Friday, August 31, 2012

Five months

Our little monster had his 5 month birthday on Wednesday.  We've had a pretty rough week dealing with other problems so we didn't do much partying.

We did, however, take his usual "guy in tie" photographs, complete with Honey photo bombs.
why so serious?

get out of my shot DOG!

whoa look at the fan!

you talkin' to me?
Since he doesn't have a doctor's appointment until the 6 month mark, I used our scale to approximate his weight.  He's around 18 pounds which (thankfully) isn't too much of a change from 4 months.  

Things that have changed in the past month are that he's eating solids and drinking juice.  He started with rice cereal and had some "digestive" problems so we switched over to oatmeal.  He eats about 1 tablespoon each in the morning and evening, mixed with about an ounce of breast milk.  He only has about 1/2 ounce of apple juice, mixed with water, when he hasn't gone poopie in a couple of days.

As far as sleep goes he is still doing an average of 7-10 hours a night.  During the day I'll sometimes get lucky with 3 naps, 1.5 hours each.  Lately he's been back to taking 3-4 naps a day, each 30-40 minutes long.  I guess I'll take what I can get.

Mason has traveled a lot this past month ... he flew for the first time, during a weekend trip to Arkansas, and took his longest car trip yet, when we drove down to Florida.

He's been scooting around quite a bit, which makes me think he'll be crawling soon.  He's still doing a lot of rolling over, from tummy to back and vice versa.  He likes to "talk" but hasn't said any real words yet.  He just likes to make loud noises, usually while we're out to dinner.

As always, looking forward to another month of firsts and fun moments with our little monster.

Monday, August 27, 2012

The wrong time for the gym

Sometimes you can't make it to the gym at exactly the time you planned. When that happens you have two choices ... Skip working out today or suck it up and head to the gym later than planned.

I finally made it to the YMCA close to 6:15pm and noticed how full the parking lot was. Once inside I managed to track down the last remaining unused treadmill. Score.

Mile 1 - 8:15 minutes
Mile 2 - 15:45 minutes (7:30 pace)
Mile 3 - 23:07 minutes (7:22 pace)

I'm glad I made it to the gym today, even if it was later than I would've hoped. I just hate being in a crowded gym during the "prime time" hours when everyone else is working out too.

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orthocarolina classic 10k

on Saturday morning I ran in the Orthocarolina Classic 10k.  I had signed up for the race to use those 6 miles as part of my training for the half marathon next month.  

the night before we headed to Kickstand for my usual pre-race dinner ... a CHEESEBURGER.
I went with my favorite burger on their menu ... the "kickstand"
signature burger mixed w/ sundried tomato onions, basil and garlic topped w/ cranberry chutney caramelized onions, baked brie

the day of the race I went to the race alone, knowing that Ryan and Mason would be at home and would watch me run by around mile 2.5 (part of the course went by our house).  unfortunately they changed the race course to one street over but our neighbor noticed and told Ryan in time and I was able to "high five" Mason as I ran past them.  
the race was hard ... there were a lot of hills and it was warm by the time I was halfway through with the race.  according to my Nike app on my phone my mile splits were the following:
mile 1 - 7:56 mins
mile 2 - 16:13 mins (8:17 mins/mile)
mile 3 - 24:24 mins (8:11 mins/mile) 
mile 4 - 32:19 mins (7:56 mins/mile)
mile 5 - 40:57 mins (8:38 mins/mile)
mile 6 - 49:59 mins (9:02 mins/mile)

After I hit the 4 mile mark I walked  .... then I ran a little more and walked again at 4.5 miles.  I kept walking/running throughout the rest of the race, which is frustrating since I've run over 4 miles a few times this past month.  My half marathon next month terrifies me and I know I won't be ready.  I'm anticipating doing the race as a run/walk since the thought of running 13 miles straight seems like a distant dream at this point.  

I haven't run a 10k since 2008; my time back then was 53:35 minutes.  This year at least I was able to shave a minute off and finished in 52:04 minutes (according to the timing company that was used ... official results haven't been posted to the race's website).

With less than 5 weeks until the half marathon, this 10k has shown me that I still have quite a bit of training to do before then. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I'll take the 3 miles for lunch, please

Today Mason and I headed out for our run a little after 12pm. I figured I would eat lunch once I was done and wanted to get the run over with.

We set out to run a few miles in our neighborhood and completed 3 miles in a little over 27 minutes. It fortunately hasn't been as hot lately and today the weather was pretty gray and gloomy. Still 80 degrees but luckily not 90.

I couldn't think of what I wanted for lunch so I used some of my farmer's market purchases from this morning to make a green monster.

Into the blender went vanilla soymilk, 1 banana, 5 strawberries, 2 huge handfuls of spinach, some protein powder and a little agave nectar for sweetness.

Mason can't wait until he has his first smoothie.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

A whirlwind trip to Florida

On Friday around 5:45am we began our long drive to Orlando, Florida. It was Mason's first time being in a car for that long and we were not looking forward to any possible freak outs.

Fortunately sitting back with him and playing the white noise sounds from his giraffe helped ensure a few naps.

After close to 9 hours we made it to my sister's house and relaxed the rest of the day.

Saturday morning brought some more driving ... This time a little less than 2 hours down south to Vero Beach for my friend Vicki's baby shower.

It was great seeing my sorority girlfriends along with their babies and baby bumps!

Mason had a good time playing with his cousin Riley in an electronic truck my parents brought over.

After playtime I managed to sneak away for a quick run in the humid Florida summer heat.

Our day was far from over since I was attempting to cram as much fun in as possible. Ryan and I met my friend Katie and her fiancé at Ceviche, one of my favorite restaurants in Orlando (and also where Ryan and I held our wedding reception).

After dinner we headed back towards my sister's house but stopped at a local bar for a quick drink with our friends Chad and Brittany.

Sunday morning we got up and packed our things. After a quick breakfast we were back on the road a little after 9am.

After many many hours of driving we finally made it home.

This is how Honey rides in the car. Ryan was lucky enough to deal with her while I got to deal with Mr. Fuss.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

3 miles 2 different ways

On Wednesday Mason joined me for a run along the greenway. Although we headed out in the morning, it was hot and muggy throughout our entire run.

We finished our 3.01 miles in 28:21 minutes, with an average pace of 9:25 minutes/mile.

This morning I took Mason with me to the YMCA but couldn't stay for a workout because their child care area was full. I ended up returning later in the day sans Mason to crank out a treadmill run.

This time my run was much faster than yesterday's run.
3.01 miles in 23 minutes
Mile 1 - 8:05 minutes
Mile 2 - 15:38 minutes (7:33 pace)
Mile 3 - 22:55 minutes (7:17 pace)

It's funny how much "faster" I am when I'm running indoors and without the BOB stroller with Mason. I like being able to mix up my runs, whether they are indoors or outdoors, morning or afternoon, with or without Mason.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Afternoon caffeine fix

My little buddy joined me for an afternoon walk/jog to Starbucks today.

Someone is big enough to sit in the actual BOB without his infant car seat. Woo hoo!

We took our time and slowly walked/jogged to and from the coffee shop.

I've realized in my old age (haha) that it's better to run a couple of miles than not run at all because of straying from a training plan. At this point in my half marathon training I should be running MORE than the 2.34 miles I ran today, but you know what? It's hot outside and my legs are a little tired from running {so much} lately. Plus it was just an excuse to get out of the house and for Mason to nap.

Hopefully tomorrow I'll get back to my training plan. Or I won't. Either way I know I won't be hard on myself since I still have 6.5 weeks to go!

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

outdoor running, beer, and a burger

I'm happy to report that I've run the past 4 days and have done all of the runs OUTSIDE.  It's still super hot in Charlotte so the fact that I've taken a break from the indoor running is really astonishing to me.

My running treat on Friday was a delicious margarita so I had to do something equally as rewarding after my run on Saturday ... I mean, it's only fair.

After quickly completing a 2.2 mile run on Saturday afternoon, I headed to do some daytime drinking at one of my favorite places in Charlotte ... NODA Brewery.  We met a couple of friends there and enjoyed some delicious, fresh, local beer.  We even took the opportunity to fill up our growler with some "Monk's Trunks" (one of their pale ales).  

I was pleasantly surprised to see Auto Burger and Fry Guys food truck out in the NODA Brewery parking lot and took that as an opportunity to finally try their burger.
I chose the "BYOB" (build your own burger) and added cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles to the burger along with their house truck-made garlic aioli.  The burger had fantastic flavor and totally did not disappoint.  At $7.50, plus $2 for a side of sweet potato fries, it's a little costly for a "fast" burger but definitely worth the money if you're having a few beers at the brewery and are looking for a convenient meal.  

Can't wait to hang out at the brewery (and hopefully eat another burger) soon!

Unfortunately today's outdoor run did not come with a special reward upon completion.  I had set out to run 6 miles and inadvertently cut it short at the turn around point.  I finished 5.64 miles and was huffing and puffing once I got home.  I took way too many walking breaks during the 2nd half of my run but still managed to keep an 8:38 minute/mile pace. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

My recent motivation

I've been craving a margarita for days. More specifically a jalapeño margarita from Loco Lime, a local Mexican joint. I promised myself that if I ran outside today I could treat myself to ONE margarita during dinner.

It was really really hot outside at 5pm when I went for my run. There wasn't much shade and I took more walking breaks than I would've liked.

Forget about negative splits throughout the 4 miles. That last mile had a lot of walking breaks and unfortunately I couldn't even maintain an 8 minute/mile for the run's entirety.

I'm happy that I ran outside today and didn't just take my run indoors on a treadmill.

Mmmmm my delicious reward. For dinner I ordered a tostada salad and was not impressed, nor was the service that great. Kind of disappointing since we rarely go out to dinner anymore.

Once we got home our little monster got a bath before bedtime.

Happy Friday everyone! Hope the weekend brings more festive drinks and lots more miles.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

I'm sure I'm overreacting ...

so I finally took Mason with me to the YMCA to use their childcare while I worked out.  It was around 4pm on Tuesday and the childcare area had just opened back up for the day (they close from 2-4pm).  Mason had eaten at home, had a diaper change, and should have been good to go.  I was shown the infant room complete with similar gadgets/gizmos that Mason is used to at home (bouncers, swings, crib, etc).  There were 2 women working to take care of the kids and Mason was the only kid (baby) there as I walked away.  

I headed up to the treadmill area and did an uneasy 3.2 miles in 25 minutes.  I didn't concentrate on negative splits and instead worked my way from 7.5 to 8.0, then back down to 7.5, then back up to 8.0, until the time was over.  I considered doing some weights as well but figured I shouldn't push my luck and headed back to the childcare area to get Mason.

When I had dropped him off I had left him in his car-seat, assuming that someone would've taken him out of there to play in one of the bouncers or swings.  That wasn't the case at all unfortunately ... they had kept him in his car-seat the entire time and he was in full fuss mode when I came to get him.  I was slightly annoyed that he had been strapped in his car-seat for so long.  Needless to say I haven't brought him back (yet) for another babysitting experience.  

Am I overreacting?  I figured that with how costly our gym memberships were, plus the fact that we now pay for him monthly as well, there would be a higher level of service in the childcare area.  Alas that was not the case.  At least not for infants.  Or my infant.  

Yesterday we skipped working out, but headed outside for a run today.
Someone was happy to be going for a run with mom this morning.  We ran to the Starbucks and back for my caffeine fix.  An easy 2.3 miles before it got TOO much hotter.  Maybe we'll try the gym again next week ...

Monday, August 6, 2012

Razorback Country

This weekend Mason, Ryan, and I headed to Fayetteville, Ak to spend some time with friends who recently moved there.

With 3 kids under the age of 4 it made each outing quite enjoyable and masterfully planned ahead of time. There is no more "winging it" but that's ok with me since I'm always a planner.

Mason did so well on both flights out there ... I was proud of my little monster.

We took a little walking tour around their downtown after driving through the University of Arkansas campus (go Razorbacks!).

Our lovely hosts knew the way to make our trip amazing was to sneak in some delicious burgers.

Feltner Brothers was fantastic. I went with a double cheeseburger and fries and was not disappointed.

Mason totally loved rocking his big boy stroller all through the town.

I was lucky enough to have some mommy free time with our hostess at the Fayetteville Athletic Club a couple of hours after lunch.

After running 3.11 miles in 24 minutes we headed out to the pool for some tanning and talking. I loved my 2 hour break of freedom and felt completely refreshed on our way back home.

No Sunday Funday is complete without an extra spicy bloody Mary.

Totally deserved after doing a hellish run through their hilly neighborhood. I only ran 2.22 miles but was definitely hurting afterwards.

I'm sad to be heading back to Charlotte today after having such a laid back and fun vacation in Arkansas. I'm proud of myself for running twice while I was here and even more proud of Mason for being such a good traveler.

Fingers crossed both flights home today go well too.

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

My own personal 10k

You know what really grinds my gears?

Ok sorry that was a Peter Griffith quote from "Family Guy."

Anyways I hate when treadmills reset after 30 minutes plus that 5 minute cool down. What if I wanted to run more than that, huh?

The first 3 miles of my 10k ran on the treadmill at the YMCA because it was 95 degrees outside at 5pm.

The next 3.1 miles. I'm proud that I didn't get bored of being on the treadmill that long and that I ran 6.1 miles with a 7:53 minute/mile pace. I love seeing sub 8 miles and hope I can keep this up outside once the weather cools down.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

a look at my mileage this year (so far)

one guess as to who joined me on my run this morning ...

I should've taken his (unspoken) advice and gone running at 5:15a when he first woke up.  Instead I fed him and put him back down to sleep.  He woke up at 7:30a and by the time we each got fed and ready to go on the run, it was 9a and already very humid and muggy.

Mile 1 - 10:00
Mile 2 - 19:40 (9:40 pace)
Mile 3 - 29:05 (9:25 pace)
3.1 miles - 29:50 minutes

We walked for 1 minute as a warm up, walked two different times for 30 seconds each, and walked for 45 seconds as a cool down.

So far this year I have run 243 miles ... last year my total mileage was 570.  Last July I ran 60 miles and this July I only ran 46.

If I even want to tie my mileage from last year (which I don't ... I want to run more) I still have 327 miles to run in only 5 months.  That averages out to approximately 66 miles a month, or around 16.5 miles a week.  With 2 half marathons on the horizon, it seems likely that I will surpass my mileage from last year.  

I wish I could 'calculate' things all day long ... this number divided by this number, multiplied by some other numbers.  Maybe I'll start Mason with mathematics early :)  NERD ALERT.