Tuesdays on the Run: This Week’s Runs

The days are getting shorter and the mornings getting colder, which means it’s getting harder and harder to get up and run in the mornings. And there were a few nights this week that LM was up a lot, which makes it even harder to wake up! But, I got up and out 5 days this week, and I am pretty pleased with that.

Here’s how the week looked:

Monday was the best day – I actually got up and out of the house at a decent time (around 5:30 am), which means I had enough time to do 5 miles. And the 5 felt really good!

My other good feeling run was Saturday. I ran 2 miles to meet some friends who were at brunch, said hi, and then ran home. My 3rd mile was so so speedy, too- I have no idea how I managed that pace!

All I’m hoping for this week, is some mild, not wet weather so I can getnin some good outdoor runs again! Oh, and some sleep would be appreciated, too … but who knows if that will happen!

Some questions for you:

  • How many hours of sleep do you get each night?
  • Do you like running when it is 40 and rainy?

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

1 Weekend, 2 Runs (Plus Some Good Food)

Before we had two kids, weekends looked a little different. Not only did we get in more sleep and stay out later, but weekends meant running. There was usually one long run and one shorter run. Weekends were time to spend hours on the roads, and whether I was running by myself or with B, I’d be getting in some miles.

Weekends are a little different now. Why? Weekends are time for me to spend with my family- any time I am outside on a run by myself, I’m not with the kids. Do I sometimes feel guilty? Yes, especially now that we have 2! But somehow this weekend I managed now 1, but 2 runs! Saturday by myself and then Sunday with FW.

In addition to the 2 runs, the weekend also included some good food. B made some great French onion soup Saturday night for dinner.

I also baked some cookies.

And check out these spooky sweet treats my niece and mother-in-law made!

And in some other exciting, running-related news, I’m excited to share that once again I’m a Cleveland Marathon Ambassador this year! Last year I ran the 5k/10k challenge series at 39 weeks pregnant (LM was born 4 days later) –we’ll see what this year’s race entails for me!

Some questions for you:

  • Have you ever made French onion soup before?
  • How often do you run on the weekends?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps

Running After The Plague

Remember earlier last week when I said I had come home from my work trip and then FW got sick Sunday night? Well, that wasn’t the end of it! B came down with it Monday, and little LM followed Monday afternoon. Between the 3 if them, someone was sick in our house though Wednesday afternoon!

While I didn’t end up getting the stomach bug directly, this still affected my running. Or lack of it. Sick kiddos can mean little sleep, plus staying home with them meant I had to play catch up on work and then worked till midnight some nights (which meant my early morning wakeup didn’t happen).

So how did the week look?

I finally got in a run on the treadmill Thursday morning. FW woke up early, so while he watched Elmo on the couch (and B and LM slept) I got in some miles.

Friday included some more treadmill miles while the kids slept.

And Saturday was a solo outdoor run! Those don’t happen often on weekends, but B knew I needed it after the week we had.

Some questions for you:

  • When was the last time you were sick?
  • Do you workout when sick?

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

Grateful for Low-Key Weekends

Another weekend has come and gone and I’m feeling so grateful. Grateful for a few days off to recharge, grateful for a healthy family (after a week with the stomach bug in our house) and grateful for a low-key weekend with nothing planned.

How did we end up with nothing planned? Well, we were originally going to be spending the weekend in Detroit to visit B’s brother and his fiance, but after the plague hit our house for the week, decided to take it easy. And we did!

We started off the weekend with some sushi. Seaweed salad, a roll and some of my favorite sashimi for me.

Saturday started off with a run! It was my first run outside in more than a week. Despite feeling out of shape, it was near perfect running weather and it felt so good to be outside. My Garmin was low battery, so I had to break up the run into 2 Strava workouts.

Saturday was Celia’s birthday party, which was also a costume party. FW put on his Winnie the Pooh outfit and had a blast – eating pizza and ice cream and decorating pumpkins.

Saturday night, B and I put the kids to bed semi-early so that we could hang out and watch a movie. Have you seen Black Panther? I really enjoyed it. And my snack of choice – popcorn and candy corn!

Sunday was chilllllly, but we still managed to spend some time outdoors. We spent the afternoon watching FW’s cousin play soccer.

Then, we decided to stop by a nearby pumpkin patch. It was our first time there, and FW had a great time! We rode a hayride to get to the pumpkins, and then FW was able to run around and play with the toys on the farm.

It was a fun way to end the weekend! I love pumpkins, and I think FW enjoyed picking some out for him and LM.

Some questions for you:

  • Have you gone pumpkin or apple picking yet?
  • Do you like candy corn?

Fitting In Running

The theme for this week’s running post “Fitting it in.”

Some weeks, running is harder than others to fit in. Work has been really busy these days, and I’ve been up late working nearly every night. So, waking up at 5 a.m. to run before work has been harder and harder.  I was also on a work trip this week, which meant not only working late and not being home, but getting up even earlier if I wanted to run (disclaimer- I did one morning, I didn’t the next). And if I do run, I often only have 30-40 minutes, so I’m not getting in the mileage I’d like.

So, it’s getting harder and harder to find time to run. And instead of getting down on myself, I’m going to look at the positive:

  • I still ran 5 days this week.
  • I ran outside 4 of those 5 days

Am I making excuses? Yes, somewhat. Was this week the worst week I’ve had in running in history? Hardly. But the lack of sleep  is taking its toll, and I need to do something to get more sleep so that I feel not only good to run in the AM, but also whole during the day!

Some questions for you:

  • What does a “good” running week look like to you?
  • How early do you wake up to run?

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

It’s Good to be Home

I was gone for a few days on a work trip this week, and all I can say is, man, it is good to be home! This was the first time I’ve been away from LM and the longest I’ve been away from FW in more than a year and it was not easy. But I’m home now and got to enjoy part of the weekend with them. Part of the weekend because I didn’t get in until later in the afternoon on Saturday … and Sunday evening included some sick kids. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

The first part of my weekend started in sunny, warm Orlando! Looks nice, huh? Unfortunately I was only outside for about 15 minutes the whole time I was there- I was in a lot of meetings!

One of the things that I now need to do when traveling is pump. I was so greatful for the Mamava pods in the Orlando airport!

When I got home, it was a cool, fall afternoon. So, we hung outside for a little and FW had fun playing tee ball.

B made an awesome dinner that was perfect with the weather – a caprese salad and meatballs!

Sunday was B’s family’s annual golf outing. We had plans to go to a fall festival or apple picking on our way there, but FW slept in (yay!), so our morning got off to a late start and we didn’t have time.

On the way there, FW decided he wanted to golf, too. He got a kick out of riding in the cart.

And had fun hanging with his aunts and uncles.

We had a good time! That is until the hour ride home … FW got sick a ways from home. And by sick, I mean sick sick and we had to pull over and put him in new clothes. Before he got sick again. So, we ended the weekend on a not-so-great note, but he is hopefully on the mend today (while B is now getting sick …). Should make for an interesting week! My Monday will include lots of this — couch, empty bowl/basin, and a sick toddler. Fingers crossed LM and I stay out of the way of the sickness!

Some questions for you:

  • When was the last time you were sick sick?
  • Do you travel as part of your job?

Linking up here today.

Tips for Living Downtown With a Young Child

It’s been about a year since we moved our then family of three from downtown Cleveland to the suburbs. And while I love how family-friendly our neighborhood is in the ‘burbs, there are so many things I miss about living downtown. When we announced we were expecting, one of the first things people often asked was if we were leaving downtown Cleveland. Many people could not fathom how we could live downtown and have kids. Well, we not only made it work but we LOVED it! If you’re thinking of moving downtown or living downtown with babies or young kids, here are some tips.

1) Find a child-friendly place to live

When I lived downtown, there weren’t many self-proclaimed “child-friendly apartments.” That being said, we made our place child-friendly — we were lucky enough to have a 2-bedroom apartment in a relatively quiet downtown neighborhood before we even brought our son home from the hospital. Some other things to look for in a place to live include:

  • Working elevators — Can you survive with a walk-up apartment? Absolutely; people do it. But you’ll be happy you have an elevator when you’re lugging a stroller and groceries (and diapers!).
  • Lowish level — Bonus points if you’re not too high up in case said elevator breaks down (it’s bound to happen sometime!).
  • In-unit washer/dryer — Kids make a lot of laundry at all hours of the day. Depending on their age, there is spit up, diaper blowouts, other bodily fluids, finger foods, etc. Having an in-unit washer and dryer will make your life so much easier.
  • Close parking — In my apartment, we parked across the street, and sometimes that seemed far — especially in Cleveland winters! When you’re carrying a carseat (and aforementioned diapers and groceries), it will be really nice to have a parking spot that is close to your destination.
  • Thick walls — In our first apartment that we lived (sans baby), one of the interior walls was so thin, you could hear every single conversation that the couple next to us was having. This is NOT something you want when you have kids. You’ll not only be paranoid that your baby’s crying is bothering your neighbors, but you’ll worry that every little sound will wake him/her up.
  • Bonus: Friendly management — Yes, this is important whether or not you have kids, but I personally found myself needing to talk to building management after having kids. Have your parents visiting and need an extra key? Diaper delivery running late and you need to get into the office to retrieve it ASAP? Need to park in a special spot for a day or so as you’re recovering from giving birth? Having an understanding building management — as well as one that loves kids — is a plus.

2) Get used to living with less

Babies and kids themselves don’t take up a lot of space. But there’s so so much stuff that they often come with – bouncers, endless diapers, changing tables, cribs, bassinets, playpens, bottles, etc. Since we had such a small place, we only registered and purchased the essentials. What does that mean? Our baby’s bedroom had a crib and a comfy chair (that had previously been in our living room). We did not have room for the traditional dresser or changing table. So instead, my husband made some drawers that would fit underneath the crib. He also built a changing table that would open up and close back into the wall. We didn’t have a bouncer or many toys. And, it worked out! Most of the time, we simply told family and friends to not get us stuff outside the essentials, and instead donate to our son’s education fund.

3) Be prepared to leave downtown for some necessities

One of the best things about living downtown is being able to walk everywhere — the grocery store (hooray for the downtown Heinen’s!), the mall (GREAT for AC in the summer and warmth in the winter), restaurants, entertainment like a splash pad, etc. But, while living downtown Cleveland is great, it does lack some essentials that you’ll need more of as you have kids. So, be ready to hop in a car and leave downtown for some things. For example, we found great childcare just outside downtown, in Tremont. Our pediatrician was in Lakewood. And, the urgent care that was walking distance from our apartment was unable to see babies, so we needed to seek emergency care elsewhere. Also, I love running with the stroller, but I found many of the sidewalks downtown a little bumpy for running with a baby. So, I typically headed to the Metroparks or Towpath when seeking a longer stroller run.

Some questions for you:

  • When you had kids, did you move? Or if you are thinking of having kids – would you move?
  • Have you lived in a major city with a child or baby?

Please note: I’m now blogging with Northeast Ohio Parent magazine! And, the original version of this post was on their site.