Monday, October 26, 2015


This past week heaven gained an angel and I lost my favorite worst running partner ever. Seamus loved to run...just not in a straight line, or following a path, not next to you or attached to a leash...and mostly only if it included a significant amount of time stopping to smell the flowers...okay really just random bushes that some other animal had probably peed on, chase squirrels and hide from deer or anything else that appears even remotely threatening. 

 Almost 11 years ago now my sister, Caitlin dragged me to the humane society to look at dogs I had zero intention of bringing home. With his tongue hanging out of a huge grin Seamus, then Adrien, stood...okay danced, skipped, hopped and jumped in his kennel behind a sign "Rehabilitation Services". Cait claimed this dog was amazing! He goes to hospitals and visits kids and is such a good dog. So reluctantly I agreed to "meet" Seamus. It was becoming more obvious that this dog did not go to hospitals and was by no means a therapy dog. Fleetwood from the human society commented oh no HE'S in therapy. I threw my hands up and in unison Cait and I responded we'll take him. And so that is how I came to have a dog, a crazy, insane, lovable, special needs dog. Somehow I guess that sounds just about right. He fit in perfectly! I miss my puppers...even if he was a terrible running partner.

We also got our first snow of the year. Dan and I are pretty sure our summer loving dog sensed this and knew it was his time. The thought of one more winter was more than he could handle. Needless to say my running still feels like it hasn't rebounded post- RRR. I really need to at least get my mileage back to something that resembles a runner. But I have been feeling better and getting faster with my MAF training so I guess that's a bit of an improvement. 

James was reading pumpkins until he fell asleep last night

Not award winning gluten free Halloween treats for daycare

We have a BOB problem...bought a second single to make our runs more manageable

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Pumpkins and Offseason

Why I spend all day chasing the boys...
because if I don't this happens
Thanks to Sandra my hip flexors felt like they were floating all week and it took an act of god to swing my legs forward and take a step for most of the week. I hate this's one of those things that the whole time you're doing it you keep asking yourself why? why would I willingly subject my body to this kind of brutal torture? And then you leave and you're saying to yourself I really need to keep doing this... Honestly I can feel myself getting stronger and I think if I can find a way to fit it into my schedule it will really help my running. Currently I also can't lift my arms high enough to brush my teeth...apparently my attempt at my only arm workout being lifting the boys is not going to fly anymore. 

Dan was still sick this week so we didn't get to go on our planned long run for Friday which was a bit of a bummer. I really haven't ran anything exciting. I have become quite intimate with Green Mountain, mapping out several new routes from my office. And really its not as exciting as that sounds. I've also been sticking with MAF training, which is only slightly killing me. MAF training on Green = a lot of hiking. I am starting to feel the benefits of it, but ugh...sometimes it's so frustrating that I'm not just running. 
First selfie with the boys

The boys are busy mostly just keeping me busy. I feel like I'm constantly running around chasing someone, breaking up excessive hugging, feeding either child and trying to get just enough chores done to stay alive through the week. I'm starting to get a better balance at work and the past few days have been really consistent with my running. Right now that's my only goal. If I can be consistent on getting out even if its only for a couple miles I'm considering it a success.  

James is also completely in love with pumpkins this year. Everything has to be pumpkins though...not the silly white ones, or funky colored ones...nope those apparently are not the real deal. I'm wondering how we're going to tell him he has to stop wearing his jack-o-lantern shirt after next week!

Monday, October 12, 2015

As & As

In keeping with trying some new things to improve my running I went to Pilates this week. Sandra gave me a few sessions as my 'push' present to help get me back to my normal self. I cursed her a lot during that hour...well as much as I could between the screams coming from my whole body. My abs were so sore my ribs hurt for 3 days! And my arms? I grimaced every time I had to pick up James. Aside from the names I was calling Sandra I kept thinking...this is totally going to help my running. So yep I'm a glutton for punishment and will be back next week.

Running-wise I feel like I'm still on a taper. My workload in the office doubled while I was on leave so getting back into my routine has been tougher than I thought it would. I know I'll figure it out but right now it feels like I'll never run more than 4 miles again. I've also decided to do MAF training for the next 3-6 months. So now I'm running 4 slow miles a day. Next week will be better though and slowly we'll get there. Eventually I'll have a routine...and boys that sleep...
Mom forgot to bring extra pants to school...
real men wear pink!

James is moving up to the preschool room over the next couple weeks. That can only mean one thing...time to buy a chalkboard so I can take the obligatory First Day of Preschool 3k photos. Really I'm excited though I think this will be a really good move for him. And since we're all worried about the transition and doing all sorts of things to make it easier on him it means he's going to breeze through the transition and look at us like what was all the fuss about? 

Robert is getting happier...although I would be happier if he would sleep a bit longer. Some day...

still unimpressed...

finally a fall day