Sunday, March 31, 2013

Saturday Adventures

This morning did not start as I had planned....when does anything go as planned???

I have to remind myself that Liam is only 3 1/2...but wow, what a personality on him...

I planned on a busy day of the Hutto Easter egg hunt, the Austin Mural Scavenger Hunt, lunch in Austin, and a birthday party.  It started out OK....but quickly went out of control when I asked Liam to have breakfast & take some allergy meds.  I don't want to go into details, but it was a crazy house for a while.  I cleaned up some things & went to my room to read for a bit.  He finally ate breakfast  & stated that he was ready for the egg hunt.  Of course, I made him cry by telling him it was already over.  Unfortunately a 3 year old does not quiet understand the whole thing about something happens at a certain time & if you miss it, you don't get to do it.  Ugh...

Sooooo, we headed into Austin for the Mural Scavenger Hunt sponsored by the blog R We There Yet, Mom? Once we found the first mural, the boys were excited!  I told the boys that they were fairly close together & Eddie wanted to walk to all of them.  I had to explain that they were car close, but not 3 & 5 year old close.
We did walk along S. Congress for a couple of the murals, which gave them a chance to run & see some sites. I think they had fun jumping in and out of the car.  We hit all but 3 of the murals on the list...I hope to go to the other 3 tomorrow...but we will see how church goes in the morning.

Below is a collage of all of the murals we saw on Saturday. Even though the contest will be over, if you are in Austin, you really should go and see a few of the murals.  I think it might be fun to go back and visit them in a few years & see what the boys think of them in a few years.  I enjoyed seeing how this area of South Austin has changed over the past years.  I didn't take pictures (since I was driving & trying to find murals), but it's quite different from the early 90s.


I managed to keep them awake on the way back to RR for a Chuck E Cheese birthday party.  I don't think my boys realize that you can go to the Cheese when it's not for a birthday.  Shhhh...let's keep it that way!  Lol!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Zooma 2013


I'm getting back on track!!  I ran my first 5K of the year on Saturday, March 23, 2013.  I hope it is the first of several this year.  I can handle training and running 3.1 miles with 2 kids.  3 miles is an easy distance to push them, too!  I have a race in mind next month that I'll be pushing them.

Zooma is a great an awesome race!  It offers the 5K and a half marathon.  (I did the half with a very cool mentor last year.)  This year I decided to just do the 5K so I could enjoy the day & some wine (it was promised last year, but because I finished so late, I couldn't find it & had no desire to search for it...I was just in the mood for a shower & to get home.)

I received a text on Monday from my running mentor last year, Lisa.  She asked if I wanted to share a room at the race location & have a REUNION!  I was so excited!  I started working on how I could accomplish this...crazy schedule of hubby & I.  Finally got my mom to agree to come watch them so I could head to the Hyatt Lost Pines & help with race registration & then get an undisturbed night of sleep (no little visitors & not having to get up super early to get to parking lot to be bused to the location).

When I arrived at the race registration....it WAS a reunion!  It was nice to see familiar faces that I ran with and got to know participation the the HEB Zooma Texas Girlfriends Program.  Before the program last year, I thought I loved the solitude of running and peace it brought me, but I really miss the group runs!!!  I know I'm slow, so I really need to work on my speed so that I can join a running group. I guess that's my motivation moving forward.  Who knew, I'm a social runner??!!

I was much more relaxed this year since I ONLY had 3.1 miles to go....then I remembered the hills...wait, were there hills on the 5K course too...ACK!!!  There were.  OH NO!  I had only been running in FLAT Hutto....

Here I am before the run....


So, I got nervous, but I had done the hills last year...I just wanted to beat the only recorded time I had from a 5K, but after remembering the hills, I would just be happy to finish without being sore.  

OK...so, it really wasn't THAT bad.  I enjoyed & smiled most of the way.  There were great ladies out on the course & I even waved & said hi to a few that I knew along the way!

Here I am...crossing the finish line!!! And, I was smiling!  Thanks to Erika for taking this picture!! Remember...I am sooooo slow (I have NEVER been an athlete)...I finished just under 45 minutes!! I'm pretty excited that I finished in that time WITH hills!!!



Here is what I missed last year...an ice cold glass of Barefoot Wine Moscatto!  It was sooo yummy! (I already drank a bit before I realized that I should take a picture..lol.)





I was a little sad that I did not get the beautiful necklace that the half marathon finishers received ..it has a charm of a runner...maybe I'll have to find one to add to my mommy & DP charm necklace. (I never thought I wanted a charm to signify my running...but I'm getting more proud that I do it and I'm starting to run more than I walk.) I did get the BLING for having a PR.  Now to keep getting faster (and maybe get hubby out there with me)!

On the drive home yesterday, I think I smiled the whole way (and jammed to some great music...love XM).  It really was a wonderfully relaxing time (even though it was less than 24 hours).  I felt recharged & renewed my spirit.....I felt like I could take on the whole world!  (it lasted for a little while, then back to mommyhood)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Running schedule

I just can't seem to keep to a schedule for running.

Ugh!

I think, rather, know that I would feel much better if I could stick to a schedule. I miss having a running schedule. Hubby's work every 3rd day kind of causes me to not have a regular running schedule. Then, children in bed at 4 AM causes me to shut off the alarm at 5 or 5:30.
Honestly, if I had a running buddy, I'd probably get up & go, but there is no one close that can change their schedule to sit mine or that is as slow as me (I won't share how slow, but I could do better)

I ran this morning. It was great, I feel great even though I felt lousy yesterday. I did a walk/run & did not skip any of the runs that Jeff Galloway told me to take!! (Lolo 5k app that is supposed to help me get faster)

Ok...this afternoon, I'm going to make a schedule (in my MomAgenda personal portfolio...my life...I'd be list without it) of running that I NEED to do to get faster & keep it up....them in a different color put some extras that I'd like to do (biking & other cross training). I'm thinking of picking up the Jillian Michael's 30 day shred...heard good things & quick work outs I can do in my living room.

I've lost 17 pounds so far this year & need to keep it off & lose A LOT more. It didn't go on over night, so it's going to take a but to get it off. My next step is to really get the exercise part back in my life.

I've been doing ok with the food...going to try some nutritional shakes...found done smoothie recipes that I might try...if anyone has some to share, please do. Green, fruit, Greek yogurt...

Just realized that I started the topic as running schedule & I ventured off topic a bit...it happens...

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Perspective

I wrote a long entry last night & took pictures of sleeping boys...just as I was about to post, my phone died (i had not saved it). Ugh...so here is another run at this...

A little background....hubby is in the Knights of Columbus (Catholic fraternal organization) & does stuff that take him out of town for weekend meetings & conventions.

The boys & I are lucky enough to get to tag along for the 2 nights of free hotel room in various cities. We started this when Eddie was still in a car seat & even attended one 2 months before I had Liam. The weekends occur 3 or more times a year.

Now that the boys are a little older, they understand & are excited to go to a hotel. I'm not always completely excited because I'm in charge of them most of the weekend as hubby is in meetings. Plus, different eating & skeeping schedule & the boys aren't always on their best behavior.

I guess hubby & I are more sensitive or on edge about their behavior & want them to be more quiet or just better in front of a lot of adults. In fact, they were the only children in attendance this weekend. Even more nerve racking for us to make sure they are on their best behavior.

See, on these weekends, we know the boys can behave, but I think we are nervous about bothering others (who have grown children & many have grandchildren).

I really need to change my PERSPECTIVE!!

Here is why...we get compliments on how nice it is to see them (even at Mass...the ArchBishop of SA encouraged us to bring them & in Austin & SA gave them good words for being there at Mass) & how good they are (our kids, really?). One couple even stopped me last night as I was headed to go to the gym to workout & said they would never have been able to bring their boys (now in their 20s) to any kind of event like this. One lady told me yesterday (as they were running around the breakfast table) just let them be...they are good boys. Even crazy, others see them as good. Hmmm...

I guess I just need to say THANK YOU when they are complimented & appreciate that they are great little boys!!

I love them & am now beginning to enjoy this little weekends because I get to take them to different cities & see different things through their crazy little eyes!!

We go to Corpus Christi at the end of next month for another one of our weekends. This is different...much bigger than the other small weekends...but I'm looking forward to a new adventure with them!!!

Pictures are...San Antonio zoo...Saturday night after a long weekend...stop at Buc-ee's in New Braunfels