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Minnesota Trip

Two weeks before Christmas, the boys and I flew to Minnesota to surprise my family. All of my brothers and sisters were going to be in the same place at the same time – that’s an event that I couldn’t miss!

Jackson looks a little nervous, but I swear he was excited.

Both boys were amazed at the frost covering the windows inside our rental car. They were even more amazed when I showed them how to make a fake footprint and happily began to cover the back windows. I’m sure whoever got to clean that car appreciated all of the greasy hand prints.I took them through the Burger Time drive thru and they both fell in love. Jackson told everyone he met about Burger Time and how much he loved it.

After a quick stop at Target for presents and the all-important Five Nights at Freddie’s plushies, we checked into our hotel and then went over to my mom’s. It was so much fun to surprise everyone! Rachel was speechless, and that is a feat in itself ;).

One of my cousins was getting married so we drove across the border to ND for the wedding and to see my Grandma. Isn’t she the cutest? I wanted to cry when I saw her. She is the sweetest, kindest, person that I know.And we got to see my aunt, who let me watch Cinderella as much as I wanted, ride ponies, play with dogs, and chase fainting goats when I was a kid.

The next morning, we went to church with my family and got to see one of my nephews sing Christmas songs (he’s hiding in the back in the green shirt). Then, back to my mom’s house for lunch and presents and the first picture with all of the grandkids. 

After presents, the boys went sledding on the same hill that I used to sled on (That’s my high school and the church Seth and I were married at behind Jackson).

I rode down one time with the boys and that was plenty for this old lady. It was cold!

It felt so “right” for all of us kids to be together with our mom; probably because we were all together non-stop when we were homeschooled. Side note: I’ve thanked my mom on more than one occasion for not drowning all of us in the bathtub. My two boys are all that I can handle – I’m not sure how she spent all day, every day with us.

I finally let the boys go to the pool after dinner on our second night and they were ecstatic. 

Pizza delivered to the room at midnight and getting to eat in bed? Living the dream.

The next morning was more swimming and my dad came over to hang out.More Five Night’s at Freddy’s. The boys weren’t excited at all……
We spent the rest our time with Seth’s grandma, Lilly who is hilarious and so much fun. She lived near us in Colorado for a while and the boys have missed her tons.Then, one last stop at Burger Time before going back to the airport and then home.Now, let’s talk about what my running looks like:

After the Fall Equinox Half in September, I took it easy through October and November with short runs 1-3 times/week, threw in some strength training, went hunting for the first time, and then decided to get serious about my fitness goals for 2017.  Garmin Connect has several types of training plans that can be customized and sent directly to my watch. I decided to do the 12 week “Improve Your Fitness” plan with the intention of training for shorter races in the spring/summer and then a fall marathon.

So far, I am loving it! Runs are dictated by time rather than distance so it really helps me to stay slow on my easy runs. If I have a specific number of miles to run, I end up running them too hard on the days that I’m time-strapped.

In addition to different types of runs of 30-40 minutes (intervals, hills, and easy) and a long run, the plan calls for different kinds of crosstraining. I’ve been living under a rock and had to google “body conditioning”. The first 20 minute YouTube workout that I found was horrible…….I thought I was going to die. My heart felt like it was going to explode and I couldn’t make it all the way through some of the sets. It became very apparent that I need to put some serious work into my overall fitness. Too bad, I only like running.

Anyhoo, I’m starting to look at races near me and will be plotting and planning out the year over the next couple of weeks…..or maybe I’ll go crazy signing up for races this weekend. Who knows!

Christmas and How I Store My Running Clothes

I hope everyone had a great weekend and a Merry Christmas! Shaboo observed the present opening closely after the first two opened were toys for her.

Seth had both Saturday and Sunday off so we spent a relaxing day at home and only left for a tiny bit to hit up the Culver’s drive thru. Then we headed back home and let the boys open a present that ended up being an Xbox game so my three boys played while I read a book.Video games and me don’t work well together. The controllers make no sense!Seth and I stayed up until nearly midnight watching movies and waiting for the boys to fall asleep. They let us have a few hours of sleep until Tucker woke us up at 4:10am. He couldn’t get Jackson to wake up so he played video games for two hours while we went back to sleep. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone that I let my kids spend so much time on mind sucking games.

After we all got up and opened presents, Seth’s parents came over for breakfast and more presents. (the blue stuff in the bowl are beads soaking in water for toy guns the boys got.)Sethy and his mama.This mostly dairy and meat free girl (who am I?? 2009 Anna wouldn’t even recognize herself) was in charge of bringing the Christmas potatoes to Erin’s so I whipped up a big batch full of butter, milk, sour cream, cream cheese and a little garlic salt.

Jackson hoovered a big bowl before I could finish filling the crockpot.

We spent the rest of the day at Erin and Jason’s house opening more presents, eating more food, and laughing until we (at least I) cried.

And, because I was super busy this year (read: extra lazy), no cards were sent out so here’s the family picture that I was planning to use. I’m pretty sure that our Christmas 2009 picture was also only on the blog and taken at the same lake…….

Now, let’s talk about storing all of the running gear that we runners like to accumulate. Isn’t it funny that running is such a simplistic sport and we still end up with so much stuff that we just HAVE to have?

I used to keep everything folded in piles on a shelf that was covered by all of my clothes on hangers but it was hard to keep organized and piles of short sleeve shirts would spill into piles of long sleeves or a favorite pair of shorts would be lost forever behind a pile of tights. One weekend, I was so fed up with the situation, that I packed the kids up, drove to Bed Bath & Beyond and bought some fabric containers and a tank hanger.

They basically rocked my world, changed my life for the better, and I have to share this with you because it’s so simple yet made a world of difference. Everything except tanks are now stored in four fabric bins on the top shelf of my closet and they even coordinate with the two bins that I was already using for out of season clothing!

My running gear was already sorted into piles so I stuck with the same order but combined a few piles. The first bin on the left is yoga pants, capris, running tights, and a pair of bike tights. The second bin holds sports bras at the back and running shorts, bike shorts, and two hats at the front. It’s hard to tell from the picture but the shorts are facing a different direction than the bras so that they don’t get mixed together. I haven’t had any trouble with this combination so far. 

These two bins are full of tops with pull overs, light jackets and vests on the left and the other bin holds short sleeves in the front and long in the back. I used to lay out my running clothes the night before and I haven’t had to since these bins came into my life. When I’m folding clean laundry, I make separate stacks by type of clothing and then just drop them in their bin as I put everything away. Last, but not least, is this awesome wire tank top hanger that was less than $6. I bought another one for my “real clothes” tanks because I love this so much.So there you have it! My inner neat freak loves this system and I can’t tell you enough how much of a life changer it was. I feel the need to re-organize my entire house now!

How do you store your running clothes?

What about running shoes?

Mine are randomly mixed in with the rest of my casual shoes and one pair that I keep my yaktraks on are buried in the coat closet in the front entry. There has to be a better way!

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