Monday, September 06, 2010
It's a beautiful, long weekend. The humidity & temps are down a little, so why not get out there?? Yesterday morning I woke up at 5am to the sound of my alarm.... it was time to get out there and pull a 12 miler. Problem! I had a sick tummy. I shut off the alarm, drank a tall glass of water & began moving around to try to kick the ick! The sick feeling wouldn't budge, so my run was put off. I DO NOT get sick!!! I pressed on like any normal day. Played with the kids, did some shopping, cleaned the house and ate like I normally would. Finally last night there was just a hint of the queasiness that plagued my day. I decided it was time to run! About a mile into my trip, I was completely unaware of anything other than breathing & form... another mile down & I was lost in my zone! I pulled out 15.5 miles & felt great for it! The ick was gone... I must have chased it away!!! Now I can enjoy my Labor Day-of-Rest!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
14.36 mile run last night! My legs are sore this morning, but in a good way... they are letting me know I got a great workout last night. Today I will be able to enjoy a day of rest without the guilt. I am looking forward to a fun filled day with my boys!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
My days, weeks, months and year and packed full. I have a second grader and a preschooler who have karate, swimming & gymnastic lessons. Now that school is back in, we can ad scouts & Wed. night church to the list of activities. I have an 88 year old grandfather who lives with us & requires a moderate amount of attention. I have two dogs, one who is old & always puking and another who is young, but a pure bread with multiple health problems. I work full time for a Vascular surgical group, I volunteer at the elementary school & at church. I have a house to clean, laundry to wash & fold, and meals to cook. Nobody in my house eats the same thing. Oh did I mention that I am training for a marathon?
I do have a wonderful husband who helps out quite a bit. He is in the military, so of coarse he is a limited resource. 2 weeks ago he had to go out of town for work. Let me just say that the timing could not have been worse! We are in the middle of having an addition put onto our home, it's my oldest son's birthday and school started last week. So, I am sure that you can imagine the chaos that consumed my household. First thing I did was lower my running goal from 40 miles to 30 miles for the first week he was gone. Second thing I did was went out and bought a notebook. I have been writing EVERYTHING in this little book that fits into my purse. Every night I put the kids to bed at 7 and let them watch TV in their room for an hour while I get my run in on the treadmill. After my workout & shower, they are usually asleep. I then pack our bags for the next day because from work I go straight to the daycare to pick them up & off to their lessons. I pick up a little around the house & set the laundry & dish washers to start at 3am. Then off to bed!
Up at 4, showered & ready to go by 5. Laundry in dryer, vacuum, prepare lunches, get the kids up for breakfast and feed the dogs. YAY! Grandpa makes his own breakfast! Unload dishwasher, put in dirty dishes. Get kids dressed, teeth & hair brushed and shoes on. One cup of coffee, load the van and out the door by 6:25. Drop the kids at daycare (they get my 2nd grader to school) & off to work to start my day.
Off at 3:30 & hit the door running! Back to the daycare to pick up the boys. I keep a lunch box stocked with healthy snacks like raisins, peanuts, crackers and graham crackers in the van so the boys can have a snack in their way to which ever lesson we have that day. When we get to our destination, I have the boys get in the back of the van & change into their "uniform" of the day (we have tinted windows).
After our lessons, when we arrive home, it is straight to the showers for the boys. While they shower, I get dinner started & feed the dogs again. On Sundays I cook 4 different items. I cook a roast in the crockpot (pork or beef), I bake pork chops in the oven, I cook ground turkey on the stove top & I cook a whole chicken in the microwave (thank you pampered chef!). I freeze all of these items and pull them out daily for dinner. All I have to do is cook a veggies and warm the meat and we are set for dinner. I make grandpa a plate for his lunch the next day & set out his medicine. After dinner we finish up any homework that my second grader could not get done at daycare, I read a book to my 3 year old and then it's off to bed for them & back to the treadmill for me.
This is the cycle of my life that keeps me sane & keeps us afloat. My husband will return next Saturday & turn our world upside down all over again, but I will appreciate him even more because I know that when he is here, I can break the cycle and he will keep our world from falling apart!
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