Welcome Lily Dawn & Next Weeks Training Routine

First time holding my sweet niece, Lily Dawn.Β 

My sissy, Ashley and her sweet baby girl.Β 

This weeks routine:
Monday – Wednesday (no girlies til Thursday morning)
5:30-6:00: yoga
6:00-6:30: HIIT workout
6:30-7:40: run!!!!Β 
5:30-6:00: yoga
6:00-6:30: HIIT workout
7:10-8:00: run!!!!
5:30-6:00: yoga
6:00-6:30: HIIT workout
7:10-8:00: spinning
12 mile run

I did manage to get 8 miles in today, on no sleep and trips to and from the hospital. πŸ™‚

Today I’m Going to Be an Auntie!

My sister is having a baby today! We are sitting in the waiting room as I type this, waiting for her arrival!Β 

Yesterday Ashley started having contractions very regularly. We met her at the hospital and walked the hospital for awhile.Β 

(Isn’t she the most gorgeous pregnant momma you’ve ever seen.) She was checked again and sent home for awhile.Β 

Later in the night, she was admitted.Β 

After a jacuzzi bath her water finally broke and she was on her way. After hours of labor she still looks incredible.Β 

And finally it’s time to push!!!

And now we wait!!!!

Back in Routine :)

5:00a: PERFECT way to start any day

5:30a: Yoga

6:30a: Breakfast with my babies, they are leaving for 5 day, sad day…

7:00a: Run!!

8:00a: Angry at Ms Kimbo, this is the SECOND ONE she has eaten… Grr.Β 

Off to work, which was crazy busy. πŸ™‚ Lunch with Bill, which was nice. And tonight, and evening out with friends. Woot!

What is this? A funk?

I don’t know what I would call this week… A funk? I’ve been barely running, primarily doing yoga, eating like shit and cranky…Β 

I’ve been trying to remedy my issue. Things have been difficult at home. Is that it? My morning routine was upset three times this week with two morning events at the girls’ school and one morning my mom was in town… Is that it? Poor scheduling? Am I burnt out with all the running? No way!! Well no more excuses lady. Tomorrow morning my routine is set, my overnight oats are currently prepping in the fridge and I’m ready to get over this shitty little hump. And I know when I bust through it, I’ll be so thankful.Β 
On an up-note my daughter was Mars in a play at her school.Β 

Where I brought these fun cupcakes!

And today, my co-workers got me a great card and a box of wine for Social Worker Appreciation Month. And I got an email from a different co-worker that meant a lot to me! THEN, when I got home from work I got ANOTHER super sweet thank you card from the girls’ nanny with gift cards for a date night, for making her feel like family (I just love that girl).Β 

Where did the week go?

What a whirlwind of a week and this weekend was a great end to it.

Saturday I had my long run and the girls had a breakfast date with their great-grandparents. So we met early and it was chilly out at 31 degrees. After the girls returned and we got home from running some errands for work the girls had a birthday slumber party at the neighbor girls’. So Bill and I headed out for a bike ride, although it was still pretty chilly out at 45 degrees. Thank goodness for my Mizuno heat pullover, that thing is so comfy and yet so warm. Got home and pulled on my compression socks and rock taped my back and foot. My foot still ended up pretty sore. Wore my Mizunos all weekend and that seemed to help.Β 
Today, the girls came home around 7:30… Which meant no long snuggly Sunday morning. Instead I cleaned house and prepped my sprouts for this week and my Overnight Oats for tomorrow. And then did some yoga to stretch my back, Kimbo joined in as well but fell asleep at the end during the meditation.Β 
Then after Bill was up and around, I talked him to joining me for a walk. When we returned we did a ton of yard work. Which was much needed. I will get this horribly, poorly maintained yard taken care of this year, one flower bed at a time! Today I raked all the leaves and trimmed the bushes in two of the front beds and planted flowers along the house and on the porch.

Then we took the girlies out for Spot On (their fav) and stopped off at Home Depot (their least fav). Did I mention I got flowers on Thursday? They look amazing today.Β 

Off to a better start…

Did not hit that dang snooze button this morning. So got my run in early this morning. πŸ™‚ hurray! Getting it done early, leaves me to get all my morning chores done and not put a rush on the girlies. Everyone wins. πŸ™‚
Tonight was a terrific little bike ride after work with Bill and the kiddos. πŸ™‚ terrific.Β 

Snooze Button Addict

Since the time change, my snooze button & I have entered into very serious relationship…

That damn snooze button promises me 8 more minutes of sleeping, over and over and over……… Does it make me feel more rested? No. Do I get my running in? No. Then, like tonight, I have to make those miles up, I have a marathon to train for. I’m 10 weeks out from the marathon. Ten weeks. So I’m sorry Snooze Button, I’m breaking up with you.Β 

Chocolate Cake Cookies

1 pkg chocolate cake mix
1 egg
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons Hersey’s chocolate syrup
1 1/2 cups m&m’s

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine egg, butter, and syrup, and cake mix with and electric mixer on low speed until thoroughly mixed.Β Add m&m’s. Drop rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet.Β Bake for 10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.Β 

Both Bill and the girlies loved them!!!

Grilled Romaine Lettuce

If you have never grilled lettuce, you are missing out!

You take a head of romaine lettuce and cut it in half lengthwise. Lay it face up on the grill, drizzle lightly with extra virgin olive oil (then I sprinkle with Johnny’s salt). Grill each side for 2 or 3 minutes. It’s sooo simple, yet sooo good.Β 

Planted my seedlings for my garden tonight too! Woo hoo!

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