Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Running some errands

Mason and I took advantage of the 70 degree weather in Charlotte today and ran some errands. First we ran 0.5 miles to the dry cleaner to drop off Ryan's clothes. Then we headed to the library to pick up a book I had on hold.



I love having the library so close to our house. I can see Mason and I making lots more trips to the library as he gets older.



I love all Emily Giffin books and am excited my friend Katie happens to be reading "Where We Belong" now too.



Although Mason and I are still getting over our colds, it was great to get some fresh air and enjoy the warmth!



2.20 miles in 20 minutes. I'm hoping to run another 5.8 miles by Thursday to finish off January with 60 ran miles.


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our little wild animal

Mason's nickname should be Beaver for what he's done to his crib.  We loved his crib from Pottery Barn Kids from the beginning of all of this baby stuff, but found one flaw ... it only has one teeth guard along the railings.  

"Plastic teething guard protects the front rail and your baby's teeth"

thanks Pottery Barn Kids for protecting the front rail but what about the side rails?  How were those forgotten from the equation?  I'm pretty sure providing customers with 2 more of the plastic teething guards would've set the company back $1-2.  Tops.  Especially when the crib is a costly $500.




Seriously Mason?  Your teeth were bothering you so much that you had to go ahead and destroy your very nice crib?  

Thanks to Pinterest I found what I consider to be the easiest and least expensive solution.  After purchasing some material from Hobby Lobby (finally went there Katie) for less than $4 we finally had something that has provided no more teeth marks for the past 2 weeks.


I draped a long piece of navy blue fleece along both sides of the crib and marked where to cut the strips that would be used to tie it into place.

I'm surprised at how well the fleece has held up considering we have a maniac on our hands who gnaws through solid wood.  I'm disappointed that I didn't consider covering up the sides of the cribs earlier since we had planned on converting the crib to a toddler bed once Mason is old enough. 


Monday, January 28, 2013

1st cold of the year and some new shoes

leave it to Mason and I to get sick at the same time.  we haven't been feeling well since this weekend and although I can suck it up and try to act normal, the poor guy doesn't know how.  it must be terrible as a baby to sit around with a stuffy (and then runny) nose without knowing how to use a tissue to blow your own nose and offer some relief.

that, combined with some gnarly weather the past 4 days, has lead to 0 running since Thursday's 4.5 miles

on the running front I have finally purchased a new pair of shoes.  I got what I think is a good deal on Brooks PureCadence running shoes from DSW and am anxiously awaiting their arrival.  I tried them on at Dick's Sporting Goods to make sure my size was still the same as with previous Brooks shoes before pulling the proverbial trigger.  

from the DSW site:
For those of you on the minimalist, natural running kick but miss the supportive performance technology this running shoe is for you. Part of the PureProject™ Collection from Brooks® the Pure Cadence lightweight performance running shoe will change the lives of the mild over-pronator to moderate over-pronator destined for superior support without the weight.

Can't wait to run a few miles on my shoes ... once they arrive!  I'm excited to run in Brooks again.  After running in Adrenalines for years I had switched over to Asics in 2012.  I haven't loved my Asics and am looking for some familiarity and comfort.
 

Friday, January 25, 2013

to incline or not to incline

this past week I ran at the YMCA twice, for 35 minutes each time. 

on tuesday I ran 4.49 miles at 0 incline.



on thursday I ran 4.51 miles at 0.5 incline. 



clearly yesterday's run was a lot harder due to the addition of the slight incline.  I truly struggled as I ran those miles and even earned the respect of a fellow treadmill runner next to me.  "Nice run, I can't believe you maintained that speed the entire time."  Why thank you stranger.

I started thinking about the whole incline thing after reading one of Sarah's posts recently.  (from her post) ... "try to run at a 1-2% incline to offset the lack of wind resistance and the perpetual motion/motor factor."

So I'm going to make an effort to run with the incline set at 0.5 (at least) or higher from now on.  I also noticed that I've consolidated my runs this week ... usually I'll run 3 miles, 3 days in a row, but Mason and I have been a little busy this week during our usual gym time and have only made it twice, hence knocking out 4.5 miles each time.  Same mileage, just a lot more efficient.  High five to us.  Or me cause we know Mason is just hanging out in daycare and isn't actually running any miles ... yet.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

my first barre experience

on Monday I returned to Flywheel-Charlotte for another one of their intense classes.  I decided to give my legs a break and opted for their 45 minute power Flybarre class.

from the site ...
"FlyBarre is a total body sculpting class that blends the best of light weight training, dance, and core strengthening exercises. Using small intense interval exercises choreographed to immersive and inspiring music, FlyBarre quickly reshapes the body for lean, strong, and elongated muscles.
Classes are highly energetic, fast-paced, and fun. We change our routines frequently and use a wide variety of props to tighten muscles and keep things interesting. You’ll never experience the same class twice."

I was super nervous walking into the studio, clearly not knowing what to expect.  After speaking to one of the employees I picked the lowest weight for the 2 sets of dumbbells, 1 and 2 pounds, that were needed.  After a brief hello and good morning from our instructor we were off and began a grueling warm up.

She explained that we would be working out each muscle group until it was exhausted, and then move to the next.  Sounds terrible right?  I kept up with the arm workout, struggled through the leg part (shaky legs are no fun), and died during the ab exercises.  We only really used the "barre" a handful of times, which disappointed the previous ballerina in me.

It was a nice change from just running on a treadmill.  I'm hoping to include one of these workouts, either Flywheel or Flybarre, weekly to give myself a break from just running and hopefully provide a more well-rounded exercise plan.  



Saturday, January 19, 2013

My quarter marathon

In honor of all of those runners who completed a half or full marathon today, I did my own treacherous run. At the YMCA this morning I decided to run a quarter marathon, or 6.55 miles.






6.55 miles in 52:20 minutes, 7:59 minute/mile pace

I've started running with an incline and whoa, what a huge {painful} difference it makes. Today I kept it at 0.5 but on Thursday when I ran 4 miles I had the incline set to 1.0.



Hoping to give my legs some relaxation for the rest of the day.


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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Bonding with Baby Yoga class

So when I signed up for some "Bonding with Baby" yoga classes, I was pretty sure I had lost my mind.  I mean what kind of class could possibly exist that would make taking a yoga with Mason seem fun and beneficial?

Fortunately for us our first class yesterday was a success!

from the Be Yoga Family website:
"Bonding with Baby yoga classes are a comfortable, supportive environment where parents and caregivers can meet, enjoy quality time with their babies, and experience the benefits of yoga without worrying about the little ones “bothering” others.
Each class has its own rhythm and includes yoga for the caregivers as well as some breathing and toning, yoga for parents and babies together, and massage and exercises for the baby. Bring a blanket for your baby and wear loose, comfortable clothes. No prior yoga experience necessary.  This class is for infants to almost-crawling."

Our instructor Amy (a mom herself) led the group of 4 moms through an easy and relaxing yoga practice.  It was a perfect way for me to ease myself back into yoga after taking the past 4+ months off since my wrist accident.  

The babies all hung out in the center of the room and played with toys while we went through child's pose, downward dog, chair pose, and other movements.  I wasn't expecting a work out at all and left with some sore thighs from the walking lunges we did using our babies as weights.

I'm looking forward to the 2 classes I have left through my livingsocial deal.  The class was a great way to a) get out of the house b) have some minimal exercise and c) talk to other moms in the same situation.

Now if only I can make it back to the gym today to run some miles on the treadmill.  Taking two days off has got me feeling a little stir crazy.  The never ending rain in Charlotte isn't helping either.  


Monday, January 14, 2013

A change of heart (legs?)

I headed to the YMCA with every intention of taking it easy today. My legs are still sore/tired from spinning and a 4 mile family run yesterday with Ryan and Mason.

I set the treadmill to 6.0 and figured I would run a slooooow 3 miles and call it a day.




Yeah I definitely picked up the pace once I got a good whiff of the smelly person next to me. "Must get out of here ASAP," I chanted to myself. Oh and the gym's music selection was definitely lacking today.

I knew I was going to miss a run tomorrow so I upped the mileage from 3 measly miles to 4 to help out my total for this week.

Mile 1 - 9:30
Mile 2 - 17:50 (8:20)
Mile 3 - 25:25 (7:35)
Mile 4 - 33:00 (7:35)

Mason hung out at the childcare center for 35 minutes and didn't freak out so that's encouraging for me to slowly work my way up to 45-60 minute workouts.

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my first flywheel experience

if you're looking for a super intense workout, then Flywheel spinning is for you.  I had the chance to try a free spinning class on Saturday through Junior League's partnership with the fitness company.  
"Flywheel indoor cycling classes challenge you to 
transform your body and have fun doing it."

I've only done a spinning class once, back in college, so I was expecting the worst and thought I would be a huge embarrassment.  For some reason I have no problem endurance-wise with running ... spinning, on the other hand, totally takes it out of me.   


When you first arrive you tell the lovely ladies at the counter what size shoe you need.  It was very reminiscent of going bowling.  After I got my snazzy shoes I headed over to the locker area where you are told to stash away everything but your water bottle - INCLUDING your phone!  I felt super naked without it and couldn't take any pictures of the actual spinning room (bummer).

The room is set up stadium-style, with elevated rows of spinning bikes; there is no "bad" seat in the house.  The instructor is front and center and controls the club like music that pulsates through the room.  The lights are out so you're sitting in almost complete darkness as you pedal away with the other people working out.  It's really kind of exhilarating.  

Our instructor did not take it easy on us and I totally felt like I was going to die.  Ok maybe it wasn't that dramatic but I definitely pushed myself harder than I have in a long time.  Towards the end of class the instructor even incorporates an upper body workout using a 2 or 4 pound bar.  

I was completely drenched with sweat after the workout and was a little sore from sitting on that tiny bike seat.  My legs were tired, but in a good way, and I can totally see myself taking this class again.  The best part is that if you sign up on their website you get a free spinning and free barre class!  Winning!  I urge you all Charlotte friends to go on their site and sign up so you can meet me at one of their classes.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

double cardio

the past couple of days I've been totally rocking the cardio workouts and have done runs at the gym and walks with Mason in the afternoons.

the runs at the YMCA are part of my daily routine now so I couldn't imagine not doing them.  Today actually marks day 8 of my running streak.
Tuesday's treadmill run - 4 miles in 31 minutes


Today's treadmill run - 3.05 miles in 23 minutes
I've gotten walks in the past few days with Mason as a way to get him to nap.  The kid has decided to boycott afternoon naps but will fall asleep within minutes of returning home in the stroller.  So I drag the BOB inside and leave him snoozing in the stroller while I do important things like shower and wash my hair (yesterday I wore a hood most of the day to cover my dirty hair ... oh and the shades hide the fact that I wasn't wearing any make up - typical mom look).

Today's walk was even better cause I got to wear flip flops!  Hahaha spoken like a true Floridian.  The high today was 64 so I took that as a chance to push Mason around in his stroller while I rocked a tee shirt (no hoodie for once) and some flops.  Oh and some pants, but I figured that part was obvious.

Well Mason's cute little snoring has stopped so I'm assuming he's awake and probably wondering why he's still strapped in the stroller. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

2012 recap and looking forward to 2013

2012 was a rough year for me, running wise.  there was that whole being pregnant thing, having Mason, dealing with post-pregnancy issues, breaking my wrist, being scared to run, and then finally getting back into it with only a few weeks left in the year.

through it all, I always knew running would still be there, whether I skipped a run or not.  so after receiving my Year End report from Daily Mile, I wasn't too surprised with the statistics.

418 total miles - an average of 8 miles per week - total of 162 workouts

January - 32 miles
February - 23 miles
March -  10 miles (gave birth to Mason 3/29)
April - 24 miles
May - 64 miles (most miles in 2012)
June - 41 miles
July - 46 miles
August - 60 miles (broke wrist 8/29)
September - 11 miles (had surgery 9/7)
October - 22 miles
November - 43 miles
December - 43 miles

So I look towards 2013 for new running goals and more mileage.  I'm hoping to break 23 minutes and get a new 5k PR ... I'm hoping to run a sub 1:50 hour half marathon, also getting a new PR ... and I've thrown around the idea of running my first (and only) full marathon in the fall.  Or my latest idea is participating in the Ragnar Relay Napa Valley in September. 

At the end of the day, though, I'll remember that life will sometimes get in the way of running and that's ok.  I'll make adjustments as needed with training based on what my family needs, and more importantly what Mason needs from me.   


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Burger for breakfast

I finally found the perfect cheeseburger for breakfast ... It was at Kickstand and it was glorious.

the morning ride
topped w/ a fried egg, bacon American cheese and hollandaise served on an English muffin 10.50



Next time I order this (and there will definitely be a next time) I'll have to remember to go easy on the hollandaise sauce. Although delicious tasting the sauce was just a little too messy.

I managed to run a couple of miles outdoors today. It was a nice change from the treadmill but it was so cold.



Since I rarely run outside while its cold, I always think I'm badass when I bust out my running tights.



And that wraps up day 5 of my run streak. I'll probably take tomorrow off, but then again I may sneak in another mile :)


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Friday, January 4, 2013

Nine months

I guess this should really be titled 9 months and almost 1 week.  I waited to do Mason's monthly update until we went to his well visit at the doctor's office today.  
Our little monster had a great visit, and although no longer tops the growth charts at 100%, is doing just fine.

Weight - 22 pounds (84%)
Height - 29.5 inches (87%)

Not too much stuff to report ... still only 2 teeth, although his 2 top front teeth have poked through and are waiting to make the plunge.

Still sleeping through the night (yay!) and has now gone down to 1-2 naps a day .... yeah 1.  Today for example was one of the "hey mom I only want one 30 minute nap in the morning ... get ready to deal with me for over 8 hours non-stop after that" (cue evil baby laughter).

We've had fun with food.  He is my little garbage disposal and will eat almost everything I give him the first time around ... sometimes it takes a little nudging and re-introductions (ie. black beans).  Kind of insulting as a Cuban to have a half-Cuban son who didn't instantly LOVE black beans.

Honey and Mason have developed this weird relationship where they share toys.  Half the time Mason wants to be our dog, the other half Honey wants to be a baby.  Strange.


Mason loves his "dada" and I'm thankful for the days that Ryan doesn't travel and can help out with him during his off time.  Unfortunately 2013 does not look like traveling for work is going to ease up so there will be plenty of times where mama will have to suffice.  A plus for both Mason and I have been our daily daycare sessions at the YMCA ... let's not kid ourselves, he cries for a minute or so almost each time I drop him off, but a girl has got to get her runs in somehow.  Magically I've become much faster at running 3 miles on a treadmill thanks to Mason.

We try not to let the cold Charlotte weather keep us indoors too often ... especially since Mason got this rad car for Christmas and clearly loves to ride in it.  Our indifferent little boy - never hates anything, but never really loves anything either :D

He's our little crawling machine who likes to pull himself up on everything and anything and can take a couple of steps while supported.  We've tried our best to baby proof our living room but once he starts walking I'm sure all bets are off.

likes -
  • bath time with rubber ducky
  • sweet potato and butternut squash
  • his new blueberry yogurt
  • all of Honey's toys
  • getting tickled by mommy or daddy
  • play dates with his buddies
dislikes - 
  • long car rides (ie. driving to FL to see family ... total drive time with stops 8.5 hours each way)
  • diaper changes (unless he has a toy to keep him entertained)
  • being left in daycare at the gym for more than 30 minutes
  • being told NO when trying to eat iPhones, remote controls, or basically any electronic device

Although playing with an active 9 month old is exhausting, I'll never tire of this face and his million and one expressions. 

 
 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Share the Wealth

While reading a fitness magazine (it might have even been FITNESS magazine, but I don't remember) I saw an interesting blurb about Medals4Mettle

from the site,

Run fast. Run far. Run for a greater good.

Medals4Mettle (M4M) is a non-profit organization that facilitates the gifting of marathon, half marathon, and triathlon finishers’ medals. Runners from around the world give their hard earned medals to Medals4Mettle. Our worldwide network of physicians and volunteers then awards these medals attached to a Medals4Mettle ribbon to children and adults fighting debilitating illnesses who might not be able to run a race, but are in a race of their own just to continue to live their life. It is in honor of this mettle and courage in bravely facing these challenges that they are awarded a medal.

 

I know we all have race medals lying around in desk drawers and boxes that are collecting dust.  Now is your chance to do something better with them.  Being the sap that I am (and still super hormonal post pregnancy) I had tears in my eyes as I told Ryan about my latest "cause."  I even went as far as emailing the Charlotte chapter of this organization in hopes of volunteering my time to M4M.

So there you have it.  My unsolicited public announcement for Medals4Mettle.  


I should've known ...

that the day after New Year's, people would flock to the gym in hopes of starting (and maintaining) their resolutions.  I had high hopes that people would avoid our gym and would go elsewhere after Ryan announced how empty the gym was yesterday morning around 7am.

unfortunately it was another story later in the morning around 11am when Mason and I got to the YMCA.  When I walked into the daycare room all of the babies started crying ... I guess they all expected to see their mom there to pick them up.  Crying babies instantly set Mason off who began crying as well as I darted out the door.  "See ya suckers," I thought as I ran over to the treadmill area.

As I pounded away my 3 miles, I couldn't help but notice a group of women gabbing away on the ellipticals and stationary bikes.  Now don't get me wrong, I'm no super fitness guru, especially after having a baby.  I just couldn't understand why this group of women would want to hang out at a gym instead of a coffee shop, mall, anywhere but being surrounded by sweaty folks.  I mean they weren't even doing any sort of exercise, just literally standing AROUND the machines. 

One of the daycare ladies entered the cardio area and pulled a mom away because her baby wouldn't stop crying.  What bothered me about this was the woman's reaction ... instead of showing concern for her little girl she was annoyed, rolled her eyes, and slowly dragged herself away from the stupid conversation she was having with these other woman.  Really??  I don't want to judge, but if my baby wouldn't stop crying for 10 minutes straight I would be more than a little concerned since at this point Mason only cries when something is legitimately wrong ... he's {thankfully} not a crier except lately when being dropped off at daycare with strangers.



Once I was finished with my quick run, I grabbed a drink from the water fountain and overheard the annoyed mom telling the other moms how upset she is at the daycare ladies for pulling her away from her work out to take care of the baby.  WHAT?  Really?  Hey lady, last time I checked you weren't even working out!!  And one of the rules of the daycare is that if your baby is out of control, they are allowed to come get you from the gym.

Ok that's all for my rant ... hopefully I'll avoid these ladies today while I'm back at the gym.