Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Posted by Michelle at 9:48 PM
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Know what else is frustrating??? This blogger-picture uploader tool!! no matter how many times I rotate my pictures and
save them, some are upside down :(
Posted by Michelle at 10:25 PM
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
See Jane Run half-marathon that was taking place Sunday in Seattle. She was looking for someone to take her entry, since she couldn't use it. Nobody took it -- so Friday I sent her a message and said that I would love to use it. I had 9-10 miles that I wanted to do, and no running partner again, and to be honest... I wasn't feeling extremely positive about being able to put in the mileage on my own. I figured that surrounding myself with a few thousand strong female runners would be just the motivation that I needed! My mental game has needed some work lately -- that is almost as important as putting in the physical training/mileage!!
So... I woke up bright and early Sunday morning and headed to the starting line. The weather had changed a bit -- and it was a chilly morning. There was also a light misty rain -- and quite a bit of wind coming in off the lake. Needless to say, I was trying to find any excuse to back out of the race. I was thinking about just running the 6 miles around the lake and skipping the race... I was thinking about just going back home and going to bed...
But -- I ended up being able to give myself a pep talk that sunk in... and I headed to the starting line. I had on shorts and a tank -- and was pretty cold at the start -- but warmed up before I even hit the one mile marker. The first almost 10 miles were good -- I was maintaining a 10 min mile pace -- and I was happy with that. I wasn't pushing my limits, because after all, this was supposed to be a training run :) The last three miles were tough -- my feet were hurting and feeling a little numb -- and my legs felt like lead -- so I took turns running and walking to the finish line. And -- as usual -- the feeling of crossing the finish line is worth every ounce of pain experienced during the race :)
Here I am after the race:
Posted by Michelle at 9:06 PM
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
I WILL do better this Saturday. My goal is 9 (or maybe I can squeeze in 10). My main running partner (Sarah) is traveling still, so I will most likely be on my own again. I think the key might be running somewhere other than a run that starts at my front door... I seem to do better on a path or planned route of some sort. For some reason I treat those runs as more important -- and I don't allow myself to take as many breaks. I will also remember to get a sweaty pic - cuz I am sure you all like those ;)
Posted by Michelle at 1:27 PM
Friday, June 22, 2012
In other big news.... I am back!! I took a short hiatus from running for a while. I had gotten to the point where it was no longer easy or fun. No matter what distance I was running, I wasn't getting comfortable or achieving the runner's high that I had grown accustomed to. So -- I took a lot of BodyPump and Spinning classes at the gym, did other forms of cardio, and flat-out took a running break.
It worked!!! I had to break up from running for a while to realize what we really meant to each other :) Absence really does make the heart grow fonder!! I have had a great week or so of running recently... and all training plans are back on :)
Here is a picture of Sarah and I after our run this past Saturday. Even though I was battling a lingering cold/sinus infection, it was a fun run around Lake Union (a favorite route of ours). The best news... I have my therapist back again!!
My plans are to blog every week about my running progress, this will keep me on task with my training and I need any and all followers of this blog to hold me accountable. So.... here I go again... training has OFFICIALLY started!!
Posted by Michelle at 10:00 PM
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
My annual girls destination race weekend took place two weekends ago. The group has changed slightly through the past few years, but Dee and Bri have done it with me every year. This year's trip was to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We all flew in on Friday morning (I took the red-eye thursday night from Seattle - yuck!) - and arrived at our hotel to a beautiful two bedroom suite. Thanks to Jenelle and Dee's hotel points from work travel, we had a great deal on our accomodations :)
Friday night we went out on the town -- duh :) Here is a pic of Bri and I from dinner at a brewery/steakhouse - Bri was my "little sister" in the sorority at Michigan Tech. We are all Delta Zetas. We found a bar with live music, and danced the night away.
Here I am with Dee on Monday afternoon:
Posted by Michelle at 9:48 PM
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Time for a kiddo update... Noah was invited to a birthday party this past weekend. The weather was beautiful, so the kids played some outdoor games before moving into a party room for lunch, cake, and presents. Here is Noah trying to catch a small water balloon... he was unsuccessful.
Posted by Michelle at 1:43 PM
So I am behind... again. But I am trying to catch up :) I recently had a girls weekend/trip to Eugene for a half marathon. Yes, you heard me correctly, I said half :( I initially signed up for the full... got bronchitis, went on vacation, etc --- and fell off the training program. There just wasn't enough time to catch back up to the mileage I needed to do.
Posted by Michelle at 12:52 PM
Monday, May 7, 2012
Twin Falls. We went with the Mertel family, too. Sarah is one of my favorite running partners - and it was our first time getting the families together. Her kids are a little younger, but Evelyn and Noah enjoyed having new friends to play with.
Posted by Michelle at 9:25 PM
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Wow -- time sure does fly. Back in mid-February we went on a 7 day Caribbean cruise. My parents went with us, too. We left from Miami and went to two stops in Mexico, a day in Grand Cayman, and a day in Roatan (Honduras). It was SO much fun!!
Posted by Michelle at 10:10 PM
Monday, January 30, 2012
I have two weekend runs to cover here... so I will start with two weekends ago :)
Travis was in Sacramento for the weekend, and I had 10 miles to do. So... I dropped the kids off with a babysitter at 7:30AM and met Megan and Sarah for a run. ($40 well spent though -- 10 miles on a treadmill would not have been fun!!)
It started out a little hairy... still some snow, ice, and slush on the ground -- it was going to be a treacherous 10 miles!! Thankfully the worst of the route was at the very beginning... and the sidewalks cleared up after the first mile.
Megan split off at 8 miles - and Sarah and I finished up another 2 to get to our goal. I had a tight calf most of the run... but just took it slow and easy... and I am just happy to get the mileage in. Here are the three of us at the 8 mile mark :) Last weekend Sarah needed to run on Sunday, so I met up with my good friend Melissa on Saturday morning. She is starting to train for a June marathon. Our husbands are buddies - our kids are buddies - but I have to admit, it was nice with just us girls for a little sweat-session together. We definitely need to spend that quality time together more often!! I am going to be totally honest -- I am feeling a little overwhelmed lately with the marathon training (and sometimes just life in general!) My legs/calf isn't feeling super strong, and I am struggling with fitting in the training runs during the week. If I look ahead at the mileage to come in the schedule, I freak out!! I am telling myself to take it day by day, and week by week... and I am stretching, using my foam roller, and praying a lot! :) Next Saturday... 12 miles.
Posted by Michelle at 8:51 PM
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Last Saturday we had 9 miles on the schedule. I was supposed to do 3 days of running earlier in the week with mileage of 3, 4, and 3 miles. I had a tough week - Travis was traveling - work was stressful - (insert another lame-0 excuse here) - and my mileage didn't happen. I was a complete slacker! No running took place between Tuesday and Saturday.
When I woke up Saturday morning, it was 36 degrees and freezing rain. I texted Sarah right before I walked out the door -- just to make sure she was still going to meet me at 7AM. She was :) I am SO glad that I have such a dependable running partner!!
When I got out of the Jeep, it was FREEZING... we decided to start out running 2 miles, and if we were still cold and miserable we would turn around, finish at 4 miles, and then go home to our treadmills to finish the last 5. We ended up going out 3.5 miles, but we decided to take a longer route back. We both knew that if we got back to the car at 7 or 8 miles, it would be hard to find the motivation to jump on the treadmill to complete the last 1 or 2. We needed to find a way to finish at our goal of 9. We did :)
It was a TOUGH running day for me -- what did I expect?? I missed pretty much all the training during the week... Sarah was great though. She stopped with me a couple times to stretch out my tight calves, she was our navigator/tour guide deciding where we should go, and she was a good cheerleader towards the end when I was losing steam...
Here we are - happy to be done!! It was Sarah's longest run ever! She will have a new distance record after this Saturday, too -- 10 miles on the schedule :)
In other news, the kids have been off school due to snowstorms all week. When it snows in Seatte, the city shuts down. I am not complaining though --- we have been having a good time outside enjoying this rare weather occurrence. I am not getting as much work done at home as I would in the office --but oh well :)
Posted by Michelle at 10:14 PM
Monday, January 9, 2012
My Saturday morning started out at 7AM for a running date with Sarah. We "date" and have more one-on-one time than I date my own husband!! But I wouldn't give up our time together for the world. Even though the runs are hard at the time -- it is my favorite time of the week!! This week the training plan cut back a little to only 5 miles -- next week it is up to 9. Here we are post run:I was kicking myself -- when we met, it was still dark out. I wanted to try out my new headlamp - but I forgot it at home, DARN! It wasn't until the sun came up a bit that we realized we were pretty much twins (black tights, purplish long sleeve shirts, but with different color hats). At the end of our run, we passed a guy that gave us a huge smile --- we joked about whether he was overly nice, or kinda making fun of our matching outfits. Probably a little bit of both!! :)
Later that night, Travis and I took the kids to their first hockey game. They had a good time -- they liked watching the game, cheering with the crowd, keeping an eye out for the mascot (a thunderbird), eating the popcorn and licorice treats, and also getting to go to bed LATE!!
Posted by Michelle at 7:40 PM
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
New Year's Eve started out bright and early with Sarah. It was probably our coldest run together of the winter (31 degrees - but dry - yay!) We had 7 miles on the agenda for the day. I thought it would be great to do a run from Bellevue over the bridge onto Mercer Island (out 3.5) and then back. I thought it would be moderately hilly. Yeah -- holy hills! We passed the time by catching up on stories from Christmas, plans for New Year's Eve, goals for 2012, etc -- but we were both struggling a bit at times. Other gals might bond over drinks and dinner -- we bond by sweating it out and running up and down hills together :) Here is a picture of us 7 miles and about 1 hour 10 minutes later (we had already removed our cold weather hats/headbands):In other big running news --- I bit the bullet and registered for EUGENE -- the full 26.2 miles!!! Crazy to even think about... but I am just starting the training program and taking it one mile at a time :) Sarah registered for a half-marathon in San Luis Obispo, it is the weekend before my race. She is doing the marathon training, and if all goes well, she will upgrade to run the marathon.
I know I have said it before, but I am really lucky to have met Sarah (and some other running friends recently). Our run on New Year's Eve was seriously therapeutic for me -- we chat things out during our miles together -- and everything seems so much clearer when we are done. We are just getting started -- we will have PLENTY of long talks (long runs) coming up, I am sure! Here are the kiddos later in the morning. We took them to a park to burn off some energy. They are SO much fun at the parks now -- I love that I don't really have to worry about these two toughies much anymore. Such a big change from a year or so ago... I used to dread when they would get close to the "big kid" area. The kids had a birthday party to go to later that night -- and then Travis and I enjoyed some cosmopolitans together (I might have forced those on him -- but he liked them!), played board games, and stayed up to watch Dick Clark and the ball drop together. It was much-needed bonding time after a crazy December filled with him traveling a lot and me trying to keep everything together and prepare for Xmas at the same time.
Happy New Year!!!
Posted by Michelle at 10:08 PM
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Sweet Evelyn turned 5 on the 26th. I never want her to feel like her birthday isn't a big deal due to all of the craziness of Christmas -- so she had a big busy day of fun! In the morning, we (me, Evelyn, Sally & Kim) went to a nail salon that had a special chair just for little princesses. As you can see, it was a big hit. Notice the dvd player, too --- Not only was she getting a manicure and pedicure, but she was able to watch a princess movie while she was getting it done :)
After getting our nails done, we headed to Red Robin for lunch. We headed home for a couple hours to catch a break before the big party that evening. We let Evelyn choose her party this year, and she wanted to go to Pump It Up. The kids played on the large inflatables for an hour before enjoying pizza, snacks, and cake. Here is Noah catching a quick break:Here are the kiddos (not sure why Noah seems to be acting like a monkey...):
It is hard to believe that it has already been five years since the day after Christmas when I thought I was just going in for a pre-natal exam/ultrasound, and ended up having a 4lb 13oz sweet baby girl. Evelyn Marie, you will always be my little peanut - and I love you more than you will ever know -- well, at least until you have a baby of your own... :)
Posted by Michelle at 7:48 PM