• Is it really August?

    I can’t believe that summer is almost over.

    I feel like I blinked and it went from the end of June to the end of August. I am in serious denial that I have to go back to work in just a few weeks… even more so because at present I don’t have a job. If I am unable to find an LTO I’ll be back on the supply list… a prospect I am not looking forward to. I enjoy supply teaching, but trying to find childcare that will match that schedule is a nightmare.


    It’s been a good summer. I desperately felt like I just needed some time at home with the kids after last semester, and that’s exactly what I did. I’ve also slowly been organizing and decluttering my house–I’ve lost track of the number of bags and pieces of furniture I’ve donated over the last six weeks. I am determined to stop holding on to something purely on the chance that I might need it again someday… if I haven’t touched it in years, chances are I won’t miss it. And you know what? It feels really good. I’m on a mission to go through every nook and cranny in my house.

    I also decided to refocus on my goals and started exercising regularly again. I brushed the cobwebs off my shoes and hit the pavement and worked my way up to 8km, and even braved running with both kids in the stroller.

    …and then of course I injured myself. I sprained my foot right at the joint of my big toe and it has been one of the most painful injuries I have ever endured. I went to see my doctor last Wednesday, but it took some time for the anti-inflammatories she prescribed to kick in. That night the pain in my foot was so bad that I couldn’t even step down on it… I had to slide up the stairs on my bum to get into bed. There’s nothing I can do to help it but rest, and I’m not going to lie, this has been a huge blow for me. I just felt like I was getting back into a rhythm, and then I found out that it will be at least another two weeks before I can run again.

    So, I took a small break from my #365 Healthy Day project and had a little pity party, but now I’m ready to figure this out. I’m not even supposed to go for walks for another few days until the tenderness in my toe subsides to a point where it isn’t noticeable, so any exercise with any type of impact is out at the moment. But, where there is a will there’s a way, and I’m exploring other things I can do while I wait out this injury.

    The hardest part is that I know now that I won’t be ready to run my 10km race in September. I’m really disappointed about it, but I’m determined to run a 10km race somewhere before the snow flies. I’m hoping that I can find a race in October where I can attempt it.

    So, I’ll be back with my regular #365healthydays posts tomorrow, please keep your fingers crossed that my foot heals quickly! This mama is dying to get back into her running shoes. :)

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  • A December Update*

    Has it really been a month since I lugged my desk up the basement stairs by myself and created my little kitchen nook so that I can write more often?

    (I still LOVE my kitchen nook, in case you were wondering. It’s my fav.)

    We’ve had a wonderful, busy month. Just after I last wrote I scrubbed my house from top to bottom to prepare for a visit with the Hubster’s mom! She flew in for a few days at the end of November and it was so lovely to have her here. We packed in as much as we possibly could during her time here, and we had so much fun. I have always wanted my kids to have strong bonds with their grandparents, so it warms my heart right through when I saw how much my sweet Ruby loves her grandma.

    It just feels like we’ve had a lot on the go these past few weeks. We squeezed in quick visit with my family and a wonderful family lunch to celebrate what would have been my grandmother’s 99th birthday. She passed away in July, and I find myself missing her just a little more this time of year. We were able to get together with some extended family that I don’t see often, and it was so nice to get to know them a little better.

    I also ran my fourth race! We ran a “Santa Shuffle” as a family, and I can honestly say it was my best race yet. For some reason the course ended up being only 4km instead of 5, but I felt so strong and had a good, consistent pace through out. I think my official time would have been below 35minutes if it had been a full course! This new coaching app I’m using has been amazing. I’m running better for longer distances and I feel SO GOOD. More on this soon.

    And since then it’s been a whirlwind of baking and Christmas prep! I finally finished writing (and editing) our Christmas letter, and we spent a few nights getting them ready to be sent out. We mailed a few to our immediate families, and we tested out an e-version this year. I am personally such a fan of real mail–especially at Christmas–but now that stamps are $1 a piece, it was going to cost us almost $80 just to mail them… and it’s just a little more than I can part with right now! So hopefully it worked out okay, and maybe we can just rent out a carrier pigeon or something.

    Other than that, it’s been an exciting few days around here. Ruby’s speech (and sense of humor) has progressed at a crazy pace. She speaks in full sentences and she understands SO much more than I sometimes think she does. She is obsessed with the dark and loves to play hide and seek with her Dad. (And yes. They are playing right now.)

    For two months Hank the Tank has been doing this army-type crawl that looks like he is crawling through a war trench, but in the last few days he finally figured out the “real” way and is really starting to move around. He is also climbing and trying SO hard to climb the stairs. I don’t think it will be long before my “small” boy will be standing on his own!

    It’s been a busy, wonderful few weeks, and my only lament is that I’m struggling to find time to run on a regular. The days are so short right now, and it’s hard to get out while it’s still light out. I know it’s temporary, but I really miss it. I can’t wait until the days are a little longer and a little less busy.

    Well, I’m off to rest for a bit… I’ve had a mild case of mastitis through the weekend and I’m a bit wiped. I’m very thankful it wasn’t as bad as last time, but I have decided it’s time to wean the Tank, come hell or high water. Wish me luck!

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  • Eating, Hallowe’ening & a Jerk on a Bench*

    Oh, hi November.

    I can’t quite believe that it’s actually NOVEMBER, but here we are–the month before Christmas. Or, the month before the Christmas month.

    Or something.

    I feel like a lot has happened in the last few days. Hank is still not sleeping terribly well, but I feel like things are getting a bit better. He was waking almost every hour, but his stretches are beginning to lengthen out a little more, and I’m actually making it into my own bed… at least for part of the night. Progress!

    I’ve also had some success getting him to eat in the last two days. I’ve been giving the baby led weaning thing a go over the last two weeks, and he seems to really enjoy feeding himself. He hasn’t actually been ingesting much, but it’s a huge leap forward from his refusing to let anything near his mouth. It had been a few weeks since I tried feeding him anything from a spoon, so on a whim last night I gave it a go… and he ate a third of a jar of baby food. I thought it may have been a fluke, so I tried it again tonight… and he ate again. It’s a Christmas miracle! I am SO hoping that we are on the road to solids. My big boy has been nursing exclusively until now, and mama is ready for a break. :)

    This was technically Ruby’s third Hallowe’en, but it was the first year that we took her out trick or treating. She was the cutest little lamb that there ever was, and she loved ringing doorbells and calling out “Trick or Treat!” at every house.

    I ran my third race with my brother and a friend, and while I didn’t quite get the time that I wanted, it was still my best official race time yet. Also, Doodle ran the 10km race and came 8th (!!) overall. He is unreal… so proud of him!

    I really struggled with my running throughout most of October. I feel like I lost my guiding hand when I finished my c25k program, and I wasn’t progressing the way I felt I should be. The lack of sleep I’ve had, combined with some hip / pelvic issues I’m still working on from my labor with Hank has really pushed my motivation to an all-time low since I started running.

    In a word, I’ve felt really discouraged… and this really bothered me as I have come to love running. I really look forward to it every day.

    Last week was probably my worst week, and I realized that if I wanted things to change, then I needed to change them. I found a free little coaching app, and I decided to give it a go today. I punched in my long-term goals, and it set a very easy, slow pace for me to run. As you run it kicks in and tells you to slow down or speed up if you move outside the pace it has set for you. I almost shut it off after I started because it felt SO slow, but as the kilometers stretched out one after the other, I realized that I was running easily, breathing freely and I had no hip discomfort. It was the first run in a long time that just felt so… good. I easily ran four kilometers and I only stopped because my “session” for today ended.

    I so needed that today. And thank goodness it was such a lovely run, as it was interrupted by a not-so-lovely experience.

    I run several different routes through my neighborhood, and people often wave or call out a greeting as I run past. As I was coming off a pathway today, I noticed a man sitting on a bench nearby. I could see that he was trying to speak to me, so I pulled my headphone off as I ran past. He smiled and called out, “Well, someone is getting a work out, eh?” I laughed a little, nodded and moved to put my music back on. Just as I was about to put my headphone back in my ear, I heard him sneer:

    Looks like you still need to work out a bit more!

    He continued trying to yell something else after I had my music back on, and it took me a minute to really understand what he was saying to me.

    A few weeks ago, this would have really bothered me. Here was this man I didn’t know, blatantly yelling in public that I’m fat as I’m trying to run. But guess what? I already know that I’m a little overweight and that my body isn’t perfect. I know I’m not the fastest runner out there, and I may look silly to someone more experienced.

    But I also know that the road to getting myself healthy again is a marathon, not a sprint. Just two months ago I was in a very different place, and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished so far.

    And hey–he was the one with his bum glued to a bench, not me. So that’s something. :)

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  • Running Goals – Phase Two*

    I’ve been trying to sit down and write all week, but the last few days have been a bit of a blur. And when I say blur, I really mean blurry eyes because Hank the Tank is still teething and has been waking up almost every hour at night. He is still such a cuddly sweetheart when he does wake up, but I’m pretty sure that I haven’t had more than two consecutive hours of sleep in the last two weeks.

    So, when I “wake up” (I use that term loosely because to me it implies that sleep has happened) in the morning, it usually takes me an hour or two to shake off the “if-I-don’t-get-more-sleep-I-may-break-down-and-ugly-cry” feeling, and then my second (or seventh) wind kicks in and I’m okay for the rest of the day.

    But the rest of my days have been filled with a revitalized effort to potty-train Ruby, as we are still fighting that war. We’ve had some small successes, but we’re not where I hoped we’d be. Today we inched closer to that dream, so I’m hoping to keep that momentum going. Pray for me. haha

    I’m still trying to get out and run when I can, though the last two weeks have been really difficult. After I finally achieved my last running goal, it was like something inside me switched off and my motivation waned. The lack of sleep, incessant rainy weather and mismatched schedules with the Hubster made it really difficult to get out. When I did run, I didn’t have the same drive and my whole body just felt so sluggish.

    When the times between my runs stretched 3 – 4 days, it scared me how easy it was to not go. I’m terrified I’m going to get lazy and break this new habit I’ve started, so I recommitted myself this week and set some new goals. I went out running yesterday and again today, and already I can feel the spark back. It makes SUCH a difference to have something that you are working towards–when I feel myself getting tired, they help give me that little push to keep going a little further.

    Here are the new goals I laid out earlier this week:

    Running Goals – Phase Two*

    • 10 run streak under 35 min {Current streak: 1}
    • 5km in 32.5 minutes
    • 2km avg pace 6:30 {COMPLETE – October 21}
    • 5km avg pace 6:45
    • 1km in 6:10
    • 5km in 30 minutes

    I ran my butt off and achieved one of my goals on my run yesterday, and it was a great kick start to phase two. When I first started, it took me roughly 40 minutes to run my 5k route. I’ve since been able to shave about 5 minutes off that time, and my dream goal right now is to be able to run 5km in under 30 minutes. I’m still a ways away, but hopefully these goals will help me inch a little closer. I’m running my third race on Saturday, and I’m hoping these goals will help me push a little harder.

    Anyway, both of the kids are asleep and I can’t remember why I’m still awake… so… bed time.

    Sweet dreams!

    (Fingers crossed that I’ll get to sleep long enough to dream… ha)

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  • I Did It!!!!!!

    I DID IT.

    After I wrote my last blog post this afternoon, the kids woke up and proceeded to destroy my house. I went from calm, quiet, happy time to being surrounded by a tornado of toys, cashews and raisins.

    (Note: I did not eat the raisins. They are gross. But Ruby likes them and I am trying to be a good mom. Ugh.)

    The Hubster got home from work a little after four, and even though I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go out for a run, an escape from the chaos suddenly seemed appealing. I quickly changed, laced up my shoes and off I went.

    I’m on the final week of my C25K program, and today’s run was supposed to be 28 minutes. I wasn’t able to get out on Tuesday or Wednesday, and I felt so sluggish when I started out. After 3 or 4 minutes I was fairly positive that I wasn’t going to make it to 10 minutes, let alone 28.

    But I kept going.

    As MapMyRun chimed in and gave me my stats, I realized that even though I felt sluggish, I was moving at a pretty good pace.

    So I kept going, and I decided to push a little harder.


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    I did it!!!

    In less than 8 weeks I went from struggling to run one minutes intervals, to achieving my final running goal–completing a 5km run in under 35 minutes. I can’t believe that I managed it today… my run felt SO hard. I had to convince myself to keep going over and over, and I’m so glad that I did.

    There are just two runs left in my program, and once it’s complete I’m going to set some new goals. I want to spend some time improving my pace, then in the new year I’m going to start training for a 10km race in the spring.

    In the meantime, I just earned my bonus! I can’t wait to go shopping for some new clothes. Happy running!

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