Friday, March 31, 2017


Can you believe March is over.  Today is it . . .  I did not do great running this month, only 50 miles.  Nor did I do great with going to the gym.  Remember at the beginning of the month when I said I checked in at the gym in February 4 times but didn't go?  Well, this month I think it was more.  I'm pretty sure I checked in 5 times and walked out without actually working out.  Plus, I skipped a whole week of running, granted it was to allow my knee to feel better, but still....  This last week I only went to the gym 2 times and checked in 2 times. . . I ran 2 times, Sunday and Tuesday.

Monday I went for a 4 mile walk with my sister, Nancy.  And the rest of the week has been a little busy in the evening.  Tuesday I ran, Wednesday Maddox had his first tball practice and his parent teacher conference, yesterday I came home, cooked, packed, groomed my dog (because he needed it badly). 

Why am I posting so early today? because today we are going to Long Beach, WA. Remember this post from February?  Well, that trip was rescheduled for this weekend.  There was a lot of drama around this weekend and it turns out that one of my sisters won't be going.

On Sunday I went for a 5 mile run and I passed a speed checker.  I was surprised when I registered on it.  I've passed them many times before and I don't normally register, the only time I ever really did was when I was pushing Maddox in the jogging stroller.  I had to turn around and run by it again so I could take a picture.  =)

 Oh, and you know what else I got this week??  A draft of Damian's senior album book.  This is by far my favorite set of pictures. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

San Juan!

I booked a camping trip to the San Juan's (San Juan islands in Washington) in June, June 15-19 so a long weekend.  A couple things fall on that weekend . . . June 18th is Maddox's birthday, and Father's Day, and the San Juan half marathon.  =)

We used to go to San Juan Island every year to go camping, but it's rather pricey.  The campground is a county campground, so it's more expensive than the State campgrounds, plus, it's an island, so you have to pay a ferry to get there.  And the ferry there is expensive.  Plus, the campground is rather small, and you can't reserve more than 90 days in advance but you can reserve for up to 10 days after the initial day.  So if you're wanting to arrive on Friday, you can go reserve exactly 90 before that, but a lot of people will reserve in the middle of the week and through the weekend which makes it hard if you are only going to be there for the weekend.  Last year we were going to go for a weekend, but even though I was on the website at midnight exactly 90 days from our camping date, which was a Friday, the sites were all full. 

This year they weren't full at all.  In fact, I forgot to stay up late and did the reservations in the morning and had no problem getting our favorite site, which over looks the water.  That has never happened.  I'm wondering if people aren't thinking about summer yet because it's been so cold and rainy.  Last year it was nicer at this time of year.  Although, the dates we are going this year are earlier than we have in the past, and it may actually be still chilly and rainy.  =(

The first year we went was 2009, which was pre-blog (and pre-running).  We were invited by a friend and went as a last min thing.  It was a lot of fun, he was a scuba diver and wanted to go diving off the coast.  He rented kayaks (the pedal kind) so we could go with him and "watch his bubbles."  The morning after we got the kayaks we heard someone saying that there was a superpod of whales out.  A superpod is when more than one pod (family of whales) come together to mate, we hopped on the kayaks to see if we could find them.  We were on our way back when we found ourselves in the middle of it.  It was pretty amazing. 

In 2010 we had a different friend go with us.  He was living with us (I think) at the time and he actually went almost every year we did.  Maybe not the last and definitely not the first.  (I guess that's only 2 years.)  He probably went in 2013 though, I can't remember.

Damian is walking on a tightrope, he was pretty good.
I'm pretty sure we skipped 2011 because that was the year Maddox was born, although I know we did a bunch of stuff that summer because he was born in June and I had the rest of the summer off for maternity leave.  Actually, now that I think about it, I think we just did a lot of fishing type stuff, not camping. 
2012 was Maddox's first trip there.  He had just turned one and I had just started running.

The last year we were there, 2013, my parents and a different friend went with us.  Since then we decided it was expensive and we tried to go to different places.  Last year I said I missed San Juan so we were going to go back for a weekend, but I couldn't get a campsite for just a weekend so we ended up camping elsewhere with my parents.
I just noticed this, but our friend's head looks like it's coming
out of Damian's back.  =)

parental units
I'm excited to go back this year.  I'm excited that the half marathon falls on Maddox's birthday (the half marathon is why I booked the trip at this time).  What an amazing birthday he'll get!  Oh and Father's Day.  ; )  This campground has no showers, so either I'm gonna have to find a shower after the half marathon, or I'm going to smell pretty bad for a day or so.  =)
This post wasn't supposed to be a reminiscing post, it just kinda turned out that way.  =)   

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I missed it

Sometime at the end of February was my running anniversary.  I didn't even think of it this year.  I've been running for 5 years since February 26th.  I didn't even do anything special, just ran 3 miles.  Last year I did a whole recap of my running, but I just did a big recap of my 2016 running, and don't really feel like repeating the same post.  So if you want to read about my last 4 years of running here's last year's 4 year runiversary post and 2016's recap post, which we all know sucked. 

Last week's running was average, 18 miles.  I also did 2 weight workouts, and instead of cycle class I went for a walk with my sister.  We are walking Bloomsday in May, which is a 12k (7.45 miles) and since she has to train to get up that far in mileage she's already started.  The year that I walked with her, my first year doing it, I was surprised at how much different walking is than running.  By the end of the 7 and a half miles(ish) my feet hurt, and my hands were swollen.  Back then I figured that walking 7.45 miles would be easy because I could run more than that easily.  That's not true, it's not that I was overly tired or couldn't do it, but 7 and a half miles running takes me a little over an hour, 7 and a half miles walking takes almost twice that long, so essentially the same amount of walking as if I was running a half marathon. 

Although, the first time I walked Bloomsday I hadn't yet run a half marathon.  My longest run at that point was 11 miles, and I was running for 1 hour 47 min.  Our walking time was 2 hours and 16 min.  My longest half marathon (from this year) was 2 hours and 9 min, so walking Bloomsday took longer than 13.1 miles running.

Anyway, back to last week's running.  I ran 4 miles on Friday and 5 on Saturday.  I don't know how, or at least don't remember doing it, but at some point I entered a challenge on Mapmyrun, and I got a notification early last week that I earned $40 off a $100 purchase at UnderArmour.  I need a new gym bag because the zipper on the one I got for my birthday has completely died.  I decided to go look at gym bags on the UnderArmour website.  I got a bag, shorts (they're softball shorts, but I'm hoping they don't slide up between my thighs like all other shorts do, the reviews were good, with a couple mentioning that they don't slide), and a new sports bra.  With the $40, the shorts and the bra were free.  =)  And I got it all on Friday before my run.
Unfortunately the bag is gigantic, so I need to return it and get a smaller one.  I'm kinda bummed about that, but oh well. 
There was nothing exciting about my run on Saturday, just 5 miles.  I noticed on Instagram that a lot of the runners I follow always put their times and distance on their pictures, so I went looking for how to do that.  I found the Nike+ Run Club app, but it is another GPS tracking app.  I did download it (obviously, as you can see it from my pictures) but that means that I now have 2 tracking apps and my Garmin all monitoring my runs.  Nike and my Garmin are more accurate for distance.  Mapmyrun somehow always ends up a little ahead of my actual mileage, and it gets worse the longer the run is.  (My mapmyrun app said that I ran 26.71 miles for my full marathon 2 years ago, it really wasn't a half mile longer than 26.2 miles.)
Sunday was a beautiful day!  We haven't had much sun in rainy western Washington lately.  I heard that we've had 4 completely sunny days since October, so having the sun out was a big incentive for me to do something.  I did a bunch of yard work after grocery shopping and then forced myself to go running.  I didn't really want to, but I've gotten lazy and it was so nice, it would have been a shame to waste the weather.

I decided I was going to do another 5 miles but wanted to do a different route than my usual one.  I had an idea the week before of a route that I thought would be about 5 miles, but then ended up not doing it.  My visualized route would take me along the Skagit River, which I like to do, so I decided to try it out because it was so nice outside.  Well, it wasn't 5 miles, but ended up being over 6 miles, and I actually cut out a part of it which would have made it over 7 miles. 

When I started running I had an irritation in my knee.  Just a little "pop" like feeling, it wasn't bad, and it wasn't consistent, so I continued.  Then around mile 4 it started getting worse.  It was really bothering me.  I stopped several times to massage it and stretch it a little.  At that point I was the farthest away from home that I was going to get, and there was no point in turning around, that would have made it 8 miles, continuing the run was actually the closest beeline home (well, unless I was a bee and could fly over houses).  =)  So I continued, but I stopped and walked a few min several times. 

Well, that evening and Monday my knee felt awful.  I decided on Monday that I need to apply my lessons learned from my sprained ankle and rest my knee . . . and stretch my legs as I'm sure that's where the problem stems.  (My right leg has been really, really tight the last several months.)  This means I haven't run at all, or done any exercising, since Sunday.  I could continue to lift weights, but I'm so unmotivated by that I've been skipping it again.  And . . . if I'm honest . . . leg day is my favorite day, and I can't do that at the moment.

Yesterday and today my leg has been feeling almost completely back to normal, so I've been very tempted to go for a run.  Tuesday is, after all, my "I always run" day.  I ended up going out for drinks with a friend after work last night, so that was probably a good thing because I didn't go home and feel like I should go run. 

I have more to say, but this is getting long, so I will type another post on another day.  =)  Not that I care much, but 2 days from today is my "blogiversary," the day I started my blog 5 years ago.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Run Done, Wine Now

I have been thinking that I should write a post lately, but then I get to the page where I'm supposed to write and I have nothing in my head to talk about.

Last weekend I went to eastern Washington with my sister to go shopping with my other sister and my Mom.  My oldest sister, the one that lives in eastern WA close to my parents, ended up not going with us.  She had her reasons, and we were disappointed but not particularly surprised. 

While we were there we tried to divide our time between our parents.  Nancy, my sister, and I went for a walk with my Dad, which was really nice.   After lunch we went shopping with my Mom while my Dad watched Maddox.  I worry about my parents watching Maddox because he's so full of energy.  My Mom isn't very observant or attentive and easily gets sucked into a book or a TV show and forgets, plus her hearing isn't great (she's in denial about it) so she doesn't hear him when he leaves the room.  And my Dad doesn't have the greatest health, and all his meds make him tired, so I worry about him sitting down and falling asleep (not intentionally).  However, he decided to take Maddox out to ice cream and then to a carousel.  I think they had a great time together.  Then they joined us for dinner.

I don't care for shopping in eastern WA because I don't find as many nice things, but Nancy loves it.  She finds more stuff there than she does in Lynnwood where we normally shop.  I don't know why that is.  Maybe I'm more stylish than she is.  ; )   I didn't even find a pair of shoes that I liked, which is always disappointing.

I had planned on trying to get a run in, even if it was short, on Saturday, but because we went for a walk with my Dad, I ended up not running.  I did come home on Sunday and go for a run, a short one . . . on my treadmill.  The first time I've had it out in a year or more.  Treadmill running sucks.  I hate it.  3 miles was all I managed on Sunday.

I went to the gym on Monday and did weights, and then I got lazy again.  I didn't go on Tuesday, but I had a lot of unexpected free time on Wednesday so I went to the gym and ran on a treadmill there.  I told myself I only had to do 3 miles, so I slowed it down at 3 and then decided to go for 4 miles.  I was going up the speed a lot and do a fast 4th mile. . . well, I did a fast 4th mile for about a quarter of a mile and then slowed it down to the pace I did for the first 3 for the rest of the 4th mile.  =) 

Remember when I found my marathon glass broken in the dishwasher?  Well, the other day (maybe 2 weeks ago) I was looking at old photos and saw one of my old "Run Done, Wine Now" glass and was missing it. 
So I went online looking for a new one.  I found a website and was ordering it when it asked me if I wanted to have something engraved on the back.  Well, my old glass had my name on the back, but then I thought, what if I made this one with my marathon info on the back instead?  So I did.  And it came yesterday. =)  Just in time for Wine Wednesday.
I think the one I had before was better quality, but it's been 2 years, so it might just be that I had built it up in my head because I liked it, and it is actually the same.  I didn't buy the first one, it was a gift from my mother-in-law, so I don't know if I got it from the same place or not. 
Today I'm doing cycle class with my sister (every Thursday) and I'll try to run tomorrow and all weekend.  I skipped weights again today though.  Seriously, I have a hard time being motivated because the routine I have is old.  It would be much more motivating to have someone to do weights with, or a trainer.  =/  Oh well. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

All grown up

My February miles were not great.  I averaged 3 runs a week, and my long runs were shorter than last month (12, 5, 10, and 8 compared to 12, 9, 13, and 7).  Total mileage for February...67.5, my average weekly totals were 17 miles.  Not great, but also, eh, whatever.  I'm not currently training for anything, I was sick for half the month, and my weight went down from Feb 1 to Mar 1 (I'm not talking about it, but if you want to look at my Scale Obsession page you can see the results there . . . okay, maybe a little brag, I'm down 6 lbs from Jan 1 and 2 lbs from Feb 1).  I'm happy with that. 

I have been lazy again in going to the gym.  I haven't gone this week at all.  I always go on Monday and Tuesday, and I skipped it both days.  I have no excuse, except I didn't want to go.  My insurance reimburses me for my gym membership if I go 12 times a month, I needed to go Tuesday and Monday to go 12 times this month.  Soooo . . . I sorta went and sorta checked in, and sorta walked out right away. 

I mean, I'm healthy, I run (maybe not as much as I intend to) and I actually do go to the gym regularly.  I have had my membership since August and this is the first month I've done that. I'm making excuses, but honestly, I'm pretty okay with having done it . . . 4 times this month. 

This weekend I'm going to my parent's house in eastern Washington.  We are going over there to go birthday and Christmas clothes shopping.  My mom gets us gift cards for our birthdays and Christmas and then we go shopping with her in February.  This year it's a little late, but it will be fun.  Normally my Mom comes over here, but we were trying to include our older sister who doesn't get along with our Mom and doesn't enjoy shopping with her as much.  However, our older sister made other plans, but we're still going to go over there because it feels like forever since I've been.  And I really love my parents' house.

Tonight is cycle class with my sister.  We both still talk about our original cycle instructor, Natalie.  We really liked her, she was hard, but she made it super interesting.  The new person we have is the best we could find of really, really boring people.  Last week we did "climbs" and that was so boring.  As we left she said "Next week we're going for mileage!"  We didn't really understand, I mean, it's not like we don't cycle for 55 min every single week, last week I looked at the mileage a little before we were done and I was at 20 miles.  That seems to be a pretty good distance.  Maybe we get more miles if we go faster?  I don't know, I guess we'll see. 
Yesterday I bought new dining room chairs.  I'm super excited about them.  The only time I've had matching chairs was when I was living alone with Damian.  My sister gave me two of her chairs because she didn't need them.  So it was only 2 chairs.  Then I moved back in with Chris and of course I took the chairs, but there were three of us.  My parents gave me 2 folding chairs, so we had 4 total.  Then the folding chairs kept getting left outside and one rusted and fell apart.  Then one of the dining chairs kept getting left outside and the wood broke and the chair fell apart.  We kept Maddox in his high chair for way past the time he needed it because we had nothing else.  We stopped putting the tray on it, but then he got way too big and we had to get rid of it.  Now we mostly sit on the couch with TV trays.  When we do sit at the table we have one dining chair, one folding chair, an outside chair and a rocking chair.  It's a little ridiculous.  These chairs will be my first ever set of real chairs, there's 6 of them, 2 with arms and 4 without.  I'm feeling very grownup.  =)