Thankful Thursday

It's been a while since I've done a Thankful Thursday post. It's not that I'm not thankful for things, it's just that I'm too tired to blog most evenings.

Today I'm thankful that my kids love being active! Robert is playing baseball this spring and he had another practice this evening. He's doing great! Ryan is helping coach the team. While they were on the baseball field, I went for a run with Thomas in the jogging stroller. He laughed and giggled and clapped his hands and said "Yay!" while I was running. Then when we were done, he was signing for "more"! I guess he likes running with mommy!

Marathon Monday

This past week was by far my best week of training!! I'm really excited to report that I actually got all 4 of my runs in!

Monday – On the schedule (OTS): 6 miles
                What I did (WID): 6 miles – This consisted of 2 miles in the morning as part of my PT test (during which I scored a 298 out of a possible 300; my highest score ever and the highest score in the unit!) and then another 4 miles in the afternoon with the Soldiers that are on special PT.

Tuesday – OTS: Rest or XT (cross train)           
                 WID: We had our weigh in for the PT test this morning, so no workout, but rest is good!

Wednesday – OTS: 7 miles       
                      WID: 7.2 miles – It felt great to start my day with a nice hilly longish run!

Thursday – OTS: 5 miles
                  WID: 5 miles! Another awesome start to my day, although it was a little chilly.

Friday – OTS: Rest or XT
              WID: Rest. Thomas had his 18 month well baby doctor visit (Doctor deemed him perfect!) and then at lunch we had a hail & farewell luncheon to say farewell to 3 outstanding Soldiers and welcome several others to our unit. I had to go back to my office for a little bit in the afternoon after I got Thomas down for a nap (we kept him home all day after his appointment since I knew the departing Soldiers would like to see him).

Saturday – OTS: 17 miles
                  WID: Slept through my alarm clock – didn't wake up until almost 8!! The sleep sure was nice!

Sunday – OTS: Rest or XT
               WID: 14 miles. I got up and ran before church. Although it wasn't the 17 that was on the schedule, I'm really happy that I was able to get a good long run in.

Total miles for the week – Scheduled: 35, Actual: 32.2. It was my first week ever of running more than 30 miles in the week!!
Total miles run for this marathon training cycle so far – 197.4

5 weeks to go until the Country Music Marathon and I'm feeling pretty good! I'm still nervous about the marathon, but hopefully I'll feel a little better after my 20 miler in 2 weeks.

Fist bumps are wonderful!

Apparently our Garrison Commander visited the Child Development Center (CDC) today, and visited Thomas' classroom. Well, Thomas likes giving fist bumps to everybody and anybody, and if you're leaving the room or he's leaving the room, you'd better be prepared to give him a fist bump. So the ladies in Thomas' room at the CDC said the Colonel was saying how cute Thomas was and everything and they were getting ready to leave and Thomas went up to him (the COL) and said "Bu. Bu." (Which is Bump. Bump.) The Colonel was like, "oh how cute" and the ladies in the room said, no, he wants to give you fist bumps. So the Colonel bent down and gave Thomas fist bumps!! Oh to have been there to see it! Thomas is definitely getting quite a little personality and he's such a joy to our lives!

Wednesday Wrap-Up

It's been a crazy week and I didn't get my Marathon Monday post done, so I'll call it Wednesday Wrap-Up this week. Same post, just a few days late!

My running this past week started off ok and went downhill from there. But life gets in the way sometimes and some miles are better than no miles! Here's my recap of this past week's training. . .

Monday – On the schedule (OTS): 5 miles
                What I did (WID): 3.6 miles – I didn't get up with my alarm so I ended up running after work, and I only had time for 3.6 miles before having to do end-of-day mommy duties.

Tuesday – OTS: Rest or XT (cross train)            
                 WID: My friend/CrossFit trainer had been sick and didn't make it to the gym. Since I was there, I decided I should still do a workout and I got on the rowing machine and did 2500 meters in a little over 12 minutes. Nice short total body workout!

Wednesday – OTS: 7 miles        
                      WID: 4.5 miles – Again, I didn't get up in the morning and I ended up having to run after work again.

Thursday – OTS: 4 miles
                  WID: Nothing. Again. I haven't gotten a Thursday run in for almost a month.

Friday – OTS: Rest or XT
              WID: Rest. We had a ceremony with an early formation and then work got crazy and I didn't leave the office until almost 1 so I didn't get to go to the gym.

Saturday – OTS: 17 miles
                  WID: Sat on a bus for 3 hours, marched a short parade, ate lunch, and sat on the bus for the 3 hours home. Formation was at 0430. Once we got back, we had family fun time and went bowling.

Sunday – OTS: Rest or XT
               WID: Ran 5.8 miles. I wanted to get at least something in this weekend. I had planned on getting up and getting a couple hour run in before church, but that didn't happen so I ran in the afternoon after we got home from church.

Total miles for the week – Scheduled: 33, Actual: 13.9. Yeah, not so good, but again, some miles are better than no miles!
Total miles run for this marathon training cycle so far – 158.4

I'm ok with how this week went training-wise. I'm starting to finally get it through my head that life gets in the way sometimes and you do what you can when you can. I still have 6 1/2 weeks until my marathon.

Tuesday Trivia

Did you know that. . .

My cat loves to sleep in cardboard boxes?? Yeah, go back and check out last week's Wordless Wednesday to see for yourself.

I love watching The Biggest Loser? That show inspires me. Yes, I'm fit and in shape, but that show is just amazing to show what you can do if you put your mind to it. And it shows that losing weight isn't a matter of the "right diet", but it's a lifestyle change. If you want to lose weight, you have to change your lifestyle – how you eat and your amount of activity.

It's true about things happening in 3s? I have 5 friends that are pregnant and I was wondering who #6 would be to round out the second group of 3. Well, I found out today who #6 is. (And NO it's NOT me.) I'm super excited for all 6 of them, 3 of whom are going to be first-time moms, 2 will be second-time moms, and one is working on #4!!

Marathon Monday

Oops! I forgot to do this yesterday, so you're getting Marathon Monday on Tuesday. Better late than never, I guess!

Here's my recap of this past week's (much better) training. . .

Monday – On the schedule (OTS): 6 miles
                What I did (WID): 4.3 miles – I slept in in the morning knowing that the afternoon PT was going to be a 40 minute run (and the fact that it was pouring rain with thunder and lightning). The goal for PT was as many laps as possible in 40 minutes. I *almost* got a full 17 laps in – I finished in 40:14.

Tuesday – OTS: Rest or XT (cross train)             
                 WID: I did a CrossFit workout of 5 strict shoulder press (45/50/55/65/60 pounds), 75 wall ball shots at 10 pounds (4:43), and assisted dips 5 reps (95/30/65 pounds). It was a great workout and the wall ball shots kicked my butt, but I got them done!!

Wednesday – OTS: 6 miles         
                      WID: 5.5 miles – We had a Battalion run this morning and it was a long one. I actually enjoyed it, except for the last mile. The first 4 miles were at a nice even 9 minute pace, mile 5 was at 9:30, and the last .5 was at 9:44. I could easily have finished at a 9 minute pace. Why did we slow down? I think the main part of the formation didn't slow down, but the company that was in front of the Band slowed down and a big gap opened up to the rest of the Battalion. It was frustrating, but when you're in formation, there's not much you can do about it. It was still a good run!

Thursday – OTS: 6 miles
                  WID: Nothing. We had NCO Professional Development in the morning, and since it started at 7, there was no time to run beforehand. And then life got in the way and my run didn't happen after work.

Friday – OTS: Rest or XT
             WID: CrossFit workout – 3 rounds of 5 dead lifts at 95 pounds and 10 burpees. (Took less than 4 minutes for the actual workout!!) But before that, we worked on learning the clean and did a whole bunch of practice dead lifts – first with an empty bar and then 75 pounds. I had no clue how much I was lifting until after and I was really surprised how much it was! Not bad for my first-time ever doing dead lifts!!

Saturday – OTS: 15 miles
                WID: 16.8 miles! When I headed out, I knew I had 15 on my schedule and I also knew that I needed 16.4 to hit 26.2 (a marathon) for the week. I didn't really plan out where I was going and I kind of just went and it ended up being 16.8! It was a great run and I'll take it. My fueling plan for this run was an English muffin with natural peanut butter (300 cal total) before I started and then 2 packs of Sport Beans during my run (half a pack (50-ish calories) every 40 minutes) along with water (32 oz. during the run). It worked out pretty well and I never really bonked from a lack of calories. However, next week I'll be trying something different just because I have other stuff to try and I want to see if something works even better than the jelly beans.

Sunday – OTS: Rest or XT
               WID: Rest – planned, and the extra sleep definitely was nice after yesterday's run!

Total miles for the week – Scheduled: 33, Actual: 26.6 – yay for finally getting over a marathon in a week!!
Total miles run for this marathon training cycle so far – 144.5

This was a really good week and I'm happy with it despite missing my Thursday run. I don't know if I'm feeling stronger from CrossFit yet, but it's a lot of fun and I'm enjoying learning new stuff! Once my marathon is done, I'll probably be adding in a little more CrossFit (3-4 days a week instead of 2) during triathlon training (Triathlon in June) and before my next marathon training cycle begins the end of July. Yes, I said next marathon training cycle. I registered for the Marine Corps Marathon, and I'll be running in Washington, DC, the end of October!

Five Things Friday

1 – I've been staying busy at work between my work in Admin and actually playing my horn quite a bit! Now that I'm the only trombonist in Music Performance Team Bravo (MPT B – the small ceremonial ensemble), I've been on all the graduation ceremonies and other gigs that we do. When there were 2 of us, we would alternate gigs. I'm definitely not complaining! I love my job! Admin keeps me busy with processing all the awards and Non-commissioned Officer Evaluation Reports, doing promotion and competition board packets (although I'm training one of my Soldiers in the shop to take over those), and doing other paperwork. I really enjoy working in Admin!

2 – Thomas has a whole mouth full of teeth. Recently he got 4 new ones on the bottom, all at once. He has 4 in the front and then a gap on each side and then 2 more on each side. On top, he has 4 in the front and then a gap and then 1 more on each side. He had to stay home from daycare on Wednesday as he had had a fever on Tuesday. I got called to go pick him up as he had a temp of 102. It was still over 101 when I got there. He was just burning up and after I got back from work (He and Ryan had a daddy/son afternoon) and he woke from his almost 3 hour nap (woke up about 5:30), he just wanted to cuddle and have mama milk. Definitely not like my little ball of energy. He ate a pretty good dinner and then slept from about 7:30 until a little after 9 Thursday morning with only 2 wake ups. We took him to the doctor Thursday morning, but it was mainly to get his note signed to go back to daycare. His temp was down to normal and the doctor determined it was a virus. Thomas has been fine since, so whatever it was, it was very short-lived.

3 – Robert also had a visit to the doctor, on Friday. He has an abscess on his leg (from an insect/spider bite??) and it had gotten really puss filled and popped while he was at school on Thursday. After that, we decided to take him to the doc. He got a topical ointment and an oral antibiotic and his leg looks a ton better already, and it's not hurting him anymore.

4 – We plan our menu monthly. Apparently this is impressive to some people (I took a picture of our menu for the month and posted it to Instagram/Facebook/Twitter. it really works well for us, and gives us something to base our grocery shopping off of. It's really nice knowing what we'll be making for dinner after a long day at work, and keeps us from just going out because we don't know what to make. We build days into the menu when we'll go out. After I do the menu for the month, I'll make my grocery list, broken down into various categories (meat, dairy, produce, breads/grains, baking, condiments, frozen, and misc.). We do probably 70% of our shopping at the beginning of the month, about 20% on the 15th, and the last 10% is the quick trips for milk, bread, and produce. We've been doing it this way for about 4-5 months now, and it really has been good for us.

5 – I can't think of a fifth thing, so I'm going to go to bed and get some sleep before my 15-17 mile run in the morning.