They Can’t All be PRs

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Hello everyone!  I’ve been trying to post about yesterday’s race for a good 24 hours but was not feeling well after.  This has happened the last two races in which I have participated.  I think I am just getting extremely dehydrated, with the combination of racing and breast feeding and my body feels crappy for a good 24 hours after unfortunately.  I think I am going to really focus on hydrating for the days leading up to my next race (next week is the Broad Street Run).  AAANWAY, yesterday was a 10k for the March of Dimes.  Having my own son, this cause has become dear to my heart so I was excited to be able to race for it.

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It took place at the art museum, onto Martin Luther King Drive and back.  It was super flat and I was looking to PR.  Unfortunately I had some gasto issues prior to the race and just did NOT feel good the entire 6.2 miles.  Boo.  So this is how i gague the success of a race; how I FELT during it.  Obviously I look to PR at races, but overall I feel this is a better way to judge myself during a race.  So yea, yesterday wasn’t great.  I fought for every tenth of a mile.  BUT, I did end up coming in second in my age division (30-39), just seconds (6, to be precise) shy of my PR (54:17)

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Anyway, I am FINALLY starting to feel better. I don’t like when that happens so I will be doing my best to hydrate well next week and in subsequent races.  Tell me: Does this ever happen to you? 

We did manage to make it to the park yesterday to view Husband’s baseball game and enjoy the beautiful weather. Here are some cute pics 🙂

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PS:  Does anyone else think it is next to impossible to get a good picture of two babies together?!  Ha!  Some outtakes…

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Odd ball…I mean number. And what I wear to race.

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OK, so first off, do you like my new hat?  I got it specifically for a weekend wedding on Martha’s Vineyard (never been but super stoked to go) with many events and dresses warranting a straw fedora 😉  Or do I look ridiculous?  Or like an oddball?

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Speaking of oddball, one crazy thing about me is that I am super superstitious.  For one, I feel MUCH more confident about a race when my bib number is odd.  Yup. So, for tomorrow I am 59.  Yay!

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Secondly, regarding superstitions with races, I lay out my things in a VERY meticulous way the night before.  And am SUPER weird anal about it.

First, I lay out my clothing.  Here is a list of what I (typically) wear for a race:

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-Sneakers:  Brooks Ghost for longer than 10k distances, (my feet tend to swell or something weird at longer distances and the wider toe box of the Ghost accommodate best for this) and Brooks Adrenaline or Mizuno Wave Riders if shorter than 10k (they are lighter and more flexible, which my shin can handle for only shorter distances and tend to be faster). By the way, the new Wave Riders look amazing; I might have to try 🙂

-Compression socks (Zensah or Procompression) depending on outfit color 😉

-Running Skirt; I always race in skirts, it makes me feel special 🙂  I especially dig the Athleta ones.

-Top:: varies with temperature, race type/cause, etc.

-Two sports bras (varied brands).  Need I say more 🙂

My other gear:

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From the More Fitness Half

-Garmin (fully charged)

-ifitness belt (one side holds my iphone perfectly, which I use to listen to music, other side for Fuel, if necessary, gum, a bandaid and my keys

-Bib (with safety pins attached to each corner, ready to be attached the next morning)

Headphones on top

-Throw away shirt (if needed)

Anyway, tell me: How do you prepare for a race?  Do you have any weird superstitions regarding running or anything at all?

And then I forgot to pick up my race packet. So let’s talk about sleep.

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Guys!!! I completely forgot to pick up my race packet for tomorrow’s march of dimes run for babies 10k! I never do that stuff! The day just slipped away from me. And today we are going out of town to visit my grandma so I’m unable to pick it up today. Thank heavens for an amazing buddy who is going to grab it for me. Argh! Anyway, for tomorrow’s 10k I’m really hoping to pull a pr but who knows. Conditions will be great: good weather, flat-as-a-pancake course (art museum down mlk boulevard), day before rest. But who knows. All runners are aware that you should expect the unexpected 😉 so at my last 10k (run for colon cancer) I pr’d at 54:17. BUT there was a ginormous hill and the course had varied terrain in general. Oh and it was 33 degrees. So I’m excited to see what tomorrow holds. I’ll keep you posted of course. Aaaaannyway, lets talk about sleep. How is this related to me forgetting to pick up my packet? Well before I could blame it on sleep deprivation, but I have to say (knock on wood, preferably the baby crib lol) we’ve been making some good strides in the sleep area. Up until a week ago, I’ve been dream feeding zach (taking him out of him crib and nursing him while he is half asleep before I go to sleep so I get a stretch of sleep from when I go to sleep rather than from when he goes to sleep). Then he would wake up at least once to feed during the night, twice if it was a bad one. I decided when he turned one that the dream feed needed to go. For one, I was basically teaching him to wake up in the middle of the night to eat. Secondly, it was becoming a bit burdensome as it dictated when I could go to bed (I couldn’t go to bed Early because the dream feed wouldn’t make sense) and sometimes I just want to go to bed, no passing go, no collecting. 200 dollars, you know!? I’d be soooo tired, teeth brushed, flossed, contacts out, etc. and then have to go feed the baby. So I just dropped the dream feed. Nothing ceremonious and no tapering. A clean drop. And it has worked super well thus far! He is getting up only once now to eat, between 4 and 5, which is amazing as he is getting an 8-9 our stretch. Can’t ask more than that!!! So I hope this continues. I’ll keep you posted! Tell me: if you have a baby, what’s the sleep situation like? If not, tell me about a recent blunder you made (like forgetting to pick up your race packet derp!).

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44 Bucks

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You guys, seriously, I HAVE to tell you about the BEST way I spent 44 bucks EVER (other than my purchase of my Adidas Boston Strong shirt for the One Fund).  I am still basking in the glory of my little shopping spree. So, I love Old Navy. I have waxed poetic about it before, but haven’t had much shoppy time lately since the birth of my son.  He somehow isn’t as into it as I am?! What whaaaat?!  Anyway, yesterday I had five minutes… literally…to run in there myself and 44 dollars later (YUP!) I walked out with SEVEN amazing spring pieces!  Take a look!  I will preface this with the fact that I did receive 30% off becauase it was “stuff and save” when using your Old Navy credit card (ha, yea that decision to get an Old Navy cc was a financially fantastic one LOL)…

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Flowered cardigan- $4.70

Light blouse with keys on it- $6.89

Ruched one piece for the post-baby bod-$15.07

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Cute dress- $5.96

Navy top w crochet overlay- $4.70

Flowery tunic- $5.63

But the BIG ridiculous bargain, is actually this gem below-my favorite purchase of the day for a whopping 61 CENTS!  I kid you not!

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I am including the receipt for proof!  I wouldn’t believe me either!

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YUP!  61 cents!  And soooo cute no!?

Anyway, I just HAAAD to share this amazingness with you all 😉  ALSO amazing is this new running skirt from Athleta, my new favorite go-to store for running skirts.  BTW, NOT a bargain like the aforementioned clothing items, but SUPER cute and flattering.

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I mean, who doesn’t love a high quality bathroom selfie!?

OK, well thanks for listening, and definitely hop over to Old Navy for some bargains!  PS: this post is NOT endorsed by any company, just my personal “professional shopper” opinion 🙂  Hope you are enjoying beautiful weather where  you are!!!

Weird stuff people say

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When  I initially began writing this post, it was going in an entirely different direction, but something funny happened the other day so I decided to change the “movement” of this piece 😉  Ha.  So anyway, I imagine we have all been in situations where either we, or someone else, says something and you think to yourself, “SERIOUSLY!??”  Yea, so the other day at music class, I was playing with Zachary, minding my own business, when a Nanny sitting next to us says to me, “Your son, he looks like a girl.”  Silence.  My response…”Um… well, I don’t really think that….uhhhh.”  She continues…” His face…It looks like a girl.”  The lovely lady next to me said “I think he just looks like you.”  OK.  So really!?!?  I mean even if you do think my son looks like a chick, no worries…but you don’t REALLY need to spark up a conversation to tell me such.

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NOT A GIRL…

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…DEFINITELY A HEARTBREAKER LOL!

So that’s what this post is really about 😉  I’m not offended that this person had those thoughts, I just think it is an interesting topic:  the Weird ishhhh people say.  And I think we can even take it to another level at this point in our ever-so-advanced-technologically society; where social media prompt MANY unsolicited comments; ones that I doubt would be uttered face-to-face.  And we are all guilty of it; something sneaks out, you catch it, but not it time.  Heck, I totally did it the other day.  I was surprised to find out a person I knew had children.  My response, “Oh you look so young to have kids!”  Hers:  “I am.” DERP.  We all do it. But how do we respond, I think, is the most important component of the discussion.  How do you respond when someone says something funky or how about when YOU are the culprit?

PS: I think the greatest development in my (cutely) pathetic dog’s life is Zach’s new adventures with food.  Note the lurker in the background LOL!

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My Favorite Things

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Hi everyone!  A special “hello” to those of you visiting from this blog…a gem!  I hope you stick around for more nonsense in the future 😉  So I thought in light of some possible new traffic 🙂 I might do a favorite posts lists to draw you in to my crazy blog life.  hehe.  Anyway, without further ado, here are some of my faves!

ON RUNNING:

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Race Recap Page

Recent half marathon; first post-baby; More Fitness Half Marathon

We Run Because We Can: A Boston Tribute

Bad Training

My recurring shin injury

ON MOMMYING:

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My baby’s first birthday; my thoughts

Elmo-themed birthday party (aka Pinterest on steroids)

How making mommy friends is like dating

Traveling with a baby (tips)

On having a baby and being type A

Review of cloth diapers

A Day in the Life post (when Zach was 6 months)

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ON EASY COOKING:

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Easy-peasy homemade pizza dough

Meatballs in the Crock OMGGGGGGG

The best chili and cookie recipe EVER

ON RANDOM-NESS:

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What’s in my purse

Song Nostalgia: My Life According to Springsteen

OK, so thanks for visiting!  Welcome!  And for those long-time visitors, thanks for coming back!  See you tomorrow with a post about “weird stuff people say.'”

A Day of Firsts.

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Today was SUCH a fun day, I will admit, the most important reason being that Zachary is FINALLY feeling better and back to his normal giggly lovely self.  YAY!  Boo for sick babies.  Anyway, he had a lot of firsts today!

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Making muffins with his friends (and trying them-he loved them!)

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Finger painting-so fun but what a mess!  Please note the blue nipple.

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Going in the sandbox!  He was a little unsure, but was ok with it minus getting sand in his mouth (finger suckers will have this issue)

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Trying peanut butter!

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I was SO nervous to try this (if god forbid he was allergic, even though I have no reason to feel he would be as neither myself nor my husband are) but I kept Benadryl near by and went for it. He loved it!  Yay!  So does his mama 😉

Anyway, hooray for firsts!  Hope you are having a lovely spring week!