Friday, March 30, 2012

I'm a fitspiration and another Train Like A Mother workout

I'm super excited to be Rachel's Fitspiration today! I have really enjoyed "getting to know" Rachel via Twitter and her blog. She is an inspiration to me as well.  Rachel does an amazing job of encouraging fitness in her kids.  I love how often she logs 1 and 2 mile distances with her older kids on bikes. Rachel truly doesn't let a single mile go to waste.  Thank you Rachel for profiling me today!

Yesterday, it was hard to take a rest day when I hadn't even run since Monday.

But it paid off today.  It was pretty easy to get up at 5:45am and I was so happy to be running! I did Tuesday's speed workout from Train Like A Mother.  1000x3 at race pace with 400 recovery.  I wasn't sure if I'd be able to do all three repeats since I was so off my running game this week.  These are the runs that the treadmill comes in handy. I set the pace and I just have to keep pushing myself.

I was looking forward to listening to the new Another Mother Runner podcast while I ran. I read some comments that it was a pretty funny episode and it truly was. The ladies were a bit delirious from the exhaustion of the book release and it's just funny to listen to them in their delirium.  But as always, they are entertaining and informative.

Back to the workout.  I warmed up for 1 mile then started the first repeat.  The most challenging part of this workout was keeping track of my laps.  1000m is 2.5 laps or .62 miles (this helpful information is provided in the training plan of course).  Since my goal race pace for a 10k is 9:10, I set the treadmill at 6.5 for the 1000's which is a 9:13 pace.

It wasn't too difficult to stay there for each repeat and was able to finish all three.  The podcast ran out just as I was starting the last repeat, so I turned on Beyonce's "Run the World (Girls)" and I felt like I was on top of the world. Maybe I bumped my pace to 9:05 too.  

I rounded out the run with about a mile cool down and finished the run with 4.25 miles.

Tomorrow I have a 7 mile easy run on the schedule. Even though I did a speed workout today, I should be fine for 7 miles tomorrow and if anything it will help me keep a slower pace.

I feel like me again this morning.  Rested and energized but with tired legs from a good, hard run.

Just had to share me and my sweet Lily-bug. She's standing behind me on the chair while I type this and when I stepped away for a moment she opened Photobooth and insisted we take a few photos together.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

the hardest rest days

Rest days can be hard to take.  Us runners, we love to run and although our bodies often need rest from running, we still long for the mental and emotional benefits from running.  The release it offers, the control, the me-time.

The hardest rest days to take are those that aren't related to days of running and fatigued muscles.  But they can be just as necessary, if not more.

The speed workout I was excited to do on Tuesday morning? Never happened.  I was too tired to get up Tuesday morning.  I left for work shortly after 8am and I got home just before 9pm.  I had hoped to have a few hours in the afternoon to sneak away for a run before my evening meeting, but I wasn't able to fit it in.   Wednesday was basically a 12 hour day as well, with 90 minutes at home for dinner.

Normally if I've missed a few days of running due to work, I can't wait for Thursday because there is so much more opportunity to get a run in--either on the treadmill before the hubs leaves for work, or with the girls in the jogger or maybe when hubs gets home from work.

I decided to not set my alarm to run. If I was awake, I'd run early.  But I didn't.  Within an hour of being awake, I realized I needed a rest day.  Not because I had logged so many miles or hard workouts.  My body needed rest from busyness.  I didn't want to figure out when to run and when to take another shower. Spending time with my children and taking care of my home were the most important things today.

I was tired all day. I felt like I could have laid down and taken a nap at any point in the day. That alone showed me I made the right decision.

I trust that I'll wake up in the morning feeling more like myself, ready to add more miles to my weekly tally, which sadly is only 2.5 right now.

Mentally, it was hard to not run. 

This was the hardest kind of rest day to give myself.  But so necessary.

Monday, March 26, 2012

monday run-day

I could have run at least three times today, although I actually only ran once.

Around 2am I had to get up and settle my youngest daughter and I couldn't fall back asleep. I was thinking, trying not to think, I had nervous energy that made no sense and I thought--I wish I could just get up and run now.

I did actually get up and run at 6am, in spite of the fact that I was awake from 2am-4am. When my alarm went off, it was so tempting to stay in bed with the excuse of the missed sleep.  But that meant fitting the run in after work, missing the time with my husband and children, having to take another shower. So I got up and ran my easy recovery miles.

At a few different points in the day and into evening I could have easily laced up and logged a few miles. To tire the hamsters going way too fast on their wheels in my brain, to drain the tears through my pores, to let the endorphins carry me from Monday into Tuesday.

It's not that I want to run away.  It's just how I work it out. I need it, I love it.

I'm ready to attack my Train Like A Mother workout in the morning.  I'll be running 1000m.  I've never seen this distance on a schedule before.  It's 2.5 laps or .62 miles. I'm going to have to map it out exactly so I get it right on the treadmill because there are 400m recoveries between the repeats.

Anyone else ever have the desire to run multiple times in a day? If I didn't have the responsibilities of life, I would have definitely ran a second time tonight.  But now I'll have fresh legs for the morning.

And here's my inspirational thought for the week.

Last night I commented to my husband that I'd run almost 19 miles last week.  As I was getting ready to go to bed I told him I'd probably be running in the morning and his response was "of course you are." And I said to him, "I may have run 19 miles last week, but it all sets back to 0 on Monday."

You can't apply last week's miles to this week.  So get out there and rack up new miles for this week.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

new facebook page

I am getting a Facebook page for this blog up and running!

Like it here!  I promise I won't overload your feed with mindless banter.

Happy Friday!

Train Like A Mother: a few sample workouts

It was one of the highlights of my "blogging career" to get an email from the fabulous mother running duo of SBS and Dimity offering a review copy of Train Like A Mother. I've been dying to read the book and check out the training plans especially since my main running goal this year is to get faster and leaner. Although I would have eventually bought the book, I probably wouldn't have gotten it right away. This mom is on a budget.

To be identified as someone who could help spread the word about this book was a confidence boost--and to not have to buy the book? Awesome!

I'm about halfway through the book. I usually fly through books but this is one I don't want to miss anything from so I'm taking my time.  I love it like I knew I would. SBS and Dimity write in such a humorous, conversational manner and all the anecdotes and personal stories add so much.

Currently I'm training for what I call a homemade race.  Which means I don't want to shell out the cash for an actual race when I can follow a training plan and then "race" the distance myself.  My sister and a few friends are doing the same. I'm training for a 10k, a distance I've never actually raced. I figured it's not as demanding with long runs and I can pretty easily run 6 miles in an hour, so it's a good distance to work on speed and endurance.

In Train Like A Mother, there are nine different training plans covering the 5k, 10k, half and full marathon distances as well as a a plan for coming back from injury.  Each distance has a "finish it" plan and an "own it" plan. I decided to pick up in the middle of the own it plan for the 10k.

Saturday I ran 5 miles around an 11min pace on the treadmill.  Sunday was a rest day from running, and Monday I did an easy 2-mile recovery run on the 'mill while the kids played.

Workout #1

Tuesday was a hill workout. I've read about these, I know that they are helpful in increasing speed and turnover, but I've never actually done one.  The instructions were to warm up for 1-2 miles, run a moderate hill 5 times for 2min, then cool down.

I was able to run after work before the hubs left for school.  I did a full 2 mile warm-up, which was a mistake. I should have stuck to 1 mile, since I hadn't ever done a hill workout before. I have plenty of hills in my neighborhood, but they are all steep or too short for this workout. I chose a hill I was hoping was moderate that allowed me to run up for 2 minutes, but I quickly realized it was not a moderate hill.  I still did my 5 hill repeats, and wanted to die--although I felt really strong powering up those hills.  I cooled down for a mile (ending with 4.5 miles), got home and was as close to puking as I've ever been after a workout. My mouth was so thick that I was gagging on my saliva. It was lovely. I also learned that eating a few spoonfuls of buttercream frosting an hour before a hard workout isn't a good idea.

This was one of the most challenging running workouts I've done, but I can definitely see how it can make a huge difference in my pace. I will for sure keep doing hill workouts and I think I may have found a hill that's more moderate to try. Or I'll just kill the steep hill!

Yesterday, Wednesday ended up being a rest day. I would have liked to do a DVD or something, but I didn't get up early and ran out of time at the end of the day, and I'm okay with that.

Workout #2

This morning's schedule called for a tempo run.  Warm up, 2 tempo miles and cool down. Smartcoach has my tempo miles at 9:35, so I figured that's what I would go for. I warmed up on the treadmill for a mile, waiting for the sun to start to kiss the tops of the trees and then I hit the streets for the tempo and cool.  It's been a while since I tried to hit a specific faster pace while running streets.

After the first .20 I looked at my Garmin and saw an 8:41 pace.  First of all, I didn't know I could run that fast, second of all that was too fast for my tempo miles and no way I could sustain it. I worked on slowing down but struggled to settle in at the appropriate pace. I think I was afraid of going too slow, so I ended up going too fast. I was running on a fairly flat straightaway that was about a mile long. My first tempo mile was 9:14. DANG!!

I was trying to run up to a certain point that included an incline and after running that fast, getting up the incline was hard. I stopped my Garmin and walked to the top, crossed the street and then picked it up again for the second tempo mile which was 9:20.  I took a walking breather and then ran home just in time for hubs to leave--but I'm a numbers freak, so I made sure my Garmin hit 3.75 right at my house.

I cannot believe I hit those paces for two miles. And I kept holding back trying to get to 9:30ish.  Maybe it was the slower long run. Maybe it was the hill workout. Maybe it's that I'm finally dropping the holiday/marathon pounds and feeling trimmer.  Probably all of the above.

But I like it.  I'm all in on the TLAM 10k Own It plan. Our homemade 10k is at the end of April, so we'll see what I can do!

And yes, you need this book!  Even if you aren't a mother, you will really benefit from it. There are a lot of references to being a mom who runs, but the training plans, tips and explanations hold true to any female runner.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

it's been a week?? (plus Train Like A Mother tidbits)

I can't believe I didn't blog at all last week.  Oops.

I had a pretty strong week in the fitness & health area last week.

After last Sunday's a little too speedy long run, I needed another rest day on Monday.  Yoga or Pilates would have been a good idea, but it didn't happen.

On Tuesday I did a 3 mile recovery run. I don't mind running on the treadmill much, as long as I can vary the paces and challenge myself. It takes a lot of discipline for me to not push the pace.  But when I checked in on the Run Like A Mother Facebook page, they reiterated the importance of running at the slower paces as part of training.  Thankfully I had the latest episode of Another Mother Runner Radio to keep me occupied. My overall pace was 10:39.  Not quite the 11:00 the Smartcoach App says I should be at, but close.

Wednesday I squeezed an Insanity workout in between getting home from work and going back to church. I wish I had time to run AND do Insanity on the same days.  I would seriously do it. There is something about my feet hitting the pavement (or the treadmill belt) that brings sanity and rhythm to my soul. I love the sweat and the soreness of Insanity, but I need the runs too.

I knew that getting my run in early was my best bet for Thursday. Even though I had just done Insanity 12 hours prior, I was able to get some speedwork out of my legs before my husband left for work.

Friday my legs were toast! I intended to get some Yoga in, but a few unexpected things came up and it didn't happen. A day at home with my kids is almost automatically active recovery anyhow, so there was plenty of movement.

Saturday was long run day. It was rainy, which is unusual for San Diego. I couldn't decide if I should attempt to run in the rain or if I'd be miserable. I wasn't sure what kind of gear I was supposed to wear to run in the rain. I went back and forth several times, and finally ended up on the treadmill. I started watching Netflix and that helped the time pass. I was supposed to do 6 miles but ended at 5 because my iPhone battery was dead and I was anxious to get going on the rest of the day as it was close to 11am by then.

Next time I think I may try running in the rain. In my neighborhood, I can turn around and come home pretty quickly if I was that miserable.  But this time, running on the treadmill helped me keep my pace where it was supposed to be--right around 11min. Thanks to the distraction of Netflix!

I did fairly well on my eating this past week too.  I am feeling more toned and slimmer and I think the scale is showing a small loss.

I was VERY excited to get my review copy of Train Like A Mother in the mail at the end of the week. I've already devoured the first few chapters and skimmed a few others. I love how meaty this book is--it's not a quick, easy read--there is real substance to it and I love it. Some books I can finish in 1-2 days, but I don't even want to finish this one that fast. There is so much to absorb.

A few weeks ago I decided to do a 10K training plan. I've never raced a 10k and this will be a homemade race (me, my sister and a few friends ) but I really want to see what I can do.  I am really excited about the "Own it" 10K training plan in the book. I've been using Smartcoach, but I think I'll switch over to this one, or meld the two.

The book recommends using a race time from the past year to gauge your training and race goals. My last race time is almost 18 months old. I think I am going to try to run a Magic Mile in the next week or two and see where I'm at.

I can't wait to finish the book and share my thoughts. But from the first few chapters, I will tell you--pre-order it NOW (it's only $9.89 right now!). You want this book.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

saturday rest, sunday runday, monday motivation


I was thrilled that I exercised 5 days in a row last week.  Typically if I'm going to do a long run, it's on Saturday.  I was tentatively planning to do a 6-mile run on Saturday, but since I'd exercised so much during the week I knew I probably shouldn't push myself if I was feeling too tired or sore.

When I'm sore, I think about The Biggest Loser and how they must be sore 24/7 while on the show and tell myself being sore is ok and I shouldn't be intimidated by it. But then I remember that working out is ALL they are doing.  They don't have kids or family there.  They have trainers and get iced and stretched and probably sleep 10 hours a night.

So if I need a rest day, I need to take it.

As Friday progressed, I got more and more sore.  Especially my hammies and glutes.  That Level 2 of 6 Week 6 Pack Abs did a doozy on my legs, not just my abs.  I love being sore though. It means my body is changing.  By the evening I realized that a rest day would probably be most beneficial to me.

Hence, Saturday was a rest day, although we were active.  Cleaning, projects, kids, baseball and softball games.  I was sore all day!  The hardest part of the day was keeping my calories reigned in since I wouldn't be burning any extra. But I was fairly successful in that, which was a good victory.


I didn't mind having a long run scheduled for today since we were going to a friend's house to celebrate a birthday.  Sundays are hard days to run because of my early schedule and long morning, but I was mentally worked up for a run, so it wasn't too hard to get out the door.  We had my 4 nieces and nephews over for the afternoon and my awesome husband STILL encouraged me to get out the door and run--leaving him with 7 children!  What a man, huh?!

I ran 6 miles in 62 minutes. It took a mile or so to work out the soreness, but once everything loosened up I felt great.  The weather was perfect (shorts & tshirt) and the sun was shining.

However, I was supposed to do this run in 66-67 minutes, according to my 10k training schedule. I have a HARD time slowing down when I'm running anything 8 miles and under.  My route was a funky one that also messes with my time because miles 2 & 3 have a lot of hills, but then 4 & 5 are mostly downhill and I'm so exhilarated from running downhill that I fly on the straightaway of my last mile.

The lovely ladies on the Run Like A Mother facebook page say it's pretty important to run slower, so I need to work on that.  I probably shouldn't do longer runs with that big's just the easiest out and back route from my house.

I ended this week with 17 miles and 4 runs--makes me sooo happy!

I am not happy however with the scale. I'm trying to focus on non-scale victories, which 6 days of exercise and logging all my food certainly are.  I'm using the myFitnessPal app to track my food and it sets a calorie goal based on my information and how fast I want to lose weight. I stuck with it religiously this week.  And the scale showed no loss and maybe even a slight gain.

I am trusting that it's just my body adjusting.  That maybe my body felt like it needed to hang on to resources since I was working it so hard this week.  I try to not weigh myself too often because I don't want to be obsessed with the numbers, but I do want to make sure I'm making progress, so perhaps I need to track my weight a little more closely.  I did take measurements on Friday to track my progress in another way too.

Any thoughts on this?

Monday Motivation

It's great to start the new week with something to motivate or that captures and aspect of running.  I saw this on Facebook this week and it was just too perfect for mother runners!

How absolutely true this is!! I hope you are off to a great start to your week of exercise & health!

Friday, March 9, 2012

5 for 5

I am in high gear to get rid of the last few pounds that are bugging me.  5-7 I never lost from baby #3 (who's now 3) and a few I gained from marathon training.  I'm turning 35 in June and it's my motivation for getting into shape for summer too.  I know that the older you get, the harder it is to lose weight and be in shape and I feel like if I'm at a good place when I turn 35, it will be easier to maintain it.

And I've been complaining about these last pounds for a few years now.  I'm not fat.  Most probably wouldn't even consider me chubby.  My clothing sizes are average.  Although I don't think that the BMI scale should be the main or only standard of health, my weight is on the higher end for my height.  It almost always has been.  I have heavy bones or a lot of muscle I guess. (haha)

But I'm not as comfortable in my clothes as I'd like to be.  I want to be leaner, which requires shedding the outer layer of blubber from my belly, my legs and my arms.  After baby #2, when I was eating pretty healthy & clean and running quite a bit, I felt really good about my body.  Shortly after I hit one of my goal weights, I found out I was pregnant with #3, so it didn't last long!

Losing weight while NOT breast-feeding isn't easy! That's when I've lost the majority of weight in my life.  That's my only real experience with losing a lot of weight.  I have to be pretty strict with my calorie intake and of course exercise helps burn off more calories.  I have to be 100% committed to see these pounds come off.  It's not easy.  It's slow.  And not seeing much progress makes me want to finish off the Thin Mints that are in the freezer.

But this week has been a really good benchmark for staying on track.  Since Monday (today is Friday), I have eaten 1600 calories or less each day, and exercised every single day.  I don't remember the last time I exercised 5 days in a row, except for when I did 30 Day Shred or Ripped in 30.  I have had to resist desserts or late evening treats, which is often my downfall after a busy day--I just want to relax with something sweet.

Monday: Ran 3.5 miles on the treadmill
Tuesday: Insanity workout after work
Wednesday: 4 miles on the treadmill
Thursday: 3.25 run with double jogger
Friday: 6 Week 6 Pack Abs level 2

Tomorrow I hope to fit in a long/slow run (5-6 miles).  Along with being more active, I'm doing a 10k training program to work on my running speed.  Part of me would love to run 5-6 days a week, but to lose weight I know I need to vary it a bit and with kids and a job, sometimes popping in a DVD at home is the easiest way to go.

This morning my legs were tired.  Probably from the last 4 days of running and working out.  But I didn't really have a good reason not to exercise.  Whenever I think I'm too tired or too sore and I need a rest day, I think of the contestants on the Biggest Loser and how tired and sore they must be every day--but that's the price you have to pay to change your body.

I dragged through my workout with Jillian.  I was slow and even clumsy.  But I did it.  I may have been a little short on rep's, but I did every move and broke a sweat.

The scale isn't quite showing the results I wish it were-but it's not really about the number there.  It's about how I feel.  And at the end of this week, I feel a little more toned, my belly not as soft and flabby and I KNOW I made good choices.

Now to keep it up for the weekend (often a struggle for me) and into next week.

Do you have any summer goals you're working towards?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I'll never like waking up to run. But I'll keep doing it

I am a morning runner.  Most of the time. 

It's the only surefire way I'll get a run in.  Especially in the winter when it gets dark early at night.  It seems that many mothers, whether they work or are at home, feel the same way.  As the day goes on, you never know what will happen to change your running plans.  Of course there is the ever present mother-guilt that hits when your kids complain that you're leaving or your husband begrudgingly agrees you can run as soon as he gets home from work.

I may be a morning runner, but I don't like waking up early.  I like being cozy in my bed and squeezing out every last moment in it.  Just ask Bean, it drives him crazy.  

But there is nothing like completing my exercise for the day before 7am.  Only having to take one shower.  Starting the day with a calorie deficit.  

This morning is a great example of how most mornings go, and why I've never regretted an early run.

Lily is a terrible early morning sleeper.  She starts stirring, fussing, calling for us between 4 and 5am.  It's just lovely.  It makes me want to get out of bed before 6am even LESS, because I've been sleeping terribly from 4am on.  If anyone has any ideas about how make my kid quit stirring so early, that would be super awesome.  

So yeah, the last thing I want to do is drag myself out of bed to run.  But Bean's alarm goes off at 5:45am and he gets in the shower, so the chances of me getting more quality sleep is slim to none.  But staying warm and dozing off is almost as tempting.  

I had an internal argument with myself this morning.  I could get up and run as planned, or I could snooze longer and squeeze in exercise after work but before dinner and Wednesday night church.  But that would  mean taking another shower.  And I needed to wash my hair, so skipping the morning shower wasn't an option.  I could do today's run tomorrow since I'm off.  

Usually when I talk myself out of an early run, I regret it minutes after I'm up for the day.  I think to myself, would it really have been that big of a deal to get up 45 minutes ago to run?

So I laid there, considering the options.  Then I looked at the clock and it was 5:34am.  And I got up.

I ran 3 miles at 9:31, and a half mile warm and half mile cool.  It wasn't an easy run, but I did it.  And I got it done.  It felt great to walk back in the house at 6:35am knowing I had logged those miles.  

And it felt REALLY good about 1pm when I contemplated having to pump myself up to exercise or perhaps skip today's workout.  Because I didn't have to.  I'd already gotten it done.

That is why I will continue to wake up early to run.  Although tomorrow I am looking forward to staying in my bed until 6:30am or maybe even 6:45am since it's my day off and I can fit exercise in later in the day. 

But sometimes, I still get up early on my days off to run.  Because it feels good to get it done.

Monday, March 5, 2012

monday motivation: the voice inside

I saw this a few weeks ago and instantly identified.

"It's very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners.  Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice in your head that wants you to quit."

For me, it's not always the voice inside telling me to quit.  It's also the voices inside that worry and stress.  That question and wonder.  That plan and schedule.  These voices rarely stop.  It seems to be how I'm wired.  But when I'm running, the voice inside me slowly shifts from the questions of the day and of life to making sure I don't quit, to digging deep and finding my strong.

This morning, for a little over 3 miles, the voice in me stressing over another fever in my 3 year old, over potentially working from home tomorrow, from balancing life with fevers was quieted and will hopefully remain muted the rest of the day.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

I think I can, I think I can

I should be getting ready for bed right now.  I will be shortly.  It's 9:20pm.  One of my goals right now is to go to bed earlier.  8 hours in bed is truly ideal for me.  And I need unwinding time before I fall asleep, no matter what time I go to bed--so really it should be 8.5 hours.

I drive carpool this week, which means leaving the house at 7:30am.

I'm also determined to run the next few mornings.  I will probably be setting my alarm for 5:30am.

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.

The run, the endorphins will be SO worth it.

Thanks to illness in the kids and me, I ran ONCE last week.

Not enough.  I needed the downtime, but I'm ready to get back at it.

And with that, goodnight! My alarm, which is titled "Run Mama Run" on my iPhone will be going off early and the treadmill will be calling.

Friday, March 2, 2012

running with the double stroller

After dealing with kids & myself being sick most of this week, I really wanted to get out for a run on Thursday.  There is a park about a half-mile from our house, but I can run a route that gets me 3+ miles before we get there.  The little girls were more than happy to go for a run with mommy and end at the park for a little playtime.  I was thrilled that my route got me 3.5 miles by the time we reached the park.

The streets in my neighborhood aren't too busy and I run in the street on the opposite side of the street.  I've been running this way (solo and with the stroller) for a few years now.  I feel so much safer this way!  I can see the cars approach me and they see me faster than if they were coming up behind me.  Running on the asphalt is easier on my feet and joints.  It's not bumpy for the stroller like the sidewalk would be and I don't have to go up and down curbs or worry about cars backing out of  driveways.

I both love and hate running with the double stroller.  I love being out there with my girls.  I love the example that it sets.  I love how strong I feel running along with the stroller.  I hate how heavy it is.  I hate how slow I push it up the small rolling hills in my neighborhood.  But I look at it as a good strength as well as cardio workout.  And hey, I'm out there--and that's what matters most!

I was pretty pleased to end up with 4 miles at a 10:30 pace--not too bad for pushing my 3 & (almost) 5 yr olds with hills involved.  They even notice when I run hills because they ask me why I'm not going fast.  So nice of them, huh?

Lily got out to "run" right before we reach home.

Gracie especially loves this house that has tons of vegetation and trees growing up over the sidewalk.  She calls it "the forrest" and there are even ceramic animals in the bushes.

It was a great way to start my days off with my girls!  I've been running with my BOB Duallie Revolution for almost 5 years now.  Best investment ever! I've had to replace a few tire inner tubes but other than that it's held up great.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Three Things Thursday

It's Thursday, so why not?! 

1. I haven't run since Saturday.  My 4yr old threw up from 4-10:30pm on Sunday, which meant she needed to stay home Monday.  Monday morning my husband took my 8yr old to the doctor, who had been complaining of a sore throat for a week, and she had a bad sinus infection.  So the three girls and I stayed home all day in our jammies.  Mid-afternoon I got hit with aches and chills and ended up staying home from work on Tuesday.  I slept almost all morning once the kids were out of the house, something I never do.  Yesterday I made it to work, but still wasn't feeling great.  This morning my migraine and aches are finally gone but my throat still hurts.  I plan to run today.

2.  I need a 26.2 sticker for my car.  I want a unique one.  Or at least one different than the typical oval ones you see.  Cause I like to be different I guess.  I found several at CafePress that have potential.  What do you think?

3.  I'm not going to lie.  While browsing through these stickers, I started to wish I had another marathon planned.  I'm already plotting in my head how I might make a fall one happen.  The biggest challenge for me is the training time and the burden it puts on my husband.  But maybe I can do some childcare swapping this summer and not lose out on Saturdays with my husband.  Hmmmm.....