Does Chasing My Kids Around The Kitchen Island Count

No seriously. Does it count? I mean once I think I’ve got my mileage in for that day I see my little man give me that smile. He gives me that heart warming, drop you to your knees smile and I know what that little ball of energy wants me to do. He wants me to chase him. So what do I do? I chase him of course. I chase him with my achy legs and tight calves. He is laughing as his little body runs in front of me. Then sister joins he fun. She laughs and runs up behind me while I chase her brother around the kitchen island and bar. Afterwards I feel like I must have gotten in another good mile.

Oh and don’t get me started on carrying them up to their room for nap time. Baby Girl is at least two inches taller than him and eats more than him, but she feels so light compared to Baby Boy. He is just solid. I can feel my legs screaming as I carry him up those stairs.

Then there is the jogging stroller. I try to go out whenever it is nice, but sometimes it is windy as well as sunny. Running with that jogging stroller in the wind is like running with a parachute. I guess I should look at it like I am getting a little extra kick to my workout.

I do have to give a shout out to Aaron who was the first to comment on my blog. He gave some great advice. I was busting my behind trying to get in my regular mileage during the week and then just dreading the long run on the weekend. I got my long run in earlier this past week. I did it on a Tuesday. I did an hour with the babies playing next to me. Oh I need to get another picture. That play area has gotten a lot more crowded. We just recently got a hand me down play kitchen with all the toys included from their cousins. It is nice. I can actually get an hour in before they start to fuss. Then I got a little over an hour in while they napped. I didn’t think I was going to get any more mileage in because my husband wanted to go out with the babies for dinner, but when we got back he wanted to crash. He worked real hard to the get taxes done and lost a lot of sleep. So I did another hour before I went to bed. I only got in 14 miles, but I spent a little over three hours on the flippin’ treadmill. I was supposed to do 18 miles, but man I gotta tell you I was pretty dang proud of the 14 miles I did do. Then the rest of the week didn’t feel as bad. I felt so relieved to just have to do five or eight miles.

I did discover something I need to Google some more. While I was running those 14 miles I discovered that when I get tired and my legs start to tighten I curl my toes. That is probably why my feet look so bad. I had so many people tell me my shoes were too tight, but I knew that was not the case because I buy them larger than my normal size. My Google search so far has revealed that I need to stretch more. I think I might need to find a yoga class or something. I just don’t stretch enough.

Next weekend is my half marathon. We will see how that goes. I signed up for a full in June and I have been looking at some more later in the year. If my husband wants to do the Goofy with me he needs to start training too. It won’t be too bad for him because he seems to be built for running. It is different from cycling which is most of what he has been doing for the past two years. He is going to have to get back into his running groove.

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Got To Get Faster

I actually got up a little early and jumped on the treadmill to do a long run a few weeks ago. There was an infomercial on about some workout that only took 25 minutes. I kept hearing them talk about how great it was to look so good and only have to spend 25 minutes a day to do it. I have to say, an hour into my run I was tempted to jump off the treadmill and give them a call. I actually still wonder if I should do it just for cross training. I mean if I loss more weight I will get faster, right?

Of course the closer I get to my marathon the longer my runs get. My Saturdays are slowly disappearing. I just don’t have the time for these long runs. I bust my butt to get my miles in during the week. By the time I try to get that really long run in on Saturday, I’m exhausted. It seems like I am always trying to think of different ways I can get my mileage in and still do what I need to do as a wife and mother.

I thought I read an article in Runner’s World that there was a 3 day a week marathon training schedule somewhere. I have tried to Google it, but I can’t seem to find it. How great would it be to eliminate 2 days from my training to do other things. The only other solution I can see is to get faster so my runs don’t take as long. I am just not sure if I am built for speed.

I am starting to dread my runs. I actually got into running by joining the Hash House Harriers when I was younger. The group I ran with made running fun and I am not talking about the beer. It has been hard doing this on a treadmill or even on paved trails. I don’t think the jogging stroller would do real well on a nature trail. I think I am going to have to ask my hubby or someone else to watch the babies while I go on a run on a nature trail or something. I have got to get my groove back some how.

I have been thinking all of this and I got an email with this article in it about why some runners quit. Then I saw this quote in another email the same day. I get these quotes from Runner’s World everyday.

You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.

Frank Shorter

 

Right now I think that once I am done with the Goofy Challenge, I might just stick with 5Ks and 10Ks. I don’t want to quit running, but I still want to enjoy it. I might keep doing half marathons. I just don’t think I am going to be joining the Marathon Maniacs anytime soon. Of course I say that now. Who knows what will happen once I finish my first marathon. I know and have read about some people who just love it. I do like races. Races are a lot of fun, but training for it, not so much.

 

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Cruisin’

Have you ever been on a cruise ship? I have been a few times with a group of friends. We usually get good deals when we book them that way. I love Andy Samberg’s songs/skits from Saturday Night Live. Every time I get on a ship now I think of The Lonely Island song, “I’m On A Boat.” If you listen to the link be careful around little ears. There is some harsh language. I think this link bleeps the bad words though. I love the fact that is was nominated for a Grammy.

Anyway, once you get on a ship it is very hard to stay on top of your fitness goals. They have a gym, trainers, a spa, etc. They also have food everywhere you go, shows, games, etc. One time I went on a cruise and the gentleman that took care of us at dinner during our stay said to just forget any diet any of us were on at that time.

Well we went on a cruise a few weeks ago. Some friends of ours got married on the ship and set up a group deal to go along on the cruise if we wanted. So we signed up for it. I never really ran on the track on a ship, but I have walked a few. The last one I was on was lower down the ship. I can’t remember how many laps made a mile, but I don’t think it was many. I can’t remember the cruise line for that one, but the track wasn’t bad. The track on this trip was so freakin’ small! It was on one of the highest decks on the ship. You had to do 11 laps to get in one mile!

I thought it would be sooooo boring. I also thought I would only get in maybe one mile. I was tempted to find the gym and jump on the treadmill. A lot of ships have them at a window so you can look out at the ocean. Then I thought of how nice it was outside and how little I have been running outdoors. So I sucked it up and gave it a go.

I’ll admit it wasn’t boring in the way I thought it might be. The track was around the mini golf course. So you had to occasionally dodge a small child or parent that got off the green while playing a round of putt putt. One side of the track went by a small sunbathing area that overlooked the pool and “dance floor.” So you could people watch either area while on that side for a short time. There was also the occasional wanderer coming up to explore the boat. Last but not least was the drunk college kid here and there. It was spring break after all. So it was a little interesting depending on how you looked at it.

I did a little over three miles on the two days out at sea. I wanted to do more, but we had so many fun things planned on the wedding day and the days at port. I guess I could have done it super early, but we have already discussed how I am not a morning person. I don’t think I could have done it late at night. We had the late dinner and I will admit that I took advantage of the food. I would have been sick if I tried to run after dinner. Although I would have to say regardless of the cruise line, the food on the ships just isn’t what it used to be.

All and all it was a really good trip. It was the first big trip without the babies. My in-laws watched them at our house while we were gone. The two days at sea were the only days we didn’t get a chance to call or do a Google Hangout with the babies. The phone calls from the room are super expensive. We tried to do a Hangout with the ship’s WiFi but it was too slow and did not work. It is nice that some of the restaurants have free¬†WiFi at the ports. They definitely got our business that way. Being away from my babies was the hardest thing. I hope our next vacation will be a nice big family trip.

 

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