Month: July 2015

Friday already?

I know a lot of people are excited that Friday is here. But not me – that means I’ll be missing out on this view greeting me each morning ūüôā

  
How about you, looking forward to the weekend?

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Golf mania!

I thought I’d share these fun pictures of what we did last week. ¬†It was date night with my son. ¬†We played miniature golf. ¬†He was pretty good. ¬†Way past the stage where we just chase the balls all over the place since he knocked them too hard. ¬†If you’ve ever golfed with little kids you’ll know what I’m talking about ūüôā ¬†He even made a hole in one! ¬†I didn’t get any.

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We also went to the batting cages. ¬†Those were a lot of fun but my hand and arm was pretty sore by the end of the night. ¬†Metal bats are kinda tough, if you’re not used to that kind of thing!

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Then we made a trip to the ice cream parlor because we thought we’d run into my husband who was out on his date with Sydney. ¬†A delicious new treat this year is a slushie with Nerds in it. ¬†Green apple is sooooooooo good!

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Later in the week we volunteered at the LPGA golf tournament that was in our town! ¬†We volunteered with the band boosters for our school system. ¬†They get a nice bit of money for helping out and the work is pretty darn easy. ¬†Better than selling cookies or fruit baskets! ¬†Technically, it’s “ecology” duty. ¬†That, my friends, is a fancy term for “picking up the garbage”. ¬†And let me tell you, I don’t think there is such a thing as “garbage” at a golf tournament!

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We get to wear these cool “uniforms” to indicate that we are legit and can have access to any area of the golf course.

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We get to drive around golf carts because the trash cans are located all over the course.  We pull the full bags out of the containers, replace the bags and then take the bags to the main garbage dumpster.

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“Sure, let your kids drive the carts!”. I think that is what they said.

And, in between, while waiting for garbage cans to refill (which is a long time!), we cruise around the course and watch the golfers!

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And hang out in the volunteer tent and eat snacks, pizza and hydrate on our complimentary “Sparkling Ice” drinks. ¬†The kids love the Sparkling Ice drinks.

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And finally, we got to try out the golf simulator.  Wow, we are pros!!

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As you can see, it’s a good time, for a good cause.

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Q: Do you golf?

We don’t, but it’s fun to goof around and go to the driving range. ¬†And of course miniature golf!

Q: Do you volunteer for anything, races or otherwise?

I do a lot of volunteering at school and just in general. ¬†Sometimes I need to say “No”, but that rarely happens.

Hope you are having a great week!

A brush with the law

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Just a recap on how my runs went this week. ¬†Monday started out with a hill workout. ¬†I actually drove to the “hills” to do this workout in the pre-dawn hours. ¬†My hill area is an overpass, which also has a hill leading to the park right next door.

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This workout actually went pretty well considering it was a lot of running back and forth on the same area.

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I did have a brush with the law though (haha, so dramatic!). ¬†When I arrived, the gates which are used to keep people from crossing over the bridge were closed. ¬†Not a big deal, just open them up a crack and run across. ¬†But, by the time I was on my last trip across, the official gate opening time had arrived and a park ranger opened them all of the way. ¬†Oops, busted! ¬†The ranger appeared to be taking down my license plate number as I ran past my car. ¬†He didn’t stop and ask me if it was my car, so maybe it was just routine procedure that he needed to do. ¬†Hopefully they won’t start putting a lock on it because of me!!

Tuesday – ¬†11 mile run with 7 at half marathon pace. ¬†This one looked really promising… until I saw the 70 degree temperature with 86% humidity at 5:30am. ¬†Ugh. ¬†I started out running outside, but after 2 miles decided to turn back because it was going to turn into a hot mess (literally) and I wasn’t in the mood for that. ¬†Ran the 7 miles on the treadmill and was able to keep up the proper pace for the majority of it. ¬†Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do.

Wednesday Р10 mile run.   Oops.  I thought it was my rest day so I slept in.  Oh well, extra rest is always good.  So really, zero miles run today.

Thursday – 10 mile run! Got up early and dragged Alan out of bed to run with me. ¬†Despite my “I’m out the door in 10 mins after the alarm goes off” speech, we still managed to start this run at 6:00am with a 5:40am alarm. ¬†But still, kudos to him for getting up early! ¬†I will convert him to an early morning runner!! ¬†After my run I took a dip in the pool before work. ¬†Such a nice way to start the day!

Friday – Long run 20 miler day! ¬†This run started out really good. ¬†Averaged a pace right around 9:00 which is a good “decently easy” pace for me on most days. ¬†It was good weather and the sun was just coming up, but we had a lot of shaded area along the first half of our run. ¬†Alan ran with me. ¬†The second half of the run kinda fell apart mentally for me because at the turn around point I thought we would have 16 miles done, and we only had 12. ¬†Waaaaaa. ¬†Remember – me, bad at running math. ¬†So that was a bit disheartening and with the sweat and sun I was really looking forward to the run being over. ¬†The last two miles really sucked, but overall I ended with a 9:12 pace, so woohoo on that. ¬†And so happy to be done ūüôā

Post run & pre-dip in pool!

Post run & pre-dip in pool!

When I got home, I hopped in the pool to relax/cool down and my son appeared in his running gear. ¬†Oh yeah, I still had to run some miles with him. ¬†I had promised him I would when I tucked him in bed last night. ¬†So I dried off and ran some more miles with him. ¬†2.1 more miles done ūüôā ¬†My daughter borrowed my Garmin watch and off she went to run a few miles too. ¬†I’m impressed with both of them wanting to run in the heat.

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And finally, I promised myself a Starbucks ice coffee upon completion of today’s run. ¬†Super happiness!

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Well, it’s almost 11pm and I have to get up at 1:30am for the trip tomorrow. ¬†Better get some sleep!!

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Q: ¬†Do you run “hills” on the treadmill or do you live near hills?

Q:  Got any fun weekend plans??

 

Working for that vacation

Did everyone have a good weekend? ¬†I did! ¬†I got to go on a “date night” with my husband. ¬†We went to a wedding reception which was “adults only”. ¬†It was a nice night. ¬†Look at me, I flat ironed my hair!!

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Both Saturday and Sunday were spent around the pool since we finally had a hot sunny weekend!  Booyah!!

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Then on Sunday night we went to “Music Under the Stars” which is a free symphony concert at the Toledo Zoo. ¬†I remember going to these events with my family when I was a kid.

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The past week seemed a bit lazy since it was a cutback week on my training plan.  Cutback weeks give your body time to recover and prepare you for the upcoming pain, I mean, tough work.

And here comes the tough work!… upcoming workouts this week:

  • Mon – 8 miles hills
  • Tues – 11 miles, speedwork, 7 @ half marathon pace
  • Weds – Rest!
  • Thurs – 10 miles GA
  • Fri – 20 miles!!
  • Saturday and the next 8 days….. ¬†chillin’ by the pool, frolicking in the ocean, running in the early AM along the beach! ¬†(and eating all the desserts!)
  • Total mileage = 49 miles (maybe adding a little here and there to make this 50 miles!)

Even though my week looks quite challenging, I think it’s a great way to head into a vacation. ¬†Feeling like I’ve gone that extra mile (literally, haha) and am ready to enjoy myself.

Of course I’ll be taking along my running gear and I am looking forward to getting in some early morning runs with Alan. ¬†Nothing better than going for a long sweaty run on the beach, cooling off with a dip in the pool, and then heading out for breakfast!

Let’s discuss a run from last week… it was an average 8 mile morning run. ¬†I figured I would just cruise through the first half, and pick up the pace a little on the way back. ¬†Practicing my negative splits. ¬†Here’s what happened… ran into my friend (complete surprise!) around mile 6. ¬†Had a nice little chat. ¬†That put some power into my run. ¬†Ran into my husband around mile 7. ¬†Also another uplifting visit! ¬†But the final lift was that a guy joined me right before mile 7. ¬†Not really joined me, but was running a tad faster in front of me. ¬†Then he headed into my neighborhood. ¬†I figured I would try to keep following him although he was quite a bit faster so I wasn’t really “racing” him. ¬†But I glanced at my watch and saw my pace started with a “7”. ¬†What the heck? ¬†Am I really running this pace? ¬†Super excited with this new information I busted it out for the whole mile and ended with a 7:43 pace for my last mile. ¬†I was pretty darn pleased with myself on that one!

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Fingers crossed for some good runs this week.  Especially that 20 miler.  Gulp, those always make me nervous!

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Q: Do you workout or run on your vacations?

I think it’s just an enjoyable part of my day, so yes, I like to get some activity in during vacation.

Q: What was the last concert you attended?

We went to see the Beach Boys last year!!

 

Mild in the midwest

Summer here in Ohio has just been less than spectacular. ¬†That is, for someone who owns a pool. ¬†The temperature in the pool hasn’t even gotten over 82 degrees, and that’s the chilliest I like the water to be. ¬†I really haven’t even had a chance to lounge around the pool on the weekend yet. ¬†Sigh.

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But on a good note, on the days that it’s not raining, it has been moderately warm which is good for going to amusement parks. ¬†No one wants to stand around sweating in line for an hour at 90 degrees. ¬†But on this trip to Cedar Point, not only was it a really good temperature, there was also no waiting in line because we had “Fast Lane Passes”.

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That meant we got to bypass the regular waiting lines and go to the very short Fast Lane line.  It was great!  In some cases it meant that we got to get on the rides immediately, and others we had to wait maybe 5 or 10 minutes.  Nice!!

No waiting meant we go to ride on the giant Ferris wheel, which is normally a long wait because it takes so long to load it.

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There were some great views from up there.

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From on top of the Ferris wheel we also saw this couple on the beach. ¬†He proposed to her!! ¬†By the smooching afterwards we can only assume she said yes ūüôā

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This ride was pretty trippy at night.  It started spinning way too fast at the top.  I thought it was supposed to be more of sight seeing kind of ride!  yikes

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We also indulged in some delicious treats.

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By the time we left the park it was pretty late. ¬†A late night meant sleeping in late. ¬†I’m so used to getting up early, sleeping in until 9am felt like I just slept the whole day away! ¬†That also meant I didn’t get my long run started until 10am. ¬†Alan joined me and we went to our favorite trail. ¬†With all of the rain we’ve been having, the river had flooded the shores!

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My run was 16 miles and was supposed to have 12 marathon pace miles in it. ¬†Once again, hahaha on the pace run. ¬†I think I hit maybe two of my miles. ¬†Coach Alan said “don’t worry about it. ¬†It’s hot. ¬†We’re tired from all of that walking yesterday.” ¬†That, and I felt like a slug in the middle of the day. ¬†Not my running hours!

We were happy to be done! ¬†Funny thing about this picture is that I’m still wearing yesterday’s makeup. ¬†Yes, I was that tired last night and just crawled into bed after the car ride home. ¬†I think that’s a first!

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And now, here’s what’s been happening with my training…

Weights: I’ve been trying to get some more weight workouts done. ¬†Looking forward to my tropical vacation that is happening soooooon!

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Still been doing that squat challenge. ¬†My kids do it with me, because they think¬†it’s easy. ¬†They drop out after half a set! ¬†It’s literally kicking my butt.

Running:

  • Mon – 8 miles, with¬†10 x .1 strides ¬†– done on treadmill. ¬†I have a lot of shows to watch on my DVR!
  • Tues – 8 miles, with .5 mile 5K repeats for 6 miles. ¬†Also on treadmill. ¬†I couldn’t figure out how to program my Garmin to do this, so I caught up on some more TV ūüôā
  • Weds – Rest! ¬†Weights at the gym
  • Thurs – 8 miles GA
  • Fri – 14 mile long run. ¬†What? ¬†Only 14 miles? ¬†Oh, it’s a cutback week. ¬†Heck, I’m doing that before work! (I have to work due to a scheduling change this week)
  • Sat – Rest!
  • Sun – 5 miles GA. ¬†Hopefully I’ll get to run with my kids. ¬†Sydney is training for XC which is starting in August.
  • Weekly total = 43 miles

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Q: So tell me, do you ever sleep in your make up?

Q: Any vacation plans?

A: ¬†Just one tiny little trip to Punta Cana. ¬†Maybe not tiny. ¬†Can’t wait!

Q: Any shows you only watch when you are working out?

A:  The Bachelor(ette).  Just started watching this season.  I think I have a million hours on the DVR waiting for me.  Why are those show so long??

 

 

Garden update – help me with my zucchini!

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After patiently waiting for weeks, our garden is starting to generate some veggies! ¬†So far it’s been a couple small tomatoes (which BTW, hard to feed a family of four on two cherry tomatoes!). ¬†Today though, we got our first zucchini!

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As expected, our garden grew ¬†out of control because I planted too many plants in it. ¬†The cucumbers were supposed to grow up a trellis, but I didn’t read that before I bought them, so they are just sprawling all over the sides of the garden and grabbing hold of anything they can get their tendrils on.

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The watermelons are tiny, but oh so cute!! ¬†Just like our new kitten ūüôā ¬†I hope we get more than one watermelon ripe at the same time so we don’t have to fight over it!

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The tomatoes are struggling for sunlight, but there are a lot of them out there!

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The zucchini are the big boys of the garden and I choose them because I figured they would produce the most veggies – a sense of accomplishment! ¬†But here’s the thing, I think I’ve only bought one before in my life and now I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them!

I’ll make zucchini bread, that is a given. ¬†We’ll also grill some up on skewers as kabobs. ¬†But beyond that, what should I do with them?¬† I mean, outside of taking them to work and leaving them on coworkers desks ūüôā

One more yard shot… look at this beautiful sunflower that greets me every ¬†morning when I look out my kitchen window! ¬†Perfection.

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One question only: Help, please give me some recipes and ideas on what to do with my zucchinis!!

So bad at math and endless miles

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I know some people say they love running in a new place. ¬†New sights to see! ¬†New places to explore! ¬†I think it’s quite the opposite if the run is a long run vs a leisurely run. ¬†I had 20 mile to run on Friday, which happened to be a day when I was camping. ¬†I got up at 6:00 am, only to find my watch hadn’t been charging all night. ¬†So back to bed for a little bit and I finally made it out the camper door at 6:30. ¬†A beautiful day! ¬†Only problem was that I no longer could anticipate how far I was going. ¬†I’m sure everyone has that trail where they can mark the distances by the landscape or trees. ¬†Or the house with the brown garage door. ¬†Or they know exactly how far a mile in any direction from their house! ¬†But at the campground it was more like this – “I’ve been running forever! ¬†How far has it been?” ¬†“oh, only 2.3 miles. sigh.” ¬†I did make it through at a pretty decent pace and several podcasts kept me entertained.

Around 15 miles I ran up the hill pictured above. ¬†It’s quite a big hill and it has a great view of the park, Lake Erie, and which usually leads to discovering the deer that are hiding in the nearby brush. ¬†(picture from this blog)

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A runner is camping here!!

As a treat, we drove over to Sonic to cash in on half off shakes! ¬†We don’t have a Sonic close by, so we had to take advantage of it’s close location to the campground. ¬†As you can see, my shake was MUCH larger…. well, because I ran 20 miles and I deserved it. ¬†My husband rolled his eyes at me. ¬†Honestly, in the end we all agreed that next time we would all order one size smaller ūüôā

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We spent our holiday weekend enjoying the great outdoors and hanging with my parents. ¬†We went to a concert…

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We ate a lot of ice cream, and also watermelon…

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We also went fishing…

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And enjoyed an awesome breakfast made by Alan!

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And on a funny note, one thing to look out for when camping are ticks. ¬†We found a few on our pants, but no bites. ¬†I went from “Tech Chick” girl to “Tick Check” girl!

I’ve also been busy lately getting some squats done. ¬†I saw this on PopSugar and thought it was doable. ¬†Luckily, it really IS doable and I can knock it out in 5 mins. Timely because we’re heading for an all-inclusive tropical destination soon for vacation and my bikini isn’t maximum coverage. ¬†Hey, it’s all the rage in foreign countries ūüėČ

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Also this week¬†I had 10 miles on the schedule and I set off on familiar path to the mall. ¬†I knew the mall was exactly 4 miles away so I ran around the shops and then glanced in all of the windows as I ran around the mall. ¬†Then, I looked at my watch and thought, “4.5 miles, time to turn around!”. ¬†Do you see where this is going? ¬†When I reached my house I stopped my watch and reviewed the¬†history so I could see how my pace was for the overall run. ¬†What the what? ¬†Only 9 miles? ¬†Poo. ¬†And off I went for another mile around the block. ¬†I was wondering why I was 10 mins faster than I expected. Figured I was really killing it on this run, go me!!

Thanks for the positive vibes for Alan.  He is back to running again!

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Q:  What distances do you know from your house?

A:  I know the distances from 1 mile to 6 miles pretty well.  And the ice cream parlor that is one mile away!

Q:  Do you like running in new places?

Q: Ladies, do you prefer one piece swim suits or bikinis?

B-day recap and holiday weekend

What, Thursday already? ¬†Seems I’ve lost quite a few days since my last post. ¬†Post race weekend was spend gearing up for my son’s birthday celebrations. ¬†Here’s a few pics to recap what happened for the big 10 year party-fest…

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Birthday boy and friends had a great time at SkyZone! ¬†They didn’t stop the whole 90 mins, and were a sweaty group of tweens when the event was over.

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The girls had fun too!

Enjoyed the Minecraft cake.  It was so delicious, and it turned out really good!  The cake was dark chocolate, with mostly dark chocolate frosting (some buttercream tinted frosting for the grass and between the layers).

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Then they decided it was a great thing to go swimming in the dark, in the rain, in a 72 degree pool! ¬†Luckily I got to watch from the sunroom and didn’t need to get wet ūüôā

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They played video games until midnight, and feel asleep around 1am I think.  I was a zombie by that time and had gone to bed already.  Luckily they woke up bright and early at 7am (what???) and I got them some donuts, to sugar them all up so I could send them home to their parents, under-slept and over-sugared!  Party success!!!!!

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Then came the big storm. ¬†It started out with some high winds, and then brought a whole day of rain. ¬†I think we had 5 inches of rain. ¬†Non stop, all day long, rain rain rain. ¬†We didn’t have any flooding problems at our house, but many basements got flooded. ¬†Our issue was the wet ground and the wind. ¬†We lost a lot of landscaping. ¬†First, the big tree in our front yard fell over. ¬†Granted, this tree had fallen over a few years ago and we strapped it up, and just recently took the straps off. ¬†Guess it never got it’s strength back!

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Then we noticed a small ornamental tree was now leaning over too! ¬†We strapped that one in place and hopefully it will come back strong. ¬†The worst damage was to these bushes that formed a really nice privacy fence between the neighbor’s house. ¬†We have a pool so we like our yard to be a little sheltered. ¬†Those bushes were 11 years old! ¬†No more. ¬†Had to pull those out. ¬†Hello neighbor!!

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In my quest to help get the yard back in shape, I grabbed a hand saw and started cutting down some super weeds that were taller than bushes. ¬†I was sawing along and had the blade going the “unsafe” direction when the saw blade came out of the plant and smacked me super hard in the knee! ¬†OUCH! ¬†Not only was I bleeding like I was dying, it also hurt like a #@$$%$##$. ¬†After I cleaned up the blood, which was actually no big deal other than making little bloody puddles as I walked through the garage, I spent the rest of the weekend with my knee iced. ¬†It was quite painful and swollen. ¬†Didn’t I learn a few weeks ago, “avoid yard work”? ¬†ugh.

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I did lose a day of running because it hurt to bend my knee, but after it improved I got a really great run in this week.  It was a speedwork workout of 10 miles with 8 at half marathon pace.  I nailed it!

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I had a fun smirk in this picture because I thought it was funny that my next door neighbor got their house toilet papered!! ¬†Does that mean someone likes them, or dislikes them? ¬†I’m not sure, but it’s funny none the less. ¬†Funny that it wasn’t my house mostly.

This week’s running recap (and pre-cap?):

  • Mon – 8 miles (Alan joined me!! ¬†He probably shouldn’t have, his ankle hurt!)
  • Tues – 10 miles, w/ 8 at HMP ¬†(Booyah!!)
  • Weds – rest!
  • Thurs – 9 miles
  • Fri – 20 miles ¬†(why, oh why, does my 20 miler always happen on July 4th weekend?)
  • Sat – Rest!!! ¬†ice cream, fireworks, etc.
  • Sun – 5 miles
  • Total = 52 miles. ¬†Whew!

And lastly, here’s what I find on my iPhone camera roll when the kids get a hold of it…

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My son has purple lips because the pool is so cold!!

We are planning a long camping weekend for the 4th of July. ¬†Hope you are going to enjoy the holiday too! ¬†I also need to give a shout out to my husband Alan, who is a bit down in the dumps right now because his ankle is still hurting after his race. ¬†ūüė¶ ¬†As we probably all know, injuries suck and can be a big bummer. ¬†Send some positive thoughts his way to help him get recovered soon, and find something else to do while he can’t run!! ¬†ūüôā

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Q: ¬†Confession time… have you ever toilet papered someone’s house?

A: ¬†I vaguely remember doing it once back in junior high. ¬†Peer pressure I’m sure!

Q: ¬†Are you afraid of blood? ¬†Your own, or someone else’s?

A:  I do pretty good with it.  I think when you have kids you have to be brave about it!

Q:  Any 4th of July holiday plans??