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Nothing but the truth (Friday funnies)

This made me laugh because it is all too true. Especially for me last night. Ellie has been having some fears and has a hard time falling back to sleep if she wakes up during the night, so for a while we tried letting her go to back to sleep on our bedroom floor when she awoke during the night. When that resulted in both Scott and I losing sleep on a regular basis because some nights it took her so long to fall asleep, we tried several other things and finally came up with a new solution that has been working best. Ellie has bunk beds in her room, so now when she comes in during the night, I go sleep on the other bed in her room. She's such a light sleeper that I quickly gave up on the idea of just lying there until she fell back to sleep because she always heard me leaving and was soon wide awake again. So now I spend part of several nights each week sleeping on her bottom bunk. However last night, I spent far too much of my time in her room awake. She was restless and co

"You" in this case is really "me"

What do you do when your kids have a day off from school and you are sick, the kind of sick that makes you feel like you need a nap every time you make the effort to walk upstairs and the kind of sick where it feels like tiny little knives are constantly stabbing your throat? You manage to shower and get dressed (because that always makes you feel a little better) and take your girls somewhere they can ride their bikes a fairly long distance without them leaving your line of sight but where you can sit and not move for two hours while they enjoy the sunshine and ride until their legs hurt. Then you go to the library, because your girls have been begging to go for days and you can mostly sit in one spot while they wander around looking for their favorite books. In Grace's case, that is a stack of American Girl novels and a new series she recently discovered at school. For Ellie, it means any and every book about horses, with a few books about dolphins thrown into the m

Fuel for Thought

I've only had a few 20 mile long runs that I finished and felt like I could keep going. Saturday I had one of those runs. I was a little worried going into it because I hadn't run since Monday. I decided to take some time off from running to see if my piriformis and quad would finally stop bothering me. I cross trained all week instead, stretched every day, and took Friday off completely. I think four days off from running may have been the reason my legs seemed to be questioning what we were doing about two miles into Saturday's run. I was a little worried when my legs felt so tired and sluggish early on but also reminded myself that it's been taking five or six miles to feel warmed up during my long runs lately. My quad was a little sore the first five miles but felt fine after that. And I was aware of my piriformis but it was not painful, and the odd sensation I felt in my butt was only there off and on. I was definitely better off from having some rest and TLC

Photo Friday

Once in a while I wander through the photos on my phone and remember several things I intended to blog or post about on Instagram or just find random things that make me smile. So in order to follow through on those intentions and to share some of my smiles with you, I bring you Photo Friday, captions included. This generosity. The incredible generosity of others sometimes astounds me. I won a giveaway from Nicole (@heartnsolerunning on Instagram) a few weeks ago and absolutely love everything she sent me! This running happiness. The hubs surprised me with some Root Beer GU to try out and a big box of my favorite, Salted Caramel . I tried the Root Beer on my last long run. I used it at mile 6 and then some Salted Caramel at mile 11. It was great because the Root Beer didn't seem too sweet that early in my run, but I was grateful to have the caffeine in the Salted Caramel later in my run. This charm. Just one of many. Grace has become quite the Rainbow

Running is Like Parenting

Running is hard. Parenting is hard. And the more I think about it, the more alike I realize they are. Just because you have a lot (meaning 3+ as far as I'm concerned) of kids, doesn't mean you are a better or smarter parent. And just because you run more miles every week or month than someone else, doesn't mean you are a better or smarter runner. In both cases, quantity DOES NOT equal quality. There are soooo many factors that come into play in both cases. If you only have one or two children, parenting isn't automatically easier for you. You are not less of a parent than someone with more kids. No one knows how much you put into your effort as a parent. You can devote more time and energy to one child than someone else does (cumulatively) to four children. And just because you run less than someone else, doesn't make you less of a runner. You may be a much smarter runner. A much more disciplined and informed runner. What you see on the outside can be decei

I don't think I could ever stab someone...

I've had some good runs this week. Yesterday it snowed, which automatically makes for a happy run. But it wasn't easy. The first three (of ten) miles were all uphill because I decided I would benefit more from hills than speed this week. I knew my body could do the one but not the other. The second half of the run was in the snow which was super fantastic when it was blowing sideways or pushing me. But when I turned and had to run the last 2+ miles directly into a strong wind, blowing snow straight into my face, it made things a little tougher. But it was still a good run. Just hard. Today's five miles were nice and easy. I feel like I could run five miles every day and never get tired. But I also wouldn't be ready for a marathon in 47 days, so five milers are saved for my easy days. And because Wednesday just seems like a good day for some funny things to help get us through the rest of the week, here are some things that made me smile: #truth