 miles.  That run went so well, that I thought I'd try 11 this week.  Now I'm left wondering if I want to continue to up my mileage on the weekends.  I do want to run a half marathon this summer, so I guess I have to up my mileage for that, but I haven't been specifically training for it right now, I have a few months.  I have been just seeing how far I can push my body.   

Sunday evening I was sore, I had a hard time walking and just really didn't want to move.  I think the only thing that saved dinner (meaning I did cook rather than skip it) was the fact that I wanted to listen to my audiobook some more.  =)  Thankfully I woke up yesterday not feeling sore.  I do have some pretty bad shin splints though. 

I really didn't want to run yesterday, but once again, because of my "forced" rest days on Wednesdays (because of D's baseball games) and zumba on Tuesdays, I knew that if I was going to run 5 times this week, I needed to run yesterday.  I decided to just put on my running clothes as soon as I got home even though I had to wait an hour because D had gymnastics and there wasn't time before we had to take him to run.  I only ran 4 miles, but I think that might be my new Monday mileage, and "easy" 4 miles after a long run on Sunday. 

Today, I'm not sure if I'm going to go to zumba.  My shins are really sore and I've been thinking that 2 rest days might be good for me.  I just hate that they are in a row, although that might be a good thing for my body, just not good for my brain.  =)

Friday, April 19, 2013

Intervals

We have had many problems with our babysitter in the year and a half that she has been watching Maddox.  She is young (she just turned 21 in March) and she hasn't really ever had a job.  It has been nice because she comes to our house and she has a son that is only a few months older than Maddox, however, she regularly calls in sick (for a while she was calling in every other week) and there have been at least 2 times where she no showed/no called.  We put up with it because she was cheap and we really didn't know who else to ask.  Chris works 4/10s and his days off are Tues-Thurs.  I work M-F, so we only need someone to watch him Monday and Friday morning (I get off work at 1pm on Friday).

Anyway, April 1st our babysitter no showed.  Thankfully it was spring break and Damian was home so I didn't miss any work. However, I had a conversation with my supervisor that day for my yearly review and she mentioned how often I call in sick because of my babysitter and that it's not a problem right now, but it could become a problem, which I completely agreed with.  So Chris and I decided we wanted more reliable childcare.  It took us a few weeks, but we found an in-home daycare that we both liked.  Maddox went there for a couple hours on Wednesday for a trial run and did well.  So today was his first day there.  I don't even think he noticed I was leaving.  He was too busy throwing (soft) blocks at the dog and laughing.  I think he'll do fine.  =)

Yesterday I NEEDED to run.  It had been 2 days, but as is the norm here in western WA, it was raining.  I am tired of the rain.  I am ready for sunny weather.  We didn't get any snow this year, we just had a long fall that went right into spring (it did get really cold a couple times though).  Anyway, I decided I wasn't going to run in the rain again so I got on my treadmill.  Besides I figured it's not good for a treadmill to sit for a long time without being used.  =) 

I decided to push myself a little and see what I could do.  I ended up doing intervals, which is the first time I've ever done them.  It was pleasantly hard.  After warming up I ran at a 7mph pace for my comfortable pace (I couldn't believe that was comfortable for me) for a min and then ran at 8.5mph for my hard pace for a min and a half.  After my second or third 8.5 interval I decided to start pushing myself, so I upped it 0.1 each time.  I was going to do that for 30 min.  During my last 9mph interval I bumped it up to a 10 for the last 30 sec to see if I could do it, and I did!  When I got to 30 min I was still under 3 miles, so I decided to keep running at my comfortable pace until I got to 5 miles.  I ended up doing 5 miles in just under 40 min which equaled out to a 8 min/mile average.  Like I said, it was pleasantly hard.  I got done and felt like I had worked out and I love that feeling.  =)

I don't think I've mentioned it, but Chris and I are going to start the Insanity workout.  Chris told me a while ago that he is really uncomfortable working out in public, so I suggested Insanity or P90X.  He waffled for a while on which one to get.  He likes the P90X for the weights, but he was reading that Insanity is better for losing weight and that's what he needs first.  Anyway, after changing his mind 4 or 5 times we decided on the Insanity.  I'm looking forward to it.  I'm looking forward to seeing what my body will look like after I've done it.  I'm also terrified of it.  I've heard that it's super hard.  I'll guess we'll see after we get the discs.  =)

Have a great weekend.  =)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Some thoughts

My initial reaction to the Boston Marathon bombs was to think about the runners that didn't finish.  I thought a lot about those people.  I talked about it yesterday so you can read it here if you haven't already.

After a few days of thinking about it and reading about stories of runners on the course before and after the bombs, I have more thoughts about the spectators that were actually hurt by them.  The Boring Runner, Adam, posted here about his experience running the marathon and his thoughts on the bombs.  For the first time I stopped and thought about the spectators that got hurt.  I realized that if I had been running it could have been my family, my loved ones.  I realized this on Monday too, but I was so focused on the thought of the poor runners who worked so hard to get there and then didn't finish that I didn't think much of the rest of the people. 

Then today I read simply healthy mama's post and realized that I kinda feel the same way she does.  I've been hesitant to call myself a runner.  I love to run.  I run for more than just exercise, I run for sanity and desire.  She said it best.  "Somehow, the tragic events of Boston made me a runner. I'll never run the Boston Marathon. Heck, I'll never even qualify for the Boston Marathon. But nevertheless, on Monday I was one of them. I knew the sacrifices that many of those runners had made to be there."

And finally, this is probably my favorite picture that has popped up from the bombing.


So I haven't been running now in two days.  Tuesday I had some major shopping to do and skipped both running and zumba and yesterday D had a baseball game and I just can't fit a run in after work.  So today . . . today I run.  =)  I'd like to run farther than 4 miles, 6 sounds good, but I don't think I have the time.  I guess we'll see when I get home and actually leave the house.  =)

I feel like I have this time warp in the middle of my week.  Tuesday I do zumba and now, because of D's games, Wednesday is a rest day.  So if I do zumba on Tuesday that means 2 days in a row of not running.  I really hate it.  The other day I can do zumba is on Thursday and that still means 2 days in a row of not running.  So either I give up zumba (which I don't want to do) or just suffer through my 2 days.  I guess on Wednesday I could wake up early and do a run, but as TRX has shown me (once again) I am horrible about getting myself up on time to do any type of exercise.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Boiled bras

Monday I went home for lunch and, as has become my habit, I got on facebook.  I saw the first posts from the different pages I follow about the bombs in Boston at the finish line of the Marathon.  I turned the TV to the news and there it was . . . I sat glued to my TV for my hour of lunch and then had to go back to work and "ignore" what was happening outside of my cave. 

During that hour of being glued to the news at my lunch hour I watched the scenes of the bombs going off multiple times.  The news stations tend to show the same clips and pictures over and over and over.  However, my mind went to the people running the marathon.  I wondered about those people that weren't finished yet.  I thought about how long and hard people have to train to get there and then for that dream to be blown up.  I would be angry, I was angry. 

I don't want to take anything away from the spectators tragedies, the heartbreak of the families who lost someone, or the people that were hurt.  What they went through (are going through) is horrible and senseless.  And most likely there were runners on the sidelines that were cheering on a loved one who was running.  Most likely there were runners that were hurt as well.  But I find myself continuously drawn to those people that were running the race that didn't get to finish.  That is a tragedy to me as well. 

On facebook there were lots of posts about supporting Boston by wearing a race shirt yesterday.  So I pulled out my favorite race shirt and put it on.  I even wore my hair in a ponytail like I would if I was going for a run. 

As I sometimes do, I started the above part yesterday and then didn't finish it because I became busy.  After writing the above, I was back on facebook (that seems to be a habit I have re-picked up) and was reading some posts.  This article caught my attention.  I was feeling upset about the runners that didn't get to finish the marathon on Monday after working so hard to get there, but then I read that article. 

It's about a father who pushes his disabled son in a wheelchair while he runs.  I had heard about this team before and thought about what an awesome father that is.  Anyway, at the end of the article it says "neither he nor his son are concerned about what their finish might have been; they’re more concerned with what happens now, that all the injured receive the care they need and that authorities are able to track down who was responsible. 'At that point, for me, the race was over. It was just unbelievable,' Dick Hoyt said."  I have to say, that makes me feel better, but I also kinda feel like an ass for worrying so much about the runners that didn't finish and not the people that have had horrible injuries or deaths to think about.
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So my runs this week have suffered.  I ran on Monday, a "short" run, 4 miles.  (I remember longing to call 4 miles my short run, I can't believe I can now.)  Tuesdays are zumba days for me, but we needed to do some shopping so I was going to run, but I really needed a break.  My last break was last Wednesday and I had just run 10 miles and then 4.  My hip was really bothering me and I just decided not to run, knowing that I won't be able to run today either.  Damian has a baseball game (every Wed is an away game).

I forgot to post how my weigh-in went last week.  I was happy (very, very happy) to see my old friend 153.8 again on Friday morning.  =)  However, I haven't been as good this week with my eating.  I am so bad at the diet part of being healthy.  I'm better than I was a year ago but not nearly as good as I should be.  I'm not pigging out on sugar and crap, like I did a couple weeks ago, but I have been eating too much and drinking more wine than I should

I think I got a fungal infection from my long run on Sunday.  I'm not sure why it happened this time and not a couple weeks ago when I ran 9 miles.  I got home Sunday and showered right away.  I didn't wear my sweaty clothes for long, other than while I ran, but the area under my boobs has really been red and itchy.  I thought it was just a rash from my sweaty (too big) bra rubbing (I really do need smaller bras, but it hasn't been long since I bought my last bras), but it got worse and worse until yesterday I finally went to get something for it.  I had to ask the pharmacist (which is a very embarrassing thing to talk about with a strange male in a store) what would work for it.  He pointed me in the direction I needed and wow! what a difference it has made today.  I was worried about having to wear a regular bra again today, but thankfully after just yesterday evening and this mornings application of the stuff it feels a lot better. 

I also boiled my bras.  haha!!  That sounds so funny, but my washing machine is stuck on cold right now and I read that you should wash your bras on hot in order to not keep infecting yourself.  So I put my bras in a pot and boiled them with some soap last night.  My husband laughed and said that in 15 years, this is a first.  =)  I wish I had taken a picture, but I didn't think of it.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Weekend long run and FMM

Since I rarely post on the weekends I always want to recap my weekend on Monday, especially if I do a long run, which I did this week.  But it's also Friend Makin' Monday, so my Monday posts have gotten kinda long, which I'm sorry for.  If you're a regular you can stop after my weekend recap, and if you're just visiting from FMM, you can skip down to that part if you want.  =)  Or you can all read it all, but I'm warning you, it's another long one.  =)  Any of the options are fine with me and I won't be offended if you skip some of it.

This weekend was just another weekend, which is a good thing.  I needed one of those.  It feels like I've been doing something every weekend since I got back from Disneyland, it was nice just to chill.  Saturday our new couch was delivered.  It is huge, but I love it.  =) 

Just let me point out the deceptive sun shining in from the windows on my couch before you read on. 

Saturday afternoon I was planning on running 10 miles.  I wore a long sleeved shirt, but it was a thin one and some long running pants, but again, they were thin.  I thought about putting a jacket on, but was talked out of it.  It wasn't raining at the moment and hadn't been for a little while so I figured I'd be fine.  As soon as I got out the door it started raining again and it progressively got harder until about mile 3 it was hailing.  I was cold, but I was okay, mostly.  Then it started hailing harder and it was sticking to my shirt.  I decided at mile 4 to not run 10 miles, but keep going.  I called Chris and asked him to bring me a new shirt and my jacket in a park about a mile and a half away.  I kept going.  I got to 4.41 miles and was freezing.  My socks were squishing in my shoes and I could wring the water out of my shirt, so I stopped, called Chris again and told him to just come get me, and bring towels.  I kept walking, mostly because I had no cover where I was and after what seemed like forever, Chris came.  I got in the car and guess what . . . the sun came out.  Oh well, I was freezing and soaked and just wanted to get in the shower, so I went home and figured I'd try again on Sunday.

Rain was predicted again on Sunday, but I was okay with that, I would just dress more appropriately.  =)  I did a warm up run around my block and decided that the jacket was too much for the sun that was trying to peak out around the clouds so I stopped at home and changed my shirt (I was wearing a short sleeved shirt under my jacket) grabbed my hat and was off.  I was so glad I changed clothes, the shirt I picked was perfect.  It did sprinkle a little, but nothing heavy.  I stopped at about 6.75 miles (where there was a bathroom) and took my first ever energy gels.  I was pleasantly surprised by the taste, not gross at all, and took a mouthful of water and kept going.  I was glad I took them when I did because I was a little sluggish right after taking them, but I felt much better a few min later. 

I reached 10 miles a little over half a mile from home, but I knew I would and planned to walk home to cool down.  I hate the walk home from a long run, I live on a busy street and it's uphill, and I sweat, a lot, so I felt like people were staring at my sweat soaked boobs and thinking I had to walk up the hill.  Oh well, I got home and stretched and showered and then laid around the house for the rest of the day.  =)
I had a better picture of me, but you can't
see my headband, so here's this one.  =)

Well, it is Monday, and that means Friend Makin' Monday.  =)
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Twenty Questions
 
1. Share something that you enjoy doing when you’re alone. reading a book, watching one of my many shows that the rest of my house doesn't like, running . . .

2. What do you plan to eat next? I'm not sure, I'm going to have lunch in 4 hours and I don't know what I'll be eating.

3. When did you first travel on a plane? Where did you go? When I was 18 I went to Colorado for a leadership conference that my Dad thought would be a good thing.  I enjoyed it and had a good time, but I'm really not much of a leader.  =)

4. Do you currently have a crush on someone? If so, share a few of the reasons why.   I love Chris and have for a long time.  =)

5. List one thing that disgusts you that probably wouldn’t bother someone else. the smell of lavender

6. If you could buy a new car tomorrow (and money was no object) what would you buy?  A Honda Pilot.  My parents have one and I love it.  I also want a Dodge Ram.

7. Who was the first person who broke your heart? A guy named Michael P.  (I dated 2 Michaels in high school).  He was also my first kiss and he kinda just disappeared after taking my watch.  He did end up coming back a few years later, and sadly I was a glutton for punishment because I still had the hugest crush on him, although we never officially dated again.

8. If you could spend the night with a celebrity tonight, who would it be?  I don't have anyone.

9. Are you a morning person or a night person? I have always been more of a night person, but I love getting up early now and being alone for an hour or so to drink my coffee and read or watch TV.  It rarely happens though.

10. What’s your favorite board game? I don't play many board games.  My family and I like to play Apples to Apples and another one I can't think of.

11. Can you play an instrument? If so, what do you play? I used to play the flute.

12. What is the last thing you ate? Oatmeal 

13. Do you wear a watch? Yes, I hate not having one on.  I like to know what time it is, not that I'm terribly busy, it just bothers me if I want to know the time and can't find a clock.

14. Do you go to church? I haven't been in a while.  I have been a faithful church attender since I was born, well, I skipped it most of the time in my 20's, but I'm still in the process of finding a new church and I just don't know where to go right now.

15. Do you ever wish on stars? I haven't for a long time

16. Have you ever been on a motorcycle? Yes…once.

17. What is the last thing you purchased? A workout shirt, hair gel and lemonade =)

18. How big is your bed? Queen

19. What size shoe do you wear? A 9, but a 9 1/2 in running shoes. 

20. What are you looking forward to most in the coming week? Friday?  There is nothing at all going on this week, so I have nothing exciting to look forward to. 

Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s questions. Don’t forget to come back and link up in the comments! Happy Monday!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Date night

Tuesday I went to zumba.  It was the first time in a couple weeks that I had gone and every time I go after a break I always am glad I go.  It's so fun to me.  On my facebook page I commented on how I always feel cheated when I enter an hour of zumba into myfitnesspal.  Myfitnesspal says that an hour of zumba is 335 calories, and when I ran on Sunday for 65 min, it said over 800 calories.  A couple people commented on how they thought the 335 calories was too low.  I thought about it a while and decided that I didn't care.  I'd much rather have that number be estimated too low than too high.  Besides, zumba is my "rest" day, I do it because I enjoy it.  =)

Yesterday was Damian's first baseball game.  It was cold and very, very windy.  But for the first time in 8 years (D's been playing 8 years now) I remembered to bring all my cold weather stuff and my chair and blankets and everything to his first game.  I always forget something (usually hat, gloves and my warmest coat) and then freeze to death while watching.  

Maddox really enjoyed playing with his ball, but it got really late and he got really grumpy.  I think it was the cold combined with being hungry (we got him food, but he didn't want to eat because there was too much going on).  I think we finally left around 8pm (Maddox's bed time) and they didn't even finish the game.  D's team was ahead by 10 runs so they called it. 
I put Maddox's hands in his pockets and he thought that was cool.  He walked around awhile with his hands in his pockets, but he couldn't figure out how to get them back in when he finally took them out.  =)  He's a hard kid to take a picture of outside.  He is so into everything that I can never get him straight on.  I tried a couple times, but this was the best I got.  =)

Tonight is date night.  I have a date with my running shoes.  =) 
Because of D's game yesterday, I wasn't able to run, or do any exercise.  That means I haven't ran for 2 days and I just know that I need to go.  I'm really looking forward to it this afternoon. =)

I was going to get up and go to TRX this morning, but we didn't get home last night until 10pm (we had an hour drive and then had to stop at the store before going home).  I hadn't been home all day, so I wanted to sit and relax for a little bit before going to bed.  I finally forced myself to go to bed at 11pm, but that's way too late for me, especially if I'm going to get up early to go to TRX.  I enjoyed the class a couple weeks ago, but I hate that it's a morning class.  I am just not a morning person . . . well, I like mornings, but I hate waking up earlier than I have to for work.  I have the hardest time dragging myself out of bed if it's not for a screaming kid or need for money. 

One last thing and then I'm done.  =)  Remember yesterday's post about my weight gain last week?  Well, my efforts to be better this week seem to be paying off.  This morning I weighed 152.2.  Unfortunately it's not my actual weigh-in day (that's tomorrow), so I don't know if it will "stick."  I hope so, but knowing how I am, it will probably go back up to at least a 154. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Nature or choices?

So I have a dilemma.  I have committed to walk Bloomsday with my sister in May.  We haven't paid the registration yet, but we are definitely doing it.  I didn't realize it was so close . . . did you realize it's already April 9th??  I didn't . . . anyway, Bloomsday is May 5th, a Sunday.  Last year I ran the Have a Heart Run here.  It was a very small race and I wasn't overly impressed with it, but it is for a good cause, so I was planning on running it again this year, probably the 10k instead of the 5k . . .although it would be interesting to see the differences in my times.  However, the Have a Heart Run is May 4th, Saturday.  Do you see my dilemma?  Did I mention that Bloomsday is in Spokane, WA, which is at least a 5 hour drive to eastern WA. 

These are both races I want to do, and technically they are on different days.  My sister talked about driving to eastern WA on Saturday and coming back on Monday, so it would be doable.  But do I want to run a race before driving to Spokane?  I just don't know. 

Anyway, I have looked at the races I've been thinking about entering, so here's a list that I've been contemplating for the next month or so:
May 4 Have a Heart Run
May 5 Bloomsday
May 11 Run for your Mum 5K (another good cause)
May 18 Bay View Women's Run 10K
    -or-   Walk and Roll Run
June 15 Berry Dairy Days Half Marathon or 10K

I also have decided that I'd like to do a Color run, however, the Seattle one is already sold out, and the other one in WA state is in Spokane on Aug. 8th and I think we're planning on going camping sometime around that time.  (Well, there's one in Tacoma, but I don't want to go to Tacoma.) 
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I have some observations that I'd like to talk about, but some of it is "girl" talk.  However, I feel like every man in the world has a woman somewhere in their life and should be able to handle a little "girl" talk.  But if you can't, you can skip the rest.  =)

Last week I was on my period.  (I realize, after reading multiple female blogs that most women like to say something other than "period," they use terms like "monthly ick" or something along those lines, that's fine, but I'm just going to call it like it is.)  =)  I don't really notice much of a weight gain at that time of the month for me.  And if I do notice any change, my weight actually lowers the week before I start and then it goes up to "normal" while I'm on it.  With that said, I know that water is retained and all that during this time of the month, but I guess because of my experiences I don't really subscribe to the thought that you automatically gain weight while on your period.  Although, I feel that if you do gain weight it is temporary weight and should come off when your period is over.  I know other people have different views and different experiences than me.  I guess the way I mean it and should word it, is more that this is my belief for me and others have different experiences than I do.

So last week . . . I don't know what it was.  I don't know if it was that weight gain due to my period, or if it was poor food choices or both, but I felt bloated and "fatter" and just plain gross all week.  If I am perfectly honest with myself, which I am not always, it was my food choices.  I know I ate a lot of sugar last week.  I know that I drank alcohol more than I normally do.  I also know that my weight was up almost 2 lbs, which is unusual for me on a week that I am on my period, but not unusual when I eat a lot of junk.  I like to play games with myself and tell myself that it wasn't what I was eating, but actually because of natural bodily occurrences.   However, since I track my weight so faithfully, and since I have actually seen the patterns during that time of the month, I need to quit making excuses and just tell myself that I ate like crap and gained some weight because of it. 
Also, last week I just didn't feel like working out.  I didn't feel like running and I completely skipped zumba and my TRX class.  I only ran 4 out of my normal 5 days (I usually do zumba on one of my "rest" days and I didn't), I only ran 17.4 miles last week and that is the week after a record week of 30.88 miles. (Granted that week I did 2 long runs, 8 miles at the beginning of the week and 9 miles at the end.)  It's possible that running 30.88 miles in one week just made my body crave some lower mileage, kinda like a "rest week."  But it's also (and more likely) possible that what I ate not only affected my weight, but also how I felt all week. 

So . . . this week I have been drinking water (I did last week as well) and I have been eating better.  I have been craving sugar this week, but I have been trying to avoid it.  I didn't do very well on Monday (here come the excuses) because a person in my program at work graduated and we had a potluck and there was a lot of sweets brought (pastries really are my downfall).  I feel like I'm hungrier than normal this week, which really frustrates me because I am not eating any less than I have been the last several weeks.

I feel like I learned something this week from last week.  I've been so happy and proud of my weight since coming back from Disneyland.  I loved seeing that 153.8 and was thinking of the time when I'd see 14-.  I was feeling skinny and loving the way it felt, I know I have some more weight that I can lose, but it just felt good.  I'll get there again, if not this week, then soon.  I just have to move forward.  =)

Monday, April 8, 2013

Weekend recap and FMM

This weekend was kinda a bust running wise.  My sister and family came on Friday for the weekend.  I did run 4 miles, but it was on my treadmill.  I am not in love with my treadmill anymore.  It is tedious and rather boring.  (Oh what a few short months can do.) 

Then on Saturday my other sister came up to walk the Tulip Run with me.  I thought that she really wanted to do it.  I remember her asking me if we were going to do it.  I remember thinking that I wanted to run, but if she wanted to walk I would do it with her.  So I signed up knowing we would be walking the 5 miles instead of me running it.  When she got to my house it was sprinkling rain, so we drove to the location and parked.  By the time we got there, it was pouring.  We sat in the car for awhile trying to decide what to do.  We decided to flip a coin . . . heads we're doing it, tails no.  It was heads.  We both laughed and said 2 out of 3?  So she flipped it again and it was heads.  Ugh!  We got out of the car and walked maybe 10 feet and were soaked.  Finally she said, let's skip it, so I said okay.  =)  We got back in the car and drove back to Mt. Vernon.  When we got there it wasn't raining anymore so we decided to walk along the river, however, the rain started maybe 5 min after we started walking.  We finished our walk and were soaked so we went home.  We laughed about it and said that we paid $24 for some ugly tshirts (last year's were so cute).

However, the more I think about it, the more I regret my decision.  I know I wasn't going to run, I know my sister was there and REALLY didn't want to walk 5 miles in the downpour, but I just feel like maybe I should have done something different.  I have thought about it and thought that maybe I should have told her I was going to run it and she could wait for me in the car.  It would only be about 40-45 min (vs. an hour and a half walking).  But I didn't take my running gear.  I was wearing a jacket I wouldn't wear for running, and I didn't have the armband that I put my phone in while I run, nor did I have my headphones.  I suppose I could have run without the jacket (I would have froze to death at the beginning) and I could have left my phone behind (gasp! no music for 45 min??), but the truth is, I didn't even think about running it until yesterday. 

While we walked along the river we were talking about the Tulip Run.  She remembers our conversation much differently than me.  She remembers me asking her if she wanted to walk it again, and she remembers thinking that she thought I wanted to run it and she remembers not wanting to walk it but said yes anyway.  I don't know which version is right, we both have very poor memories, but whichever version was right, I wish one of us had said something about me running it.  If I had signed up to run it, I would have ran on Saturday.

After our failed Tulip Walk, we went to lunch and then got pedicures with my other sister.  My one sister went home after that and then I laid around all day with my other sister and her family and was just lazy.  I was going to hop on the treadmill, but I ended up not.  I felt like a slug, maybe it's the rain. =)


Yesterday it was pouring again.  (I don't know if you've been to western WA before, but the rain here is more of a constant drizzle, not big drops and it doesn't really pour.  Eastern WA is much, much drier and when it rains, it's really big drops.  That type of rain is unusual for western WA.)  Anyway, since I completely skipped Saturday I knew I had to run, and I didn't want to run on the treadmill.  I didn't really want to do a long run, but I kinda needed to.  I waited and waited and waited, and finally decided I just needed to go. I had waited long enough for the run that the downpour had stopped and it was the typical western WA drizzle.  I wasn't completely sure how long I was going to go for, but I just needed to get out the door.  I ended up doing 7 miles and it was a hard 7 miles for me.  However, I felt really, really good afterwards. 

It surprises me that I can forget how good I feel after a run.  Last week I seriously didn't feel like running at all.  I think I was lucky to get 17 miles in, but then I have one run and I remember why I love running.  I may not like it in the moment (sometimes I do, but not always) but the feeling afterwards is what drives me to go for another run the next day.

I got new shoes on Friday.  I love new shoes!  I could feel them gripping the pavement/sidewalk/boardwalk while I was running.  I was a little worried about the run on the boardwalk yesterday because of the slipperiness of the boards, but my new shoes gripped so well.  I could actually feel the grippiness of them.  =) 

On a side note, I started a new page on Facebook, come like me.  It's nothing special, but I might as well pimp myself out.  =) 

It is Monday, and that means Friend Makin' Monday.  =)

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TV, Movies and Me

1. If you could be a recurring star on a show that is currently on TV, which show would you choose?  I would be a zombie on Walking Dead.  =)  However, I don't think those are recurring "stars"  =) 
2. Name the movie that you are most embarrassed to admit that you love. I'm not embarrassed about any movie I love.  Sometimes I wonder why everyone doesn't love it, like Nothing to Lose, that didn't get very good reviews but my sister and I watched that a million times and I still laugh when I see it.  =)
"I'm married!"  hahaha
3. Name one show that you’ve never seen and would love to watch.  I just watched Fried Green Tomatoes for the first time a few weeks ago, which was on my list forever.  It was really, really good, now I know what the hype was all about.  =)  I can't think of any other movies right now though I know I have lots.

4. Do you ever go to movies alone?  Absolutely, I love movies and if I didn't go by myself sometimes I wouldn't go at all. 

5. If you could only watch one TV show for the next year, which show would you choose and why?  I could never choose.  I get tired of shows and am glad for a break, but maybe Walking Dead (i'm sad it's over for the season) would be up there with one I could watch a lot of.  Maybe Game of Thrones (although I haven't watched it yet this season, but I will.)

6. If you could star in one reality show, which one would it be and why?  Amazing Race!  I would LOVE to be on that show. 

7. If someone rented a billboard for you, what would it say?  I don't know . . . "you are fabulous!"??  =) 

8. Who is the most famous person with whom you have been in the same room?  Not talking about concerts or theater?  No one. . .

9. If you were chosen to be a contestant on a TV game show, which show would you want to be on?  I don't know, I don't even know what game shows are on anymore.  I haven't watched one in forever. 

10. If there was a movie being made about you, which actor would you choose to play you? Emma Stone, because Chris loves her so I think he'd really love me then.  =)  haha Or he'd never look at me the same again and always be comparing me to her . . .

Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s questions!  Don’t forget to come back and link up in the comments! 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Happy Friday

Today is a really, really windy day.  It is supposed to be stormy here all weekend, which is very depressing for me.  I get acclimated to the warmer, sunnier weather very quickly, so when it changes back to the doom and gloom of normal western WA weather I get depressed.  I don't know if it's because I grew up in eastern WA where it's much sunnier and drier, or if I just like the sun, but I get really tired of the dreary weather here really quickly.  Every year the desire to move back to eastern WA gets stronger and stronger.  I wish I had moved east when Damian was younger because now I feel tied to this area because of his friends and multiple activities.

Anyway, I was planning on running outside today, but with gusts of wind up to 38mph I think I'm going to get on my treadmill for the first time in almost a month.  I'm not looking forward to it, but this is why I got the treadmill, so I could run in the dark wind.  =) 

My sister and her family are coming into town today.  Including her ex-husband (who I happen to like).  Her son, who is 11 now, was born with both kidneys on one side of his body.  He had lots of tests and lots of dr visits when he was a baby, but both kidneys function fine, they are just located on one side.  Anyway, he has had to have yearly exams at Children's Hospital in Seattle since he was small, and this week was his yearly exam.  My sister's ex-husband came with them because . . . well, he's the father. They spent the week with my other sister down in Lynnwood (where it's closer to Seattle) and they are coming to my house to spend the weekend.  I have a tiny house, and a houseguest, so to add 4 people is a little crazy.  Oh well, it's just for a few days.

My other sister (the one from Lynnwood that I'm close friends with) is coming up tomorrow.  We are supposed to be walking the Tulip Run.  It's a 5 mile run, which I could do easily, but my sister doesn't run and wanted to do it again with me this year, so we're walking.  We did it last year as well.  I had just started running and didn't think I could run 5 miles, so I talked my sister into coming up to walk with me.  I wanted to run it this year, but I love spending time with my sister, so walking it is fine.  =)  Anyway, because of the predicted stormy weather, we talked about skipping it and going to a movie instead.  I almost feel like that would be more fun.  =)  I guess we'll see what the weather looks like tomorrow morning. 

Today I'm getting new shoes.  I'm super happy about that.  I need them so bad.  Increasing my distance last month really tore up my shoes much faster than before.  Maybe I should get another pair in a month and then I can rotate my shoes.  Oh well. 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.  I don't know if I will get on between now and Monday.  I don't normally.  =)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

A drive on Hwy 20

Yesterday we decided to go for a drive up highway 20.  We have done this drive about once a year since we moved here, which has been 5 1/2 years now, so we're pretty familiar with all the stops and sights along the way.  We were planning on driving to Diablo, which is this weird little "town" just before the road turns to go up the steep part of the mountains.  It is inhabited by employees of Seattle City Lights, and only one time that we've been there have there been signs of life.  That was last fall I think, yesterday when we got there all the houses that were inhabited a few months ago were vacant and deserted looking.  It is so odd.

Anyway, this time we pretty much stopped whenever we saw a place we thought was interesting looking.  Usually we stop once or twice along the way, but this time we stopped at least 6 times total.  I didn't get pictures of all the places we stopped (like the cool waterfall on the side of the road), but I took a bunch at the places I did think to get out my camera. =)  Here is a picture tour of our day minus a few stops.

This is at the fish hatchery.  Damian was feeding Coho salmon.  The tank behind him had Steelhead trout, which they said were going to be released into the Skagit river next week.  Every time we've stopped here the people are super friendly.
Maddox was fascinated by the water.  He tried to get in so many times.  I had to take many pictures to get this one because every time I backed away to take the picture he would try to slide down the slope to the water.  =)
He loved that "waterfall."
Damian invited a friend to go with us.  That kid is 14 and already 6'2" . . . Chris calls him Tiny.  =)
This was down a really steep embankment that I'm really lucky we didn't fall down because it only had less than a foot of shoreline before going straight into the river.  Maddox loved throwing rocks into the river.  He really, really wanted to get in the water, and the rock throwing was the only thing that stopped him from pretty much just plunging in.  I took a dozen pictures trying to get one of him throwing the rocks, but didn't get even one of him actually throwing it.
Damian's friend's family goes gold mining and he was showing D and Chris how to do it.  =)
Maddox was trying to climb this pole.  He was soooo funny, he was even making grunting sounds.  =)
Chris showed him a handstand so he was trying to copy Chris.  I showed him a somersault after this picture and then he was trying to do that. 
We went on this "hike" (on a very well maintained trail) that we had gone on the very first time we had ever been on this type of drive.  I remembered the trail being very long and being very tired and winded by the time we got to the end of it.  It wasn't long, it wasn't hard. =)  Chris said it was easy because I'm not as fat as I used to be (yes, he used the "f" word).  Maddox isn't sleeping in this picture we were touching the moss on the rocks, I didn't realize his eyes were closed or I would have taken another picture.  =)
The three of them took off and Maddox and I did our own thing, looking at the rocks and the trees and plants we passed. 
D would kill me if he knew I was sharing this picture.  They were pretty tired, D's friend was sleeping too but from my angle I couldn't get the three of them in the picture. 

We also stopped at another small community for Seattle City Lights employees (there are lots of dams on this part of the river and they mostly feed electricity to Seattle).  Chris and I went on another hike that we had never been on before and it was pretty cool.  It had some plaques with some of the history of the forest area.  This was one of those areas that I didn't think about taking pictures.  I wish I had my camera though.

Another area we stopped at was a State Park that we used to camp at.  They closed the camping portion of it a few years ago to protect the old growth forest.  We didn't do a lot of exploring at that spot because it required a pass we had to pay for.  But like I said we camped there before so we had already explored some of the trails there.  However, I would like to go back to that park and do some hiking there again, it was pretty cool several years ago.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A walk along the river

Yesterday after our night out on the town, we had to walk downtown to get our car since we took a taxi home.  It is 2 miles from our house to downtown so we took Maddox in the stroller.  However, we let him out to walk for part of the trail.  Here are some pictures from that day.  =)

Not sure who's walking who here.  =)




 I was planning on going to zumba yesterday, but I really didn't feel like doing anything.  Instead I just stayed home, I didn't even go for a run.  I felt a little guilty about it, but I didn't care that much.  I can just have it as one of my rest days. 

Originally we had planned to go out of town yesterday, but because of my big mouth and waking Maddox up after getting home from the bar Monday night we decided to go today.  So since we were planning on being gone all day, I needed to get my run done this morning.  I ran a little soon after eating and coffee, but I didn't have any problems.  I ended up going 5.21 miles today.  =)  And then we did a lot of walking around on our trip up the mountains. 

I didn't do much commenting or anything the first of April about my 100 mile goal for March . . . so I guess I will brag about it.  =)
It was supposed to be more, I was planning on running on Sunday but ended up not, so I guess maybe that dampened my pride in getting the 100 miles. 

So . . . I do a lot of posting on Facebook about wine running and my workouts.  I post a lot of those pictures with quotes on them and I know that some of my friends don't care, and may even have me blocked from their home pages. So I decided to make a page of my own about wine running.  You can find me at Running the Dream.  Come add me . . . I need followers. =)

I haven't told anyone about my blog other than Chris, but he's never read it and doesn't show any desire to.  I haven't decided if I'm going to link my blog to my FB page, I think I'm going to, so I haven't told my real-life friends about my FB page either.  (One friend knows about both, she found my blog by chance, but she's cool.)  Anyway, I may also post the cool pictures with quotes about wine, but my main focus is running. 

I am also thinking of changing my blogs name to Running the Dream.  I really, really like it.  I guess we'll see what happens . . .

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

My 9 mile run

Yesterday after work I ran 4 miles.  The miles felt very easy and I am not sore at all from my 9 mile run on Saturday.  I think taking a rest day after my long run day is a good thing.  Last week after my 8 mile run I ran 4 miles the next day and then did zumba the day after that.  I felt really drained.  This week I don't feel that way at all. 

This week is spring break for Damian.  When he was younger I would take the entire week off to spend time with him, however, when he got old enough to stay home alone I quit taking the time off.  I have missed taking the week off but don't feel it's necessary anymore.  This year I decided to take today and tomorrow off to spend time with Chris (his normal days off are Tues-Thurs) and Damian for spring break.  We were planning on doing something today, like go for a drive into the mountains or maybe go into Seattle.  However, because Chris and I had the same day off (the first time for a long time) together we decided to go out last night.  I drank . . . a lot.  Then when we got home, I was too loud and woke up Maddox.  =/ 

He didn't go back to sleep until . . . well, I don't know when.  I took him into the living room and he played while I dozed on the couch.  Finally I put Sesame Street on and he laid down with me and fell asleep.  I woke up to him on the edge of the couch so I decided to try to move back to the bedroom and he woke up again.  =/  So after an hour of fighting him in the bedroom I woke Chris and made him get up for a while. 

So instead of going out and about today, we had to walk downtown to get the car and then we all took a nap.  =)  Tomorrow we'll go on our trip. 

Yesterday I didn't talk very much about my 9 mile run because I didn't want to make my post super long.  However, there isn't a whole lot to talk about.  It was really good.  I saw on another blog (Runs for Cookies) where she posted a picture of every mile of her long run.  I thought it would be a cool post to do so I stopped at every mile and took a picture.  However, I have been thinking that maybe it's too copycat like . . . but they are good pictures, so I think I'll post them anyway.  =)

 This was at mile 1, this was a trail I used to run all the time a year ago.  I really like this trail and am happy I am able to incorporate it into my long runs.
 Mile 2, I turned right up there after the yellow sign.  =)
 Mile 3, ahead on the left  is the Christian school, and where the Fowl Fun Run started.  I really love the flowering trees. =)
  Mile 4, up ahead is a water treatment facility and it has a path that runs beside it with the Skagit river on the other side.  Before I got pregnant I used to "wog" down that trail during my lunch break.
Mile 5, this was not the picture I took when I was on my run. I know I took a picture here, I passed someone walking and then stopped and took a picture and the guy passed me, and then I had to pass him again.  However, I must have deleted it on accident at some point because I don't have that picture anymore.  The above one is facing the wrong way.

 Mile 6, this is another trail that I used to run a lot.  This is the beginning of a trail that is 2 miles long and I used to run each out and back (sorta) to make it 4 miles. 
 Mile 7, to go home I just had to turn left and it's less than half a mile.  But I decided to keep going.  Between this point and the 8 mile point I reached doneness.
 Mile 8, this is the end of the 2 mile trail . . . looking back at the trail
 Mile 9!  I walked home from here. 
 Home and exhausted.