Finally Feels Like Springtime

I can’t say it enough – but I am so happy that it finally feels like spring is here in Cleveland! Could it possibly snow again? Yes, it’s happened before. But in the meantime, I’m so so ecstatic that we had a weekend where we could spend time outside and even sometimes without coats.

This weekend started out with a long run – 9 miles was on the schedule and I got it in while the whole house was still sleeping.

Friday night was nice out so we got in a family walk around the neighborhood.

And of course, some pizza. Roasted garlic and mushroom from Marotta’s – SO good.

Saturday morning started with an unplanned run. i had planned on taking the day off after my 9 miler, but it was 60 degrees and FW asked me if we could go for a stroller run, so we went out for 3 miles and enjoyed the sun.

We also had some fun indoors

Including a little baking therapy.

And then it was time to be back outside – it was B’s grandma’s 90th birthday and we had a celebration for her. And it was still nice enough to be outside.

We even got a family pic of us all outside! First family photo in forever.

Sunday was another gorgeous day. We started the day with a surprise birthday event — this time for my friend Lulu! Her husband had invited a bunch of her friends to dim sum to celebrate her birthday.

LM ate pretty much everything there was, which was great! I love that so far she’s not a picky eater.

The afternoon included playtime, naptime and some furniture making. B is finishing up some homemade porch furniture- they’re almost done!

And after a homemade dinner on the grill, the day and weekend were over. Here’s to hoping springlike weather stays all week!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you like dim sum?
  • Is it spring finally near you?

My Fastest Run In A While and I’m on a Podcast (Cleveland Half Marathon Training: Week Six)

I don’t want to jinx it, but dare I say that spring is finally here and winter is gone? This week I got in ALL my runs (minus my speed training, which I like to do inside to keep me honest) OUTSIDE! And one of the runs was in shorts.

Here’s a look at week 6 of my Cleveland half marathon training:

Overall, here is how the week looked:

I had a lot of highlights this week. I got in my fastest post-baby mile!

Here were my splits:

And my longest post-baby run as well. I did it Friday before work.

I had planned on taking Saturday off, but it was nearly 60 degrees in the morning and FW asked me if we could go for a stroller run. I had to say yes and I’m glad I did!

Something else really cool happened, too- I was on a podcast! One of my fellow Cleveland Marathon Ambassadors has a running-related podcast, and I was interviewed this week. You can listen here.

All in all, it was a great week running wise. I hope this week is too!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you ever run on planned “off” days?
  • Do you listen to podcasts? Have you ever been on one?

Note: I am a Cleveland marathon ambassador! That means I get free race entry for me, and a free race entry to giveaway. Wanna run CLE with me? Don’t forget, I have a 10% discount for you!

clé marathon discount

Today, I’m linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down.

Cleveland Half Marathon Training: Week Three

I’ll start this post by confessing that while I didn’t follow this week’s training 100%, I did get in 5 runs, includimg a long run. So for week 3 of Cleveland half marathon training, it wasn’t bad.

The week called for off days on Thursday and Friday, and then a 5k race on Saturday. I didn’t have any races planned, so I opted to get in a long run Saturday instead (and still get out for a short run Thursday … it was 55 degrees when I came home from work — I had to!). So here’s what the week looked like:

I was so excited to have THREE outdoor runs, including 1 done in the evening! I somehow got home before B and the kids on Thursday, so I prepped some dinner and then got outside for a short run before we ate. I can’t imagine doing this on a regular basis, but it was fun!

I was also excited about my long run this weekend. I haven’t run this long since before LM was born and probably since I was last training for a half – so it’s been about 2 years!

Some questions for you:

  • What’s the longest run you’ve done recently?
  • Do you have favorite running socks?

Note: I am a Cleveland marathon ambassador! That means I get free race entry for me, and a free race entry to giveaway. Wanna run CLE with me? Don’t forget, I have a 10% discount for you!

clé marathon discount

Today, I’m linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down.

Snowmageddoned

Well, winter finally really hit us in Cleveland it hit us hard. I was enjoying our easy and not-so-bad winter. We hadn’t had much snow and the weather was mostly in the 20s and 30s. Honestly? It was kinda nice to be able to run outside nearly every morning, drive easily to work, etc.

But this weekend, we got hit with snow. It started snowing Saturday morning and didn’t stop until Sunday. Thick, heavy snow. FW loved it — he couldn’t wait to go sleigh riding with his cousins. But for the most part we played it safe inside.

Which meant finding creative ways to entertain ourselves.

Like playing superheroes.

Playing piano.

And even playing together … sorta.

And it was the perfect day to stay inside, make sauce and dough and then have a pizza night!

Sunday it was SO cold! It was 11 degrees when I woke up and said it felt like -7. But B and FW had sledding plans. So, LM and I stayed home. I got in some treadmill miles while they braved the cold.

Believe it or not, those were my only treadmill miles this week!

Here’s a look at the week as a whole:

Anyway, running on the treadmill while the boys were outside was perfect.

I think he had fun with his cousins even though it was cold!

I was able to use the cold weather to run a few errands, and make some cookies.

Plus I had this helper.

We did get outside for a short walk as a family but it wasn’t for long. It was too cold!

And we finished the day at my in-laws’ house and celebrated my nephew’s birthday.

And just like that, the snowy weekend was over.

Was the snow gone? Far from it. So here’s to hoping we have a good week!

Questions for you:

  • Do you like snow?
  • Was it FREEZING near you?

I’m linking up with the weekly wrap.

Kicking off Cleveland Marathon Training Season

Now that we’re in the New Year, it’s marathon training season! I am once again an ambassador for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, which means that I will be having a giveaway (THIS MONTH!) and have a discount code (MC2019) for you to use (see below):

I haven’t officially decided which race(s) I’m running. I’m a fan of the Challenge Series, where you run an event on Saturday and Sunday, mostly because you get 3 medals (a medal for each event and a special Challenge Series medal) AND a cool gift (my favorite was the year we got a fleece blanket!). I’m hoping that this year I’ll do the 8k / half marathon, pending sleep/nursing/schedules/no injuries.

If I do that, I technically won’t need to start training until next month, so this month I’m working on enjoying having no training plans but trying to keep my mileage up. This week, I got in one of my highest mileage weeks since LM was born and it felt great! Here’s how the week went:

Keep an eye out for my official training plan, coming soon. And in the meantime, I’ll be enjoying some casual runs without any commitment. Here I am after this weekend’s 5 miler. I was so excited to wear capris.

In Cleveland excited to kick off training? There are 2 kickoff runs planned, and I hope to be at at least one of them!

  • When are you planning to train for your next race?
  • What type of training plan do you follow?

I’m linking up with the weekly wrap.

Looking Back At 2018 Running Goals

Looking back at this year, I didn’t have many aggressive running goals. In the past, goals may have been to run 4 half marathons, do a sub-25 minute 5k, etc. But in 2018, my goals were:

  • To be able to run healthily throughout my pregnancy
  • To complete the Cleveland Marathon Challenge Series (5k/10k)
  • To be back at running after baby #2 and do 2 races in the fall

As I said, not very ambitious goals. Which is probably why I was able to meet them!

Here is how I did:

Run throughout my pregnancy as much as possible

Did I do it? Yes. In fact my last run was 4 days before LM was born (I ran/walked/hobbled a 10k). Was it easy? No. Were many of my runs primarily run/walks? Yes. This time around, running was much harder. When I was pregnant with FW, it was easier (not easy though) to continue running, and I thought for sure I wouldn’t be able to do it with LM. But thanks to my treadmill, my supportive husband, and the Cleveland Marathon Ambassadors, I met this goal more often than not.

this photo isn’t related directly, but I wanted to include it 🙂

Complete the Cleveland Marathon* Challenge Series (5k/10k)

I went into this race weekend, 39 weeks pregnant, with 2 goals. 1. To at least try to run 2. To not give birth or go into labor on the course. And I met those goals, giving birth 4 days later.

Very pregnant for the 5k/10k

To be back at running after baby #2 and do 2 races in the fall

Similar to goal #1, this has also been much harder with LM than FW. I’m definitely getting back into shape, but it is a longer and slower process. But, I have done 3 races since giving birth in May, including one fun stroller run with the whole family. They weren’t PRs, but I did run the Turkey Trot faster this year than my first year!

Sunset Run 5k – first post-LM race!

Questions for you:

  • Do you make running goals?
  • Did you meet your 2018 goals?

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

Disclaimer- I am a Cleveland Marathon race ambassador. That also 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.

Cleveland Marathon Ambassador Badge

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.