Sick Kids and Cold Weather

As you can see below, I had pretty low mileage week tbis week. For a few reasons.

First, it got cold and snowy and icy and I opted to run inside on the treadmill. All the runs this week were on the treadmill and I’m still getting used to running on the treadmill sonI can’t seem to go more than 2 miles without stopping.

Second, the end of this week brought little sleep. One night, I literally didn’t sleep because I was worried about a sick toddler and felt the need to listen to him breathe. Earlier this week, FW landed at the doctor’s office, with a barking cough and trouble breathing – croup! So we knew that some of our plans for the weeken would be put on hold.

But there was still stuff we had to get done! Luckily, after his meds and some sleep, FW was feeling alright enough to help us with dropping off food, gifts and grocieries for our annual adopt a family program.

It’s a lot of work, but I’m always so glad we are able to be part of this annual tradition.

After drop off, since we were in the neighborhood, we decided to ger some coffee (for B), kombucha (for me), and chocolate milk (free for FW).

And then we popped into the West Side Market. It was a bittersweet visit- we were saying goodbye to some of our favorite stands. Two of them were closing – Rooted in Cle and Basketeria.

After the Market, we grabbed a quick lunch at Boaz. FW feastes on hummus and pita and LM tries her first hummus as well! I think she liked it.

It was a low key afternoon and evening, including some raking, nap time for the kids and dinner at home.

Sunday morning included some pancakes (made by B, but not pictured) and a stroller run with FW. We got in 4 miles and it was 40 degrees, which felt AMAZING. I don’t get in many stroller runs when it’s winter because of the cold and snow, so I really appreciated getting out there.

The afternoon went by quickly, and included attending my nephew’s Christmas pageant and then a baby shower. It was a pirate-themed shower with tons of cute decorations.

And then we finished with dinner and festive fun at B’s parents’ house.

All in all, a good pre-holiday weekend and a pretty good week of runs!

Some questions for you:

  • How do you find time for running when life gets in the way?
  • Do you work out in the morning or evening?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps

Tuesdays on the Run – 2018 Race Bling

Let me start by saying that when it came to racing, I was somewhat of a slacker in 2018. Looking back at my running log, I only count 6 races I ran this year:

  • Sabre Run 5k (done at 38 weeks pregnant)
  • Cleveland Marathon 5k (done at 39 weeks pregnant)
  • Cleveland Marathon 10k (done 4 days before LM was born)
  • Edgewater Sunset 5k
  • Nature Center 5k (done with a stroller)
  • Cleveland Turkey Trot

Do I have a reason? Well, yes, I suppose this little lady being born in May may have affected my running and racing:

So when I saw the topic for this week’s Tuesdays on the Run linkup was 2018 race bling, I realized I only had 4 medals to share.

And my favorite bling of the year? Definitely the medals from the Cleveland Marathon Challenge Series. Not just because of the fact that you get 3 medals for doing 2 races, but because I feel so proud of the fact that I was able to still run (err walk and hobble) the 2 races just 4 days before my due date. It was hard at the time, but I’ll always be proud of that accomplishment.

I’m not quite back in pre-baby running shape, so who knows what 2019 will hold for me.

Did you get any good race bling this year? Do you have any excuses for not racing as much?
Linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs.

And don’t forget, I am a Cleveland Marathon race ambassador, which means I have a 10% discount code off that you can use! You can sign up for any of the events – 5k, 8k, 10k, half, full, etc. – and you get 10% off with the code MC2019.

Staying Indoors This Weekend

It was a COLD weekend here in Cleveland. I’m usually pretty good about running in the winter, as long as it isn’t too icy, but when I saw the temps were “feels like 14” and even colder, I just couldn’t bring myself to get outside. So that meant some treadmill runs and a bunch of other indoor fun this weekend.

Here’s how the week in general looked:

Friday started with a 3.25 mile treadmill run before the house got up. LM was starting to get restless while I was running, so I ended up getting in 2-ish miles, stopping, walking a bit, and starting again after she went back to sleep.

Friday also included some indoor running – for FW, not me – at the history museum. He got to run around and play in the children’s room.

Saturday morning included some baking – we made some toffee to bring to my Ladies Craft Beer Society meeting.

Not your usual LCBS photo – instead of beer and crafts, I got a photo of some of the kids playing. Don’t worry, there was beer AND crafts, just not photographed.

Saturday also included some grocery shopping.

And B made dinner! Some pasta and shrimp. I love seafood, but we hardly ever eat it because B doesn’t love it, so it was a nice treat.

Sunday morning I opted inside again. It was sunny but FRIGID when I woke up. I did a 20 minute run, checked on the kids (who were hanging out with B) and then got in another mile.

Then, FW and I made muffins. He is becoming quite the kitchen helper and I love it!

The weekend also included a trip to Target for our annual adopt a family shopping trip. Every year, B and I organized a local adopt a family program and pair up local people with families to buy for for the holidays. We buy gifts and groceries for the families. It’s a fun tradition, and I can’t wait until the kids are old enough to understand what we do. And after shopping, it was time for dinner at B’s parents’ house.

We were decorating their tree, which FW enjoyed. He’s definitely getting in the holiday spirit!

Some questions for you:

  • Are you running outdoors or indoors these days?
  • Do you like decorating for the holidays?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps.

Charleston Vacay – Fun, Food and Running

Well, we are back from our little vacation to Charleston, South Carolina, and I’m already feeling the need for another trip and more time off. Traveling with two little ones is fun but tiring!

The week off didn’t include as many runs as I would’ve liked, but I did get in 3 runs (2 on our trip), plus we walked everywhere every day, which is such a treat.

Some trip highlights:

The food. I love some southern food (especially corn bread and BBQ) but also had some great seafood while we were there. Including local oysters, ceviche and more.

Walkimg everywhere, every day. I love vacations where we park the car and never really need to drive at all- and this was one of those! While I did not run every day, I did get in tons of walking, with the strollers and wearing LM.

Fort Sumter. We walked down to the water one day and took a ferry ride to Fort Sumter. Not only was it fun to have an up close look at history, but the sunny boat ride was so nice. We even saw a dolphin in the water!

The Aquarium. The Charleston aquarium was also great. FW loved being able to touch the fish and see some sharks and sea turtles.

Running. And, of course, the running. I got in only 2 runs on our trip (and one when we returned), making for a very low mileage week.

One run was in the hotel gym- I had 30 minutes to kill during nap time.

The other was outside. It was sunny and 50 and it felt amazing to be out there!

My overall mileage for the week was only about 7 miles. But I’m grateful to have gotten in any running at all. Especially outdoors when it was so nice!

Questions for you:

  • Have you ever been to Charleston?
  • Do you run on vacations?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps and with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs.

Things to Do With a Kid Downtown

Don’t get me wrong – I love our new house in the ‘burbs and all that our new little city has to offer – but I do miss our lives downtown. There was always something to do, always something going on, and it was great walking everywhere (especially to work). And even after we got married and had kids – yes, there was still kid-friendly stuff to do!

Are you thinking of living in downtown CLE with kids? Or just looking for stuff to do with kids downtown? Here are some of the ways we had fun and the things I loved to do downtown with FW:

1. Take advantage of all the free attractions

When you’re a kid, there are so many things that are exciting — and the best part is, so many of these things are free! For example, FW, loves just watching trains, trolleys, buses, boats, etc. These are all things you can see— and ride— downtown. There are several trolleys that ride around downtown for free and you can hop on and hop off whenever you want. Also, FW LOVES looking at pretty much any vehicle, especially trains and boats and airplanes. The best place to do this? Walk down to Voinovich Park. On the walk, you’ll cross over train tracks. At the park you’ll see planes landing into Burke airport as well as boats in the water. If you walk down to the Flats, you’ll also get a glimpse of boats and trains. Walk along the waterfront path near FWD Night Club and you may even be able to catch not only a boat along the water, but also a train cross the bridge. Public Square is also a great, free place for kids. Not only can you watch the buses, but there’s also green space to run around, a splash pad in the summer, ice skating in the winter and plenty of year-round events.

2. Be willing to spend some money

In addition to the free attractions, there are other things to see and do right downtown. Some of the attractions that cater to children include:

3. Know the child-friendly restaurants

My husband and I lived in two apartments downtown, one near East 4th Street and one in Playhouse Square. Both areas had restaurants we’d frequent with our baby and toddler. Some of them include Winking Lizard (they have a kids menu AND a lizard that kids may enjoy checking out), Masthead Brewing Co. (they have high chairs and quick food, which is perfect for kids; it’s also loud, which is great for blending in with your loud baby), Corner Alley (they have games for older kids) and Hofbrauhaus (they have a giant enclosed patio with a playscape and live music). During sporting events or at night, these places can become not as friendly, so we stuck to them mostly during the day. Around the Flats, there also were so many places great for kids because they’re near the water (see above: cool views of boats and trains and bridges) and casual. Some of our favorites include Coastal Taco and Dante’s Inferno. Both are casual, have games for the older kids to play, and are on the louder side, so a screaming child may not get noticed.

There are so many great places to eat downtown, and the best part is, so many of them are child-friendly, especially if you go earlier in the day. If you’re not sure, definitely call ahead and ask.


4. Frequent the family-friendly events

All year long, Cleveland is home to child-friendly events. Most of these are events that people from all over Northeast Ohio attend. Some include:

Whether you’re looking to spend money or not, there’s so much to do in downtown Cleveland year-round. We loved our time living there with our toddler and hope you are able to enjoy some of the fun activities we loved, as well.

Do you live downtown with your baby or small child? OR do you spend a lot of time downtown with your kids? How do you keep them entertained?

A version of this post was shared on NortheastOhioParent.com.

Goodbye November Running

Can you believe this is the last running post I’ll share in November? I honestly can’t remember another November that went so fast. I don’t really mind, though- the sooner this month ends, the sooner the holidays will be here!

Speaking of holidays, last week included a Thanksgiving day race, along with several other runs that were mostly stroller runs. I’m on vacation, so if I want to run, most times there’s a stroller involved.

Here’s how the week looked:

And some pics:

After the 5 miler … fun fact: during the race, we had to stop for ambulances to drive by. I didn’t mind stopping to catch my breath, but I did wonder what my time would’ve been otherwise.

Running with the stroller:

Passed out after a run:

Some questions for you:

  • Did you do a Thanksgiving race?
  • Have you ever had to unexpectedly stop in the middle of a race for an emergency vehicle or other reason?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps and linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs.

Finishing Up Fall Running Strong

The weather may be cold and icky as I’m typing this, but last week some days it was sunny and looked like this-

Fall!

Because it was so nice, I did a combination of treadmill and outdoor runs and got in my best postpartum week ever. This is the most mileage in a week I’ve done since LM came along!

Here is a look at the week:

I’m pretty pleased with the total mileage and hope that I can continue to get put and run even as the weather gets bad.

ALSO – some fun news! If you’re looking for a GREAT race to run, I highly recommend the Cleveland Marathon  – I’m a race ambassador, which means I have a 10% discount code off that you can use! You can sign up for any of the events – 5k, 8k, 10k, half, full, etc. – and you get 10% off with the code MC2019.  The race weekend (there are TWO days of events) is May 18-19, 2019.

Some questions for you:

  • What races do you have on the horizon this spring?
  • Do you have any Thanksgiving races planned?

Linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs.