I Left The House, Rylee the Photographer & My First Speed Session

This week has been a really good week. It started out with the best Monday in a really long time. I made it out of the house with both kids by myself. This was the first time and probably made me overconfident with how well it went. We went to the dollar store so I could get some things to organize my pantry and then made a pit stop at Ross.

I need to go back to the dollar store to get more supplies. I’m going to pop my head into Ross and see if they still have that mirror…if they do, it’s mine! At the dollar store I bought a bunch of those plastic organizing bins. I hate not being able to see all the food I have in there. Plus it was time to do some purging. We hadn’t done it since we moved in. Only pay attention to the middle shelf. The rest will be done this weekend.

While I was busy organizing the pantry Rylee decided to play photographer on my phone. Every day I open my photos and there are at least 20 from her I didn’t notice before. She loves taking pictures of herself. I’m teaching her how to take my picture so my Mom can retire ;). It’s a work in progress…

Haylee even hit a big milestone on Monday, she grabbed her first toy. She is awake so much now and loves these kinds of toys.

Yesterday morning I was lucky enough to go running. MMR had the day off so I put my shoes on and headed out the door. If I had to do this workout any later I would’ve been bummin’. It was so hard. The workout was 5×400’s with 400m recovery. Usually I would go to a track but we don’t live really close to one. We do have a street behind our house instead of more houses. It was the perfect distance I needed to run back and forth.

Trying to balance babies and running has been interesting so far. I feed Haylee right before I leave and then I need to feed her right when I get home. Early morning runs are looking more and more practical. I wouldn’t need to worry about a sitter, or have to go during nap times. Haylee usually feeds between 4:30 and 5:30 which is early but I might just have to get use to it. Think of all the productive things I could do when I get home….Like stretch and enjoy some hot chocolate. It was a little chilly out there.

Here’s to hoping waking up early worked out. If it didn’t looks like I might be heading over to my parents to fit it all in or waiting to run until after dinner.

How to get up and going again.

Last week was a little rough getting back into running. I’m not sure why, maybe because I started with the treadmill, or the fact that I had some unrealistic expectation. You have to remember that once you take a huge break from any kind of fitness you will start pretty close to zero depending on how long you take off. It’s been about 3 months since I have done any kind of “serious running” and my fitness levels are definitely showing. I have tried to keep up by doing some higher intensity work outs but nothing can really compare. At least according to my body. I just have to keep remembering:

I did 3 miles on the treadmill Tuesday last week and it was miserable. I turned my music up but the gym was so busy and it felt so hot and stuffy in there nothing seemed to help make the miles easier. MMR tells me its all in my head which I agree. I need to come up with a mantra or something to keep my head in the game. But….on the positive side I got to wear running shorts, I kinda missed them! Oh and I’m digging the fact that it’s almost the end of January and I still have a little bit of a runners tan despite the fact that I am completely pasty.

Running outside is so much easier. I love it especially after a stressful day at work. Its nice to just have the wind blowing in your face/ponytail. Thursday I was able to make some time and ended up running during sunset. I’ve decided I am a night time exerciser. I love running at night and reflecting on what I’ve accomplished during the day. Okay my cheese fest is over.

I brought my running gear to Boise but unfortunately did not go for a run. I brought all cold gear but it was not warm enough. In the mornings the fog was so thick it made everything extra frozen, I think most mornings it was low 20’s. Which is way to cold in my book. I didn’t bring shorts – rookie mistake – I would’ve died if I had tried to run indoors with long sleeves and tights.

This week I have 3 runs planned and my goal for this week is to run with a better attitude. I want to be able to surpass the wall we all hit. Or at least have a few mantra’s under my belt so I can stay sane :) – this one I really like:

I have a project I want to get completed this week/weekend in one of the bathrooms. It’s been a while since I’ve done some home projects so I’m pretty excited about this one. Our bathroom right now is pretty standard for a rental, stark white walls, basic vanity etc. Here’s what my ideas are, and of course I will have the final product for you next week!

Hope everyone is having a great Hump Day!!!