Saturday, June 25, 2011
My girls are NOT big fans of the Arizona heat (neither is their mom). But they are huge fans of swimming. And because the pool is in the backyard at Grandpa's and Grandma's, we have been able to do just that at least once, if not twice, a day since we got to Arizona.
Within a 24 hour period, I consumed a strawberry colada snow cone topped with cream from Bahama Bucks, mint ice cream with brownies from Cold Stone, and three cookies from Paradise Bakery. And I had a goal to NOT GAIN WEIGHT while on this vacation?!? I'm back on track today, eating more like a normal person. But those were a yummy 24 hours!
Holy hot. We've established is is hot here. Yet I have NEVER been drenched in sweat like I was after running 6.5 miles outside this morning. My mom took my girls for a walk, so I decided to run outside rather than on the treadmill. However, running at 7 am in Arizona is nothing like 7 am in Utah. The sun was blazing and the temps were in the 90s. I was a good girl though, and took my handheld. The 16 ounces of water were gone by 4 miles, so I stopped and bought a Powerade at Sonic because Walgreens was still closed. And there was only a swallow of Powerade left when I finished my run. I realized I can drink a lot when it is hot without needing to pee. Apparently everything I drank came out as sweat. The Princess even told me I needed to shower before I went swimming because my sweat was disgusting. When I told her I wasn't showering, she said I at least needed to wash my face. There was literally not a spot on my body that wasn't wet.
Yesterday my mom got an email from Bed Bath and Beyond about some new sheets. Or I should say Sheex. After watching the video in the email, I'm thinking we all need these sheets. Who knew sheets could be almost magic?
Seriously though, if they weren't so spendy, I'd be tempted.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
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Monday, June 20, 2011
In my effort to become a diaper-free house, there were some definite highlights. First, Saturday night I showed off my skills as a master seamstress when I turned some toddler undies into some doll undies. I was completely winging it. I didn't have a pattern. Not that it really would have made a huge difference since I haven't sewn anything complicated enough to need a pattern in over 10 years. But I got a sewing machine for Christmas, so I decided to attempt to sew some doll undies rather than stapling them together like I did for The Princess' potty party. Yes, you read that right. But they were DOLL panties. No children were harmed by the staples throughout the course of the January 2009 potty party.
Anyhow, my attempt resulted in an Elmo thong...
(Don't look too closely. I TOLD you I am not a sewing queen, and I threw these together at 11 pm on Friday night!)
Then, as I was getting things in place for the next morning, I noticed this:
Yep, I got the boy version at the library by mistake. I really didn't want to have to add an anatomy lesson to the day, so I strategically placed my finger over Joshua's boy parts while reading this book.
Yet even with the few glitches, the potty party was a success. We finished off the day with some congratulatory big girl presents: a Minnie Mouse swimsuit from Daddy, Rapunzel sunglasses from Mommy, and princess flip flops from big sis. Bean had to wear everything when she took Emma out to swing before bed that night. It was a little cold though, so Minnie had to hide under a jacket.
How was YOUR weekend?
Friday, June 17, 2011
Anyhow...I started running after I got my girls to bed. I had my iPod Touch ready to go in case I got bored and needed Netflix to get me through, but the Touch went untouched. My tunes got me through, mostly thanks to the new ones. Some of my new favorites, and I must admit I am surprised, are:
A few weeks ago, I went shopping for a bra that I can wear by itself (as motivation sort of to get the abs I want) that will make it look like I have two boobs instead of just one. I loved the Moving Comfort Juno, but they didn't have the color I wanted (pink, of course) in my size. Just a few days later, I won a giveaway for a Moving Comfort bra of my choice from Laima at Women's Endurance Gear. I was soooo excited. Of course I chose the Juno in pink. The bra arrived yesterday, but it was blue. They were out of pink in my size. I was a little worried the blue would blend in too much with my pale skin, but I was pleasantly surprised when I put it on for my miles last night.
I rarely run in just a sports bra on top. Even at home, I am too self conscious. But it is getting hot here, and I knew I would be on Millie for a while, so I figured I would give my new bra a test drive. After I put it on, I was a little worried about the stitch at the center of the front that makes it a slight v-neck. Maybe if my ta-tas were bigger, it wouldn't touch my chest, but it does. So I rubbed some 2Toms Sport Shield there and hopped on Millie.
I told you I have a lot of freckles!
Two miles in and things were going great. No bra complaints. Happy legs.
My Rowdy boy loves to snooze while I run.
I posted on Twitter to practice my texting and running skills. I also managed to post a picture on Facebook and post something on the Runnerds wall. I'm happy to say that I never even came close to falling off Millie. Emz sent some awesomely encouraging tweets and kept me motivated. One of my favorite tweets...
With two miles to go, I kicked things up a little and got it done. My legs were a little tired, but I was a happy girl. I have never done more than five or six mile runs the week after a race. But with only 105 days until the St. George Marathon, there's no time for slacking. I also needed to get this week's long run in a little early because I have big plans this weekend and because I'm doing next week's long run even earlier in the week because I'll probably be taking a little road trip with my girls. I will not running next week's 14 miles in the Arizona heat.
So overall the bra was great. My ladies hardly moved. The little stitch at the front left a red mark but nothing like the blister I have on my tailbone where my running shorts rubbed while I did (P90X) AbRipperX on Wednesday.
Done. Yes, I know I sweat a lot.
There were other random things about my run I was going to post, but I've got a party to plan. So have a great Friday and an even better weekend!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Hand soap? Vanilla.
So when I was contacted and asked to review Gotein "protein to go," I was not surprised that my favorite is the vanilla. And it is yummy. I've never really been a protein shake drinker, but I've been thinking about adding it to my diet. So the review (and wait for it.......giveaway) were perfect timing.
I was a little nervous the first time I poured a Gotein packet into my bottle of water. I tried chocolate first thinking maybe it would be like my post-run chocolate milk. I'll be honest; it wasn't. But it was good. It mixed up completely and went down easy. And it was just the right amount of chocolaty, with no aftertaste.
So the next time, I tried the vanilla. Holy yum. And even though I kept forgetting to put some water bottles in the fridge and had to drink it at room temperature, it was still great.
The strawberry is my third favorite, but my girls LOVED it. I'm just not a strawberry drink girl.
The stick packs are made for a 16.9 oz bottle of water. You just drink about 1/3 of the bottle (which I found is important or it will taste too watered down), pour in the Gotein, swirl and shake. Easy peasy.
And for the nutrition nuts out there, here are the stats:
- 6 grams or less carbs per serving
- 110 calories or less per serving
- 1 gram of sugar
- 17 grams of protein
- 24 vitamins and minerals
I can tell you, as soon as my U2 tickets sell on eBay, I'll be buying several boxes of Gotein. At $24.95 for a box of 12 stick packets, it isn't too spendy. I'm just feeling poor because I've spent too much on running clothes lately.And yes, after much debate and deliberation, we decided on a trip to Disney (not sure yet if it will be Land or World) with our girls instead of going to New York to see U2 again. It was a difficult decision since New York and U2 are two of my most favorite things in the world, but they just aren't as high on the list as my two incredible little girls.
So there is a sweet deal on some U2 tickets at Meadowlands Stadium on eBay, and there is a sweet Gotein giveaway right here. Yep, you can try Gotein for yourself. Here's what to do to enter to win your own samples of each Gotein flavor (leave a separate comment for each, please):
- Follow my blog. (1 entry)
- LIKE Gotein on Facebook. Tell them Candice @ I Have Run sent you! (1 entry)
- Spread the news about this giveaway on your blog, Facebook and/or Twitter. (1 entry)
Winner will be chosen by Random.org on Wednesday, June 22.
*Gotein provided the samples for the review and the giveaway. I did not pay any thing for them. The opinions expressed are mine.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
So our summer fun today was the playdate, which is actually me watching my cousins kids. But our kids (she has two boys almost the same ages as my girls) play great together, so it is an easy gig.
Monday, our summer fun was repainting the swing set. Last time I painted it, I was pregnant with my Bean, so it has been a few years. It looked like this until yesterday:
After a little of this:
And this (2-year-olds take painting the swing set very literally):
It looks like this:
Can you tell 5-year-olds LOVE to pose for pictures? The Princess loves to pose almost as much as my Bean hates standing barefoot in the grass:
To finish off the day, I ran two miles. I was going to take one more rest day, but I needed to run both mentally and physically. So I took my sore calves upstairs at 9:30 that night and put in two slow miles on Millie that were TOTALLY worth it. Then this afternoon I ran six miles. I wanted to die the first half mile. But once my legs warmed up and I got in the groove, it was a perfect run. One of those runs that reminds me why I love running.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Saturday morning, I got up just after 3 am and got ready for the race. I ate LUNA Bar and drank some water. After debating whether or not to carry my handheld water bottle, I finally decided to fill it with Powerade and take it. The only flavor I can really handle is White Cherry. I'm sure that is valuable information to you.
Just before 4 am, I picked up my neighbor who was running it was well. It was her first race. And in case I forget to mention it later, she did great. Finished in 2:10 with a smile on her face.
Between then and the start of the race, there was the usual bus ride to the start, retying the shoes, two port-a-potty visits, and stripping off the unnecessary clothing.
Then the race started at 6 am on the dot. Gotta LOVE a race that starts on time! As I began to run, I thought about Farrah, Alicia and my bloggy buddies starting 13.1 miles behind me. And I knew my neighbor and my cousin (in-law) were somewhere in the crowd with me.
The weather was perfect. It was partly cloudy once the sun came up and the course has a lot of shade. I felt really good and consistently stayed between the 1:50 and 1:55 pacers for most of the race. I drank water at every other aid station and sipped my Powerade off and on. I had planned to use my energy gel around mile 6, but I couldn't imagine stomaching it once I got that far so I never ended up using it. I really need to figure out something I can handle before I attempt 26.2 miles. But I am happy that I figured out the hydration thing, so one step at a time.
About mile 10, I tried to clean my sunglasses because they were ridiculously smudged from my sunscreen, but all I managed to do was pull out a lens. Apparently I need to practice cleaning my sunglasses while running. Then while I was trying to (run and) put the lens back in, I managed to make the other lens fall out. So while I was stuffing both lenses in the little pocket on my handheld, the 1:55 pacer passed me. After a little mental pep talk about running my own race and not letting that get me down, I put my sunglasses frame on my head and kept on running. I had a weird stomach cramp for a few miles, but it was more like a side ache. It didn't feel like the kind of cramping from dehydration, which wouldn't have made sense anyway. And it actually was pretty tender after the race and all day yesterday in that spot on my stomach. That made it hard to keep my pace for a few miles, but I managed. And then I saw the finish line. You could see it for about the last mile, which was good and bad. It made me push a little harder, but it also made that last mile seem really long.
I knew as I started that last mile that I could PR, but I also knew it wasn't likely that I would get in under 1:55. And while one unnamed person that lives in my household thinks it's funny that everyone was congratulating me for my PR even though it was only by 1:09, I'll still take it. Just think, if I keep chipping away at my half marathon time like this, I'll be killing it in five years. Or something like that.
So my chip time was 1:56:09. Which, like my last race, was only 1 second off my Garmin time (1:56:10).
Here are my splits:
- Mile 1 - 8:52
- Mile 2 - 8:50
- Mile 3 - 8:56
- Mile 4 - 8:37
- Mile 5 - 8:30
- Mile 6 - 8:32
- Mile 7 - 8:42
- Mile 8 - 8:54
- Mile 9 - 8:49
- Mile 10 - 9:07 (dang sunglasses!)
- Mile 11 - 9:11
- Mile12 - 9:02
- Mile 13 - 8:50
- Mile .1 - 1:12 (8:27 pace)
As I crossed the finish line, I saw my cousin-in-law waiting for me. He rocked the race, his first half, in 1:28:15, which got him third place in his age group. My girls and I (the hubs had to head to work after my race) cheered as loud as we could when they called his name at the awards ceremony:
And the other good news, which you already know if you follow me on FB or Twitter, is that there was no puking. There were also no emergency trips to the potty after the race. And I was able to put something in my stomach - chocolate milk, a banana Creamie, lots of water and even two bites of pizza - right after I finished. This is a first. I usually can't even handle the thought of food for several hours after a race.
Then my girls were mostly patient while we waited to see all our marathoning friends finish. While we waited, I noticed Sam from Operation Jack standing next to me and decided to bug him. I knew he went to dinner with Alicia the previous night, so I asked if he had seen her yet. After a few minutes of my stimulating conversation, he decided to go run Alicia in. And it was awesome. He helped her get in just under 4:20! But you should hear the details from her, so go read HER BLOG (after you finish reading mine though).
Farrah crossed just after Alicia. Like within a minute. And it was her FIRST marathon. She totally rocked it too. So there was lots of sweaty hugging (the best kind) and a few pictures taken and tons of smiles. I am so proud of both of them. And inspired by them.
My Princess was so excited to see Farrah. I don't know if I've ever mentioned this, but Farrah and I bonded over running after she had been my girl's preschool teacher for over a year. Now Farrah is not only one of my girl's favorite people, but she is also one of mine!
One of the best things that came from staying and watching so many marathoners finish was the confidence it gave me. During my race, I was doubting my ability to run a good marathon and to reach my goals. After standing at the finish line for over an hour, I was able to remind myself all the things that will get me through it: the pain is temporary; it is worth it; my body will be ready; so much of it is mental; and I've freaking got this. That last one went through my head more than once during my race (thanks Emz!).
Then as I was heading to the car, I ran into Julia. I had watched for the blogger girls, but hadn't seen any of them finish or wandering around, so I'd pretty much given up on seeing them. But Julia knew where a few of them were, so I got to give the Rachelle a BQ congratulatory hug and say a quick hi and goodbye to Janae (aka The Princess' new best friend) and her sister and to Ash. I was bummed that I didn't see Jen, but was so happy for her seventh marathon finish!!
And so another half marathon is done. I accomplished my goals and learned a lot about myself in the process.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
I have crazy butterflies today. I am so excited for the blogger/runner meet-up tonight. And I am more excited for this race than I have been about a race in a long time. I don't know if it's because I ran it last year and finally broke two hours on a half or if it's because I know so many people running, but I can hardly contain myself. That is why I am blogging instead of napping. I knew it was pointless to try and sleep when all I would do is waste time thinking about tomorrow.
As far as tomorrow goes, I already picked up my packet and have my race day outfit selected. I'll be sporting a pink shirt, just as an FYI. My goal is a PR, which means faster than 1:57:18. The course is downhill and they changed it just a little from last year so there isn't an uphill during the last mile this time. I feel pretty good about it. Oh, and I'd like to not puke after I finish, but that isn't exactly a goal.
I'm excited to run with the help of some new tunes too, thanks to all of you. Here's what I added to my playlist:
- Enter Sandman - Metallica
- River Deep, Mountain High - Glee
- Rolling in the Deep - Adele
- More - Usher
- Pokerface - Lady Gaga
- Magic - B.o.B
- Walk - Foo Fighters
- Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO
- Ray of Light - Madonna
- Spotlight - MuteMath
- The Middle - Jimmy Eat World
- Man on the Moon - MJ*
- Remember the Name - Fort Minor*
- Pressure - Billy Joel*
- Big Girls Are Best - U2*
- Elevation - U2*
- When Love Comes to Town - U2*
- Desire - U2*
(* Songs I already owned)
Good luck to all the Utah Valley Half and Full Marathon bloggers/runners out there!!
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Did you know your lady lumps (this applies only to women unless you are sporting man boobs, sorry guys) bounce eight inches vertically as you run? And they move in a figure-eight pattern. There are even statistics as to how much they move each direction!! Fifty percent up and down, 22 percent side to side, and 27 percent in and out. And that, ladies, is "Why Sports Bras Feel So Good."
I found the perfect way to use with all those safety pins you bring home with your race bibs. This month's funfearlessfashion in Cosmo said to: "Gather up a small amount of fabric in the middle of a cotton tee and cut off the end of the gathered material to create a hole. Repeat in random spots across the front, back and sleeves (make holes various sizes). Fasten safety pins across the holes." I probably won't do this one myself since I carry my two little girls around and don't want to accidentally poke them with my latest attempt at fashion.
And in your attempt to "Stay Sexy All Summer Long," here's the solution to smelly pits. Runners with smelly pits? Never. But just in case: "Start by washing with an antibacterial soap then sloughing dead skin with an exfoliator. Step out of the shower, towel-dry pits (leftover moisture breeds bacteria), and swipe on antiperspirant. If you perspire heavily (ummm, can you say runner?), choose one with 20 percent sweat-blocking aluminum zirconium, such as Secret Clinical, and apply it at night so it has enough time to plug sweat ducts."
And last but not least, here are a few of the
Also, because it's Thursday and I actually remembered my giveaway is supposed to end today, the winner of the $10 iTunes gift card is:
And since that means nothing to you, this should help:
So Chris @ EVOLVING THROUGH RUNNING, please send your mailing info to firstname.lastname@example.org. And thank you all for your suggestions. I got some great new tunes.
In my pre-race post tomorrow, I'll let you know what I added to my playlist. Until then, go
#15 Make some cookies for the sole purpose of eating the raw batter.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
I ran my Virtual Race for Autism 5K. I ran 3.1 miles at half marathon pace as part of a short 4.1-mile tempo run today. It's taper week since I have a half marathon on Saturday, so I am taking it easy. Here's my proof that I ran it.
And if I can stop being so busy (and sometimes lazy), I'll post a pic of me with my race bib. And if you haven't signed up for the race yet, it's not too late. Just click the link above.
My awesome cousin stopped by yesterday to say goodbye to my girls and me. Stacey is moving to Hawaii to be with her love. Not a bad reason or a bad place to move. She will be missed terribly (already is missed actually), but I couldn't be more excited and happy for her. And knowing we'll see her when we go to Hawaii in February makes it a little easier.
We have spent a lot of time lately staring out the window trying to find the baby birds that are residing in our backyard.
A month or so ago, our neighbor showed us a nest by her house with three little blue eggs inside. Over the next week or so, we checked the eggs daily when the mommy bird was off getting some exercise. We didn't dare get too close when she was there after our neighbor warned us that mommy bird will dive at your head if she thinks you are after her babies. Then when we peeked in the nest bout two weeks ago, there were three little birds. So we have checked on those little baby birds every day for the past two weeks. It has been fun and amazing to watch how quickly they have grown.
Sorry the eggs are cut off on the bottom, but I edited this picture because a fourth baby didn't make it and the proof was a little too much to stomach.
The nest was up pretty high so I just had to stick my phone up there and hope it was aimed right when I took the picture. This was the best I got.
Saturday when the hubs lifted The Princess up to look in the nest, one of the birds panicked and toppled out. After chasing the bird around the neighborhood (it couldn't fly yet) the hubs tried to put it back in the nest, but the other two babies panicked and toppled out too. Now we have two baby birds residing in our backyard and our neighbor has one in hers. Since the babies like to hide, except when the mommy and daddy birds come around with worms hanging out of their beaks, we spend a lot of time trying to find them in the bushes. They are getting close to being able to fly and will probably only be around a few more days. It will be a sad day for my girls when the baby birds are gone.
Can you find the two baby birds and the mommy in this picture? It's like Where's Waldo with birds.
Friday, June 3, 2011
My Bean had a bad dream and woke up at 5 am this morning. Since she decided not to go back to sleep, I am very tired and can't remember any of the interesting things I thought to blog about during my run yesterday.
So instead, I am going to share my current running playlist with you. I'm also going to ask you to share your favorite running tunes with me. I need some new tunes for my race next Saturday. I even have an incentive to get you to take the time to leave a comment. The incentive? A $10 iTunes gift card. Here's how you can win it:
- Everyone who gives me a song suggestion will get an entry to win.
- Anyone who suggests a song that I actually download will get a second entry.
- And anyone who suggests a song that I already own but isn't on my playlist already will get a third entry.
- Blog, tweet, or Facebook about the giveaway and you will get an extra entry as well (be sure to let me know you did this one in another comment).
Now to give you an idea of the kind of music I like, here are most of the songs on my current running playlist.
- My Body -Young The Giant
- Dog Days are Over - Florence + The Machine
- Misery - Maroon 5
- All Summer Long -Kid Rock
- Born This Way - Lady Gaga
- Raise Your Glass - P!nk
- Tonight - Enrique Iglesias
- What the Hell - Avril Lavigne
- Grenade - Bruno Mars
- Forget You - Cee Lo Green
- Sing - My Chemical Romance
- Animal - Neon Trees
- Billionaire - Glee Cast
- In My Head - Jason Derulo
- New in Town - Little Boots
- So What - P!nk
- Bulletproof - La Roux
- I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
- Break Your Heart - Taio Cruz
- Use Your Love - Katy Perry
- E.T. - Katy Perry
- Tik Tok - Ke$ha
- We R Who We R - Ke$ha
- Where the Street Have No Name - U2
- Something That I Want - Grace Potter
Don't let this limit you too much. It's mostly just the songs I've purchased in the past few months because I've been too lazy to go through the 24.6 days of music in my iTunes library.
Giveaway winner will be selected by Random.org and announced Thursday, June 9th.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
And now since it's Thursday, I must focus on something I love. This is quite easy since I have a backlog of Thursday topics. However, the post title might be a little misleading. I am still trying to make peace with 26.2 MILES. However, I am loving my 26.2 APPAREL. I received two pairs of shorts and four shirts for Mother's Day. Happy Mother's Day to me indeed! I have worn all six items but only managed to get a few pictures.
Gotta love the sweaty, post-run pics. I LOVE this shirt. It is seriously the softest fabric. I also got a solid pink shirt that is the same fabric that might become an everyday item in my wardrobe because it is so soft and comfy. Plus it is as wicking and cool as it is soft. I like these shorts, but not as much as the other pair I got. I'm just not sold on the little flare thing they do on the sides. But for someone who only had one pair of shorts that I liked to wear running before I got these, the fact that I like them is BIG.
Could someone teach me how to take a good self-portrait? I tried sitting the camera on top of the TV and getting a timer pic, but those turned out worse than these. So this is what you get, a pic of my happy running face and a lovely picture that highlights my armpits. But scan down past the pits a little and you'll see my new favorite shorts.
Until recently, I was all about the running skirts or the capris. I still think capris are the kindest to my body as far as covering things up and keeping them from jiggling, but I was not loving my skirts as much lately. I just felt like I was flashing people all the time. Even sitting down to tie my shoes takes a conscious effort at modesty. So finding some shorts that don't look weird on my body makes me a very happy girl. And the shirt is great too. I was seriously lacking in the tank department, so I got this in two colors.
And since we're on the subject of 26.2, I signed up for the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon yesterday. What better way to celebrate National Running Day? I am a little unsure about those 26.2 miles but figure I can drop down to the half if I wuss out later. Let me know if you are running it! I'm excited to meet all the other bloggers and blog readers who are running the strip (at night).
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