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Quickie and a long run


Not that kind of quickie – this is a quickie post folks.  super busy day here in family land.  so this is a quick post, minus ANY fun pictures.  maybe a couple boring fun ones at the end.  will do a weekend recap tomorrow – because you know lots of fun is happening here that you need to know about.   

Workout – long run.  17.75 miles.  totally fragmented run and it was awesome.  somewhere in the 2hr 10-15min range.  hard to tell.  I had to make it faster than it was supposed to be for time purposes.  and I psyched myself up so much for below freezing temps that never were even in the forecast, that it really wasn’t that bad.  so if you don’t like to run in the cold, just gear up for zero degree weather, and then the nose biting stabbing ear pain 30 degree still freezing cold weather doesn’t feel so bad.

I always sometimes wonder what I would do without my amazing husband and his brilliant ideas.  I persuaded my brave friend to run with me for the last stretch of my run.  so last night I’m trying to figure out the perfect route to get to her for the last part.  and really stressing about it.  and still not wanting to run 18 miles in the arctic temps.  and slightly stressing about liquid/food intake.  I’m good at stressing over things that really don’t matter in the long run.  genious hubs says to me, “Katie, my beautiful smart funny amazing perfect wife who is a fantastic mother to our three children, why don’t you run to the gym, run a little at the gym, and then go back outside and run some more.”  Best of all worlds.  little outdoor.  little indoor.  little fun.  it did make the run go by quickly. 

So I only made it 17.75 because the bowels hit me that last 1/4 mile.  that might be T.M.I.  but it’s what happened.  so that last 1/4 mile run became a cheek clenching, keep it together, if a toilet showed up in the middle of the road I would absolutely use it power walk instead of a run.  that’s fine. 

I am VERY thankful for a hubster that works with me and holds down the fort so I can get these long runs in.  It takes up a good portion of the Saturday morning.  especially when he has to hang with this goofball.  

balloon head daughter. she is not normal.

The girls and I had a date night last night.  we went for pizza and then to a high school gymnastics meet.  they are very into gymnastics.  lotta fun. 

little more normal. balloon must still be in the pic. great picture of the three of them.

Today we have family visiting, friends over for dinner and same old same old Sunday happenings tomorrow.  It’s a good thing we are still “cleansing”, otherwise I would make some nasty, greasy food to have in spirit of Superbowl, even though we don’t really get into the football.  or baseball.  or soccer.  or any other sport on television.  shameful.  I know.  someone needs to adopt my family and teach us how to get insanely involved in cheering for the appropriate sports teams.  catch ya later peeps.  HAPPY SATURDAY AND ALL FUN AND RELAXING THINGS THAT GO WITH IT!!!!

Hows the weather doing where you are?  any snow reports?

What is your favorite pizza topping?

Any fun Saturday night plans?  Let me hear about it!

Stick a fork in me



16 miles on the treadmill.  1 hr 58 minutes.  varying speed and incline.  this run was so all over the place, I don’t even know where to begin.  I made the bright decision to take it to the tread today.  the weather was just atrocious for outdoor running.  sunny, beautiful, 45 degrees.  CT in January.  my goodness.  who the heck wants to run outside in that?  not me.  that’s for darn sure.  that sounds like pure torture.  running inside on the treadmill for 16 miles is a MUCH smarter, funner (it is a word when you live with little people), happier way to run. 

ok.  I did have good reason to run on the treadmill.  it was a little bit chilly outside.  not buying that one?  how about this.  I had already put it in my head that I was going to do the 16 on the treadmill.  then the weather decided to cooperate.  but my mind was set.  and it’s hard to change this lady’s mind once it’s set on something.  another reason…I’ve been doing most of my running on the treadmill.  switching gears for me is a very hard thing to do.  keeping it on the treadmill gear was just fine.  #3 reason was that I wanted to listen to music.  I’m just starting to enjoy some country pandora while I run, and I’m not comfortable actually holding the iPhone while I run outside, when I can just put it on the treadmill, inside.  (after listening to country for 2 hours – I’ve learned you can solve all the world’s problems with an ice cold beer, and an old pickup truck.  maybe a girl in a red dress.  easy peasy)  #4, same thing with my agua.  I wanted to drink it while I ran, but did not want to actually hold the bottle.  treadmill is good for something again.  treadmill it was.

Miles 1-6, 8mph, 1% incline and alternated 4%, 5%, 6% incline for the last 1/4 mile of every mile. 

Miles 7-16, 8mph-8.5mph, 1-2% incline.

For reference, running 16 miles on a treadmill is about as boring as watching paint dry.  or copying the dictionary.  take that back.  copying the dictionary is way more fun and entertaining.  

no smiles. get me outta this gym.

My stoic look after running for 2 hours on the treadmill.  where am I?  how did I get here?  how do I get home? 

I’m pretty sure people were looking at me funny.  The treadmill only goes for 60 minutes.  then I switched treadmills and started her up again.  Has anyone done a really long run on a treadmill and felt like people were staring like get this girl a doctor she has clearly lost her mind.  can’t wait until I do 20 on the treadmill and have to restart it twice:-) that’ll be fun. 

I actually felt great, physically.  my legs were good.  my knees were good.  the only thing that wasn’t great was my stomach.  whatever I had eaten way too close to my run beforehand was definitley not digested and kept trying to make an appearance for the first 10 miles.  then is finally settled.  like a rock in my colon.  that was equally not fun. and I just decided I do not like that word colon.  kind of like the word moist.  won’t use that again. weird.  moving on.    

I was most excited to see these two things when I got home – my red sweatshirt, nice and clean.  and my iced coffee.  awwwww.  so good.  I’m always excited to jump into my sweats when I get home.  but I’m super flipping excited to do it after a long workout.  and a nice shower. 

somehow I lost my pointer finger. not sure what happened to it. nothing easy about taking a picture AND holding a cup. casualties happen.

the tough thing about coming home to 3 kids after running 16 miles, is that you are coming home to 3 kids after running 16 miles.  I guess ideally, I would love to make myself some nice food, like a salad or something, and sit for a minute.  or at least think for a minute about what I would like to do.  nope.  those 3 kids need to eat IMMEDIATELY.  and they need a diaper change IMMEDIATELY.  and they need to cut and glue and staple every piece of paper IMMEDIATELY, and put on a ballet show and sing and dance as soon as I walk in the door.  I grab wildly at whatever food I can find.  don’t care if it’s crusty pb&j from lunch 3 hours ago.  just feed me.  something.  then I get the shower and the nice cozy clothes.  ahhhhh.

I took the girls on a no boys allowed they have cooties dinner (Luke was sleeping and Davey was more than happy to watch a movie in a quiet house for an hour) to Chipotle.  I had an intense craving for Chipotle and heads would roll if I didn’t get there.  we got there and I made the poor decision of adding carnitas to my burrito bowl.  why would I do that?  I don’t even know what carnitas is.  I would have been perfectly happy with my usual beans and rice veggie bowl.  It must have been all that protein talk earlier in the day the got me all confused and feeling like I had to add meat to my veggie bowl.  I had to ask the guy what it was at the checkout. turns out it’s some sort of pulled pork.  maybe I should have asked before I requested it for dinner.  not going to do that again.  veggies please. 

those carnitas are hiding under there waiting to disappoint my Chipotle meal. I will eat you anyway and pretend to enjoy it.

The girls were happy with their bean, rice, quesedilla dinner.  they were happier with their “spicy water” – aka club soda to normal folk. 

will you please stop taking pictures of me and let me just eat my rice and beans. please. mom. gosh. so annoying.

she always looks guilty. I think she's smuggling chips. or spicy water. can't be sure.

And I thought it would be fun and exciting to sugar the kids up before bed.  WHO WANTS TO GO TO TCBY?!?!  ok ok.  we’ll go.

sorry, Alex. only part of your face was cool enough to be a part of this picture. catch ya next time.

that's my spoon in the cup. I thought he would share with me. it's not very fun to share with a 2 year old. getting my own next time.

Luke went after that froyo like it was the last cup of froyo on earth.  Not even sure what ended up in that cup.  trying to get 3 kids through a self serve froyo line – not as easy peasy lemon squeezy as you think.  I apologize to everyone who was behind us in line.  I did my best to keep their precious little fingers out of the cookie dough and strawberries.  I’m confident they didn’t sneeze or cough on the goods.  that I can tell you.  but I’m only human. 

and that’s all she wrote!  ’twas a  good day.  any day that ends with frozen yogurt must be a good day.  Looking forward to a rest day tomorrow.  yeehaw. 

What’s  your favorite frozen yogurt place/and topping?

I like TCBY, but it’s not the same as when I was a kid.  I’m so excited friends of ours are opening a new FroYo place in my town called SweetFrogs – anyone heard of that?  I got the cake batter tonight – did not enjoy it.  So I kept steeling bites of Anna’s chocolate.  she didn’t like that.    

What is your favorite food after a long run/hard workout?

Is everyone relaxing on Sunday, or is it a long run/workout kind of a day? 



Music to my ears on a snowy day


Workout – long run, took it to the treadmill because this is what the scary outdoors looks like –

I don’t do cold.  I most definitely don’t do cold and snow.  13.1 treadmill miles, 1-2% incline.  92 min.  The plan was to run 14  – but I had to be home by 9am.  I figured I would make it a half marathon and maybe get the other .9 in later today.  right.   😉   

It is official.  I do have the best husband in the world.  I did marry the right person.  6:15 this morning, first words out of his mouth when we both got up – it just started snowing, go to the gym now and get your 14 miles in!! NOW!!!be still my heart, I love this man.  there are no othe words I want to hear at that hour

I scootched my hiney out the door and got my butt to the gym.  didn’t even think twice about how I was about to run 14 miles on an empty stomach and that might not be a great idea.  hubs texted me about 1/2 an hour into my run to see if I could be home by 9 so he could out and plow snow.  no problemo.  I’m the happiest girl in the world right now running on the treadmill.  I picked up my pace, but knew I wasn’t going to make 14 miles.  I’m usually all about round numbers, but I also like 13.1 because it’s a half marathon.  so I stopped at 13.1.  job done.  on with the day. 

Post run.  happy endorphins flowing. 

asics speedstar sneakers. might be my new favorites. shhhh. don't tell the kinvaras 😦

had this waiting for me in my car.  I’ve never had these, but they were on sale.  pretty good for an on the go, post run snack.  I like to stuff my face immediately after I run.  especially a long run.  and then again about 30 minutes later.  and every hour thereafter.  works for me. 

Lots happened in the 2 hours I was gone…

Luke ate half a bag of fiber one cereal – about 250% his daily value of fiber.  this should be interesting. 

fiber child also broke my camera.  looking on the bright side, it didn’t take the most quality of pictures ( it was NOT my horrible photography skills that made every picture blurry), so now I have to buy a new one.

I made pumpkin pancakes when I got home.  I found them on THIS BLOG– the kidlings seemed to like them.  I thought they were delightful.  I also thought standing at the stove for an hour sounded delightful, too because I doubled the recipe.  lotsa batter.  not gonna do that again.   

I don’t know what it is about snowy days that make me want to bake every type of delicious cookie and brownie that comes to mind.  was hoping the pumpkin pancakes would satisfy my need to create.  they didn’t.  too bad I don’t have any ingredients for anything except a 2/3 gone back of semi-sweet chocolate chips.  that’s not gonna  get me very far. might have to take a trip to the store.  in the snow.  desperate times call for desperate measures.   I’ll let you know if I come up with anything good.  don’t hold your breath. 

We have a birthday party to go to this afternoon and hopefully a nice quiet night of foam rolling and maybe some icing.  One of my favorite things is spontaneous get togethers with friends that force me out of making dinner.  such a thing happened last night.  beautiful.  our neighbors came over and we ordered Thai food.  I’m hoping for such a thing to happen again tonight.  if not – pumpkin pancakes for dinner.  I have about 40 of them. 

What is your favorite post run snack/meal?

Do you like pancakes?

What is the best news you could hear on a Saturday morning?