Four Things Friday

Just a few tidbits of info to end the week!

1 – Thomas got his tubes put in his ears and his adenoids taken out this morning. We were at the surgery center by 0615, got called back to a room around 7-ish, they took him back around 8 for anesthesia and the procedures and we were HOME by 0930! He did really well with the anesthesia and the procedures and the surgeon said he did good with everything. Once we got home, we had some snuggles and mama's milk and he took an almost 3 hour nap. After he woke up, you'd never guess that he'd had surgery just hours before. He chowed down his lunch, had a snack a few hours later, played all afternoon, and ate a good dinner! Hopefully his recovery continues at this pace.

2 – Today was Robert's last day of school. It's hard to believe that I'm now the mother of a 4th grader!! He did extremely well at school this past year and we are super proud of him. We got the results of the standardized tests they took earlier in the year, and he was above average in all subject areas and in the mid to upper 80s percentile NATIONWIDE in all areas!! We took him out to dinner this evening to celebrate the end of the school year.

3 – Ryan has been working in the wood shop at the craft center this week. He has a project going that I can't wait to share with you when he finishes it!! He's making a medal display for all my race medals!

4 – I've covered everyone else in the family. Something about me. . . Hmm. . . I've been staying busy between training with the post Army Ten Mile team, playing in 2 groups (filling in in the brass quintet) and being in charge of a 3rd group (their regular MPT leader has been at school). I'm also still doing all my tasks in my admin office and now that I've got good systems in place for all I do, I rarely miss a suspense! Every one in a while something sneaks up on me, but I'm only human after all. I really love admin!

Training Tuesday

Have you missed my training updates? Well, since I'm not in marathon training yet, I decided to do Training Tuesday instead of Marathon Monday. I'm training for a sprint triathlon on 15 June and I've also been training with/trying out for the post Army Ten Mile team! Here's what I've been up to with my training lately.

Saturday, May 18 – Our first Ten Mile team practice was at the track here on post. After a mile and a half warm up, we ran 6 x 800m with 2-3 minutes recovery between each repeat. My goal was to run each repeat in about 4:15, but I averaged 4:00 for each! We finished with a mile and a half cool down.

Sunday, May 19 – I enjoyed sleeping in a little extra before church which was followed by a stage band concert, shopping, and dinner.

Monday, May 20 – I finally got out on my bike and got to try out my new pedals and cycling shoes. I didn't crash or even fall over and I made it a little over 8 miles. Not bad for my first ride!

Tuesday, May 21 – Team practice. We did a mile and a half warm up and then 3 1-mile repeats with 3-5 minutes recovery between each. My goal pace was 9:00 and I ran my 3 miles in 8:47, 8:49, and 8:36 on a rolling hill course. We finished with a mile and a half cool down. The deer flies really made things interesting – trying to eat all of us runners up.

Wednesday, May 22 – I swam 1700 m (1.06 miles!) after work in the afternoon. I did a reverse ladder – 500, 400, 300, 200, 100, and then 2 50s. It was a really good workout!!

Thursday, May 23 – I had to miss team practice due to an early formation for the post Memorial Day ceremony.

Friday, May 24 – We had the day off work, so I was able to get yesterday's workout in. I ran to the gym track for a mile and a half warm up and then I did 8 x 400 repeats. The workout was actually 12 x 400, but they were mowing the fields AND it was windy. I could have dealt with either by itself, but the wind was kicking up all the dirt from the lawn mowers and I was tired of being hit by and breathing the debris so I called it quits after 8. I averaged about 1:53 for each of the repeats – nothing like running 2 miles in 15 minutes!! Of course, since I had run to the track as a warm up, I ran home for my cool down.

Saturday, May 25 – Team long run day. We met at Westgate Park in Dothan to run the 3.3 mile loop there. The plan was 3 times for just shy of 10 miles, but I was done after 2 loops (6.43 miles in 1:03:54). I had a couple of early miles that were too fast and that and not having water during the run did me in. It was really nice running with my teammates, though, during the first loop!! The team dynamic is a lot more relaxed than last year and I actually feel welcome this year! While I was running, Ryan and the boys went and had a boys' breakfast out – they came with and dropped me off! After they ate, they found a playground at the park and played until I was done running.

Sunday, May 26 – Much welcomed rest day! I actually got 9 1/2 hours of sleep overnight and woke up early enough that I was able to enjoy some quiet before the rest of the family was up and getting ready for church.

Monday, May 27 – I did my first "brick" for my triathlon training in the morning before I had to go to formation to play at a Memorial Day ceremony. I rode 10 miles on my bike and then went for a 1.5 mile run immediately after.

Now that you're all caught up on my training, I'll do my updates weekly which will cover from Tuesday through Monday (although my workout week goes from Monday to Sunday).

Five Things Friday

Yikes!! It's been over 2 weeks since my last blog post and forever since my last Five Things Friday post. Not good. Oh well, I'm here now!!

1 – The end of the school year is nearing and the 3rd grade had their awards ceremony yesterday. Robert received an award for Most Improved in Math in his class (he improved his score on whatever testing system they use by over 200 points during the course of the school year!!) and also a National Physical Fitness Award! We are super proud of him!!

2 – Robert's baseball season ended this past Tuesday and he hit a home-run in that last game!! I wish I had been there to see it, but I was at my own softball game. He really improved a lot during his first season of baseball, and although he's looking forward to soccer in the fall, he's also looking forward to playing baseball again next spring.

3 – I have been super busy at work as I have been involved in one way or another with 3 of the Music Performance Teams (MPTs). I'm still the only trombone player in MPT B (the small ceremonial band) and I'm filling in in MPT E (the brass quintet) while their trombone player is away at school for a month. In addition to those two MPTs, I was asked by our First Sergeant to be the Acting MPT Leader for MPT C (the brass band) while their MPT Leader was away at school. I have not been playing with them, but I'm there for accountability purposes and to take care of any issues that come up or whatever. Many of the members of the MPT have thanked me for stepping in. Oh, and besides all three of those MPTs, I'm still keeping busy in my admin office processing awards and evaluation reports and doing other admin tasks and supervising my 2 Soldiers that work for me. I really love my job!

4 – Ryan's been keeping busy as well. He was the assistant coach for Robert's baseball team and he pitches for our band softball team. He's also been doing some volunteer work for the band, making a shadowbox for a Soldier that is retiring. He took the required class at the frame shop on post, and now he can do framing and stuff there saving the band money because we don't have to pay the craft/frame shop people to do the work! He did an awesome job on the shadowbox for the Soldier, and he's also done a few small framing projects for us.

5 – The neighborhood center pool opened today for the summer and we took the boys swimming. Thomas had a great time in the water blowing bubbles and practicing kicking!! Hopefully he's going to be a fish like his mama has always been and like his brother has become. We're going to practice kicking and blowing bubbles every time we go to the pool, and maybe by the end of the summer he'll be swimming a little!

Bonus tidbit – I've started training with the Post's Army Ten Miler team again this year. Stay tuned for Monday's blog post for more on that!!

An Exciting Announcement!!

Over the past few years as I've become more active in the running/fitness community on Twitter and Facebook, I've seen many of my friends become brand ambassadors for various companies. While I've always been super excited for them, I've always been a little jealous and  wondered what they were doing that I wasn't and why I wasn't getting selected to be a brand ambassador. Well, it turns out that patience and perseverance pay off and my turn has come!!

I have been chosen as one of the very first Ambassadors for Generation UCAN!!!  My fellow Ambassadors and I are now members of Team UCAN Inspire and I'm super excited to have been chosen! I first discovered Gen UCAN nearly 2 years ago while I was still pregnant with Thomas and I've been a loyal user ever since.


So, what is Generation UCAN? This is directly from their website – "Generation UCAN is powered by SuperStarch, a healthy, natural, gluten-free innovation in carbohydrate nutrition. SuperStarch is a complex carbohydrate (derived from non-GMO corn) that uniquely stabilizes blood sugar and causes virtually no reaction from the fat-storage hormone insulin."

How do you use Gen UCAN? There are many uses for Gen UCAN – pretty much any athlete can use it before, during and/or after working out or competing. As a runner, I use a packet of the non-protein sports drink mix (my favorite is Pom-Blue) mixed with 8-12 ounces of water about 45 minutes before my long runs and races. And then I mix a packet of the protein-enhanced sports drink with either water or milk after my run to aid in recovery. I love using the chocolate protein for after, but sometimes I'll make a smoothie with the vanilla flavored after, using milk and frozen berries and mixing it up good in my blender!

Who uses Gen UCAN besides me? Lots of people do, including marathon champions like Meb Keflezighi, runners like Amy Begley and Simon Bairu, triathletes like Meredith Dolhare, pro football players like Vince Wilfork, and many others!

How can you find out more about Gen UCAN and maybe get some to try for yourself? Visit the Generation UCAN web site to get more information. If you'd like to place an order to try some out, use this link and get 10% off!!

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If you have any questions about Gen UCAN, feel free to ask and I'll do my best to get you an answer.

Thank you Generation UCAN for choosing me to be one of your brand Ambassadors!!