Friday, February 5, 2016

Eleven months - Anderson

Anderson wanted to take an earlier than usual nap this morning, and Mason seems preoccupied with his Leapfrog, so why not get this update posted in a timely manner?

This past month has brought so many exciting changes for our little man.  He's standing!  And he's cut 3 more teeth.  Now he has 2 on the top and 3 on the bottom. 

These monthly pictures are impossible to take now and it seems like perfect timing that his last session is next month.  He went ahead and broke the chalkboard this morning so his 12 month pictures will feature that.

  • still taking 2 naps a day ... one around 10am and one around 2:30pm.  clearly this fluctuates (today he went down at 9:15am) but he's pretty consistent. 
  • goes to bed around 6:45pm and wakes up around 7am
  • still drinking 24 ounces of Elecare formula ... 8 ounces in the morning, 6 ounces after 1st nap, 6 ounces after 2nd nap, and 4 ounces at bedtime
  • eating 3 meals a day at the table ... oatmeal and applesauce for breakfast, 1 orange and 1 green vegetable at lunch, 1 orange and 1 green vegetable at dinner.  I've been adding lentils to his dinner vegetable for added protein.  for dinner he's also been trying whichever meat we have (he's had turkey, chicken, ground beef, and fish).  Ace also has a small bowl of peas for dinner since he can manage grabbing those and chewing them.  we've tried to give him a sippy cup of water at dinner time as well but he hasn't grasped the concept of swallowing the water and ends up as a wet t-shirt contestant
  • wearing mostly 12-18 month clothing.  has the tiniest feet and is rocking 2 pairs of size 3 shoes
  • current weight 21.5 pounds

On the disappointing news ... Ace had an allergist appointment this past Monday.  He's allergic to eggs, dairy, peanuts, and sesame seeds.  Super super super bummed about this since ordinarily at the 1 year mark we would switch him from formula to cow's milk.  Our allergist is pushing to do a soy challenge in the office so that he can have soy milk, but I'm leaning towards trying hemp milk as his alternative.

Aside from the food allergies little man is doing fantastic!  His eczema rarely flares and when it does we usually just use his steroid ointment.  When he seems really itchy he gets a dose of Benadryl and is good to go. 

He's so much fun right now but is getting into everything via crawling and standing.  Drawers are being opened and dog bowls are being attacked.  Being contained is no fun but he doesn't mind being corralled in the pack n play when dinner needs to be made.

Can't believe his first birthday is in one month.  We'll be celebrating with a small party at home complete with a taco bar.  I'm still working on finding a smash cake that is egg and dairy free.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

junk miles?

has anyone else heard of the term junk miles?  usually you find junk miles described as running without a specific purpose or goal ... miles that can end up causing injury if not careful. 

I run.  I run different amounts all the time but for the most part I average 15-20 miles a week.  some runs are indoors on the indoor track (12 laps = 1 mile).  some runs are done slowly on a treadmill.  some runs are done outdoors in hilly Charlotte.  some runs are done alone and others are done pushing the BOB with Anderson in tow.  some runs are fast and others are slow.  some runs are 1 mile long and others are over 9 miles.  this is beginning to sound very Dr. Seuss-ish. 

I run as a way to have some time to myself and a break from the every day hustle and bustle of mom life.  so even on days that I know I don't HAVE to run, I find myself squeezing in a few miles just because I can. 

say I run 5 out of 7 days a week.  1 of those runs will be my long run (in preparation for a half marathon or more recently a 10 miler on 2/20).  at least another 1 of those runs will be pretty speedy (3 or 4 miles at a quick pace).  another 1 of those runs will be around my neighborhood or by Mason's school where the hills are plentiful.  but the rest of my runs are just done without any planning or goals in mind.  I just lace up and run. 

and after increasing my mileage in the past month I am finding myself with more aches and pains.  heel pain ... ankle pain ... knee pain ... and most recently right hip pain. 

so I took today off.  I am considering taking tomorrow off in anticipation of my long run on Saturday morning.  have all of my fluff runs that I've been doing secretly been hurting me?  I think I've tried to do too much too fast and haven't eased into increasing weekly mileage.  so instead of trying to hit 20 miles this week just to know that I ran 20 miles this week, I may scale it back and do less miles that actually mean more.

any ideas on how to fix a hurt hip? 

My first trail race!

a little late but I figured a (brief) review of my first trail race is better than nothing!

on January 16th my friend Stephanie and I ran the Charlotte Running Co. 4 mile trail race at the Whitewater Center.

It was a little chilly that morning but we were happy the sun was out and shining after days of constant rain.  All of that rain meant, you guessed it, lots of slippery trails.  A little over 1 mile of the course took place on the gravel and sidewalk around the Whitewater Center.  The rest of the race took place on some treacherous trails.  It.  Was.  So.  Slippery.  Like people were falling left and right.  People were holding onto branches and tree roots to prevent slipping and sliding.  Since I have a history of falling (all joking aside I'm THE clumsiest runner) I tried to take it as slow and easy as I could.

I DIDN'T FALL once which was a huge accomplishment for me! 

It did take me over 40 minutes, however, to finish the 3.8 miles.  Although I was convinced I would never do another trail race because of how hard it was ... I would love a rematch on a day when the trails aren't super wet from days of rain.  Some nice dry terrain would be a fun challenge.  Also I have no idea how runner were able to endure approximately 13 miles of those trails with how muddy the ground was.  Hardcore for sure!

All in all it was a great experience and lots of fun having a friend running the race too. 

Anyone do a trail race before?  Did you run in normal running shoes or invest in trail sneakers?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Too many running shoes?

Is it possible to have too many pairs of running shoes? Maybe. Depends on how much storage space you have. I keep my running shoes in the garage on a shelf my dad put up, and I can honestly say I'm running (haha pun intended) out of room.

I took all 9 pairs off the shelf to show you all the pretty colors :)

On the top (all Brooks):
Adrenaline, pure cadence, pure cadence, pure connect, pure cadence 4

On the bottom (all Mizuno):
Wave Precision 13, Wave inspire 10, Wave inspire 11, Wave Inspire 11

I just bought the white Mizuno Wave Inspires on the bottom right at a steal off Amazon ($60!). I took them for a spin today around the Harris YMCA.

I may retire some of the shoes soon ... I still alternate through almost all of the pairs and have made the adrenalines backyard/get dirty shoes.

I usually use the Brooks Pure Cadence for racing 5ks and have been using the Mizuno Wave Inspire for longer distances. I plan on using my newest shoes to train for the 10 miler I'm racing next month.

What's your favorite running shoe?

Sunday, January 24, 2016

A snowy run

After taking care of some errands this afternoon, I noticed the greenway was conveniently located across the street. The thought of running another lap around the indoor track made me cringe (after running 60 laps yesterday), so I decided to do an easy 2 miles in the snow.

- 2 mile run
- 45 degrees was the temperature
- I saw 4 other runners out there, one shirtless!
- zero falls which was excellent considering how slippery it was

There was something so peaceful and quiet about running along the snowy greenway today. So glad I was able to enjoy 20 minutes out there!

I think it was my first time running in the snow ... Maybe not the last? Only downfall was my shoes and socks got wet which was pretty uncomfortable towards the end.

Any snow running out there for you guys?

Thursday, January 21, 2016

4 before sunrise

Ryan is usually the early morning workout person. He sets his clothes out the night before and sneaks out before his alarm even goes off.

I, on the otherhand, prefer a mid morning workout. Usually after preschool drop-off. It's what I know and have been doing for years.

It's been so cold lately (duh it's winter) that I've been sad dragging Anderson around in it. So when the opportunity came up for me to knock out my run early this morning (sans kids) I took it.

I even woke up a few minutes before my alarm went off (as disheartening as that is). The YMCA was already packed and I slogged (slow jog) around the indoor track.

4.25 miles - 36:30 minutes

All before sunrise.

Now time for coffee and to get the family ready to start their days.

Happy Thursday!

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Shorts, socks, and six miles

On Sunday I took advantage of the not as cold weather and ran my 6 miles outdoors. I was getting tired of running laps around the indoor track at the Harris YMCA.

Since it was just under 50 degrees I wore shorts. To keep my legs a little warmer I wore my PRO Compression hot pink compression socks.

Why wear compression socks (aside from warmth)? Well here are a couple of reasons (from the PRO Compression site):

- improves blood flow, resulting in better, more consistent performance and faster recovery

- support critical muscles and tendons while reducing inflammation, swelling and soreness

I currently own two pairs and use them when I'm running more than 5 miles, after running half marathons, and if it's chilly out (for example I'll probably wear my "shamrock" ones during a St. Patrick's day 4 miler). 

Have you ever tried compression socks during or after a run?