Birthday Weekend

Friday was my birthday, turned 29, my last year that I can say “I am in my twenties”… Not that my twenties have been quite the ride I had anticipated they would be… At 20, I thought I had the whole world by the balls. At 21, I had my first child, my world became less about me and totally about her. At 22, I had my second daughter, too soon, but wouldn’t trade her for the world. By the time I was 25, I was exactly where I was at 22… I was home raising my two baby girls, they were 100% my world… Then my world came crashing down… At 26, I was divorced, I was a single mom, a single working mom. My world changed, my view of everything and everyone in the world changed. At 27, I decided it was time to become a big girl and get my life back in order, but that took two full years, of almost nothing but hard hitting mistakes… So this year, after a year of meeting, dating and marrying the man of my dreams, I plan to enjoy being in my twenties again, as the final hurray of my 20s and the complete 180 that occurred in that time…

Starting that out… I will run the Portland Marathon in less than a week, hoping to PR that race, everything in my training looking like that will be the case. And on a good note, the weather for Portland looks like it should be perfect! This was a blurb from the Portland Marathon newsletter released this morning. 
Bill had a court hearing this morning that had mu stomach in knots, so no run this morning, tonight I will make that up and relieve some stress with an easy 5 miles. The rest of the week looks like this: Tuesday, bike or spin; Wednesday, easy four; Thursday, bike or spin; Friday, easy four & leave for Portland that evening; Saturday, rest; SUNDAY: MARATHON. 

Totally Down in the Dumpster So Far This Week

I do not have a good excuse for my laziness lately, my shitty mood or the fact that my taper week/carb loading has been taken to the extreme. One, I have hardly run this week, I have spun and gone on a bike ride… Two, I have eaten like shit… My piss-poor attitude seemed to pass this morning, and I am feeling much better… I think.

But today had a very productive day at work, catching up on a stack of paperwork. Nice meeting at noon, ultimately meaning I got a delicious free lunch. Off at three to hangout with my girlies. Going to convince my oldest that doing Pilates with me is a fun time. Tonight, I am going to run the bridges, make a nice healthy salmon dinner, with some broccoli and a salad. Take care of my foot and back and get out of the dumpster can. And drink a giant pot of coffee so I can actually stay awake and hang out with Bill, as I have fallen asleep super early every night this week.

Me…

First Run with my New Garmin

All I can say is AWESOME. So Bill gave me the Garmin Forerunner 110 a week early for my birthday and I FLIPPING LOVE IT. It tracks my time, my pace, my heart rate, my calorie burn (specific to me), my path and it is all done by satellite so it’s extremely accurate. I love it. 

I also ran in the the UA shirt Bills mom got for me, it’s a long sleeve, bright pink, extremely thin, and I think if it’s under 65 for the marathon, I’m totally wearing it. 🙂 woot. Weird mood today. Lots of things going on at work, lots of things going on with Bill… Just kind of in an off mood I guess. :-/

The Weekend

Two weeks from today… Portland Marathon. 
Yesterday we had some great friends over to watch the fights after a busy day with all the kiddos. It was nice to relax and visit with everyone. A couple I work with brought a delicious bottle of Moscato, that I drank, the whole thing, by myself. 
Today, slept in. Great big cup of coffee. Hung around with all the kids and watched football. Bill and his mom brought the boys home. I took the girls on a bike ride around the bridges, a nice little 5 mile loop, which about all their little legs can handle. 

Tonight, more football and getting ready for the week. (Last training week before the taper. Woot!!)

The Long One…

Well the longest run before the marathon is complete. 🙂 I could not be happier with where my body is. 

My foot, did not hurt after the first half mile until walking up the stairs at the hotel. My back didn’t hurt during the run at all. My endurance was great, my lungs felt good and at no point during the run did I feel like I wasn’t going to finish.
My Nuun tablets really seem to work well, I was happy with the results. I used the same ol’ power gels that I have used the last two marathons, since I bought a case of the a million years ago, and like always they were great, they taste horrible however. I was reading in Runners World that combining the gels and electrolyte drinks was becoming a “no-no” among runners, cannot see why that would be. Always very effective for me. 
At a very carb heavy dinner last night, and although I do not care for buffets, it was perfect for what I needed last night. And like an old married couple,  Bill and I returned to our room to watch the Philadelphia game last night, and I got a solid 10+ hours of sleep last night.  So everything definitively fell onto place for this final long run, so here is to hoping that the marathon goes as smooth. 

By the way, played the best golf game that I have ever played yesterday. It was a scramble, and we used more of my drives that anyone else’s! My golf game is still pretty damn sad but I was happy I played as well as I did. Could it be I golf better without a bottle of wine in my cart??? 

Carbohydrate Junkie

Running the last long run before the marathon tomorrow, a twenty mile run, on marathon pace, through Spokane… I will admit that I am a total carbohydrate junkie, so the day before a long run, is a guilt free carb-fest chased with so much water it’s ridiculous. This morning, whole wheat bagel with natural organic peanut butter, and coffee with almond milk. And now, as I sit here at the Qwest Casino in Spokane I gorge on Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen’s Mac & Cheese and a Chicken Ranch Stromboli. And the best part of this, that guilt I usually associate with eating these two items is washed away knowing tomorrow I will burn roughly 3,000 calories from my run alone. 🙂 

Bill is in a meeting until 12:00, then I am going golfing with his boss, him, his co-workers and their managers. I will be the only non-employee, apparently someone couldn’t come, and because I filled in at their last meeting, Bill’s boss invited me to do the same. So it should be a good little time. And I can focus on drinking all the water I need to get down today. 🙂 Then we are eating dinner at a Buffett, this usually totally grosses me out, but for what I will need to eat tonight it should work out pretty well. I am sure everyone will stay out and watch the football game tonight, but no alcohol for this lady… I’ll be the one with the water, trying not to think about her foot.

While I am thinking about my favorite things such as carbs…
Favorite drink: Coffee, my secret love is a raspberry white mocha with an extra shot of espresso from Starbucks, but at over 600 calories a drink, I stick to coffee and almond milk
My Favorite Movie: Story of Us, god I love that movie
Favorite color: pink, duh
Favorite food: My grams used to make me the most delicious chicken enchiladas for my birthday every year and fried zucchini, I miss my grams…
Favorite TV show: long retired Friends, Breaking Bad is my currently airing favorite
Favorite book ever: She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb, I need to re-read this, it’s been years
Favorite thing to wear: yoga pants and a sweatshirt that has been washed so much that it’s see-thru
Favorite children’s book: Where the Wild Things Are, although when my sister and I were little I used to read Clyde The Monster to her when she was scared, and she recently bought the girls a copy, and I love it so much.
I have no idea what that was all about other than I am sitting a casino filled with people that I don’t know, needed to eat, too anxious to gamble alone and needed to kill an hour… Mission accomplished. 🙂