Monday, June 27, 2011
Oh, what a weekend...it was good, it was funny, it's over and now it is time to get on with a new week. Time is flying by.
Saturday was our regularly scheduled group run, this week was hill repeats at the Beast. It was an AWESOME Saturday run. I didn't run the entire Beast, but I haven't yet so no big deal there. But, I DID run more than I think I ever have before. I tackled that Beast and got in an awesome run. It did point out that I REALLY need to remember to pick up new batteries for the HRM. I haven't been wearing it due to needing a new battery, but wish I had on this run. I have a feeling the calorie burn would have been massive :). The Beast has become a beloved friend and I am coming to cherish our time together. I can't remember if I've mentioned it here, but the Beast and I are going to get to know each other even better. I've developed this plan to hit the Beast every Tuesday after I get all the kids dropped off at school. I still don't know if youngest will have morning or "afternoon" Kindergarten so the plan may change a bit as that is discovered. Morning starts 7:40-ish, I can drop off at 7:10 if she will be eating breakfast. This is ideal for my plan. "Afternoon" starts and 10 something if I am sending her for lunch before class starts. Not as ideal, but will still work. I just might have to shove off on starting for a month or two until the weather cools down a bit. School starts here in late August. Even into September and sometimes October the weather can still be quite hot, even at 11:00 a.m. Not ideal for running the beast. I'll make it work though. I'll change my Tuesday run for the weeks when we have the Beast on schedule for Saturday so that I'm not doing hills twice a week.
After the run it was home for some strength and yoga...found Jillian Michaels' Six pack abs workout on exercisetv (exercise tv is one huge benefit of turning the cable back on-lol) and got through 7 minutes before calling it quits-lol!!! Today maybe I'll try for 10 minutes :). Found a couple other programs that got me working hard. Really felt the workout in my muscles. SOOOOO much more effective than the workout generated by spark. Not sure why...maybe I am just too used to the movements in the Spark workout or maybe I just need someone pushing me to do it faster and harder than on my own. It was a great workout in any case. Going back for more today :).
Sunday was nice and relaxing. The funny part of the weekend was Sunday evening. We had some guests over and where sitting at the table talking. The kids were at the table with us, but playing with paper, pens and scissors. I was turned slightly away from my 7 y.o., the daughter who cut her own hair last year resulting in a very short hair cut. We've kept the short cut, but grown out and cuter than her version. Anyways...sitting at the table, angled slightly away from daughter and talking with guests (btw-one guest and hubs are both facing daughter). I turn back towards daughter and have to do a double take. Her bangs are suddenly shorter!! WTH!! "Kaylie, did you just cut your hair?" She nods head yes. LOL!! "Kaylie, I thought we agreed you wouldn't cut your own hair anymore." Sad look. OMGosh. Guests, hubs and I are all cracking up. None of us could figure out how we didn't notice what was happening. The damage is not horrible, like before, but there is a marked lack of bangs and what is there is very choppy. I got my answer this morning when their grandma stopped by on her way to work and I told her the story. Kaylie showed us how she bent under the table, like she was picking something up, in order to snip her bangs without anybody seeing. Such a clever child-lol!! Too bad for me, I have really got to up my game to keep up with this girl. So, now I know, if she ducks under the table make her come back up immediately and find out what is going on-lol!!
Today, is some strength training and yoga and then up early to go running tomorrow morning. Say farewell to hubs for another week out of town which really has me stopping my petulant little foot because my birthday is this week. We'll do something on Saturday when hubs is back so I just have to be patient :).
Focus for this week is back to tracking. I kind of fell of the tracking wagon again and need to get back to it. I've been entering all my fitness info at the end of the week, but that doesn't give me anytime to fit in extra if I'm off track. I also forget how long I spent at the pool, etc. What I need to look for and buy is a watch I can wear in the pool to track my activity in the water. Because I always swim with the kids I have to stop and do things with them, but I'm always active. I'd just like to do a better job tracking the time I spend doing specific activities-like running/treading (treading water is SUPER easy for me-I don't sink-even when I was considerably lighter-I've always been able to float-so treading doesn't take much effort so I try to "run" while I tread and burn a few extra calories) or actually swimming. Plus, I KNOW I underestimate my time so that I err on the side of caution. I'd like to track that activity a little more acurately. It is my birthday coming up, that would be a good present combined with the blender hubs already bought :). Did I mention that? I think I did...hubs did already get me a drink blender (a la magic bullet, but it comes with a sports bottle. You put your ingredients in the cup, add the blending cap, attach to blender, when done you switch out the blending cap for a drinking cap). It is a fun little gizmo and has even the kids begging for smoothies :). I've been wanting to try going beyond the basic smoothy and adding protein powders or flaxseed, wheat germ, oats, etc. to make healthy snacks and breakfast drinks, so hubs did a great job there listening to what I wanted :).
Well, this is quite long enough and I've procrastinated my workout long enough. Time to get this week off to a rockin' start :). Hope everyone's week is awesome and filled with fun. It is my birthday week afterall, so help me celebrate by having a fitness filled week :).
Friday, June 24, 2011
First, thanks everyone for the wonderful comments on my swimsuit blog. I'm still trying to get around personally, sorry about that.
Summertime is here and while I'm having a blast in the pool. I'm having trouble with the rest of my schedule-lol!! I can't wait for August 22nd and school starts again. This year is special, because this year the youngest starts Kindergarten so for at least part of the school day I will be an independent agent :). Looking to maybe renew my gym membership (gasp) since I won't need the daycare service anymore. I just keep thinking that those few hours while daughter is in class can be spent at the gym.
In the present though, I'm struggling a bit. A few things have combined against me to make it even harder. My excuses for not making the most of the summer so far are as follows: 1. Kids home all day. 2. Husband's work changes. 3. The heat.
Now to debunk those excuses and give myself reasons to get past them...
1. Kids home all day-First the middle child (oldest girl) gets up EARLY. 5:00 on average. This makes it hard to take over the living room t.v. So, I'm just going to have to say TOUGH. And, in reality, I can tell her to go in my room and watch something. I'm reclaiming the t.v. in the a.m. Second, my days have been overtaken with trying to keep my kids smart over the summer AND keeping them from killing each other. It also doesn't help that they confiscate the computer-lol!
I've actually already taken steps to rectify these problems and just need to put plans into actions (easier said than done and that is coming up with #2). Computer time is being scheduled. Each child gets a certain amount of time and that is it. It is being scheduled and if you don't use it during your time then you need to figure out a trade or it's tough cookies cookie. Education time is also being scheduled so that I can spend time with each child on their level to keep them ready for when school starts again. Activity time is also being scheduled so that those things don't get in the way of the rest of what we need to do. Things like the summer movies and trips to the library, and pool time, etc. I bought a giant schedule poster (intended for class-room use) to write down the schedule so that the readers know what is going on and the youngest can start learning about time. Problem solved...as long as I keep with it-lol!
Problem #2-Husband's work changes...this one is a LITTLE more difficult to overcome. First they needed him coming in earlier...fine, since my sister's schedule changed that didn't effect my 1 day a week run with her at all...it did effect the rest of my schedule, but I was working with it. But, then...they needed him out of town. DRAT!! This really messed me up because I don't have anyone to watch the kids while I run. He leaves on Tuesdays though, so by changing the one day we run together during the week I can still do that. The rest of the equation is getting me to bed so I can get up in the morning. I am a night owl by nature anyways. I will stay up late working and getting lots of things done, but then I am tired in the morning (duh-lol). Take my husband out of the equation and it is a disaster. First, I can't sleep well with him gone and second, there is nobody to tell me to go to sleep-lol!! Gonna hafta work with that one next week so that I can still get up in the a.m. and reclaim the t.v. so that I can do something home-based. Luckily, this will last only for two more weeks and then he doesn't have to go out of town for the rest of July, but might have to do it again in August. The REAL bummer here is that he will be gone for the entire week of my birthday. NOT HAPPY!! Oh well, we'll make it work and he will owe me BIG TIME on Saturday-lol!!
Excuse 3-the heat...if I can reclaim the t.v. then I can beat the heat and get in some good workouts. Daughter really wants to start training for the Disney kids races too so I'll get some running in by taking them to the park in the early morning and helping all the kids train for their runs.
Excuses busted, now I just have to get to bed, get up and get busy everyday :). Time to make this summer rock and roll!!!! :).
Thursday, June 16, 2011
A comment from a friend on FB got me started thinking today. She posted about how her daughter was having a swim party but she wasn't excited about putting on her suit. I found this comment odd coming from her. She is a talented, successful, beautiful woman and I have always considered her one of the fitter people I know. She has been "too busy" in recent times to do all the fitness activities she desires, but her life keeps her moving and she is always doing things with her kids including camping. So why would she fear putting on her suit?
Well, of course I know the answer. Don't all women fear swimsuit season? Didn't Spark themselves lure in a bunch of people with the FB promise of a swimsuit body in 4 weeks. That particular post really ticked me off by the way, but that is a different topic-lol! I also know why "all" women fear swimsuit season, at least in America, I can't speak for other countries, though my experience in Germany would show that Germans at least do not share American's disappointment in a less than perfect body. American media has done a wonderful job of pounding into our brains, from birth, that the human body should be covered and winced at, that only "perfect" bodies deserve to be seen in the light of day. Now, don't get me wrong, I myself posted recently in my status about an experience where a FAR from perfect body went out in the light of day with FAR too little clothing on. I guess the point I really want to make here is two-fold. First, we need to be happy with ourselves (to a degree and I'll get to that again in a minute) and second, there is a happy medium where we can still participate in outdoor events in less than a muumuu.
As I thought about my friend and her fear of her swimsuit I thought about several things. As I said, I consider her to be quite fit. But, truthfully, she would probably say she has 20 or so pounds to lose. I would say 10. She is in her upper 30's and has two children. She has the body of a woman her age. I say that she has nothing to worry about in getting into her suit, she obviously disagrees. I do feel that a lot of that has to do with personal perception. She hasn't been hitting the gym so she has some fears about what is lurking under those jeans. But, WHY? This is my question, why should a perfectly healthy woman fear a piece of clothing (or rather the lack of clothing, I guess)? As I continued to ponder this I came to a realization. I have put my suit on a number of times already this year and gone to the pool and swum my little heart out. I realized, just today, that I have felt NONE of the normal anxiety about putting on my swim suit. Do I look awesome in it? Hell no!!! Sorry, but that deserved much more than a "heck"-lol! But, I wear a suit I'm comfortable in-shorts and a tankini top. Plenty of coverage, still kind of cute, shows off the parts I feel comfortable with and lets me have a great time. AND, that was the key to my REAL, life altering, blog worthy, realization. My body isn't any different this year than it was last year. I'm wearing the exact same swimsuit. I didn't go shopping for something new and so adorable that I couldn't wait to show it off. I AM DIFFERENT INSIDE!!
Something inside me, way down deep, has changed since last year. In the past I would wear a cover-up to pool side, taking it off only at the last minute and still dread the walk from the chaise to the pool. I haven't done that this year. What on earth caused this change? I can only blame running. Not because it has made me skinnier, or fitter, but because I am out there in the daylight a couple days a week. I am out there being active and ENJOYING my life the way I am. I am active. I am getting fitter every day. It may not show on the outside, but inside I am different. I simply don't care anymore what people think. I still react to statements and comments, but I don't let anybody tell me I am less deserving than them of an active lifestyle. I'm slow, yep, waaaaaaaay slow, but not so slow that I am still on the sofa.
Now when I put on my swimsuit it is just another manifestation of a healthier lifestyle. I'm not in that pool to float and be lazy, I'm there to work. I am constantly in motion. If I'm watching or helping a child then I'm bouncing or jogging or treading water. I don't tuck myself in a corner and hang on and do nothing. When I put on my suit it is no different than when I put on my running shoes.
The other part of the equation is that my suit is appropriate. No need for the world to see my flabby skin hanging about. I am comfortable in my suit and I guess the lady with the disappearing bikini bottoms probably was comfortable in her suit too, maybe I took exception because she was sunning and not being active-lol! EEEEEK I'm turning into a sports snob!! If I see her at the pool and she is wearing the same suit again I will strive to have a more open mind about her attire. I have to adjust my thinking so that this next part makes more sense to my sensibilities :).
I don't see any reason for anybody to ever don a suit from the 1890's, but I do think that everyone should be able to find a suit they like and that they feel comfortable in and be able to wear it in public without shame and I think that a HUGE part of how we get there has to come from inside. We can't let fashion mags tell us that we MUST be uncomfortable in our bodies if we weigh more than a wet sock. We can't let being uncomfortable stop us from living an active lifestyle. It is unfortunate, but true, that there are people out there that want overweight people to stay behind their own closed doors and never be seen in the light of day, but if we do that how on earth are we ever going to live a life? Some idiot made a comment about how if you can't maintain a 15 minute per mile pace you shouldn't be running. Well, Mr. Idiot, just how do you expect the 17 minute per mile runner to ever get any faster if she isn't out there, uh, running? Duh.
Somewhere, deep down inside, I've changed. Mr. sub-15, you can just take that attitude and stuff it in the same place you keep your stick (don't know how you manage to run with that stick up there, but to each his own) because I ain't gonna let idiots like you dictate to me what I should or should not be doing!! If I want to go for a swim then by-golly Imma gonna do it!! And I will not feel shame over my body or the suit I put it in. It belongs to me and I'm doing my best to improve it!! If you don't like it then you can sit on the sofa at home, because I'm going to be out there increasing my pace and swimming and ENJOYING my life. It's the one I've been given and I'm going to make it the best I can.
And to my friend, put on that swimsuit and go have fun with your daughter. Anybody who cares about how you look isn't worth your time and effort, but your little girl is.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Whew, that was a busy weekend :)! Saturday was HUGELY busy. First, it was oldest daughter's (2nd child's) birthday-YAY! She turned 7. She didn't get a party though, that is yet to come, because Saturday was SOOO busy.
Started first thing in the morning with a group run. Met up with Mom, Sis, and Angela for a 3 miler. It was slow, but I managed to get in the entire three by running some little loops and making everyone wait while I got in my three :). It was a great run :)
Then a quick stop at Wal-Mart to pick up a small gift for daughter so she wouldn't be empty handed on her birthday. Ended up grabbing a mini-lalaloopsy set. I've seen these little dolls and thought they were cute and this set had a little doll, two chairs that look like they are made from cookies, a small table, a mouse, and two tea cups, a tea pot and a cookie jar. Everything you need for a tea party. If you don't know what a lalaloopsy is jump over to the site really quick and check it out :). www.lalaloopsy.com
Daughter loved it once she actually got to take it out of the box because almost as soon as I handed her the gift bag it was back out the door again to the next activity.
Off to the annual Hemet-Ryan Air Show. Hemet used to be a bitty little town, but for as long as I can remember it has had it's own little municipal airport. This airport is also the base station for several of Southern California's fire attack planes-water carriers and fire retardant carriers are based at this airport and are an important part of California's battle against our fire season. We get a lot, make that A LOT, of wildfires in this part of the country and residents of Hemet are often alerted before news reports come on that a fire has broken out when we see that firefighting planes take to the sky. Lots of residents will drive down to the airport and watch the planes come and go, there is even a small observation area with a table and trees near a diner that serves pilot and the general public. The point to this long side-track being, Hemet has an airport that, while small, plays a pretty big part in our lives, even if you don't own a private plane-lol!! Every year there is an air show and it tends to get better each year. We have stopped in a couple of times, but never for very long, so we planned a longer stop this year and see more of what was there.
We stopped at several booths, picked up some awesome free goodies at a few. Lowe's had a booth where we picked up a few free flowers to plant and two out of the three did plaster hand prints-youngest flat out refused because she HAD to go to the bounce houses NOW! There were 5 inflatables of varying sizes and themes. A Snow White slide, a toddler sized slide, a toddler bounce house, a HUGE slide (guessing it was 20 feet high, if not more) and this gigantic King Kong themed thing that son could not take his eyes off of-lol!!
So, we spent a LOT of time at the bounce houses. A fuse or something blew while son was in King Kong and I wasn't worried at first, this thing was taking its time deflating, but when he still wasn't coming out and the teen-aged Civil Air "officers" (don't even know what they would be called-similar to ROTC but for Civil Air which is completely different than ROTC-lol) weren't doing anything except yelling and acting like they had no idea what to do in this situation I did start to get a little worried. He finally showed up though and all was well. Daughters, meanwhile, were going up the HUGE slide. Both daughters got to the top no problem, but when youngest got there and saw how tall and steep the slide going down was she panicked. She just stood up there crying and crying, well, screaming and screaming-lol. I had finished getting son from King Kong and went over to watch her "slide" down only to see the terror-stricken version of my girl. I had the idea to send son up, but just then saw hubs climbing to the rescue. He got to the top and wasted only two or three seconds trying to reason with her before he picked her up, held on, sat down and went. I had the presence of mind to snap a few pics of this while I was cracking up since I knew she was fine. She was still screaming at the end of the ride, but with a small hint of amusement to it now that she was back on the ground and stopped as soon as she was shown that King Kong only got 5 feet off the ground at the highest spot. Since it was back up and running again we let them go...only to have it deflate on all 3 of my kids. Great!! So this time, instead of standing around, the Civil Air kids had gotten some instruction on how dangerous it was to have kids inside if it deflated and they all panicked and started thrashing around in the deflating mess trying to find missing children in imminent danger of smothering. Even after I was yelling at them that all the children had been accounted for by parents they continued to thrash and yell. It was quite humorous. We left after that and went to watch some vintage planes fly and look around a bit more. After a "boring" (according to the children) forty-five minutes or so of that we were dragged back to the inflatables again. Of course, it had to be King Kong, the children's absolute favorite. This thing was shaped like a huge inflatable city and I am told that it had a mini obstacle course inside. The end was a small slide that ended right under King Kong himself...hundreds of children were having a blast sliding right under King Kong's buttocks. This time there was an adult watching as children went in and limiting their numbers. Except that the girl "guarding" the entrance/exit gate kept her back to the gate the entire time, turning only slightly, to allow children in and out and was COMPLETELY missing the fact that someone had undone a piece of gate immediately behind her where children where sneaking in. Seriously...I hope that if these kids are called upon to defend Hemet's air space they get A LOT more training-lol!! Overall it was a great morning and the kids had a BLAST! Unfortunately, we had to hustle off after a couple of hours because now it was time for baseball closing ceremonies.
I HATE closing ceremonies. It is too long, for some stupid reason it was at noon, so it was too hot and it is just plain boring. The primary reason for this event is to announce the all-stars. Our son didn't even try out because we were camping during the try outs. We have two nephews who are all-stars and were announced and still it was WAY boring. I guess one reason is that our all-stars is just waaay too political. The kids of the all-star coaches are guaranteed a spot, even if undeserving, and some coaches give preference to the kids on their regular team, even if undeserving. So I don't see it so much as the kids that really did the best job and deserve to be all-stars, but the kids who were on the right team or have the right parent. Hubs says they are making changes next year thank goodness so maybe the best kids will really be on the team instead of the ones with the right connections. Some coaches kids didn't even go to try outs because their parent already gave them a spot on the team. Bah. So, that lasted waaaay to long and the girls and I actually left a bit early to walk across to the park where our team was meeting up after the boring part. We got the kids and parents together and played a little ball-parents vs. kids. The kids got creamed, but it was a lot of fun and made up for the boring ceremonies before. We gave the kids their trophies and FINALLY went home-lol!!
Again, though we weren't home long before heading out the door again...this time to the pool. After being outside ALL day and getting really sticky and disgusting feeling we all felt like a swim would be great. It did feel great too. We stayed just for a little bit then went home for a dinner of Mac n' Cheese (the stuff out of the blue box) and Hot Dogs per daughter's request. And our day was DONE!! I think that is the busiest day I've ever had-lol!! Even last weekend's camping/baseball/birthday party seemed like a laid back Saturday compared to this one-lol!
Sunday would have been more relaxing if I hadn't had to teach my daughter's wild Sunday School class. 6 seven year olds and all of them wired! I did it as a favor to the regular teacher who had to leave town for her father's funeral and hope I don't have to teach them again soon-lol! Daughter got spoken to on the way home about her personal behavior and that I hoped she never treated the regular teacher the way she did me.
Sunday evening we went and watched bats. A friend posted on FB that they were going to watch the bats come out. I had NO idea that there was a place, right here in town, where you could watch bats-lol! Mentioned it to hubs and the kids and the kids jumped on it. They HAD to go see bats, so we went. Waaaaay at the other end of town there are orange groves. There happens to be an aqueduct running through one of these groves. The street makes a bridge going over the aqueduct and the bats nest under the bridge. It is really the perfect spot for a bunch of bats. Water, bugs in plentiful supply and a nice place to hang around. Son, smarty eight year-old that he is, walks over to the fence that keeps children from going into the aqueduct and looks at the bridge and tells us he can tell that there really are bats under there because of all the guano running down the sloped sides of the aqueduct. I was skeptical, but went to look and sure enough he was right! We waited around and talked to friends and said hi to others that showed up. There were probably 40 or 50 people there to watch the bats. Soon enough you saw a bat, then another, then a few more, then they started POURING out from under the bridge. THOUSANDS of bats. They just kept coming and coming. They would stop and you would think it was over and then they started in a fresh wave. It was really, really cool!! lol! They just poured into the sky forming a black trail leading up before they spread out to go do their own hunting. It was kind of nice knowing that all those bats would be out on patrol ready to snatch up any mosquitoes they came across along with other night bugs. Like our very own security patrol keeping us safe from Malaria, West Nile, etc-lol! It was waaay past kiddies bed times when we got home, but no school and it was fun. They are already asking to go back and see it again.
Yesterday felt like an extension of the weekend since it was the first day that ALL the kids didn't have school and I had a bunch of errands to run. I can't wait for school to start and I can run errands COMPLETELY child free if I schedule them right-lol! Had to go get a form for the school district from the doctor at the other end of town, drop it off at the district offices at our end of town, then off to do some reconnaissance work on daughter's birthday party. Had to scope out and plan the deals I would use to save a few dollars. Found the perfect cupcake liners and will use 50% off Michaels coupons to pick them up throughout the week :). Found some good ideas for goodie bags and daughter showed us what she wants for the rest of her presents.
Came home, went swimming, came home and started work on the party goodies. I'm making the cupcakes for her party myself and doing some test batches today. We'll do a family taste test tonight and then the extras are being farmed out to new homes. I'm making little lalaloopsy picks to put in the cupcakes. Little lalaloopsy pictures glued to toothpics. Lalaloopsy buttons for the goodie bags (a variety of the girl character for the girls and a whole bunch of "Patch", the only boy loopsy for the boys). Lalaloopsy pictures will be glued on goodie boxes and I'll be sewing little cloud pillows that will tie onto each chair. It's going to be a busy couple of days. I spent all of last night pulling stock photos from the website, cropping them to size and pasting them into little circles. I cut out about half of what I would need and punched a BUNCH of little scalloped circles to go behind the pictures. Today, more cutting and lots of gluing. Tomorrow sewing pillows. Thursday cutting out felt letters to sew the name of each child guest on their pillow and Friday goodie bag stuffing and cupcake baking. Which reminds me, this is now REALLY, really long and I've gotta get busy-lol!!
I'll try to read while I glue...if I haven't been by recently hopefully I'll get there soon...I'm wondering what is going on with my friends :).
The plus from Saturday is that I went WAAAY over my fitness minutes for the week :).
Monday, June 06, 2011
If you only want to know the question skip to the end...it is chicken pox related :). So, if you read part one you know it was a long night without much sleep before the race. But, it was all good because we found the humor in the situation and just kind of rolled with it. I still ended up feeling kind of rested when I woke up, which was well before the alarm on my phone went off. The sun and birds got me moving early.
Even though I was awake, I wasn't very excited about getting out of bed. First the people eating bed didn't want to let me go, but it was also very chilly. My solution was to get out of bed still inside my sleeping bag and hop/walk across the tent to the suitcase and then get mostly dressed while still inside the sleeping bag. I must say, I kind of impressed myself with my ingenuity and agility. Getting dressed INSIDE a sleeping bag is not the easiest thing to do, but I made it work.
I was ready to go in plenty of time and even managed to enjoy a few slices of bacon before the race. Yep, real bacon, not any fakin' or some other substitute. It is a camping tradition and I figured the race allowed me a few calories. Besides, we all know that altitude subtracts calories, right?
Nephew gave us a ride to the starting line (about a mile away) and despite my mom leaving her bib number in the car and having to call nephew to come back we all made it to the finish line in plenty of time. Ran into two friends at the start that we didn't know were doing the race-that was fun :). Said farewell to my sister who was doing the 10K with a later start time and started off. First mile and a half are all nearly down hill so that was nice, but started feeling tight in the first mile so went to a walk about half a mile in. Maintained a walk/run pattern for the rest of the race. Relying a little more than I wanted on the walk part, but really pushing through when I did walk.
Idyllwild is a beautiful little mountain community that LOVES their dogs. There were LOTS and LOTS of dogs running this race and it was kind of fun running with so many 4-legged competitors I fell in love with a shaved down English Sheepdog. He looked down-right svelte for his breed...no fur :). Loved a little obese beagle (same breed as our dog), Coco, who was "running' in a pink harness and doing her darnedest despite her weight obstacle. I thought she needed a cute pink Spark t-shirt cut for dogs :). Her owner was a tad on the heavy side too and I thought it admirable that the two of them had trained for the event, taking their walks along the route and preparing for the big day. I hope Cocoa's dad keeps her on her training plan and maybe she can do the 10K next year :). A healthy beagle would have the energy to go the distance :). Side note-beagles are one breed particularly prone to obesity, they have no "off switch". They have no clue when they are full and it is very easy to over feed a beagle. Beagles, in general, have an eating disorder, poor things. Our beagle is not overfed...he is a rare picky beagle. He will snack on his own food hoping to fill up later on cat food or table scraps. He is about 6 years old now and should know that table scraps are few and far between, but he is highly optimistic :).
Back to the race...we had a fun time walking and talking to Coco and her owner for a bit, he stopped at the water stop and chatted for a bit and gave Coco a chance to catch her breath before heading up the long gradual climb. Mile 3 of this 5K is the longest mile 3 you will ever experience. Almost entirely up hill. It was cute though, two different homeowners were out at the roadside with cups of water. This is one of the friendliest races anywhere. The volunteers are cheerful and helpful. One was actually cheering as runners went past. Not just "go" "you are doing great", no, she was CHEERING, like a cheerleader, doing jumps and high kicks. She was a crack-up. . No pom-poms though :). Another volunteer who was helping direct traffic was chanting to us "we're walking, we're walking", kind of like Dorie. Traffic direction was awesome. They were great at letting a car go through between gaps, but stopping traffic well before the runners had to stop to let cars go by. We never had to pause for traffic.
Okay, so, finished mile three and I can see the finish up ahead and wait, is that my van driving down the street at me? Yep, it sure is-lol!! My husband is driving down the race course (which was allowed by the way)!! I had told him earlier that I figured I'd be done by 8:15 so bring the girls to the race site about 8:30 (he and son had to leave early to get down the mountain to son's baseball game). All he heard was 8:15 and still showed up at 8:10-lol! I LOVE that he is NEVER late for anything. He is the MOST punctual person I know, but literally running into him on the race course was REALLY hilarious!!
I waved at my kids as I ran to the finish...chutes were lined out with pennant flags and marked with chalk on the street. The chalk idea is the worst thing ever. I ended up in the wrong chute and got yelled at by some director person and when I said it wasn't clear she yelled at me again that it was...well, it wasn't. So, a kid for the walking division ended up taking my tag. I figured I was actually fine with that. If they were going to yell at me and insist that I wasn't a runner because I entered the walkers chute then fine, it would just give me a better time if I was a walker-lol!
I went and collected my girls so they could run their race and then decided I needed to complain and actually ended up confronting the rude person and told her she was the rudest person I'd ever met at a race and she very rudely insisted on fixing my problem-lol!! You know, sometimes people just don't get it, but I ended up back in the runner category anyways...supposedly. I haven't seen the final results at this time. They times went up REALLY slowly, which, besides the rude lady, is my ONLY complaint. This was a REALLY small race and they waited until they had a full page of results before posting so if you weren't in the pack you had to wait and wait and wait to find your official time.
We tried to wait and see my sister come in, but we had to walk a distance to the kids' race which was at a different location and the girls were getting antsy so we left to walk over there while my mom staid behind to cheer her in.
Turns out we could have staid. My mom and sister came up just as the kids were being warmed up and given instructions about their race...things like "no pushing, no shoving, no tripping and no giving anybody the stink eye" (the MC was kind of funny). He took a lot of time to get the kids comfortable and asked to see hands for how many were 7, how many 6, etc. He called of numbers and asked who is number 412 (my older daughter). He was keeping them occupied while some last minute entrants signed up. I thought it was cool that they would go ahead and take last minute entrants instead of turning kids away, they did still have to pay the $3 entrance fee so that was good too, those who took the time to sign up early weren't robbed by allowing last minute bandits :). My original plan was to run right behind my girls, but with the event of my mom and sis showing up I devised a new plan. I asked my sis if she wouldn't mind one more half mile (she's faster and more likely to keep up with my kids anyways), asked my mom to walk up to the corner and cheer them on from there, while I waited at the finish with my phone to take their pictures as they came across. The girls did a great job and came in respectably. Older daughter did a great job and stayed with younger daughter. I think she could have come across a lot faster, but stayed with her little sister. I didn't get a pic of it, but as they approached the finish they were hand in hand...soooooo cute!! The MC even said "here come two sisters, hand in hand to the end". Awww. Moments like that are what carry me through the battles they have :). At the finish they were given little clay animals. Idyllwild is a very artistic town and these little animals were hand made by somebody as the prizes for the kids. Older daughter got a cat/dog (I can't tell-she says it is a dog) and younger daughter got a bear. They are really cute and are tucked in with a small collection I have of sculpted animals :). My youngest put her bear next to a panda and told the bear that this was his real mommy and to have fun. The she told cat/dog that she could play with the cat at the other end of the shelf and to be nice (she cracks me up). They also got a gift certificate for an ice cream shop. They are very excited about that. This race has made them excited for the next one in September where they know they will get medals for running :).
As soon as the girls were done it was back to camp and down the hill and we made it JUST in time for son's baseball game, then home for an hour then off to a niece's birthday party. Finally home at the end of the day to collapse in exhaustion.
It was an AWESOME weekend and a fun race, already planning on going back again :). I have another race in July in a location near Idyllwild, a town called Anza. The altitude is not as high as Idyllwild, and the race should be flatter, if there are hills they will probably be more gradual, less steep. So, I have a month to improve and get a better time at the next race :). Oh, final time was 52:52. SLOW, but under the conditions and how much walking I did, I'm happy with it. :). Next one will be faster and this one showed me where my training has slacked off after some injuries and illnesses and honestly a little laziness. Time to get serious again and get fast enough to keep up with a six-year old :).
Okay, so...tacked on to the end of this very long blog....MOMs out there...have you ever had a child experience a MILD reaction to the chicken pox vaccine. My daughter was given the MMRV combo two weeks ago and just developed a bumpy rash on her cheeks and upper back (and a tiny bit on her upper chest). All the literature says this is a mild reaction that can happen up to a month after the vaccine is given, but none of it says how long it lasts, or what type of course it takes. I also says that VERY rarely they can infect family members with the pox, but hubs and I have naturally developed immunity (lol) and son and older daughter are vaccinated so not concerned about that. Just kind of curious about what the rash does after it is developed (reportedly in 1 out of 20 cases-wish there were those kinds of odds on the lottery-I might actually play-lol). We gave her a dose of Benedryl (sp?) and hope that tomorrow things will be cleared up, but without any experience and huge lack of info, have no realistic idea of what to expect. Anybody out there know? Thanks :)
Hope everyone is having a great June so far :).
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