Friday, May 22, 2015

Insane Inflatable 5k (last weekend)

I did not mean to go a week without posting anything.  I haven't felt like I've had a lot to say, however, you all were probably waiting on the edge of your seat to hear about the Insane Inflatable 5k.  ;-)  Or not.  We had a very good weekend (last weekend).

My sister, Nancy, and I carpooled, so we didn't have to both drive.  She drove her car because it's bigger, and has better gas mileage than mine.  (Damian and Maddox went as well.)  On Friday after we got there we spent the whole evening designing and painting "matching" shirts.  It was fun.  We basically started before we even had an idea of what we were doing.  My dad suggested using his cattlebrand and some paint he had and paint that on the shirts.  We had an old sheet that we were testing it out on and then we painted.  Most of us put the brand on the back (Damian and my nephew did the front) and then we decided the front was too boring so we spent a lot of time trying to figure out a splatter technique (with spray paint).  We splattered, then we wanted to put names, so we spent more time on trying to figure out how to do our names.  We ended up with a nametag design which I loved (and you can't really see in the picture). 
A better picture of the front.

 We left early Saturday morning to go to the event and then waited around for awhile before we were scheduled to start.  I've heard lots of people say that mud runs, and other obstacle-type races are really hard, so I was totally expecting this one to be the same, hard.  But when we got there and were looking at the blow-up obstacles I didn't think it actually looked as hard as I thought it was going to be. 
The obstacles weren't hard at all.  And I was pleasantly surprised that my oldest sister, Barbara did all the obstacles.  She (and her family and ex-husband) didn't do all the walking, but she did way more than I expected. 
At the starting line (my favorite picture of the day is the top right)
 After we were done, we went to a park and ate lunch.  It was a very sunny day (thankfully) but there was quite a wind at times, so it wasn't too hot, for the most part. 

All in all, it was a very fun event and we want to do it again next year.  I would have like to run it with Damian (he took off close to the beginning) but I didn't want to leave my sister Nancy by herself.  I'm glad I walked with her, but I really wished she ran so we could do these types of things as runners rather than walkers.  :-)
 
We are not doing anything this weekend.  Chris works (as always on weekends) so I will just be spending the 3-day weekend at home, hopefully with a lot of wine and a book.  :-)  I really hope the weather report is wrong and it clears up and is sunny, but today it looks like it's not going to.  Yesterday was 75 here, and that is perfect, but today is cloudy and much colder.  Sometimes I really hate western WA. 
 


Thursday, May 14, 2015

It's getting better

Have I mentioned that I am doing "Insane Inflatable 5k" this weekend?  Seriously, go check it out, it's a little crazy. 
My sister, Barbara, found it (in eastern WA) and brought up that it would be fun to do.  Her son wanted to do it, and then her daughter decided she did, and her ex-husband.  She knows I run, so she invited my other sister and I and anyone of our families to do it as well.  My sister, Nancy, and I and Damian are all going over there tomorrow (well, Maddox too, but he's too small to do it).  It looks like it will be fun, and really hard, so I'm a little intimidated by it. 

My sisters and I, Nancy is on the left, me, Barbara, and then
Tami (who lives in N. Carolina and won't be doing this). This
was taken just a few weeks ago after my aunt's funeral.
Yesterday Damian had a parent meeting for his summer baseball league that he wants to do, so Chris and I went to that.  Since we moved back to Mt. Vernon, I've mentioned several times that I want to go to the library.  I listen to a lot of audiobooks and have been craving reading an actual book.  The meeting we were going to was passed the library and Chris asked if I had gone, when I said no, he asked if I wanted to stop on the way home.  So we did.  Just being in the library and reading dust jackets made me so happy and excited to be reading a book.  I couldn't wait to get home to read something.  :-)  I made myself a salad for dinner and then just sat and read while I ate (it was leftover night and I had leftover steak in my salad, yum!!).  Then I went outside and read, and then I took a bath and read, it was heavenly.  ;-)

It seems that the end of April and even into the first week of May I wasn't eating very well.  I felt sluggish and bloated and just not my "skinny" self.  I had recently bought a new water cup for work ($1 area at Target) and have been using that instead of my old water bottle.  I think the difference in size and having to drink through a straw had made me start drinking less water during the day.  So I decided that I needed to increase my water again and I started keeping track on my cup.
And it seems to be working.  I feel much better this week.  Plus, I'm eating better, less crap, and more good stuff.  I avoided getting on the scale all last week, I think it was a fluke that my weight was so low on the 1st of May (I forgot to update that on here, I'll have to do that when I finish).  Yesterday it was in the 146 range, and today was a little more (147ish).  But even if it's higher than it was at the beginning of April (144.8) I feel so much better this week than I have for 3 or so weeks. 

I really think it was the stress of moving that hurt me at the end of last month.  I was eating a lot of fast food and just plain crap because we didn't have much ability to cook (at least the last week of April and into the first days of May). April was just a hard month.  Car problems, having to move, not completely sure I wanted to move to where we were moving to, just a lot of stuff going on all at once. 

Right now I feel so much better. I really do love the house we landed in, even if the kitchen is tiny (I'll have to take a picture for you, it's seriously tiny.)  But the rest of the house is very nice, and I love the neighborhood, and the deck outside.  Plus, I never felt settled in the Burlington house, we moved there because we HAD to, and even though we loved the house, we always knew it was temporary, even if it was a year or 2 years, it was temporary, this house is somewhere I feel we can stay awhile.  It doesn't have that "temporary feel."  We are back in Mt. Vernon and I don't need to worry about Damian's school (we never did tell the school district we were in a different town, we just hoped they didn't find out). 

Even the library was a worry to me.  I didn't want to go to a new one, and I didn't want my old one to find out we were in a different town.  Now I'm back in Mt. Vernon, I just feel less on edge and it's good. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

One of the blogs I read often links back to his blogs from a year before.  So I decided to go look at May 2014 in my blog.  I didn't write on May 11, 2014, but reading what I did over Mother's Day and about my garden made me smile.  I did pretty much the same things yesterday that I did a year ago, although I'm in a different house than I was.  And the garden part made me sad.  I still have my planter boxes, but no seedlings this year, and no dirt.  And I don't think I'll be getting the dirt.  :-(  With having just moved and then our car problems from a couple weeks ago, I just don't think we can afford the expense right now.  I'm super bummed because I LOVED having the garden last year, and learned a lot from it.  Although, with our new place I'll have to learn about the sun and what grows best. 

I am also sad about losing the house we had lived in.  While it had a lot of problems, the biggest being a mold problem, I really did love the outside space I made, and I miss knowing that it was ours, rather than rented. 

On Saturday the weather was gorgeous.  I woke up at 5am, and decided to just get up.  I had coffee and was watching some TV and decided to work on unpacking my house.  I arranged the living room and cleaned off the table in the kitchen.  It is soooo much nicer now.  And I did all that before my hair appt at 11.  I spent the afternoon outside enjoying the sun.  I did go for a 4 mile run, but then was noticing the runner tan lines I'm already forming, so decided to go to our backyard and sunbathe a little (with sunscreen) to try to conteract the runner lines, which I hate. 
I just got two new bathing suits from Sammy Dress which I love.  However, the sizes run quite small so even though I got a large, the bottoms to one of the suits is too small, like really too small, luckily the bottoms I got for the second one match the top to the first one okay.  :-)

In the evening our neighbor and friend invited us over to watch a movie on their outdoor screen.  They borrowed Transformers from us, so they kinda had to invite us over.  :-)  But it was really fun.  The day on Saturday was beautiful and so warm.  It was perfect for an outdoor movie. 
I was expecting Sunday to be just as nice so I was really disappointed that the clouds had come in.  They were really high clouds (I'm sure there's a name for them) so it wasn't stormy, but it was definitely cooler and windier than Saturday. 

Damian made me breakfast and then I was going to go for a run.  It was so hard to get myself out the door.  Like I've said many times, Mt. Vernon is much hillier than Burlington (where we just moved from) so the 6 months I spent running in Burlington was all flat, now when I run I have to run up hill, unless I drive somewhere, and I don't like doing that.  This means that my legs (thighs and hips mostly) have been a little achey which made it that much harder to go for a run.  I just didn't feel like it, and knowing that I had 6 miles planned, and knowing that none of it would be flat. . .  well, it was just hard to leave. 

Last summer I was running with the jogging stroller to the park to let Maddox play for a little bit and then back home.  Yesterday on my run I ran through that park and couldn't imagine running with the stroller right now.  It is all uphill to that park, even if some of it is a slight uphill, it is still uphill. And then, as weird as it sounds, it is uphill when you leave that park as well, it flattens out and then the end of the run is downhill (which is why I do it that way) but I just feel like the uphills outweigh the downhills. 

Chris and Damian made me dinner last night and then we had a very small fire.  And then I took a bath.  One thing that I definitely don't miss about our old home (the one that we lost, not the most recent one) is the water heater, which wasn't big enough to fill the bathtub with hot water.  The place in Burlington had a great bathtub, plus enough hot water to fill it.  This new place has enough hot water, but the bathtub is rather shallow, which sucks.  I had gotten into the habit in Burlington to take a bath at least once a week (I really do love baths) and probably had more there in the 6 months we were there than I did in the 6 years we lived in the other house.  I'm not quite willing to give up my bathtime yet, so I'm suffering through a much shallower bathtub. 
Damian and Maddox gave me a necklace that I saw in Walmart a few days ago and pointed out to Damian.  It's an infinity symbol with "mom" written in it.  I really, really like it. 



Thursday, May 7, 2015

Move and Have a Heart Run

I wrote this yesterday but was trying to add some pictures of our move, but I couldn't get them, so you're stuck with whatever I was able to get on.  :-)
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It's been a week since I last posted on here, but what a week it has been!  We moved.  We officially left our house in Burlington and moved back to Mount Vernon, just a few blocks from where we just moved from 6 months ago.  It was a crazy busy weekend for us and our new house is still so full of boxes, it's not even funny.  I'm so sick of boxes.  I wish I could take this week off and just unpack, but unfortunately I don't have the ability to do that. 

My parents came over to watch Damian play baseball and helped us move.  They helped a lot and I can't express my gratitude to them enough.  We are really going to like our new house.  As much as we loved our old place, loved the quiet and the dead end street, this house was remodeled 3 years ago and only had one tenant since.  There are 2 families with 4 kids each, so there are lots of kids everywhere, and Maddox fits right in.  Damian's best friend is 2 blocks over and has been at our house everyday this week, and they are building a treehouse/fort in the backyard. 

I have discovered as I've gotten older that I am not a very social person.  I enjoy friends, but not everyday in my house.  The "gang" of kids that is in our neighborhood drives me crazy, even though they are good kids.  I just don't want them constantly at our house, and right now, we are the exciting "new" neighbors.  We've actually known both families and have been friends with them for many years, we just haven't hung out a lot, especially in the last 6 months because we were away from the neighborhood.  But when I get home, I want peace, I want quiet, I want my run and then my glass of wine.  I am not currently getting that, I am getting my run, but then I have a messy (extremely messy) house so sitting in it is not peaceful or very relaxing.  So the other day I decided to go outside and enjoy our new deck, but then we had the "gang" of kids come in the backyard and they were all over me.  I don't want to be the "mean lady next door" but I seriously just want them out of my yard! 

I'm sure the longer we are there, the less exciting we will be, and they won't be over as often, but right now . . . right now I get frustrated.  Last night I came home, went for  run, took a shower and then was sitting inside while Chris was outside with Maddox and the neighbor girls (just 2 of them).  I went outside for a min and Chris decided he needed to show the girls' father (our really great friend that has helped us more than a million times, he was the one that helped me with my car a few weeks ago, and the one that found this house for us) something inside.  I thought they'd be quick, so I was outside with the girls and Maddox, and then they were inside forEVER (it was probably 15 min).  When did I get so grumpy?  I've never been very social, but I've always loved kids.  I did get some great pictures with them, though.  :-)


 Rant over . . . I think.

I forgot, I also did the Have a Heart Run on Saturday.  I met a coworker who had signed up forever ago with a friend of hers.  They did the 5k while I did the 10k.  This 10K was the first one I've done since the Fowl Fun Run in 2012, which was my first and only 10k.  I am calling the Have a Heart 10K a PR, even though the results page lists me 1 sec over the Fowl Fun Run time.  The reason I am calling it a PR is because I pushed my button as I crossed the start line, and the official time started with the "gun" (there was no real gun) and not when each person crosses the start because there were no mats.  I feel that my time is more accurate than the "official" time, so I'm going with it.  :-)

It was a really pretty run.  It went along the Skagit River (a different part of it than what I have been running by) and then through some farmland, which I love.  I love, love looking around as I'm running, so running a pretty route through an area of the Skagit Valley I've never been to, was perfect. 

I was following one guy, and we were going way too fast for a 6 mile run for me (about 8:45 min/mile), so I slowed down.  He slowed down more and I passed him.  Then I was behind a couple of guys going about a 9:10 min/mile and I thought that might be too fast for me (my 7 mile run the weekend before was around 9:21 min/mile) but I didn't want to slow down again so I stayed with them.  Then they slowed down so I passed them.  I had steadily been getting a little slower each mile so at mile 4 I sped up so I wouldn't have positive splits (where each mile gets slower).  However, mile 5 ended up being my slowest mile, but mile 6 was my second fastest (after the first mile, which really was too fast).  I didn't finish feeling like I had nothing left, like I did at the Tulip Run, so I think I could have pushed myself a little bit more.  But overall, I felt good about the race.  I was thinking that since this is such a small race  I had a chance to be 1st in my age group.  Sadly I was 2nd (2nd place didn't get anything) and I was behind that person by 5 min.  Oh well.  :-)
One awesome thing was that my parents came to the race.  They tried to make it to the start, but they were about 30 secs too late.  They were walking to the start line as we started.  Then, since I was going to be running about an hour, my dad went back to his pickup to take a nap, and sadly he didn't see me cross the finish line.  My mom was there though, so that was nice.  :-)  I heard her yell my name as I came up to the finish line.  I felt really bad for my dad because I think he was more interested in it than my mom.  He's always expressed interest in my running, and has talked about how cool it would be for me to run the Boston Marathon (I told him that likely would never happen).  My mom has been visiting in the past while I did races and has never gone to the race to cheer me on, so I'm pretty sure it was my dad's influence on her coming.  Don't get me wrong, my mom is supportive, just not the same as my dad.  When I do a marathon, I'd really like my dad to be there, which is one reason (not a big reason) why I want to do it in the Tri-Cities, it's close(ish) to their house.