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Monday, April 30, 2018

River City Ten Miler

Remember a few weeks ago when I ran the Papa John's Ten Miler and I said that I had two races one weekend at the end of the month? Well it was this past weekend and I do believe I was completely crazy! 

Saturday I ran the River City Ten Miler here in Evansville. It was designed to be a training run for the Peace, Love and Harmony Half coming up in May and I originally wasn't planning on doing the race. But when I saw the cool medal I decided to go for it. 

It was a chilly morning and while I knew I would warm up once we started, I was freezing! I went into both races this weekend with little to no expectations. I'm somewhat undertrained and the last longish run I did started out beautifully then completely fell apart the last half. So basically my goals were to finish and not die. I told Alan to expect me to finish between 2:15 and 2:30.

Mile 1: 12:55
Mile 2: 12:32
Mile 3: 13:09

I;m not where I was before Cameron so I was just going to go out there and see what I could do. As usual, pretty much everyone passed me in the first mile or so but once people start tiring and walking I would pass them because slow and steady finishes the race as I like to say. 

Mile 4: 12:49
Mile 5: 12:49
Mile 6: 12:49

Even splits! This almost never happens. It's relatively flat along the Greenway but I was running the flats and downhills and run/walking the inclines and not going out too fast like I normally do paid off. I was playing leapfrog with several groups of women but I finally lost them between miles 4-5. Somewhere around mile 6 I had to pee but I was determined not to stop because I was doing so much better than I anticipated. 

Mile 7: 12:54
Mile 8: 12:51
Mile 9: 13:08

I started counting down the miles until I could pee and telling myself each step was closer to the bathroom. The course was two out and backs and up on the levee it was super windy. At one point it felt like I was running in sand but I wasn't going any slower. 

Mile 10: 12:34

Once I hit mile 9 I was so happy. Until I saw that instead of crossing back into the park and running the shortest distance to the finish we had to run around the whole thing. I just wanted to be done. I had texted Alan around mile 6 to let him know where I was and was hoping he was there with the kids. Then from across the pond I heard Cecily. I looked over and saw them all in the grass and started crying. I wanted to walk so bad and those kids are what got me to the finish. They are a big part of the reason I run, to show them you can do anything you can put your mind to, that I'm not my mother, that any BODY can run. 

I waved as I ran past and finished in 2:08:46. Four minutes off my time from The River Run in 2016.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Cameron Ten Months

Cameron turned TEN MONTHS old on Sunday. Ten months! This kid definitely holds his own in our family and you definitely don't forget he's here. He will start scream-talking to remind you when his big brother and sister are super loud. While he's generally still a happy baby, he will def1initely let you know when he's not. He's also attached to his mama and gets pissed when I go anywhere without him. 

He now has seven teeth, five of which cut through in the last three weeks, super fun for us! Especially me because he has started biting me while nursing and it hurts so bad. They other two also bit me, it only happened a couple times. This kid though, it's his way of telling me he doesn't want to nurse right now! In the last couple weeks he's taken off Army crawling and definitely gets around. He can get up on all fours, but just can't coordinate moving like that. I'm glad he finally started really moving and it's how Ewan did so I think it's cute. Ewan and Cecily? They've had to learn that we weren't kidding when we said they have to start putting their things away once he's moving. They're constantly asking me to come get him because he crawled over to them and they can't play. 

He absolutely loves food and if you'r eating, you're expected to share or get yelled at. I don't think he's tried a food he hasn't liked yet. Such a big kid, his first birthday is coming up fast. It's hard to believe that the actual planning will begin very soon!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

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Papa John's 10 Miler

I ran this race with my friend Mary Rose, with whom I ran the Anthem 5k this year. I'm not where I was in running before Cameron so going into it I knew I wouldn't finish 10 miles in the time I did the River Run a few years ago. But when I woke up to this on the radar on my phone, I said screw it I'm just going to have fun hanging out with my friend and we will finish when we finish. I had no idea if it would be icy or not and running fast wasn't worth falling on my butt. 

It was SO COLD before the start of the race, even with my additional layers but I knew that I would warm up. I was afraid that I was going to be overdressed once we got going, but I was perfect. Warm, but not melting. The snow picked up and my hair was covered before we even started the race. Snow in April, but climate change doesn't exist, right?

Her dad took a few photos of us running at the start and near the finish. 

We started out pretty strong but within the first mile Mary Rose's knee started hurting so we took it easy alternating running and walking. The race goes around a park that has lots of hills and is really pretty. So we walked up the hills and ran the flats and downhills. It was really pretty going through there. 

Alan's parents live really close to the park and I was concerned that I might have to nurse Cameron somewhere at that point but when I texted Alan he said Cam was fine. Whew! I brought some pumped milk but he's never really taken a bottle before and this was the longest I have been away from him so I wasn't sure how he would do. Thankfully he did great. 

The course is basically an out and back, with the ring road around the park as the turn around. On the way back, somewhere around 7.5-8 miles Mary Rose mentioned that if we could finish in the next 30 minutes we would finish with an average pace of 16:30. Well, we blew that out of the water finishing right around 16 minutes per mile. 

You have to go up and over the bridge to get to the finish and that was the only part that was icy. We started running the downhill and once I realized she wasn't right behind me, I just went for it. I was so close to the finish and was just done with being out there in the cold and I wanted my pizza. So, I finished in 2:39:49. Mary Rose finished about 40 seconds behind me. 

We had a great time chatting about life and it made the miles go by quickly. And she talked me into doing a trail half marathon at the end of the month...the day after my second 10 miler. I think I really am crazy!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Spring Break 2018: Washington D.C.

For the kids' spring break we decided to take a trip to Washington D.C. Since I was pregnant last year and then we had a newborn, we didn't take a vacation at all last year so we decided to do a short trip this year. We chose Washington D.C. because it's a full days' drive from us and there are a ton of things to do that are free. Plus, Ewan has been reading books about the city and we knew he would love to see everything in person. 

Because Easter was also the week of spring break, we came back a few days early instead of staying the entire week like we would've done otherwise. So we really only had three full days there. I was so looking forward to seeing the cherry blossoms in bloom and going to the festival but because spring has been drunk these last few weeks they weren't in bloom yet. In fact, it was pretty cold and rainy. But we didn't let that stop us! 

We spent the first day exploring the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and going to see the White House, Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument. The kids were so excited to see the dinosaurs and Cecily got these pterodactyl wings that she wore all day. It was so funny because she would "fly" across the street then beckon us forth once she had made sure it was safe. She was definitely a hit as we were walking around the city. 

The kids walked pretty much all of Monday and were exhausted. We took the metro back to our hotel in Virginia during rush hour and we decided that we would take it easy on Tuesday to give them a little break. All we did was spend the day at the National Zoo. Ewan has been going on and on and on about seeing the pandas - I think seeing them was the thing he was most excited about - so of course we couldn't miss it. Unfortunately it started raining about halfway through our trip and we had left our umbrellas and ponchos at the hotel so we cut it short. But we did see the pandas, elephants, gorillas, small mammals and some other animals that I can't remember. 

We started our third and final day at the Capitol building. Along with the White House and pandas, this was the other thing Ewan had to see. He and Alan explored while I fed Cameron and Cecily "napped" in the stroller. After walking around all day Monday she decided she was riding the bottom of Cameron's stroller. It wasn't worth the fight and she's so tiny that she fit perfectly. Afterward, we went to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, which is my favorite. I'm a total space nerd and I love seeing all the spacecraft and artifacts from various missions. Since we didn't go first thing in the morning, that place was nuts! It was so crowded and really stressful keeping the kids from running off in different directions. Cecily was bored after about five minutes and wanted to go ride the carousel in front of the castle building. But, we were able to get through a good chunk of the museum. 

Even though there were a few not so great moments (me throwing up on the metro from motion sickness...), overall we had a really great trip. It such a great place to bring kids and I know that we will be back again once they're all a little older. 
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