Life, Running

Turtle training

To start out- nothing like logging on to post today’s blog post, feeling good I’ve been consistent the last half of the week, and finding out I somehow didn’t actually post the other days. Oye! Out they went.

I’m (getting) beyond excited about Ragnar Chicago! We are 5 weeks from our start. Our team signed up as the Sprinting Turtles (thanks to a random name generator) way back in December. What wouldn’t be fun about 12 people, 2 vans, 200 miles of relay?! I am team captain, and am hoping to make this fantastic for the team

A few weeks ago, a teammate had to back out for medical reasons. Yesterday, her replacement backed out. Each runner runs 3 legs of the relay. I am now looking for a runner to run 3.4 miles, 3.6 miles, then 4 miles- with 5 weeks of training. Fingers crossed for us!

On my own training- my shins are finally feeling better. I was accidentally running in my wore out running shoes as I switched to outside training, and wearing heeled shoes instead of flats. Ice, less miles, and compression socks worked like a charm.

Hubby is also on the team, and really picking up his game. That was hard when I was purposefully running less to heal my shins, but nice to stay motivated otherwise!

The weather this weekend is supposed to be horrible. I just saw we are in the 10-18″ of snow band. It’s the middle of April! Please make it stop! Of course we no longer have our gym membership, so I’m hoping the snow is less and the plows are able to get out so I can get some miles in this weekend!

What are your training woes? Have you run Ragnar before? Any tips?

Crochet, Knitting, Life, Sewing, WIP Wednesday

Where I’m at Wednesday

Yesterday was a snow-day and I only had my niece for daycare kids. As lay awake before 5am, wondering if there was going to be school, I started to think about all of the things I could finish and check off my list.

Turns out my kids all played wonderfully, but my niece was a handful (18 months old, who would have guessed she’d be a handful?). When there is a house full of other kids, she is distracted and I can SOMETIMES get something accomplished. Not yesterday!

To top it off, I spent nap time blowing off a layer of snow before more heavy stuff came down and he winds picked up. All in all, the weather was not as bad as expected.

I did manage to make a little progress on a few different projects though!

I took apart the seams on my moms poncho so I can close up the neck a bit.

I finished the last couple pieces of Chameleon. Now to see him together!

Edged 1 of 3 receiving blankets.

Finally- I cut out all of he letters for the banner I was asked to make for A’s school music program. Maybe today the glue gun will make an appearance!

Ok- I guess I really did get a fair amount done (even if I did all of that over 16hours)

What projects are you trying to finish? Did you get snow yesterday too? How many of you are ready for spring?

Life, Running

Running, or not

I’m not sure what happened this week, I wrote a post on Wednesday and when I wen to post it, BAM! it was gone. I still am not sure where in cyber world it went. Yesterday was when I noticed it really wasn’t posted, looked for it, tried to re-write it to post yesterday- computer locked up three times and I just had to walk away. Today, I decided the topic at had must be different, the universe (or my computer) just didn’t think we should talk about crochet edge blankets this week… maybe another time.

Today I really want to talk about running. It’s been a bit since I’ve had a running post. I’ve made a few decisions this week as well. First- I won’t be running the St. Louis Half Marathon this year. My heart hasn’t been in full out half marathon training, and I just don’t wan to pay for a race I’m not trained for. I also decided not to go, because I am taking an exceptional amount of days (not really, but more than I usually do) off this half of the school year, and feel bad putting my daycare families into a spot where they need to find coverage or take the day off.

I am still all in excited about Ragnar Chicago! I haven’t been running as far as I would like, but I have been running 2-3 miles 3-4 times a week. On Sunday I headed out for what I intended to be a 4 mile run, but I guess I am faster than I used to be, my run ended up being just over 5 miles. I use an app call Aaptive that has workouts with music and the trainers tell you what to do. These workouts are nice when I want to do some speed work, because the trainer tells me when to go fast and when to recover. I used their Half Marathon plan for my last half marathon and was happy with my 2:09 for my first ever half!

We had a big snowstorm on Monday, my workout was shoveling for the next two days, then I was able to head out and run outside again!  My runs since Sunday have been back in the 2 mile range as my SIL and her husband both tested positive for Influenza and I watch their daughter who ended up feverish and lethargic Saturday-Tuesday. I really really really don’t want to get influenza. I have been taking vitamin C, lots and lots of fluids, go to bed early so I don’t get wore out, and keeping my runs low key and a little shorter. So far so good!

What are your favorite ways to stay healthy? Any other great running apps out there? How do you stay motivated?

Life, Sewing

Snowday Completions

It’s been a snowy couple of days. Yesterday we got 7-8 inches- best I can tell, it was blowing and drifting some. Due to the weather, the kids had no school. They played together nicely and helped out with my few daycare kiddos that made it.  In between playing with the kids and the two and a half hours of snow-blowing, I was able to finish up these three projects!

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Giraffe Re-do
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Little fish… well, not so little
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Sleepy fox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Giraffe and Fox are both patterns from Dolls and Daydreams. The Giraffe is a re-do from one I made at Christmas. Unfortunately the first one was made with a different fabric and it began fraying at every seam and started to fall apart- not the kind of product I like to send out!  The fish is from BirchFabrics and was a really fun pattern to work with!

I had high hopes of getting a few other projects wrapped up, but the snow got in the way!  Today the kids started school 2 hours late, and I was planning on going on a field trip with A. The delayed start meant that Bean didn’t have school at all today and I have a free day to work on projects and play with her.  I should probably lower my project expectations and help work on the snow fort we started yesterday.