Thursday, July 24, 2014

This and that

I am still at my parents' house.  I plan to leave Saturday.  I was thinking maybe Friday, but yesterday there was a big storm that rolled through.  It went through fast, but it did soak the wheat, and that means they had to shut down harvest until it dries out.  That was around 3pm last night, and they aren't starting this morning until later.  No one is very happy about it, but at least the lightening didn't start a fire . . . here.  But it means that harvest will go at least an extra day.

Monday I went for a run on my Dad's treadmill.  I moved it into the living room where there is air conditioning (set on high) and did hills.  According to my marathon training I was supposed to do hill work on Tuesday, but because I didn't run over the weekend I decided to take my "official" rest day and do the hills. I have never done hill work before, and was planning on doing it on the hill that I obsessed about in March and April of 2012.  (I was looking for a link specifically about that hill and there are several so I decided not to link any of them.  If you're interested in reading about it you can go to April 2012 and I talk about it all month, from 4/2 to 4/27.)  =)

Anyway, it's not a very long hill, but I was supposed to run at a 5k or 10k pace, 4-5 times.  I set the treadmill to incline of 6 and the pace somewhere around a 8:30 min mile.  I wasn't able to go very long uphill, so they were short "hills" and the whole thing was only 1.16 miles.  I felt that was way to short of a run, so I continued running (slower, with an incline of only 1) for another 3 miles. 

Tuesday I rested.  I have been doing a lot on my feet because I've been  helping my mom with meal preparation and clean up for harvest and I think that has really been bothering my feet.  They have hurt more this week than they have for a long time. (Since before I started rolling and icing everyday and making sure I'm always wearing shoes.)  So because my feet hurt so bad I skipped Tuesday run.

Tuesday I had to go into "town" (Moses Lake) and go to an unemployment class to learn how to make my resume better.  I was told to go to that class at some point, so I was going to go to the one in Mount Vernon, however, the class was offered while I am here, so I called and asked if I could go to one over here, and they said it was okay.  It was pretty interesting and the guy that taught the class looked at my resume and offered to "redo" it for me.  I said sure, so I will call him this afternoon or tomorrow and see if I can go back in to get it.

I decided to get up early yesterday and run outside.  Or maybe I didn't get up early, but I didn't eat or drink any coffee so I could run early.  I did drink one bottle of water (which wasn't enough).  I drove to the mostly flat gravel road that I run on when I'm at my parents' and ran 5 miles, an easy out and back.  I noticed my pace was really slow, just barely under a 10 min/mile, I really think it was a combination of it being early (for me) and running on gravel.  I really think running on gravel is harder than running on a sidewalk, road, or even a hard dirt packed trail. 

I'm not sure what I'm going to do today.  Last night I decided not to run outside, so I didn't push myself this morning to get out early.  But the more I think about the treadmill, the more I dread it.  It's also pretty windy today, so outside running would suck, wind, gravel, and the heat . . .yuck!  I'll probably just run on the treadmill, maybe only 3 miles (which is what I was "supposed" to run yesterday, today is "supposed" to be 4 miles).

Here are some more pictures of my week here.  =)

The view from the top of a hill headed back to my parents' house.  Their house
is a speck on the right side of the picture.
Maddox was fascinated with watching
his pillowpet being washed and dried.
On my parents' bookshelf. =)

Maddox helping Damian mow the
Maddox was fascinated with watching
the guys who came to trim my parents'
trees.  =)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


This was an interesting weekend.  Damian always goes to eastern WA for a few weeks in the summer, usually he goes over with my sister who helps my parents out with harvest every year.  However, this year, he had a dentist appt the day after she left, so I decided to take him and stay for the weekend.  I was planning on going home yesterday, but then decided to ask my parents if my Mom wanted help with the cooking and stuff for harvest.  So I'm staying here for the week.

My Dad and Uncle (they farm together) are retiring after this year, so this is the last harvest that my family will ever be a part of.  It's sad to think about, but also overdue for my dad and uncle.  My dad is 66 and my uncle is 70, they are definitely ready for retirement.  I am sad that it's a year before Damian can officially help out with harvest (driving truck) and Maddox won't have any memories of it (or at least not good ones).
Damian driving the bankout wagon (what collects the wheat
from the combine and puts it in the truck)

I am very allergic to wheat, so I don't go into the fields very
often.  I think this is the first time in 20? years or more I've
been this close to the combine.

My cousin's son, Tobias is driving the combine this year.

Tobias, Maddox, and my dad

The view from my parents' front porch

My sister and Maddox in the truck

Emptying the wheat at the elevator
I stayed in the truck, the elevator
is the worst spot for me with my
We (Maddox and I) came over with enough clothes for a hot (90+ degrees) weekend, and now it's supposed to rain tomorrow. (Which is bad for harvest.)  I've already done 3 loads of laundry.  =)  Maddox has his moments with potty training, he flat out doesn't poop in the toilet, and that makes for a  mess that I have to clean (gross!).

I am happy that I brought my running shoes and a few shorts and shirts.  I was thinking I might run over the weekend (I didn't, too hot), but yesterday I pulled my parents treadmill into the room where the air conditioner is and did some hill work (which is what was on my schedule for today) and then ran 3 miles for a total of 4 miles.  It's cooler today, so I thought I'd go run outside, but I got up too late and already it's 10:30 and 80 degrees.  I know others run in 80 degree weather, but I'm not used to it, so I guess I will do it on the treadmill later.  (Which kinda sucks.)

I was talking to my sister about marathon training on Sunday.  I am struggling with plantar faciitis still.  It never totally went away and right before starting the training, I had upped my miles considerably (probably too fast) and aggravated it more, so now it's pretty bad.  She was telling me that maybe I should stop training and let it heal completely and then just do the marathon next year.  I  know she's right, but I don't want to.  I am in complete denial that it won't get worse and it will get better while training.  But I think she's right.  I think right now it's the worse it's ever been, which is really, really hard for me to admit.  (Not to mention that I now have it in both feet, not just one.)  Ugh, I'm super sad.  I actually want to erase that whole paragraph so I don't have to even look at it in writing, that's how in denial I am.  =(

Friday, July 18, 2014

Another weekly update

I was planning on doing so much better at writing posts regularly. And then I didn't.  My posts have been a lot of pictures lately, but I feel that is all I have right now.  I'm running, I'm eating well, I haven't gained any weight (well, except for about 5 lbs while we were camping, but that came off in less than a week). 

I am still training for the marathon I want to do in October, which is funny to think about because I am actually running less during the week than I was before I started "official" training.   

Sunday I ran 8 miles, Tuesday was 4, Wednesday was 3, yesterday was supposed to be 4 but we went to Lake Padden again and I ran the trail around the lake.  The trail is only around 2.6 miles, so I did it twice and ended up with a 5 mile run.  We have been going to this lake for many years, and every time we go, we walk around the lake.  I have never run it before yesterday. 

I am not a fan of running that trail.  It is hilly, and since it's only 2.6 miles, if I want any significant distance, I have to do it more than once, and that sucked.  The first time around felt great, the second time around I felt like I was dying.  I am used to all my hills being at the beginning of my run, by the time I am at 3 miles, I'm usually going downhill, or flat.

We went with a bunch of friends to Lake Padden.  We were there for the entire day. Damian had a dentist appt in the morning, and we went right after because it was close.  We didn't get home until 9pm last night.  It was a good day, long, but good.  =)

Today I am taking Damian to my parents house in eastern WA.  He goes over there every year for a couple weeks in the summer.  I don't know how I'm going to get my runs in while he's over there.  I shouldn't have a problem with Wed and Thursday runs because Chris will be home, but Damian watches Maddox for me Tuesday, Saturday, and for my long runs on Sunday, which will be going up this week (again).  This week I'm supposed to run 10 miles, and next week 12.  I'm worried about this week because I'll be in eastern WA, and it's been HOT there (100 degrees or so).  I hate running in the morning and have been trying to get out my door by 9:30 or 10 this summer, but over there, that will still be too late.  10 miles at 7am sounds terrible. 

I had a phone interview this week and I was really hopeful before the interview.  After the interview, not so much.  I still want the job, but there's slim hope of it becoming full-time and they want someone who knows the WAC (Washington Administrative Code) codes for foster care, and I don't.  They are supposed to call back next week to let me know if they want a second interview with me.  Oh, and the office is in Bellevue, which is a good hour and a half away.  I would only have to go to the office 2 times a week, as the job is up in my area, but still, yuck!!

Well, I should go back for my trip east.  I want to leave early so I can avoid the summer weekend traffic over the mountains.  (It gets TERRIBLE.)  I am coming back on Monday to avoid all the Sunday traffic.  I hope you all are having a good summer.  We have been, it has been busy, but it's been nice.  I am soooo far behind in reading everyone's blogs, I was taking a little time everyday to catch up, but I haven't even been on my computer for 2 days or longer.  I will catch up eventually.  =)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Marathon training

Well, not much to report today.  I am still training for a marathon at the end of October.  I'm sorta modifying two different training plans because I'd like to run 26 miles before I actually run the marathon.  I just worry that 20 miles isn't long enough.  6.2 miles seems like a long time to leave up to "chance."  ; ) 

The reason I'm combining two training plans is because I really like this one:
But when I started looked at training plans, I was going to do Hal Higdon's plan and that plan is 18 weeks and the one above is 19.  I'm glad I looked ahead, because I realized if I hadn't modified it, I'd be running 26 miles 2 weeks in a row with no taper at all.  So, I modified it a little.  The plan starts out at running 20 miles the first week, and I was running 25 (or so) miles a week, even the third week (which is where I am) is still under 25 miles, so if I had realize the plan I choose was a 19 week plan, I could have started at week 2, but I didn't. 
I've stayed pretty consistent at 145 lbs.  I'm eating okay, a few indulgences here and there, but not too horribly (we won't talk about our camping trip), I added carbs back, still limited, but it's close (right now) to 70% no carbs, which is actually more than I've had for a while.  What my issue is lately is drinking too much wine in the evening.  I think "I don't have to work tomorrow, I can have one more glass."  Problem is, I'm not working at all, so it becomes a nightly thing instead of a weekend thing. 
We are having a pretty substantial heat wave here.  (Substantial is relative for western WA.)  We haven't had a day under 70 for week, maybe 2, and the forecast for the next week is 80+.  I personally am loving this weather, and since I'm not working, I'm able to run early enough that it's not horribly hot (still around 70) and then I am enjoying Maddox's wading pool the rest of the day. =)
Yesterday we went to Lake Padden for the day.  It was a great day.  There is a trail that goes around the lake that is a little over 2.5 miles and we try to walk it every time we go there.  =)  I didn't take many pictures, but I really liked these that I did take. 


Wednesday, July 9, 2014


I was going to post on Monday, but got lazy.  Then yesterday I tried to get all my pictures from last week on my computer so I could post about last week's camping trip, but I'm having problems with that, so I didn't post yesterday.  This morning I am sitting outside in my . . . I don't know what to call it . . .

And I felt the urge to get on here whether my pictures would load to my computer or not.  =)

So much has gone on the last week, it's hard to know where to start. . .  Last week we did a last minute camping trip to Fort Ebey.  It is a very close camping ground to our house, well, "very" isn't the right word, but it's only about 45 min away.  We have a very small car and there are 4 of us, and I don't know if you've ever been camping, but you need a lot of stuff when you go camping, so we had to be very creative with our packing.
Poor Damian had a tote on his lap
the whole way.
I had no where to put my feet.
We were there from Tuesday to Friday and it was a great trip. 
We set up our tents in approved areas.  =)  (The "no tents" sign was for behind where D set up his tent, but we thought it was funny to set it up so close to the sign.)
I relaxed with my redneck wine glass, and Chris cooked . . . exactly how a camping trip should be. =)
We went hiking everyday, although the first day was the longest. 
We were really glad to see this sign to warn us not to fall.

I would really like to get a backpack carrier for Maddox, but the trails were easy and he could walk most of the time.  However, he got tired and I carried him for about half of all the hikes.

The second day we hiked to a lake and it was filled with mosquitos, so we didn't stay long.  That was actually a fairly short hike, but we were all a little worn out by the long hike we had done the day before so it was okay.

I did do some squats.  =) And was surprised to see I could squat Damian.
Damian does this plank thing with his feet up in the air.  He wanted one with the sunset behind him, but I took those on his phone so he could post it on Facebook.
Maddox was so impressed with Damian's "planks" that he decided he needed to do them too.  =)

We enjoyed the sunsets as a family.

And the fire. . .
Some of us enjoyed it so much we refused to go to bed when we were falling asleep . . . I swear, he can sleep anywhere.

All in all, it was a great trip and we had a blast.  We were so tired when we got home on Friday that we didn't do anything at all for the 4th of July.  Which is saying something, because that is Chris's favorite holiday. 

And the best news of all?? Yesterday I received this in the mail.

I am so excited I can't wait to go running today!  =)

I will try to update you more often now that I've got a routine going at home.  Although, this routine just happened yesterday and today because we've been so  busy. 

I need to get my coffee in my body and some food and water so I can run before it gets tooooo hot.  I hope you all are having a great summer!!  =)