Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Pumpkin farm!

The last weekend of Fall before Halloween was this past weekend. To be fair, this weekend might count as that, but that is too close to Halloween to be able to effectively "fall-ish". So we decided to do some fall stuff with Addie this weekend!

So after I went for a run on Saturday morning, we headed over to Burger Farm, which has a Fall Festival and pumpkin patch. We went there last year too, but were planning to take more advantage of it this year, now that Addie is so much more aware of the holiday.
Daddy and Addie walking into the festival. A perfect shot.

Right as we walked in, Addie spied "horsies" - a little pony ride where they walk around in circles - and wanted to ride it. Because her daddy loves her so much, I got in line to get tickets so she could go on the ride. After the horse ride, we quickly went through Pumpkinland, which Addie was not super interested in. And that is fine, of course, the real reason for going there was to get a pumpkin!

So we got in line for the hayride that takes you up the hill to the pumpkin patch (included with the cost of admission).
Family hayride selfie.

At the top of the hill, we all got off the hayride, and Addie immediately picked an "Addie sized" pumpkin. A pie pumpkin. And I made J take this picture with Addie.
After spending a little time up there, we got back on the hayride, came down the hill, and paid for Addie's pumpkin. We then went to the market to get my pumpkin (truthfully, I didn't feel like getting it up on the hill and carrying it around). Jason went inside to pay for it and came out with that and a cookie for Addie. A Busken cookie (local bakery) that was a jack-o-latern. She ate it, and we were left with this...

Yeah, that is the black food coloring from the smile of the pumpkin.

Big win for the fall day!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Training Update: Week of October 17

Another week of training down. I would say this one was working toward a sub-goal. Obviously, Boston in April is the number 1 goal, but I am racing one time prior to really focusing on my marathon, and working on running fast one time.

The 107th Thanksgiving Day Race! This is a Thanksgiving tradition, and this year I am far enough removed from my marathon that I will actually be in a condition to race it, I hope. Last year I was only 2 weeks removed from Indy and managed to run a 10K PR. Admittedly, my PR was quite outdated, but still, I am hopeful that with some decent training I can really knock it out of the park.

So let's look at this past week.

Monday: 7 miles, 4x30s strides. 7.53 miles. Pure Barre. Core.
Tuesday: 60 minute walk. Pure Barre. Core.
Wednesday: 6 miles, easy.
Thursday: 6 miles with 4x45s surges. Pure Barre. Core.
Friday: 6 miles, easy. Pure Barre. Core.
Saturday: 10 miles.
Sunday: OFF

35.53 miles
4x Pure Barre
1x crosstraining

Overall, a good week. The surges were tough, but I was able to do the slowest one at 6:18 pace (and progressively faster). Hopefully I will get at least 4 more days of PB next week!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Five XXXVI

Hooray! I am actually writing 5 entries this week!
1. Last week I had to run 9 miles on Sunday. After all of the fun on Saturday, and after 6 straight days of Pure Barre. I packed #shortshortsandlongsleeves which is my fall running uniform. As it turns out, it was too warm for long sleeves. It was a TOUGH run.

2. The Pure Barre Strong Challenge started on Monday. I am IN. 20 classes in 31 days. After today, I will have 4. I missed Wednesday due to a meeting at the office.

3. This weekend we are getting family pictures taken. Sunday morning. The photographer is the same one who has taken ALL of our family pics, Addie pics, and even our engagement photos. I will post them after I get them!

4. I have been feeling HUNGRY on runs lately. I am not sure what is going on with this, even if it is just an easy 5-6, I am feeling HUNGRY. I have never experienced this before. Anyone ever have this? Any advice?

5. I was off today and yesterday, for the second straight week. Thursday Friday off, 4 day weekend. BOOM. This is what happens when you have been working at the same place for a long time.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Addie's Adventures with Papa

As mentioned yesterday, when I was Christmas shopping with the adult ladies in my family, Addie was hanging out with Papa. While I have every confidence in my dad to take good care of her, and she loves him loads, I wasn't sure what they were going to do all day. To ease some of his pain, we packed a few dvds. Turns out, he has netflix, so they were taken care of.

I had nothing to worry about.

Papa took her to MacQueen's apple orchard! They were having their fall festival, and they went over there for the day. Addie had a BLAST! She even loved that spinning strawberry ride, which I think is crazy, because it would make me sick! Kudos to Papa for surviving that ride!
And don't worry. The girl got a tiny pumpkin.

I think she had a fun day with Papa! Thanks for watching her, dad!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Frankenmuth trip - 2016

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I was in Toledo this weekend for the annual Ladies Trip to Frankenmuth! I love going with my mom, sister, cousin (Megan) and Aunt Laurie! This year, my cousins wife, Stephanie, also joined us. I think it was the first time that she has joined us in several years.

After mom, Rachel and I were done with our workout, we said goodbye to Mo, and Rachel and I headed across Secor to pick up everything else we needed for the trip. By that, I mean coffee and Barry's Bagels, because of course. So I ran into Barry's and Rachel ran into Starbucks (right next door) while my mom drove home to make sure that she was there for Stephanie and Aunt Laurie (we would pick up Megan on the way). It always takes us longer to get on the road than we plan. Ugh. That sort of thing stresses me out. Honestly.

Regardless, eventually we were on the road and driving the 2 hours up 23 to Frankenmuth. The drive was uneventful, unlike last year, and thank goodness. We arrived at Bronner's just before 11 am.
We spent about 2 hours at Bronner's. I got some ornaments as gifts for my family (a "family" gift, plus one for J and one for Addie), Karen's gift- as usual, and Angela's present. The one special thing that I did was get Addie something that I told J was "naughty". I only said that because it was semi-expensive, it was something that we had only generally talked about, and I did it slightly selfishly.
That is a Mickey Mouse toy shop. It is part of Department 56's North Pole Village. There is an entire "Disney Village", but it fits right in with North Pole. I have always loved this village, but already having one of my own, I could not justify it. Now the reason that this is selfish is because I will get to have this in my house for the next 15 years or so.

After Bronner's we had lunch at Zehnder's, visited Rau's Country Store, a chocolate shop, etc before piling back in the car and heading home. On the way home, we stopped in Dundee, as usual. The "disneyland of gas stations" (also known as the Beef Jerky Outlet).

After arriving home for the day, picking up Addie from Papa's house and bringing her back to my mom's, and getting her off to bed, I felt it necessary to accomplish some other things...

Wrapping. So overall, it was a lovely day, and I felt like I got some shopping done!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Pure Barre - adding my family

As I mentioned, I realized that Barre 3 was no longer working for me and my lifestyle. I was getting some trouble at work from being gone at random times to try and fit in my workouts, and there were really no options to make the class work (no lunchtime classes, 4:30 classes only 2x per week at 4:30 pm). And I was sucked into a transition...

Admittedly, once again, as when I started barre classes the first time, Krista was an influence here. I was pretty much "off" still, no running, etc, after the marathon, and she text me and invited me back to Pure Barre in Toledo when I was visiting. Now, she invited me to come run with her as well, but I was still off running - she was surprised of that!

Obviously, I had been doing Pure Barre in Toledo whenever I visited. That is the only option there. But because of the way things were going at the office, I knew that I was possibly going to have to make a change. So because I already had that in my head, when I saw it come up at some of the PB studios locally were having a donation based class, I signed up. And I dragged my coworker Lauren along with me. She liked it so much, that we looked at classes a little closer to the office, and purchased 3 class packs at the Kenwood studio.

Yeah, since then, we have been all in.

This past weekend I was in Toledo. It was the annual family ladies trip up to Bronner's/Frankenmuth, MI to start Christmas shopping. Addie came up to Toledo with me, but she was going to spend the day with Papa (my dad) because years ago we decided no kids, even if the kid is a girl - my mom, sister, and I try and do another trip in the Spring/Summer where we take the kids. I wanted to go to PB Toledo when I was in town, and I knew the best way to make it work with our trip was to invite my family.

My mom agreed first, and I called up the studio and got everything squared away for my mom. I added her to their schedule and I also paid for the class on my account, just to avoid any troubles ensuring her getting registered. Within a few days, my sister was sending me text messages asking about it. Wondering if I thought that she could do it (considering her struggles because of her clubbed feet - she was born with them, but has notoriously weak ankles and calves, and her accident a few years back which left her with metal in her ankle and back), asking questions about movements, cost, etc. I was trying to be encouraging and realistic, letting her know that I definitely thought she could do it, but she would likely have to modify some movements. She was ok with that, and she registered too!

The class was set for 6:45 am on Saturday morning. I insisted that my mom and sister be there at 6:30 in order to fill out their waivers, meet the instructor (whose class I have taken at least one other time), and make sure that they were comfortable and ready to go. My sister picked me up at my dad's house, mostly to make sure that I was leaving my car there for my dad to use with Addie since there is a carseat in there.

They survived. They got through the whole class. My sister gave a disclosure to the instructor about her injuries. Obviously that was important. And I think they really enjoyed it, so I am thrilled to have shared something that I love!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Training Update: Week of October 10

So I am back in base building mode following the marathon that I ran a month ago. I think I recovered more slowly than I usually have after a race. I think that is for a few reasons.
1. I ran MUCH harder and put forth much more effort than I have ever before in a marathon (or any other race for that matter.)
2. The humidity was right at 100%, plus temperatures were more than 60* throughout the race.
3. I was nearing the end of my entire year of training, so I was just tired.

But after two weeks off, I am back on the wagon, and one month after the race, I was able to run in a way that I would consider "normal" again. So right now, I am just beginning to incorporate strides into my runs again, and I still have a few weeks before I actually log any tempo miles or interval miles. And that is ok. I need this time mentally, and I don't really have anything major coming up until next April (BOSTON BABY!)

So let's take a look at the last week of training.

Monday: 6 miles, convo pace, 4x30s strides, Pure Barre, Core.
Tuesday: 60 minute walk. Pure Barre. Core.
Wednesday: 6 miles, easy. Pure Barre. Core.
Thursday: 6 miles, 7:55 pace. Pure Barre. Core.
Friday: 5 miles, easy. Pure Barre. Core.
Saturday: Pure Barre.
Sunday: 9 miles, convo pace.

32 miles
5x Core
6x Pure Barre
1x XT

A great week for my first week back to posting training logs, right?