Thursday, September 16, 2010

Three fantastic things Thursday

It's Thursday again!!! Woohoo I like Thursdays....it is the day I began a new week of pregnancy and it is almost the weekend, it is also the one day my kids or I don't have to be anywhere!! SO it's a good day all the way around. Oh and of course it is Three things Thursday..............


1. Has anyone seen the movie old dogs??? If not you have to watch it! If you have kids older than mine (so over 4) it is a pretty mild comedy with Robin Williams and John Travolta in it.....I laughed so hard I cried and my brother was barley breathing in some parts it was just that silly! I don't usually post anything about movies because it is not my thing, but this was a gut buster for sure!

2.My legs hurt today......should I be surprised? Probably not, it has been a short millennium since the last time I ran..it is the good hurt like "heeyyy remember these muscles?" My booty was sore last night, I asked for a massage but no takers...sigh I will never understand why everyone rejects Gallatea ...(a.k.a.....my butt) I know she is big, but she really is a good muscle!

3. Is really feeling like I am getting my groove back, I had a short run again this morning with both girls and now I am looking for some shorter races to do! I have my eye on the Suntrust Richmond 8k! It seems like the perfect distance and I have some friends that are doing it!....it was also named one of America's friendliest marathons and I would love to be around all the runners I have missed racing and starting to feel the itch....these are all positive's! Maybe now that the pressure is off to go faster (since I got knocked up) it is about just doing it, my mind is in a different spot and I think this is a good thing!!!

Ok anyhow itty bitty has stripped to nothing and is playing in her yogurt, I think child neglect has gone far enough this morning! Have a wonderful end of the week everyone!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Changing my tune! and needing some advice

Hello Bloggers!

I know it has been a few weeks and I had promised to be better about running and blogging, but if I am being honest life has been very busy and both of those things got sent to the back burner.

Well, I got to thinking and I realized that I have forgotten to put myself first and how much happier everyone is when Mommy runs, I knew it would be tough to pick up and run again because running it just that.......... tough, but today after dropping Little missy at school, Itty bitty and I hit the trail!

We loved it! It was a beautiful 65 degrees and breezy and it was just a beautiful, but slow run, Mile 1 was 11:26 and mile 2 11:43 I am ok with this I will accept that I have lost considerable amount of fitness over the last few months, but as soon as I was done that euphoria, that high...the looking down at my calves and saying yeahhh baby all came back!

I should also mention I have to take things slower because we are expecting baby #3!!!! but I think this has also given me reason to get back out there and stay in shape...so this is where the advice comes in..I know many of you amazing runners were pregnant running mommies, what are your best tips???

Well that in short is a quick catch up as too what has been happening around this house! I have to run off and do something else before the day gets away! I hope all is well with everyone and school has been treating you well!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

back to blog land!

Ok well maybe I am back for a little bit...but I hope to type more regulary! Unfourtunatly my blogging has been as regular as my running. At first I was ok with not running but now I am starting to feel like a slug. I am starting to crave that runners high! I need it I want it!! Hopefully this pushes me over the edge and I will be getting back out there.

We are in the outer banks of north carolina! Enjoying the beautiful beaches and the cooler tempetures I think I should take adventage and get back out there.

I also have a bit of a delimma! Awhile back I had signed up for the Women's 4 miler! It was my very first race ever! and I had vowed to get back out there and run it again this year. It is a beautiful run and fills extremly fast. I was placed on a wait list and found out today that I have been given a spot! I have not been running but part of me feels like I could totally pound out four miles. Espically if I train smart for the next two weeks! Am I crazy or do I use it as super motivation?

I already know what most of you wonderful runners will say....but I would love to hear you opionin! I seriously hope to be a better blogger!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful summer and I look forward to catching up!

Take care!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Three things Thursday...

Lordy lordy where does time go! I promised to return and all to quickly it is already Thursday!! So here goes three things Thursday!


1. My baby girl turned two this past week! I totally owe her, a blog post and I will have that up soon! But she is the most precious two year old, funny, sweet, smart and down right stubborn this little chick knows how to get exactly what she wants! I honestly can't believe she is two, the years have flown by and that makes me sad that both girls are getting big at a rate faster than I can explain! Oh the many adventures of being two!

2. We had a great time at Sesame Place we are blessed with amazing friends who also have awesome kids. I might be biased but these five kids behave so well, they took turns picking rides and things they wanted to do because we had an age range, the never asked for a single extra thing, like games and treats. They waited in line on a 100 degree day without whining..they were simply amazing and we finally convinced them that they really needed some Ice cream! So I never had to go all big bird on anybody and the extremely handsome husbands were actually very helpful and I think enjoyed themselves as well!! Even if they were checking out chicks while standing in line for a ride....I can't actually blame them here I was checking out this particular chick too...don't Judge!

3. Training is still minimal at best. I cannot seem to kick myself in gear. I will have one run here or there but I have zero motivation. I try every day to get myself psyched about going for a run and then I never get around to it, it drives me crazy but then I don't change my ways. I am unsure what to say for myself and I am hoping I can find my fire SOON!!! On a bright note I had a Dr's appointment yesterday after running up seven flights of stairs they took my Bp, heart rate and Oxygen saturation. My numbers 111/67, Hr 65 and ox sat 99% ummmm is it possible to be fit and fat? My doc said you've got Lance Armstrong's heart! Sweet how can I make it metabolize better?

I once again have a lot of catching up to do! I hope everyone is having a fantastic week! Stay tuned I have some giveaways and guests post coming up!!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Three things Thursday...

Wooot it's mini-Friday and more importantly Three things Thursday! So here are three things you know you were dying to find out!

1. My Vibrams showed up today.....hachichacha I am so excited and yes you say that ha-chi-cha-cha, I hope to get a few miles in them tonight! I went completly barefoot on Tuesday night and got caught in a storm, the wet pavement and my little tootsies were not a good combo! I had quite a few blisters! Ouch! But, running in the rain is AMAZING!

2. Itty Bitty had her 2nd birthday party today! We celebrated at the pool with our dear friends and had a great time! It was hot the water was cool and the kids were fun! But, I have about 20 cupcakes left over and I should have just thrown them in the pool because I love them!!

3. The bestie and I decided we would take are five monkeys beautiful children and are extremely unhelpful when the kids go nuts handsome husbands to sesame place this weekend. Y'all better start praying now...pray first that the husbands survive they will be the first two to feel Elmo's wrath when things get sour... Pray secondly for the kids, that when they start acting up I won't go all big bird on their asses...and then you can pray for K and I in hopes that we will not use our 1/2 marathon training and run and run and ruunnnnnnn....far far a way. I kid I kid I am almost positive this is the only family I could be around day in and day out and not contemplate how to drown them in the water park. But, maybe you should all pray that we just have a safe and fun trip!!

Every on have a great weekend, I may not make it back to blog land before we leave tomorrow! Stay cool this weekend! and Go racers go!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Five fingers darling--and where have you been?

Alright I know I have been a horrible blogger recently in fact terrible blogger and commenter! Sorry guys to say our summer has been busy would be an understatement! I am sure you all understand, and I know your better then me and get your posts and your runs in!

Anyhow my running has been spotty at best but I have decided to crack down this week, we are ten weeks from the Half and I really am out of excuses! This weekend we went camping and all though my miles were slow and hot I Pumped them out and it felt good, minus the smelling bad because I would not take a shower in a public shower part....what I had deodorant don't judge!

Last night I ordered these babies!!! In Fuchsia...yeah PINK!








I am so excited to get them...wooott...I like barefoot running, it is a new challenge and that always keeps me entertained. I am just afraid of the yuckies around here. (yeah I said yuckies I am the MOM of two toddlers what say you?) So I thought I would give these a whirl, I would love to run the half in them. Did I just hear myself post a new goal?? We will see.

Anyhow, all is well and I am not dead, I have been creeping around in little bits on blogs but not commenting! I will be around I promise! Hope everyone is enjoying their summer!!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Happy Birthday Baby


Izzy at 9 months


Happy fourth Birthday Baby!


To my sweet Isabella!

Where does time go? I was pretty sure five seconds ago I was deciding I wanted to have a baby and today here you are and your four already! Can we just freeze frame? can we stop time? Please? I can't help but notice how much you have changed this year and how you have gone from baby/toddler to kid!

Here is a few ways I would describe you.

Sweeter than a cupcake

Stronger than an OX

More stubborn than a Mule

Filled with sunshine

a total goofball

kind, caring, and loving

Total drama queen!

As smart as a whip

You are beautiful, and smart, you tend to know what you want and pull out all the stops to get it, even if that leaves me pulling my hair out. You have got to be the best negotiator in town, I am almost certain if the ever find Osama Bin Laden they will call YOU in to negotiate with him. (don't be scared, you will win) I think it is beyond adorable how you dress up in fancy clothes and parade around like a princess, mermaid, queen or Mommy.

You and Payton are completely insuperable, you girls play, laugh and giggle so much sometimes that I wonder how long it will last before she is stealing your clothes and you are tying her to chairs. You mother her, comfort her and love her and she looks to you when she needs something, it is often hard to believe that you are only two years apart in age.

Your love of movies comes from Daddy, you two can eat popcorn and watch movies for days! You are funny you will watch a movie once and then reenact it, turning everyone in the house into a character! Daddy is always the hero, you are always the damsel in distress, sissy is always your little minion and I always get to be the villain! I guess that's fair...and I am not bitter about it at all.

Your drive and determination is something I hope you never loose. I wouldn't be shocked to find you trying to turn water into wine and not giving up until you do it.

Your a fine little girl and we wouldn't have you any other way, you have turned from shy little sweet baby, into sweet not as shy big girl! Your laugh is contagious and can get an entire room full of grumpy people laughing hysterically, I hope you always chuckle like that!

May you continue to grow in grace and beauty....and less drama, your a wonderful sister and daughter! We love you more than we can tell you in words and hope you have a fantastic Birthday!

Love always,
Mom

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Back at it!!!

Last night was my first run in twelve days!!!! it felt.......goood!

It was hot, but not humid, this is a super bonus this time of year, my training plan called for a 3 mile run! My only goal to run the entire time! I picked a new route as to not get bored and dread every inch of it! It worked I was totally distracted with the hopes that no one would jump out of the woods and steal me, as the path I was on was backed directly to the woods.

I ran all the way to a local grocery store and back...I felt like laying on the road and dying when it was over.

A few things I noticed:

I am back to being really freaking slow, I mean I ran the entire time but I barley got my pace below 11:00 and that was just occasionally.

If you are at all semi-violent, setting your garmin to beep when you drop below a certain pace or heat rate is a really bad idea....my garmin is lucky to be in one piece today

Dumping water on your head mid-run feels so completely awesome

Flipping Mosquitoes need to leave me alone, I barley can put one foot in front of the other and there they were sucking more life out of me!

Mosquitoes is really hard to spell!

A dude in his mini-van yelled "don't sweat baby, just work it" and I was disgusted.

Bikers need to recognize just sayin'

my kids were excited that I was going for a run, not sure if it was the popcorn and movie daddy was gonna do, or the fact that I am a nicer person when I run.

Did I mention I am nicer when I run?

Is nicer a word?

Oh anyhow I need to fuel better and drink more water

I felt like Jalapeno and black bean chips were the best post run recovery

followed with a cup of coffee!


All these things are very random things I noticed, this is why I love to run! I go off into a different world and my brain is far into la la land....other than the huffing and puffing that still registers!

Tonight, speed work! 5x400's with a mile warm up and a mile cool down! Sweet! The weather awesome, 80 with no humidity, I could live outside in this weather!

Happy Hump day

Monday, June 28, 2010

1/2 Marathon traning kickoff..........a hike!

Here we go here we go again!!!

Today I kick off my training for the Wilson bridge Half! I need this, I need a solid you better run this many miles today or else!

Things in the running department have really been lacking latley but I am about to change all of that, I woke up pumped and ready to go today, when I opened my training log it was strength and stretch day! bummer I was totally stoked to run, but I guess that just means tomorrow I will be double stoked?

Anyhow, yesterday we decided that working around the house was really getting on everyone's nerves and we all needed a break. Handsome, decided driving about two hours north west to Skyline drive, might be fun. I was game and so were the kiddos. We grew up in the foothills of the blue ridge mountains about 45 mins from them and when we were teens we would always go for a hike or to watch the sunset or a picnic. Living in suburban southern Maryland there is not much in the way of scenery and we miss that.

Anyhow upon arrival the girls proceeded to run like crazy chicks! I finally got them to stop for a picture


After handsome talked to a ranger to find out how difficult the trail was we set off for a .5 mile warm-up (or walk to the actual trail) but first we had to stop and stretch



Don't mind Handsome he is a goofball!!

We sauntered along for a while looking at butterflies and flowers, approximately ten minutes in both girls were tired of walking! ay yi yi this might be a long "hike" After an hour or so we were pretty hungry and stopped for lunch



We convinced little missy to walk a for a while longer and we would alternate putting her on our shoulders and having her walk! The views at the top were breath taking! But by then 2 miles into the hike, the girls had just had it! and they both wanted daddy, so Handsome being the super dad he is hiked like this for more than 30 minutes...uphill



good thing he is super strong, had they been stuck with me they would have gotten left behind!

We stopped for a break right at the end to eat an apple!

and to attempt family self portraits




well we tried!

We managed 4.17 miles with the first two pretty much up and the second two mostly down, we dragged encouraged the girls to walk as much as possible but being 2 and 4 they did pretty well and got carried at least half of it!


Did I mention it was 100 degrees, with a heat index of 105 and a code orange air quality day? Gatorade and Popsicles never tasted so freaking good!

and I figured it was a good way to kick off 1/2 marathon training.

Hope everyone had a great weekend I promise to make my way around to check in on everyone soon!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Erica-ology

In effort to spare you for my excuse filled blog post of why my running has been scatterd I have copied Jamoosh at last mile lounge and done the Ology thing...really it is better than reading how freaking hot it is and how much of a wuss/couch potato I am....I will be back when I actually make more progress on myself! But for now...Enjoy!

FOODOLOGY

Q. What is your salad dressing of choice?

A. a teensy bit of raspberry vinaigrette on the side please

Q. What is your favorite fast food restaurant?

A. Chick fil a and lately chipolte

Q. What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?

A. The melting pot!

Q. On average, what size tip do you leave at a restaurant?

A. 20% or more depending on the service

Q. What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of?

A. Strawberries and chocolate

Q. What are your pizza toppings of choice?

A. very light sauce, cheese and sometime pepperoni (are gathering how picky I am yet?)

Q. What do you like to put on your toast?

A. a very thin peanut butter layer

Q. What is your favorite type of gum?

A. ??? uhhh what ever I can salvage from my toddler's hands?

TECHNOLOGY

Q. Number of contacts in your cell phone?

A. 78

Q. Number of contacts in your email address book?

A. a billjillion ten? I don't know and I sure as hell am not gonna sit here and count

Q. What is your wallpaper on your computer?

A. my cutie pies

Q. How many televisions are in your house?

A. Two

BIOLOGY

Q. Are you right-handed or left-handed?

A. Right

Q. What’s your best feature?

A. ?don't they know chicks hate these questions, ummm maybe my long golden locks?

Q. Have you ever had anything removed from your body?

A. I had two humans removed from it

Q. Which of your five senses do you think is keenest?

A. Smell, probably why I am such a picky eater

Q. When was the last time you had a cavity?

A. 6 years ago it was my one and only ever!

Q. What is the heaviest item you lifted last?

A. hmmm how about both laundry baskets and my kid going up the steps (my husband hates when I do this)

Q. Have you ever been knocked unconscious?

A. yup....bad gymnastics story here

BULL[CRAP]OLOGY

Q. If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?

A. No I am way to much of a spaz for that

Q. Is love for real?

A. yes my smoochie woochie buggy bear.

Q. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

A. Lolo Jones

Q. What color do you think looks best on you?

A. hmmm now that it is summer and I am no longer being mistaken for an albino I kinda like yellow and white

Q. Have you ever swallowed a non-food item by mistake?

A. yes gross, I had to tell my brother to stop using soda cans, to spit his chew in....yeah I just gagged too

Q. Have you ever saved someone’s life?

A. I have performed CPR before and the person lived, does that count?

Q. Has someone ever saved yours?

A.I don't really know and I can't think of a smart ass comment here

DAREOLOGY

Q. Would you walk naked for a half mile down a public street for $100,000?

A. sure, and then nobody would ever dare anyone to do it again it would be so horrifying!

Q. Would you allow one of your little fingers to be cut off for $200,000

A. No it is my favorite finger

Q. Would you never blog again for $50,000?

A. Yup....I could come back under an alias

Q. Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000?

A. no way I don't need money that bad

Q. Would you give up watching television for a year for $25,000?

A. hhmmm sure, I got plenty of books to read

CURRENTOLOGY

Q: Missing someone?

A: I always miss my family!

Q: Mood?

A: lazyyy

Q: Listening to?

A: Hello Kitty (it's a movie)

Q: Watching?

A. My kiddo drift in and out it was a long hot morning at the pool

Q: Worrying about?

A: nutten honey..............ok I take that back, I worry that I need to get off my ass and run more because I have been slacking in a bad way.

RANDOMOLOGY

Q: First place you went this morning?

A: to the coffee pot

Q: What can you not wait to do?

A: go on Vacation!

Q: What’s the last movie you saw?

A: I love you man

Q: Do you smile often?

A: smile, smirk same thing right?

Q: Are you a friendly person?

A: usually

Q: Now that the survey's done what are you going to do?

A: prepare supper.....I lead an amazingly complicated life, wake up, eat, go to the pool, eat, come home, blog, eat, go back outside, go running, sleep...I know you wanted to know all that randomness!

Now run along and re-post and have fun!! Promise to be back with a running post soon!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Your a Dude...I mean Dad

Happy Fathers Day!!!!!




Handsome and Handsome Dad


See these two dudes? Yup that is my Dad and my Husband...on our wedding day! They danced we laughed and my mother said to me "they are so much a like" to which I snickered "I don't think so"......boy oh boy I was so wrong and she was so frickin right!

But you know they are a like and although I couldn't see it then I love it now. These two have got to be the best Dad's out there.

They are hysterically funny (even though sometimes this causes more eye rolling from my Mom and I then necessary)

They both agree "money does not in fact grow on trees" and "Young lady" is a term I knew and my girls now know as "oh crap, I had better stop rolling my eyes"

and they both need beer to do housework or yard work....make it icy cold too!

they both would agree (although maybe not admit) that a little ribbing to get the gang to laugh is ok (even if it means your in trouble with your wife later, they know we will forgive them!)

they distorted funny faces they make are more gross than funny

They both are hardworking,kind, loving, patient, and sweet.

There is a calm quietness about both of them, I think a meteor could be headed straight for us and they would both be kicked back...watching everyone else flip out!

They are both the best dads I know!! they take time with their children, to love them to teach them and just be there for them. They would do whatever it takes to make sure their families were cared for...even if it meant walking on hot coals.

They are both adventurous, as much as they are laid back.

They both know very well when to bite their tongues and they are strong!

The love I have experienced from these two dudes, is more than any girl could ever ask for and for my little chicks they have the best daddy and Papa any one could ever get.

In the end even if I hear for the rest of my life "they are so much a like" I will just nod my head and say "yup" because deep down I know I would not have it any other way

Thank you both for being the Best Dad's and Grand-dad's out there!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Three things Thursday...

How is it freaking Thursday already?


1. I got up bright and early to go for a run....on my way out the door at 5:45 I called my Mom and told her to get moving...she needs motivation and some self belief we are here to give it to her! It was a lovely run, I am a wimp in the morning and getting my pace under 9:30 just could not be done for more than 10 seconds at a time..at two miles I was done...but I ran those entire two miles! Tomorrow I will double it to four!

2. I am getting up at the Ass crack of dawn to run because...although still obnoxiously humid not nearly as hot, and all races are ran in the morning and I am hoping this will acclimate me to be a better runner/racer in the morning, especially for the half.

3. Tell me running buddies, the first time you signed up for a half/full Marathon did you begin to seek out 13.1 miles everywhere you went? On my way home from Virginia I could not stop doing this, I would see a landmark and drive, and at 13.1 miles so holy crap that is a really long way what the hell was I thinking? I am somewhat obsessed...maybe this is a good thing, maybe I will actual train really hard ...mostly because I do not want to die at the ripe old age of 27....doing something I "love"!!! Sigghhhh this could be a very long hellish fun and fit 12 weeks!


Have a great weekend everyone! Go Racers go!!!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

here goes nothing....

ummmm I signed up for a half.....YIKES!!

6 months ago I was sitting in front of my computer deciding how I was going to get in shape and change my life! Now I am gonna run a half marathon!!

I won't say I was forced aheeeemmm but this is how the email from K looked

"I signed up for the Wilson Bridge Half....and your doing it with me"

in the next email there was a link to the registration page, you see most of you will say, "you could have just avoided her or deleted the email"...I see K nearly every day and she is an Attorney (I hear you shouldn't argue with law folk).....ummm I just went ahead and signed up!

Hopefully we can make friends with a doctor along the way so that when my heart stops half way through, there will be someone to save me.

I am teasing....kinda

So you blog peeps, better dig out the inspirational books and remind to suck it up when the going gets tough! We have 12 weeks.....hold everyone I am in for a ride....or a run!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Dog days............ bullet style

-It was hellishly hot this weekend!!! Well, it was Hot but the with the humidity it was ridiculous! and I actually love heat! I am not complaining simply stating it was a very toasty weekend!

-I got out for a Friday evening Run.....it was 86 whne I headed out and my stupid Garmin was given me shit...I nearly tossed it in the lake....lately my Garmin(s) both for my wrist and my car have been given me trouble! Anyhow my goal pace was 9:30 I was going a quick two or three....I made it two and a half at about a 10:15 pace...I was dripping buckets and drank through my hand held.....I felt like a real runner when I hollered to a bunch of teens ahead blocking the sidewalk....."RUNNER ON YOU LEFT" they slowly moved...ding bats!

-Saturday found us working on the deck and playing in the backyard!! I dumbly decided that I was in my own backyard and playing with my kids, I could totally rock out a bikini....so I did I pulled out one of those cute ones that I have not worn since I was well "cute" and say like 21 pre-kids....I was having a good ole' time playing water guns with my cuties...when our neighbor popped in our backyard to talk to handsome! DAMN! I hid behind a tree pretending like I was hiding from my kids...I will never do it again...I totally have to run more! yikes! poor guy will probably never walk in our backyard again!

-Sunday was just a family fun day...we shopped went to the pool cleaned the house together and then sat on our beautiful deck and drank beer...yes I drank beer....as if the mommy tummy was not enough I now am adding the beer belly! Sigghhhh it was delightful weekend!

-I skipped tri-training or any "training" this weekend, I ate crap all weekend and did not give a hoot! I am ok with that today, I will run and swim and go to a birthday party and to Virginia!

-Major Kuddos to all you racers this weekend!!! It was Hot hot hot......have I mentioned yet that it was Hot?

Anyhow off to wrangle my dear hoodlums....Have a great week!

-

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Three things Thursday...

hmmmm I am feeling uncreative tonight so this will be short and sweet!!!

1. I love love love summer....have I told you latley that I love summer! Summer is when being a stay at home Mom becomes a really sweet deal....yes I do all the laundry, cooking, cleaning, running errands, bill pay, kid care on and on I do it all except make money...but now that summer is here my days of developing my children's lives are spent at the BEACH!!! yahoo we spent all day there with our dear friends and it was such a nice day!!!

2. There is nothing like a good song to make me feel my groove, or to turn around my mood...or to make me feel pumped....I am a total country music lover and I enjoy other music as well...ok I love all music but have our heard........"Lover, lover" or "I pray for you" you gotta check these out and my ultimate can't get enough of it right now is "hip to my heart".....even my kids can't help swinging their hips to these tunes!

3. I cannot believe I am about to admit this on my blog.....but latley Handsome and I have been back and forth, well really it is more me, I already know what handsome thinks....should I train for a late fall marathon (yes I said that a full freaking marathon) or add to our little family...I am torn! I really would like to have another kiddo....and I have been thinking for awhile the time frame I would like to be pregnant and have a baby would be this fall, being due late spring...but now I kind of want to do a marathon and I don't want to spend 16 weeks training and then end up pregnant.....I know these are selfish thoughts I guess I/we still have decisions to make!!

Look at these cuties in their Laken and Lila dresses!


Have a great Friday everyone!!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Barefoot ???

Lately my runs have been going like this......I will set a certain number in my mind and take off...I will run a mile decide I can go on no further and walk..then run/walk, run/walk the rest of the way...ummm hello....six months into my new running "career" and I am wuss-sing out (I am not saying walking is a wussy thing, I am saying my mind is not strong enough to push through..calm down) it showed on Sunday at the race.

I was mad, and immediately wanted to run the race again. But, in my mind I knew I would have the same result. Monday I took a break and today I was still dreading my run..then a few things happened. I received Runners world in the mail! The awesome fit chick on the front was enough to send me into a tail spin...I saw the marathon training schedules and felt all sorts inspired....and I was a total grump all day....even handsome said "maybe you need to run" I quipped back a nasty "whatever".

Anyhow, my wheels started turning I thought "you know I really want to try a barefoot run" I live in suburban Maryland this would be a challenge if nothing else. I also just needed a short shake down run..and the weather was beyond perfect....ahhh the stage is set!

We put the kids to bed and I told handsome my intentions...(he has been wanting to try this for awhile, barefoot running.) "two miles?" he questioned...I said "yeah why not" I already have giant blisters on my feet from Sunday so shoes would hurt anyhow...and I was staying in the neighborhood so I could cut through on any of the paths and come home if it proved to be too much.

Anyhow, off I went...goal one was to run the entire time! No matter what...goal two not get anything in my feet! (ok well maybe that was goal one) so I was off! my initial reaction was that it felt so strange, I felt like my whole body was pounding the ground, the sound of my feet slapping the ground was odd....

then I realized about half a mile in that I did not have any of the foot cramps that I usually get in the first mile! Sweet! I hated that I had to watch the ground the whole time though. It was a dizzying effect for me...so I would scan and then look up, also I saw the occasional dead squirrel and my germ a phobe mind did not like that my naked tootsies when running right next to dead carcasses..but you know what

I ran two miles I never stopped and I think my feet loved it! I won't do it all the time but occasionally to mix things up I will be all over it!! If you have not tried it you really should it is a completely different sensation!

Thank you AngieB for your inspiration and suggestion! It truly was fun and I liked it much more than I thought I would. If you don't know Barefoot AngieB you need to check this chick out she is a superstar!

After this run I felt renewed, refreshed, my mind was clear and I was happy...I love when you run and you go to a different land...that is why I love running in the first place! and I am total running believer all over again!(not that I really ever stopped believing it just was blocked) When does this roller coaster stop? you know the ups and downs?(I might puke if it lasts much longer, I kid) Anyhow now I am out for 10k redemption.....Watch out!

Monday, June 7, 2010

My first 10k........zooma annapolis

We all have those days.....those days where you set out to do something and it just doesn't go the way you planned.....at all!

Let me start by saying we had an amazing time! We were away for the night without the kiddos, and although I missed them cheering me on it was nice to have a short break! We had dinner with wonderful, amazing, silly friends, who we managed to laugh with for hours! Too bad, they know way more, about their crazy ass friends then they probably ever wanted too! It was still a great time!

Sunday morning wake up was an early 5 a.m. I had my awesome new "lu lu lemon" outfit ready to rock....I had my normal race day jitters and a fantastic nose bleed that left our hotel room looking like a murder scene (nobody be alarmed, I have nose bleeds regularly, I have a condition, and it particularly affects me in the warmer months!)anyhow we meet our friends and headed to the race! I wonder if our dear friends will ever ride with us again, as I am not so nice in the morning, nor does my brain work that well.

We arrived at the stadium with plenty of time to spare, thank goodness K brought bananas this chick is on top of her stuff....see above paragraph my brain does not work!

We got in line for the honey buckets, which turned out to be the hand washing station line so we cut a bunch of people but we didn't know and no one complained! ooopps that whole brain thing you see a theme here?

We went back and did more waiting, we said to each other " it was fine if we left each other" we got in the ten minute corral and found G, my sis in law (who found us really) we talked for a minute and then heard police escorts and we were off!

Mile 1 9:58

mile 2 9:59

water station...I decided to take water and tell K to go ahead....she is a super star runner who doesn't need much water, where I take it every chance I get....I walked through the station dump one cup on my head chug the other take off....

Mile 3: I am looking for K and G, K had on a pink shirt with a blonde pony tail....at an all womens race I was looking for a needle in a haystack! I thought I spotted her and then I felt and smelt a very familer taste....Blood I immediately shout "Crap" and cup my nose...I had not worn my fuel belt or any other accessory I had nothing and I sure as hell was not going to use my expensive lululemon cloths! in fact I leaned forward and cupped my face to make sure I did not get anything on my clothes.....I trotted up to a police officer blocking the road ... I said "I need tissues" through my cupped hand...he said "im sorry what" I uncovered my face and his look said it all, luckily there were medics less then 10 steps away, the patted me down with gauze while I sat on the side of the road...still being careful not to destroy my cloths. They insisted the "call someone " I looked at the guy and said "I am fine I have a condition, can you just get my some water to clean up!" they obliged although they were unhappy about it! I cleaned up dried up and took off once again Mile 3: 19:36

so there I was 5k into the race and 40 mins had gone by...my mental block hit me like a ton of bricks. With 5k to go I knew the girls had to be a good mile ahead of me and I would not be coming in anywhere close to the hour mark! I felt totally defeated and this is horrible when this happens! I would jog/walk the rest of the race...my mojo was gone...gone.... long gone!

I cannot completely blame my horrid performance on my nose bleed...if I subtract the time it took me to take care of that, my finish time would have still been an hour and 15 minutes! I have not been training well, and I have blowing off my long runs..I knew that going into this, but decided not to care...this is my fault I know that.

The course was beautiful there were a ton of amazing women out there! K and G did great and at the end of the day I still finished...nose bleed and all. I felt embarrassed immediately after crossing the finish line. Both about the nose bleed and finishing time...but I did and I am still doing my best to realize.....

A.there is nothing I can do about the nose bleed, they happen...next time I think I will wear my blood proudly it might make me look more B.A., given that I am not in brand new expensive gear.

B. I could have done better, and I know that, now I have to take a not so good race and let it empower me to do better, run more, faster, further! Instead of having the woe is me attitude or looking for excuses...I don't have any...I just need to be better!

I am ok with the fact that my finishing time was 1:22.21 I can only go down from here right...time down is what I mean!

lesson learned....and on tap for today?? Tri Training starts, today I start with a short swim and a short bike ride followed by a fun p90x chest, back, abs day....any bets on whether or not I will make it down the steps tomorrow?


All three of us after our 10k! Giant props to K as it was her first Race she is a total rock star...



K.......me.......G

Friday, June 4, 2010

Five Goal Friday and a few High fives....

It's finally Friday
I'm free again
I got my motor running for a wild weekend
It's finally Friday
I'm outa' control
Forget the workin' (ahem or Mommy) blues
And let the good times roll.

Ok so not really, but I used to love this song.. but I should probably face the facts the my weekends aren't really considered "outa' control" anymore, unless you consider my two year old writing all over her self in dark green marker while I attempt to type this "outa' control"!

So today I am posting Five new or improved goals....yikes! I think I will try to do this each week but we will see how it goes!

1. I would like to Finish my Zooma 10k in an hour! I am not given myself an excuse but my running has been less then stellar latley...I still think it is possible!

2. I am signed myself up for a sprint tri at the end of summer....holy smokes I still can't believe I did that...I plan on starting training on Monday! Goal...just to complete it without collapsing!

3. I need to be nicer to myself! I am horrible about accepting compliments and I am annoyed by other people who do that, so I need to learn to accept them even if I don't believe them :)

4. Annoy....I let some of the pettiest things bother me....I have always been this way...it is part of my drama queen mantra....I am working on it...now I promise to work harder...

5. I really need to pick back up my two a day work outs! We have been slacking this week with p90x and I am a little annoyed that we are slacking on week 3, but we have not found the hour and 15 minutes it takes to complete each morning or night....I know we are lazy and working on it!!

Anyhow there are my five!! Post your Five too....and that way you can be held accountable :) by me!!! I kid

Also, High Five to all racers this weekend....I know I will see Genny (my sis in law) Katy (my bf) and Katie (a fellow blogger) at Zooma this weekend! and High five to my dear mother who will keep my marker body artist darling daughters while Handsome and I are at the race!! (I will pray for her)

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Three exciting things Thursday!

Part two of my memorial day weekend stories will have to wait...It is


THREE THINGS Thursday


1. Last night, I was privileged enough to be able to meet Sarah Bowen Shea, one of the authors of Run Like A Mother. I did not make it in time to run with her, but I did hear her read, have my book signed, win a giveaway, talk to her, comment that I cannot believe how tall she is and meet other really cool running Moms! It was a Blast! and I will get to see her again this weekend at Zooma Annapolis(my first 10k race).


See what I mean by tall? or Maybe I am just super short! I had on 5 inch heels!

2. Hot hot hot weather! I have been trying to get acclimated to the heat and humidity but it is tough! I read that if you do your runs at a slower pace in the heat of the day for a few weeks your body will get use to it! I set out yesterday at 2:00 p.m. it was 91 degrees and sticky....I had the jogger and I made it 2.5 very sweaty miles....I did fine but my face it was so hot it was purple! Although, I have to say when I sweat that much I just tell myself it is the fat melting right from me :)

3. Our little garden is starting to produce....well produce! We actually had enough crop from it Monday to make a salad! It is so fun to grow veggies and be able to cook and eat them! The kids are in heaven when they get a crop and this makes me happy, I feel like this is one step closer to driving home healthy eating!

Little Missy harvesting her crop

Itty bitty and her carrot

Our "Garden" Salad! everything in it is from our Garden!!!

I hope every one has a great Thursday....I have another giveaway coming so keep watching!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Versitile...I think so

I am Beyond Versatile I just can't think up anything good right now! (what it is not the think on your feet award...ok or in three days award but whatever!)

I was tagged by the Fabulous Stacie at Impossible is nothing....and this week has been a little nutty but I am finally getting around to catching up...no doubt because of my 4:45 wake up call!

So here are Seven random things about me.....


1. Lately I feel like life is flying by....I mean was it not yesterday that I found out I was expecting our first baby and tomorrow she is being promoted to pre-k, now I know that seems silly to most but she has changed sooooooooo much this year, she shed her little baby layer and it turning into a kid. Also, for a shy little lady a whole year of school was a giant feat......and my second, my true baby is going to turn two....as I was watching them play out back yesterday I was wishing for time just to freeze....I felt like I would be sitting on my deck in 15 years just wondering where all the time went!

2. Speaking of time.....it is nearly June! and if there is one thing I love it is SUMMER.....I love the BBQ's, the pool, the beach, the late nights, the hot, sweaty, sticky feeling as soon as you walk out of the door, how acceptable it is to run around in shorts, and a bathing suit shoes or no shoes, how we can wake up and go wherever we please for the day..Popsicles, margaritas, saucy dates (with handsome of course) the general happiness of people, vacation.....I could keep going but I will spare you.

3. On a running note, I am learning more about myself then I could have ever imagined....the whole mental toughness thing has come a long way but I am still working HARD on it! I like to give up...

4. I was a Cheerleader in high school, and on the dance team in both high school and college....you would never know that right? shocking I know!

5. I have been to Europe, England in fact but not to London, I landed in London and then hopped a flight to Plymouth England (yup that is where the pilgrims sailed from) Handsome's submarine had just pulled into port and we had been married 7 months....he had been gone for 6.5....we spent 8 very drunk delightful nights stumbling through seeing parts of England most don't know about! However, the food was horrible, thank god for beer it was the only carbs I managed to consume on that trip!

6.My kids are cute...I am not biased, don't even think about suggesting it...here is an example

Little Miss


Itty Bitty


Freaking adorable...it's ok I already know!

7. I am getting horribly sarcastic about everything! I used to just do it to people I knew, now I do it to everyone even on the computer! It does not always come across so well....I think I better watch it people are gonna think I am a whacko, what you already do? why?

I am supposed to tag 15 people, but for about 1,000 reasons I am going to be lazy and tell you that I am probably the last person to do this out here in blog land and the first 15 people who read this can be tagged.....also my kids are on the verge of starving so that is my real excuse....I am sure they will devour what ever breakfast I go make them (somehow I dream these things up in my perfect world) hence the urgency here....no really!

Have a happy Hump day everyone!

Monday, May 24, 2010

say whattt she is B.A........?

YEAH you know me (all you early 90's folks need to resist the urge to shout "I'm O.P.P) I spent the day obsessing about how I ran yesterday, how bad it sucked, and how bad it hurt! I was terribly defeated yesterday afternoon. Last night hubby and I did an hour and half of Yoga "X-STYLE" and it was killer and felt good all at the same time!

Today I wrestled feelings of being down, to quitting running to wondering why I torture treat myself with p90x and running. I wanted to give in and give up be done with it all, so you know what I did? I freaking went running!!! I had to prove to myself that I love to run and it makes me feel good, and it pulls me out of my incredible funk....and so what if my legs hurt, that is the life of a fit chick right?

Sorry I got excited, it was just a quick two mile shake down...a calm, confident, albeit hot and humid your a Bad ass runner shake out! 2 miles in the dark 19:49! I felt as if I was melting and I loved it!

Now the sad part....I still have legs and Back p90x to do :( But I am happy and pumped even! and Tony Horton your ass is mine tonight pal! I love a good run that can turn your whole day around!

Two things I forgot to mention yesterday while I was in my ridiculous slump!

I would like to welcome my New ADORABLE very chubby Niece to the world! Lochlyn Grey was born this past Friday coming in at 9lbs 12 oz to her tiny, little, super model sized mommy! Way to go M.A!! we are all very proud of you! and are soo excited to meet Lochlyn!

and I hauled gravel for almost three hours on Saturday! Seriously don't think I could have down this five months ago...the dudes working on the deck were standing with their mouths gaping, they could not believe a chick could load a wheel barrel full of rocks and push across the yard, dump it spread it and do it again for three hours! Yeah I rocked it and got a great workout at the same time!!

Ok so here is to a good week, no more blahs, I am gonna try and crank out 20 miles this week!!!

Tomorrow I am back with the Versatile blogger award, if my legs can carry me down the steps!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

uh oh another case of the blahs

you ready for some whining?

Ok first off I have no idea what my problem is! I did not run at all last week (gasppp) I know it was killing me too. I got out one day and played with my Garmin for 1.5 but I did more playing less running!

Now before you get all crazy on me, I have been getting up every morning at 4:45 to do p90x, but I did not want it to take a toll on my running, and it is not the only thing that has stopped me! We have had family, bad weather, and a host of end of the year things going on...and I know these are excuses but I have been using them!

Today I enlisted a dear friend of my mine to hit 7 miles with me! We have a 10k in two weeks and I wanted a longer run. We met first thing this morning and hit the trail! Mile 1 and two were fantastic 9:54 and 10:22, and then I felt a very familiar pain creeping into my legs, so I slowed to stretch and walk for a second, mistake!!

I know when I stop cramps get worse I have no idea why I stopped, it was raining by this point I tried to Jog for a .5 mile more it just was getting worse! Poor K she got up early, came out in the rain only for her buddy to bonk on her! Not only was I have such intense leg cramps I was also having awful cold chills, like my skin was standing on end cold chills.

By the time we got back to our cars (with a total of 5.1 miles in 1:03) I was nauseous and dizzy, I couldn't decide on the ride home if I needed to throw up or just visit the rest room, my stomach was angry! Horrible feeling, and I still feel really guilty for quitting on K in the rain! I got home and looked up some stuff on cold chills, the first thing I found was dehydration, the next thing I did was weigh myself I was almost 3 pounds lighter than I was first thing this morning! Hello dehydration, no wonder I felt like crap.

All of this also means I did not participate in the Rock your socks 10k like I was supposed too :) Sorry TMB....I feel pretty defeated this afternoon! I will do my best to pick it up and get back out there tomorrow!

For now my recovery socks and lots of water seem to be doing the trick!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Three things Thursday...

1. I hate you Alarm clock....before I decided I needed to be ripped, buff, hot, muscley, whatever else p90x BETTER get me, I woke up naturally! Now I here your obnoxious sirens at 4:45 and you are lucky your not on the floor in a million pieces.....and no I am not a violent person!

2.On the other Hand Garmin I love you!! But, I actually need to go for a "real" run instead of playing games with you! I know it is really fun to see how fast I can get you to beep at me and how high I can get my heart rate! At one point yesterday when my pace read 4:54 and my heart rate was 173 I was positive someone would have to read my Road I.D. and call the numbers, because I was gonna croak! But it was fun!

3. In general I am gloating (to my self of course) that I can feel every muscle in my body this morning! I sit straight I feel my abs, I stretch out for a kid I can feel my shoulders and back, I lift a kid and think "I could lift you for 15 reps and you would be the perfect weight!" P90x your taking over my brain.... Damn you Tony Horton the day I think your funny I will quit!

and one more thing this is just gross so be prepared


You think he has to walk around saying "it's not a tumaaaa?"

He must have been doing doubles or triples or well drugs maybe? I mean really that is gross and un-natural.....just sayin!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Dear Body....

Dear Body,

I am Sorry! Yes sorry that I woke your sorry ass up at 4:50 a.m. to do p90x! Handsome decided that it was taking up too much of our evening, so now dear body we are working it out in the morning!

I know you hurt, I know the thought of getting out of your nice warm bed, after being up with a little missy who had an accident at 2:45 is not what you were thinking you would be doing on this dreary rainy morning!

I however, am proud of you body, you held up, with eyes barley open you brought it! You loved the burn (or not) you listened to Tony's stupid jokes and you took it all in stride, at times you wanted to throw your weights through the t.v. but you restrained!

I know body you were longing for a shower afte rwards, but since this Mom gets up early her kids think they can also wake up early, so after our Ab ripper X workout, the sound of little feet was not a welcome one! I assure you I will shower you today! I promise!

You have to admit though body, it will be worth it in the end, and it was pretty funny when you crossed your arms in X fashion and told handsome to have an X-cellent day! Too bad you can barley lift coffee to your mouth! sigghhhh dear body, we will be ok and ridiculously ripped....because we Brought it at 4:50 this morning!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The long Race report! and other ramblings

Sorry I have been M.I.A with Birthday going on's and I had a slew of family visiting it was certainly nice to see all of them! and they kept my kiddos so Handsome and I could sneak out for a birthday date! We went to a cute little cozy restaurant here in town and enjoyed Champagne and Appetizers I really had a great day...

So on to the Race....Sunday morning wake up at 5:45, I really wanted to give myself enough time to wake up, fuel up, calm down and be ready, today was the day! I had been talking to my own brain all weekend. I continued to tell my self that all I needed was 9:45 paces to do this...this would be pushing it but to remember that burn feels soooo goood!

I couldn't even get my coffee down my throat! ugghhh so not a morning person! I gagged on a PBJ and packed some things thinking in a bit I could eat! I drank water hit the bathroom, loaded the car, kids and husband and we were off. We arrived at the race with plenty of time to spare...the weather PERFECT 63 and a slight breeze, I had not stressed about my outfit I just wore my favorite shorts and favorite brooks running shirt....Sorry TMB , next time I promise to be more coordinated. (If y'all don't know TMB you should click on her and be prepared for the most hip running fashions, she even gets her hubby to coordinate! She must have magical powers!) Anyhow I was comfy and there were sooooo many people there that I knew! I began chatting and then slowly feeling hungry! yayyy I was able to put down a banana and bottle of water with minimum gagging!

Handsome being the ever supportive, if not completely sarcastic jerk Gem that he is said "baby you do this in 30 or under or I won't come back to another race.." thanks for the motivation baby, remind me next time to leave your ass on the side of the road....we kid, we kid! Anyhow, he only gets away with such sayings because he knows that the only thing stopping me is my own brain!

We lined up I managed to get in the middle of the pack, the gun went off and we were moving, I left my Ipod behind, today I wanted to be in my own head talking to myself, you can read that as day dreaming because before I could come back to reality there was some dude yelling 9:25....when I awoke from my slumber/day dream I realized I was already at mile 1...I thought awesome totally on track I can do this now how do I get back to that dream world?

I came up on the water stop and needed a drink my mouth was soooo dry! So I grabbed water and stood for a second and then took off again... I stopped because I still have not learn to run and drink from a cup...that stop my friends cost me 21 precious seconds..

Mile 2 the little chick yells 20:37, I was getting stoked I had 9:20 some ide seconds to get the last 1.1 and still feeling great knowing I could sprint the last .2 to the line....then I hear "you guys know they saved the killer hill'S for last!" I thought no way, Southern Maryland is as flat as flat can be.....ummm except for Civista hill when I was at the bottom I thought oh crap....then my little brain said "hey just sprint it out baby" and that is what I did Sprint up, not so bad let it carry me down only to find I was at the bottom of a long incline up, craaappp ....ok slow and steady wins the race right? and that is where I saw them, two of the most muscular dudes I have ever seen, dying going up hill I thought I am gonna chick you two so bad that when I get to the finish I want to be able to point them out to hubby! So I passed them on the hill, they passed me on the down hill, I passed them again going up they jump a cone to pass me.....and we are .2 from the line and the clock says 28.52, I looked at one and said "see ya" my long sprinting strides took over...

I was positive I was going to puke, muscular dude number one stayed with my for about thirty seconds, as I crossed the finish Handsome was there yelling and cheering and so were my cutie pies....I looked at the race clock 30:45 is what it read...so I installed the Boston rule (they allow the extra :59 seconds on a qual time!) My official chip time was 30:21!! I say it was a great day! I was proud, and felt awesome after wards....I know many of you are thinking it was a 5k what is this chick going on about? I would just like to remind you in January I couldn't run a half Mile, and now I had just finished a 3.1 mile race in 30 minutes, it was such a powerful thought to see how far I had come, my paces were 9:47( my first race in February it took everything I had to stay with 11:30 goals) which was just off my goal....stupid water stop.

It was a PR by 3 minutes....I have been on cloud nine since Sunday!

ohhhh and I got a Garmin for my birthday, it totally needs a name! I will start taking suggestions and there will be a small prize for the winner! If one of the names is picked! Hope everyone is having a great week, I will be around to catch up on blogs soon....but please be patient I am busy training for my 10k in June... :)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

PR BABY!!! mini race report

Alright.......I finally did it!!! I have been saying for weeks my goal was to get a 30 minute 5k before I moved on to 10k!

I decided a time of 30:59 or less would make me happy (right that is the way Boston does it with the :59) So I am here to say I ca officially move on!

This morning's 5k was 30:21 ....and I still kicking myself for walking through the water stop! There were two killer hills at the end...seriously with less then half a mile to go the hills were daunting! I kicked it up the first one and crawled/rolled up the second, but when I rounded the corner with .2 to go and say the clock at 28:45 I knew I had a minute to sprint!!

I did it I did it...

Thank you for my birthday present running gods and legs.....I can say I am pretty happy!

More at a later time I got to get a shower!!

Happy Sunday looking forward to race reports!

Friday, May 14, 2010

right out the window....

Welcome all new bloggy peeps! I am doing my best to get around to all of your blogs...let me know if I have not been by to comment yet!


P90x you could possibly be the end of me....although I love BRINGING IT every night to our workout, when I wake up in the morning your Total Muscle confusion leaves my body more than confused, it leaves serious muscle pain...still no laughing, coughing or any sudden movement of any sort! I was so excited to do Yoga last night, my thoughts were ohhhh an easy night! ummmm it was the hardest night yet, although the ommhhhhhhhhsssss at the end were rather entertaining! P90x I say you will be the end of me, yet I keep coming back for more! I better get ripped...like "oh my gosh, did you see how buff that chick is" ripped at the end....ya listening body?

and on a running note, I still have run every other day this week! Yikes and double ow...but I guess one thing cross training does is make me feel strong, I felt really strong on my 4 miler the other day. The miles clipped by, even if I was pushing both girls in the stroller, at noon, on an 80 degree day! It was fun! I felt like I was melting.....I mean I usually sweat but I had it dripping from the tip of my nose and I could tell I was getting a great workout! I consumed 50 oz of water on that run/ recovery!! Collectively my girls and the stroller way about 75 pounds, it was a challenge but it has been my reality this week as Handsome is working out of town and not getting home until late every night! I think it will prepare me for this weekends 5k, I will be with out my stroller and kids, so maybe I will fly and finally break that coveted 30 minutes! Actually anything 30:59 and below is fine with me! As long as I can say yeah I run a 30 minute 5k, I will be golden. It will be the best birthday present my legs can give me!

Tired of hearing about my birthday yet? I hope not we got 4 days to go and in case you can't tell I love birthdays. I don't care who's birthday it is, I just really like them and well I really like mine....especially since the only thing I asked for was a Garmin and to get my hair did...come on Monday!!!

and ohhhh right out the window...have you ever had a day with your kids, when you thought maybe I am not so great at this Mom gig! Take yesterday for example....

We wake up about 30 mins late...alright not to big of a deal I usually allow cushion time....note to self: everyone who lives in this house, self included moves at a turtles pace in the morning!

I realize we have 35 mins before we need to be in the car to get to pre-school, no one has had breakfast, is dressed and I am not showered...ummmm crap

When I start insisting that we eat now! All I get is whining, I don't like fruit (that is a lie my kids love fruit) I hate eggs (any other day they would be begging for them) oatmeal is gross (my kids eat oatmeal faster than anyone I know) so I threw fruit roll ups at both of them they were happier then a pig in shit! and I was so annoyed that I gave in to them....oh well I did not have time to deal! Fruit roll-ups have "fruit" in the name right?

The whining continued, all the way up the stairs to get dressed, somehow tank tops and skirts was not going to fly on a 50 degree day, but tank tops and skirts with jeans and a sweater over it made it out the door....I never ever want to hear my kids say "I can't believe you used to dress us like that..." I will forever respond "you dressed your own stubborn self like that!"

Anyhow the day continued Mommy could do no right....and the real kicker? I stepped on a crayon...it broke.....my three year old throws her self to the floor and shouts...."all these years I have taken care of you, and this is what I get, a broken crayon?" ummmmm can anyone yell out Dramatic? I honestly have no idea where she gets this stuff, I promise all of you I do not talk to her or play with her like that! It is a good thing they are both cute, they almost landed on the corner with a "free to a good home" sign yesterday!

and my Mother of the year award.....right out the window, oh well maybe next year!

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

does anybody have a band-aid?

.................cause I got all cut up!!!! Last night doing p90x!!!

Sorry for the dry humor I can't help myself! If you really knew me or handsome very well, you would realize we talk like this to each other on a regular basis! He will call me from work to ask "if I have my tickets?" when I say "what tickets?" He yells in the phone "to the gun show, I am on my why home to give it!"

I promptly emailed him yesterday morning and asked him "if he was ready?"

when he replied " ready for what?"

I simply stated "TOTAL MUSCLE CONFUSION!!!"

It's ok you don't have to point out that we are complete dorks! At least we laugh together right?

So P90X started last night!! Well really Sunday night, we took our before pictures, our measurements, and did the fit test! I will say I was nervous about taking the fit test, but was able to pass it with flying colors! Except the pull up part, I made it to a half of a pull-up...blah I will continue to work on that!

Monday night we started with chest, back and abs.....can we all say a collective owwwcchhhhh!!!

Our phone convo this morning went more like this "hey baby, are you sore?", to which he said "yep, how about you?" when I said I had to bring my hair to shoulder level to get into a pony tail, it was clear, that we are doing a good job getting cut up...in the mean time please don't make us laugh, cough or pull anything up!!!

I am proud of myself, back in January I would have never been able to even try this! Last night I swear it was pride and the tears from laughing at my super exaggerated and ridiculously strong husband that got me through the first workout! I am actually looking forward to tonight's Plyometrics workout!!

I unfortunately am too embarrassed to share my before photos but once I have completed a round and have something to compare it too I may be able to share the journey! We will see!

So y'all keep those band-aid's on hand, I am either gonna get all cut up or die trying!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Recovery Sock Winners!!

Welcome all new bloggy reading peeps! I love that your here!

Thank you to all of you who entered! I wish I could give all of you a pair they are that amazing!!!!

I Picked number 17 because that is the day of my Birthday and my family's lucky number, it's the day my Mom and Dad were married, I was born, and my brother was born! This number pops up all over the place for us and we love it!

So lucky number 17 goes to Shelly at It's just one foot in front of the other!!

and then the second winner I picked at random



#9 is miss MCM Mama!!! Congrats to you both, I hope you love them as much as I do!!!

Please email me with your info at etgym@aol.com, I need your size, color you would like and shipping address!

Thanks again for everyone who entered! Stay reading there will be more giveaways to come!





Sunday, May 9, 2010

SUPPPEEEERRR MOOOOMM!!

WARNING* this could turn Sappy really fast so be ready!!


Happy Mothers day to all you wonderful Mom's out there! I am unsure what our world would do without all the super Mom's who make every day possible! Kids are the best gifts in the world! The last 4 years of my life as a Mom have been the best years of my life!



NO ONE....Brings me more


Joy

Happiness

Laughter

Tears

Frustration

Pride

Patience

Kindness

and general well being then my kids! The Challenge me every single day to be a better, more understanding, loving person, then I was the day before. I am honestly unsure of who I was before I had my little monsters sweeties running around! But, now I am positive of who I am and who I want to be!


You will have to excuse me....we were working with two sleepy girls and dead batteries you guys can imagine me with my eyes open right?




Yup even when my 3 year old Screams out that I "must have a giant Vagina" (you can read the post below this for the full story) in a public bathroom, I still love being a Mom and know every day there has never been nor will there ever be a better Job (even if I don't feel like this tomorrow, when they are both in the middle of meltdowns, somewhere deep in depths of my brain I know I am doing what I love!)



and they are also responsible for turning my into a running Mama! (well Kinda) I want to be in better shape and health for them, I want them to know they can do anything they set out too and I want to be around to see all their dreams and wishes come true, this in essence (and few extra pounds from pregnancy) have turned me into a running Mom!


Have I ever mentioned these two are Trouble?



To my Mom...you have always been my best cheerleader and my best friend! It is you I come running for almost always, you have the best advice, Love and patience any daughter can ask for! I am glad you are such a large part of me and my girls lives thank you for everything cannot, wait to see you in a week!

I am as good as Dead when Mom see's this picture! But I think she is cute!


and to handsome who really knows how to make a girls day (he got me p90x!!! yesssss) thank you for all the support and telling me I am not crazy even when I know I am!! I could have never asked (or created (yes I have powers do that!)) A better Dad, and husband for this family! You are my lobster .....bwhahah


Picking Strawberries for Mommy!


May all of you have a wonderful day and enjoy your mothers and your children! and yourself of course! As soon as my camera battery charges I will edit with cute pictures from strawberry picking we did this morning! Another one of my favorite things!!

Also Last day to be entered in the Recovery socks Giveaway!! Winners announced tomorrow





Friday, May 7, 2010

she is 3, and sooo lewd! warning bathroom humor!

Y'all better brace yourselves! While shopping at Toys r us yesterday with my 3 almost 4 year old the following happened!

Little Missy says "Mom I have to pee!"
I replied "Me too"

We had just spent all morning at her spring carnival and we were at toys r us to pick a pool for her and Itty bitty to play in and some other fun water toys! I stop what I am doing and all three of us hurry to the bathroom!

Little missy hops up on the toilet while I change Itty bitty's diaper, after she is done I sit down to pee!

Little miss hands me one tiny square of toilet paper...to which I replied..
"umm baby mommy needs more toilet paper then that!"

LM "Why Mommy?"

me: "because"

Lm : "I only use one or two!"

me: "well I am bigger than you and I need more"

to which little missy then said in a very loud exaggerated tone!

"Then you must have a GIANT vagina!"

ummmmmm....I was 55 shades of purple. and laughing! she did not know what was so funny, I could not explain! I hid in the stall until I was 99% sure there was no body else in the bathroom! I then pulled my sunglasses over my eyes, continued to laugh grabbed a pool and made a bee line for the door!! What the hell? where does she get this stuff from!

Maybe next time I should teach my kids better names for their privates as to not be soo embarrassed when we are out in public!!


On a running note, I am running National police week 5k tomorrow! Hopefully, my Giant va jay jay will PR!

Happy Friday and weekend to all.....still laughing!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

forgive me??

Please don't be mad.....I have been going two weeks strong! Two weeks with no excuses and today it happened. Today I excused myself from not running...can I explain? Maybe you will let me off the hook, I promise you, I will try not to be dramtic lengthy!

*Last night*
After enjoying a short run and a cup of coffee with hubby, I settled down around 11, no sooner did my little brain go to la la land, Itty bitty let out a shrill...(this is not uncommon for her in the middle of the night, little weirdo) about a minute later she was really freaking out, so I got up, as soon as I opened the door the pungent smell of vomit hit me in the face!! Poor baby was freaking out because she through up all over her beloved baby! and was still going but was really upset about the baby!

I yell for handsome, he started the bath and I start cleaning up! Thoughts of what the heck is this from? are running through my brain, I was trying to remember what we had eaten and if she had anything that was particularly different. Nothing came to mind. Handsome finished her bath, I finished the bleaching of her contaminated items put fresh sheets on the crib.....she wasn't having it! She was begging to go downstairs! Ok I thought it is only midnight...I will let her settle and then we will get back in bed.....to make a very long story short, we never made it back to bed! 7 changes of clothes later it was finally dawn...I was never so happy to see sunshine because then I could convince my body that it did not actually need to sleep! Poor kiddo threw up pretty much every hour from 11p.m. until 4 a.m and then a lull until 6 a.m.!

Have you forgiven me yet?

Ok well....after dealing with a tantrum from the three year old, because I simply did not have the man-power to get her to her beloved dance class, I schedule Itty bitty a doctors appointment, got everyone dressed, jumped out of the shower twice to catch some vomit in a trash can, got everyone in the car! Drop little miss at dance class, luckily I have dear friends who are wonderful to both my kids and I! (Thank you again K) ran to the doc appointment, got out just in time to pick up little miss at dance!

Hit the grocery store, we only stopped once while there to catch throw up

picked up lunch for the big one (little one is not allowed solids)caught puke in the parking lot!

made it home, begged itty bitty to eat a Popsicle, and feed little miss.

Itty bitty throws up once more and falls asleep, I finally convince her to get in her crib I really wanted to lay down, little miss had fallen asleep too!!

instead I sanitized my entire house, stripped all beds and got the laundry going, in hopes of keeping the rest of the house healthy...after that I dumped all contaminated trash cans, mopped floors, spot cleaned rugs and continued the puke laundry!

at this point running was looking grim, so I threw a shred in there really quick so I at least got some workout in! Holy smokes on level three Jillian kicked my tired ass!

I vacuumed, made dinner, passed itty bitty off to handsome (who was also up all night and worked all day) and took little miss to soccer...I was not so thrilled to be at soccer (sorry for my grumpiness) rush home, get ready for school tomorrow, shower kids,and myself put little girls to bed, go lay down and well wouldn't you know, now I cannot fall asleep! What the heck maybe there were drugs in my Water today or maybe it was the 5 cups of coffee I drank today, (I am a once a day kinda chick, with caffeine!) I feel completely wiped even my voice is horse, but I can't doze off.....and poor handsome just got called to work :(

what does not kill thou, will only make us drink more coffee or something like that!

So now can you forgive me? I just did not think I had four miles in me tonight, I still ate well all day, and I did shred! I will make them up this weekend I promise!

See I am not dramatic......right? I know, I am, I have a sick kid we have all been there, I just choose to justify my reasoning to you! I admire all you super humans out there, who run even on bad days!

After being awake for 36 hours, maybe I will go count sheep to fall asleep!

Happy Cinco de mayo everyone!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Can I get a 50??? and a giveaway!!!!

50 posts!!!!

Holy moly, I cannot believe

A. I have stuck with running long enough to write about it 50 times

B. I still have people who read about my crazy antics and my running

C. That 5 months ago I scoffed at the idea of exercising, much less writing about it!!

But, with all that said I am proud to have made it to 50 and even more proud that I have been running for 5 months!!!

Sooo to celebrate I am going to tell you 5 random things about me and then tell you about an awesome giveaway because I like you all that much :)

1. I am a May baby, so I love all things may, including the weather, my birthday, cinco de mayo, mothers day, memorial day...you name it if it is in may, I am game! and if you were born in may you will be super-loved by me!

2. The decision I questioned you about the other day (baby or no?) has been made! You will have to stay tuned (and following) to find out the outcome :P

3. All of a sudden I have a weird urge to have extremely intense workouts! For whatever reason it makes me feel like a weakling complete badass. Seriously, today I did Shred with Jillian then I ran 4 of the 5 miles I had planned (it got dark fast),I am completely exhausted exhilarated.

4. hmmmmm the numbers 13.1 are really starting to take over my mind!!

5. I REALLY appreciate all you readers and commenter's it totally makes my day, it is my own little escape right inside my own house!

Now on to the good stuff you know you want these babies!

RECOVERY SOCKS






these are the best ever! I do not think I could live without them! They make my legs feel so good, after my long hot run this evening I actual said out loud to myself at .5 to go..."Recovery socks how I long for you" the seriously are that great!

and now you can win a pair! Actually two of you are going to win a pair!

Here is how: (separate comment for each please)

1.( Required) You must be a follower of this blog!

2. Tell me which race distance is your favorite and why?

3. Tell me why May is the greatest month on earth other than my birthday!

4. Tweet it, facebook it, repost it, yell it from the mountain tops or sing it in the shower but tell your friends!!

I will select one winner at random and one winner from those of you who already follow since you have been with me for awhile and you inspire me daily! Ok sound good? Now who wants some socks? ANYONE? Contest ends Sunday 5/9 and I will announce winners Monday 5/10!!

Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Three things Thursday...

I promise not to turn this into 11,000 things Thursday again!

Welcome new bloggy peeps, so glad you can join me! This is post 49! I might have something fun for 50...hang tight!

Ok three things

1. hhhhhhmmmmm what to say today....it has been a busy week and I have come down with a sinus infection of sorts. Yuck my head hurts, my throat hurts the whole shabang! I am doing my best to not use it as an excuse but I will admit I skipped running tonight because my head was pounding and I couldn't muster the energy, it took everything I had to give my little ladies a bath, read them a book and get them in bed! I did do some weight trainng though! Hopefully I will feel better tomorrow!

2. Speaking of tomorrow I am going to see my Mommy! I love my Mom and my Dad they are some of my best friends, we are looking forward to a fun weekend of girls, my hubby will be finishing our new deck which excites me beyond belief! I love our back yard!

3. here is a question, thought provoking what have you.....should we have another baby? accckkk I cannot believe I wrote that on my blog! But, we have been on the fence for a while and I think we have narrowed a decision which I may or may not share at a later time....but here are my worries, three kids! whooaaa that seems like alot!, I have finally found a sweet spot with taking time for myself and running, I know it seems selfish but I feel like pregnancy and a newborn would not allow those things...I also know this could just be a silly fear as many women run while pregnant....but really three kids? I love kids don't get me wrong...but I guess I am still on the fence!

now that was ridiculously random!! Thank you for all the comments about your Garmins! I have that list narrowed as well...do you see a pattern here?

Happy friday!!!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tuesday ramblings and a Garmin Question

What a busy few days!!! No excuses though..I promise!

This morning I gagged down a banana and half of a powerade I hate both but whatever, I was skeptical but I loaded Itty bitty, in the stroller and we took off....4 miles later when I was done, I had Minimal cramping!! Yes success....maybe I do have a potassium problem, I am ok with that it is better then Shin splints!! I rolled out the rest of my cramps on the overpriced rolly thing....ouuucchhhh, that thing brings tears to my eyes but makes me feel better!

I had new cloths to run in...I have new brooks shorts, mizuno shirt and new brooks shoes to try out! Running warehouse is this awesome addictive place....if you don't want to spend money don't go to that site, their prices rock..too good to pass up rock! Anyhow, I loved my shirt and my shorts and my shoes they were all awesome, the shorts were a little on the short side but really comfy!

SO in a few weeks I will be another year older, and as I birthday gift I think I want a Garmin, I am starting to run longer distances and *wince* may be considering a half marathon soon...yikes that was hard to say! I actually have this ridiculous addiction to try a Tri-athalon I have no idea where that is coming from but anyhow my point is..

What Garmin do you all use? other than price, what are pros and cons to the one you have do wish you would have gotten a different one? I have no idea which one would be best! Helllllpppp pleeesseee

Inspirational me? In the last week, I have gotten my dear friend, my neighbor, my Mom, a pre-school friend and in-law into exersising! whoaaaa seriously some days I still have to talk myself into it! Now I feel even more accountable for setting a good example!

Organizational me? I spent all day Sunday clenaing my kids rooms, closets, drawers and so on and so forth! Their rooms look so gooooodddd! Today I finished the upstairs being the guest room, both bathrooms and my room!and washing walls. Holy smokes it is organized to a T! I donated 9 bags of clothes!!!! and numerous other things, wow I love the way my upstairs looks, now if I can just get downstairs done, I can quite my OCD, neat freak self!

I am approaching 50 posts! Yikes you better stay tuned there may be a fun little gift involved :) Ok on tap tomorrow weights, and a gentle two mile run! Yes I love two mile days!!!

Happy hump day everyone!