Friday, May 29, 2015

Flat Mama Friday

No flat mama today, I was busy...

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thursday Thoughts on Laziness

I have been so lazy lately.
For real, I get up in the morning and play Bingo on my iPad for about two hours, do the laundry and the dishes, and then go to work. On my training days, I run.
On my cross training days....well, like.i said, I've been lazy.
I will be making myself a daily schedule after work today. I will plan in my precious Bingo time, because I need it, and some time for my coloring books.

I printed out the calendar and worksheets for P90X3, since the workouts are shorter than the original series, making it more likely that I will do it every day.

I will get my house clean and organized over the summer and get back on track, so that I can complete the NYC marathon without dying.
Have you ever gotten into a lazy funk? Any suggestions?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

we got decals for our Magic Bands. Mine is R2D2
my baby turned 16

His cake was homemade Boston Cream and it was perfection. 

It really is the little things.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Yesterday began this summer's Runner's World Run Streak, 41 days of streaking from Memorial day to July 4th. Every year for the last 3 years I attempted this streak. I only finished it once! Will.this be my 2nd year finishing?

Will you be streaking?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Marathon Monday, week four!

Wow! Week four is already done and I've moved into week five.

Before I get started on my week in training, let's take a minute to give thanks for all of the military who gave their lives for our freedom.

Ok, so Sunday.... Superhero Half. This was a hot hot mess, and I went into great detail in a recent post so I won't rehash it. Let's just say I finished and call it a day!

Monday.... rest day. My body really hurt from the hills on Sunday. I rode my bike to coach Girls on the Run.

Tuesday.... my usual running buddy cancelled so I had a lazy morning and then hit the streets to run errands. Literally.


Wednesday.... our Girls on the Run practice 5k was on this day, so I decided to run with them.  But first, i walked the course and left some messages behind. It was a 13 lap course. I was supposed to do strides, but I was still tired from Sunday, so that was a fail. 

Thursday.... rest day! Total rest day, too, I barely registered 4000 steps on my fitbit that day.

Friday.... AT run. I hit the luck reservoir which is 1.6 miles around. I struggles with the decision on whether or not to do an AT run, since the Spring Lake Five was the next day. It was so beautiful out, however, and my legs really wanted to run! I finished 3.2 Miles with a 10'34" pace.

Saturday .... Spring Lake Five. I struggled with the crowds at the beginning and never got into a groove. Five miles with a 12'40" pace and I was wiped out all day! I think allergies played a huge part in it. Anyway, this ended week four!

How is your training going?

Jeff Galloway on Running in Groups

As a Galloway blogger, I get Jeff's advice sent right to my inbox every other week which I get to pass on to you!

This week's topic is running in groups. Whether it is with an official training group or with a group of running friends, you can't go wrong!

I love running with groups. My local running club has several groups that meet on different days so that you have a better chance of finding the one that's right for you.
I also meet up with some local running friends to motivate each other. 
Having a group to run with will motivate you to keep up with your training, provide you with a sounding board when you have questions or concerns with your training, and will be filled with other people who have the same sickness you do!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Spring Lake Five Recap and Race Etiquette Rant

This morning I ran the  Spring Lake Five for the fourth time. It's a very popular local race, and has over 10,000 runners every year.
This year I ran with some friends, like always. Every race is better with friends!

We lined up closer to the front than usual, because in years past there has been far too many walkers up front. 
This brings me to etiquette tip #1. You should always line up according to your current pace. If you plan to walk during that first mile, you should line up at the back. This prevents the bottle neck that I attempted to run through for the entire first 2 miles. Two.miles. 
etiquette tip #2 involves kids.
 I love seeing kids at races. I love when moms explain races, pacing, etc and I love seeing new runners being born before my eyes. I don't love bandit kids. One dad ran with his kids, who were not registered, and they were zig zagging all over the place, it was so dangerous. I also don't love parents who hold their kids' hands and drag them. Especially when they cut me off and step on my feet. Not cool, dads. 
After mile two, I decided to treat this like a training run. You know, one with bling at the end. It was way more enjoyable after that. Spring Lake is gorgeous. 
etiquette tip #3.
Don't drink and race.
For real people.
If you MUST party all weekend, sleep in and skip the race. Public intoxication IS illegal. I had to call EMTs over for one girl who smelled horribly like alcohol and was puking her guts out near the finish. So dangerous.
etiquette tip #4.
No matter how long your family waited for you, the food at the finish is for the runners. After 5 miles they are hungry. And thirsty. Your 5 kids can wait until you get home or, better yet, bring snacks with you. Those back of the pack runners deserve food just as much as the fasties. And fasties? Don't hog all the food. You don't need 4 bagels, 3 subs, 5 granola bars, and 3 bottled waters. It was five miles, not a marathon. Share. 
This may seem a little harsh. I totally get that. I have just been noticing a lot of really poor behavior at races lately, and this one was the worst. It's one of my favorites, I look forward to running it for years to come. Everywhere we go in life, we should behave like actual adults. Be kind. Have fun. Be safe. Respect others.

What other etiquette tips have you thought of lately?