Tuesdays on the Run: Bringing Up My Mileage

This week was actually a pretty good week in terms of running! I got in quite a few miles – including both outdoor and indoor runs this week – and got up to my 2nd highest mileage week since LM and 2nd fastest run!

I’m feeling pretty encouraged by the week. While my daily miles are still pretty low (3-5ish miles most often), I’ve felt pretty good most days. I probably could go more if I had some more time, too. AND even found myself going pretty fast (for post-baby me) on Friday’s run.

Some highlights:

Sunday’s stroller run was not only with FW and B and LM, but also with our niece and nephew.

Friday’s run’s average page was 9:16/mi – my fastest run since I’ve had LM, minus the 5k race I did a month or so ago.

 

 

Here’s a look at my splits:

It really was the best run I’ve had in a while! (For comparison, the run we did on Sunday with the strollers and our niece and nephew was close to 11 min/miles)

I finally feel like I’m slowly getting back into running shape. Am I as fast as I was last year at this time? Not at all. But between getting not much sleep, nursing (it dehydrates me and takes a toll!), and how busy work has been (not to mention trying to manage our new life with 2 kids), I’m just happy to be where I am.

Some questions for you:

  • Do you run in the morning or at night?
  • Have you been running inside? Outside? Both?

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

Last September Weekend

If you can believe it, September is gone. And to celebrate, I’m sharing a quick weekend recap, one-sentence-per-photo style.

We kicked off the weekend with a trip to the Natural History Museum.

It was a gorgeous Friday to enjoy their outdoor animal area (which has some play areas for kids).

Saturday we did some shopping at the West Side Market.

It had been too long since we had been there.

We took an afternoon stroll around the neighborhood.

And ended up on the nearby playground.

The weekend also included a little run with this lady in the stroller.

We also got in a nice walk around the neighborhood.

And finished up with dinner at the grandparents’ house with the cousins!

A quick post for a weekend gone way too quick.

Some questions for you:

  • How many cousins do you have?
  • Did you run this weekend?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps!

Tuesdays on the Run – First Stroller Race!

I’m excited to share that this week, I had a running first – I did my first official race with a stroller!

Do I run with a stroller often? Somewhat – especially in the summer/spring, I have run a few times a month with FW and even on maternity leave with LM in the stroller.

Have I ever participated in a race with a stroller? Nope! Not until last week, however. And not only did I survive, but I got my goal of under 10 min/miles. Was it a 5k PR? Not at all by any chance whatsoever. BUT it was the fastest stroller run I’ve done and it was fun to run with FW (B pushed LM at the same time, too).

In addition to our race, here’s how the week looked:

Finding time to race with 2 little ones is hard, but hopefully there will be more stroller races in my future!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you run with a stroller?
  • Did you race this week?

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

Feels Like Fall Up Here

It finally has started feeling like fall here! Which makes sense, because Saturday was the first official day of fall and it was only in the 50s all day.

Do I prefer summer? Yuppppp! But it was still a good few days.

Some of the fun included:

Finally getting to see the Infinite Mirrors exhibit by Kusama at the art museum.

If you ever have a chance to so this, i HIGHLY recommend it. It was amazing.

After the exhibit, we decided to get some wine and cheese, which was the perfect way to end the night.

The weekend also included some homemade pizza. FW helpes with the dough.

Saturday was pretty fun, too. We started off the day with a trip to one of the coolest playgrounds nearby and met up with Celia and Maura and Maddie.

FW had a blast with Celia.

And I’m sure LM had fun with Maura, too.

The day also included some basil picking and pesto making.

And even a short walk.

And B and I made dinner together, which hasn’t happened in FOREVER.

Penne with bacon, leeks and mushrooms.

The night ended pretty boring- catching up on work with football and ice cream as aids (I had a Sunday a.m. deadline and a call that started at 11pm).

Sunday morning fun included a family run!

We brought our nephew and niece along for the ride, too.

The day also included a walk and ANOTHER playground visit!

And some monkeying around with the cousins.

I have another busy week at work coming up, so I also tried to get in all the snuggles I could.

We finished off the weekend with dinner at B’s parents’ house. And make-your-ow sundaes!

And now I’m ready to take on a crazy week! Some questions for you:

  • What’s your favorite sundae topping? I’m team caramel ober chocolate syrup any day!
  • Did it feel like fall near you?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps

Tuesdays on the Run – Up and Down

Phew. Last week was tiring. I was up late working most nights, up a few times in the night with LM, and then waking up at the crack of dawn to run. I know I can’t keep this up for a while, so I’m just doing what I can right now to keep up the runs. AND last week was pretty good in terms of running – with some ups and downs. One morning I felt great … and then the next morning, I could barely run at all. I guess that’s how it goes? Here’s what it looked like:

Nearly 20 miles! I’m happy with that.

Some days I was FAST (for me right now) and hitting sub-10-minute mile paces …

Other days I couldn’t keep it together and felt like I was running in slow motion! Friday I ran 3.52 miles and hit a 10:40 pace – nearly one minute slower per mile than a day earlier.

I took Saturday as a much needed rest day, and with a nature hike we took as a family, still got in my goal of 11,000+ steps. No wonder I’m tired!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you hit your step goal on non-running days?
  • How many rest days do you take?

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

Too Much Fun Stuff

Well, I think we outdid ourselves this weekend. In just 2-ish days, our weekend included (and not in this order):

  • 2 Indians games
  • A date night
  • Cookie baking
  • Muffin making
  • A visit to a new local bar/brewery
  • A block party
  • A family birthday dinner
  • A 5K race
  • A nature walk

See what I mean? I didn’t even include work, which took up a few hours of my weekend as well! Good thing I like being busy.

Friday night started out with a date night! B and I went to the new Southern Tier and grabbed drinks. I of course had to get a Pumpking- they had a coffee stout kind that was amazing!

We will definitely be back.

After that, we were off to the Indians game! This is our 9th game of the season together.

It was just the 2 of us at the game for the first time all season! It was nice to just relax and enjoy the game.

Saturday morning FW and I let LM and B sleep in, so we started off the morning by making muffins!

Later in the morning, we took a walk to the nature center. It was packet pickup for a race we had planned for Sunday. FW enjoyed checking out the turtle.

And then we went fot a short nature walk.

That afternoon included some cookie baking.

And then we took said cookies in our wagon and headed to our block party!

Everything was really kid friendly. FW loved the chalk.

And the donut game- you had to try to eat it on the string without any hands!

There was also a game that involved eating whipped cream with no hands.

And an egg toss.

Not a bad block party, right?

Sunday morning started early with a 5k race around the Shaker Lakes.

It was my first race pushing the stroller the entire time – B pushed LM and I pushed FW – and it was fun!

My goal was to do under 10 minute miles and we did it – so I was happy.

In the afternoon, we headed to another Indians game. This time, with FW.

After the game, it was time for dinnernat B’s parents’ house. We celebrated his birthday with his favorite- steak for dinner and chocolate cake with chocolate frosting for dessert.

And that’s a wrap! Some questions for you:

  • Do you like chocolate cake?
  • Did you get to do any races this weekend?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps

Tuesdays on the Run – First Full Week Back

Happy Tuesday! Last week was my first full week back after maternity leave, which meant I was up EARLY getting in some runs. I still managed to get in two stroller runs on the weekend.

Here’s a bit how the week looked:

Some highlights:

My TWO stroller runs – the one on Sunday was with the whole family (B pushed LM) and the one on Saturday was just me and FW. AND both of those runs were under 10 min/mile pace, my fastest stroller runs yet!

AND the wildlife seen this week. One day I saw FIVE skunks, the other day I saw one skunk and a deer.

Some questions for you:

  • What kind of wildlife have you seen on your runs?
  • Have you / your dog /etc. ever been sprayed by a skunk?

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