Life

Weekend Wonderfulness

Nothing like the snow melting slowly and the sun shining to make life good. After our initial water intake, the house hasn’t had any more issues. Thank Goodness! The kids were able to get their bikes out over the weekend! This offered up lots of laps around our block and a trip to the candy shop in town. This was a nice end to their spring break where we mostly relaxed at home while I worked with less kids.

Now that spring is here and the snow piles are a little lower, I’ve been braving the pot hole filled roads and puddles to run outside more. Last weekend was 15 miles and this weekend was 10 with a buddy. I love running outside and am glad to get some miles in on pavement before the GO! St. Louis Half in two weeks.

I’m not sure if it’s the pavement or my new shoes, but my ankle is increasingly stiff and can be tender. My new shoes are a neutral shoe, I’m not sure why I ended up buying a neutral shoe, I know I need more support, but I guess I just wanted to try it out and see. Today I’m rocking full support shoes and some KT tape. Lots of water, lower and slower milage for the next two weeks, and praying it is better.

Beyond running, I’m busy working on first communion dresses for twin girls I know. We are using their mom’s wedding dress for parts of their dresses. I am also prepping for a craft show that happens next Saturday. Crafty, Crafty, Crafty!

What’s new in your life? What are your favorite shoes to run in? What is your favorite race?

Fitness, Life, Running

Fit Friday

Another week of amazing runs…and crazy weather. I managed to keep my run streak going… until yesterday.

Weekend– A short run to keep the streak on Saturday, then a day at the Ice Castles with the kids and friends. Sunday Runday 11 mile run- including a PR 5 miles on the treadmill before accidentally hitting the emergency off button!
Monday– the kids were home because of icy roads. I ran inside at the YMCA
Tuesday– a huge snowstorm arrived. At 6 am the weather said 2-4 inches of snow, we ended up with 12! The neighbors were kind enough to let me use their treadmill, where I ran my fastest 2 consecutive miles ever! DAY 40 of Run Streak
Wednesday– The kids had late start to help clear up the roads from the day before. I ran outside while the Middlest was at piano. Oh how I love a good, crisp, outside run!
Thursday– Kids had no school… again… as their had been freezing rain/mix overnight and we were predicted to get another 8 inches of snow… I think we got 6. I was up plenty early and didn’t go to the Y, worked a 9 hour day, and went out to eat with my family. It was amazing, and at the time, I was content with ending my run streak as I spent an hour shoveling while Hubby ran the snow blower. When I crawled into bed, I simmered in guilt and being upset with myself.
Friday– This morning, I got up and ran my run at the Y, and am set for a 12 mile run this weekend and lots of time with extended family!

I really do feel stronger for having done a run streak, and think I’m going to dust myself off and see if I can beat my 41 day streak!

What running accomplishments did you tackle this week? Have you done a run streak before? What was your experience?

Life

Kids- The Powers That Be

I love my girls dearly! I can’t imagine life without them, even when they push me to the edge, and let up just in time for me to regain whatever sense of composure I may have.

When I started running in October of 2016, I wanted to be fit, not growing ever softer and plumper, and I wanted to do it on my terms. I started run walking and slowly built up to being able to run continuous miles. My husband and I signed up for the Eau Claire Half Marathon, to both run our own races and challenge ourselves at our own levels.

Since this time, our girls have been my biggest cheerleaders and motivators. After I was able to run continuous miles and worked at building milage and speed, they were always impressed. There were days when I didn’t want to, but I wanted to show them that working hard, and putting your mind to it, you can do anything. I also work hard at reminding them that for most of us, the race is a race against ourselves, what we can do, how much faster or further we can go. I will not be on a podium anytime soon, but each race I finish, I am a winner because I pushed through something.

Ok- Now that all that sappy (but completely true) stuff is out of the way…

Last night the girls wanted to go on a “Daddy is gone for the weekend date” to our local Japanese/Sushi place. I hadn’t run yet, and realized it would be a very late supper if I ran first. As I was trying to figure it out, I decided to just end my run streak, because time with them was more important, and I made it to the end of January – my goal. The girls about lost their mind and started yelling at me to keep it going, not to stop, and that I could do great things.

We went for supper, I vowed to eat lightly, and run later, well… I almost at just a little… almost. Three wonderful miles happened later in the night, as did one mile this morning before we go and spend a wonderful day outdoors. I am proud to say that my little Powers That Be kept me going this time, showed me how strong I could be, reminded me to see just how much I could do if I put my mind to it!

Who motivates you? Keeps you working at your goals?

Fitness, Running

Fab, Fit, Friday!

It is Friday, yet it feels like Monday? Sunday? I am just all messed up!
A nice weekend with friends and family, then the kids had 4 days in a row off for snow then freezing cold. Actual temperatures plummeted to -30 below and colder, then windchills hit -50 and colder. Thank Goodness for our YMCA membership!

In January I decided to try out a run streak to get into a rhythm with half marathon training for the St. Louis Half Marathon I will be running with the Hubby (Well, we will both be running, but not together). 4 days in December plus every single day in January put me at 35 days in a row!!!! It felt AMAZING to be able to say I completed it and my legs feel great. Sometimes it felt silly, like when I realized at 10 pm last night that I hadn’t run. Hubby was gone, and it was below zero… so I ran in the living room back and forth until my watch said one mile without GPS.

Must get run in, friend invited me for wine, only -1. Ran to her house and drank wine, Hubby picked me up after his run at the Y!

I’m not sure how long I can/will keep this streak going, but it was pretty amazing to keep it going all month. I had to hit the Y with my friend, sweat up her treadmill the next day, and give myself reason to get outside (all the way to -26 windchill) to get one mile or more in to keep the streak going. Heading into longer runs with this training has me questioning if I’ll keep it going, but I’ll see. I’ll stop when my body says I need to stop, and realize how much stronger I am.

107 Miles Logged in January!
I found this cool shoe to color in as I gather Milage… Something motivating to see how far I’ve come. I plan to color each month in a different color… and hope to add more shoes. There are other options at this site to make the tracker fit your needs/goals!

Shoe Tracker I found after I made my other one. Using them both for now 🙂

https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/2ff5d5_5e8a2ff654364ce0ad396f003e450ca2.pdf

What are you doing to stay on track with your running/fitness/life goals as we head into month 2 of 2019?

Life

Random Thoughts Thursday

Mother Nature is soo all over the place. We keep being told we are going to get hit with inches of snow, and get freezing rain or nothing. This morning we had an inch or so of snow and it was even a possibility! Yay for not having to look at dead grass! Now to brace for the sub-zero temps that are coming.

Run Streaks– I am LOVING my run streak. I didn’t intend to do one at first, but Hubby and I ended the year with some back to back days of runs, which flowed into the start of our Half Marathon Training. He went a week and decided a break was needed. I’m happy he listened to his body as I don’t think he knows “slow” or “easy” when he runs. My streak is currently on day 27. Rest days are a slow 1 mile and my legs are LOVING it. I do feel like my speed is maybe suffering, so I think I will be done with this at the end of January… to be determined. 🙂

Food food food!– I am hungry all the time (thanks to all the running) and have really been craving either super light foods like salad or heavy, hearty, home cooking … I think everything on my list for what I wanted this week included lots of starch. I also bought the giant box of mixed greens and have been hitting all the salads.

Creativity and challenges– I’ve made a few egg gathering aprons lately, and have two more almost ready to ship. I decided I wasn’t in love with the pattern I started out with (really a great on, just not exactly what my customers were looking for). I decided to write my first pattern and have been working on that – It will come in a different post, when I think I have all the kinks worked out.

What’s on your mind this week? What foods have you been enjoying? Any other streakers out there?

CrazyDaycareRunningMom Moment, Crochet, Knitting, Life, Running, Sewing

Cheer them on

It’s been quite some time since my last post. Much happened since then, most has been unimportant and everyday, but fills up the time nonetheless.

One factor to the long break was a rant from the hubby as to how “EVERYONE HAS A BLOG THESE DAYS” and it somehow makes them an expert.  I have to admit right here, that I haven’t told him about this little page, and it has forced me to sit and figure out my why. REALLY figure it out! I write to help figure things out, and to let my customers and followers have a better idea of who I am, and maybe, what makes me tick.

Someday, I would love to have so many orders, things that people think of, then think of me, and say- “Hey, could you make this for me?” and I’d jump in and save the day and figure it out! All of these orders have to come from people trusting my work, and me enjoying what I am making. These are reasons why there is a smattering of different items in my Etsy Shop and why i sometimes feel like I am jumping around from thing to thing.  Just sewing stuffed animals, or knitting scarves, or crocheting afghans, and only doing one thing, would squish my creativity in a quick hurry.

Currently, many of my orders and products available, come because friends or friends of friend, mention something they would like, or share a pattern with me. These ideas spur me like nothing else. Projects like that include First Communion dresses from mom’s wedding dress (it is scary to cut apart another woman’s wedding dress!!!), weighted blankets (next in line), washcloths, Swiffer covers, stuffed giraffe, shawls, giant donuts…

My why is also that I’m not just a #mommymaker, I’m a runner, I love to cook, I also love to read, and camp, and chat with my friends. I keep lots of little people alive day in and day out, getting to play (and clean up poop), while moms and dads have to go to work. Many of my creations are for, tested or inspired by these little people. They help me pick out colors, and yarns. The older ones are asking to learn how to make things like me-It melts my heart every time.

Am I an expert? No! If I keep working, maybe someday I will be!
Do I expect to end up on the Today Show, teaching people how to make it big? No! If this ever happens, will have exceeded my wildest dreams, but I hope to embrace it and everything that brought me to that point.
Do I hope to inspire others to do what makes their hearts soar? YES! If you like to run, do it! If you like to create, do it! If you prefer to buy things other people make, do it! If you love to cook or bake, do it! Just remember, we are all different, and we can all offer support to those around us!

As I look at this, long and rambling, post and see I wrote “I am a runner” I am amazed! Two years ago, I was sitting on the couch, gaining inches, hating my body and needing a change. October 29, 2016 I started a Couch To program and haven’t turned back. Since that day, I ran my first half marathon, full marathon, marathon relay, Ragnar relay. This year, I still have a 5k and a road and a trail Ragnar scheduled. When I ask people to join me, they tell me they can’t. I let them know that they can, but I will never force them. I let them know that I will run with them, at any pace, and I will be there to listen to them. A friend was there for me as I progressed-Cheered me off the couch and onto the road. If you don’t want to run, or lift weights, or crochet a bear- be the person to cheer on your friend who does, but might be afraid to, or is struggling to remain motivated.

 

 

Knitting, Life, Running

Wonderous Weekend

It is hard to believe it was snowing and miserable a week ago! We spent the weekend outside, with almost no snow left! The Sprinting Turtles came over for a fire and a meeting. We were going to make signs to use at Ragnar, but it was soo nice out, we didn’t get to that! Some of the team brought their kids and everyone was able to run and wear themselves out.

I was worried about my run as my IT Band has been complaining as of late. I have 2 weeks until the EC Marathon Relay and 4 until Ragnar- I can’t get hurt or sick! I just can’t! I headed out in the sunshine for my run yesterday and figured I’d hit my short 2 mile route, if I had to walk home, so be it. At .4 miles I was hurting and defeated. I stopped and stretched my calf and hamstrings, and tried again. It felt much better so I kept going. I had to stop and stretch one other time, but managed 6 miles.  I need to run almost 9 for Ragnar, and have run 7.5 so far this training season. I should be good to go.

I did take a little relaxation time and cast on for a fantastic Wonder Woman Wrap. A really is into super heros and was beyond excited to see the pattern. Little does she know, this will probably be her birthday present. I will make it in front of her, and then tell her it was for someone else. So mean, but she already put it on her birthday list, and there is little time I could work on it without her knowing.

Have a great week!