Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Indy Mini Marathon Update

So the Indy Mini is over, and I am so glad!  Let's just say every year I go to bed the night before the race and say a quiet prayer.  It involves rain and lightning and the race being cancelled.  And again this year I woke up to clear skies, a slight breeze, and the forecast showing sun until the race would be over.  So once again I drug myself out of bed and met the girls I ride with every year and found myself in Corral X waiting and waiting with the huge mass of people.  The view is always a good one, and I love what they did to the side of the JW Marriott.  May is definitely all about Indy Car Racing in Indiana!!

So this year I actually started training in January (unlike any other year), and I was looking forward to seeing how it would pay off in the end.  I was able to do 6 solid miles at a 12 min/mile pace on the treadmill.  The one thing I did not do was run outside at all.  This had me a little nervous because I wasn't sure I would be able to pace myself at this speed.  I quickly found a lady who was going the pace I felt like was 12 minute miles and decided just to follow her.  It worked out great....until she started walking at mile 3!  So I decided to see how far I could go without stopping to walk.  And guess what?  The training paid off big time!  I was able to complete the whole 13.1 miles without stopping to walk (unless I was forced to by the people in front of me, or if I got stuck in a water pit stop).  Here you can see I kept my 12 minute mile pace roughly close.  When I saw my pace or the whole race, I was thrilled.  And to finish under 3 hours was the icing on the cake (more on that later)!

The medal they handed out this year was my favorite so far.  With the 40th running of this particular race, I think the design is perfect.  As a lady in her 40s, I appreciate it a little more!

My employer gave out free Fitbit zips this year, so I was able to see how many steps I actually took that day.  I'm pretty sure I won't see numbers like that again until next May.  Yes, I've already signed up for next year!  I couldn't resist the $10 discount they offer right after the race.  Now I need to work on my goal for next year!

This is my 4th Indy Mini, but only the 3rd under my own name (a friend gave me her entry the first year, so I was Jenny that time).  You can find your archived times on the Indy Mini Marathon website. And I absolutely love seeing the progress I've made!  Momma has gotten faster in her old age!!

I couldn't do a post without sharing this beauty.  Oh my word!!  Marathon Foto, I will not be ordering this or any pictures from you.  (This was the best one!)  I cannot decide if I am in pain, need to use the bathroom, or just plain crazy here.  I've offered 8x10s to my family, but so far no one has taken me up on the offer.

I talked about cake earlier, and this was part of what I ate Saturday evening after the race.  I was able to join my mom, sister, and niece for a Mother's Day celebration that evening.  I was glad to be able to walk and sit down without too much pain.  This banana cake with peanut butter icing from The Cake Bake Shoppe was delicious.  I ate it all without feeling one bit guilty!

Final thoughts about this year's mini marathon.
1.  I'm so glad I trained this year!  My longest training run was 6 miles which felt like forever on the treadmill.  For next year, I think a longer training run will be in order.
2.  I bought a FlipBelt at the packet pick-up/vendor expo and was very glad I did.  In the past I have dropped my phone at least twice during the race.  I did not have to worry about it at all the entire time.  And I didn't have to switch hands or worry about getting drinks at the pit stops with a phone in one hand.
3. I used wireless headphones which I highly recommend.  One less thing to worry about!
4. I want to continue to do a run at least once a week.  I'm thinking 3.1 miles sounds good now, and it will feel like a breeze compared to 13.1!
5. May 6, 2017 will be here before I know it!  Time flies.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

On Running....

For the last 3 years, I have walked the Indy Mini Marathon.  I've not trained at all, go walk 13.1 miles, then moan, groan, and hobble around for several days afterwards.  Then about day 3 after the walking, I say out loud, "I'm never doing that again".  Then on day 7 or 8 after the marathon, they always send an email that includes $10 off next year's race if you sign up now.  And guess what I do?!?  Of course I sign up.  Because by this time I'm {mostly} walking like a normal human being.

This year in January I decided 2016 was going to be different.  I was actually going to train for this year's mini marathon.  I had grand ideas of starting slowly (around 3-3.5 miles), then gradually adding a mile or so each week.  Which was all good until I got to mile 6.  It seems I can't get past mile 6 (which isn't even half of the race).  I have been doing all my training on the treadmills at the gym because of our Midwest winter that will not go away.  And going one more second past mile 6 has me wanting to cry!  I've kind of looked at training plans and I should be up to about 10 miles if I want to really do the whole mini without walking.  So we shall see..... I have 3 more Saturdays {when I do my longer runs} until the actual race.  Maybe I can get past 6 miles.  Maybe not.  Either way I hope and pray that I don't hobble around like an old lady the week afterwards.  And I'm pretty sure this will be my last Indy Mini {until I get the $10 off next year email....}!

*I am not a real runner by any means.  When I say run, it's more of a slow jog/trot.*
*My pace is about a 12 minute mile.  Like I said I am not a real runner.*

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Interview With a Fifteen Year Old!

The last time I interviewed this kid on my blog he was turning eight years old!  I blinked and now he is fifteen.  How does this happen?  Where does the time go? How do some days drag on and on, but the year flies by?  In fifteen years my oldest son will be thirty!  This will be an exciting year in his life with driver's ed, getting a learner's permit, and finishing the first year of high school.  I am looking forward to the day he can drive himself to practice.

So without further ado, here is the {long awaited} Interview With a Fifteen Year Old!!!

What is your favorite subject in school?  Radio and TV
What is your favorite restaurant? Fogo De Chao (un-ending meat)
Who is your boy best friend? Andrew Chase Joshua (that's 3 boys)
Who is your girl best friend? Alex R and Haley C
What is your favorite TV show? Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
What is your favorite school lunch? Pizza Calzone
What size shoe do you wear? 12
What is your favorite drink? Arizona drinks or FIJI water
What is your favorite thing to do outside? hoop
What is your favorite animal? (still) a stingray 
What do you want to be when you grow up?  Hooper or Sports broadcaster
Who is your favorite singer? Kanye West, Childish Gambino, and Lil Wayne

Being mom to this kid is fun, entertaining, exciting, and unpredictable.  Noah is a loyal brother and friend, a great student, and an entrepreneur.   He is a good communicator, and I love watching him play basketball.  If you can't tell, I am very proud of him and cannot wait to see where the next few years take him!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Updates (aka It's Been a While Since I've Blogged)

It's winter here in Indiana.  We have been blessed with a very mild winter until the cold and snow hit us on Saturday night.  Since then it's been freezing cold, snowy, and icy.  I had to drag out boots, gloves, hats, and real winter coats.  We have seriously been wearing jackets and vests before this weather hit!  We've already lost gloves and discovered boots from last year don't fit.  Who's ready for spring?!?  This girl!

I realize it's been a long time since I've written anything, so I thought I'd explain what has been happening around here...

1.  Basketball.  I have a freshman playing school ball and a fifth grader playing travel ball.  We go to lots of games and practices.  I am so looking forward to when my oldest son can drive!!  I have kept track of how many books I've read for the past few years.  This year I am going to keep track of how many basketball games I watch (and think of all the time I could be reading.....sigh!).

2.  Work.  I bit the bullet in November and officially picked up full time hours (36 hours/week) at my real job.  Lots of factors went into this decision, and so far I am surviving.  I've been blessed to work part time since my oldest son was born (except for a brief time when we moved back to Indiana), so I really have nothing to complain about.  Kids just keep getting more expensive each year.  I remember thinking I could not wait to get the twins out of diapers because we would save so much money!!  Oh how I wish the days of diapers were still here.  Not really, however, sports fees, school lunches, big kid shoes, and feeding growing boys really adds up!

3.  Whole30.  I started another real round of Whole30 this month.  I tell myself I eat this way about 90% of the time, but the month of December sure did a number on me.  It started with a cookie day we had at work (everyone brought in their favorite Christmas cookie to share), then went downhill from there.  I may or may not have eaten an entire container of pumpkin pie ice cream.  Then I decided I had to consume some Reese's Trees, even if they were not shaped like trees (who cares?!?).  Then for about 2 weeks I ate whatever the heck I wanted.  Now that I'm back to Whole30, there is a LOT more food prep, which takes a lot of time.  But is definitely worth it!

So that's what has been happening around here, and what I'll be doing the rest of this month!  So who knows when I'll write again.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Random Acts of Kindness

A few months ago, Random Acts of Kindness (RAOK from here on out) started showing up at my workplace.  We have a locker room where we change into scrubs for work, and little gifts would show up in front of people's lockers.  Or if they don't have to change for work (the business office people), their gifts would be sitting on a table in our staff lounge.  Two or three people each week would get a gift, and my turn never came.  At first, I didn't really say anything.  Then as the weeks went by and still no RAOK for me, I started saying things like:

"I'm so kind, I don't need a Random Act of Kindness"

"They started with the people who are not kind first"

"If you're listening RAOK person, I really need a new {whatever I felt like saying that day}"

A few of us even got out a list to see who had yet to receive a RAOK.  I was on the list......until I went on a break, walked past my locker, and there was a gift by my locker.  I was so excited and thrilled and speechless.  My gift?  A pumpkin crate filled with all things pumpkin.  Pumpkin Oreos, M&Ms, Pumpkin Spice Latte packets {Starbucks}, and an umbrella {which is a long work post to be shared another day}.  If you know me at all, you know I love pumpkin.  So the RAOK person definitely knows me, or they work for Santa.  Either way I may have teared up a little in the locker room.

And just because you are dying to know.... 1. Every single employee where I work received a RAOK.  2.  Several of them were very personal {the RAOK person really did their research}! 3. The RAOK gift giver has not been revealed!  Which makes it even more fun.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Random Things

So we survived the cold cold weather on Saturday.  First up was the parade where we sat outside for almost an hour.  The boys were totally willing to brave the cold for CANDY!  I felt sorry for the people riding on the floats. They looked like they were freezing.  At least we could walk around and warm up.  Second we went to my nephew's football Cadet Bowl.  Sadly they lost, and I ended up with a dead battery at the end of the game.  My vehicle became the warm up place for all the kids, and I'm pretty sure they were charging all their devices while sitting in the car.  Luckily the car parked in front of me (nose to nose, even!) had jumper cables, and we were able to get my van started quickly!

Guess what I get to spend my fall break doing?!?  Swiffering!!  Yes, that is totally a verb.  I won a contest on Dana's blog, A Slob Comes Clean, and I got my very own BIG GREEN BOX just the other day.  So far I've dusted ceiling fans (they were embarrissingly filthy!), and swiffered up tons of dog hair.  There is always dog hair.  I was very excited to win and hopefully I can talk the boys into swiffering with me!

Last year the boys dumped a couple of rotten pumpkins in the mulch in our back yard.  When Spring hit, several pumpkin plants sprouted and grew.  There were tons of vines and blooms, but only one tiny pumpkin finally formed at the end of August. I was so excited to see this just last week.  I'll have at least one pumpkin to put on the porch.

 I'm still watching Gilmore Girls!  Almost done with season 2.  Jen Hatmaker just wrote a Gilmore Girls: All My Feely Feelings post!!  I have 5 seasons to get through before I can read it.  She also said on Facebook that she spent 154 hours watching the entire show.  I'm so behind, but will catch up!!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

October Weather

We haven't really had any cold days this fell...yet.  Then today the forecast looks like this.  And today is our small town's Riley Festival parade, my nephew's championship football game, and my oldest son's best friend's last home soccer game.  A great day to spend hours outside!  Guess it's time to break out the winter coat, ear muffs, and gloves.   Which I'm sure I put neatly away last year and will be so easy to find.  Or not!