Monday, December 31, 2012

NYE 5k and a recap

I'm so glad I was able to fit in a few more miles before 2012 is over. Mason and I headed to the YMCA where he played in the child watch area and I pounded out 3.1 miles on the treadmill.

Not my fastest time but I'll take it. My legs are still a little sore from a 7 mile run I did on Saturday.

7 miles in 57:56 minutes. I wore my compression socks and I think they helped keep most of the soreness away.

Saturday night was a fun date night for Ryan and I. We had drinks and dinner at Capital Grille, one of my favorite steakhouses.

Let's see ... I skipped running on Friday but did have an awesome cheeseburger from Cowfish. Ryan and I split a sushi roll and the cheddar bacon cheeseburger complete with a ton of crispy shoestring French fries.

And finally on Thursday I squeezed in a treadmill run while Mason played in daycare.

Hope everyone has a fun and safe night. See you in 2013!

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A longish run and some tears

I guess I should clarify that the tears came from Mason and not me.

After Mason's nap we got ready to head to the YMCA for some daycare and treadmill action.

I was feeling sluggish so I started the treadmill at 7.0, and increased the speed by 0.1 every 2 minutes. Once I reached 8.0, I randomly increased the speed every 30 seconds or so.

Mile 1 - 8:30
Mile 2 - 16:25 (7:55 min/mile)
Mile 3 - 23:55 (7:30 min/mile)
Mile 4 - 31:10 (7:15 min/mile)

Talk about some negative splits!

By the time I went to rescue Mason from the daycare area he was crying. I think the maximum amount of time he will be content in daycare is 30 minutes. Looks like I'll have to save my longish runs for the weekend.

My reward (or lunch) was a yummy veggie burger topped with pepperjack cheese from Kickstand.

Day 4 of my run streak!

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Best Christmas present ever

I hope everyone has enjoyed their holiday. I know we had a blast celebrating Mason's first Christmas. I was even lucky enough to score an awesome gift from Ryan ... A pink Garmin Forerunner 10.

Since Mason tried out all of his new toys today, I figured I should do the same.

I took the world's shortest jog around our neighborhood just so I could wear this watch.

Day 3 of the running streak. I even wore a throwback 5k shirt from my days in Orlando, Fl.

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Monday, December 24, 2012

The family that gyms together ...

Stays together. Or something. Can you use gym as a verb?

After Mason woke up from his nap, Ryan and I took him with us to the YMCA for some exercise.

While Mason hung out in daycare Ryan and I ran some miles on the treadmill.

Mile 1 - 8:15
Mile 2 - 15:40 (7:25 min/mile)
Mile 3 - 22:55 (7:15 min/mile)
3.25 miles in 24:50 minutes, average pace 7:38

Now it's time to get our big Christmas Eve meal started and finished!

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Closing time

After taking an embarrassingly long time off from running, I headed to the YMCA today. I was hoping to run a short 2 miles on the treadmill, but arrived a little too late. I was under the impression they closed at 6pm on Sundays ... Instead the sign said 5pm.

With only 10 minutes until closing time I did my best to make those minutes count.

I ran 1.3 miles in 10 minutes, about 7:41 minutes/mile as my pace.

Sigh ... Really wish I had more time to do a little more. Looking forward to finishing the year off with 8 more days of running (fingers crossed).
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Friday, December 14, 2012

Breaking up treadmill boredom

I hate running outside if it's the slightest bit cold. Especially if I'm pushing Mason around in the BOB .. Babies shouldn't be exposed to those conditions right??

Anyways I've found myself running on the treadmill at the YMCA a lot more lately. It's the perfect way to knock out a few miles indoors while strangers watch my baby for me.

Yesterday I tried to spice up my run by increasing the speed 0.1 every 1:30 minutes starting at 7.0.
Once I reached 8.5 I reduced my speed by 0.1 instead until I completed 4 miles.
Mile 1 8:25
Mile 2 16:10 (7:45 min/mile)
Mile 3 23:25 (7:15 min/mile)
Mile 4 30:40 (7:15 min/mile)
Total distance 4.3 miles = 33 minutes

The act of having to remember to increase my speed every 1:30 minutes helped to distract me. Plus I was able to keep some "gas in the tank" to run a little further than my usual 5k.

And now here's a picture of Mason sleeping in the BOB on our porch. Of course he fell asleep during the last few minutes of our walk and I couldn't bear to wake him.

Check out that pouty lip!

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Peculiar Rabbit

on Friday I ran another one of my treadmill 5k's while Mason hung out in daycare at the YMCA.

I love that Mason was playing with the older girls ... or at least staring at them while they played. 

I knew I wanted a burger for dinner, so I suggested to Ryan that we walk to a local restaurant for dinner.  I hadn't tried the burger yet at the Peculiar Rabbit so our choice for dining location had been made.

I ordered the Peculiar burger with a side of fries:

ground CAB beef, Benton’s bacon, Mornay sauce,
fried farm egg, lettuce, tomato, toasted brioche bun

Oh boy was this burger messy to eat!  Between the Mornay sauce (which I had to idea what it was when I ordered this burger) and the over easy egg, there was just sauce dripping down my hands.  I couldn't put down my burger for fear of it completely falling apart.  

So I ate it - quickly.  And I wasn't disappointed in the taste of the meat at all.  I did have a few issues though, mainly with the size of the burger.  I liked it and wanted more of it and was sad that it was such a small size compared to other cheeseburgers that are served locally.  I would reduce the portion size of french fries in exchange for a larger burger patty.

Oh and they can do without the Mornay sauce ... from wikipedia:

A Mornay sauce is a Béchamel sauce with shredded or grated cheese added. Usually, it consists of half Gruyère and half Parmesan cheese, though some variations use different combinations of Gruyère, Emmental cheese, or white Cheddar

Or better yet make it actually taste like CHEESE sauce.  It lacked any flavor whatsoever.  Or just smack a slice of cheddar directly onto the burger patty.  Then we're talking!

It was definitely a tasty burger, although much messier than I've experienced elsewhere.  I would order this again, hold the mornay sauce, add a slice of any cheese they've got.  Glad this place is within walking distance from my house.

oops I forgot something

I was in such of a hurry to get to the gym this morning that I forgot to ... dare I say it? ... put on DEODORANT!

lucky for me no one was really interested in smelling me so I think I got away with it.  

see?  Mason didn't even care.  He was too busy looking hooooooood.
Finally.  A fast(er) 5k.  I started the treadmill at 7.0 and increased the speed by 0.1 every minute.  Once I reached 8.7 I began to decrease the speed back to 8.5.  

mile 1 - 8:15
mile 2 - 15:38 (7:25 mile/min)
mile 3 - 22:39 (7:01 mile/min)

looking forward to doing a longer run later this week ... and I'll try to remember the deodorant this time.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

getting some more treadmill time

I've gone to the gym twice so far this week!  Looks like someone is getting 1/10th of their gym membership value.  Ha. 
After dropping Mason off in childcare I darted over to the treadmills to get my run done.  
Mile 1 - 8:05
Mile 2 - 15:40 (7:35)
Mile 3 - 22:50 (7:10)
5k - 23:30

I really wish I could've ran just a little bit faster ... for some reason it really bothers me that my fastest treadmill time on DailyMile is from July.  I did 3.08 miles in 23 minutes, which is a pace of 7:28 minutes/mile.  New goal for Friday?
I love that Mason doesn't mind taking pictures with me outside of the gym even though I'm super sweaty and gross. 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

he's such a loner

Mason spent time in the childcare room at the YMCA TWICE this past week.

I left him alone for the longest time yet ... a total of 33 minutes.  I spent 31 of those minutes running on the treadmill and the other 2 were spent walking to and from the room.  When I went to pick him up I found him alone in a walker staring at the television because Elmo was on the screen.  On the other side of the room were about 5 or 6 kids doing arts and crafts.  Sigh.  My child the loner.  
I was happy about my run ... I managed to get negative splits which always makes me happy.

Mile 1 - 8:10 minutes
Mile 2 - 15:50 minutes (7:40 minute pace)
Mile 3 - 23:10 minutes (7:20 minute pace)
Mile 4 - 30:28 minutes (7:18 minute pace)

It's funny how much faster I've been running since leaving Mason alone in the childcare room.  It's like I'm in a huge hurry to get back to him in case he has a breakdown.
Once we got home Mason had some words of wisdom for me ... Run Fast.  Will do son, will do.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Eight Months

It's time to do an update on our little mover and shaker.  
He won't can't stand still.  He's constantly pulling himself up on anything and everything.  It's a bit nerve-wrecking since we have wooden floors and every time he falls it's a major meltdown for Mason and mommy.
Oh and P.S. these photo sessions get way harder each month.  It's impossible to keep him still long enough to get a good picture.  And it doesn't help that Honey insists on photo-bombing each shot.

Blurry or not at least I was able to capture his 8 month birthday.

  • taking things out of the kitchen drawers (don't worry nothing dangerous)
  • playing with Honey's toys
  • pulling himself up on all pieces of furniture
  • hanging out with dad
  • taking all of the toys out of his toy bin
  • still hates diaper changes 
  • getting his face wiped after eating
  • pureed peaches
  • getting too many kisses from Honey (mom dislike)

Other updates ... still 2 teeth.  He loves to bite everything with his sharp little shark teeth.  

Thankfully still sleeping through the night.  Goes to bed around 7pm and wakes up around 6:30pm.  

Having a rough time with naps.  Takes the first one like a champ but is having trouble deciding how to go from 3 naps a day to 2.  On some days it seems like he'll take a morning nap, then a short lunch time nap, and then won't nap again the rest of the day.  This leads to cranky mom and baby since he'll be up for more than 5 hours straight before it's time for bed.  

Today I was able to keep him up longer during midday and got him to nap for 30 minutes late afternoon.  It was a slight improvement from the past few days.  

This past month Mason had a HUGE first in our household ... he attended his first football game!  
It was pretty chilly but he did great!  He even managed to nap while in the Bjorn before the game started.  Unfortunately he got fussy right before half time so we headed home and left Ryan with his brother to watch the rest of the game.  

And that's it!  Looking forward to another month of firsts for Mason. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

basic biceps part 1 and 2

yesterday I started to do some bicep exercises but got sidetracked and stopped halfway through my day 3 work out.  I decided to resume my work out today but instead of just doing the 2nd half of my work out, I started over with my biceps and added 100 sit ups once I was done.
these are the 3 bicep exercises I did using a pair of 5 pound weights.  I did 3 sets of 12 reps each.

Dumbbell Curl
basic curl

Keep your elbows tucked firmly by your sides, hold a dumbbell in each hand and curl them upwards, toward your chest. You must curl until your forearms are straight up and your palms are facing your shoulders. Now, slowly lower the dumbbells and return to the initial position. 
hammer curl
Hammer Curl

Hammer curls are amongst the simple and effective exercises. Stand upright and hold dumbbells in each hand. Your palms must face inward, toward your body. Keep elbows tucked at sides, then curl both dumbbells upward till your shoulders. Extend your arm, in order to lower it to the initial position. You can work alternate arms, one at a time or both of them together.


concentration curl
 Concentration Curl
Sit on a bench and hold a dumbbell with one arm. Keeping your back straight, lean slightly forward so as to lock your elbow into the inside of your thigh. Hold your free hand on to your knees to maintain the balance. Now, start the exercise by slowly curling the weight upward and in towards your chest. Remember that you must stabilize your body during this exercise, so as to ensure that only your upper arm is moving. While you squeeze the biceps during the contraction, slightly twist the hand. Hold this position for 4 seconds, slowly bring the weight back to the original position, so that your arm is completely straight.

Monday, November 26, 2012

A riot almost broke out ...

... In front of the childcare room this morning at the YMCA. On our way to the gym this morning I never stopped to realize how busy and crowded the gym would be the Monday after Thanksgiving.

When Mason and I walked inside the gym and headed to the childcare room, we were greeted with a "room is full, come back in 15 minutes" sign. I considered driving home and skipping my treadmill run but I figured Mason and I could wait.

As we waited, more and more parents and kids showed up to the childcare room and were annoyed at the wait. One dad in particular kept commenting on how inconvenient the wait was and "I guess dad will have to skip another work out."

So dramatic. Finally an extra YMCA employee was sent to help watch the kids and we were allowed to drop our kids off.

I ran 3.25 miles in 24:45 minutes and raced back to my almost crying baby. One day Mason will finally enjoy spending some time in the playroom with the complete strangers.

As if running 3.25 miles in the morning wasn't enough, Mason and I took a 2 mile walk in the afternoon. Mason had finally fallen asleep in the BOB stroller so I kept walking around our neighborhood after stopping by the post office.

Looking forward to day 3 of working out tomorrow.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

at home workouts

Dear Jess -

there is no reason why you should not be able to work out a couple of times a week. 

the end.

I am tired of excuses ... I am tired of "I'll start working out on Monday."  I am tired of not doing any strength training and only fitting in 1 or 2 days of running a week.

So ....

Today while watching the Tampa Bay Bucs game I busted out my pair of 5 pound weights.  When Ryan starts working out again after a long hiatus he always starts with chest ... me, I start with shoulders.  I have no idea why but it is always my go-to muscle group.

I completed 3 sets of 12 reps each of:
  1. overhead shoulder press (military press)
  2. front lateral raises
  3. side lateral raises
I also found a few minutes to do 100 sit ups.  There.  Done.  First day of strength training and it took almost no time at all.

Time to figure out a tentative exercise schedule for this week.  Since I haven't run since Wednesday, I would like to get at least 3 runs in this week.  I would also like to do biceps, triceps, legs, and more abdominal work. 

It'll be interesting to find exercises that do not cause my wrist discomfort ... like for triceps I will try to do push-ups but will have to do wall push-ups instead of normal on the floor push-ups.

Standing wall push-up from the Real Simple website

Fingers crossed that I actually accomplish this small goal to remain active all week long.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Charlotte's Thunder Road Marathon

Wish I could say I ran 26.2 miles today during Charlotte's Thunder Road Marathon, but I didn't.  Instead I ran 2.5 miles of it and helped my friend Christie finish strong!

The course takes runners all over Charlotte ... even right down the street I live on.  So after Christie hit mile 23, she cruised onto my street and I jumped in to help motivate her towards the finish.  She was lucky to have our friend Nicole jump in at mile 10 and casually do a 16 mile run today (training towards her first marathon in January) with her.  
I was helping her stay competitive ... as competitive as you could be after running for over 4 hours and feeling nauseous.  She managed to keep her pace around 10 minute/miles and finished strong in around 4:40 hours (might be less results aren't posted yet).  She even passed a few people during the last 0.2 miles!

After running 2.5 miles with Christie and Nicole it was time to head home.  Glad I knocked out 5 miles today and am so lucky to have seen a friend accomplish such a big goal.  Being around all of those marathoners kind of made me want to run a marathon one day ...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

cupcake obsession

I have a confession to make ... I'm obsessed with these pumpkin cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting.  I made them last week for a play date Mason had with his buddy Carson and made them again today for another play date with his friend Linus.  

Instead of making a dozen I halved the recipe to only have 6 on hand since last time I ate 7 out of the 12 cupcakes in a 2 day period.  I'm not ashamed to admit it.

adapted from: Ina Garten's Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Frosting
ingredients for cupcakes
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground pumpkin spice
1 extra-large eggs, at room temperature 1/2 cup canned pumpkin purée
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/4 cup apple sauce
ingredients for frosting
2 ounces reduced fat cream cheese, at room temperature
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup sifted confectioners' sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin with 6 paper liners.
2. Into a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin spice. In a larger bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin purée, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and apple sauce. Add the flour mixture and stir until combined.
3. Divide the batter among the prepared tins and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool completely.
4. Spread the cupcakes with the Maple cream cheese frosting.

Deliciousness.  I used vegetable oil the last time I made these and the only difference I noticed with using apple sauce instead was that the cupcake sticks to the paper liner more and it's slightly more difficult to peel off to eat.  Sacrifices are worth it to be healthier!

I'd like to think that I worked some of those cupcake calories off (I've already had 2) during my walk with Honey and Mason.  Since it was only 48 degrees outside, everyone had to get bundled up.

And yes that is a picture of Honey taking a poop. 

During our 1 mile walk around our neighborhood we saw the last tree with any leaves left on it.

Fall in Charlotte is so pretty ... too bad today felt like a winter day with lows in the 30's.  Brrr!