Monday, April 30, 2012

I want to run…away

The other day, G posted here about how she runs so she doesn’t run away. That is me, today. I haven’t showered since the hotel Saturday morning, but I digress…

Friday night, our 10th wedding anniversary was amazing! I felt like a million bucks (see exhibits A & B). I had the slightest twinge of guilt dropping off L and N at their Atlanta Grandma’s house, but it quickly passed. We hit the hotel; they tried to pull a quick one over us by telling us that we were not eligible for the friends and family rate (thanks Hyatt, we won’t be staying with you ever again!), but I let it slide. It’s our 10th wedding anniversary! Then we went to dinner. The minute we walked through the door we recognized the greeter, she used to work with J at his last restaurant. The whole evening was spectacular! I can honestly say that the customer service at Ocean Prime Atlanta was above and beyond. Even hubby who works in the industry commented on how spectacular they were. 

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

We started in the bar since we were intentionally early. It’s not every day that I get to sit in the bar with hubby sans little boys, have a drink, and enjoy an appetizer and people watch. It was pure heaven! I was able to eavesdrop on all conversations and wonder why the 30 something hipster chic is sitting with the middle-aged (plus) Russian-American man wearing a seersucker jacket, slacks and no socks. What did she see in him? Probably the free drink! I enjoyed hearing the conversations between a guest and the bartender on the myriad of flavors in the Red Stag line offered by Jim Beam; all while enjoying my cucumber gimlet, white truffle popcorn and goat cheese and mushroom ravioli. I didn’t have to get up to get a second serving, fill water glasses, grab a napkin or listen to whining about how “I don’t like this food”.

We then moved to our table. I apologize for not bringing my camera; I will never do that again. The greeter had champagne sent to us at the table, YUM! Then the server brings us Ahi Tuna Tartar compliments of a guy on the line that J worked with at another restaurant. I can’t get over how small the food service industry is, especially here in the ATL! I guess it’s because we never go out. NEVER. We then ordered steaks, twice baked potato and asparagus. I had a glass of Napa Valley’s finest Cab while J had a Zin, he likes peppery wine with his steak. We finished it off with a fabulous slice of Baked Alaska. I’ve never had it before and it was amazing!

 Baked Alaska

The next morning, I get a text message asking if N can have a baby aspirin. He’d been up all night with a fever and an achy head. I jumped into the shower, got dressed and we checked out. We were able to stop and get a cup of coffee and then get the boys. N has had that fever ALL.WEEKEND.LONG. I took him to the doc this morning only to find out it’s not the flu. It is just another lovely virus compliments of the Petri dish known as kindergarten. He has had a rough three nights, two of which I have spent with him in the office. J had to go back to work yesterday, I have been an on call nurse, maid, nanny, butt wiper, nose wiper, carry me to the bathroom ‘cause I don’t have the energy servant since Saturday afternoon at 12:00 pm. I’m spent. I want to run. My sciatica is feeling much better. I need to run before I run away from this place. Here's to hoping everyone is healthy tomorrow and I can get my run on without over doing it!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

April 27, 2002. Scanned picture since digital wedding pics were not the norm way back then. Happy 10th Anniversary J!!!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pain in my Butt

Still no running since last week. Still experiencing sciatica twinge. But with ice, stretching, advil, foam rolling and vodka, it's getting better! I am haunted by the old me. The overweight, crabby, mean, fatigued momma that I used to be. Running makes me sane. Running calms my nerves. Running gives me energy. When I run, I am happy. When I run, my house is clean. When I run, my children feel loved. I feel so bad for those little guys; having to deal with a cranky momma. I miss my run. I'm sure my boys miss my run too.

I understand my old self and I understand my new (and improved) self. I am frustrated that I am (currently) somewhere in between because I can't get my run on. I know I'm making the smart decision to let this twinge heal and then I can get out there and slowly rebuild my mileage. I started back too fast after the pollen/tummy bug/spring break mommy guilt  and irritated my butt. Funny since I feel that everything is a pain in my butt right now!!! I am frustrated and eating way too many cookies! This too shall pass and I will get out there and find my run again. For now, I toast all of you who are getting your run on. Please think of me as you're sweating buckets while chasing that elusive runner's high. I'm with you in spirit!

This little break is teaching me the lesson to savor every run. You never know when you're going to be sidelined. Not every run is perfect, but it's the chance to get out there, break some sweat and savor every step. I'm looking forward to getting there again. For now, I am working on breaking my chocolate chip cookie habit. One step at a time.

On an exciting note: Friday is mine and hubby's 10th wedding anniversary! I can't believe it's been 10 years! In some ways, it feels like it was yesterday; I still feel 23! In other ways, it feels like we have been married F.O.R.E.V.E.R.; I can't remember a time before hubby. We're going to have a kid free night on the town and paint it red! I can't wait.

Today's a good day for running, go out and savor it. Happy running y'all!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Vanilla Ice Ice Baby

Pinnacle chocolate whipped vodka + one very bad mattress = one cranky Momma this morning!

Even though I am still feeling the twinge in my hip and sciatica (or as SUAR calls it her LAC: Left Ass Cheek). I decided that it was my crappy mattress and that I should head out for a quick 3 miles "just to see how it feels". I was wrong. Partially. Yes my mattress needs to be replaced because mine and hubby's lower backs are killing us, but that is NOT why my hip is hurting. Not even half a mile in and I could feel the old LAC pain. grrrrr! I did squeeze in 3.1. It hurt a little. I have felt worse with this sciatica before but I am not going to push it. Today I will continue to spend time with my foam roller while dabbling with some advil, ice and possibly more Pinnacle chocolate whipped vodka! Regardless of this temporary twinge, today is still a great day for running!

Happy running y'all!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Three Things Thursday

  1. Last Saturday (yes it has been awhile, sorry!) I decided to run 10k. I wanted to see how fast I could run that distance. My goal was 1 hour. I missed my goal by two minutes, 53 seconds. I’m ok with that. I know that I can work on my pace and easily drop three minutes. Heck, I’d be happy with a 1:00:xx time! I was pleased with my performance even though my time was slower than I had hoped. I took a gel at 3 miles and only walked for water and to catch my breath after the hills (darn asthma). I gave it 100% and will now be chasing that 1:00:xx time for a 10k.
  2. Monday, I set out for a quick 30 minute run to loosen up my muscles after the 10k. I had no time goal, but ran by feel. I was feeling so great that I logged my fastest 5k in over 6 months! SWEET! It’s funny how you can chase a time goal, bust your butt and have an epic fail. Then another day go out there with no goal at all and have a PR.
  3. I was supposed to run 6.5 today but am feeling a twinge in my hip and sciatica. I opted to stay home and spend some quality time with my foam roller. I will try to get that 6.5 in either tomorrow or Saturday depending on how I’m feeling. I don’t want to mess myself up by running through an injury. Beth at Shut Up and Run (SUAR) addresses this in her post here. I made that mistake when I started running (no taper AND running through an injury) and ended up as a DNS for my first two 5ks. Bummer!

My new tag phrase: It’s a great day for running!

Happy running y’all!!!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday the 13th

Here is TMB's latest and greatest feature on how to live like the Honey Badger. Go check it out, I highly recommend it!! I have really been enjoying this series! Thanks TMB!

Also: go check out Skinny Runner. This is the start of her "Man Up" week. She's racing 3 Marathons in 3 different states (Gansett, Boston, San Luis Obispo) AND an Ultra Relay (Ragnar SoCal Ultra Relay) in the span of 8 days. Her first marathon is tomorrow morning. That girl is a machine and I'm so jealous!!! Go kick some asphalt SR!!!

Rest day today. I can't believe I woke up sore this morning from my pathetic attempt at intervals yesterday. Hoping to get a few miles in tomorrow before hubby goes to work in the early afternoon. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Happy running y'all!!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Three Things Thursday

I have been running this past week, nothing has been blog worthy lately.

1. Intervals. 2nd try at 4 x 800 and they kicked my butt, again!





Avg Pace













































I am impressed that I kept an 8 minute pace at the first shot. That would explain the side ache I got AND the reason why I slowed it down for the remaining 3. I know that I can do better than 9:41, 9:37 and 9:36. I can run a mile faster than that. For some reason, I wasn’t feeling it today. I got tired easily and had to work really hard to get these numbers. On a get out there and run day, I can run a 9:15 minute mile barely trying. Not sure what that is about but I am hoping with experience and practice these numbers will improve.

2. Mommy Guilt. With my MIL in town last week, I realized that I have some MAJOR Mommy guilt when it comes to running. I have a hard time leaving the house to go running when the boys are at home. I feel like I should be at home spending as much time as I can with my boys and hubby when he’s around. Not sure why I struggle with this ‘cause these boys have been driving me CRAZY lately!

3. I did find my groove last week on a few of my runs. I am glad to be back in a schedule with the boys AND myself. I really enjoy my quiet afternoons where I can run, take a shower, clean house and waste time on here!

Time to do some sit-ups, leg raises and planks before my bouncing baby boys bound off of that school bus! Happy Running Y’all!!