And a running we went…

September 21, 2014 at 9:38 pm (Running) (, , , )

Little girl and I ran the Aloha 5k in San Francisco yesterday, and it was lovely. Chrissy Park at the Presidio was a great place to run, and while the double-back on the race was confusing, it was great.

I was really not feeling well, and ran less than .2 miles of the race, but I still finished in less than 55 minutes, and that was with pushing 50 pounds of weight (LO and stroller). Not bad considering every time I started to jog I would start coughing.

After that, I got to pick up Hubs from the airport, and we spent the evening with my in-laws. What I great weekend!

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Not another one….

September 12, 2014 at 11:25 pm (life, Running) (, , , , )

Just to recap my last post, I am going to do 10 races in 1 year, May 2014 to May 2015. So far I have ran 5 (4 5k’s, 1 10k) and have 3 more 5’s scheduled.

Let’s make that 4 more scheduled.

Part of me realized that I didn’t have a race scheduled from the first weekend of September through the first weekend in October, and that just felt too long, so I scheduled one for next weekend, the same day that Hubs gets back from his week-long trip to Orlando.

My plan is to get up, go to San Francisco to race, hang out at the post-party, and then go pick up Hubs from the SFO airport. From there, we will be going down to the In-Laws to celebrate Hubs’ and his sister’s birthdays (Twins).

Yup, I’m a little nuts.

Nope, not going to feel even a pinch of sadness. This is going to be just what I need after a week of solo-parenting our toddler.

Anybody else just a little addicted to something?

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Run Baby Run

September 7, 2014 at 9:29 pm (Intro) (, , )

So in April, I had this crazy idea that I wanted to run a 5k in May, so I found one that would be two days before my birthday, just before Mother’s Day. What made this such a crazy idea?

~ I have never been a runner, ever.

~ I am overweight by more pounds than I am comfortable admitting.

~ I’ve broken my right foot twice, stress fractures both times.

~ I don’t like running.

 

But I did the race, and it was fun, even though I was so so so sore after.  And this sparked an even crazier idea, that I wanted to do 10 of these races before my next birthday.  So I’ve been signing up for these races, and this is where I am so far:

1) Mother’s Day Run – El Sobrante – 5k – May 11, 2014 – Ran with Hubs

2) Run Like  a Diva – Burlingame –  5k – June 1, 2014 – Ran with my mom

3) Davis Moo-nlight Run – Davis – 10k – July 12, 2014 – Ran with a friend and her running club

4) Susan B Anthony Run – Sacramento – 5k – August 9, 2014 – Ran solo

5) Walnut Creek Run – Walnut Creek – 5k – September 7, 2014 – Ran with Hubs, pushed LO in the stroller

Future Races

6) Rock’n’Roll Run – San Jose – 5k – October 4, 2014 – Will run solo

7) Oktobrewfest – Davis – 5k – Will run with friend

8) Not yet planned

9) Not yet planned

10) Neverland 5k – Disneyland!!! – 5k – Will run with hubs, sis-in-law, and future bro-in-law

 

At the halfway point, I have determined that 10k’s are well beyond me. I had to pull over to be sick twice after the Davis run, so we won’t be repeating that.  The Run Like a Diva series is an absolute blast and I want to do it again.  My times aren’t getting much better, but I am also not training, so there’s a correlation there.

If you know of any races in November through April that you think I might like, let me know!  I’m willing to travel around the Bay Area, and don’t mind running solo. Also, we’re planning on the Disney race being race 10, but at this pace it could be race 12 or even 14, which is kinda awesome.  

Here’s our band of merry races from the Walnut Run today.100_2607

And our happy little runner who stayed in her stroller for the run, but was out and about before and after.100_2610

All in all, I still don’t like running, but doing these races is a lot of fun.

 

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Hello Mommy

September 5, 2014 at 2:05 pm (family, life, toddler)

I know it’s been something like a year and a half since I have posted, and that probably nobody will ready this, and that’s okay.

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I’ve been thinking about parenting a lot. My little A is over 20 months, and we are already planning her second birthday party. No idea where that time has gone. Work is intense, with jobs lost and gained since I typed here last, and so many life changes. and that’s okay.

Here’s what’s on my heart right now.

The change from Momma to Mommy is sweet, but so sad as you realize it means that your little one is growing up.

For the Mom who sits on the train looking as though she’d pay the moon for a little more rest, it won’t last forever.

For the Daddy who has a toddler who only wants Mom when you are together, she’ll get over it, and be back to Daddy’s little girl soon.

For the parents who are dealing with a tantrum, followed by tears, and then another tantrum, you aren’t doing this wrong. It’s all a part of the age.

For the house that full of toys and discarded newspaper, and lots of laughs and giggles, it’s worth it.

For the thought that you can’t remember the last time you got more than 4-5 hours of sleep without an interruption, sleep will come.

For the toddler who wakes up screaming in the middle of the night, scared of the dark, Mommy and Daddy will always be there for you.

For the employers who overlook a lot of tired days and toddler stories, the littles do grow up.

It’s the realizing that “Choo” means “Shoe” and “Scheez” is “Cheese”, that “Goo” is “Goose” and “I Goo” means your toddler hears you when you tease and call her a goose, and is teasing you right back. It’s the 2 a.m. tears that calm when you cuddle. It’s the laughs and squeals and running the other way that show that your little girl isn’t such a baby anymore.

And it’s the dawning thought that this isn’t going to last forever, that this is flying by, and there’s nothing you would rather do more than love.

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