The Best and Most Wet 10 Miles…Totally Random Post!

We got it done…10 miles in the wind and rain!  Shout out to Michelle, that’s the longest run she’s done in months and with no training leading up to it, but she got it done!  Not once did she complain or mention being tired, sore, ready to be done.  She was a champ for sure! 

Especially considering we were soaking wet, from head to toe.  Every single layer was soaked, watch, cell phone, MP3 player all soaked.  Left puddles in my car soaked.

The morning started out looking like this…

 We dropped my car off at the water front since we were running point to point.  Totally thought we were going to have nice weather for our run. 
…but by the time we left my car there and drove to Michelle’s house to start the run is was pouring rain.  Less than a mile in I had already soaked my feet running through a big puddle and it was just more wet, wet, wet from there.  
 It may not look like it, but we were dripping water all over the car, both of us are soaked all the way through!  Photo credit: Michelle.
You know what though…I don’t mind at all.  I really don’t think Whidbey can hand us anything I/we haven’t faced on a training run (unless it’s like 50 MPH wind, or something crazy like that).  I’m confident that if we can get through the wind and rain we faced today we will be fine race day.  
Every time I started to feel less than thrilled I just thought about Elya.  I know she would happily take running in the wind and rain over being stuck on the couch with a bum ankle.  It helped put it all in perspective.  
Plus, we got to see this…
…a Bald Eagle flew right over our heads…it was so cool!  It made the frozen fingers that we couldn’t even bend worth it for sure! 
I discovered that heated seats with a soaking wet/sweaty runner make for a worse than wet dog smell!  Yep, I just called myself out.  I was wet and sweaty and cold, and adding the heat to that made for a really funky ride home.  The thought did cross my mind that the water running off me onto the seat would possible short out the seat heater and I would electrocute myself, but I was so cold it was worth the risk!  I have no idea if that’s even a possibility.
I was actually thankful for the 10 miles today once we were done.  I had a few issues (blisters being one of them, not due to my shoes, but due to my hip hurting and changing my gate/stride) during the 12 mile run last weekend, and those issues totally stressed me out.  But, today during 10 none of those things were issues.  It may have been windy and wet, but I felt like it was a better run from an issues standpoint for me, and now I feel a lot more confident about race day!  
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Yesterday, I got to start my day with Elya and her kiddos.  She isn’t mobile yet, so I got to Elya sit, and make sure the kiddos didn’t get into too much mischief.  Sky had an absolute blast playing with the girls and dressing up in 4 outfits at once.  She rocks the layered look for sure!  It was nice to spend time with my friend, snuggle with the baby, and help out in a small way.  
Then later that evening we got to hang out with Ryan & Elya, and Bob & Michelle, as well as others at an auction.  It was nice to enjoy good food, a dessert dash that resulted in cake Mark could actually eat, winning some pretty cool items for Sky (she is going to flip over the train ride we won!) and tickets to EMP in Seattle for Mark and I, all while supporting a great cause.  
 Our table got the tall white cake on the left with the carrots on it.  It was Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan cake.  Totally Mark safe, and yummy!  


Date night!
Sky spent the night with Grampy and Grammy and I tell you that is the best.  It’s so nice to know she is being well cared for, and is in a happy place having fun.  It worked out well too because we were able to grab a glass of wine with Bob and Michelle before heading home, and I was able to get up and out the door for my run easy! 
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A couple of things that make me happy!
 If my morning doesn’t start like this (i.e. time to myself before Sky is up) then a blog post isn’t going to happen most likely.  Some morning are easier to get out of bed when the 5 am alarm goes off.  I really crave that time to myself though before she is up!

I love that even though he could get the job done quicker and with less hassle Mark is always willing to let Sky hang with him outside (unless it’s something too dangerous for her to be around).
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Who else ran this weekend?  

Would you rather run in the Wind or Rain?
Coolest wildlife you’ve ever seen on a run?
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P.S. Don’t forget Amy’s interview on the blog Monday!  

Happy Monday!

Call me crazy but I kind of like Mondays!  It’s the start to a new week (yes I know the week actually starts on Sunday, but “real” life (school/work) start on Monday) and I always kinda feel like something exciting may happen during the week.

More often than not it ends up being a regular old week with nothing too overly exciting, but still the possibility is there.  Sort of like getting the mail every day.  I know it’s probably going to be mostly junk or bills, but still I get a little excited every day to check the mail box.  I’m silly, and I’m ok with that!  
I accidentally took a blog break Friday.  I was all ready to type up a big Happy Birthday post to my Dad, but the sun was out, and Sky was challenging, and life happened.  So I sent him texts and said Happy Birthday on FB and called it good.  We got to talk on the phone that evening as well, albeit not about anything pleasant (family health situation) but at least we got to talk, and we did celebrate his birthday a few weeks ago when Sky and I were in E WA, so he didn’t get totally ripped off.  🙂  
A quick catch up:
-Bank account fraud sucks…but the bank is taking care of it and me so it’s all going to be fine.  
-12 mile long run done, and done rather well I might add.  We both had tummy issues, but the run itself was pretty great and I felt awesome after.  I will have way more to say about why I felt awesome after in the next few days!  
-100 Happy Days…has anyone else heard of this/done it?  
The basic idea is you post a picture of something that makes you happy for 100 days…you can read more about it here 100 Happy Days
Pick your platform (FB, Instagram, Twitter etc and use the above hash-tag to participate.  I’m using Instagram if you want to follow along for the next 100 days.  I think it’s sad that 71% of people don’t complete the challenge because they are too busy.  Too busy to be happy = that’s just sad.  
Here’s what made me happy yesterday (day1)…
Mimosa and Coffee…make me super happy!  It helped that Sky, and therefor we, slept in until 7am!

-Amazing weather all weekend long resulted in tons of outside work for the babe and tons of outside play time for the baby and I!  (When she hit’s 3 I will have to stop calling her the baby!).  
It was really hard to take this picture with 1 hand while trying to hold on to her and keep us both from falling off the swing, and not drop my phone.

Vague Blogging reveal…I mentioned a while ago that we were going through an exciting process that may or may not result in something.  Well the process was we were looking at houses.  Several factors prompted us to dip our toes in and see what was out there, if we could find something a little bigger in a better school district.  You know what I found out…I really love our home.  Would it be nice to have an extra room and a bigger kitchen sure, but our house is kinda perfect for us for right now.  Good location for Sky and I and all our activities, and we are almost done doing everything we can/everything we want to do.  So, we are sitting tight for now and will reevaluate the closer we get to me going back to work.  (Now that I’ve said that watch Mark find the perfect property and house!).    
-Eating out is always an adventure with a tot.  I love that she will try anything and helps us see food in a new and exciting way.
  Pho and Bubble Tea (my day 2 #100HAPPYDAYS pic)

She saw a picture of bubble tea on the menu and ordered it for herself when the waitress took our order. She said please even and ordered it like she knew what she was doing.  Strawberry flavor for the win!
-Drinks at a new to me location with Michelle.  I didn’t take a picture (blogger fail) so you’ll never know if it really happened or not I guess.  The ginger mojito was really good though!  
Who’s going to be be happy for 100 days?!  

Tell me 1 happy/exciting thing from your weekend! 
  

It Just Got Real!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  I got a little caught up in life and just didn’t think to blog, since Thursday! 

I finished a book, started a new one, and spent a ton of time playing with Sky and keeping her happy indoors while the weather was cruddy.   We were actually pretty busy, so I just skipped anything that involved firing up the laptop.

Anyway, today was a much needed break from the rain!

 First Skirt Run Of the Season!  White legs!
You would think I forgot how to run in a skirt because it bugged the heck out of me the whole 10 miles.  I was tugging, pulling, stopping all the time to adjust…I’m a rookie. 
So thankful we caught a break with the weather, and ran in the sun with only a few rain drops at the very end.  
10 miles does mean that ice baths are back in my life.  Ice baths = that’s when running gets real folks!  I totally forgot how horrific the first 60 seconds are.  After that though you’re numb and don’t feel the cold anymore.  My knees and hips felt so much better after the bath and foam rolling.  I’ll trigger point in the morning, after things settle down a bit.  
The only bummer is that my Garmin took a dump after the run.  This is the 5th or 6th time it has lost all the data.  By now I know how to do a factory reset, so we shall see how it works next run.  It 50% makes me want to replace it with one that’s better and 50% makes me not trust Garmin.  :-/
I was happy to hit 275 in my Energy Boost’s and they still feel brand new!  I am so happy with those shoes…seriously I’m over half way to when most people replace their shoes, and mine still feel pretty darn great!     
A quick shout out to Elya, who is 10’ish (I think it’s a few more than that, but not sure how much more) weeks out from baby, and every week she is running a new post-baby personal best for our speedy run, and a new longest distance as well.  She is going to kick butt race day, I’m so excited for her!
 
We were going to end up being two miles short on the training plan this week, so opted for a Friday morning run with the kiddos.  We needed something easy after speed work and before long run! 
 Flying like birds.  Sky was so happy to have other kiddos to run after.
After that it was a Starbucks date for Sky and I, thanks to Michelle!  She sent me a gift card via Facebook!  
Cake pop, coffee = we are both happy!
 
Obviously the coffee was mine and not her’s because she crashed as soon as we got in the car.  She doesn’t take naps in her bed, only in the car, if at all.  I don’t love this whole no nap thing, but I’m working with it.  The upside is she asks to go to bed at 7pm, so I can’t complain too much.  
A last cute Sky pic from the weekend…this girl loves her dress up!
  That is a big stuffed dog…thank you Grandma Val!  She was so happy to have her doggy and her “Princess Sophia” dress.
Ton’s of races this weekend!  I feel like running season has started, not that it ever totally ends, but there are so many races every weekend during the spring/summer and I love it!  
Who ran or raced this weekend?  How did it go?
Tell me something fun you did this weekend!
Sky and I had multiple dance parties!
  
 

Ready To Run!

I am ready for 8 early morning miles tomorrow!

Yes I use Sky’s booster seat to stage my early morning running gear.  The fact that adidas is in the picture means it’s a long run, and I’m actually looking forward to it! 

Remember numbers are all relative…8 miles is legit!  For half training you’re over half way to the finish when you hit 8, and every time I get 8 under my belt in a training cycle I feel good.  It’s my stop stressing, I can do this moment mile wise. 

It’s early (even though I’ve had early runs that this!) in the morning, which is why all my running gear/clothing is on the kitchen table/Sky’s seat, I don’t like to wake Mark up so I get dressed and ready to go in the dinning room.  Curtains and shades are closed, so no peaking!  ;-p 

After the run is done it’s a quick shower and then Sky and I hit the road to visit the E side of the state.
Call me lucky, lazy, or smart but somehow I get to go away for the weekend while Mark and my sis-in-law finish painting the inside of the house.  I’m incredibly thankful that Amy is willing to take time away from her busy homestead to help Mark!  In my defense it will be so much easier to get the job done if Sky is not underfoot, but still I realize I’m getting the easy side of the deal here!

Speaking of Sky I’ll leave you with a Sky pic since I won’t be posting while I’m away.

  Watching Despicable Me 2 on her Nabi.
Even though I won’t be blogging I’m sure I will still be taking plenty of photo’s, so if you want to see what Sky and I are up to follow along on Instagram and/or Twitter…links to the Right!
Have a great weekend and I’ll catch you on the flip side! 

Pizza!

Mark is hunting this weekend and that means Sky and I get our, ok my, favorite thing…Papa Murphy’s Pizza!!  I got the super jumbo size so it will last the whole weekend!  So happy! 

Herbed Chicken Mediterranean DeLITE

I totally earned it today too!  Michelle and I turned in a 26+ mile week, after two very low mileage vacation weeks.  My legs were so tired and sore today, in fact I had to cut the run short because I ran out of time to do it.  My pace was that slow!  Instead of 12 miles I got in just short of 11.  There were a ton of hills on the route, we knew it going in, but it didn’t do our legs any favors.   

So ready for the taper to start now!  This last 1/2 is the hardest course yet, so fresh legs are a must!!! 

I earned this today too…

 

…white wine!  It wasn’t cold yet, so I went the classy route and put ice in it.  If you drink it fast enough the ice doesn’t water it down!  🙂

I also felt like I earned these…

…cookies!  They taste great, but they were suppose to look like this…

…I have no idea why they didn’t turn out like the picture, but don’t really care.  They are yummy!  Plus, since there is banana in them they are an essential post run recovery food…right?! 

Sinless Cookie bites

*Ingredients*

2 ripe bananas
1 cup quick oats
chocolate chips (as many as you want, I used mini chocolate chips)
natural peanut butter

*Directions*
Mix mashed banana, oats, and chocolate chips add a heaping spoonful of natural peanut butter, mix well, plop spoonful’s onto baking sheet, bake at 350 for 15 mins.

 
Sky is busy collecting signatures on her cast.  Daddy wanted to be the first and totally went with an old school tat design, it’s pretty cute! 
 
 

She got to watch movies all day today!  She is still in pain and we just wanted to keep her calm, so back, to back, to back, to back movies it was.   

I’m a little stumped as to how to dress her.  Her shirt sleeves don’t fit over the cast, but she can’t go around topless tomorrow.  Hmmm.  I also can’t figure out how to wash her hair without getting the cast wet.  I can use dry shampoo but not for 6 weeks straight. 

Anyone have any advice for me?