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My son turned three this weekend. Three. Where does time go? I could go on and on about how I remember being pregnant with him and the day he was born as if it were yesterday (I almost do!) and how time flies (it does!) and how I can’t believe how big he is and that it both breaks and fills my heart to see him grow older.

But this not supposed to be a sappy post. Instead, this post is about our weekend. Because we spent the entire weekend celebrating him, and it was such a joy to see him have fun. And, the weather finally got nice again, so we spent it all outside!

It started off Friday morning. LM went to school and I took the day off work and FW and I had a “Mommy Date.” Basically, whatever he wanted to do, we did. What did that entail?

We started off the day with a trip to the big playground near us.

And spent probably an hour getting dirty in the sandbox.

We went out to lunch together and then brought home a cookie to eat on our porch.

After nap, we then did some afternoon water play.

Followed by some baseball.

Saturday I got in a quick run and then we started the day out with pancakes at a friend’s house.

Followed by some more playground (and sandbox) time.

And that evening, we went to the Indians game. We saw them beat the Tigers!

After FW went to bed, I decided to do some baking. After all, who doesn’t want birthday cookies?

The next morning was FW’s birthday. We started the day with ANOTHER playground. This time, Celia, Maura and Maddie came along.

We enjoyed a picnic, too – bagels, watermelon, cookies, and more.

And then after naps, it was time to get the house ready for B’s family to come over. That meant even the birthday boy did some cleaning!

Before we knew it, it was time for B’s family to come over for pizza and cake.

What a great weekend. I feel so grateful to have gotten to spend so much time with FW, to have family and friends help make his weekend special, and I know he had a great time. It’s so hard to believe my baby is 3!

Some questions:

  • Did you get to enjoy some time outside this weekend?
  • Ideal birthday cake flavor?

Weekly Running Recap: I Take Awkward Running Selfies

You know those perfect running selfies you see when scrolling through Instagram? Of the people running but they also managed to capture the best photo? You know the ones – they are mid-stride and look graceful, yet fierce. Not quite smiling but not frowning. They look like runners.
Let’s just say I’m not one of those. That’s right — I do NOT look like that when I try to take a running selfie. But I digress – here were my runs this week. I didn’t mean to take off Thursday, but LM was awake from approximately 1:45 a.m. until 4 a.m., which meant I had slept about 3.7 hours when the alarm went off to run and I couldn’t move.


And, here’s the aforementioned selfie. I think I look somewhat like an awkward robot, don’t you?

And because there are no better photos than that for this week, that’s all you get.

Some questions for you:

  • Can you take running selfies?
  • How much sleep do you need?

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

Cleveland Marathon Week 9 Training: Hermes Ten Miler Race Weekend

Well, I’m 9 weeks into my half marathon training, and it is hard to believe thay race day is coming up so soon! This week was a week of fewer runs, fewer miles, but a few good workouts when it comes to speed/pace.

Here’s a look at week 9 of my Cleveland half marathon training. Way fewer miles than last week, but it did include a pretty good interval run, plus a GREAT 10 mile race where I PRed!

I did my interval run outside, and even though I didn’t get it quite as fast or consistent as I would have liked, it felt good and I enjoyed doing it so much more than on the treadmill!

After 2 days off, it was time for race day. I had a 10 miler scheduled, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. My long runs have been slow, and the weather on race day was cold and super windy. But it worked in my favor! Even with the wind (check out those waves!), it was a PR!

So proud of these splits- this is fast for me!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you like 10 mile races?
  • What’s your ideal racing temperature?

Note: I am a Cleveland marathon ambassador! That means I get free race entry for me, and a free race entry to give away.

Wanna run CLE with me? Don’t forget, I have a 10% discount for you!

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

Time to Give Moms a Break

The past few months have not been easy. I had the longest cold known to man (okay, I’m exaggerating, but it lasted about four weeks). My 9-month-old daughter had a cold that turned into three back-to-back ear infections, followed by hand-foot-and-mouth disease, followed by impetigo and currently has a cough that just won’t go away. My son vomited all over our kitchen rug and then, the next week, fell off a table and split his lip open, and then also came down with hand, foot and mouth. I had an eye infection, followed by conjunctivitis. Our kitchen sink clogged up, a pipe burst at our house, we found out we need a new water heater, a new roof and my car completely died.

Easy problems? For sure. Could it be worse? Definitely. But like most moms, I’m tired. And like most moms, I mean it: I recently read that new parents face sleep deprivation for 6 years after a baby is born, and moms do more so than dads.

So, what can we do? Let’s stop scrolling through Instagram and judging one another. Let’s give one another a break.

The new mom you know? Bring her diapers and easy-to-eat snacks one day. It can be easy to forget to eat some of those early days.

That mom you know in your office who is constantly leaving early/coming in late due to family commitments but emailing at midnight? Cut her some slack and maybe see if you can take something off her plate.

The mom you know who is having a hard time? Buy her a coffee, and maybe bring her a pack of tissues on one of those days she may be feeling extra emotional/hormonal.

The single mom you know or mom whose partner is never around? Offer to watch her kids one day. Even if it’s just for an hour so she can shower in peace or grab a solo bite to eat.

The mom you know who seems to have it all together? She probably doesn’t. Check in on her — send her a text message and let her know you’re thinking about her. Sometimes that’s all someone needs to hear.

We’re all busy. We’re all tired. So let’s lift one another up. It’s the only way we’re all going to survive — and thrive — as moms.

This post originally appeared on Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine’s website.  I occasionally guest blog there – you should check them out!

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!

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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.