Monday, August 29, 2016

Monday Matters

To run on a sprained ankle or not? I chose to run on it this morning, more to test it out than anything else. It felt a little weak but it wasn’t painful so that’s awesome! I’ve also been icing and the sweet hubs brought me a bag of ice during lunch so I could put it on my foot. He’s definitely a keeper :)

We got 8 miles in this morning with a 2 x 1 mile at medium speed with a 200 yard recovery in between. Overall, we hit an 8:45 pace, which isn’t terrible, but also isn’t quite my normal. 3 of my miles were at 8:20 or below, which was great. However, my first 3 were over 9:00. I guess slowing down will just have to be part of my recovery.

The best part about the morning was 8 miles and a load of laundry all done before the sun came up!

Here’s my view after my run. 

As much as I dislike running in the dark, it has its advantages sometimes (more so when I can see where I am going!).

Happy running!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday Runday

And I have the shirt to prove it!
We hit up the beach for 10 miles. Don't let the smile fool you, I rolled my ankle (again!) for the 3rd time in 5 days. Wednesday was in a pot hole, Saturday was on a rock, and today was on cracked cement. All of these routes were new to me. I don't know whether it was just bad luck or my ankle is weakened because it has taken a beating. 

This is a terrible angle, but you get the idea 😤😢

So, I guess now I ice and hope for the best. The good news is that it wasn't my right ankle because I had a severe sprain on that guy a few years ago and I have a lot of internal scarring. 

Running for the week
I have 8 miles on the docket for tomorrow with a few speed blasts but we'll see how the ankle feels in the morning.

Happy Running!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Whatever Wednesday

I have had two crazy run experiences this week! First, on Monday a giant rat decided to run alongside me for about a quarter of a block. It was pitch black outside but that sucker was large enough that I definitely saw it!

Then this morning, I was running with the hubs and our running friend/coach and I tripped/rolled my ankle. The bad news is that I rolled my ankle, the good news is that it was on my good ankle and I hopped up with no scraps/bruises. 

Whew, that was a close call. I was just talking about how it’s been a long time since I have fallen. Boo! I jinxed myself.

This is/has been a super crazy week for us. We’re in our 2nd week back to school, so that’s Luke in 4th grade, Braden in 6th grade, Mady in 7th grade, the hubs beginning his 14th year of teaching, and me starting my 5th year of teaching. How did this happen? I remember the hubs starting his first job at barely 22 teaching 18 year olds.

And I swear that Mady girl started kinder just last week. 

Everyone says how fast time flies by, but I didn’t truly understand it until I had kiddos. So, back to school night on Tuesday for the boys, AWANA is starting up on Wednesday for the boys, and a junior high (what?!) program for Mady, Thursday is our back to school night, Friday is a tailgate party at our high school that we are setting up. Whew. Saturday is our hill run and then off to the beach we go (thank goodness!). Not to mention that we are working out 3 mornings during the workweek and I’m coaching/running each afternoon. Is it summer yet? Haha, I kid. This is all fun stuff!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Back At It

Last week's running was way off and it was much more back to normal this week, yay!

It didn't go exactly as planned, but that's okay and I got hill training in twice! Since we did hills this morning we'll do our long run tomorrow! 

Enjoying the last days of no school/work

School started on Wednesday and we all survived!!

I've decided that I've allowed myself to sort of go from vacation eating to eating my feelings and that it's time to take care of myself and get back to healthier habits. 

My goals:
Tracking my food
Not eliminating anything
Focus on healthy, whole foods
Drinking 100 oz of water

Sunday, August 14, 2016

School Ready

To say this last week has been weird would be an understatement. Last week I ran 46 miles, this week was 21
Thankfully, one of those was fast and one was hills. My body truly needed rest this week. Tuesday I slept in until 9:30. Normally sleeping in is 7:30. 

I know getting back into a schedule will help, but right now it's about finding a new norm. 

Mady and I got our hair done on this week 
And we took Grammy to get our nails done 
And then my big sis and niece came in from Canada. My heart is so full having my family all together. I can go months without talking to my sis but as soon as we're together, we don't skip a beat at all. 

Today is my dad's memorial and I am looking forward to getting over that. I feel comfortable sharing my grief with those closest to me, but it feels so strange to share it with others. 

The hubs and I are taking tomorrow off of work to help with family stuff and then we are back at it on Tuesday and will have students on Wednesday. 

The running plan this week is:
Mon: 10
Tues: 5
Wed: 5 hills
Thurs: 8-9
Fri: speed
Sat: 14-15
Sun: 4-5 or rest

Happy Sunday! 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Joy after Sorrow

Preacher man talked spoke on John yesterday and how Jesus said that in Him we have peace. The world is filled with sorrow and tribulation but He is peace.
My sister called my husband last Wednesday to help her move my dad because he was falling out of bed. My dad has been in failing health for the last 10 years. His heart was functioning at about 20% and he had a defibrillator surgically implanted about 4 years ago. Recently he has looked much more frail and has been in a lot of pain. Somehow he remained in good spirits and came to most family functions. 

Ray came home about 3 hours later and told me that my dad had fallen asleep and didn't wake up. He had gone to the doctor that morning and told my mom that if this was the level of pain he was going to live in then he just wanted to go home with his Heavenly Father. And that is exactly what he did. 

Nothing was left unsaid with my dad. I knew that he was immensely proud of me. I know that he found great pleasure in my family. He knew what a strong moral compass he was for me growing up. And I know how much he loved the Lord. The legacy is and will be strong with this one.

My Lukey sure loved his Pappy

The sunrise that we saw the day after his passing
Sometimes God's peace can be overwhelming.

46 miles, a rash, and friends

I woke up with a rash on Thursday, July 28. I originally thought it was something that would simply go away (maybe heat rash) but it progressively got worse so I went to urgent care that Saturday and got a shot of Benadryl, a steroid, and then an Rx for both. 
My BFF and her family arrived on Saturday morning. And lo and behold she developed a rash the following week! I think we finally have it narrowed down to a particular sun screen, so after a 2nd visit to the doctor and another steroid shot, cream, and Rx it's finally feeling much better! So no sun or lotions until this stuff is done!!

We've had a fun week! Dinners, movies, water park, and lots of swimming. Today is our last day with them before they head home and it's so bitter sweet.

We managed to squeeze in our runs super early so that we could be back to cook breakfast and hang out. 

And now I'm typing up this blog at 5:14 because I can't sleep. I think I'm sad about them leaving and maybe a little hyped up on a steroid and cream...