Tuesday, April 22, 2014

henry: eleven months!

somewhere over 20lbs haha... if i had to guess, 22 maybe? since thats my favorite number, ill go with that

still a very healthy growing little guy!

12-18 month fits perfectly. i put a pair of 9 month pajamas on him the other night... (oops, this is 11 month blog...) i just cant let some of this stuff go!!!

still having issues with him waking up between 4 and 5 and fussing. hes extremely wet, so we change him then (hes still half asleep usually) and then bring him into bed with us. we broke this one night over the weekend... just laid him back down and tried to see if he would fall back asleep in his crib (he fusses every 10 minutes or so and when hes in bed with us we will just sing or whistle and he will fall back asleep)... we were worried that if he fussed and just laid there in his crib he wouldnt be able to fall back asleep, but he did for about an hour. whatever, i like having him in bed with us. this stage wont last forever, so ill cherish it now while i can.
we had one night last week where he was up every hour on the hour screaming. this was really taxing on us because he has slept through the night for so many months now. it was due to his 6th tooth breaking through but it was so hard to watch and i just cried and cried rocking him back to sleep. we had to remind ourselves that this was normal and nothing was wrong with our kid, was just really sad to see him in pain (and we were both exhausted having to get up for work the next day!)

standing up and climbing all over everything! he is climbing up the stairs (with just guarding behind him), and he is a lot more verbal. i swore "mama" and "hi" came out the other day, but i havent heard it since. soon! he is also very close to walking unassisted (i figured it would happen on 11 months and 1 day like all the other milestones, but it didnt happen). hen also got his 6th tooth (now has 4 on the top and 2 on the bottom). those darn teeth really seem to bother him right before breaking through so we (ok i) got him the amber teething necklace. does it work? i dunno. ty makes fun of it, but if it might help just a little, im ok with it.

baby gear love
definitely the bob stroller again now that the weather is not frigid arctic tundra up here anymore! i love this stoller more than anything, not just for walking or running but also for going out and about. its easy to fold up and put away, easy to open up, and maneuvers so well throughout stores and whatnot. i wish it had a little more storage but its got enough for what we need. we've pretty much outgrown a lot of the other baby gear we got- still using the walker which is great when we need to get things done but he is more content climbing around the furniture and attempting to pull all things out of everywhere (we finally put child safety lock things on the kitchen cabinets).

along with the normal grocery store, target, etc- we went to the childrens museum with friends allie and parker. hen loved it!

hen started swimming lessons. he seems to enjoy them for the most part (although the water is cold!)

and he met the easter bunny while at grammy and grampy nappis for an easter egg hunt! what a great surprise! he also got fabulous easter baskets.

size 4. we've had an issue with some sort of diaper rash- more or less we think its from his pee mixing with the target diaper material (seemed worse when we were using the target diapers, goes away with the pampers...) but it also could have been from something he ate? who knows. its cleared up and never seemed to bother him.

still easier to write what the kid wont eat as opposed to what he will eat. the list of what he doesnt like to eat has nothing on it. he will eat anything. which is awesome. new foods we have tried recently- waffles with maple syrup (and weve added maple syrup to his oatmeal), eggs, cheese, strawberries, and more yogurt flavors. some of his favorites are still puffs (any flavor), little crispy crunchy cheese doodle type snack things, avacado, bananas, and applesauce. unattended he loves to eat grass, mud, dog hair and books. ugh.


there is not much this kid doesnt like... some days hes a bit fussier than others, but overall just a very happy and content baby. as of recently hen really doesnt care for getting his diaper changed or getting clothes on- its a true wrestling match at times! (which makes for a complete disaster if he has a dirty diaper!) he still dislikes wearing socks, shoes, and hats.

we cannot believe how fast time has gone by... less than 30 days until our little man turns 1. it has been incredible watching him grow and learn, and in turn we ourselves have grown and learned so much from him. the past 11 months have been the best months of my entire life... i just wish i could bottle up all this time and save it. my memories will last forever. we sure love this little booger!

happy 11 months henry!!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

gorham lions club 10k

a few weeks ago kristal asked me if i would come run a race in her town with her. apparently it was a very small local race and she was trying to get it built up to a bigger race. last year 11 people ran the 10k, 16 ran the 5k. so i told her sure, why not (well, i asked my coach, who turned my training schedule around a little bit to accomodate. and told me he would kill me if i hurt myself.... a few people told me that actually. its good to have friends who care, right?). anyway... in the days leading up to the race i was all "awesome! im so excited to race a 10k! i havent done that in a long time and im anxious to see what i can do!" while also being like "what if i run too fast and my legs fall off and i fall and hurt myself and then i cant run the marathon maybe i should just stay home and eat pie..." yes, these are the things we think of when we are at the end of a long strenuous marathon training cycle and are going crazy. well i might be crazy to begin with.

but i ultimately decided to give it a go. why not. whatever happens, happens, and i wasnt going to allow myself to get hurt... if anything didnt feel right, this wasnt my goal race. i could just stop and walk or hitchhike to the finish. sarah decided to come along with me and cheer me on and we went to pick kristal up on our way. we went in and got our bibs and sarah and i warmed up with a little under 2 miles. everyone gathered at the "starting line" (a crack in the road) and they had a countdown and a bullhorn. as usual, i took off thinking i was being chased... got to 0.5 miles at 6:47 pace. ugh... need to work on this. there were 5 guys ahead of me, 3 of which i knew were in the 5k, 2 in the 10k. i quickly glanced behind me and i was followed far behind by a small group of a few runners, so i slowed down and settled into an oddly comfortable 7:15 pace.

the course was a two loop 5k course with one hill along the way. when i got to the hill and turned left at the top i glanced behind me again and saw two guys running with 5k bibs on (10k bibs were red, 5k white... this was a nice touch). one of those guys ended up passing me somewhere during that 2nd mile and i never got passed again. coming through the 5k finish i threw my water bottle at sarah (there was one water stop along mile 2 if i needed it) and the timing woman yelled out "21:47". a PR? i looked down at my watch and it read 3.0 miles exactly. ugh, the course was going to be short. oh well.

mile 1- 7:19
mile 2- 7:12
mile 3- 7:18

as i headed out onto the second half of the course, i started feeling really hot. it had been about 32 degrees to start the race so i wore my oiselle capris and long sleeve oiselle flyte top (love love love their clothes!) but i was happy that i had worn a tshirt underneath. i managed to pull the top off and tie it around my waist and i was instantly much cooler. the sun had come out and it was probably up into the 40s. wtf, isnt it almost may?! when i got to the hill around mile 5 i again looked behind me and there was no one in sight. a very weird feeling. i got to the water stop and grabbed a cup quickly (well maybe i stopped a few seconds to catch my breath) and took off, knowing i was almost done and was going to get a sweet new PR. i could see the 2nd place guy ahead of me but i knew i couldnt catch him (and i didnt need to) so i just ran my own race and tried to finished strong.

mile 4- 7:17
mile 5- 7:25
mile 6- 7:01
0.2- 6:25

i came through the finish line in 43:41, but my watch read 6.03 so i ran on until it read 6.2- 44:47!! my old PR was 47:50 at beach to beacon in 2009... i never thought i would ever reach that PR again! i was hoping for one today, knowing how i had been running recently i figured it was well within reach, but sub 45 was not something i thought i would do. very happy with this race, and hopefully it will grow to be a bigger race again next year! (this years 5k had 38 people and 10k had 19). i ended up being 3rd overall and 1st female... yay for small local races haha. sarah was an excellent cheerleader and kristal broke her goal of 49 minutes and came in 3rd female!! overall a great day. heading into my next race... maine coast marathon... with 5k, 10k, 10 mile, and half marathon PRs for 2014... fingers crossed for sub 3:58:14!!!

kristal and me

winner winner!

official time: 43:41 (6.03 miles)
1st female
3rd place overall

Friday, April 18, 2014

PDF- phone dump friday

exciting things happening this week! (and i havent had a PDF in awhile). no surprise, this ones all about running (its totally consuming my life right now... 3 more weeks!!)

i only told a handful of people that i had entered the chicago marathon lottery
(and personally thought there was no way i was going to be picked...)

...and then this showed up on my athlete center...

and then i got this email. and so did kristal!

check out ERICA SARA DESIGNS. beautiful.
(she is also making a really sweet gift for my marathon fundraising giveaway!)

speaking of my fundraising...
$1000. i am overwhelmed with feelings.



love this pic from last weeks amazing PR at great bay.
dont worry, ive purchased the pic. just dont want to wait to get it. please dont send me to jail.

and finally, the boston marathon is monday. lots of emotions for me in that city, but i am proud to say i am boston strong, and will be there to support each and every runner. good luck to you all!!

definitely having this picked up for me. love oiselle!!
(thanks sarah!)

2011 boston memories

Monday, April 7, 2014

great bay half marathon

well... as usual im having difficulties sitting down to write this recap. yesterdays half marathon was my 19th half marathon, and my 100th lifetime race (well, official race anyway- i had thought i had done my 100th race sometime last year but looking back i had counted some races that werent really official races... so this one was it!) despite this being a huge milestone in that regards, and with all of the runs ive done, i still get nervous before races, and still have trouble finding the right words to say how it went. id love to be all "great bay half- i ran fast and took lots of pics. and they say "a picture says a thousand words" right? so rather than write out all the details, heres thousands and thousands of words about what a massive PR feels like. the end." buuuut i wont do that.... so heres how it all went down.

a few months ago when we registered for this race, ty and brayden had decided they wanted to train and do it also. this made me so happy... ty has been doing the beach 2 beacon 10k with me for a few years now but never anything more than that distance. they both trained well and i was excited they stuck with it (it helped that ty bought new shoes, compression socks, running clothes, gu... man this is already an expensive sport, now were doubling it as a running family!) anyway, along the way kristal also decided she would join us... making this her third half marathon, and three half marathons with ME! im clearly a great influence!

sadly brayden couldnt come back from his job in time to run with us, and i was worried ty wouldnt want to do the race without him, but he still did and even said he was excited! (not excited like im excited, but to know he was still wanting to do the race made me smile). kristal came over to my house just before 8am and we packed up and headed out. the race was about an hour or so away and had an 11am start time... this can be tough to figure out nutrition, but i liked that we were able to sleep in (and hen slept til almost 7am!) this also gave the day a little longer to warm up, which was nice. original weather report showed a high of 52 degrees, but when we got there it was certainly not warm, and the wind was brutal. lovely.

every year i do this race they change up some part of it, whether its the start, the course itself, or the finish. this year was no different, but it was by far the best overall situation we have had in all of my years racing it. the parking, packet pickup, start line and finish line were all in the same place! no more parking in one spot, getting the shuttle to the pick up, walking to the start, finishing in a different place.... it was great. we sat around and got ready in the car, went and picked up our bibs and tshirts (super easy), and hit up the port-a-pottys (no lines!) before getting in a warm up mile. i wanted to make sure what i was wearing would be ok (it was), that i picked the right shoes (i did, brooks launch), and i ran about a quarter mile at pace to feel the effort. i think im ready... (am i? nerves kicked in for sure).

lets do this!

ty wasnt so sure

after kristal finished her last half marathon, i had given her a fellow flower. she and i love to complain to each other about this and that, and i felt the "no excuses" purple flower really hit the nail on the head for her. i already had the "believe" flower, and we decided to wear them to the race. we got lots of comments on them! (and saw a bunch of other people wearing fellow flowers too!)

ok so anyway... onto the race! i lined up with the 7:30 pacer (what am i thinking?!), a girl sang the national anthem, and we were on our way. i had originally thought the start line was uphill, but we actually went the other way/downhill which was a nice surprise. i quickly found a good groove and settled in, staying close behind the pacer. i saw ahead of us that we were going to be taking a right hand turn (this first two miles were going to be new to me since they had changed up the course) so i headed to the right side of the road. a few small quick hills brought us out into a neighborhood, some turns here and there, and just like that we were at mile 1. another few turns and we were back out onto the main road like previous years, a steep hill, a sharp downhill, a turn onto the main road and then off into the woods after mile 2 where the 5k splits off from the half. 

mile 1: 7:31
mile 2: 7:35
mile 3: 7:27

seeing my mile 3 time surprised me, but i felt like i was running strong. i had set my watch to read overall pace, knowing i was trying to keep it under 7:45 ish. my original thought for the day was trying to get a 1:43... i knew this course well (and knew it was tough) but also knew that my training was going well and i felt like i could do fairly well. was 1:43 a lofty goal? maybe. but i was willing to give it a try, and if anything felt off or painful, i was ok to back down. this wasnt my ultimate A race, and i didnt want to compromise that with this run.

shortly after mile 3 i lost sight of the pacer. this got me a little worried but i thought it was odd since i was still seeing 7:34 overall pace on my watch. i didnt realize until about mile 10 that i had thought the pacer was a 7:35 pacer and not a 7:30 pacer. oops. mile 4 had a pretty good set of uphills, and right before mile 5 was a steep downhill that i flew down. i knew my heart rate was up but i felt great. the road had turned into a slightly damn/muddy pot hole filled road (as usual) but i just kept watching my footing and trucked along. back onto the road at mile 6 i felt really good, and happy to have cement back under my feet.

mile 4: 7:49
mile 5: 7:37
mile 6: 7:46

the first 7 miles are pretty much a steady uphill climb with rolling hills, and then two mega hills before mile 8. i had forgotten about the 2nd big hill that came, but i just maintained effort to get up, knowing the rest of the race was pretty flat (from what i felt like i remembered anyway... which was wrong, but oh well haha).

mile 7: 7:29
mile 8: 7:45
mile 9: 7:40

shortly before mile 9 i felt pretty barfy. i had taken a gu prior to the race, and felt like i needed one by mile 3 (this has never happened before, usually im ok til at least mile 4). i took another one at mile 6, thinking i would take a third around mile 10 or 11. i never ended up taking that third one and just continued to drink my water/gatorade mix in my handheld and eventually the feeling subsided. it was pretty warm out at this point, but the wind helped keep me cool. as we went through a water stop one of the volunteers told the woman in front of me that she was the 11th female overall. i looked around me and i was all alone, and thought well... then that would make me 12th female? i didnt think that was possible, but it kinda helped push me along through the next mile. around 9.5 you turn left onto a road that leads you out into an out and back neighborhood. usually when i get onto this road i see many of the first 100 or so runners coming back towards me to the finish... i almost got to mile 10 before i saw anyone. i assume the first two guys i saw were the race leaders. and i made it to almost mile 11 before seeing any women... so all of the top women were on the loop, which was only really about a mile long. wow.

mile 9-10 was tough and my time reflected that (the wind was relentless!!!), but when i got to the last 3 miles left, i wanted to give it all i had. sadly i think i started my push too soon (should have waited til mile 11 maybe)... mile 10-11, although fast, felt really tough, and mile 11-12 showed that. i grabbed a cup of water at the water stop before mile 12, and then pretty much told myself to suck it up and just go finish this damn thing. i knew i was going to go sub 1:48, knew i was most likely going to go sub 1:45 (i dont do math very well during races), and i wasnt about to give up now.

mile 10: 7:57
mile 11: 7:20
mile 12: 7:46

shortly before mile 12 i saw kristal on her way out to the turnaround. she looked great! as i turned off the road towards the finish, i looked up the road to see if i could see ty, but knew it was probably too soon. i thought about him a lot during my race, knowing he was probably cursing me at each hill (haha oops!) but really hoping he was doing ok. two final straight up hills towards the finish and i knew i was almost there. i saw 1:38 on my watch and for a second thought i might be going for a sub 1:40... is this really happening? there were times out on the road where i wasnt sure the legs i was running with were my own... a very surreal feeling throughout the day. with about a quarter mile to go i passed a girl ahead of me and never looked back.
mile 13: 7:30

downhill fast finish, and i felt strong, smiling through the finish line...

 0.16: :59.8 (6:16 pace)

ended up being 10th female finisher and 1st in my age group!! i think im still in shock... i know that i have been training hard for my marathon (5 more weeks! eeeeek!) but i really did not think 1:40 was a time i was capable of for a half marathon. am i surprised? kinda... but im starting to believe in myself a lot more and my confidence is building. this race was absolutely what i needed to jump start the next 2 weeks of training, and then im onto race prep/taper!

kristal came in right behind me with a blazing fast new PR, sub 1:50! so proud of her!!

and ty came in well ahead of his goal time, despite some major hamstring seizing issue and knee pain. ugh... lots of icing and foam rolling in his future (and we took a nice family walk this morning to shake things out). SO PROUD OF HIM for doing this race! and he said to me last night "ive always been proud of you and respected what you do with your running, but after today i definitely have a new found respect for what you do. i absolutely could not (and would not) get to the 13.1 mark and say "yay! i wanna go run that distance again!" hehe. overall the race was a huge success, and i really enjoyed the new course. maybe one of these years those two mega hills will just magically disappear.

i think this pic and his facebook status say it all about how ty feels about half marathons...

quite the comedian

happy finishers!

barf. and those down hills (all two of them) are no joke either!

lots of prizes for the age group win!

half marathon #19
lifetime race #100

official time: 1:40:11
1st in age group F30-34
10th female overall
65th out of 635 total runners