Monday, September 29, 2014

Last Week in Numbers

Oh Yeah...I've been running, actually kind of a lot for me. After the last triathlon, of course I stopped swimming :) and only rode my bike twice, instead I've been ramping up my running miles contemplating a half marathon at the beginning of November.  Here are last weeks numbers:

Monday: 4 miles easy (9:15avg)
Tuesday: off
Wednesday: 6 miles (8;30avg)
Thursday: 6 miles- 3x1mile intervals (6:48, 6:54, 7:12-um yeah started out too fast perhaps)
Friday- 4 miles easy (9:30)
Saturday- 5 miles (7:57)
Sunday- 12 miles (8:28)

Total: 37 miles. -Most since marathon training in March. My mile intervals were not great but not so bad either. Surprised that I ran the first two as fast as I did. Saturdays run was a progressive run from 8:23 down to 7:17, and then Sunday's long run was actually quite strong. Ran with JF (as usual) and we were comfortably running around 8:30's the whole time and then both pushed the last few miles. We split with 2 miles to go and while I just kept running slightly strong around 8:00 pace, she told me she ran more like 7:15!

Sunday, September 28, 2014


A couple months ago I spent some time emailing back and forth with the co founder of an amazing company-Janji. They make running gear/tshirts/shorts where every piece of clothing you buy helps provide clean water to someone in need-whether this be in the US in the Navajo Nation or in other countries around the world like Haiti, Peru, Kenya, Rwanda or Tanzania.

It started with casual emails back and forth and the ending result was being asked to be one of the founding members of the Janji Corps Ambassadors. I am honored to have been selected to be part of a team that uses running to create a healthier planet.  If you have never heard of Janji, go and check them out at and look at all their cool gear and pick out something to buy! Or you can check out Janji's blog here, they're always posting awesome running related info!

No other running company offers what Janji does-the opportunity to help others through the simple purchase of running gear. How awesome is that! I am so thrilled that I have the opportunity to #RunForAnother

Of course there are about another dozen people who are also ambassadors and many of them are big bloggers (and also all around good people). And if anyone here wants to read about some other awesome peeps who will be running for Janji you can check them out at the following sites:

Friday, September 26, 2014


We've been moving right along...things are busy as all get out around here. Having fun and trying to get into a groove this semester has been tough for me. My schedule is such that I don't have hardly any good quality time to actually work in between classes or good breaks during the day. Pair that with gymnastics and two students working on research projects with me, my time is pretty much shot.  But we have had some fun...

Doing mommy's hair and being silly...

How I like to finish my ice cream....

Monday, September 22, 2014

P Update

So P turned 4 back in July and we just took her to her 4 year old check up a week ago. Here are some stats:
Weight: 34lbs (mainly 4T clothes, size 9/10 shoes, 37% I think)
Height: I don't even remember...but in the 61% :)

Eric took her to the appointment, so this is probably why I can't remember the stats since he told them to me over the phone. She is very talkative and the doctor was impressed by her articulation which is good. Apparently, when she went to do the eye chart, the nurse asked her to read the letters, and she said she couldn't. So she moved closer and said she couldn't, and then Eric realized she was trying to actually read the letters together as words...ha. She went back to the spots and read off the letters one by one no problem.

She is starting to read some more, really trying to sound out words and figure out sounds which is great. She is crazy active and can't sit very still (although what 4 year old can). She teases her sister a lot and once T gets old enough to fight back, man, P is going to be in for a big surprise. She is pretty emotional  and loves dress up. She is a fairly good eater and is extremely physical/strong-doing monkey bars, flips on rings, climbing, ect.

We recently were given a trampoline from a neighbor. We had to buy a new net and pads for it, but because P is in gymnastic and so active, we thought this would be a good thing for the kids. They are playing fairly well on it together and P loves it! The cutest thing is that T calls it the "trampolina"! :)

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Wow has been awhile. A lot has gone on. P turned 4, we went to Michigan for 10 days, went camping, saw family. I went to CA for a week for research. I did work, won a triathlon, started back up the semester, and got hit by a car on my bike.

A few highlights-
P turned 4 and we had a birthday party at a local park with a playground, carousel and train. I took a red eye back from CA the night before and by sheer luck even though my connecting flight home was canceled, got a ride home so I could actually be there for her party.  P is a firecracker and I lose my patience a lot with her. Maybe I expect more of her because she is older and I don't realize how a 4 year old should act. But she is super active and physical and doesn't sit still.

We drove up to Michigan. Saw my dad and Evelyn and then hung out with my sister and family, got in a quick visit to see my Aunt/Uncle/Cousin and Gma. Also went camping for a few days up at Sleeping Bear with EZ's family. This was our first time camping with the girls and it went well. We slept in separate tents, meaning P and I slept in one and EZ and T slept in the other (T was in the pack n play in the tent). But it worked well and we had lots of fun climbing the dunes and hanging out at the beach and lake.

I really did get hit by a car while riding my bike. Miraculously everything turned out ok. And a couple weeks later I did a sprint triathlon in which I won. It was not my best rest, I went off course on the swim because my goggles were fogged up and I couldn't see anything and probably lost a minute and then I really cycled really hard to make up for time. The run was super hilly and hurt but I held off the girl that came in second by about 40 seconds.

Work started back up and things are just getting into full swing. I feel like I have a busy semester and P is now moved up to the more advance gymnastic class which involves some more moving pieces getting her to/from gymnastics, ect. But we are surviving.