Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The last week or so

I forgot to post last week.  Seems to be a common theme for me lately.

My mom came to town 2 weeks ago to watch Maddox for us because we had no daycare and I have no time off to take, especially since I'm trying to save all I can for vacations this summer.  Anyway, it also coincided with the Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon.  Actually, let me back up . . .

Two years ago I had my first garden, which I loved.
 And then we moved and then we moved again right during planting season, plus, with 2 moves within 6 months of each other we couldn't afford the dirt.  Anyway, this year I said we were going to have a garden again.  So when my Mom said she'd come over to watch Maddox, I asked her if she could bring my Dad's truck so we could get dirt.

My Mom decided to surprise us and got the dirt while we were at work (which was really nice because dirt places close at 5 and we didn't know how it was going to work out).  However, my Dad's truck is really big, and my Mom misjudged the distance between it and my broken car.  She hit my car, which hit my garage door. 
But we got the dirt. =)

 (Is it slave labor if you make your kids help shovel dirt?  Or is that child labor? Oh well.)  =)

The garden looks better now, but no additional pictures.  I planted some veggies this weekend, but all my seeds are 2 years old, so I don't know if they'll do very well.  I'll give it a week or two and if they don't sprout, I'll get plants. 

Last weekend (well, 2 weeks ago) was the street fair in downtown Mount Vernon.  We did a "quick" trip there with my Mom (quick being only an hour and half) and then right after lunch my Mom and I went to Lynnwood to go shopping with my sister. 
 And, do you see? in the picture of Maddox, what he's wearing?  We stopped at the running store and I got my medal from the Tulip Run.  =) 

This upcoming Sunday is Bloomsday.  Which I am registered for, but not really looking forward to it.  3 years ago I walked it with Nancy and had fun.  2 years ago I ran it for the first time.  This year, I'm not sure why I wanted to do it.  Nancy is going to Hawaii with my parents, so she, or they, won't be there.  My other sister, Barbara hasn't decided about whether or not to come to Spokane to see us.  So that pretty much leaves me with my slightly nutty aunt.  I'm not going to PR it, and I have to come back on Sunday so I can work on Monday.  =/ 

However, there is a complication in this whole thing . . . Sunday we noticed a rash like thing on Maddox's lower back.  Yesterday when I got home I noticed that he had some more sores on his lip and hand and arm.  We thought it looked like chicken pox and Chris stayed home today to take him to the dr.  I've been waiting all morning to hear what the prognosis is.  But that means that I may not be able to go to Spokane this weekend. 

Well, Chris just called and said that Maddox does not have chicken pox.  He has hand-foot-and-mouth disease.  That is also a viral infection and nothing to do but wait it out, 7-10 days.  We noticed the sores on Sunday, so I suppose 7 days is this Sunday.  However, the dr said that as long as he doesn't have a fever and is acting normal (which he has been for the whole time), he can  go to school and daycare if they are okay with it. 

Then there's the complication of a track meet on Friday.  It's a championship finale, so if Damian does well on Wednesday, he could have this meet on Friday, which means he can't go to Spokane with me . . . which means that I would be going alone. Which makes me want to go even less to hang out with my nutty aunt.  =/  And we'd have to figure out what to do with Maddox on Friday.  (We only have one car, and how would we get him from the daycare.)


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Tulip Run

The Tulip Run. . . it was a good day for a race.  Sunny, not hot, very nice.

I did not go into this race with a goal.  I thought a PR would be nice, but had pretty much told myself that was impossible.  In the first half mile I was behind a couple people, including a girl that I decided I was going to try to stay with.  I have found I always do better when I find a "pacer."  Anyway, this girl looked younger than me, and had really cute running pants on.  (Does anyone else, specifically girls notice how cute other girls' backsides are in running pants, or am I just weird??) 

Anyway, when I hit the half mile mark, my app told me I was under an 8 min/mile which really is too fast for me, but I didn't slow down much.  I wasn't winded, or having problems, so I kept going. I know better, I always start out too fast and end up losing a lot of time at the end.  I remember last year, the "home stretch" of the race I felt like I had given it everything I had and had nothing more to speed up with, and I was thinking of that, but I only slowed down a little. 

A couple miles (maybe one, maybe 2) in, the girl I was following started having wardrobe problems.  She was wearing a beanie cap (who runs in a beanie cap?) and a jacket.  She stopped to tie her jacket around her waist as it was sunny and fairly nice out.  (I can't imagine how bad that beanie cap smelled.)  I ended up passing her, but there was a guy and a girl going the same pace, so I just stayed with them, behind them both.

I don't know if I've ever mentioned it, but the Tulip Run doesn't actually run through any tulips.  It is the Tulip festival in Mount Vernon and all the tulips are in bloom, but the actual race starts and ends at the Skagit County airport (tiny) and goes through a wooded area with some well-maintained dirt trails, that are often muddy.  The girl in the front of my "pack" slowed way down on the dirt trails to stutter step through the puddles.  I've run this race enough that I gave up stutter stepping after the first year.  What's the point?  I still ended up with mud on my shoes and back of my calves.  Anyway, the guy seemed to be of the same mindset as myself, finding the least wet route but not really avoiding the mud and puddles, but he still slowed down with the girl in the front.  I finally had enough of going almost a min slower than before so sped past them both.

I started going down the wrong way at one point and the guy passed me again, but that was okay, I like pacers.  =)  Nothing much more notable from that point to the end.  I was definitely tired, but honestly didn't feel like I was dying.  Last year, when I got to the home stretch I didn't have anything left to speed up with.  This year, I didn't feel that at all.  I didn't really speed up, but it wasn't my slowest mile, that was the mile while I was following the girl through the mud.

One thing I did notice was the mileage markers that my app was telling me on my phone.  I knew I was going around an 8 and a half min mile, and doing the math in my head while running, I knew that if I could keep up the pace, I would beat my best time of 42.48 from 2 years ago.  I wasn't dying, I didn't feel like I needed to slow down, so I kept going.

And I PRed this race, and got 1st in my age group.  =)  I finished in 42.12 with an average pace of 8.26 min/mile.  However, I didn't stick around because I was spending the rest of the day with my sister, Nancy.  I didn't realize how well I had done until I got home and looked it up.  Age group winners get a medal, so this Saturday I can go to the running store in Mt. Vernon and get my medal.  =)
At the finish line with the only tulip I
saw for the "Tulip" Run.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Being faster

Again, my obsession with running faster is going to kill me.  I was looking at my best times for the Tulip Run that I'm doing this weekend.  The best I ran it was in 2014 where I ran it in 42.48, that is 8.24 min/mile.  I even got first place for my age and a medal.  Ummmm, yeah, I don't think that's going to happen this weekend.  On Tuesday I ran 3.5 (almost) miles at 8.23 min/mile, I don't think I can do that pace for another mile and a half. 

While I was writing that paragraph above, I did a search of my posts for the Tulip Run, and a post from this last summer came up. The title is #marathontraining.  I thought it was strange, so was wondering what I wrote about the Tulip Run in it.  I didn't see the Tulip Run mentioned, but it definitely made me miss my summer running and the long runs.  Especially the feeling of running a distance I've never done before.  That particular post I only ran 13 miles, but it talked about running 14 as my next long run, and I remember that feeling of scared anticipation at doing a distance that was new.  (Can I mention that I was tan last summer! I guess all those summer miles did a number on my skin.)  I definitely am going to do some longer miles this summer. 
From August 2015
I am pretty positive I'm going to do another marathon in the fall.  I would do a half marathon, but the  one I was planning on doesn't look like it is happening.  A coworker is doing the Rock and Roll half in Seattle, but I was looking at the price, and I don't think I can afford it.  Not right now.  So now I'm not sure what to do about a half marathon.  There is the Skagit Flats in September I think, that would be doable. We'll see.

In 3 weeks is Bloomsday in Spokane.  That race is 12k, or 7.46 miles.  (I wonder how they decided on that distance, it seems odd to me.)  Anyway, my best time in that race is 1.10.15, which is about 9.23 min/mile. That was in 2014 as well.  I didn't do it last year because I was starting to build my miles slowly after taking time off, because of plantar faciitis.   That time might be doable to beat.  My last three 8 mile runs were 1 hour 16 min or less (1.16, 1.15 and 1.13), however, Bloomsday has Doomsday hill along with several other hills (you can see the route vertically on the link above).  I normally choose and run flat races (on purpose) but Bloomsday is anything but flat.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Random Read

Sometimes I feel like writing, and sometimes I don't.  And then there are days like today where feel like writing but don't know what to say.  I suppose I will talk about running.  ; )

Last week I ran 21 miles, even without my long run.  I only did 6 miles last week for my "long run" because of Easter and then I ran 5 miles 3 days.  One day I got off work early and Damian had the car, so I walked to the daycare to get Maddox.  That turned out to be about 3.5 miles, which was a little more than I expected, but no big deal. 

This last Sunday I only ran 5 miles, so not a long run at all.  In fact, as I sit here right now, I only have run 8.5 miles all week.  I just didn't feel like running on Sunday.  We went grocery shopping and then went to Lowes for flowers and stuff.  What I really wanted to do was plant my flowers, but I forced myself to go for a 5 mile run, and then I planted my flowers. 
I have 4 of these planter "boxes" that I haven't used since I moved from Lynnwood (almost 10 years).  There wasn't a good spot in our first house in Mount Vernon, and last year we moved and had no money for any flowers.  Anyway, Chris only "allowed" me to buy 2 of the liners, so I have to wait to get more.  But that's okay, I'm super happy with the flowers I did get.  I noticed that a lot of the flowers I normally get weren't available so I'm wondering if I was a little early.  I've never bought flowers so early in the year, I'm usually pretty late with them.  =) 

Then yesterday I didn't want to run either. Seems to be a theme lately, but I "forced" myself to go for a short run at least.  I ran 3.5 miles, but that means I have to run today and tomorrow. =/  Saturday is the Tulip Run, so I'm doing that, and then my sister is coming up to Mt. Vernon for the afternoon, then I'm supposed to do "girl's night" with coworkers in Oak Harbor.  I don't really want to do that, but I know if I don't I'll regret it.  It's always fun and it would suck to come back on Monday and they're all talking about it and I skipped it. 

My Mom is coming into town next week because I don't have daycare for 3 days, so she's going to watch Maddox for me.  While she's here, she's going to let us borrow my dad's pickup that she's bringing over so that we can get dirt for my vegetable garden.  I'm very excited about that.  =)

It was so nice last weekend.  Thursday or Friday was in the 70's and Saturday and Sunday were almost as nice.  This week, tomorrow in fact, it's supposed to be close to 80.  I'm so looking forward to that!  I don't know if I'll get more flowers this weekend, I'd like to, but I'm not sure I'll be able to. 

I was thinking about why I have wanted to increase my distance.  I'm not training for anything right now, so there's no reason to "train" for higher mileage.  And it dawned on me that the reason I have been thinking about it so much is because over the summer I lost about 5 lbs while training for my marathon, and after my marathon I gained it back. Of course, it was the holidays and I actually gained about 10 lbs.  Thankfully I've lost the "extra" 5, but I'd like to get back to my October weight.  I know it's silly, and only 5 lbs, my clothes all still fit, although a little tighter.  Anyway, somehow I decided that running more would help me lose the weight again.   It might, but I'm not extremely happy running 5 days a week anymore. 

The other thought I have as to why I wanted to increase my distance is speed.  Like I've said before, when I was running 5 miles a day with one long run, I was at my fastest and had all of my PR's.  And I would like to be faster.  But I suppose if I was really serious about that, I'd do some speed work.  I don't know if that is going to happen though. 

I got an email today about Bloomsday saying that the deadline for registering for it is next week.  I did not realize it was so soon.  So I started looking at other races coming up and I couldn't find the half marathon in June that I was going to do.  So now I have to find a race in June, unless they are still planning it, just not have it up on their website. . .  There is a Run or Wine 5k that I may do . . . we'll see.