Sunday, 30 December 2012

Happy Holidays

I hope everyone had a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!! I had a great Christmas holiday. I also ate WAY TOO MUCH. The scale is not my friend right now. But, I guess that's what the holidays are all about. Good friends and great eats. I am very fortunate to have been able to eat so many delicious meals, but it's time to get down to start training.

We had a bit of a snowstorm right after Christmas.. wohoo!! I love snow. I am also trying to convince my kids that they love it too :)  Since we live in a country that has 4 seasons, I like to enjoy and try to get busy in all 4 of them. So we, bundled the kids up and sent them outside to use their imaginations and play. I remember how my brother and I would play outside for hours on end building fortresses, snowmen families and  having endless snowball fights.

Did I mention that I also like to run in the winter. There's something about the cool crisp air and the snow on the trees that make the run so picturesque. I also have to start really training properly for the Rochester half in April. It is exactly 18 Sunday's away. Which means I have to start my 16 weeks training NOW!! Yikes, I felt like I had tons of time, but I really don't. I decided to go for a run after I put the baby to bed last night. It was perfect as there was fresh snowfall and the snow was still falling. It was really perfect. I found all my winter running gear for my -13 degree run (that's with the windchill) I was able to run just under 6 kms.  I would have ran more, but phoned home around the 4km mark and found out that the baby had woken up and wasn't going back to sleep. I had to turn around and boot it back home. Today is technically long run Sunday. I will see if the baby will let me out tonight for a longish run. Keep you posted. Happy Running? How far did you run today?

Safety First

Monday, 17 December 2012

Boo Nike

It's was a busy and disappointing last week. My friends and I were not selected for the lottery for Nike's Inaugural Half Marathon in Washington... BOO.  After being angry and frustrated for a day or two,  I think I've gotten over it. There's still the Nike race in San Fran and this time round we will put our names in for the FULL MARATHON. Can you believe we've tried 4 times already to run their races. Thousands of women and men put their names into the lottery, but only a selected few get chosen. I guess it's for the better as I would have been stressed with flying my whole family down to Washington then trying to figure out how to run and then get back in time to nurse James.  But, my running buds and I had already decided if we did not get into the Nike race we had another race on the same day to run.

I had the priviledge to run with my girlfriend for her first half marathon 2 years ago in Rochester and had wanted to run it this year, but it coinsided with the  Nike race, so since we didn't get into Nike  I get to go back and run this race with her again and this time try to for a better time. It will be my first half marathon after baby. Date is set for April 28, 2013. Which means I have just over 4 months to get my butt in gear to run that distance.

At the finish line... can't wait to do it again

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Waiting game

It's been 11 days since my last post.. you guys miss me? What have I been doing? Hmmm trying to catch up on sleep and getting the house prepped for Christmas. Everything seems to take MUCH longer nowadays. I have been keeping up with working out and spending time pounding my dreadmill. I was hoping to be writing about some good news as this is the week that Nike is letting the entrants know if we were chosen to run in the inaugural Nike half marathon in Washington. They had told us that we would find out the week of December 10th, which was yesterday. I have been stalking my emails every second and they have yet to send any emails out.. ohh the anticipation. It's awful. I just want to know. It's terrible as it's all I think about. I don't feel like bad as I know there are thousands of other women other there like me who are doing the same thing. My next post will let you know whether or not we got it.

James seems to have figured out the day night thing, but now doesn't want to nap during the day. I guess I can't have it all. He's at least sleeping 3 hour segments in the evening and I'll take it for now. I was able to run on the dreadmill for a full hour yesterday. I was shocked that James did not start screaming as he usually does the moment I turn on the dreadmill or my Insanity workout. I've been trying to log more milage on my legs, but with no races booked I've gotten so lazy and unmotivated.

I have done more Insanity workouts as I am trying to build my core for Tough Mudder. Every so often they post photos on Facebook which just make me doubt myself and wonder what I have gotten myself into.

We got our Christmas tree last week ... yes a real one. Hubs was kind enough to go pick one up for us. Claire and I had an great time putting it all together.

What about all you out there? How's the buildup to the Christmas holidays coming along? 

Gotta get back to stalking my email to see if Nike has chosen me and my buddies.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Coffee for all

I'm sitting in James dark nursery hoping that he is not going to wake. Remember my previous posts about the switcheroo of days for nights ? And how i could not wake him even if I plowed a dump truck through his room. Well now I think I've made matters worse. He hasn't slept for more than 30 minutes since last night. He's been up now for almost 12 hours solid. The only reason that we can come up with is the LARGE black coffee from Tim's. I've had the occasional cup of coffee since he was born and didn't think anything of it because he had been so sleepy. We had gotten used to him being wakeful at night but not like last night. Even hubs noticed he was different. Hubs got up and stayed with him for a few hours so I could get some sleep. Even if he had been awake for most of the night, he would pass out during the day. But, he has been up for the first half of today. I finally got him in his crib and it's been a whole 5 minutes. Woohoo!

It's funny how when I was working, I could function at all hours in every time zone and be up for over 24 hours and still be coherent. Now while on maternity leave I can't keep my eyes open. This kid is killing me slowly.

I had hoped to be writing about my awesome progress with my training but at this point I just want to pass out. This is when I would run to the basement and burn some serious calories or I would battle the dreadmill. I think today is another lay in bed day :(

He has now been asleep for a whole 15 minutes. I'm signing off and going to crash

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