Monday, December 31, 2007

Another nice run today

I took Kara to school at 8 a.m., and was seriously tossing around the idea of running right when I returned home. That is, until I saw the frost and ice -- yes, ice -- that was outside waiting for me. It was a balmy 25 degrees when Kara and I headed off to the preschool, and I knew right then a morning run was out.

I waited a couple hours to go running. It was about 40 degrees when I finally went. Much better, although still colder than I am used to running in. At least the ice had melted, though.

I ran to the bank and then to Kara's preschool, where Tim and Matty met us with the van. It was a nice run. I am loving the running tights still and the gloves. Tim said I look the part of a runner now. Yeah!

We're planning to got to Target later today, but I want to kick the new year off with a run tomorrow. Happy New Year, everyone!

Today's stats:
Distance: 4 miles
Time: 43:54
Pace: 10:58 minute/mile

Saturday, December 29, 2007

So I finally got a run in

I feel so refreshed right now!

I was able to sneak a run in this afternoon. I needed it so badly! Who cares if it was in the rain and my Garmin died because I forgot to charge it?

I got to try out some of my new running duds, including socks, running tights and a long-sleeved running shirt. I loved all of them! The tights are awesome because they keep everything from jiggling. And they make me look more like a runner, in my opinion.

I also wore my new running gloves that my inlaws bought me for Christmas. Now I want to train for a marathon. You can see why:

So if the HM goes well in May, I might just train for the next marathon here in October. If I do, I have gloves to wear! ;-)

So I am going to be adding some strength training to my regime in the new year. I got some $$ for the holidays, so I am buying myself a little gift:

It's the Weider Total Body Works 5000, a strength training machine. It's basically the same thing as the Total Gym that Chuck Norris and Christie Brinkley peddle, but it's a lot less expensive. I have read several reviews from people who own this particular machine, and they have all been positive. So I am going to order one and try it out! I really want to firm things up and gain some muscle and this looks like it will help. And it's something Tim can use too, so he can get buff also. LOL!

OK, that's it for now. I hope to run again tomorrow before heading off to a holiday dinner at a family member's house.

Today's stats:
Distance (per 3.23 miles
Time and pace: no idea

Damn again

Now Tim has the stomach flu. I just KNOW I am next in line.

I hope to get a short run in today when Tim gets up. I'm letting him sleep in since he's feeling crappy. I just hope I don't start feeling crappy before my run.

Will be back later to update.

Friday, December 28, 2007


Just when it looked like the kids were on the mend, Matty had to go and throw up again this morning.

I went into his room to get him up to take Kara to school, and there was vomit all over the floor. He is probably lying in some as we speak. I decided at the last minute to keep Kara home from school today because of all the vomiting and the fact that now I'm not convinced it's not a stomach flu.

Guess a call to the doctor will be in order today.....


I took Matty to the doctor today, and she said it is the stomach flu. Apparently it is spreading like wildfire around here right now. It is probably what caused Kara to throw up, also. Matty has definitely been hit the hardest by it, as he now has terrible diarrhea, as well. Poor guy. So we basically just have to wait for it to pass. Bummer.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Think we found the culprit...

...that has been wreaking havoc on the kids' stomachs the past two days.

It appears the milk they had been drinking was making them sick. I finally figured it out this morning after giving Kara some milk from that jug (Matty hadn't had any milk since the night before, and he threw it up immediately then) and then she puked about 10 minutes later. She hadn't thrown up since Wednesday morning, so I am pretty confident it was the milk causing the problems. I tossed it down the sink and gave them milk out of a new jug, and they both seem to be fine now. Matty actually drank two bottles of the new milk and now he is asleep (with no puke in sight!!).

Due to the illness and our weather (coldness and rain), I have been opting out of running because I don't want to take sick kids out in the rain (Matty still has a runny nose from a cold). So I rode the stationary bike while Matty went down for a nap and Kara played in her new indoor bounce house. Here's a pic of her from yesterday playing in it:

Today's stats:
Time: 30 minutes
Distance: 7.53 miles

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Up to my elbows in puke

Last night was a rough one.

After three days straight of fun and holiday cheer, the kidlets ended up getting sick.

Matty kicked it off, throwing up in his bed sometime between 9 p.m. last night and 4 a.m. today. He woke up crying at 4, and that's when I discovered the puke. It was already dried all over his clothing, hair, face, bedding, etc. Ick.

I threw him in the tub to scrub the stank off. He was not happy. My mom helped by changing his bed sheet.

He was cranky, so I decided to stay up with him and rock him in the living room. I gave him some milk to help him get back to sleep. Bad idea. He ended up projectile vomiting on me twice between 4:30 and 6, when he finally fell asleep. I crawled back into bed and said to hell with the morning run I had planned in my head.

Then around 7:30, Kara woke up crying. My mom made it into her room first, and she had puked all over her bed, too! She was really upset because some vomit was on her hand. She didn't seem to care that it was all over her face and in her hair, too. So I had to clean her up and get her calmed down. She ended up watching cartoons with me for a little bit before running off to play. Guess she's feeling OK now.

Matty got up a little before 10 a.m., and once again he was covered in vomit in his bed. Ugh, how much can one little belly take? He got another bath. This time, he sat in the water with his eyes closed, moaning. He is so tired and not feeling well, poor little guy. I think he might take a nap soon, since he is so exhausted.

I want to run today and try out some of my new running duds, but I don't know if I want to take sick kids outside (my parents left for home, so I am by myself with the two pukemeisters). If I run, I'll come back later and post. I am just hoping I don't end up getting sick, too.

OMG, make it stop!! Matty took a nap and just woke up in vomit AGAIN!! So he had yet another clothing change and cleaning. Everything he's ingesting is coming back up right now. I seriously don't know what to do. :-(

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Motivation is in the crapper

I still managed a shortish run today, despite the fact my parents are here and the weather was rainy. Oh, and I was exhausted because Tim and I had a date last night (went to a concert) and didn't get to bed until 2 a.m. So my motivation was almost gone until I finally was able to talk myself into a four-miler. But I had to do it, as we went to Tim's parents' house for dinner tonight and I knew ahead of time I would want to pig out.

Tomorrow will be another busy day, as we will be going to Tim's grandmother's house for her Christmas celebration.

If I don't blog before then, Merry Christmas!

Today's stats:
Distance: four miles
Time: 43:58
Pace: 10:59 minute/mile

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Pushing Santa's sleigh

So that's why my run felt so hard today!

Kara and Matty were sitting in the stroller giggling while I ran. Then I heard Kara sing a Christmas song. Cute, no? Then she said "Momma, you're pushing Santa's sleigh!" All I could respond with was "Oh." It's hard to speak and run with a jogging stroller at the same time when you're going up a hill. Go figure.

After I finished, I realized I was wearing a bright red fleece over a long-sleeved white wick-away shirt, and I had the sleeved rolled up a bit which made it look like I had big white cuffs. I was dressed like Santa from the waist up! Oh, and Kara insisted she go out for this run in her Halloween costume, which was a purple unicorn. So here is Santa pushing a unicorn in a stroller. No wonder people were smiling and waving as I passed by, as if I was in a parade.

Here's Kara in her costume, taken on Halloween (sidekick Matty was just a regular ol' horse):

Today's stats:
Distance: 3 miles
Time: 32:50
Pace: 10:56 minute/mile

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Dang, it's nasty out!

I was planning a run today, but I just can't talk myself into doing it. I would have to run outside with the stroller and kids in this nasty weather. It is raining hard and really windy and just plain icky. Even though I have a rain hood for the stroller, I just don't want to deal with all that. I miss my treadmill and need to figure out what the heck is wrong with it. Or buy a new one.

So I will be doing a stationary bike workout a little later. I'll be back to post stats after it's over....

Back to add my stats. I only had time for 30 minutes, as I am babysitting tonight. I might do another 30 after the kids leave.

Today's stats:
Distance: 7.53 miles
Time: 30 minutes

Monday, December 17, 2007

Excited for Christmas!

The next week is going to be a busy and fun one!

First, my sister-in-law and her husband will be coming to town this week with their new puppy.

Then my parents will be arriving here on Saturday to spend Christmas with us. I almost never host Christmas, so I will be busy cleaning and getting things ready for their visit, since they're staying with us. Kara is excited, though, and so am I!

It was another rainy day here, so I rode the stationary bike instead of venturing outside. Nothing spectacular, for sure, but at least I got myself moving.

Today's stats:
Stationary bike ride:
Distance: 10 miles
Time: 38:19

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Another rainy day run

I sure know how to pick my days to run, it seems.

(insert eye roll here)

It started raining lightly just before I left for my run today. As it progressed, the rain came down harder and the wind picked up. I decided to stop at five miles because I was soaked to the bone and starting to get cold, even though I was still running.

Today's stats:
Distance: 5 miles
Time: 54:47
Pace: 10:57 minute/mile

Friday, December 14, 2007

Run of the exhausted mommy

I am beyond exhausted. Matty has been sick the past couple days (although doing better now), so I am working off very little sleep. Wednesday night, the poor guy hardly slept at all, and neither did I. I ended up rocking him almost all night. Then last night, he woke up just about every hour in a coughing fit, which woke me up, too. So in the past two nights, I think I've managed about seven hours of sleep.

Nonetheless, I plodded my way around the neighborhood tonight for a little more than two miles. I had to wait until Tim came home from work, so it was dark out, which didn't help with my sleepiness. The run felt icky poo (my eyelids were heavy the whole time, my left shin developed a cramp and I was cranky), but I was glad I finished it when I was done.

I am off to bed now (finally). I have a busy day tomorrow. I am planning a long run, followed by painting a medicine cabinet that has been sitting in our dining room for almost a year. Then I will be going out to dinner with a couple of my new biology friends to celebrate the end of the semester. I can't wait!!

Today's stats:
Distance: 2.25 miles
Time: 25:15
Pace: 11:13 minute/mile

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Got my final exam grade

I scored 98 out of 100 points on the final exam! So I earned 931.5 points out of a possible 900 points this semester! That equals 103 percent! LOL!! Definitely an A+ if I ever saw one.

I am so relieved and happy. But at the same time I am a bit sad, as I really loved this class. And my teacher, who was like a friend to me, is moving to Washington state this weekend, so I will probably never see her again. Bummer. She actually hugged me last night after I finished the final exam. And I gave her a Christmas card with my kids' pictures on it, which she loved.

I am planning a short run this afternoon. It is so cold today that I will have to bundle the kids up in the stroller. Heck, I'll have to bundle myself up, too! I will come back later and post my stats. :-)

OK, I am back now following my run. I ended up running to the bank and back. It is very chilly out there. Poor Matty's hands were icicles by the time we got home.

Today's stats:
Distance: four miles
Time: 44:37
Pace: 11:09 minute/mile

Monday, December 10, 2007

I am done!

I took my final in my biology class tonight. I am done with school until Jan. 22!

I know I did well on this final and will end up with my A+ intact. Of course, they highest grade the college allows to be recorded is an A, so all those extra points won't be reflected in my transcript, but that is OK.

I did manage short workouts yesterday and today. but I didn't have time to blog until now. I am planning on a run tomorrow after I get done babysitting for a relative. Will write more then.

Yesterday's stats:
Stationary bike:
Time: 30 minutes
Distance: 7.48 miles

Today's stats:
Stationary bike:
Time: 30 minutes
Distance: 7.53 miles

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Eight miles --- in the books!!!

I did it!! I ran eight miles today as part of the virtual 8 on the 8th run, put together by fellow runner and blogger Nancy! It was awesome!!

Here is my proof (Note: the time says it was 1:58 p.m., but I haven't set the time back to standard time. That is daylight savings time it is showing. It was really 12:58 when I finished):

I will start by saying this run went SO much better than I expected. Last night I was so nervous that I couldn't fall sleep. I was worried about everything. Would I be able to finish? Would I run out of water? Would I die somewhere in Mile 7?

All those fears started to fade after I started running. The weather was gorgeous today (partly sunny , but windy and quite chilly), so I wore a light fleece over my long-sleeved wick-away shirt and my totally stocked fuel belt on top of that. The wind turned out to be a blessing down the line, as it kept me from getting too warm in the fleece. The first miles were quite uneventful. My body felt good. My mind was cooperating (no psyche outs!)And I had some great tunes on my iPod to run to.

One of the best things I did was take a quick fuel break at the start of Mile 5. I brought a Gu along (gawd, I hate those things. So gross, but they work!) and choked it down in front of Ray's Food Place. Took a huge swig of water to push it down and took off again. About 20 seconds later, I started having a coughing fit and imagined that chocolate Gu ending up in a puddle by my toes. Luckily, that didn't happen and I kept on truckin'.

I was nearing Mile 6 when I realized that this was it, my final push toward the finish. I got a little teary at that thought. Heck, I wasn't even sure I could handle this distance and there I was, running it and keeping my pace below what my goal pace was. I knew at that point a half marathon was not out of reach.

The last two miles were again uneventful. That was good. I didn't die. I didn't fall and break an ankle. I didn't run out of water (woo hoo!). I ran eight miles, and felt really damn good when I was done.

I can't wait to run nine. :-)

Today's stats:
Distance: Eight miles
Time: 1:28:55
Pace: 11:06 minute/mile (goal had been 11:15 minute/mile)

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Everything but the kitchen sink

Seems I took everything and everyone on my run today.

I had to take the kids, which meant I had to bring a blanket and drinks for them. I took my Garmin, cell phone, iPod, water bottle and camera. And I ended up taking the dog, who sat in the storage bin underneath the stroller while I ran. When I was done running, he walked with me.

Here's a pic of the pooch. He's a seven-pound Yorkie (Sonia, his name is Spike).

And here's what the kids ended up doing. Kara fell asleep with her eye open (ewww) and Matty was snoring so loudly:

Since I was carrying a full load, I only ran two miles. Plus, my legs were protesting a little and I am doing the 8 on the 8th run this Saturday, so I am trying to take it easy until then.

Today's stats:
Distance: two miles
Time: 21:22
Pace: 10:41 minute/mile

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

I can see the light.....

Only six more days, and I will be done with my biology class!! I am excited, but a little sad, too. I have really enjoyed this class and made some new friends. Kristen and I are taking a class together next semester, and we have plans to go on excursions with our kids before our next class starts on Jan. 22.

So I still have an A+ in the class. Last night we cleared a major hurdle, as we had to give our presentations for our semester projects. It went pretty well overall. I am just glad that part is over. And we turned in our final drafts of our papers, so the only thing left is our final next Monday.

I hope to run tomorrow if the weather is good. Tonight, I rode the stationary bike while watching The Real Housewives of Orange County. Not too exciting, but at least I did something, right?

Today's stats:
Distance: 12 miles
Time: 46:23

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Well, blow me away!

I sure picked on hell of a day for my long run.

We went Christmas shopping yesterday, so I didn't work out. Of course a storm blew in last night, complete with rain, cold temps and really strong WIND.

And yes, I chose to run in that weather today.

I must be crazy. But I can't use the treadmill (it's still wonky), so I really had no choice.

So I put on my long-sleeved wick-away shirt, a windbreaker/rain jacket, running pants that I thought were waterproof (surprise! They're not) and a hat (which I rarely wear) and headed out to brave the storm.

Overall, it wasn't awful, but there were times when the wind was so strong that I felt as if I was running into a brick wall. And the rain was just persistent. And cold. Brrrrr.

So I ran five miles and was going to stop. But I was still pretty far from home, so I decided to run another five minutes to make it one hour even. And I ended up much closer to home so I didn't have to walk much in the rain.

And again, I am glad I went through with the run. It would have been so much easier to just sit in the house watching football all day. But then I'd feel like a slug, and I hate that feeling.

Today's stats:
Run (in the stormy weather):
Distance: 5.43 miles
Time: 1 hour even
Pace: 11:03 minute/mile