Monday, September 29, 2014

The Weekend Fun

I had a pretty great weekend.

Friday night we went to a potluck for work at a co-worker's house. But first I came home and went for a quick run after work. It was nice when I started out but all of a sudden it got dark and there was thunder and lightening.
I booked it home  and not too long after it rained a little
Apparently we just got a bit of the storm because my friend that was in town said it poured so much there was water rushing down the street. Crazy! 2 storms in one week. 

I made up some food to take to the potluck

and this Southwestern Black Bean Salad (and brought a bag of chips) to dip with.
They both turned out really good. There was only a little dab of the sweet potatoes left.

The party was a lot of fun but I didn't take ANY pictures. I KNOW so weird. We didn't get home until late and I even nodded off in the car on the way home lol.

Saturday I spent all day cleaning off my kitchen table, laundry and cleaning the carpet in my bedroom. SO EXCITING. Not really but it was in a way! I listed a few things on the local garage sale groups and decided that anything that didn't sell by Sunday was going to Goodwill. 

I ended up only selling a couple Pyrex bowls so the rest got to go for a ride. Along with a few other bags of stuff I didn't want to bother trying to sell. It always feels nice to get that stuff out of the house.

Saturday night my friends Traci and Nancy were hanging out on the dock so I went for my run real quick and then went over to hangout. The sunset wasn't all that exciting but I had fun hanging out and visiting. My friend Traci's cat is like a dog and walks down and back with her (her house is down the road).

I spent Sunday running a few errands. I got back just a bit before my book club meeting.  My mom stopped by and so I rode over with her. The book we read this month was Daddy's Home
It was a really good suspenseful book that kept you guessing on who did it and what was going to happen next! I actually already started reading the 2nd book. 
And we had this fantastic drink! It was so good we finished off the bottle.
I ended my night Sunday by going out for a run. My plan was 3.75 miles but I was calculating in my head that I would be close to 4 by the time I got home from the route I took so I just went for it. 

I did really good at keeping an even pace. EXCEPT where you see it go up, that's where a neighbor was out with her dog and I had to pause for a minute because I wasn't sure if it was running at me or to me for a sec. 

It was just a big goofy lab that wanted to hang out so it was all good!
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

That 5k

I've made it 30 days now on my runstreak!

On Monday, day 29 I went out and finally ran a 5k without walking. It's been ages since I've done that. I'm pretty sure the last time was when I ran my half marathon in Utah in MARCH.

It felt freaking awesome to finally do that again. It's like a bridge into longer running that I've finally crossed again. It should all be easy from here right? haha

I know when I was running longer distances the first 2 miles always seemed the hardest. Which is really weird, but it's like after 2 miles you kind of get into a rhythm and you've worked out all those little kinks in your body (or told them to shut up!). 

So I've hit the gateway drug mileage for me where in my brain at least, I know that I can do it. 

I've been adding a little bit of mileage each week to do a couple days a week with shorter runs in between. I need to work out how much I need to add to get up to a 10k. I am signed up to do one October 25th. It would be nice if I could run the whole thing. I can't find anything saying if it's hilly or not, but it's along the shoreline in Berkeley so I'm thinking it shouldn't be TOO bad. I can hope right?

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Adrian's 5th Birthday Party

I think I've hit max exhaustion today. My neck started stiffening up while I was at work but I still had to go to the grocery store because we were out of cat AND dog food. Can't go without feeding my babies!

I bought a new food to try for Buster since he's been scratching himself silly and his fur just looks so dull and horrible. Hopefully a different food will help out.

I'm procrastinating cleaning the kitchen and starting dinner for a few more minutes so I'll show you a few pictures from my niece Adrian's birthday! I didn't take any pictures of the decor, bad me, because it was so freaking cute! We got there late because we were doing the cancer ride and run so we missed singing happy birthday and presents. Lucky for us they still had nachos though ;)

Birthday girl with her cake

and later showing me her new dolls (I think she got the whole Frozen aisle)

The only picture I got of Ava, she won't hang out with me

and I'll only show you a "few" of the twins ;)

Emma and Vincent

I really wanted to pull that bow off

Melissa and Emma

and Trevor with the unicorn pinata remnants lol

I was pretty tired at the party. I actually laid on the floor a couple times with the babies but made myself get up so I wouldn't fall asleep. We got home at 8 and I went straight to bed. 

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Cancer Run & Ride 2014 Version

This year for the Cancer Awareness Run & Ride I decided to do the 2 mile run along with the 25 mile ride. Last year we did the 60 mile ride, which leaves before any of the runs, but this year Scott wanted to do the smaller ride so we could get the kids to go with us.

Melissa said no thanks and Trevor did a 10 mile ride with no problems awhile back so I signed us up for the 25 mile ride instead of the 12. 

We got up early and got there in plenty of time for packet pick up and milling around talking to some people that I know.

They had a 2 mile run along with a 10k. I didn't want to push my luck with the 10k since I haven't been running longer distances lately so I had just signed up for the 2 miler. Which, was a great idea! I've been running 1- 2 1/2 miles every day for over 20 days. 

I started out towards the front of the pack because there was A LOT of walkers and I didn't want to have to get around them all. If they were smart they would have made a line to have the runners in front of and the walkers behind when we lined up. I almost saw a grandma lady get run over by runners lol.

I felt pretty good for the run and I was happy to see that I came in under 20 minutes, so sub 10 minute mile average (I actually had a 10:01 for the first mile and 9:11 pace for the 2nd). Later I found out I came in 6th for my age group out of over 40 women so I'm definitely proud of myself for FINALLY starting to get some speed back.

I had Trevor take a picture of me afterwards. I think I was giving instructions lol.

On my leg is this bib they had. I went back to add Ruben's name and couldn't find the markers. Ruben is my good friend Lupe's brother who died this year from kidney cancer. Anthony & Casandra are my friend from high school who both passed away this year, and Marilyn is my Grandma. 

official time was 19:13

After the run I went to the truck to change my clothes. Scott went to pump up the tire on my bike and it blew out so he had to change my tire. We walked around a bit looking for some bananas. Instead we found a tent with mostly processed junk food. Made me wonder why at a cancer awareness event they didn't have healthier food? I ended up sharing a fake apple danish of some sort and drinking a little chocolate milk. If I do this again I'll make sure to bring something to eat between the run and ride.

Eventually it was time for the ride. We all wore our new jerseys they gave us, which is really nice! Usually I wouldn't wear a race shirt for the actual "race" but it was fun to all be matching. 

All lined up.

Trevor did really well for the first 8 miles or so. Then he started getting tired. The first rest stop was at 11 1/2 miles so we did a lot of talking while we were riding and a bit of distracting from the actual ride to keep him going. Scott mostly rode ahead of us and I rode with Trevor and behind him.  That last mile to get to the rest stop was a bit rough but no crying ;)

We made it!

I let him use my gloves after the rest stop because that was the thing that was bothering him most. His grips on his bike are like little waffle grids and were doing a number on his hands. The next rest stop was after another 8 miles. We stopped once on the side of the road because his head was hurting. I had him drink some water and pour some on his head. That seemed to perk him back up until the next stop.

After that it was just 5 1/2 miles until we were done! The battery on my phone died right before we finished. At last I got most of it ;)

 We made it!

Then it was time for some food from their BBQ, tri-tip, chicken, and chips. I passed on the soda (I haven't had a soda in over a month!) and had water and another little chocolate milk.

I am so proud of my little guy to be able to ride 25 miles on his bike! 

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

River Club Anniversary Party

Trevor and I rode our bikes down to the club house where they were having the anniversary party. When we got there I was a little disappointed that it looked like everything was mostly done. There were some booths for kids games but not much going on. The whole thing had started at 10 so I guess by the time we got down there at 2 every one had already been there.

All my hanging out buddies were gone so I just walked around with Trevor for a bit and then found a few people to talk to.

Trevor did pop some balloons on the dart game and won these glasses.

After that he went over to the paddle boats they were "renting". One is ours and one is my mom's that we donated for them to use so Trevor got to take ours out and ended up giving kids rides. For like three hours!

I bought some raffle tickets but by the time I won anything all the good stuff was gone (they had stuff donated and you got to pick anything off the table). I won a 2nd time and told them to just pick someone else lol.

I had a beer and talked to people, including a gal that Scott rides the train with that moved out here. She has a road bike and I was talking to her about maybe going out riding a bit. She seemed interested, which would be awesome to have another woman to ride with right here where I live! Although if we got a flat I'd be screwed since I haven't figured out how to fix one yet. On the to do list.

After a bit it was just so dang hot I left Trevor there and went home. Not too long after it was time to play taxi again and go get Melissa. I was wishing I had bought dinner tickets so that I could have hung out with people for that but we were supposed to go to that party that got cancelled. Oh well! I spent the evening watching tv and dozing on the couch. Rough life.Pin It

Monday, September 15, 2014

Squeeze Burger

My poor little blog is so neglected! I'll have to start making myself make sure and post at least something every day again. The dang kid just keeps hogging it whenever we are home.He's actually playing on my Kindle at the moment (homework procrastination!) so the computer is free!

My space bar is all jacked up so I have to keep going back and fixing it. I think I'll just type it  all and fix it when I'm done. So annoying. Note to self: order a new keyboard off Amazon.

I've started just ordering things I want off Amazon since it's easier than making time to drive to the store. I'm so lazy! Plus there is the added bonus of being able to research what you are looking at without having to stand in an aisle with a bunch of people in your way. Plus is only usually takes 2 days to get what I order so SCORE!

Anyhow, so this weekend I was supposed to go hiking with some people from a running group but that got cancelled. I was also supposed to go to my niece Adrian's birthday party but she got sick so it got postponed until next weekend.

I had got up and went out running so that I could get it done early since I knew we would probably stay at my brother's late. I was just about done when they called and said she was sick. It was kind of nice to get it done early. Plus I got this great picture.

Sometimes you just have to pause your run and take in the view!

Scott had plans to go to a baseball game with his friend so I ended up taking Melissa  anda friend to the mall, getting Trevor some new shoes (size 9 in men!) and then I took him to lunch. My friend had just went to the Squeeze Inn. I always see the sign when I get off the freeway and then she went so I decided to try it out. I guess Guy Fieri had done a DDD at one of their other locations and that made them famous.

I let Trevor get a milk shake and then we both ordered a burger and a fries to share. His milk shake came out first and I got a few spoons of it and he drank the rest. He only ate a few bites of his burger and a couple of his fries and I could tell he was feeling a bit green. My burger was so good (although the cheese that makes it famous wasn't all that great to me lol).

I maybe should have ran a bit more lol. Right after I got done eating Trevor got sick in the bathroom from the milk shake. Not sure if it was just too much or what it was made with but he said he's "Never having another milk shake.Until he's older" lol. He slept on the way home and then he was fine.  Silly kid.

After we got home we went down to the club house since they were having a 75th anniversary party. I'll save that for my next post though!

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Sunday, September 7, 2014


In an effort to get myself running more I decided to start doing a runstreak again. What's a runstreak? Running at least one mile a day every day.

Once I run today I will have been doing it 14 days. Two weeks. I'm finally starting to get to the point where my mind can wander a little bit away from  the fact that I'm running. This week I mostly ran 1.5 miles for my runs except for Friday when went to the A's game.  Next week I'm going to focus on making it 1.75 miles. I figure if I keep bumping it up a little each week eventually I'll be where I want to be. Once I get to a higher mileage then I'll switch off lower mile days with higher but for now 1.5-1.75 is not really that much to do every day.

It feels good to get back out there and even when I really don't want to go I remind myself that I can run a mile in about 10 minutes and really what is 10 minutes out of your day? Nothing!Pin It

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Color The Skies

Last Saturday I went to the Color The Skies hot air balloon festival to run a 5k. I left with plenty of time, or so I thought until I was almost there and there was a huge line of cars for several long blocks. Apparently the festival did great this year.

Eventually I got to the parking area and paid my $5 to park (total pet peeve to pay for parking when I also paid to run a race, I hope some charity got that money). It was ohhhh at least a mile to where you checked in to run. Then of course I got a bag of goodies so I had to hike back out to the car to drop it off and then walk jog back to the area where the race was starting.

Oh and the parking lot? Full of goat head stickers. I didn't have time to sit and pick them all out before the race so I just drug my feet around and hoped for the best.

The air was kind of muggy and it was HOT. The race course is an out and back down a little road with almond orchards on both sides.  I ran about a mile and then I gave in and started walking a bit. 

My time was super crappy compared to last year's almost sub 30 race and I couldn't help but feel disappointed in myself. But then I was like eh, at least I'm out here and running right? If I keep at it, eventually I'll get back to where I was. 

This year they had finisher medals for everyone, which was really nice. I still need to get some kind of hanger to hang all mine on. They are stuffed here and there.

This girl I met recently does tons of runs for the medals. Is it weird that I get more pumped up for the times than a medal?  I guess that's my competitive spirit.

A little sweaty selfie before I left haha.
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fun Times

I forgot how much fun it is to ride bikes with my kid. When I first started exercising the two of us would go out and ride. Somewhere along the way we stopped going together and then I stopped riding my bike around the neighborhood all together.

I've pulled out the old rusty Wal Mart mountain bike that I used to ride before and  have been riding that again with Trevor (the roads are too rough to ride the fancy road bike).  We've been going out and riding 5 miles every night after dinner, every day this week.

One thing I remembered real quick. When you ride when the sun starts going down there are a lot of bugs. We had to stop to make sure we got bugs out of our eyes at one point last night.

We tend to divide our neighborhood up by lakes. We have 3 little man made lakes. We have the church lake, the lake by Grandma's house and the lake with the hill. The lake with the BIG hill, which somehow does not seem big at all now that I've actually rode my bike up a mountain, is Trevor's favorite spot to ride. We go around that lake 3 times every night.

As we were going around we saw little kittens and OMG they are so cute. I'm sure they are wild rip your face off feral cats but they are cute to look at. Every time we would go around they'd either be running across the road or sitting on the side playing. The last time we went around the mama cat was out there and they were all nursing on her. Trevor was saying how if we go by and one is squished in the road he's going to be really upset. Lets hope we don't see one squished any time soon.

The night before we saw a big owl fly out of a tree and across the sky. It was kind of awesome.

Yesterday I signed us up for a 25 mile bike ride. It's in 3 weeks. I think he'll do fine since there are plenty of rest stops. It's not a race so no need to hurry and we can take breaks. Plus it's on really flat ground so it shouldn't be too hard! I'm kind of excited to have him do the ride with us.

I also signed myself up for the 2 mile run that is in the morning before the bike ride. We'll see how well that works out haha.Pin It

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Back To It

I'm pretty much feeling exhausted today. I'm pretty sure that's not good English either but that describes how I feel.

I've been getting up at 5 am to go run. I fell off my running routine awhile back and nothing seems to be working to get me back into it so I decided I just need to make myself run (no walking!) at least a mile every day. So far today was the first day I "only" ran a mile since Sunday. I might have went farther, but I was giving myself the excuse that running without headphones really sucks so I'd just do a mile. Melissa keeps borrowing my headphones since hers broke and I forgot to tell her to leave them on the table for me.

I'm really, really not a morning person. Scott leaves around 4:30 every morning and gives me a kiss goodbye (even though I've told him it's totally ok if he doesn't wake me up to tell me goodbye) and then I usually lay there nodding in and out until about 5:45 when I go into a deep sleep for 15 minutes lol.

So since I'm usually kind of awake anyways I've told myself that I need to just get up and go run. I've declared that I will run at least a mile a day on Facebook and Instagram so you know, that means I actually have to do it so I don't look like a liar.

I've determined the only good thing about running in the morning is that it's done and I don't have to think about it anymore. It's REALLY dark at 5 am. It's dark when I run at night too but for some reason the dark in the morning makes me more nervous. Weird.

I've also been going for a bike ride every day with Trevor after dinner. He's decided that he wants to ride 5 miles every day. We set up Runkeeper on his phone and he's been using it for his bike rides. He even set a goal for riding 1200 miles for the year. I'm impressed!

I REALLY need to get a more comfy seat for one of our mountain bikes though. The ones we have have been really killing my ass and I've been trading them around all the bikes (we have a collection of bikes for some reason) trying to find one less painful. I'm pretty sure one does not exist at our house and I think I need to just go buy one. I'm pretty sure your crotch is not supposed to be numb when you get off the bike.

Other than the seat pain I've been enjoying riding with him every day. It's nice to have some time to gether doing something.

With the running and the biking I haven't went to the gym. Seems like something always falls off when I pick something else up.

Saturday is the Color The Skies 5k run I'm signed up for and I'm feeling hopefully that maybe I can run the whole race. Last year I was trying to get a sub 30 minute run, which I just barely missed (but later smashed). This year I'll be lucky if I get a sub 35. It's amazing how much you lose in your endurance and speed when you take a break from running. Hopefully if I stick to it I can get back to where I was.

I'm glad that I gave myself the rule to do one race a month though. I'm sure I would have totally stopped running if I had not done that. Who would have thought when I was running so much just a short time ago that I would have stopped? Weird how that happens. I think I was just exhausted from doing all the long runs and then having a lot of emotionally taxing things going on at the same time. Somehow just laying on the couch seemed so much easier ;)

The important thing though is that I am attempting to pick myself up (again). If I keep trying eventually I'll succeed right? Pin It
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