Sunday, December 28, 2014

Even Runners Have Bad Runs

12 miles in the books this morning. It sucked. Every minute of it. This was my first really cold, long run. Last winter, I would run later in the day so it wasn't as bad, but now that the hubs is going with me, we go super early so we can be back early and get our family time in. Between the PF and having a bit of a cold, my foot still hurts and my lungs are still burning. Ick. 

But our pace was okay and this sunrise

And this is how I want to spend the rest of my Sunday 
We both got royally hooked up by a former student at the shoe store yesterday. 
I'm rotating between Brooks Trancends and Saucony ISO Triumphs. My long run was in the Sauconeys today because I haven't broken in the Brooks yet.

And one of my favorite gifts from the hubs.
He really is the best.

Have an amazing Sunday!!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Traditions and the Best Breakfast Ever

Some of our current traditions: getting hot chocolate and looking at Christmas lights, Chinese food with the inlaws on Christmas Eve, reading the Night Before Christmas, reading the story of Jesus' birth, homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, and building Gingerbread houses. 

Some things I would like to add for next year: hanging of the green at our church, candy cane hunt, adopting a family... What else?

The kids got iPods for Christmas and they were pretty stocked! 
I had this for breakfast and looking at it makes me hungry all over again 
I went to the podiatrist last week and it's for sure plantar fasciitis. It was interesting to look at the ultrasound of my foot because I could definitely see the inflamed tendon. The plan for now is oral cortisone, a night splint 
and lots of icing
This bottle is 1/3 rubbing alcohol and 2/3 water. I put it in the freezer and it doesn't freeze into a solid mass due to the alcohol, so it's nice and pliable. And Dr. Z said to never ever go bare foot. He warned me that I am genetically predisposed to it because of the shape and angle of my foot and ankle.

The next step will be shock wave therapy and physical therapy. He said his first step would be shock wave but it's super expensive, so we'll hold off a bit. He also mentioned getting orthotics for a long term benefit.

I am already feeling a significant improvement; I don't know if it's my new supportive shoes, the cortisone, the boot, or a mixture of all 3, but I'll take it! 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Birthday Weekend

I decided to skip the run yesterday morning. We still handed out boxes from our church, came home and had lunch, and napped. We headed out to look at new shoes. I'm hoping to find an easy fix for this silly heel pain. I ultimately decided to wait until I talk to the foot doctor before getting new shoes, because what he says will determine the type of shoes I need.

Friday night, we took our friend's kiddos to look at Christmas lights so they could go on a date. We also took my four year old niece. The kids had a great time, but my niece woke up sick on Saturday, so I made her this video.

The Christmas party was fun and we even got to wear our pj's!

Sunday morning we woke up and went on our run. I still feel some pain in my heel, it's more like a bruise and I made sure to ice it the second we got home. Our pace was great, average of 8:35 for 10 miles. We also had negative splits, which is nice. About 6 miles into our run, we stopped to ask a little old lady if she was okay, she looked a little discombobulated. Apparently, she found a brand new iPhone in the street and had no idea what to do with it, so the hubs and I offered to try and find the owner. Siri wouldn't give us any info other than the name of the owner and he happened to have a FB, so the hubs messaged him and told him to call his phone so that we could get it back to him. We've yet to hear from him, so I'm thinking maybe he doesn't even know his phone is missing. Crazy.

I'm going to cancel my foot appointment tomorrow and schedule with a different doctor. One of my friends just got a jones fracture that required surgery, so he met with multiple doctors around town and I want to schedule with the one that he was most impressed with.

The hubs planned for me to go shopping with my girlfriends today since we didn't make it out of town yesterday (nap > going out of town for shopping). Happy shopping ;)

Enjoy your Sunday!!

Friday, December 12, 2014


It's been a few days ;) Between 11/19-1/3, we have 6 birthdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas! 

My sis turned 50 and we had a big shin dig at our house 
I think my introverted sister (I am too, so I can say it :) enjoyed herself! 

The hubs and I have been training pretty well, until Sunday morning when I woke up with some crazy heel pain :(
I've been rolling it out with ice and my chiropractor adjusted it. I have minimal pain 5 days later, so we're going to attempt a run this weekend. The bad thing is that it's not super painful while I'm running, it's afterwards.

Here's what I wore for sister's party.

The best part of our tree is the topper!! 
Mady girl had her choir concert last night 

We took the kids to Taco Bell since it was a crazy night and I got the best sauces! For those of you who don't know, I'm left handed and only 5'4".

Let the bday celebrations begin! I'll be 33 tomorrow. We're starting the day with our attempted run (10 miles), passing out Christmas boxes with our church, driving an hour and a half to my fav restaurant and finishing off the night with our Sunday School Christmas party.

Monday, November 24, 2014

New Training!

The hubs and I are signed up for the Heavenly Half on 3/1/15 so we are starting official training this week. 1K repeats today @ 8 min/mi. Here's what our November training looks like 
It was 45 degrees, my fav running weather! We are only running 3 days/week outside of boot camp. I've never done that before but I felt great this morning, so hopefully it works well.

I am prepping for my sister's 50th birthday in a couple of weeks. I put together a video montage of her life yesterday. After 3 hrs of staring at a computer, I treated myself to frozen yogurt with chocolate syrup and whipped topping.
And of course Dori insisted on keeping me warm

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

French Toast

Today was a kick boxing day. Whew! People were not moving fast enough so we had a few extra laps added on.

I came home and made chocolate swirl French toast for the littles.
And I ate the heel of the bread, my fav! 

Since we didn't have school or work today, we got a little crazy last night.
We watched Maleficent and it was SOO good!

Red lip: yay or nay?
It's a little out of my box, LOL.

Thank you all who have served our country!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Running Weekend Minus the Run

It was my BFF's bday this weekend and she is coming back strong from a tendon injury and wanted to run a 10k in Catalina. I've somewhat sworn off running after all the races I did this year and after looking at the elevation map, I decided it was better for me to go and cheer her on!
This course was a beast! And she went into full beast mode with a 49 min 10k. I don't know that I could do that on a flat course let alone on these mountains. Her hubby made a course record at 36:32!! Crazy! 
Gorgeous hiking and landscapes! It was really fun to cheer them on and we got a decent run in trying to meet them several times and then we finished off with a 7 mile hike, fun times!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Runday Sunday

I haven't run any mileage since a week ago last Thursday with my x-country team. I am doing 5 days a week at bootcamp but I had a need for a Sunday morning run and it worked out perfect that we got an extra hour last night! It rained quite a bit here last night too, and there's nothing better than running after a storm. And I came home to this. 
And this 

The hubs and I dressed up as #Shamy

We are now on operation purge candy!

Progress pic on Thurs. I see a muscle!!

And I could not agree with this more #truth

Monday, October 13, 2014

Boot Camp & I've been missing out!

The hubs and I signed up for boot camp. We'll suffice it to say that Ray came home and went back to bed before work... And I felt pretty legit after this

And I cannot believe I didn't know this existed until now
And it's amazing on top of pumpkin pancakes

This kind of made my day
Love purple :)

Copied this from Pinterest 

And B Man's fav gift so far (he's 9 tomorrow!!) A wubble bubble. 

And apparently 2 days at Magic 
Mountain does this to your feet. Ouch!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Last race this season..?

I started a 3 part series in February with a broken hand. I had already paid for it so I figured, why not? I walked 80% of it and finished in just under 3 hours. And it was an all down hill course ;) I ran my 2nd 1/2 of the year in April and got a 2:01. I ran the 2nd part to the series and got a 2:01. I ran Disney in August and got a 2:01. Do you see the trend here? I was determined to get below a 2:00 this weekend and I finished in 1:55. That said, I'm a little over running right now and will be persuing some crossfit/boot camp type workouts because I am ready for a new challenge ;)

Kaitlyn on the left PR'd by 20 min and Nate on the very right ran his first 1/2 marathon today and he never stopped!
My GPS wasn't picking up on my watch so it's a few seconds off. I should also mentioned that the hubs ran the 2nd part of the series and got a 2:09 and he totally finished about 15 seconds faster than me today. Woop woop!!


Monday, September 22, 2014


Pumpkin Spice Oreos. You're welcome. They seriously taste like pumpkin pie :)

Running schedule this week:
Monday: 5 miles, ended up running  6.4 because I desperately needed a restroom and stupid ⭐️bucks  wouldn't open the door before 5am! Agh! Let's just say that I am glad it was dark and no one else was on the trail.
Tues: 6X800 @ 5k pace
Wed: 3 miles
Thurs: rest
Fri: 3 pace miles
Sat: 12 

Beginning to taper before my last 1/2 marathon for the season!

And a random picture of my crazy pug laying on her head!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sweet girl

We were playing Yahtzee and she did this between turns

We took the kids to the fair yesterday and Mady wasn't sure about this giant turkey...
The hubs and I did 25 miles last week, 5, 5, 3, and 12. Our 5's had speed in them and our long run was so much faster this week! We have our last 1/2 marathon of the season in 2 weeks and I feel ready! Now, we are starting to taper which always feels kind of strange.

And a random pic of my youngest and me

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Our Thursday night
And some sweet posters!
We took the kids to their first concert (the boys anyway) and saw Tenth Avenue North! It was awesome! I think Luke slept through about 1/2 of it ;)
No long run this week. The shins are angry at my 2 a days, so I'm backing off. Planning to run 5 days this week with an 11-13 miler this weekend. I'm hoping to run our race course.

Have an amazing week and go 9ers!!