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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What don't they make pumpkin flavored these days?!?

Running: I ran seven miles once I finally got out there at 10 am this morning. It took over an hour to get myself out the door. But when I finally got out there, it was fantastic! This is the best time of year to run outside because it only takes about a mile for me to warm up and stop feeling like I want to go home and crawl back under the covers of my warm bed. And it's great because once I'm warm, I stay warm, but I never get too hot.

When I got home, I did this leg workout, which has been my favorite lately:


Family: My favorite part of being the grant writer for my girls' school is that I get to see them throughout the day whenever I'm working. Getting to see my aunt, who is the director (principal), all the time is also pretty great. She always has chocolate and other treats in her office. And she occasionally leaves things like this in all the faculty boxes:


Life: Part of my running procrastination this morning included wandering around Wal-Mart. I find and take pictures of random things when I wander around stores lately.

Today I saw this, which I'm just not sure about:



I am ALL ABOUT yummy pumpkin things this time of year and have been trying to think of a recipe I could use it in, but I have yet to think of something that would be delicious. Any ideas?



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Running, reading and ranting

So there is a little bit of running thrown into this post, here is a recap of my workouts last week:
  • Sunday - rest
  • Monday - 6 mile run
  • Tuesday - 7 mile run; arms and core workouts
  • Wednesday - 8 mile run
  • Thursday - rest
  • Friday - 12 mile run
  • Saturday - 5 mile run; abs workout; triceps dips & push-ups
I kind of slacked on the cross training and strength training (especially lower body). But I'll be back at it this week because I know from experience that it definitely makes me a stronger runner and helps prevent injuries.

I thought about getting a little extra workout in after the girls went to bed last night but I ended up doing this instead:

Hot chocolate and a good book make for a pretty good night, as long as you can keep your eyes open.

And since we're on the subject of books, I have to say the last two books I read left me not completely satisfied.

The first one was Allegiant, the third book in the Divergent Series. I was not happy with how it ended. I can see why the author went that direction to close out the series and I don't insist on always having the perfect, happy ending, but I was actually annoyed enough by the ending that it made me mad I invested so much time in those books.

The other book that left me shaking my head at the ending was Gone Girl .I'm curious to see if the movie has the same ending, because I actually think it would be ok as the ending of a movie, but as a book in which the characters are so developed, it was hard to swallow. I felt like there was no real resolution.

I'm only 55 pages into The Goldfinch, but so far I am enjoying it. I really like the author's writing style and how she paints detailed pictures with her words. I'll let you know what I think of the whole thing once I have turned the last page.

Have you read any good books lately?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mom guilt. I'm an expert.

Every other Tuesday, I spend time doing an activity with the 8-12 year old girls from my church. Today, Grace said something to one of the girls about doing something active with her family, and the girl replied, "We're not really the kind of family that does things like that together. We do things by ourselves, like watch TV or spend time on the Kindle and stuff like that."

It made me sad for her.

I love that we do active things as a family and that spending time doing things together as a family is important to all of us. The girl's comment made me think about how I want to make even more of an effort to focus on doing more things together. Sometimes I do things alone because I know it will get done the way I want or because it will be faster and/or more efficient. However, my kids are gowing up fast. And I feel like I can't keep up. Like I'm missing it.


Since I stopped subbing, I have been really stressed about getting things done that kind of fell down the list of importance. But somehow, I feel like I don't have that much more time than I did when I was gone all day. So when my girls are home at the end of the day, I still feel like I am playing catch up and get impatient while the girls do homework but they won't focus or if they take their time getting ready for bed.

While I was making my second batch of sugar cookies this week because something keeps going wrong and they are not turning out how they are supposed to and I have to have perfect Halloween sugar cookies because I put that pressure on myself, I was thinking about how to balance all the things I need to do and want to do and don't get done with the mom guilt and the wife guilt.

Then I had a conversation with Scott about how Ellie gets in bed with me most mornings and I let her because I like snuggling with her, even if it means interrupted or less sound sleep. Out of concern for my well being, he thinks I should send her back to her own bed so she will get out of the habit of coming in to wake me up and she'll start going back to sleep.

But I know this is temporary. It won't last forever. And just Iike all the nights when she and Grace woke multiple times to nurse when they were little, I will miss this phase. I will miss her little body nestling into mine so tight. These are the things that matter. If I can just remember this at the end of the day, maybe I won't beat myself up so much. Maybe.

I don't want to miss a thing. I don't want to look back with regret. It is important that my kitchen floor gets cleaned in the next day or two. But as I plan my days, I will do it with my family in mind. I will put them first. I will sacrifice the things that don't matter in the long run for the things that do, the things I can't get back. I'll snuggle my girls an extra 10 minutes at bedtime and then mop the floor instead of reading. Because there will be time to read later.

And if I don't get a third attempt at the perfect batch of sugar cookies this week, life will go on. I will try to not beat myself up. I will try to set the guilt aside and focus on what I did instead.

Finding balance is hard. It's a daily struggle. But I won't stop trying. I can't or the guilt will take over. And then I'll never win.

If you take nothing else away from this rambling, randomness of my thoughts, please remember what is really important. And cut yourself some slack. I know this has nothing to do with running. But running is secondary to being a mom and a wife for me. In the big scheme of things, my family is what truly matters.



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

I like treats.

I was looking back through the pictures on my phone from the last few weeks and realized I take a lot of pictures of food. I really like food. Maybe a little too much sometimes, like yesterday when I ate at least 10 of these:


I told myself they are small to feel better about it. I kept waiting for that moment when you feel like you never wanted another bite of something because you've practically made yourself sick from eating so much, but it never came. So I put about two dozen in the freezer and then packed up a dozen for Scott to take to work. That only leaves about 6 sitting on my counter as temptation.

That's just one example of my love of all things pumpkin. I've already made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies twice in the last month, I had pumpkin spice oatmeal for breakfast this morning, and then there was this little splurge at the grocery store last week:


Not pictured are the two additional packages of pumpkin spice Oreos I bought later (they are soooo good) and the three bags of pumpkin spice Hershey's Kisses I got for Scott (they are one of the few pumpkin treats I don't actually like).

I was however disappointed the last time I got froyo that they didn't have pumpkin yet. I settled for chocolate and coconut froyo topped with cheesecake bites, cookie dough, and some random crushed up candy bars.


Yes, I'm all about the treats. There weren't any pictures of non-treat food items on my phone. This is one of my new favorites:


The perfect combination of salty and sweet. And these were a big hit with Princess Grace:


Glazed Doughnut Muffins. Yep.


Food isn't the only thing that has happened lately. I also went to St. George last weekend to cheer on everyone that ran the St. George Marathon. Especially Janae, who completely owned that course. And my friend Becky ran her 25th St. George and her 50th marathon! I can't even imagine it.


Of course we took the annual rocking chair picture in Beaver on our way down. We have pictures of our girls documented in that chair at practically every age.


And I'm still subbing PE at my girls' school. Where this happened:


I never realized HRG was so racy (pun intended).

It has really been a lot of fun, and I am a little sad this is my last week. But I'll still be at the school several times a week as the grant writer, so that makes it a little easier.


What is your favorite sweet treat right now?



Friday, October 3, 2014

2014 Big Cottonwood Marathon Recap (finally)

I debated just bagging the idea of writing a recap since the race was so long ago, but there are some things I want to remember. So a brief recap you get.

Scott and the girls drove me up to get on the bus the morning of the race. They really are the best team ever. Getting up at 4:00 in the morning isn't their favorite thing, but they didn't complain at all. My Ellie Bean hung out on my lap and we played chess while I waited in the warm car instead of getting on an early bus and having to wait in the cold.

The first 15 miles of the race were pretty much closed to spectators unless you go up the night before and camp or stay at one of the ski resorts in the canyon,me o I didn't see my little family until just after mile 15. Which was the same time I saw Janae and she started running with me. She ran a seven mile stretch of the race that was a different part of the course this year from last year's course. She went whatever pace I wanted, said all the right things to keep me positive, and even patiently walked with me when I wanted to walk.

Just after that seven miles, Janae headed to her car to go meet me at the finish and I saw my family again. I stopped and gave them hugs and read their signs and drank some Powerade.
I walked for a few minutes several times while running with Janae and then a couple of times during the last four miles. I also walked (very slowly) through almost every aid station. Especially when I GUed (at miles 6, 12 & 20) and took salt tablets (at miles 8 & 14).

I reminded myself several times that I wanted to finish happy and feel good. I went into the race telling myself that I would be happy with anything under 4 hours. After a short seven weeks of training and three long runs (12.5, 16 & 20) to prepare, I wasn't going into it in the best shape or with the strongest legs, so I tried to focus on having realistic expectatiaons. With all my stopping and walking, I still managed to BQ with a 3:38:14 finish time. I got to see my awesome little team, ran with one of my favorite people in the the world, and had the best family and friends a girl could dream of cheering me at the finish. It doesn't get much better than that.

And I had this on my vehicle for the next two weeks (this was toward the end of the two weeks when my Pilot was begging to be washed) to make me smile and remind me of that happy, happy day!

Now I'm off to cheer on everyone running the St. George Marathon this weekend! Happy Friday!!

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