Friday Free-For-All – 04/05/19

Friday Free-For-All

Well, the decision of whether or not to renew my blog domain registration was taken out of my hands. I was literally sitting down at my computer to cancel auto-renew when I got an email from WordPress thanking me for my payment. Crap! For some reason, I thought the renewal date was much later this month. That’s kind of crippling the rest of my month spending-wise, but I’m taking it as a sign from the universe that I’m not quite done with my little blog just yet.

We have a very full weekend ahead. “Oysterfest” with my in-laws tonight, TWO birthday parties tomorrow, and then my folks are coming to visit Sunday. Bring it on! I’ve been feeling pretty isolated lately (being a stay at home mom who lives in the boonies will do that to you), so I’m excited for some social events.

The weather around here has been downright bipolar lately. One minute sunny and blue skies, the next, blowing winds and sleet. It was 60 degrees on Wednesday and 35 on Thursday. COME ON SPRING, LET’S GO ALREADY!

A friend of mine is looking for someone to split the Vermont City Marathon with and I SO WISH I could do it. After the crapfest that was VCM 2016, it would be so nice to have a positive experience with the race, but I simply can’t afford the registration fee. That and I’m definitely not in shape to run a half marathon at the end of May. I mean, maybe I could do a super short training cycle and get there, but it wouldn’t be pretty. Boo to being fiscally responsible.

Have you ever had to turn down a race because you couldn’t afford registration?

 

Manic Monday Training Recap – 04/01/19

Manic Monday

Training For: McClure Miller Respite House Jiggety Jog 5k
What Was Planned vs What Happened

Monday 03/25/19: 3 mile run | 3 mile run + hip strength
Woohoo, first run in a week! I kept it nice and easy, and with the company of my audiobook the time flew by.

Tuesday 03/26/19: Yoga | Yoga
I did Yoga With Adriene’s “Rainbow Yoga.” It’s only about 15 minutes long, which was about all the time I had since Vera has been on a run of short naps lately.

Wednesday 03/27/19: 4 mile run | 3.5 mile run
I felt like running hard, so I did .5 up, 5 x 400 with 400 recoveries, and .5 down. My intervals were around a 9 min/mile pace, which is pretty fast for me these days.

Thursday 03/28/19: Strength | Rest
Vera decided to go on a nap strike, so a workout didn’t happen.

Friday 03/29/19: 3 mile run | 3 mile run
Another nice, easy run. I’m trying to really honor the easy runs so that I can really push during workouts.

Saturday 03/30/19: 5 mile run | Rest
It was a busy day running errands and then seeing family for dinner, so I decided to postpone my long run.

Sunday 03/31/19: Rest | 5 mile run + stretching + rolling
Yaaaaay, I got it done! This was another distance milestone–I haven’t run this far since before I got pregnant with Vera. It was a bit of a mental slog on the treadmill, but physically it felt great.

Weekly Mileage: 14.5

Total 2019 Mileage: 103.25

Well, it was very nice to have such a strong week after my illness last week derailed pretty much all of my training. Completing a long run this week felt SO good. I’d like to just kind of hang out in this week of training for a while. Five miles feels like such a milestone, and since I’m not training for any longer races, I don’t really feel the need to go further right now.

From now until my 5k on May 11, I plan to just work on speed and strength versus distance, so that I can actually race said race and not just run for completion’s sake. I know I can run a 5k, and I’d like to run it fast. I’m eager to start working on some post-baby PRs 🙂

Did you get to run this weekend?

 

Friday Free-For-All – 03/29/19

Friday Free-For-All

We’re finally all healthy after last week’s illness. I was the first to go down, and I honestly thought Ben and Vera might be spared. But then Ben and V both woke up sick on Saturday morning, and there went that theory. This week involved lots of cleaning and lots of laundry to banish germs, but I think we’re in the clear. Now hopefully that’s the last round of illness for a while! Come on, spring!

I’ve been slacking with blog stuff lately. I have two product review posts that I just can’t seem to find the energy to finish. Once again, I’m feeling very “meh” about the whole blog situation. My domain renewal is coming up and I honestly can’t decide whether or not to renew. We’re on a really strict budget right now and while $26 doesn’t seem like a lot, that’s a quarter of my discretionary spending for the month of April. It feels like maybe not the right choice, especially when I haven’t exactly been churning out blog posts.

I’m attempting a sourdough starter. Sourdough is my favorite kind of bread, but it’s kind of fiddly. You have to make or acquire a “starter,” which is basically a colony of wild yeast, and use that in your recipes. It’s a living thing that you have to “feed” and take care of, which is a lot of pressure, haha. But it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and since I’ve been baking a lot of yeast breads lately, I figured, why not? I’ll let you know how it goes.

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Have you ever made sourdough bread?

Manic Monday Training Recap – 03/25/19

Manic Monday

What Was Planned vs What Happened

Monday 03/18/19: 3 mile run | 3 mile run + stretching
I was amazed I managed three miles the morning after running four miles, but it seems some of my stamina is finally coming back.

Tuesday 03/19/19: Yoga | Rest
Unfortunately, I developed a terrible sore throat overnight, and come Tuesday, I didn’t feel like doing ANYTHING.

Wednesday 03/20/19: 4 mile run | Rest
I was still feeling yucky, and I’m at a point in my life where forcing myself to exercise when I don’t feel like it is 100% not happening. I didn’t even get out of my PJs for the second day in a row.

Thursday 03/21/19: Strength | Rest
Another day off due to sore throat, cough, and congestion.

Friday 03/22/19: 3 mile run | Rest
Still sick.

Saturday 03/23/19: 5 mile run | Rest
And now the whole family is sick. Vera was up a bunch crying because she was congested, so I was up a bunch.

Sunday 03/24/19: Rest | Rest
I was feeling better and probably could have run, but I decided to just do some cleaning and meal prep instead, and start fresh on Monday.

Weekly Mileage: 3

Total 2019 Mileage: 88.75

Well, that was a disappointing week to say the least. But as I said above, I’ve reached a point in life where I’m not willing to suffer through workouts when I’m sick. It’s just not worth it. Now that I’m rested up and feeling better, I’m ready to tackle a new week.

Also, I am now officially registered for the McClure-Miller Respite House Jiggety Jog 5k on May 11. After DNSing the Turkey Trot back in November, this will be my first post-baby race. It’s an annual fundraising event that I’ve run every year since 2014, except for when I was pregnant last year, and it’s my favorite race. The vibe is wonderful and the organizers do a great job with food and awards.

Do you rest when you’re sick, or do you push through workouts?

Friday Free-For-All – 03/22/19


Friday Free-For-All

I’ve got a cold. I haven’t gotten dressed or worked out or really even left the house since Monday. It’s no fun. Last week was such a great week running and workout wise, and I’m sad not to be able to continue the momentum. Not to mention the fact that momming while sick is exponentially more difficult. I’m tired and cranky and low on patience, but doing the best I can.

I thought spring was coming, but it’s snowing this morning. Ugh. We’ve been in winter mode with snow on the ground since mid-November, so this winter has felt extra long. I don’t even care if it gets warm, I just want the snow and ice to go away so I can run on the rail trail and escape the treadmill.

We did our taxes this week. Thanks to the child tax credit, buying a house, and a significant drop in our income, we will be getting a pretty sizable return. Which, thank goodness, because due to several issues, we will need every dime of that and then some to make it through the summer while Ben isn’t getting paid. We’ve been crunching numbers and running scenarios all week, and we think we can make it through without either of us having to work this summer, but it will be tight.

I’ve been on a reading kick lately. I’m currently in the middle of two regular books, plus one audiobook that I listen to while running or knitting. If I had to hazard I guess, I’d say I’ve already read/listened to at least 20 books this year. Thanks to the Kindle app on my phone, and the Libby app through my library, I have access to thousands of ebooks and audiobooks. I can just pull up my book on my phone while nursing Vera, while waiting for appointments, or while eating lunch. Looking at the tiny, glowing screen hurts my eyes a bit sometimes, so I should probably start using my regular Kindle. But yay reading!

I got my first Ebates check this week. With money so tight, I’m constantly looking for ways to make a few extra bucks. With Ebates, you get cash back for online purchases you were going to make anyway. Just start your shopping trip through Ebates, buy as usual, and you accumulate cash back. There’s also a browser plugin that will automatically alert you to cash back deals when you navigate to a participating retailer. I assume they are somehow buying or selling info about my shopping habits, but free money is free money. If you’d like to join Ebates and start earning cash back, you can use my referral code. If you spend $25 or more on your first Ebates shopping trip, we both earn a bonus!

What’s the last book you read? Do you like audiobooks?

Manic Monday Training Recap – 03/18/19

Manic Monday

What Was Planned vs What Happened

Monday 03/11/19: 3 mile run | 3 mile run
It feels good to regularly be running three miles again. What was once my bare minimum mileage is now a decent challenge.

Tuesday 03/12/19: Yoga | 45 minutes yoga
Penelope and I did Yoga With Adriene’s “Yoga For Strength and Focus” video, which was quite nice. Of course, doing yoga with a crawling baby is a whole new ball game, but we made it work.

Wednesday 03/13/19: 3 mile run | 3 mile run
I didn’t really feel like it, but I’m trying SO HARD to be consistent and get back to running regularly. I ended up doing it, and I’m glad I did.

Thursday 03/14/19: Strength | Rest
I was tired and had a bunch of errands to run, so a workout didn’t happen.

Friday 03/15/19: 3 mile run | 3 mile run + stretching + rolling
Another three miles! I’m getting tired of treadmill runs, but treadmill runs are better than no runs.

Saturday 03/16/19: 4 mile run | Rest
My right hip was bothering me a bit, so I decided to rest.

Sunday 03/17/19: Rest | 4 miles
I wasn’t planning to run, but I ended up in a really crappy mood Sunday evening, so I escaped to the treadmill after putting Vera to bed, and ended up feeling a lot better for it.

Weekly Mileage: 13

Total 2019 Mileage: 85.75

Well, this is the highest mileage week I’ve had since before I got pregnant, and Sunday’s run was my longest run since before I got pregnant. It feels SO GOOD to be getting back to “normal.” I still have work to do, but I’m excited to do it.

Are you a morning runner or an evening runner?

Friday Free-For-All – 03/15/19

Friday Free-For-All

Our Friday is off to a rough start. First, Vera woke up at 4:20 and was fussing. I was trying to let her settle herself back to sleep, but than an ENORMOUS crack of thunder scared the poor babe half to death. Upon visiting her in her room, I realized she had a very dirty diaper, hence the crying. So I changed her and fed her and did something we haven’t done in months: I brought her back to bed with me. And get this: we slept in until 8:30! That never happens! So now our schedule for the day is totally out of whack.

Anybody else feeling pretty gobsmacked by Daylight Saving Time? I’m loving having more daylight hours, but losing that hour of sleep sucked. Thankfully, Vera’s schedule hasn’t been too disrupted. We actually used DST to our advantage. For a while we’ve been meaning to shift Vera’s bedtime a bit later so it didn’t interfere with our dinner time. So basically, DST accomplished that for us. We put her to bed at what would have been her normal time, but what is now an hour later. Woot!

Our run of bad car luck continues. Ben caught a rock to the windshield of his truck the other day, and now it has a nice big crack. OK, Universe, we’ve had enough car trouble lately, can you PLEASE lay off?!

If you are looking for the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe, I have one. The “Consummate Chocolate Chip Cookie, Revisited” from Smitten Kitchen is hands down the best chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever made. Big, dense, crispy outside and moist inside. Yum, yum, YUM! I’ve made the recipe once a week for the last three weeks because the cookies just keep disappearing somehow, I don’t understand it…

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Do you bake regularly? What’s your favorite recipe?