I am sticking to the week two routine for the whole week even though it says to only run three days.
I am sticking to the week two routine for the whole week even though it says to only run three days.
Intro: Hi, I'm Bethany...a SAHM to two kids...Max (aka the Moose) who is 2.5 yrs old and Tallulah (aka the Tool Belt...I know I know...ask my husband), 3 months. I'm also an English major working on finishing my bachelor's degree.
Why I run: Initially I started running with my son so I could lose the baby weight. But as time went on and I realized I could do fun things like races, I got more and more into it. In 2009, I ran my first half marathon and then my first full marathon. Now I would say that I run because it makes me a better mom and a better wife. The days I run are the days I feel the best about myself and about my life. It's gotten to the point that if I am having a bad day, my DH will actually kick me out of the house to go run, because he knows I'll come back in a much more pleasant state of mind. I swear the man knows me better than I know myself. :)
Goals: I really wanted to incorporate variety into my training this year...I burned myself out training for a 1/2 and a full in one year. I'm interested in doing the Minneapolis Duathlon this year, which is a running and biking event. I also would like to do the Twin Cities marathon again or maybe the Chicago marathon instead. I'd like to start doing triathlons but can't afford the gym membership to access the pool. Right now I'm just trying to get myself back into decent enough shape so that I can start a training plan. It's been difficult, though...Tallulah was a 9 lb baby and my pelvis doesn't seem to have quite recovered from it yet...even though it's 3 months later. Arggggh. My first race is the Get Lucky 7K in March so hopefully I'll have it together (no pun intended) by then.
Hi Bethany. Welcome. I'm in MN too. Although I suspect if you're calling your location the Tundra either you don't like snow or you live someplace less beautiful than the shore of Lake Superior.... be gentle with yourself getting back into the swing of it.
PO67: you've been away too long. cross training = code word in this forum for something you do with your partner. So needless to say I was laughing at your post :P
Gaye, logistics question: what did your custody agreement say? I ask because my boss was in a similar position a long time ago when his XW wanted to move out of state, so they had to go back and rework some things. It shouldn't all be on you and/or on your son. Maybe your XH should be the one to have to travel back to see his son, you know? And maybe you deserve more child support if your XH places himself where he isn't doing his share of the parenting.
Gaye, you're also right that whatever happens, you'll manage to make it a really good life for you and ds.
Also, another wise DIngo said, too, everything changes and continues to change. Once ds is in school, he will begin to make his own circle of friends, and with them might come some new mom friends, and new supportive people. And while your purpose in life is clearly not to attach yourself to another man and partner up (unlike maybe some people you know), you could well find yourself in a supportive and loving relationship in coming months/years. You're clearly open to new opportunities and people. You're not afraid to take risks and invest in learning new things (hello, nursing school!). Whatever lies ahead, you will make it amazing and not allow yourself to be screwed.
RR: Y workout in the AM, went to work and felt ill, came home. Something is settling in my throat/chest. So today I'm going in to the office because if I stay home I won't get anything done, and then my kids are home at noon, so we'll likely all hit the Y at 1230, then dd has dance and I might do yoga with my teacher-friend.
No word yet on the job wrangle. I am minute-by-minute as far as my state. We all prayed together over it last night, and it is simply an exercise in patience at this point. And trying to live in the present. I guess I have always tended to be more invested in future than present, and now the habit is causing me difficulty. At least I can see my problem for what it is (internal).
Good news: down 7 pounds from the start of the year as of yesterday. I really do un-bloat and shape up nicely when I lay off the sugar, exercise regularly and train my muscles.
SNOW DAY SNOW DAY SNOW DAY !!!!! The mom, teacher, slacker and skier in me are all happy at the same time. A day to get in a couple good workouts, play with my kiddos and take back my house. So far I have 1 hr on the trainer and my hundreds, plants watered, wood done, breakfast and snuggles with the littles and now they are playing.
I did get 45 minutes on the trainer last night while holding my needy little being who is on night two of almost no sleep. Does that make it a better or worse workout and me a good mom or a not so good mom????
Gaye...UGHHHHH. Clearly he is not thinking of your little boy and the burden is on you.
Jo, you are in my thoughts in this time of unknowing...
Jen, thanks for the yoga links, maybe I will make time today.
Gaye big kiddos to you for
Gaye ~ ugh.... just ugh. My sister is divorced and her XH lives in Seattle (she lives in NH). BUT, her X never had a relationship with their son (they were only married for 4 months I think). It's very difficult for her since she is a full-time teacher, and also does swim/bike/run for sanity. She cobbles together childcare with my parents, daycare, and a couple of babysitters. I'm definitely thinking of you .
Enjoy the snowday, to everyone who got one today!!!!
hbog ~ I started out pretty slow around 10-11 min/mi. At my fastest (2 years ago), I ran a 1:40 half-marathon and a 21 minute 5K. Lots of speedwork, and weighing as little as possible while still being healthy got me there. But, alas, injury and putting on 15 pounds has me back at the 10 min/mi range!
Jo ~ congrats on the -7 pounds! I have GOT to get off the sugar... starting today. I know it would really help lots of things (mood, weight, speed, etc.) I pray you get some more answers today about DH's job. Limbo sucks.
DD2 and I are slated to visit a preschool this morning and I will run at the Y after that. It's cold, so the treadmill it is.
Gaye sorry to hear you have to grapple with this. You have the right attitude about not fighting it legally, it ususally just ends up destroying anything good in the realtionship. Would it be possible to get an increase in child support since xh will not be doing as much child care and feeding etc... It would be important to have some extra childcare in place for you since you would not be getting any breaks through the week.
I keep wanting to say hello. So, hello Dingos!
I finally have a day off and I have an opportunity to run either this morning or this evening. The catch? It's so slippery out I am debating not going anywhere and instead spending the day reading Little House books (aloud, of course).
We are all still shaken. Dh is feeling the grief a lot at work, but can function normally at home. I am not too bad, but I am mostly just not thinking about it. MIL hasn't gone home yet, and I am wishing I could go and visit but the roads are pretty slick here.
Gaye- that's too bad. I hope things work out one way or another.
Jo- WooHoo! I hope you get some news soon.
I could use some crosstraining these days. Both kinds! :)
Gaye: Everything will work out the way it's supposed to. You are a great mother! It's not easy negotiating a distance like that, but the only thing constant in life is change. Take one day at a time. These things have a way of turning out. I'll keep you all in prayer.
Nemesis: I am so so so sorry for your loss. I'm thinking of you and your family during this hard time. *big hugs*
Searcher: YAY snow day!! We got an ice day here...hmph! Have fun with the white stuff!
Well, I was planning on going for a nice run after finishing this post, BUT my little sister just had another seizure (she has epilepsy that we're still learning to control) so my mother would like me to come keep them company while they wait for to hear from the doctor. I know everything is going to be fine, but it's terrifying for my mother each time it happens. (Lesson #1 - Run early, before the day sneaks up on you)
*7:30 am: run to work to get stuff I needed to be able to teach Thursday without being at work today. Photocopy homework, discover a copy of lawsuit documents from a faculty member on the copier.
*8:30 am: Back to my doc, ear infection still there, different abx, nose snorting for the next two weeks, and a referral to the ENT to drain with tubes. Blood pressure still high.
*9:30 am: grab K from school to get her to
*10 am: Dentist for two fillings, sealed molars, and a crown.
*11:30 am: Take bravest kid on the planet out to a lunch of smoothies and a cookie
*12:30pm: Get DD back to school just in time for the one hour a week she loves (gifted pullout)
*1 pm: Arrive at cafe after realizing I didn't have any coffee yet today, check email - find recommendation for tenure from Dean. Next step: Provost.
Still to come:
*3 pm Phone conference
*4 pm grab K to get her to
*4:15 pm: orthodontist appt to discuss which teeth to pull next
*7:30 pm Run or Puke, whichever feels right at that time.
Dear God, Geo! What a day! If you run, I'll name you Super Mom. If you puke, I'll send a maid to clean it up. :P
Nemesis ~ ((hugs)) I've been sending love to you. I hope you are all healing. Enjoy your day of books and maybe some cross training this evening. ;)
Jo ~ I hope for answers for you soon too. I can't imagine that wait.
PO7 ~ LOL @ you know what crosstraining is. I'd say! :D
mommjb ~ Sorry you fell off the wagon, but your comment had me LMAO!
I did a few pullups last night on DH's new bar and my 100s. I'm not sure what's in store for me today workout-wise. I know that this evening I'm bringing laundry to my parent's to dry because we still don't have a dryer here. Then we'll be eating dinner there, so that means wash, wash, wash while Val takes her afternoon nap. She's having lunch with Sesame Street right now (bad mommy), so I'm hoping a full belly puts her in the mood for a nap.
Does anyone know of good cardio videos online? Maybe kickboxing or something?
Geo--Holy cow, what a day. I hope everything goes smoothly and you tend more toward run than puke. Always my preference, especially after this week's night o' puking from DS.
Jo--I'm sorry your family is being left in limbo for so long; I sure hope you hear good news, and very soon.
mommajb--I'm glad that you managed to sneak out for a run, but sorry you're still on glitter duty.
Gaye--Oh, what awful news about XH's plans. I hate to hear about a parent moving so far away by choice; it just seems so unfair to the kids involved, and also to the remaining parent. I hope you'll be able to work something out that makes sense for you, and I hope he'll start thinking more clearly about what would be best for your little guy.
So, as all of you probably know, we're in the midst of a blizzard here in New England. Ugh, tons and tons and tons of snow. They actually cancelled school yesterday around dinnertime, before anything had even started falling, which was a nice change. No waking up early, no waiting in suspense. Nice. What is not so nice is the foot of snow on the ground, and the stuff still falling from the sky.
DH managed to be able to work from home today, which is great. Unfortunately, I'm scheduled to wait tables tonight and have not yet received a call telling me not to come in. They cut almost the entire lunch staff, but no such luck on dinner yet. Argh. Luckily we bought a snowblower last week, which is without a doubt already my favorite thing I have ever owned. Ever. It's the most fantastic piece of machinery ever invented, and I love it more than my husband.
No running for me today; I can't escape to the gym because DH is supposed to be working, and it's too snowy to run on the roads. Maybe tomorrow we'll have school again and I'll get my free time back.
I could see that. Especially when my husband is being a putz about shoveling.
whew. I'm back from a meeting iwth my old graduate advisor during which I held my own because I am no longer beholden to her. Yay me. She in turn agreed to possibly pay me $10 additional per hour (which is the rate I'm actually worth) AND farm off the crappy work to another lab AND to wait on project 2 until summer. She might be on crack right now, but geez I feel decent about standing up for myself -- especially since I was not doing the work anyhow.