Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April running in review

I just got home from running my last miles in the month of April and to be honest with you, I'm surprised I was able to run at all today.

Ryan and I walked over 5.5 miles during the Wells Fargo Golf Tournament at the Quail Hollow Country Club.  We parked at the Harris YMCA after dropping Mason off at parents' morning out, and walked to the golf course.  During the event we walked quite a bit and then had the long walk back to the gym to pick Mason up.  Needless to say I have quite a few blisters on my feet from the Sperry's (boat shoes) I wore (I should've worn sneakers but fashion took over my brain this morning).  Oh and the hot dog I ate as a nice 11am lunch wasn't the best choice in pre-running fuel.  

Anyways, April was a fantastic month of running.  I ran the most miles EVER, won 3rd place female overall at the Know Your Craft 5k, and got to run a few times with Mason and Ryan.

  100 total miles
total runs - 25
average miles ran each time - 4
fastest pace - 4/5/14 Know Your Craft 5k 7:13 min/mi
slowest pace - 4/19/14 5.35 mile jog on treadmill 11:12 min/mi 
shortest run -  2 miles on 4/15/14
longest run - 6 miles (tie) on 4/8 and 4/22
# of races - 1

May will bring 2 more races and a whole lot more running (hopefully).  With one extra day in the month, I should be able to knock out more miles than April right?

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Racing against the weather

Dear Charlotte,
The weather forecasts have said rain starting yesterday and lasting for 3-4 days.

I have yet to see a drop, but am in constant fear of getting stuck in a downpour.

Please rain and get it over with.


Today I dropped Mason off at school and was scared of the impending rain storm headed our way. I was convinced I would get caught in it and then have to head to my dentist appointment soaking wet. The humidity was at 90% and my weather app told me the chance for rain was at 70%.

Fortunately I finished my 4 miles with no rain. I was, however, covered in sweat and could've used a shower, even in the form of a rain shower. Always nice to apologize to the dental hygienist for smelling "so gross."

Hoping the rain comes and goes so I can enjoy my first golf tournament tomorrow at Quail Hollow.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Know Your Craft 5k - race review

On April 5th, I ran the Know Your Craft 5k.  This was the first year for this race, and I hope it sticks around for years to come.  

It was held at Triple C brewery, a local craft beer brewery that Ryan, Mason, and I frequent quite a bit. 

The race started at 9am which was a nice change from all of the 7:30/8:00 am start times.  This meant that Ryan and Mason came to cheer me on.  

I ended up finishing the 5k in 22:25 minutes, coming in (at the time) as First Place in females 30-34.  Mason and Ryan did not want to wait around for the awards ceremony so we headed home and I assumed I would pick up my award at a later time.

Later that day the official results were posted and I saw that I was Third Place female overall!  This was huge for me since it was the first time I won a cash prize ($25).  

The next day Ryan, Mason, and I headed back to the brewery to grab some beers and enjoy our sunday.  While we were there I asked a bartender about my prize and he was clueless ... said he had no idea where they were.  On thursday I stopped by the brewery on my way to a girls night to ask about my prize ... this time the bartender gruffly gave me a pint glass with a $10 gift certificate to Try Sports.  Although this was not my proper prize, I accepted it and decided to deal with the race company later.  The glass and gift certificate are still chilling on our kitchen counter.

Since then I've been in contact with S2F Charlotte about rectifying the situation.  Now trust me, I don't need the $25 to survive or put food on the table.  On the contrary, I've already signed up for future races sponsored by S2F and just wanted the prize money to continue funding my race habit.  Hopefully a few more {pesky} emails will garner a response from the race company.  Until then I'll continue racing and hopefully placing in what I consider to be an elite set of fast women.

The race was great ... organized, cool t-shirt, fast course, and a pint of beer at the end.  Loved racing the Know Your Craft 5k, and look forward to racing it again next year!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Fitness challenge at YMCA

For the past 4 weeks I've been logging my workouts on a YMCA sponsored site through their Stay Healthy Fitness Challenge.

In the beginning of the program they took some measurements, such as body fat, weight, and hydration.

Today I went back for my mid program assessment and found I had gained 2 pounds and slightly increased my body fat percentage. Since my goal for this program was to increase muscle mass, I'm fairly certain the weight increase was partially due to more muscle and possibly the Chikfila I had for lunch an hour earlier.

After completing my assessment I received a free shirt! Love how soft it is. I dropped it off at my car and then ran a speedy 3.25 miles around the outdoor track.

Hope everyone is having a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

My very quiet run

I forgot where I put my headphones. At first I was annoyed, and then I embraced the fact that my run this morning would be in silence. Well technically not silence since it was outdoors, but music less.

It was hard for me to run without music because I was left alone with my wacky, and at times, irrational thoughts.

Around mile 3 I took off my shirt because the 60 degree weather had gotten too hot to bear. I was a hot sweaty mess when I was finished.

6 miles done in under 50 minutes. I'll take it. Especially when done without any Pitbull or The Shins blasting in my ears.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

2 parks in 1 day

Happy Easter everyone!

Mason had a fun day full of Easter baskets and parks. Yes that's right multiple parks. We went to the outdoor track at the Harris YMCA this morning to get a couple of miles done.

Unfortunately I didn't realize how windy (18 mph gusts) and chilly it was. Mason and I trudged along for a little over 2 miles then attacked the playground. We didn't last very long and headed home after a short time.

After lunch Mason and I played for a bit and then he announced "nap". So I took it as a cue and put him down for his nap a little earlier than normal.

He took a 2 hour nap but woke up around 3 and I was left with more afternoon in my day than I wanted.

So we headed to Park Rd Park for some more playing.
Hope everyone had a great day with their favorite little buddy!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Random hallway stretching

I'm guilty of never stretching before or after running. Usually the only time I stretch is during a yoga class (which thankfully I had on Tuesday).

Today, after 5 days straight of running a total of 20 miles, my right hip had enough. I had to stretch it out and have spent the past 10 minutes in some random hallway at the gym doing just that. Mason has another 45 minutes left of daycare and I'm lacking the motivation to do any more working out.

Unfortunately the wifi isn't working well today preventing me from watching "West Wing" on amazon prime. Instead I think I'll hide out in this hallway until one more person gives me a strange look.

Damn. There's that look. Ok fine I'll get up and throw some weights around.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Baking toddler worthy muffins

I spend (too) much time researching healthy muffin recipes for Mason. He loves eating "muff muffs" so I try to bake 2 dozen mini muffins, every couple of weeks, to keep in the freezer for snacks. I usually do variations of zucchini or carrot based muffins.

Today's muffin recipe was based off "The Healthy Applesauce Carrot Muffins" recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe blog. Check out her blog for the directions and the original ingredients.

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pureed spinach and pear sauce
  • 1 smashed banana
  • 3/4 cup finely shredded carrots (about 2-3 medium carrots)
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins

Let's just call these "everything but the kitchen sink" muffins.  The original recipe called for applesauce, which I didn't have.  So I improvised ... I pureed 1 chopped pear, a little water, and about 1/2 cup of fresh spinach.  It made a lovely green colored sauce.  That sauce, along with 1 smashed banana, were substitutes for 1 cup of applesauce.  

I also added the raisins (not in original recipe) for some added sweetness since I decreased the honey from 1/2 cup to 1/4 cup.  

I've tried a muffin and they're pretty tasty.  I used melted coconut oil and a brush to grease the muffin tin to avoid using paper liners. 

Waiting on my little buddy to wake up from his nap so he can taste one.

In need of a plan

I thrive on schedules. I love plans. I yearn to check off or cross things off long to-do lists.

Running has always been the same way for me. I always have a race in the future that I'm training for. A plan to follow with a certain number of miles to run that week.

So what happens when there is no race on the horizon?

I run with no purpose other than to have something to do and for a reason to leave Mason in childcare at the YMCA for an hour a day.

But that's getting pretty boring. I've made a random goal of running 20 miles a week. Ok cool so I've done that. Now what?

I would like to get faster at running 5k's so logic would tell me to work on speed. Ideally I'll look up how to do speed work and start to incorporate that into my running. Easy enough right? So why haven't I done that? Laziness. Which is a funny term to use to describe me after I just said I run 20 miles a week.

I'm in a weird spot in running and I still love to do it, but have outgrown it I guess.

Sorry for the rambling but I'm sitting in my yoga class waiting for it to begin. Today will be the first time I've left Mason in childcare for 2 hours. It costs $2.50 for that extra hour so I plan on enjoying those extra minutes.


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Friday, April 4, 2014

Twenty four months

I want to say this is the last Mason update for a while ... I want to say that the monthly reviews on how my little man is doing will stop completely.  For now I can honestly say I won't be posting another Mason update in the next month.  I loved chronicling every month of his life for the past 2 years ... but honestly there haven't been many groundbreaking changes lately that are worth mentioning.  I rather save any future Mason posts for the really really exciting stuff ... like potty training (ooooooh) and sleeping in a big boy bed (aaaaaaah).


This past weekend Mason turned TWO!  We celebrated 3 different times for his birthday (probably a little much on my part but what can I say I love that kid).  On Thursday we took cupcakes to Mason's school and celebrated with his class.  On Saturday we went to Discovery Place and explored the museum, followed by some delicious Midwood BBQ lunch.

And the biggest celebration was Sunday at his party at the Little Gym.  Mason must've been so excited about partying with his friends that he skipped napping.  Thankfully he pulled it together and was an absolute blast during his party.  He definitely crashed hard that night and tried to sleep in on Monday morning.  I felt bad about waking him up, but we had his 2 year check up at the doctor's.

  • 35.25 inches tall
  • weighs 32 pounds
  • has switched to drinking unsweetened almond milk instead of cow's milk
  • skips naps every couple of days
  • falls asleep around 8pm - wakes up around 6:45am
  • loves playing outside in the grass
  • lots of new words lately
  • silly toddler tantrums over the most insignificant things
  • can go up and down the stairs with minimal supervision (huge for us since he's so clumsy)
  • blames all of his booboos on Honey (poor dog)
  • still obsessed with Elmo

Thursday, April 3, 2014

New tradition?

Another run around Queens University ... This time I had a later start than normal. After dropping Mason off at school I had to take Honey to the vet for a shot and then we headed straight to the groomer.

Once I was done with those errands I drove back towards Mason's school and parked so that I could run my usual route.

5 miles later I was ready for a break.

Starbucks and thank you cards for Mason's friends.

After running 4 days straight I'm looking forward to a day off tomorrow before Saturday's 5k.

What daily traditions do y'all have? Starbucks twice a week may start to be too costly to retain as a tradition ...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Running topless

After many many many days of cold and wintry weather, we've finally had a string of beautiful, sunny and warm temperatures.

I opted to run topless (don't worry I kept my sports bra on) around the outdoor track at the Harris YMCA.

It's definitely motivation to work out my abs so my stomach isn't a flabby mess out there.

A little over 4 miles done in 75 degree weather. Loving this opportunity to work on my tan!

Time to pick up my little buddy from childcare. Happy Wednesday everyone!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mason's first April fools day joke

Happy April fools day everyone! Mason really got me good this morning ... He locked me out of the house while I was putting things away in the garage. I couldn't believe that he did it! He's played with the locks before, thankfully while everyone is safely indoors. Fortunately I was able to coach him into unlocking the door and letting me back in. Whew. Not a fun way to start the day.

On a positive note I ran 5 miles today after dropping my little jokester off at school.

Now I'm doing a little rehydrating at the local Starbucks.

Nothing like using your free coffee reward on a ridiculously large iced latte.