Monday, October 22, 2012

Awesome day today!

Things started out pretty hectic - hubby missed his bus so he took the car.  Problem is, Monday is my BUSIEST day!  After I walked Colin to school (in the RAIN I might add) I had to get Susie to her gymnastics within 30 minutes.  YIKES!  So I dropped him off and then hauled cookies to her lesson.  So I ended up with an unplanned 4 mile run today!  Most of it was downhill - which is surprisingly difficult to do for long distances!  There were a few uphill doozies!  PHEW!  It was a good, unexpected workout!  I was a little late getting her to class but not too bad!  Then I went back to pick Colin up from school, fed them lunch, and headed out for Colin's lesson.  Thank God gymnastics are almost over!  Anyway, I picked up Pete on his lunch break.  We dropped Colin off at his lesson and Susie off at the gym's daycare - and then Pete and I lifted weights together!  It was SO GREAT to workout together!  The only thing that tore my heart out was that Susie was crying when I went back for her.  I guess another kid had a snack and she was very upset that she didn't have one.  Note to self, pack Susie a snack next time! HA!

I've been eating really well today!  I only went over 1 points, but since my weight watcher's pedometer says I earned 21 points today, I'm not going to fret about it!  I may even have some sort of dessert.  No clue what - but I'm jonesing for something sweet!

Tomorrow I have a 4.5 or 5 mile run planned.  Hopefully I'm not too sore to do it!  I'm actually looking forward to it.  I'm not sure what happened, but it's like a switch flipped because now I really REALLY look forward to running!  I actually enjoy myself now!  How cool is that?  I'm really looking forward to my 10k on Thanksgiving!  I suspect it is not going to be as hard as my last one.  Don't get me wrong- it will be hard, but I feel MUCH more prepared for this one!!

Thanks for reading - if anyone is even still out there!  I hope you are!  :-)  -Monica

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Another great run!

     Today we kept it on the short side since we did the 4 mile run on Tuesday, so we only did 2 miles.  It was GREAT!  My legs were still a little sore from Tuesday but it wasn't too bad!  The weather was PERFECT!  It was actually a bit on the chilly side, I think I may have to look into saving up for some cooler weather running clothes, namely a wicking jacket!
     Now that I have that rain/wind cover for the jogging stroller, Susie really seems to enjoy our runs!  I think the wind protection is what she really appreciates.  Every time I put it over the top of the jogger, she laughs!  Today she was a little mad because I forgot to bring her apple slices.  She is SO fond of apples!  I usually give her two apples, peeled and cut into slices - and she snacks on them during the run.  She was rather vocal about me not remembering them today!  I won't forget next time!!
     Today was Colin's first school picture day!  He was SO excited - and he looked SO handsome!  I was a little surprised that most kids were not dressed any differently than a usual day!  Hey - if I'm paying that much money for school pictures, he is going to look his best!  Tomorrow is his Jog a thon - he is SO excited!  It's a fundraiser for his school.  He has to get pledges and then he runs the track.  He can either get pledges per lap that he runs, or just a flat pledge.  He tells everyone that he is going to run 8 laps!  That is a whole mile!  I'm so happy to see how excited he is! 
     Well, I'm pretty tired.  If I can finally manage to get Susie to bed, I am going to follow suit!  I'm beat! 

Thanks for reading!  Have a great night! -Monica

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Best run of my LIFE!!!

Wow - I have NO WORDS to describe how awesome today's run was!  The weather was a little drizzly at first - about 55 degrees - but the sun came out and it was a BEAUTIFUL fall day!  That isn't what made the run so perfect though!  Today we ran 4 miles and honestly - if I didn't have to pick Colin up from school - I could have probably run another two!  Everything just seemed to fall into place!  I felt great!  It was SO amazing to be out in the fresh air and to truly enjoy running!  I have never enjoyed a run as much as I did today!  I think Nelly felt it too - neither one of us felt the need to see what mile we were on!  I hope I have many more runs like that!!

My son is doing a fund raiser at his school called the jog a thon.  He has to get people to sponsor him and then he runs around the track and people pay him either a flat rate or per lap.  He is SO excited about it!  I have not told him yet - but on Saturday (the day after the jog a thon) we are ALL going to be in a family 1k.  It's going to be GREAT!  Even Susie is registered!  It says that even toddlers can do it - so she is in!  It is going to be SO much fun!  We are going to dress in our costumes - which means I'm going to have to get going on Peter's!  Thankfully everyone else's is done!

Well, the rain has returned to Oregon.  It POURED last night - we were SO lucky to have a reprieve for our morning run!  We are probably going to have to get used to running in the rain - which means I'm going to have to get myself some sort of running jacket.  Today was a little chilly in short sleeves!  Today was the first time I used a rain cover for the baby jogger - I think Susie really approved!  She fell fast asleep!  She usually puts up a bit of a fuss but today she really enjoyed herself.  She thought it was quite funny when I put the cover over her!  Silly girl!

Well, I'm going to call it a night - we've had a rough couple of days!  Thanks for reading - sorry for the long break in posts.  I'm back now!  No worries - I've kept up my running!  :-)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Still plugging away....

I guess I just didn't feel like blogging much lately.  I'm still keeping on keeping on.  :-)  I ran 4 miles yesterday - getting closer to my 10k on Thanksgiving so I have to get prepped!  I'm really looking forward to it!

I'm REALLY tired right now.  Let's just say three days of a puking child really puts a strain on your mental health. HA!  I have set up two new goals for myself.  I think this will really help me stay on track.  My eating has been all over the place lately.  Not like CRAZY bad - I have not gained any weight - but I have not lost any either- so this has to change.   My first goal is to be wearing a size 16 by Thanksgiving.  I went to Goodwill and bought myself a pair of size 16 jeans.  I can get them on - but I am a few inches from them closing.  Just to make sure I wasn't imagining it (why do I do that to myself?  I don't believe what I see right in front of me) I bought a pair of size 18's - just to be sure that is what size I really am in.  I got SUCH amazing deals - they had a half off sale so I got 3 pairs of jeans for ten bucks!  The third pair of jeans is for my second goal - size 14 by Christmas.  OMG let me tell you - it was AWESOME to be shopping in the non plus size section!  I can't wait until I FIT in that stuff!  The size 14's can only get up to my butt - then they won't go any higher.  I have a lot of work to do - but I think these goals are VERY reasonable.  OH MY GOD - I will be in REGULAR sizes by Christmas!  How freaking awesome is that?

Well, the kids are asleep and now it's my turn!  Thanks for reading - if anyone is still around!  :-)  Sorry for the hiatus.  Thanks for sticking with me!  I didn't give up - I refuse to!  Have a wonderful night and thanks for reading! -Monica