Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Goal mileage, half marathon training, and shoes

I have a goal of an average of 100 miles every month this year.  However, I didn't make this goal until May or June, and missed the 100 mile mark for January, February, May, and June (interesting how I made this goal on the months I ran the least so far this year).  (So I guess my goal is more of 1200 miles for the year.)  The 4 months that I was under 100 miles gave me a deficit of 28.98 miles, however, my highest mileage month was April at 116.06, and that combined with March (100.55) puts me at a deficit of only 12.37.  Totally doable.  This month I have really gotten serious with my running again.  I mean, I was always serious, but I got lazy, just logging an average of 4 miles a day and calling it good.  No long runs, no speed work, nothing.  As of right now, I am at 94.7 miles for July, and considering there's 2 days left, and I plan to run both those days, I will get over 100 miles this month.  I'm hoping to do 5 today and then maybe 6 tomorrow, that put me at 105.7, which will be my second highest mileage month so far.  =)

I also NEED to remember to register for the Skagit Flats half marathon, the registration goes up August 1st and there is no guarantee I'd get a female shirt if I don't register by tomorrow. 

Speaking of my next half marathon, I have not been able to increase my mileage very well to train for it.  I'm a little worried, but I've been soooooo busy this month that even though I've gotten serious again about running, I just haven't had the weekend time to log the long runs.  I've decided that I need to increase my daily mileage to at least 5 miles and try for a 6 mile or longer run in the middle of the week, but that is hard. 

Last weekend I didn't run at all.  I ran 4 miles on Friday and then intended to run on Sunday when I got home.  However, I ended up going to our friends' house and didn't run.  This weekend I don't know if I'll be able to get a run in and then I'll likely miss a whole week of running while camping.  Mostly because there's no showers, it'll be hot, we're camping, I'm not too familiar with the area, and there's lots of hills.  I know those are all excuses, and I'll probably take my running clothes, but I'm pretty sure I won't run.  I do want to go on a couple hikes and doesn't camping burn more calories than living in your house anyway?  =)

So . . . that means that I'll have 2 weeks (oh that's scary!!) once I get back from camping to make sure I can still run 13.1 miles.  I think I'm just gonna have to get some long runs in the middle of the week.  I'm thinking at least 8 miles this week and 10 next.  eek!

I forgot to mention that I was getting new shoes yesterday.  I was so excited to get new shoes.  I have needed shoes for a month or so.  I must be really hard on shoes because my shoes only last about 3 months, or 300 miles.  That is on the low end of what I've read about how long shoes last.  Most of what I read has said 500 miles, but I get super bad shins splints after about 300.  These particular ones have about 400 miles on them, which has been why I have had progressively worse shin splints. 

Anyway, I got shoes yesterday, I don't know if I like them.  They don't feel as cushy as my last pair, but I know I don't like the Brooks that I had, so I will give these a try.  I have 2 weeks to decide (I can return them in those 2 weeks if I want). 

Monday, July 29, 2013

My weekend

On Friday I was going to wake up early and go run.  However, I ended up staying up until 11:30 Thursday night and I couldn't drag myself out of bed Friday morning.  I called my sister to see what time she was planning on picking me up and calculated that if I was really quick in getting home and getting ready I would be able to do 4 miles.  I wasn't quick in getting home and I took a little longer than planned getting ready, but I did run 4 miles.  =)  In fact, I was even able to take a 5 min shower and reapply makeup and finish packing  before my sister got to my house.  I was really happy.
We went to Winthrop, WA for the weekend.  It is in eastern WA, but still in the mountains.  Winthrop is a very small town, it is styled in an old west theme, which makes it (I think) very cute.  It is a summer tourist town, so it has a lot of shops on a strip downtown.  The weather is eastern WA weather, lots of sun and hot, but it's still in the mountains, so it also has a lot of evergreen trees.  I thought it was very interesting, it had a feel of western WA meets eastern WA. 
The pass over the mountains (well, mostly over the mountains) was breathtaking.  We were reading something at a restuarant that kinda described the reason why Highway 20 was built, and it said that it was mainly built as a scenic hwy.  Not really any reason at all.  This explains why the hwy doesn't really connect to anything.  It just kinda meanders through the mountains and eventually (6 hours later) ends up in Spokane. 

I finally decided to try out the panorama feature on my phone, and thought this picture was amazing.  =)  I know it's really small, but hopefully you can click on it and see it better. 

I loved the color of the water.  It was this blue-green and we couldn't figure out why.  Well, we finally found a sign at an overlook spot that said that the blue-green is caused by silt from the glaciers melting and it gets suspended in the water.  It is really beautiful.

 In Winthrop, right behind our hotel was a river.  We walked down there the first day and saw these plastic chairs just sitting by the water.  We tried to take a picture of us sitting in the chairs but it didn't come out very well.  And yes, I was about to tip over.  =)
 While we were browsing the stores downtown I found this summer dress.  I loved the style of it so decided to try it on.  It was the only one left in the store but it was a size small.  I decided to try it on anyway, and was surprised when it fit.  =)  You can't see it well in this particular picture, but my stomach does stick out a little.  I carried that dress around for a long while trying to decide if I should buy it or not.  My sister found a cute short dress and she decided to buy it.  So I thought I would regret not buying mine, so I did.  I'm so glad I did.  Chris loves it.  Maybe by next summer my stomach won't stick out so much and it'll be even cuter.  =)

It was a very good weekend.  =)  After Chris got off work yesterday we went and had an impromtu bbq with some friends, which was a lot of fun, but I am tired.  I don't feel like I have had a rest in forever!

I am getting tired of always being on the go every weekend.  June 28-30, I was eastern WA visiting my family.  July 5-7 I was taking Damian to baseball games in Oak Harbor for his Regional tournament.  I had a break July 12-14.  July 19-21 I was in Spokane for D's State tourney.  July 26-28 I was in Winthrop with my sister.  Next weekend, August 2-4, we're going to eastern WA to see Chris's brother who is coming over from Virginia.  Then Aug 11-18 we're camping in San Juan Island.  I'll have one weekend before Labor Day, and then after Labor day school starts.  I feel like my summer has been go-go-go.  I'm ready to STOP.  =)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

End of the rope

I don't know about you, but I have found that the longer I have this blog, the more I see the same people commenting on some of the same blogs I follow.  So I decided to check out some of the blogs of the people I see repeatedly.  I can tell you, there is a reason why some blogs have a lot of followers, these people are inspirational and good writers.  I ended up following a couple more yesterday.  My "to read blog list" is getting quite long, which isn't a good thing, because I already have problems keeping up. 

I don't know how to delete blogs from my list, and even if I did, I don't know if I would.  Some of the blogs, okay, many of them, are small, like mine, and when you go from 12 to 11, it's kinda sad.  However, a couple of my most favorite ones haven't been active in months, and I just saw one that hasn't been active in a year.  I think I would delete some of those . . . if I knew how, but those blogs aren't active, which means they aren't contributing to my long list of "waiting to read blogs" right now. 

Anyway, the very first blog I started following is Runs for Cookies (really, who doesn't read her?) and I would attribute Katie for inspiring me to start a blog (as boring as it may be) and inspiring me to find other running blogs.  The running blogs that I follow, well, they are what motivated me to continue running a year and a half ago when I started seriously running.  And if I wasn't reading any blogs, I probably would not have run any races, because, well, I'm just not the type of person that would have done that on my own . . .

Wow, I am easily distracted today.  Anyway, Katie from Runs for Cookies wrote this post last Thursday which I read yesterday (I've mentioned that I'm behind, right?) and her post shot me over to Sublurban Mama.  I really got stuck there yesterday.  Kelly is funny, she made me laugh in everything I read.  But what I really liked about her page was her "How to Lose a 100 Pounds" tab.  It was informative, and interesting, and funny. 

It also took me to a link for a calorie counter that I found very informative.  The most interesting thing I read on there was at the very end where it talks about zig zag calories.  So instead of eating around the same amount of calories every day, you vary your calories every day. 
This is a snapshot of what my calories should be.  The top part is if I do every day calories, and the bottom is if I do the zig zag calories.  I like this because I can have a couple higher calorie days and not feel guilty.  The idea behind doing this is to prevent your metabolism from "getting used to" a certain amount of food every day.  Instead you're tricking your body and it doesn't get into a "rut."  It is supposed to prevent plateaus, which is something I get into all the time (like right now). 
Another blog I read, and I'm not very happy with myself because I didn't take note of who wrote it, so I'm super sorry if it was you, talked about dealing with being at the end of your rope.  I think that it was talking mostly about the end of your rope with exercise (I can't remember exactly and I can't go back and read it because I don't know which blog it was on).  However, it resonated with me in that running affects how I react outside of running.  When you are running, and you're dead tired, but you push yourself farther, something inside of you strengthens.  That stronger part of you, it doesn't just help you run farther, it also helps you handle things outside of running better. 

A great example of this was this last weekend.  I went to Spokane to watch Damian play in his All Stars tourney.  I stayed at my aunt's house.  Pretty much most of my family are borderline (if not full-blown) hoarders (other than one sister and my mom, who isn't blood related to that side of the family)(I definitely have hoarding tendencies, but try not to).  So, this aunt, she had crap everywhere.  It was pushed to the side, so the living room seemed mostly bare, but all along the edges was boxes and crap.  Try keeping a 2 year old to the middle of the floor and not in all the very interesting stuff in boxes.  Add in that I was basically on my own in watching him.  I had 2 aunts there, but one is dealing with poor health due to not controlling her diabetes, and the other, well, she just didn't help out.  So basically I spent a weekend chasing after Maddox, I didn't sit much (not at all during D's game) and had to constantly redirect him, which wasn't happening because he just wasn't interested in real toys. 

Well, I was pretty much DONE by the time I got home on Sunday, I was at the end of my rope.  All I wanted to do was go for a run and unwind a little.  But, guess what, Chris was still working.  So  I had to find a little bit more rope to hold onto and take care of Maddox until Chris got home.  I know that most parents (at least Mom's) will say that is normal, and it is.  Even if I didn't run, I still would have had to deal with it, I still would have had to hold on to the rope until Chris got home.  BUT I think that HOW I deal with it is different.  Before I would have been super annoyed that Chris wasn't home (not his fault) and I would have yelled and just been a b**ch when he did get home.  We would have had a horrible evening because I was at the end of my rope and had to hold on longer than I wanted.  Instead, when Chris got home, I went for a run, I showered, we had dinner, and watched TV.  We didn't fight, we didn't argue, I wasn't mad at Chris for working when I wanted him home instead. 

Being a runner makes me stronger.  Being a runner gives me just a little extra rope so that I can hold on longer.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Weekend recap

Not feeling the desire to write much today, so you get bullet points, which is really the first time I've ever done that.  Sorry!

  • Skipped work (well, I had vacation time) and drove the 5+ hours to Spokane. 
  • Attended Damian's opening ceremonies for his State tournament. 
  • It was hot at 7pm over there, I'm used to "hot" being 80 in the middle of the afternoon, this was 7pm and 90+ degrees (but only 15% humidity). 
  • Went to my aunt's house, visited for a little while, drank a glass of wine and went to bed.

  • Woke up early with Maddox.
  • Went to Damian's first tournament game, where they lost 12-2.
  • Damian played great, but unfortunately his team is just not as good as the others, which was something I expected.
  • After the game, we (my two aunts, Maddox and myself, Damian went with his team) went to lunch and visited.
  • Then we went home and we all fell asleep.  I opened my eyes at 5:51pm and thought, crap, Maddox is going to be up all night (he was still sleeping).
  • Maddox went to bed at 9pm (bedtime is usually 8) and I think I quit hearing him at 10ish.
  • I went to bed about 11ish.

  • Woke up early again with Maddox.
  • Visited for a little bit and packed up my stuff.
  • Drove to Ellensburg (a town along the way home) and stopped and had lunch with my parents and sister.  (Nancy was at my parents' house for harvest and was headed home too, so my parents caravaned with her to Ellensburg to see Maddox and myself for lunch.)
  • Continued drive home.
  • Got home around 4ish (70 degrees and I was freezing, plus the humidity was high, in Spokane it was 90+ all weekend with 15% humidity, home it was 70 with 60% humidity).
  • Since I didn't run all weekend, I decided to go for a short 4 mile run.  The run felt soooooo good, that I ended up going 6.2 miles.  It was a fantastic run.  =)
  • Woke up early to go to work.  =(  Real world sucks.
  • Worked .
  • Left work to go to a "retreat" in Bellingham with coworkers.
  • After "retreat" went out to have a few drinks with an old friend who I hadn't seen in many, many years.  It was extremely nice.
  • Went home and skipped the run because I had a few drinks and didn't get home till 7pm.
  • Received texts from my sister updating me on Damian's game.  They lost (badly 21-2), but D got "player of the game" for his team.
  • Watched TV with Chris and went to bed.  =)
  • Work
  • Grocery shopping. =(
  • And later, run.  =)
I hope everyone else had a great weekend.  Mine flew by, it was a good weekend and I wish it didn't go so fast.  Damian is going to my parents' house today and will be there until the first weekend of August when Chris and I will drive over there to pick him up.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Getting out of the funk

I was scrolling down my feed to get to the beginning of the blogs I haven't read yet, and even though I thought I made progress yesterday, I'm still sooooo far behind.  =(  If you get a comment from me, I'm sorry it's so late, but sometimes there are things I want to say.  I'm trying to be more active in other's blogs (such as commenting) but it's hard when I'm more than a week behind. 


I have felt like I've been in a funk the last month or longer, maybe even 2 months or longer with my running.  I have been running, but I haven't been running as much.  I completely quit doing long runs, and I haven't done intervals in forever.  I go for a 4 mile run (sometimes 5, mostly 4) and call it good.  The end of last week I decided I needed to get out of this funk and just start running again.  I went on a long run of 8 miles on Sunday and I have been forcing myself to go running all week (not Monday, but that was a rest day).  I really didn't want to run yesterday, but I felt great after I did. 

I spent a lot of time yesterday reading August's issue of Runner's World (I've always wondered why they send the next month's issue at the beginning of this month for all magazines).  I think I might be coming out of the funk.  I was looking at an advertisement for the Las Vegas Rock n Roll marathon and 1/2 marathon and I decided I want to do that.  I don't want to do a full marathon, I'm not committed to that yet but I do want to do the half.  I won't be doing it this year, it's in November, and I just don't have the time to save up for it, but maybe next year. 

While I was thinking about that race, I decided that I want to do some bigger races (bigger as is more people).  So far I have only done local ones, and they have all been pretty small.  We don't have the funds for me to travel far for races, but I could definitely go to Seattle for a race or two.  My parents live in eastern WA along with other family members, I could definitely do races there.  So, I'm not sure that I'm very committed to do these bigger races this year, but I am thinking I will definitely start looking at them for next year.  I would LOVE to increase my race bling.  As of now, I only have one medal from my half marathon.  I want more.  I want to be one of those runners that has to buy a plaque or something to hang my medals on.  =)

There is a half marathon in the fall that I've been planning on doing and that will get me another medal.  =)  I just need to start training for it again.  I found a great training chart in Runner's World and I may try to follow it.  It will be my first official training guide.  When I was training for my previous half marathon, I just added another mile to my long run every week and didn't do anything different with my weekday runs.  This training guide has hill repeats and tempo runs among other things.  I've never done either of those . . .  I don't know if I'm disciplined enough in my running to actually follow a plan though.  I normally just run whenever I feel like it (5 days a week) and however long I feel like (4-6 miles).  Maybe following an official training program would increase my speed, although I think 2 hours and 7 min is pretty good.  =)

I think I've found my love of running again.  Now I have to wait till the end of the day to go.  =( 

This weekend (tomorrow) I am headed to Spokane for Damian's All Stars Little League State Tournament. (That's a mouth full.)  =)  I am not very hopeful that they'll make it far in the tourney, but maybe they will, I don't know.  Last year D's team went (he didn't because we already had our camping trip reserved for that week not knowing about All Stars) and they lost their first 2 games and were out.  The coach thinks they have a better team this year, so maybe.  Who knows?  Anyway, Spokane is about a 5 hour drive from here and I hate it.  I will be driving very close to my parents house, however, at the turn to go to my parents' house (which is another hour from that turn) I have to go straight and another 2 hours from there. That extra hour in the car is very painful. 

I don't know if I will be online at all this weekend, but that shouldn't make a difference anyway as I don't normally post on the weekends.  =)

Here's a super cute picture to keep you entertained.  =)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Humidity sucks

Sometimes I wish I was able to get myself out of my bed in the mornings to do my run.  I don't wish this at 5:30am when my alarm goes off, at that time, all I wish is that my alarm didn't go off and I was still sleeping, and often (more often than not) I turn my alarm off and go back to sleep for another 30-45 min.  I do wish this when I am running at 7pm and it is hot and muggy out.  =)

Yesterday was a hot day here in the PNW (Pacific Northwest).  However, in the afternoon the clouds started rolling in and the humidity skyrocketed, but it stayed hot.  That doesn't happen very often here.  Usually when the clouds come, the temperature drops, but not yesterday. 

Yesterday I went for my run and immediately realized I HATE humidity . . . well, I already knew that, but a couple weeks with low-ish humidity made me forget how really terrible it is.  I have been reading blogs about others running in the high humidity and heat and how they feel sluggish and just plain yucky, I was thinking, well, the PNW is always humid and I don't feel that way, I'm lucky.  I didn't realize that the reason I didn't feel that way is because the humidity wasn't that high, and the heat with the humidity really does affect you a lot. 

(How many times can I say humidity in one paragraph??) =)

Anyway, I went out for my shorter run (4 miles), and that route starts uphill . . . well, all my routes start uphill as I live in a hilly area and like to end my runs going downhill.  As I was getting ready to go outside I saw someone else running up the hill past my house and then someone walking, so I didn't think it would be that bad.  HA!  My legs felt HEAVY and it was an effort to get myself up that stupid hill.  The runner that I saw go by, started walking at the top of the hill (good for her for running up the hill!) and I was so tempted to start walking too, but I hadn't even been running 5 min and I have run up that hill more times than I can count.

I noticed that the clouds were building and getting darker, and I was hoping for a good rain.  About halfway through my run, I started to feel drops on my face.  Normally, I really hate running in the rain without a hat, because I don't like the rain on my face, but yesterday I was praying for some nice big drops because it was so hot.  However, those big drops were just teasing me, it sprinkled a little, barely enough to even mention, and then stopped.  While it was threatening, I was thinking about how nice the rain would feel and I was picturing myself getting home drenched in not just sweat, but rain and I was so excited.  *sigh*  That didn't happen.  It was just a tease.

I did get home drenched, but it was all sweat and no rain.  =)  I wasn't ready to go inside yet, so I did some squats with my 10lb kettlebell.  Which didn't cool me down any, no surprise.  =)

I didn't attempt to get up this morning to run.  I will just run this evening, again.  It is still warm out, the clouds are still there this morning (it did rain in the middle of the night), but it's supposed to be cooler today, not a ton, but a little cooler is better than hotter.  =) 

Has anyone seen that movie with Demi Moore, where she's a stripper, Striptease?  The reason I ask is because I use vaseline to prevent chafing.  I started using it on my arms/armpits when I wear short sleeve shirts, and it worked well.  This summer I decided I didn't want to run in capris all the time, so I tried vaseline with my shorts and it worked to prevent chafing burns on my thighs.  Well, I have to apply the vaseline pretty thickly on my legs or it doesn't work as well.  I always think of Burt Reynolds in Striptease where he slathers himself in vaseline.  =) 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Weekend update

I am so far behind on my reading of other's blogs.  I swore this weekend I would set aside some time to catch up and I didn't.  I am still on 4th of July weekend, which reminds me that I didn't talk about my 4th of July at all.  (We did a bbq with friends, the boys enjoyed blowing things up.)  =)  When I am this far behind I feel guilty about writing when I'm not caught up on reading, which is why I didn't post anything yesterday. 

Once again my weekend was jammed packed, even though I wanted it to be a lazy weekend.  Chris told me last Thursday that his schedule is going back to 4/10's which means he will no longer have Sundays off, he will have Tues-Thurs off again.  Which meant that this Sunday was his last Sunday off. 

Saturday I did manage to have a lazy day.  I laid outside and let Maddox play in the sprinkler.  I did a lot of reading and a lot of nothing, which was nice.  =)

We had already planned on going to the Highland Games here on Sunday, but then after finding out he won't have any weekend days off now, I really wanted to go to a lake somewhere and go swimming.  We decided to go to the Highland Games in the morning and a lake in the afternoon/evening.  We invited Heather (our "housemate") and her boyfriend and brother, they invited the bf's friend (all under the age of 25). 

I wanted to do a long run, so I thought I'd get up early and do it and then we could go to the Games.  However, Maddox slept in, which meant that I slept in.  I didn't get up until 8:30, and wasn't out the door for my run until 9:30.  It was already hot (I live in the Pacific Northwest, so our version of hot isn't the same as other's version of hot).  I haven't done a long run in a while, so I decided to "only" go 8 miles because I didn't know if I still had the stamina to do longer.  I think the 8 miles was perfect, it was hot, and I needed to get out of our house earlier rather than later.

We didn't get to the Games until about 11am, but it turned out to be a good thing because none of the actual "games" started until after noon.  We were glad we didn't go earlier because we probably would have left right away thinking it was lame and wondering what the point of Highland "Games" was if there were no actual "games."  =)  We ended up staying until 3pm.  Those Scottish boys in their kilts, well, let's just say it was a hot day in more than one way.  =) 
Hay bale toss

Over a 28 foot high pole

Log toss

After the Games we went up to Lake Padden with our friends.  I was a little disappointed in that trip.  It was fun, but I am almost 37 years old, hanging out with 20-somethings is not always fun.  Plus, the fact that we got there kinda late and the sun was already playing peek-a-boo with the trees, made it not as relaxing, or fun as it would have if we had been there earlier.  I ended up not swimming at all, which was my own fault.  I should have gone swimming with Damian, but I thought he would not have a good time if his Mom tagged along.  Looking back I think he would have appreciated it because the clan of 20-somethings kinda got wrapped up in themselves and didn't pay much attention to him.   Anyway, if we make it to a lake again this summer, I will do it differently.  =)

Yesterday I was going to run in the evening, but I worked later than I normally do, and by the time I got home (which was still only 5) I was worn out, so I decided not to run.  I don't have set days to run, I just take a rest day as it comes, and as long as I'm running at least 4 days (preferably 5).  This weekend I'm headed to Spokane for D's All-Stars state tournament, so no running on Saturday or Sunday, which means I'll have to get up early Friday to get a run in.

I should have run yesterday because today is supposed to be hotter.  Oh well, I will just have to wait till 7 or 8 to run.  I don't mind running that late, but I feel like I have to wait to eat dinner until after my run and I hate eating that late.  I think tonight I will try to eat before I run, which means no wine with dinner.  =/ 

By the way, thank you to Melinda and MaryFran on the comments on my last post about having another child.  I called yesterday to make an appt with my dr to take my birth control out.  =)  Hopefully it won't affect my running too much.  As MaryFran said, I am much farther along in my running now than I was when I got pregnant with Maddox.  =)   

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Passing on the love of running

I have read a couple posts, well, more than a couple, several posts, just this morning (I'm about a week behind in my reading) about parents running with their kids.  It makes me want to run with my sons, I would LOVE to pass on my love of running to them.

Sadly, even though Damian is a very active kid (have you seen all that he does? baseball, gymnastics, basketball, wrestling, and until a couple years ago, soccer) he is not interested in running with me at all.  Last summer I told him I wanted him to stay in shape over the summer.  The year before (2011) he went to my parents' house for a couple weeks (he does every year) and came back quite a bit bigger than he left.  Don't get me wrong, he was never overweight, he has always been a skinny kid, but he wasn't as skinny, most of his pants were too tight on him.  Last year I didn't want that to happen again, so I told him that he was going to start running with me.  I told him that it takes a little bit to get some endurance up, so he only had to go a mile with me at first and then we'd increase his running times.  I think he did it 2 times.  He easily could have gone much farther than a mile.  He just wasn't interested, and I wasn't going to force him, he was 13, and active, he doesn't need me to make him do it.
I didn't realize that I have no pictures of him playing basketball.  That't terrible!!
So I have another son. . . however, Maddox is only 2.  He's walking, and walking very well, he can even run, and he can jump.  But he's no where near old enough to go for a run with me.  He loves walks, he loves the outdoors.  Anytime the front door is open, he's running to it trying to escape.  But he's not old enough to go for a run with me.  So, how do I start instilling a love of running in him? 

Walking.  He loves to go on a walk.  I don't go on walks with him very often, I need to start this.

Playing running games.  We had some friends over a few weeks ago with some small kids (older than Maddox, younger than D) and I played tag with them.  Maddox didn't understand the concept, but he LOVED the running around with all the kids. 

Setting an example.  I run.  I go out almost 5 days a week (I've been slacking on this for a little while though, but it's still at least 4 days), Maddox watches me lace up my shoes.  He watches me go out the door.  He may not understand right now what I am doing, but he will.

Can you think of any other things I can do?  I would greatly appreciate any and all advice.  What is a good age to start him on short runs?  I'm thinking 5ish, but what about earlier?

On to another topic.

One of the reasons I decided I wanted another child after 12 years (D was 12 when Maddox was born) was because I've always, ALWAYS wanted a girl.  I also didn't want an "only" child.  I realized though that having a child 12 years after the last one, meant that I'd have 2 only children.  Damian was/is old enough that he will always have only child traits (that's not a bad thing), and he was raised as an only child.   And since D is 12 years older than Maddox, Maddox also will be an only child.

So, I didn't get my girl.  I now have a house of boys.  AND I have 2 only children.  I have been talking to Chris for about a year now about having another child, hopefully a girl.  Chris has really not been agreeable to this.  However, he always says "maybe, let me think about it."  Well, I decided on my birthday last October, that I'd give him a year.  I'm 36, I'm not getting younger, my eggs are aging.  If he hadn't decided by my 37th birthday, then I was going to give up the idea of having a girl. 

In fact, I've already started thinking that maybe I don't want another baby.  After all, I am 36.  If I had not had Maddox, in 4 more years I could possibly have had no kids at home.  (I do realize that young adults are staying home longer and longer, but still 6 years is close too.)  I had Maddox.  So now, I'm looking at 16 years (at least) of having a child at home.  That puts me at 52, instead of 40.  If I have another child, that's another 18 years.  I'll be 54 (actually 57 because I definitely won't have a baby before my next birthday, not to mention it took me a year to get pregnant with Maddox, so that's now 58).  My parents were grandparents at 54.  In fact, I could be a grandparent and still have a child under 18 (even if Maddox is my last child). 

So . . . what happened to bring all this up?  Well, last night Chris said "why are you still on birth control?"  I responded with "because you have been undecided."  He said he thinks I should go off of it.  So now what?  I know there are people that have babies in their 40's, I know that people are getting older and older having kids.  But do I want to be that person? 

And this may sound pathetic, but I am also wondering how that will affect my running.  I had started running a little before I got pregnant with Maddox and then completely stopped because I got so tired in my first trimester I could barely keep my head up while sitting down.  And I want to run Bloomsday next year, and who knows if I'd be able to do that pregnant. 

I don't know what to do.  Chris has taken so long to decide that I am now on the fence, but I have to decide . . . pretty much NOW.   I realize none of you can help me with this decision.  But I can't talk to Chris about it, because I would probably change his mind again and then what would I do if I decided I actually wanted another baby. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Morning run and crazy neighbors continued

Yesterday we went back to Oak Harbor for another baseball game.  I was hoping we'd win, because then we'd be done and they'd be going to the State tournament.  However, they lost, so we have to go back tonight. 

As I was driving there yesterday evening, I passed a ton of people running.  I was so jealous because I hadn't run since Saturday.  I seriously don't remember ever seeing that many runners during one drive, unless they were all together for a group or race or something. 

I decided that I needed to run today, but since we have to go back to Oak Harbor (an hour drive) and the games tend to last 3+ hours, I would have to run this morning.  Which actually I've been thinking about doing anyway (morning running) because it gets so warm here in the evening.  I realize my warm to most of the country's warm is different, but I did grow up in eastern WA where 100+ temps are common in the summer.  BUT I've never run in that kind of heat, and I've lived here for 11 years (wow! I can't believe it's been that long!!), so my body is pretty acclimated to this weather (except the rain, I hate the rain). 

Anyway, it's around 80 degrees here right now, and the hottest part of the day is still a couple hours away, so it's probably better that I ran in the morning.  However, if it wasn't for the baseball game this evening, my bed would have won the battle.  My alarm went off at 5:15am, and at first I didn't know what was making the sound.  When I finally figured out what it was, I turned it off and rolled over, then I remembered that if I didn't get up now, I would not be able to run today.  I closed my eyes and almost ignored that thought.  However, I hate going so many days without running, so I got up.  It was hard.  I think it was the hardest run I've had to force myself to do, even counting when I first started a year and a half ago.
Thanks Amanda for letting me steal your picture.  =)
Without the threat of a baseball game tomorrow, I don't know if I'll be able to force myself up in the morning.  Tomorrow is supposed to be cooler, not by much, but cooler, so I don't know if the thought of a hot run will be enough to propel me out of bed like the thought of no run does.

Remember this post about my crazy neighbors?  So this morning when I went outside to start my run, I was fiddling with my phone, setting up the mapmyrun app and turning on music when I saw my neighbor lady come out of her house.  I ducked back behind a bush, and then felt silly.  I shouldn't have to hide from my neighbors.  I HATE seeing her around.  Even though she apologized and all, she still glares at me and is just plain unpleasant for me to be around.  I can feel the hate emanating from her across our driveways.  Anyway, after deciding I was being stupid and realizing she wasn't going to leave right away I decided to just go for my run, which started out going right by her house and right behind the car she was sitting in. 

I know where she works (before the attack she talked to me some and told me) and I know that it is just down the road and just off the road we live on.  It's a straight shot.  I was hoping I could get to the intersection and turn before she passed me, which I did, but then she turned and passed me anyway (going the wrong way for her job).  I thought that was strange, but whatever and kept going.  Then halfway up the hill (for me) I see her pass me again going back towards her house.  I thought to myself that she was going home to check on her husband to make sure he wasn't going to meet me.  I continued on my slow run. (Seriously, it was a whole 30sec/mile slower than my average pace is normally.  9min/mile instead of 8:30 min/mile This is one of the reasons I don't like morning runs.)

I didn't think anything about my neighbors again until lunch time.  I go home for lunch, I started when I was breast feeding Maddox and never stopped.  So I get home and Heather, the girl who is living with us, told me that she was on my treadmill (remember I put it in the carport).  When she got off, she was folding it up and turned around and my neighbor guy was staring at her.  She said it was pretty creepy.  He started talking to her and told her that his wife ripped into him because I went running this morning, and it's an unusual time for me to go running, so obviously he was planning on meeting me.  See, I told you that's why she went home . . .

Anyway, I guess after he told Heather that, he then went on to say that Heather and him could have sex and his wife would never suspect it because she's so focused on me.  (This guy is my age and Heather is 21.)  Heather told me that she felt really, really uncomfortable.  She felt like she was 17 again and some old man was hitting on her.  The whole thing is just creepy and gross.  They obviously have problems and it pisses me off that they have to include my household in them. 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Weekend in review

I have gotten really bad at running on the weekends.  This weekend Damian started his Little League All-Stars tournament on Saturday.  The game started at 1pm, we were supposed to be there at 12, and it's at least an hour drive to where the games are played, so I had decided I would run early in the morning to get it done with.  Well . . . I didn't.  I lazed around all morning and then had to rush to get out the door in time for the game. 

D's team is pretty good.  They won, and played the hardest team in the league.  They play again this evening.  It was a really beautiful day here, sunny and warm.  But by the time we got to the last inning, Maddox was wiped out, and so was I.  Chris works Saturdays, so I was there watching Maddox by myself. 

Once we got home I decided that I could run.  It had cooled down enough and I felt the need to go.  I ended up running 6 miles, which was kind of an accident.  I went out on my 5 mile route, which starts the same as my 4 mile route, and decided to add a few extra streets.  The whole time, I was thinking I was running on my 4 mile route, so I'd end up with 5 miles.  Well, when I reached 4 miles and realized I was still quite a ways from home, I realized that I was actually going to run 6+ miles.  =) 

Chris found out on Saturday that his brother, who is in the Army and is stationed in California right now, was at their mom's house.  So he made plans with his brother for us to go up to his Mom's house and hang out yesterday.  We had to wait for their call, because they had plans for the morning, so we did a lot of weed pulling in the garden, and then I let Maddox run through a sprinkler.  We had almost given up on hearing from them when we got a call.  So we went up there late in the day and had a very late dinner.  I wasn't very happy about the lateness of everything, but Chris doesn't see his brother very often, so I just drank my wine and shut up. 

However, I didn't run.  I was doing some pretty intense gardening though, so I used that as my exercise.  Today is Damian's second All-Stars game, so there's no run in my future for today either.  =/

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

FMM - On a Wednesday =)

Chris at Wisdom, Courage, Power decided to host his own Friend Makin' Monday.  I'm so behind in my reading that I didn't see it until today.  I haven't done a FMM for a few weeks, so I thought I would do Chris's.  =)  Have an awesome day!

My Very Own 10 Random Questions

1. Did you set goals for the year? (I don’t necessarily mean weight loss or fitness goals even. Did you set out to learn to draw? complete a task? Go skydiving?) I didn't really.  I sorta decided I wanted to run more, and possibly run a half marathon.  I don't believe in New Year's resolutions, so I guess I avoid the New Year goal making craze.  If you want to change, change now, you don't need to wait till New Year's day, or Monday. . .

2. It’s the half way point of the year, how are you progressing on your goals?  I have been running more.  I have decided that I want to have an average of 100 miles per month.  I didn't reach 100 in Jan, Feb, May or June, but they are all in the 90 mile range.  So if I go a few extra miles for a few months it'll be a super easy goal to reach.  I also ran my first half marathon June 15th.

3. It’s a long weekend here in Canada and I know my American followers get the 4th off. How are you celebrating your countries birthday / Independence?  I don't know.  Chris and I talked about going to a nearby town for their logger rodeo.  We went last year with friends but they were so late that we missed most of the fun stuff.  We talked about trying to go earlier tomorrow so we can see the wood carving competition. 

4. Have you ever shot a gun? No, but I would really like to learn.  I think it's important to know how.

5. If your spouse or significant other was at work all weekend, every weekend how would you spend your time?  Funny you should ask that, Chris works weekends.  He just started getting Sundays off about a month ago.  I like to do my long run Saturday morning, then I usually lay around for awhile.  I will clean house and do some yard work.  Often I am taking Damian to some sort of sporting event.  About once a month I visit with my sister.

6. Do you have a pet that had some weird habit?  No, I don't think so.  Well, I guess my cat is super mean to certain people.  She's anti-social anyway, but Chris's good friend (who comes over often) is really, really not her favorite person.  She has attacked him for no reason more times than I can count.  One time we were away for the week and he came to our house to feed her and just check on stuff for us, and she lept off the couch, halfway across the room and attacked him, he didn't even try to pet her.  One day, he's going to need stitches.  =/

7. Would you rather go Skydiving or Bungee Jumping? (you can’t say neither)  I would love to do both, however, if I had to choose, I think I'd rather go skydiving.  That would be soooo fun!

8. What’s your favourite board game?  We don't play many board games.  We do play some other types of games when my family gets together, like Apples to Apples or Catch Phrase. 

9. Where would you like to go on a day trip? (In other words, what is exciting near you?  Deception Pass, Seattle (which we haven't done in a long, long time).  We haven't done lots of day trips because Chris and I have always had different days off.  With Chris having Sundays off now, I'd love to do more.

10. What is one thing you can’t live without?
I don't know.  My phone?  I can get online, I can read books, I can talk to people, it takes pictures. Smart phones can do almost everything now.  

Bonus. Who is your favourite person you follow on Twitter?
I have a twitter acct.  but I don't look at it hardly at all, so no one.

Go on over to Chris's page and read some more new people.  =)

If I get ambitious today, I'll write another post, although I don't have much to talk about, so I doubt it.  Tomorrow is the 4th of July, so I probably won't be back till Friday.  Have a great holiday!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Another weekend update

I haven't felt like writing anything the last couple days. I was really busy (but fun busy) over the weekend, and I guess I have just felt kinda blah since the weekend.
Friday afternoon I went to my parent's house in eastern WA. My parents had a geocaching event to go to all day Saturday, but I had already told Damian that we would go over because his girlfriend's birthday was Saturday and he wanted to surprise her. (She lives over there, which means they don't see each other much, thankfully.) I told my parents to go to their thing and I would just chill at their house.
My dad found a wading pool for Maddox to play in, and he set that up Friday for me. When I woke up Saturday morning it was cloudy and lots of thunder was going on. I was very unhappy about that. I had plans to spend the day in the wading pool sun while Maddox played in their HUGE yard. I had to take D to his girlfriend's house, which was about 45 min away (everywhere over there is at least 30 min to an hour away), around noon. Well, when I went looking for my keys to leave I couldn't find them anywhere. I saw my Mom's keys near where I had left mine, so I wondered if she had grabbed mine by mistake. I called her and, sure enough, she had my keys. I ended up having to take my Dad's pickup, which is not an extended cab, just the everyday, average farm pickup. So Maddox was in his car seat and D was in the middle seat, which made it a little crowded, but we got there.
When I got home the clouds had cleared up and it was getting hot. So I got mine and Maddox's suits on and we headed outside. Maddox wasn't very interested in the pool. Since my Dad had set it up the night before, even though there were thunder storms it was pretty warm all morning so the pool water was decently warm. I laid in it for awhile and let Maddox play in the yard. I was only in the pool for 30 min or so when I noticed that the shade was creeping up on me. I decided to move the pool to an area where there was no danger of shade all afternoon. Sadly, I couldn't move the pool without emptying it.

Once I got it to where I wanted it, I had to refill it, and that water was cold! Maddox loved helping fill the pool and probably could have stood all day pouring water in. However, I wanted the water to warm up a bit so I turned the hose off. Maddox went back to playing, and I went back to lounging. =)

My pool boy =)

My sister decided to come over for a little while, so I had to get out of the pool. Besides, my Mom had asked me to get a few things ready for our boating trip on Sunday, so I decided I should probably work on that. :-)
Damian's girlfriend was going to go boating with us on Sunday so I decided it would be easier to let her stay the night at my parents' house (it's a big house with lots of rooms, and D slept in the room next to me with the hallway door shut). I didn't have a car that would fit Maddox, D, and his girlfriend, so Barbara offered to go get them. That worked for me, and she is friends with gf
Sunday we went to Potholes (a State park that used to be sand dunes with a few connecting lakes, that over time the sand washed away so now it's a big lake) to go boating. It was the first time my Dad had his boat out for this summer and when we got in the water it wouldn't run. We were all pretty nervous, but my Dad figured out that he forgot to reconnect something, so he reconnected it, drained the water (yes, we had water in the boat, which was kinda scary) and it worked fine. =)
My Mom decided to go to church so she was going to join us afterwards. While we waited for her, we found a beachy area and set up "camp," ate lunch, and played in the water.

I loved the handprints in the sand.
Poor Maddox was SANDY!

When my Mom got there we went tubing and played in the water more.  Maddox rode in the tube for the first time (with me) and loved it, sadly I didn't have no pictures of it.  =(  We left our "camp" around 4pm, I still had to drive home, at least a 4 hour drive. 

Every year, the traffic from eastern WA to western WA gets worse in the summer.  Most of the main freeway is a 4 lane freeway and it backs up on the pass going over the mountains.  I usually try to leave very early Sunday morning to avoid most of the traffic, but because we had to go boating Sunday, I was hoping if I left late it would have blown over.  However, I think I was probably in the peak of traffic.  We went 23 miles in 1 hour and 8 min.  It was really horrible. We didn't get home until 11pm or so.
I had been planning on running while over there, at least 4 miles.  When I left on Friday (after running at home) I had 98 miles for June, so I really wanted to get over that 100 mile mark.  However, because of the timing, Maddox didn't take a nap when I wanted him to, instead he slept in the car on the way to drop off D at his gf's house, and then fell asleep around 4pm.  By then I needed to do some of the stuff my Mom asked me to do, so I didn't run at all. 
I ran yesterday and today, both about 4.5 miles.  Yesterday on the treadmill, but today I finally got out and ran outside.  I think it was cooler running outside than on the treadmill.  My treadmill is in the carport, and there is no breeze at all.  However, if I run outside there is the breeze from running and whatever other wind is blowing.  I thought my run outside was hard today, but it was slower than my treadmill runs.  I'm pretty sure it's the hills that makes it so much harder.