Thursday, October 30, 2014

Things I'm Loving Lately 24

1. Baking/Cooking with London

London loves helping in the kitchen. My mom bought him a little stepping stool. from Ikea, and he insists on pushing it around the kitchen to check out what I'm doing. I've started to let him help me a lot more. (He says "me help mommy?) He LOVES it! 

2. Anything NYC Marathon related

I can't get enough of all the NYC Marathon blogs, tweets and articles lately! I have a few friends running it and I can't wait to cheer them on! I already signed up for tracking and plan to watch it live online. I am entering the 2015 lottery (the day it opens!!) and hope to be gearing up to run the race this time next year!

Check out my friend Kim's blog post on her thoughts leading up to race day (I may have teared up reading it!!)

Also, I am adding this book to my Christmas Wish List!!!

3. These Lulu Pants

Okay, so these limited edition pants are only being released in NYC Lululemon stores for the marathon. I think they need to sell them online! The skyline on the pants is pretty much the coolest thing ever!! Jen, you need to buy a pair (or two!!!) ;). I AM OBSSESSED!

4. Running

There was about two months there where I wasn't running like I used to. I recorded the lowest mileage I had run in years. I wasn't making time for it and I certainly wasn't pushing myself. This weekend. I ran because I wanted to. I ran because I missed it and because I remembered how it makes me feel. I need to work on finding a balance when it comes to running (and racing!) Running used to be my escape from certain things. Now, I want it to be something I do for me. 

5. Friendships (New and Old)

Going through a divorce is the hardest thing I've ever done. Jarod and I are doing a good job of remaining friends and trying to focus on what's best for London.

I need to say, again, though how thankful I am for my friends who have been there for me despite what may be going on in their lives and how far away they may live (love you Court!!!) I have lost a few friends because of this situation but it's been a good life lesson. 

I have also been pretty lucky to meet some new friends! I am excited to see where these relationships go. I'm actually hanging out with a few of them soon and can't wait! 

Happy Friday and Happy Halloween!

I can't wait to take London trick or treating! Here's a look at his first two Halloweens.

How was he ever that little!
Gah, time flies!!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Upcoming Race Schedule

As I've said before, I love to run and I really love to race! Come October, my race schedule is usually empty until March--not this year!

I'm signed up to run the 10K Clause Cause November 15th. It's my current 10K PR race and I would love to try and beat it! I would also like to try and place in tbe top 3 in my age group again.

I'm also signed up for one half marathon, and contemplating another. 

My friend Leighann told me about a local half at the end of November. There's only 75 spots so I had to snatch one up quickly! Every year, the run takes on a different story and theme. This year, it's essentially a superhero theme. I will definitely be recycling my Wonder Woman costume from last year (with a few "running" additions!)

The other half I still an undecided on is
The Last Chance Half Marathon in Calgary November 9th. I'll be in Calgary with friends Saturday anyway I just have to decide if I want to stay the night and run a race the next day. I'm leaning more towards no but it might be a last minute decision. 

Other than that, there's a 5K fun run in early December I'll sign up for eventually. Last year, It was -43 (with windchill) so I only did a mile before calling it quits. I'm hoping to run the whole thing this year and earn my medal (and hot chocolate!)

There's also the running room Resolution Run I may do New Years Eve, depending on my plans. Jarod has London that week so I'll likely need to do something to keep from missing him too much!

As for my training for these races, I'm mostly just sticking to maintaining and not following a plan. I know I can handle the distances so I'm committed to running, various distances, a minimum of 3 days a week. I'll have a new training plan for some of my big races next year!

2015 is already shaping up to be a pretty busy, and exciting, race year.

So far, I have three half marathons with my sights set on my first full! I'll do a 2015 race calendar soon!!

So, there you have it, a look at some upcoming races. Yes, I pretty much think about running (and races) all the time ;)

Any races coming up?
Do you usually race in the fall/winter or take a step back until the spring?
Have you ever done a themed race? 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

20K, Monster Trucks & PJs all Day-- Weekend In Review

Friday night, I picked up some snacks for a much-needed movie night. I ended up coming home early as Jarod wasn't feeling well and I ended up having a bad Crohn's flare. I did make it through a delicious supper and about 45 minutes of
Wolf of Wall Street though. I swear I'll see that movie someday!

Saturday, London and I headed out to
run some errands. We stopped at Walmart and then spent way too long browsing the toy aisles at Costco. He was in love with the train set and over-sized police cars and fire trucks!

I did a quick 10K run while London napped and had about 40 minutes to myself to eat lunch and catch up on the PVR.

We spent the next hour making Grandpa's birthday card and cuddling on the couch. We (I) needed our energy for
a busy night!

Saturday night, it was off to a pizza supper date and then Monster Trucks! Jarod was still sick so it was just the two of us. It was so cool to watch London experience something new! He had an absolutely blast!

Sunday morning we were supposed to go to a Fit Kids Fun Run but London was sick. I ended up running a quick 5K then going and dropping off treats and helping hand out medals. 

Since London still wasn't feeling great, when I got home, we spent the rest of morning trying to relax. 

I ran again while he napped for a total of 10K for the day and 20K for the weekend. 

Thankfully, he woke up from his nap
feeling a little bit better.

He even helped me with supper! Yes, he stayed in his pjs all day and I was in mine by 2 o'clock. :)

It was a great weekend with lots of London time! I wouldn't have it any other way :)

Hope you had a great weekend too!!