Friday, January 31, 2014

January running in review

I haven't done this in the past ... and I may not keep up with it (just being honest) ... but here is a rundown (ha pun intended) of my running during the month of January.

95 total miles - most miles run in a month EVER
total runs - 21
average miles run each time - 4.52
fastest pace - 1/21/14 4 mile run on Greenway 7:47 min/mi
slowest pace - 1/10/14 2 mile walk/jog on indoor track 13:50 min/mi 
(this was during our cleanse)
shortest run -  2 miles on 1/10/14
longest run -  9 miles on 1/27/14
# of races - ZERO

I had a great month of running and am looking forward to another great 11 months of running in 2014.  I signed up for my first race of this year, the Charlotte 10 miler on 2/22. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Where to go when school is closed

School was closed today so Mason and I headed to the YMCA for some time out of the house. We were trapped indoors all day yesterday and were looking for some human interaction.

I guess everyone else was feeling the same way because the gym is packed! We had to wait for childcare cause y'all know I wasn't going to head home without a run.

I split up my run between the treadmill and indoor track.

4.40 miles in 40:09 minutes.

Time to save Mason from childcare and run a few errands.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Twenty two months

Nap Mason Nap so I can hurry and finish your 22 month update.  

I can't believe that in 2 short months my little baby is going to be TWO YEARS OLD!  Yikes.  It almost makes me think that I have a handle on this whole motherhood business.  ALMOST.

Today we are stuck indoors due to some snowfall yesterday.  Sigh.  It's days like this that I wish I was more entertaining, or better yet, that my son had a longer attention span.

All morning long he asked for ELMO on the television ... and all morning long I said not right now.  Finally I caved right after lunch as a pre-nap treat.  He watched a few youtube videos; wheels on the bus, 5 little monkeys, and a couple Elmo songs.  Finally I said it was time for a nap and his world fell apart.  I carried him kicking and screaming into his room and then he stopped crying when he saw his rocking chair.  He can climb onto the huge rocking chair in his room and demands to "rock" by himself or with Honey alongside him.

Oh Mason what a handful you've become ... you are so charming at times but so demanding at others (hmm sounds like your mom).  You've been trying to say more words lately which is awesome since it makes it way easier to know what you need/want/don't want.  

new words include:
  • deer - after seeing a family of four wander around our neighborhood Monday night
  • nana - which is what Ryan's mom is called among the grandchildren
  • agua - Spanish for water
  • ice - needs to have ice in his agua
  • help - I told him to use this when he needed something from mama
  • he's still calling everyone Bobby which is quite comical and annoying all at the same time
everyday likes and dislikes:
  • He's been better at sitting still long enough to paint and color with crayons.  
  • He still loves to read books and could read 20-30 a night before bed and STILL want more.  
  • He loves going to school and seeing his friends.  I love the other kids and moms and am looking forward to a birthday party this friday afternoon for one of the little girls
  • He's been fighting nap time almost daily and we have gotten into a pattern of going to bed later.  it's been helping and he's been taking almost a daily nap since we switched to 1:30pm instead of 12:30pm.
  • eating vegetables is a struggle ... some days he'll eat cold cooked sweet potato cubes right out of the fridge, and other times he won't even touch the stuff.  he tried edamame and loved it.  he loves dipping his cheese quesadilla into "dip" (guacamole).  he ate a few spinach muffins that I baked with pureed spinach and could almost say "muffin".  
  • he {thankfully} loves wearing his hat when its cold outside
  • he loves going to daycare at the YMCA which has been a great break for me

Size wise I think the kid gets bigger every day.  He stepped on our bathroom scale and weighed around 31.5 pounds.  He's been wearing size 2 in his clothes for awhile now and I have even begun to buy size 3.   
He's really into Legos and puzzles which are a nice quiet activity :)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Back to Basics

After dropping Mason off at school I headed to the Harris YMCA.  I figured I would run some shake out miles since I had done my long run yesterday.  I scanned my membership tag and asked Russ (the really nice old man who mans the check in desk) what classes were being offered at 9:30am.  "Well there's yoga and cycling.  Do you want your yoga pass?"  He remembered that I had taken the 9:30am yoga class yesterday so I agreed and ran to get my yoga mat from my car. 

I hadn't wanted to run today so I was super excited that I had a chance to stretch it out during a yoga class.  I had never taken a class with Greg, the teacher, and was looking forward to an hour and 15 minutes of deep stretching and breathing.

Greg led us through exactly the type of class I needed today.  His message was "Back to Basics" ... back to simplicity and not trying to complicate everything.  Each movement was nice and slow and I found myself holding each pose a little longer than I was used to.  He helped position my back foot during warrior 1 and helped move my hips during right angle pose.  He was there when I needed him to be and gone when I was deep into my breath.

It may not have been as fast moving as yesterday's class, but it definitely had its hard stretches and over 15 chaturangas.  I left rejuvenated and ready to tackle the rest of the day.  

I'm totally digging mixing yoga practice with my running.  I hope to continue going to yoga classes as often as I can.  

And on a random note, check out Matt's blog, Angry Jogger, when you get a chance.  He has a great blog on how he's been able to lose weight while running.  He's been running half marathons and full marathons all throughout Europe for the past few years.  Go on over and say hello! 

Monday, January 27, 2014

the stars aligned

I had to run today.  It didn't matter that I had just run 8.25 miles on thursday, followed by 3.75 miles on friday, and 4.0 miles on saturday.  it didn't matter that I took a yoga class this morning that truly kicked my butt (in a good way).  

what mattered was that the stars had aligned for a perfect running afternoon.  Ryan was ACTUALLY in town, Mason ACTUALLY fell asleep for his nap, and the weather was gorgeous ... sunny and 61 degrees.

Every part of me wanted me to skip the run and do it tomorrow on the treadmill ... 9 grueling miles on the treadmill, gross.

Instead I mustered up some motivation and grabbed a pack of Honey Stinger energy chews (new to me) and headed outside.  I'll admit the run was not easy.  I thought about stopping more than once and heading back home.  Somehow I managed to keep running and convinced myself not to take a walking break until 53:30 minutes.  

mile 1 - 8:18
mile 2 - 8:06
mile 3 - 7:59 (fastest mile)
mile 4 - 8:06
mile 5 - 8:11
mile 6 - 8:18
mile 7 - 9:21 (walked 2 minutes)
mile 8 - 9:15 (walked 2 minutes)
mile 9 - 9:24 (walked 2 minutes)

I didn't really love the chews ... they left a weird coating in my mouth and were a little too sugary/sweet for me.  I never run with water so I was left extra thirsty.  I'm thinking of buying a camelbak for long runs so that I have an option for water.  Anyone run with one?


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Do I gush?

I've never considered myself a gusher ... I usually don't sit around and gush to people about how wonderful things are.  That is until Mason entered my world.  I could talk about that kid for hours to friends and strangers alike.

So for a moment, indulge me in a Sunday morning gush-fest about my son.

Ryan's been out of town for a couple of days and my patience level with Mason has been at an all time low.  It's like he senses when Ryan is gone and decides to drive me extra crazy.

This morning was a rare instance where everything has been pleasant and sweet.  He woke up in a great mood, watched some Sesame Street while I took care of Honey, and waited patiently until it was time to leave for breakfast.  I took him to my favorite breakfast spot, Terrace Cafe, for a little son/mommy outing.

He sat in his highchair and colored ... mostly on the paper and some on the wall (oops).  He worked on his miniature puzzles until our food came out.  He ate lots of pancake, biscuit, and sausage and signed for "more" when he was ready for extra.  He was the perfect breakfast companion and my heart swelled when neighboring tables commented on how well behaved he was, and of course what a good eater.

We left the restaurant after Mason said "bye bye" to all of the guests and employees.  He sat quietly in the car as we drove home and when I asked him if he had fun with mama at breakfast he said "Yes!"

I find myself complaining and getting frustrated at the little things my toddler does on a daily basis.  This time I wanted to sit back and comment on how happy he makes me.  Mason is a pretty cool little man and I couldn't imagine my life without him.  He's my sidekick and I hope he looks back at these fleeting memories with as much happiness as I will.


Thursday, January 23, 2014

dailymile 2013 year end report

sheesh I can't believe January is close to being over and I still haven't posted my 2013 review from dailymile.

Have I mentioned lately how much I love  Aside from jotting down my mileage in my planner, I keep track of my running through this free website.  Sometimes it takes me days to enter my data, but I've been close to 99% accurate with getting the information entered.  It's probably due to my OCD or my desire to see the number of miles grow and grow week after week!

It's a great tool for looking back at your daily, weekly, and monthly inputs.  I'm a huge analytical nerd and totally have many "what if" scenarios with my running spread.

total miles - 774
average miles per week - 14
total # of workouts - 217
25 pounds burned
most miles ran in August
least miles ran in January

so what does this mean for 2014hopefully more miles!  I would love to hit 800 miles this year so we'll see how that goes.  So far I'm going to surpass my January miles from 2013 which is an encouraging way to start off the year.  Having 80 mile months would be rad but I'm finding it challenging to get that done in the winter.  I've ran most of my miles in 2014 on the indoor track at the YMCA and am looking forward to less frigid temps in February (although that's still very much winter here in Charlotte, NC).

Fingers crossed for a healthy year of running in 2014!  (aka no more broken bones ... like the wrist disaster of September 2012)

99 problems but a long run ain't one

Just starting off with a little Jay Z reference from his awesome song "99 problems but a b**** ain't one"

In honor of Mason and his love of Sesame Street lets talk about the number of the day ... 9.

It was 19 degrees at 9 this morning.

So I drove 9 minutes over to the Harris YMCA to run on the indoor track.

There I ran 99 times around the track for a total of 8.25 miles in just under 70 minutes.

I just spent $9.19 at Sunflour Bakery for a croissant sandwich and hot tea.

And I think that's it. Great lopsided run which is now making me walk slightly sideways.

Please Charlotte weather give me at least 40 degrees next week when I do my 9 miler.

Friday, January 17, 2014

I'm not an athlete

I'm not an athlete which is why I shouldn't have done the athletic conditioning class at the Harris YMCA this morning.

Class Description
This class combines skills and drills alternating cardio segments with strength training. May also include plyometrics, sprints and calisthenics. Base fitness level required. This class can be indoor or outdoor.

The instructor April did a great job of offering modifications on certain exercises but the whole deal just wasn't for me. I'm not a fan of mountain climbers and box jumps ... I prefer to do my bicep curls, chest press, and tricep dips in the safety of a weight room.

I'm glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried a new class but I don't see myself doing it in the future.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

72 laps too many

Seems like everyone and everything has been out to stop my 6 miler from happening this week. Yesterday was Mason's lack of a nap and today was the rain. I don't really mind running a few miles in a slight drizzle but it was pretty heavy and cold this morning.

So instead of risking the chance of missing out on a run during naptime again (which was a good call since Mason skipped his nap today) I headed to the Harris YMCA.

The thought of running 6 miles on a treadmill didn't excite me so I headed to the indoor track.

72 laps later I finished my 6 miles. It was so incredibly boring. I felt like a hamster on a wheel just going going going. My motivation was going to Tijuana Flats for lunch for taco Tuesday.

Hopefully I'll have better luck next week with my 7 miler ...

Monday, January 13, 2014

Toddler nap wars

I had every intention of running 6-7 miles today. I took a great yoga class at the Harris YMCA this morning knowing I would be able to run during Mason's nap since Ryan was thankfully working from home and could handle the baby monitor for an hour.

The minutes ticked by and Mason continued to party in his crib. After 30 minutes we went in there and saw Mason had pooped. No wonder he couldn't fall asleep. So after a clean diaper he went back into his crib.

Another 30 minutes and still no sleep. So I took him out of the crib and told him he was going running with me. It's been months since I've pushed the jogging stroller so I was definitely struggling.

I ran 0.75 miles then walked for 0.25 miles. Then I ran for 1.75 miles and walked for another 0.25. Then I ran the last mile home and saw I missed a call from my mom. We walked the last 0.25 mile and chatted with abuela bringing our total for today up to 4.25. Not too shabby considering I hadn't pushed the BOB in forever.

Hopefully my longish run will finally happen tomorrow. Now to watch Sesame Street YouTube videos with M.

Ps this is how I caught him during his nap ... He somehow managed to get his shirt over his head.

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my first juice cleanse

should I re-title this post and say, "my first and ONLY juice cleanse?"  possibly.  but ask me again after some time has gone by and maybe I'll change my mind.

On Friday Ryan and I started the Sambazon 3 Day Purifying Cleanse.   I bought two, 3 bottle sets from Costco, and the long list of shopping items for the vegan meals.  Why did we want to do a cleanse?  from the website:
The Sambazon 3-Day Purifying Cleanse consists of three organic superfood beverages and a sensible meal plan designed by Dr. Oz health expert Ashley Koff, RD. The program helps prepare your body for renewal, eliminate toxins and recharges your energy levels.

We were hoping the cleanse would help jump-start our fitness and health levels for the new year.  We had eaten poorly during our holiday vacations and wanted a way to get back on track.

Each day we started with the PREPARE juice, a blend of Acerola Cherry, Lemon & Cayenne.  Then we had a snack followed by the ELIMINATE juice, a purifying blend of Kale, Cucumber & Parsley with a hint of Yacon from Peru.  Then lunch followed by the final juice of the day, RECHARGE, a blend of wild harvested Brazil nuts, Cashews & a hint of cocoa.

Day 1 -
Daily Cleanse juice
10-15 almonds
Quinoa Bowl
Purifying Greens juice
Roasted Beet and Blood Orange salad with caraway seeds
Protein Recharge juice
1 cup cut-up veggies (broccoli and carrots)
Open-faced veggie burger with avocado and organic side salad

Day 2 - 
Daily Cleanse juice
Organic fruit bowl
Purifying Greens juice
massaged kale salad
Protein recharge juice
1 cup cut-up veggies (broccoli and carrots)
saag-sational curry

Day 3 -
Daily Cleanse juice
fresh cut apple with almond butter
Sambazon overnight oats 
Purifying Greens juice
organic steamed vegetable plate with tofu
Protein recharge juice
1 cup cut-up veggies (broccoli and carrots)
lentils with mushrooms, roasted garlic and butternut squash

We stuck to the meal plans almost 100%.  I made a few modifications when I couldn't find certain ingredients at the store.  ie: the sambazon overnight oats were supposed to have Sambazon protein chocolate almond coconut milk and I used vanilla unsweetened almond milk instead.  

On the 2nd day I was at a brunch for Junior League and had a mini carrot muffin without the frosting.  I felt really bad that I cheated and didn't have the cut-up veggies that afternoon as a snack.  And of course I brought one home to Ryan in hopes of mending my error but he said no and stuck to the cleanse.  He has way more willpower than me.

My thoughts -
  • I was hungry every day
  • I did not like missing out on coffee each morning
  • I did not feel like I had enough energy to do 15-20 minutes of light exercise each day while on this cleanse but did manage to work out 2 out of the 3 days
  • the quinoa fruit bowl was tasty 
  • the best dinner was the lentils with mushrooms, roasted garlic and butternut squash
  • all of the lunches were meh
  • the best juice was the Recharge which tasted like a milkshake
  • each night we drank a cup of chamomile tea
  • I had a headache the day before the cleanse started from no coffee, Day 1, and Day 2.  By Day 3 my headache had finally subsided 
  • I've never peed so much in my life ... I had at least 60 ounces of water a day, if not more
  • Ryan and I both lost 3 pounds
I don't think I could ever be vegan or give up caffeine and alcohol.  I had given up eating meat 3 days before this cleanse started so that doesn't really bother me.  I think I'll start having water with lemon juice every morning as a mini detox from now on.  And I think I'll stick to my philosophy of everything in moderation is ok in life, especially when it comes to drinking and eating.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Shorts in January

I could not be happier that temps hit mid 50's today allowing me to run in shorts. It's the little things. My pasty white legs definitely needed the sunshine.

Ryan and I are finishing up day 3 of a juice/vegan cleanse so running was a bit tough. I'm dragging and have been missing the energy I usually get from caffeine.

I ran 3.75 miles in 30:25 minutes then walked 0.25 miles in 3:15, finishing up my 4 miler in 33:40. Looking forward to start my half marathon training this week with a 6 or 7 miler tomorrow.

Hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A chilly day

I have never experienced a colder morning in my entire life. Taking Honey out this morning was surreal ... 7 degrees but felt like 0. Zero degrees. My little brain can't even comprehend how that is possible.

Anyways I made it to the ymca after taking yesterday off. I took a Flybarre class Sunday afternoon and my legs were feeling it.

Today I ran a sluggish 4 miles on te treadmill since the Dowd YMCA has an indoor track that takes 16 laps for one mile. That's absurd.

Second set of 2 miles included 3
Minutes of walking.

My delicious and warm second breakfast was a cup of breakfast tea and egg and cheddar croissant sandwich from Sunflour baking company. I dream about these sandwiches.

Stay warm!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Frozen fingers and toes

Well I may not have run the full 2.75 miles I had wanted to, but I did manage 2.1 in the cold weather!

I'm pretty sure you can see the snot running down my face in this picture.

I made sure to bundle up ... Sports bra, thermal performance layer, long sleeve shirt (courtesy of Katie), puffer vest, running tights, headband and gloves.

My downfall was only wearing one pair of socks! My toes were frozen so when my friend Shane texted to say she was stopping by in 20 minutes I quickly finished 2 miles and headed home.

It's only going to get colder this winter ... Glad I was able to run outdoors even if it for a couple of miles.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Lots of laps

Sigh. It was another indoor track day. Since it was only 32 degrees outside I figured running indoors would be more tolerable. I didn't want to run a sluggish treadmill run so I opted for the 12 laps = 1 mile indoor track.

I did find the best iPhone feature ever though ... The lap button on stopwatch.

60 laps later I finished my 5 miler in just under 40 minutes. Thankfully it should be in the 40s tomorrow so hopefully I can knock out 3 miles outside.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Twenty one months

tsk tsk I'm 4 days late with the latest Mason update.  once he reaches 24 months (2 years) I won't be documenting every month of his life ... I'll take a step back and only update once major milestones come our way.  

with that said, onto a fun month in Mason's life: 
  • he went to 2 zoos (Sanford and Tampa both in Florida)
  • went to his first beach (St. Petersburg in Florida)
  • met and re-met tons of family during an early Christmas celebration
  • had breakfast with a group of my best girlfriends from college and their kids
  • enjoyed a quiet Christmas in Charlotte with mom, dad, and Honey
  • traveled to Beech Mountain for a quick getaway

Whoa photo overload I know!  Just couldn't help myself.  These all represent the fun and excitement my little buddy had in December.   

  • the last of his incisors have come through ... just waiting on his last set of molars
  • skipping naps once in a while ... such a champ during our recent car rides and has been able to nap in his car seat
  • pushed bedtime to close to 8pm some nights.  still staying in crib until close to 7:15 in the morning
  • loving milk (calls it meep).  down to 1% and trying to limit it to only once a day
  • lots of new words with way more effort on repeating words Ryan and I say.  he's finally saying YES! instead of just OH BOY as an affirmation
  • struggling with veggies but will still eat frozen peas, sweet potatoes, and the occasional raw carrot stick
  • on a recent red meat boycott, which is fine since we don't eat it all that often
things on the horizon that we've begun to think about ... potty training and switching to a toddler bed.  I really hope both are not going to happen any time soon :/ although Mason will let us know (most of the time) when he's done a poopie, he still is not letting us know about peepie.  the switching over to the toddler bed will happen once we see he can climb out.  for now I'll keep him caged up :)  

12 laps = 1 mile

Today I decided to run on the indoor track at the YMCA. I managed to run 48 laps equalling 4 miles at a decent pace.

I wanted to hit 5 miles for the day so I jumped on the treadmill for a slow cool down jog.

The next few days are supposed to be chilly in Charlotte which will probably mean more treadmill running. The indoor track was a nice change but keeping track of the laps got annoying. Any ideas on how to keep track an easier way than just counting on my fingers?

races on the radar for 2014

one of my favorite parts of the new year is picking out and planning on which races I want to run.  here is a list of the races that have sparked my interest ... since I'm not a professional, other things in life sometimes take precedence over my running schedule.

january -
1/26 Winter Classic 8k
february -
2/22 Charlotte 10 miler
march - 
3/8 BB&T Corporate Cup half marathon
3/15 Shamrock 4 miler 
april - 
4/5 Triple C brewery 5k
4/26 CPCC Skyline 5k
may -
5/11 The Friends Run - 5k for Jewish services
june - 
6/7 NoDa 5k
july -
7/3 4th Annual Firecracker 5k
august -
8/23 Yiasou Greek Festival 5k
8/30 Sundae Run 5k
september - 

october - 

november - 

december -

I definitely want to run at least one half marathon in 2014, if not 2 (one in the spring and one in the fall).

I would love to run 1 race a month but that gets costly and time consuming.  

And I'm pretty sure my days of racing with Mason are over ... until he runs alongside of me and NOT in the BOB jogging stroller.

what races are you looking forward to in 2014?

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

First run of 2014

I wasn't feeling very motivated today so I did my first run of 2014 on the treadmill at the YMCA.

I watched the South Carolina/Wisconsin bowl game and the time seemed to fly by.

5 slow miles with 8 minutes of walking mixed in.

I tried out my new sneakers, the Mizuno Wave Inspire. So far so good but the real test will be when I run outside with them.

I proudly wore my UCF hat to the gym. Let's go knights beat Baylor. Charge on!

RFYL Grand Prix series - winner!

This past running season Mason and I ran many races together under the jogging stroller division as part of Run for Your Life's Grand Prix Series.

04.27.13 - CPCC Skyline 5K Run : CPCC Central Campus - RAN
05.17.13 - Right Moves For Youth Twilight 5K Run : Uptown Charlotte - did not run
05.18.13 - Run! Ballantyne 5K/10K# : Ballantyne Corporate Park - RAN
06.08.13 - King Tiger 5K at University City : Run For Your Life – University - did not run
08.24.13 - Yiasou Greek Festival 5K : Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral - RAN
09.07.13 - Hog Jog 5K : Uptown Charlotte - RAN
09.21.13 - Showmars Pediatric Hearts 5K : Showmars - Cedar Park - RAN
10.13.13 - The Kasey Kahne Foundation "Five Kahne" 5K : NASCAR Hall of Fame
10.19.13 - Hopebuilders 5K Run/Walk : CMC Main Campus - RAN

Six races ran together using the BOB jogging stroller.  At the end of the running season Run for Your Life hosted an awards banquet.  I wasn't able to attend since it was during a weeknight dinner time, but I did stop by one of their stores to pick up my prize.

I was pretty bummed to discover that my prize for being 1st place in the Female Baby Jogger division was 4 pint glasses.  After so much time and money invested into running their races, I assumed that RFYL would reward their winners with at least a gift card to their store.  Not only did I run numerous of their races in 2013, I also bought new running shoes and gear from their stores.  

I am thankful that I did receive something and was honored at the awards banquet, even though I didn't attend.  I don't think I'll race the entire series again in 2014, but may run some of my favorite races that they sponsor.