Wednesday, December 17, 2014

T's First Visit to the Cow Train

So this was an old post I never got out, along with the one from the zoo...I'll get better!

We have taken P to a local farm the past two years around Halloween. There is a hay ride and tractors to play on, a mini corn maze, swings/tunnels, hay bales to climb, a cow train, plus these silos filled with corn kernals to play in. This was T's first visit to the farm and she LOVED it!

As Usual...

I could come up with all sorts of excuses, because I have them, but I won't. It's been a ridiculously busy semester and I'm getting to the end.

Here are some updates:
Training: I took a month+ off of any regular schedule after the half marathon. But two days ago I started day 1 of my Boston marathon training. 18 weeks of training, here we go!

The girls: We have our up and down moments of being nice and not being nice. T has become more aggressive in her attitude (saying No a lot and very defiant). She has been sent to the "principals" office (the director at daycare) twice now for her behavior because she has been throwing toys at other kids. Awesome.

P is doing well, managing her emotions much better. But still has her moments. They are both genuinely happy most of the time but they sure are crazy!  P did have her first of two dental appointments for fillings and sealants. She did great and wasn't bothered at all by it!

On the home front: I've been trying out some new recipes, some have been good and others not. The sweet potato crust quiche, coconut flour blueberry pancakes and stuffed acorn squash were all successes. The sunflower seed flour cookies were a complete disaster (like that they turned green).

I took a trip back to Fayetteville, and it was so fun. What an amazing time I had seeing my wonderful friends! I followed that up with a Garth Brook concert where we got upgraded seats to the front row!

Last up, we got our tree and decorations up and the girls are enjoying counting down the days until Christmas!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Other Happenings

EZ's parents came down to visit for the weekend and of course the girls had fun with them! We stayed busy and went up to Pilot Mountain one day and to the zoo the other. This was our first visit to the zoo and the girls loved seeing all the animals. It was a long day though, as our zoo is rather large and very spread out!

We've also been swinging and enjoyed the bounce house!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mayberry Half Marathon Race Report

So a month or so ago, I kind of decided I would run a half marathon. I haven't run one since summer of 2011, and I felt like I had been training relatively well recently. So I semi trained on a modified Hanson half marathon plan, kind of did my own thing, ran with Jenny some and would just see how it went. We signed up for a race in Mt. Airy (home to Andy Griffith) and the website was a bit lacking in information about the course. It did say there were a couple hills, and luckily I did find a mapmyrun version of the course two days before the race. And well, yes, there were hills as evidence on the race shirt:

Jenny and I knew it would be mainly uphill the first 2 1/2 miles and then mainly flat and then there was a good uphill at the end. But you really don't know how hard the hills are until you run them. It. Was. Tough.

I had set out some goals with my A-goal of breaking 1:40, B-goal of breaking 1:42 and C-goal of breaking 1:45. Jenny and ran together and got through the first set of hills no problem and through the straight part, but I was hurting. We were both on track to break 1:40, and around mile 9 1/2 I told her to just go ahead, I didn't think I could keep up at that pace anymore. I ended up pretty dehydrated which was totally my fault, but I just kind of fell apart the last few miles.  Here is a breakdown of the course profile-and some of the hills were at 10% grade, and then my splits.

Ended up running 1:42:08 which was good enough for 3rd place overall, and Jenny smashed her goal and ended up running 1:39. I'm so lucky to have such an awesome training partner, we are so evenly matched with our paces. Although, I assume not for long, as she is just going to blow by me soon!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

School Pictures

I have never once order school pictures, but I still dress them up for the pictures anyway, thinking if there was ever a time when they turned out really good I might order them. Well, just so happens this time the pictures all turned out really good. I'm still debating on ordering them, maybe just a couple of one of the pictures-am thinking perhaps one of the ones of the two of them.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Last Two Weeks in Numbers

Last Two Weeks:

Monday:4 ez miles (9:15pace)
Wednesday: 7.5 miles- 6 at 7:35 pace.
Saturday: 5 miles (8:00avg)
Sunday: 12.5 miles (avg 8:30) miles 7-10 at 7:50 avg pace
Total: 29 miles

I took an extra few days off this week for no other reason then I just didn't feel good and was unmotivated! The cool this this week though was Wednesday's run was during the lunar eclipse followed by the blood moon. I got to witness just after the start of the eclipse through the full covering and then the starting of the blood moon part until the sun came up which was really cool!

Monday:4 easy (9:15 pace)
Wednesday: 6 miles-intervals- 1x2mile (7:16pace), 2x1mile (7:10, 7:04)
Thursday: 4 easy (9:20 pace)
Friday: 7 miles- 6 Tempo at 7:38 pace
Saturday: 5miles (8:20 pace)
Sunday: 10 miles negative split (8:35 avg first half, 8:08 avg second half)
Total: 36 miles

I jumped back in again and ran a lot this week. Still lacking some motivation, and Wednesday interval run I had planned to do 2x2 mile but when starting the second one I just couldn't do it. So I stopped after a mile took a few min to recover and then did another mile. This run was also in the pouring rain in the dark which didn't help. Sunday's long run was the first run in awhile without my running partner Jenny and it definitely was harder to do those miles without her!

Monday, October 20, 2014


I took P to her first dentist appointment the other week. She seemed to do very well with the xrays and cleaning and everything. We were there for almost 2 hours with the waiting and everything and I was impressed how well she did. On the down side, she has two cavities that need to be filled in her back molars, and 5 other teeth that need sealants.

There were a few other things they noted, like one of her top front teeth is yellow compared to the others and they asked if she had some trauma.  I do recall something at some point with her falling so many that was it. Apparently, the xray shows that the nerve closed itself off on that tooth which is why it is turning yellow. They also mentioned she has really deep groves on her teeth which will be problematic for cavities (yeah), and then she also has some loss of enamel they said was likely from when her teeth were developing that she had an infection.

Either way, we have two visits scheduled to get cavities filled and sealants done. Woo hoo!!

Monday, October 06, 2014

Last Week in Numbers

Last Week:
Monday- 4 miles easy (9:45 pace)
Tuesday- off
Wednesday- 6.6 miles included 2x2mile intervals at 10K pace
Thursday- 4.2 miles easy with strides
Friday- 6 mile with 5@half marathon pace
Saturday- 4.2 miles easy
Sunday- 10.1 miles (8:30 pace)

Highlights-I included some Hanson elements this week with 2x2 miles at 10K pace (7:12 was my avg) and then a 5 mile at pace run (7:42 pace). Not sure really what my goal HM pace is going to be. I'm shooting for below 1:42 for sure and breaking 1:40 would be a huge A+ race.