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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!

Marathon Training: Week 10 & Week 11

How has it been two weeks since my last post already!?! I was really planning to post at the end of every training week, but it’s just not happening. Here’s a quick rundown of training progress:

Week 10 (April 3-9)

Sunday: Off (7 miles scheduled, but I didn’t get any of them in)

Monday: 4X1200 on the treadmill that went like this:1 mile warm up, 4×1200 @ 7.7, 7.8, 7.9, 8.0, 2 mile cool down. 7 miles total.

Tuesday: Off

Wednesday: 8 mile tempo. 1 mile warm up, 8 miles @ 8:28, 1 mile cool down. 10 miles total.

Thursday: 5 easy miles

Friday: 8 easy miles

Saturday: 10 easy miles on the treadmill

Total Week 10 miles: 40 

Week 11 (April 10-16)

Sunday: 5 easy miles on the treadmill

Monday: 1 mile warm up, 4X1 mile (8:24, 8:11, 8:19, 8:05), .25 cool down. 6 miles total.

I was supposed to do 6X1, but overslept and then only had time after work to fit in 4 on the treadmill.

Tuesday: Off (40 minutes easy on the spin bike)

Wednesday: 8 mile tempo. 1 mile warm up, 8 miles @ 8:28 average, 1 mile cool down. 10 miles total.

Thursday: 5.15 easy miles

Friday: .46 miles (8 on the schedule, but Ruger only wanted to walk and I felt sick so we went home and back to bed).

Saturday: 16 miles on the treadmill (10 before my hair appointment and 6 after, followed by 15 minutes on the spin bike). I planned to add 4 on to the last 6 to make a total of 20 because I was feeling down on myself for missing Friday and not getting all of Monday’s workout done, but I was ready to be done at 16 so I stopped.

Total Week 11 miles: 42.61

Anyway, since we last talked, Ruger and Coco visited the groomers and came back looking like new.  I didn’t even recognize Coco without all of her hair! She will not stand still for anything.

The boys and I went for a bike ride in Fort Collins but I forgot their helmets so we didn’t go far. We were still yelled at by an angry old white man for not wearing helmets. I bit my tongue and didn’t tell him that his jorts were fugly. My sister texted me about chafing so I sent her a picture of my bodyglide and included my dirty fingernail. Note to self: Move personal hygiene to the top of priority list.Seth ordered a case for my bow which makes me feel like a serious sportsman.

The boys always ride the penny ponies at King Soopers but they might be getting too big. It makes me so sad!Speaking of ponies: I added some sweet My Little Pony socks to Seth’s Amazon cart one evening and then sat back and waited until I heard, “What the….?!?!” from the other room. They magically showed up a couple of days later and I’ve had to hide them from Tucker who thinks they should belong to him.
Jackson said he was sick one morning before we left for school and work. He then proceeded to throw up nine times between 8:00 and noon. He finally fell asleep for over an hour and a half and woke up completely fine. I thought it might have been the dinner that I served the night before but Seth and I only felt a little nauseous over the next couple of days and Tucker was perfectly fine, so maybe it was a virus.
We have a new archery range nearby and have been using it a lot. I stand on the other side of the picnic table in the picture below and shoot at the closest target. Seth of course stands back at the fence and still hits the tiny little sticker on the furthest target.
Last Saturday was supposed to be an epic storm and a birthday party that the boys were invited to was postponed but, a little snow didn’t keep us from a hair appointment . I split up my long run so that I could sleep in and still get my hair colored.
What else? I traded my ten-year old car for an Accord last week. It’s amazing purely because the heated seats work and it reads my text messages to me. Seth and I literally drove it around the block twice while he sent me silly texts and my car read them. We were laughing so hard that it had to be the best ab workout ever.I also have a spin bike now so I’ve been jumping on that every couple of days for 15-20 minutes of easy riding. There are a ton of YouTube spin workouts that I’m dying to try but this running thing is kind of taking up all of my mornings. By the time I get home from work and make supper, I’m ready to sit on the couch and drink!Coco is intrigued by the bike and loves to watch my feet moving the pedals.

I got this email reminder on Saturday for the Steamboat marathon and cannot believe that it will be here in less than 7 weeks! I am beyond excited to go back and give it another shot!
Alright, I’ll try to be better about posting my training in a more timely manner, but no promises!

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