Scenes from my Runs

This week’s writing prompt for Tuesdays on the Run is “scenes from my runs.” But most of my runs lately have been indoors. Even though it has been nice outside lately, I still tend to run on the treadmill in the morning in case FW wakes up (which he did Friday this week). I did however get in one outdoor run — B, FW and I went to Edgewater Park on Saturday and got in a 3.25 mile stroller run with a great view of the park AND the beach. This week’s runs looked like this:

So while most of my runs looked like this:

At least my Saturday run had this view!

B took this photo of me during the last part:

So, it may have been a mostly boring week – but at least I got in a pretty nice run on Saturday!

Some questions for you:

  • How often do you run on the treadmill?
  • Moms – did your running habits change when you had kids? I know I now need to get up an hour earlier and I spend weekdays running inside before work.

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

 

First Father’s Day Weekend

First off, Happy Father’s Day! To all the dads out there – especially my dad – thank you for all that you do.

A big Happy Father’s Day to my Dad.

my dad and me when I was about 6 months old

AND, of course, B. This was his first official Father’s Day!

Our Father’s Day weekend included:

A bunch of this … yes, the little man is somewhat eating real food these days!

And when he eats, we also do. Some Vietnamese food to kick off the weekend.

The weekend also included some outdoor runs. We got in 3.25 miles with the stroller at the park. The beach was looking great!

Saturday afternoon, B and I got some oysters at Heinen’s. They were sooooo good – I was surprised that I liked the Virginia ones so much; I’m usually more of a fan of New England oysters.

And for dinner, B made homemade pasta for shrimp scampi. I love homemade pasta.

Sunday morning started early, since I got up with FW while B slept in. We made French toast and then I got in a HOT run. It was 80 degrees out!

That afternoon, B, FW and I went for a walk to the lake.

Then, we headed out for some Father’s Day kickball. We missed most of the game because FW was sleeping but still got to enjoy a few innings.

watching kickball

And that night we enjoyed some steak, potatoes and ice cream for B’s family dinner. B’s parents got a new swing and FW had a great time breaking it in!

Some questions for you:

  • How did you spend your weekend?
  • Do you like oysters?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps.

Summer Running Favorites 

Summer isn’t officially here, but it sure feels like it in Cleveland. This weekend got into the 80s and whew it was HOT. Luckily, I got in some runs early and indoors.

This week included 6 runs, including 3 outdoor runs! Mileage included:

I’m pumped that I got in 3 outdoor runs! Sunday, Friday and Saturday were all outside runs. Another not traditional week, but since I had Friday off I was able to get in some miles outside.

But now that it’s getting warm, it’s time to dress appropriately AND hydrate.  Here are my summer favorites:

Cool, loose tank tops

I am very picky with running tank tops. I don’t like them tight. I prefer loose ones but I don’t like a lot of fabric. I typically prefer ones without built in bras. That’s why, my favorite running tank top is my Skirt Sports Free Flow Tank Top. Even if I weren’t a Skirt Sports Ambassador, this would still be my favorite shirt.* (see below for a discount code!)

Short, airy shorts

My favorite running shorts are also by Skirt Sports. The Redemption Run Short is short, has a pocket for my keys and is so light that it doesn’t weigh me down when I run.  I wore them at my last half marathon (pictured below) and they were great!

Headbands

For years, I had a hard time finding a headband that would keep my flyaway out of my face and also stay on my head. I don’t know why, but headbands consistently fell off my head! Until I found Sparkly Soul. I love my sparkly headbands – they stay on my head AND  are cute! Here are two of my favorite:

I am so excited to be an ambassador, since they are headbands that I love!

Running hats/visors

When it gets really sunny, I like to wear a visor to keep the sun out of my eyes. And when there are summer storms, I like to wear a hat to keep the rain out of my eyes. I own this Skirt Sports visor and a running hat very similar this one.

me in my hat, because it was raining during the 10k (I was 9 months pregnant)

Post-running hydration

You gotta hydrate this summer! Some my favorite post-run hydration – in addition to water – includes:

Smoothies! I make my own in my Vitamix or grab some from Restore.

Nooma: This local hydration company makes some tasty beverages. My favorite is the mango!

Powerade Zero. I know it tastes semi artificial, but I love the blue flavor. And I love that a bottle is typically 32 ounces, so I’m guaranteed to get a lot of hydration in!

NuunI have yet to meet a runner who didn’t like Nuun. I actually don’t have any on hand, and I need to get some!

AND cheers to summer!! Some questions for you:

  • What’s your favorite summer running outfit?
  • What temps are too hot for you – when do you run inside instead of outside?

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

Disclaimer: I’m a Skirt Sports and Sparkly Soul Ambassador! AND as part of being a Skirt Sports ambassador, I get a discount code to share! If you’re looking to get yourself a pair of shorts, flow tank or a cute running skirt, you can use SPRINGCPT20 and get 20% off your order!

A Weekend with a Wedding, Birthday and Baptism

To say it was a busy weekend would be an understatement. BUT it was a GREAT weekend filled with lots of memories with family and friends, so I wouldn’t have it any other way!

After doing a few hours of work on Friday morning, I took the rest of the day off to get prepared for the weekend. Meaning baking cupcakes, shopping and cleaning. But of course, I had to get in a nice run first. Love these views of downtown!

After that, I found time for a pedicure. The massage felt so good!

Said cupcakes I baked. I made banana cupcakes because FW loves banana and the plan was for him to have his first cupcake that weekend 🙂

That night, B and I ordered sushi takeout. I had a great veggie roll, seaweed salad, and some sashimi – tuna and mackerel. 

And then we had to stay up and watch the Cavs game. I don’t usually  stay up ’till midnight anymore, but I HAD to watch … they finally won one! Now to win 3 more …

Saturday morning also started with a run. I got in 5.89 miles before meeting B and FW for some grocery shopping.

We headed to the West Side Market to get some groceries for the week, plus supplies for Sunday. Sunday we had plans to celebrate FW’s baptism AND birthday and we were going to be having a make-your-own sandwich station.

On the way home, we came across this great new mural. I love it!

Then it was time for Nicole’s backyard wedding celebration! I didn’t get any pics of the bride and groom sadly, but here’s FW and I all ready to go!

We left the festivities a little early because my parents and my mom’s cousin were in town! We met them for dinner at Masthead. Pizza and beers. 

Sunday morning started early- FW got baptized! 

I felt so lucky to have my parents in town to celebrate. And I know FW loved it too.

One of my college roommates just happened to be driving through Cleveland on Sunday, too so we got to see her!

FW had his first taste of cupcake. He looooved the frosting!

B’s mom made us a bear cake – it was so cute and tasty!

FW also got to hang out in the sandbox. At first he wasn’t too sure about it, but after a few minutes, he started to really enjoy it. 

By the end of the afternoon, everyone was pooped. Me included. It was a long day!

We were all pretty tired, but content after a great weekend of family and celebrations. A perfect summer weekend!

Some questions for you:

  • Was it hot where you were this weekend? It was in the 80s here!
  • Who are you rooting for in the NBA finals?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps.

Tuesdays on the Run: Starting off June with a 5K

Happy Tuesday!! I’m joining up with Tuesdays on the Run to talk about running today. Even though I’m no longer training for the Cleveland half marathon or any big race right now, I’m still running.

This week included a run every day, including some outdoor runs AND a 5k. The runs included:

Some of the highlights:

I got in 4 outdoor runs! Sunday, Monday, Friday and Saturday were all outside runs. This is not normal – but since I had Monday and Friday off, I was able to run outside.

after Monday’s run

I did a 5k! I ran it with B who ran with FW in the BOB. I didn’t race it or run as fast as I could, but it was still fun! AND we did it with a few members of B’s family

With all of B’s family who did the 5k too (including the dog)

And since it’s the beginning of  a new month, here are some goals for June:

  • To run outside at least once per week
  • To run at least 3x per week
  • To incorporate speed training
  • To do some runs with other people

Here’s to hoping for a good running month! Some questions for you:

  • How often do you run outside?
  • When was the last time you ran a 5k?

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

The Best of Summer

What do I love about summer? Hmm … that’s easy. Being outside. Running outside. Drinking beers outside. Going for walks outside. Sipping cocktails outside. You get the idea – being outside. Laying in the sun outside.

And this weekend, I had plenty of outside time. So in my opinion, it was pretty great!

It started off with patio cocktails / happy hour with some of my lady friends. It was just warm enough to sit outside and we all ended up getting Rose Spritzers. Girly? Yes and it was just what I needed.

For dinner, B and I got Indian food takeout. It was SO good. Naan and second helpings not pictured.

Saturday morning, we had plans to do a local 5k race. B ran the whole thing with FW in the stroller and I ran with him. FW slept the entire time 🙂

We ran the race with B’s family – look how many of us there were! And 5 of them – including all the kids – ended up getting age group awards.

The race featured pancakes after the the run. Not a bad post-race meal 🙂

After the race, we hit the West Side Market for some groceries.

The afternoon included some errands, including shopping for some summer clothes for FW … but on the way back, we were able to grab a patio beer at Goldhorn Brewery. 

After drinks, we hit the grocery store for pizza supplies. And while we were there, we grabbed some delicious mussels as an appetizer.

And then it was pizza night. Obligatory homemade pizza photo not included. We also then watched War Dogs, which was much different (and better!) than I had expected.

Sunday morning started early with FW waking up at the crack of dawn and not being able to go back to sleep. So we decided to get out and go for a run at the park.

And sit by the beach for a little bit.

Then it was time for DONUTS! We had missed National Donut Day, so we figured a belated celebration was better than never!

That afternoon, I did a little baking for the first time in  … well, forever! I made a peach cobbler-type cake for a dinner with our friends.

And that evening, we headed to Dave and Anson’s house for a dinner with them, Joey and Lulu and some other friends who were in town. It’s crazy that it’s no longer just the couples – there were four kids there, too! It was fun to have Francis play with their kids.

And the boys were happy to get together – they all met at law school and have stayed friends since! 

And that was it for a fun-filled summery weekend.

Some questions for you:

  • Do you stay in touch with your friends from school?
  • What was the last thing you baked?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps.

Training Tuesday: One Week Post-Cleveland

It’s been one week since the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon events (I did the 8k and half marathon).

I’m feeling some of those post-race blues. That’s right, I’m feeling a little sad. I’m sad that the races are over, the training has ended and that there’s no big race to look forward to for me yet. Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving the feeling of not having any training on my calendar. To just go out for a run and enjoy it and not worry about pace, distance, time, etc.

And I DID enjoy some runs this week! This week (starting with Sunday’s half) included 27.7 miles of running.

Monday/Tuesday: I took Monday of and had planned on taking Tuesday off, but when B went for a run that afternoon I felt runner’s envy and had to go with him and so we took the stroller on a path and ran together. My legs were sore but it felt good to be outside!

Wednesday: And then Wednesday morning I decided to loosen up the legs a little more on the treadmill. I got in a slow 5k but was happy to have gotten it in!

Thursday: Thursday I made it 3.5 on the treadmill and felt a lot stronger.

Friday: Finally, I was feeling good! I made it 4 miles on the treadmill and then got to 5 with a cool down.

I’m ready to kick off June and hopefully get in some runs outside in the nice weather and get used to running in the heat again!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you like running in hot weather? 
  • How soon after a race do you sign up for another one?

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