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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I have two more giveaways coming up, so stay tuned!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
The weather is finally nice enough to feel as if winter is truly behind us, this morning we did seven miles in a part of town that was new to me, which is a nice change. I feel like I've claimed Saturday mornings for running. I ran Saturday's all through the winter with the group, and I plan on keeping it up, and do my longest run of the week on Saturdays. That way I don't have to worry during the week about Mike getting home from work on time for me to head out, or to get up earlier than usual to fit it in before he leaves. I think it's good all around, while I'm out running Mike has Saturday mornings alone with L&E which I know they all enjoy. Then I'll let him sleep in on Sundays, give him some affection, then it's all good.
Here are details of my run today. Just 'cause:
Distance: 7.08 mi
Calories: 980 C
Avg Pace: 09:58 min/mi
Best Pace: 07:15 min/mi
The photo is from the next race on my calendar, the Boilermaker 15k on July 11. It will be my fourth year running it. And is it me, or is it weird that the Moody Blues are playing at the post race party? I didn't know they were still an item.........don't forget the Bondi Band Giveaway.....it ends May 26th!
Friday, May 21, 2010
We had a variety of Vita Tops to test out, from Chocolate Mint to Banana Nut, along with their Chocolate Brownies. If you aren't familiar with the product, one of their tag lines is "maximum nutrition for minimal calories." They are preservative free (must be kept frozen otherwise they spoil), have 8 grams of whole grains, 15 vitamins and minerals, are a good source of fiber with 100 calories and between 1 and 2 grams of fat per muffin. Completely feel good eating.
I would grab one out of the freezer, and either let it come to room temperature for a snack, or would pop it in the toaster to have for breakfast with my coffee. I put one next to Mike's water bottle in the fridge, so he could take it with him when he leaves for work. They have so many different flavors (three of chocolate alone) that it's easy to have a few favorites (at least for me). This is what I thought of each:
Apple Berry - I'm going to use the word "bursting" for this one, there were chunks of apple, along with whole blueberries and cranberries.
Chocolate Mint Chip - my favorite of them all, the mint flavor wasn't overpowering, and the chips just made it even better.
Monday, May 17, 2010
I'm supposed to list seven things about myself, and pass it onto 15 new blog friends. I started listing blogs that I read frequently, and I had to stop, because we'd be here all day. I've shared so much about myself already, but there's always more to tell, so here goes:
1. I tend to drive a wee bit fast, although I didn't get a speeding ticket until about two years ago. I was going 81 mph in a 65. That same weekend I got a parking ticket, and then a letter from EZ Pass saying if I drove that fast thorough the exit again, they would revoke my pass. Turned out to be an expensive weekend.
2. Before having kids I traveled. Outside of the U.S. I've been to Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, France, The Netherlands, Venezuela, Belgium, Mexico, Canada and the Carribean. I would love to go to Japan.
3. I want to do some trail running. I sometimes run on the trails at a nature center near my house, but I don't think that counts.
4. I'm a fan of the Mets, Giants, Islanders, Knicks and SU for college basketball, which can cause some good natured friction within my family at times, since my Dad went to Chapel Hill and he and my brother are obviously big Carolina fans.
4. I played field hockey for four years in high school, was a cheerleader for three, and captain my senior year. Go Falcons!
6. I love libraries. There is one down the street from the house I grew up in, and I was there all the time. When I lived in Rochester, I worked down the street from a library, and would spend my lunch hours there. I love the feeling of finding a little quiet corner and staying there for as long as I can. It's different now with the kids, but they love it too.
7. When I was little my grandparents had a black cat named Molly. I've always suspected that I'm named after the cat, but no one would admit it.
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
1. I went to a new dentist this week for a cleaning. He was a nice enough guy, but the type who asks a ton of questions while your mouth is full of metal. One of our conversations went like this:
DDS: Are you athletic? You look athletic. What are you, five ten?
Me: Good guess, I am five ten. I run, I ran the Mountain Goat last weekend.
D: Running, UGH. Running makes me nauseous.
M: hrkm kgrof.
D: Do you have a brother? Is he as big as you? He must be really big.
M: I do have a younger brother. He's a plumber.
D: Then I guess he's not that big.
2. We had a raccoon come up to us on the deck a couple of weekends ago while Mike was grilling dinner. It would not go away, it was like that kid movie Over The Hedge. I threw some cans of Play Dough at him, and he kept ducking back and forth behind a tree like in an Arcade game. Mike shot off a Roman Candle (yes, fireworks. In our house it's a year round occurrence) and he still wouldn't go. We gave up, and Mike kept cooking. Every so often he would whip around and shine the flashlight on it, and the raccoon would turn his head like he was embarrassed for staring.
3. I'm not sure if I'm happy with my Nike's. They are a vast improvement over the Asics, which I realize now were too narrow, and did nothing to keep my foot centered. I've been feeling a twinge in my left heel, I've dealt on and off with plantar fasciitis in that foot, so I'm wondering if the Nike's aren't cushioned enough. I've only had them for two months, but I'm considering sneaking over to Fleet Feet for a second opinion. I'm having flashbacks to wearing a boot to bed for a month, cortisone shots and foot taping, and I really don't want to go down that road again.
4. I had a few moments this week:
I told Eliza to eat her corn on the cob like a typewriter. She didn't know what the hell I was talking about.
I learned that you need to be careful with what you touch after you use Ben Gay.
I went outside to put some outgoing mail in our mailbox, and when I got to the end of the driveway, I realized I was holding a box of rice.
So the lovely folks at Bondi Band are offering two things......first, a discount code to use on their website, buy five bands for $25, and use code FIVE at checkout.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Which brings me to the Moms who "run and feel guilt" issue. I have to figure out on a daily basis how I'm going to get my run in, life was much easier when my kids napped and they weren't aware of what I was doing with that time. Now that they're older, at times I feel bad taking the time away from them. But the way Dimity addresses this guilty feeling really makes sense to me. The time you spend running strengthens your spirit, it re-charges you to be your best each day. It makes you more present as a mother for the rest of those hours in the day. Which I agree with, if I get to sweat, then everything I'm faced with during my day as a Stay At Home Mom is much easier to handle.
In a cool coincidence, Tall Mom Mel is having a Run Like a Mother giveaway, a chance to win an autographed copy of the book. So click here to check it out. If not, run (pun intended) out and buy yourself this book.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Which he did.
Friday, May 7, 2010
1. I'm slacking in my food journal this week. Just haven't done it.
2. I have not run since my race. It's been a nutty week, Mike is away on business, and I just wanted to take a break. I did take a lot of walks with the kids, stretched and rolled on the foam roller, baked and cooked and read. Now I feel refreshed.
3. A hot topic on the Fleet Feet message boards this week was about using ipods during a race, when it's officially not allowed. I'm a rule follower, I might not be happy about it, but I'll do it. What's your take?
4. In between Birthday, Cinco de Mayo and Mother's Day festivities, we're having my neighborhood's annual garage sale. I just sold my first item, a Diaper Champ, that Mike said would never go.
5. I haven't watched LOST, Survivor, or The Office this week, waiting to watch with Mike. I am in Housewives of NYC and NJ heaven though, seriously, twice in one week?! Love it.
And you've gotta check out Julie's giveaway...full of GU, sport beans, giftcards, Glide and a DVD.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
I was in a bit of a funk on Monday. I was still mad about the race on Sunday, but after reading the comments on my post about it (thank you), and talking to my Dad (former triathlete and marathon runner) I felt much better. I was given the chance to read and review Run like a Mother, and I'm about half way through, and will post about it soon, but it's helping to light my fire again.
Mother's Day always sneaks up on me. I know it's because Luke's birthday is a few days before hand, so I'm usually preoccupied with planning his day, forget about Mother's Day. I can't believe he's going to be six. We brought him home from the Hospital on Mother's Day, after 31 hours of labor, attended by my sweet Korean Doctor who was pretty much pushed aside by a big Russian Doctor who was on duty and had nothing else to do. My epidural only worked on my right side, Luke broke his collar bone on the way out, and the only reason he got out was because the big Russian kept yelling at me. Ah, memories.
So I have to think of something for my Mom, and send it out today so that she gets it in time. My mom was/is a single parent. When we were in grade school she put herself through college, studying at the kitchen table at night while we watched TV, and found babysitters that we liked to stay with us while she was at class. One time she found a $100 bill on the sidewalk, and instead of spending it on herself, she took my sister and I for new Girl Scout uniforms, as well as every accessory she could find to splurge on. I still have my pocket knife.
I'm just realizing I don't have any recent photos of just her and I, so I'll post this one of us when I was a baby. I've posted it before, but I love it. Dig the arm bangle, she's hotter than Wonder Woman.