Wednesday, May 30, 2012
I swam again yesterday for the first time since joining the Y. I really enjoy swimming but I need to figure out how I can get in my swim with the pool schedule. The times are a little inconvenient but I'm trying to figure it out. Today was my fault because I misread the calendar, total bummer.
Yesterday I ran 2 1/2 miles on the tm pretty slowly. I've had some nagging hamstring soreness for the past few months. It's nothing terrible but it could be if I don't watch it. I did an 11 mile trail run Saturday on the 1/2 marathon course I'll be running in 10 days. I pushed pretty hard and that may have led to the extra soreness in the hamstring. Anyways, that's why I decided to start swimming again. I plan to keep running a few miles on my run days but hope to get in some swimming to get off my legs a little.
I need to learn more about swimming etiquette as well. Yesterday when I got to the pool only one lane was open due to a class. An older gentleman was already in the lane so I asked if he minded if we split the lane and he kinda ignored me. So I figured it was ok and I jumped in and started to swim. He was kind of all over the place but it was just the two of us so I just steered around him when needed. Then another person came and she asked if we could circle swim. I agreed but I'm not sure if the old man heard or understood because he continued to swim erratically down the middle. I was also the faster of the swimmers, not that I'm speedy or anything, but put me up against some 80 year olds and I look like I'm racing. So I was having to constantly weave in and out. Then another dude wants to come in and I don't think he understood the circle swimming either because he just stayed to one side. I think it took me twice as long as it normally would but I eventually got my 1/2 mile swim in.
What do you do in that situation? I guess just put up or get out, right? Now I know to avoid that time, or any time when only 1 lane is open. Music Man is working at home for the next few weeks so I'm thinking while he's doing some work at night, after Little Man is in bed, I can run to the pool for 45 minutes. The only other time is early in the morning which means we don't eat breakfast together, which is the main meal we get to enjoy as a family. I guess I'll just do that when I have to. I can probably still swim 2-3 times a week. I love it so!
Hope you had a great weekend and a great short week! How is it already Wednesday??
Friday, May 25, 2012
1. Confession- I feel like I have no time to blog anymore and I blame it on my toddler's shortened naps and erratic sleep schedule. Truth- I am spending all my free time reading 50 Shades of Grey. It is both appalling and compelling. I find it entertaining but am totally freaked out by the fact that it's considered "Mom Porn" because I would never want my (hypothetical) daughter to be treated that way. Maybe I'm a prude, and although I am entertained, I find it about as erotic as a horror film. Wait, that makes me sound like the creepy one ;)
2. We cancelled our cable service today. I am not one of those people that never watches TV, btw. We just don't need it because we have our media center computer which gets HGTV and PBS and there's always Netflix. But coincidentally, our cable provider also provides internet and it mysteriously slowed down when our cable subscription was closed. Hmmmm...Fishy.
3. I was never one to make my bed daily; I'm just going to mess it up at the end of the day anyway. Monday I changed the sheets and have been making it ever since. I really enjoy getting in to the made bed at night and our bedroom seems so much more serene now. Then I read this: Zen in 10
4. I have been making a conscious effort not to snack mindlessly in the evening. It's my favorite time to snack but it is not doing good things for my clothes, which are too snug. Instead of snacking while reading or watching tv, I'm jumping on the elliptical. I'm going at a very easy pace but I'm not really trying to burn calories, just not consume them. Works well so far!
5. Trail run set for tomorrow, my last long one before my half in a few weeks. I'm going to try to do most of the course, about 10 or 11 miles. Hoping to avg below an 11:30 pace but the course is fairly technical in spots so I'm not counting my chickens.
happy Friday! Have a great Weekend!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The 5 am wake ups are becoming the norm so I guess I don't need to blog about it all the time, but I'm impressed with myself that I've been able to consistently get my ass out of bed that early :) Also, I've started incorporating a smoothie into my daily meal plan. I was going to make it a challenge, but as soon as I write that word I fail. So, I've just been doing it and it's going great. I didn't put any time constraints on it so if I don't choose to do it tomorrow it's not a failure.
Smoothies are a great breakfast option for me. I've been making huge ones, with tons of fruit, veggies, protein powder, and yogurt or cottage cheese. And there's enough left over to make a perfect mid morning snack. Green smoothies are pretty darn tasty. You know who else thinks so?
The pre-cooked lentils at Trader Joe's have been a favorite around here for awhile. They are a perfect topping for salads or warmed up for a grain bowl. The last few days I've been putting them on everything from salads, to tostadas, to sandwiches.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
But Music Man worked on this song of Regina's and I just love it! Every time I hear it I enjoy it more and more. Her album comes out at the end of the month and you should buy it!!!
The air conditioning was broken at the Y today. We've had nearly hundred degree temps the past few days so needles to say, it was hot. And I normally look like a beast while running so the lack of air totally amplified my beastliness. I was all red faced, with sweat flying; not pretty.
The motoactiv failed me this weekend so I may have to rescind my glowing reviews. I'm going to give it another chance because I think I was the black hole of technology on Sunday, but I was still a little annoyed. The outing was fun but a mess.
My trail runs are quickly becoming my favorite weekly run. I'm doing long trail runs since I'm training for a trail half marathon coming up in a few weeks so these are also my most relaxing runs. Because the in-laws were here visiting, Music Man and I were able to spend a few hours together up in the hills. Well, more near each other than together; he mountain biked while I ran.
We started out a bit later than I normally would so it was warmer than I prefer, but still decent weather. I started my motoactiv as soon as I started running but later started my sportstracker phone ap just in case. Glad I did because the motoactiv stopped working after the first mile. Unfortunately I didn't realize right away and wondered how I could possible be running a 14 minute mile down hill. But then my phone wasn't working correctly (sportstracker did though), I got hot, ran out of water and couldn't get in touch with Music Man. Oh, and I got stung by a bee! Poor me!!! ;)
When Music Man finally found me I was in a crap mood until I reminded myself that at least I got to get out for a long, guilt free run. Little Man and the grandparents got to enjoy some time together as did Music Man and I. And my long run days= yummy food days so I also reminded myself that I would soon have cake in my future ;)
Later that day we took a quick trip to the zoo (mistake due to the crowds and high temps.) And later had some people over for Mexican food (margaritas!!!) and to watch the eclipse. I made the pinhole projector and was so excited it actually worked! It was pretty cool to see the phases of the eclipse.
We had a pretty fantastic weekend but the in-laws had to leave on Monday (not before I got my mother in-law to cut my bangs.) Thanks Cathy!!! ;)
Also, on Friday we went to the Skirball Cultural Center to see their interactive children's Noah's Ark exhibit. The whole family was able to attend and every one of us from 2 to 70 enjoyed it. If you are in the LA area or ever visit, I totally recommend it. So much so that we became members and I can't wait to go back!
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Exercise: 6.5 very difficult miles
I think I'm going to call this week a wash in terms of running. With a fall on Tuesday and residual soreness and a tummy ache on top of everything today, I'm just feeling done. My last mile today was the only halfway decent one and that's only because I knew I was almost done. I'm taking a few days off and hitting reset.
Hooray for Thursday, I am definitely ready for the weekend. The inlaws will be in town for a few days and although we will all enjoy it, I know Little Man will be in heaven. We have a museum trip planned for tomorrow afternoon, lots of yummy meal ingredients in the fridge, and a good excuse to relax for a few days. I am really looking forward to focusing on family and not extraneous tasks.
My friends, especially the mothers, and I are constantly having the conversation about how we don't live in the moment enough. Instead of playing with our kids we are cleaning up behind them. Instead of enjoying family time we're spending hours cooking a meal. Although I love to cook and eat good food I need to remember that every once in a while it's ok to get a pizza delivered or run to In N' Out. I think having company really forces that. You don't worry about the day to day tasks, you just get to really enjoy the few moments you get together.
And speaking of moments. About this time, 7 years ago, Music Man and I were just laying eyes on each other. Well other than what we saw on the other's Match.com profiles! Yup, met online. I always tell people that I have a bad picker so I might as well let a computer try. And you know what? Totally worked. It probably helps that we didn't lie...too much ;) I'm a huge fan of Match.com but more on that another time.
Have wonderful Friday and weekend! Xo
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Exercise: 25 mins hiit elliptical & 15 mins strength, cleaning ;)
Today began with another 5am workout. Too bad Little Man was up an hour before that and I only got back to sleep 30 minutes before. I contemplated staying in bed but knew it was my only chance to workout so I got my lazy but out of bed.
After my workout I decided our master bath deserved a deep cleaning so I spent over an hour scrubbing every surface. I normally don't consider housework exercise but an hour of scrubbing grout left me a sweaty mess. Apparently I only burned about 300 calories. Not that 300 calories is chopped liver but the suckage that is grout scrubbing warrants at least a 500 calorie burn. Or enough to balance my 2 Buck chuck consumption tonight ;)
Yesterday I took Little Man and his buddy to The Wildlife Learning Center
And we had so much fun. We talked to macaws, pet alligators and made friends with a bald eagle. If you're in the area and haven't been I highly recommend the trip.
Have a great rest of your week!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Today's run is brought to you by a swollen ankle and road rash. And Tom Petty. (BTW, he mentions good, ol Reseda in this song)
Yup, I fell today. I've tripped with the jogging stroller before, even an easy fall but today was my first all out fall where I brought the stroller down with me. My fall probably wouldn't have been so calamitous had I not tried to keep the stroller from falling on its side. I fell to my side and tipped the stroller up on end. It happened so fast but I feel like my legs and arms sprawled everywhere trying to keep Little Man safe. He was TOTALLY fine, just a bit scared. I got road rash up the side of my right leg and ankle and my ankle is seriously p.o.'d. But I'm pretty sure I'll survive.
My sorrows are soon to be drowned in pulled pork. Instead of slowing me down my bum ankle is urging me to make some extra yummy food. It needs that porky protein to strengthen muscle I'm sure. I'm also pretty sure it was my ass that suggested I bake a loaf of bread yesterday ;) So I have tons of yummy meals in my future.
I prepared my pulled pork in the dutch oven so I could brown and cook in one pot. I would have used the slow cooker or crock pot if I was out of the house but I prefer the dutch oven anyway. In case you're wondering I stopped using a recipe or even measuring for my pulled pork a few years ago so I won't list a recipe but I will tell you that I mix together a rub of salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder and brown sugar and generously coat the meat and allow it to brown. Then I put in a little apple cider vinegar and water and let it cook on super low until it's ready. This time I used frozen pork chops that I wanted to use before they got frosty so it only took 2 1/2 hours. The fattier and larger cuts (I normally use leaner cuts) take longer but I just check until it's fork tender.
I still had another few miles of climbing after crushing Caballero but knew that after I reached my destination I'd have a few miles downhill before my next climb. It's the little things that keep you going. And I'm happy I completed the whole loop (8 miles total) because it made me feel pretty accomplished.
I love looking at my laps so here they are for inquiring minds ;)
All over the place but you can clearly see where the ascents and descents are. Fun stuff.
Hope you had a great weekend and are having a fabulous week!
Saturday, May 12, 2012
My wonderful husband got me an early mother's day gift. The motoactv!!! I've had a Garmin 305, I've used plenty of apps (sportstracker[my fave], map my run, endomondo and strava) but this is my favorite so far. Its touch screen is super easy to use and navigate, the map function is awesome and it's super light weight. I loved the music option as well, although it did drain my battery quite a bit extra. I haven't run with music since 2008 and I can't tell you how much I missed it! (Even though it did play J Simpson and New kids on the block, unacceptable ;)
My favorite function is knowing my splits which some of the aps and the Garmin have access to. But then they didn't have other info I was interested in. Sportstracker didn't have split or lap time so anytime I wanted to know my splits I had to calculate in my head which is no fun while running. Sportstracker was great for calling out pace, distance, avg speed. Great function, user friendly and it never lost my data which some of the other aps did.
So here are my splits, just because:
I had wanted to try for negative splits but I went out a bit fast. I'm super happy with my times though. It's amazing how a great run can really make your day.
After running I took little man on a bunch of errands. Our first stop was Costco and he freaked out when we got to the bread section. I just needed buns for a gathering we were having but he HAD to have the croissants. He kept shouting "bread, bread", and I told him that no, they were croissants, in my best heavy French accent. What he heard was "cwawsome." And proceeded to shout "cwaesome" through the store until we got to the car and I let him break into those puppies. I think he's right though, croissants are cwawesome.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
For me, running on the treadmill is so much easier than on the road. That being said I much prefer running outside for the scenery but when I just want to get a run done, can't beat the treadmill. I had fun playing with speed and incline and it was a pretty tough and sweaty run.
Even though I got a good amount of exercise today I don't feel as though my nutrition today has been on point an I was contemplating working out on the elliptical for a bit. Then I realized I was crazy because I'll be up in 8 hours to workout again. Since I started seriously considering baby #2 I also started thinking about how it was to be pregnant with Little Man. I had a very easy pregnancy, an average labor, but a less than ideal delivery. I feel like things went awry because of my pre-pregnancy weight, 211. Jeesh. There were some other issues but my weight was a constant concern throughout.
And it didn't help that I gained close to 50 pounds. Crazy! I lost all the baby weight and then some but it is very important that if I do get pregnant again I start at a healthy weight and gain a healthy amount. I'd also like to run through my pregnancy, or at least have the option to. I was told not to run last time because my doc was afraid for my joints with the added weight. I did walk 7 miles every day though.
It's hard to believe I gained so much weight while doing so much exercise. I have heard that some people just gain weight and lose it and my pregnancy weight disappeared pretty easily. But still. So along with losing a few pounds, my goal is 12 in 9 weeks (doable right?) I'm also laying off the booze and trying to eat more whole foods. Last time I didn't do anything special and got knocked up on the first try ;) So let's just hope I'm increasing my odds. Sorry if this is TMI, if you think this is bad I can happily direct you to some blogs that talk about way worse ;) The rowdy blogs are my favorite.
Hope you all have a great Friday. Happy almost weekend!
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
I got through the weekend! Little Man's birthday celebration was a lot of fun but also a ton of work.