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Monday, September 8, 2014

September Week 1 Recap

~So in love~
Happy Anniversary to us! It has been our anniversary weekend so we have been busy, busy, busy! And this week has been no less busy. I am still trying to find the happy balance of being a mom of 2, doing all my household chores and teaching. Let's just say, I have a very large pile of clean clothing that needs to be sorted and hung up/put away. At least I got the laundry clean though! 

We had an extra family day this week, thanks to Labor Day. Matt's fav tradition is to watch the Married With Children Labor Day episode and laugh the whole way through, eat beans with chips for lunch and of course follow in Al Bundy's steps in grilling! We didn't get to grill, it was just too hot, so we let 5 Guys do that for us. Yea for me not having to cook.

We also took the afternoon to go grocery shopping together, which is being a weekly occurrence for us. My new fav place that I am figuring out, TRADER JOE'S! They really have everything there that we need but in their own brand and the prices are always great! And they have good organic food. So it allows me to get the clean organic food I want and at a price that I can live with.

The rest of the week was full of me being with the boys and teaching. I love teaching. I have such eager students that are craving to learn about music and are so devoted in their practicing.

They have made a commitment to themselves to practice everyday. Why is it so hard for me to get that same drive in working out most days??? ARGH! I am still pushing play and exercising but I feel like I am dragging and I am starting to notice that I am making excuses. Is it cause the numbers on the scale aren't going down? Or the fact that I still like to eat food I shouldn't, cupcakes for my anniversary, maybe...But still I made this commitment to myself and I need to PUSH PLAY! Tomorrow I am announcing my next project! check it out because I got working out down I just need to get my eating in check too!

Workout Recap:
Sunday: rest, much needed rest after the race!
Monday: PiYo Upper Define & 1.5 mile walk with kiddos - YEA!
Tuesday: Sweat - this day it was like pulling teeth to do it!
Wednesday: Lower Define
Thursday: PiYo Core
Friday: rest
Saturday: rest- out all day for my anniversary

Week 2 of September Goals: Running! Adding running back into the mix. I know for sure on Saturday I am going to go running in the morning! YEA! But now I need to fit it in during the week too! How and where???
~12 years later, Still in love and now have 2 beautiful kids~

Friday, September 5, 2014

12 Years! WOW!

Happy Anniversary to my sweet, kind, supportive and understanding husband MATT! We celebrate 12 years of marriage today. I just can't believe that it has been 12 years first of all and the fact that I am saying, "Yeah, I've been married for 12 years!" just kind of is mind boggling!

Funny thing, most people think we have only been married for a few years since our kids are so young. Often when I tell someone that I have been married for 12 years they always remark, "WOW, you got married young!" And it is always a shocker. They just didn't know that it took us 9 years of trying to be blessed with Mason. I am so lucky though, looking back of course, that I had those 9 years with Matt before kids. Yes, there were hard times and stressful times but we also had a ton of fun. We traveled, moved cross county 2 times, lived in the beautiful mountains and now we know that this is where we are supposed to be and raise our kids.

I am so thankful to be able to say "kids" too! I have wanted this for so many years to bring children into this world and I am so thankful to raise them with my kid at heart husband who, if you ask him, will say kids are ok, but he really loves them and throwing Mason around and wrestling with him and teaching him new things.

Going into our 13th year actually at this points is looking like a great year (despite the general bad luck associated with the number). And I am so excited to know that we are in this together. Matt is my rock when I feel like glass that can shatter into a thousand shards. He holds me up and supports me in all my endeavors and is my cheering squad, massage therapist, my therapist and my best friend. So glad that you picked me, Matt and so glad that it is for all eternity! Love you babe for ever and more!

Thursday, September 4, 2014


Recently I have had my friends tell me that they were being slackers or slacking off in their workouts. These are friends that are making an effort to actually workout or have been regularly working out for awhile!

You are not a slacker if you miss a workout, or if it is like pulling teeth to get through a workout. We have all been there. There are days that are just hard and suck but the thing is, you did a workout, or if you didn't you did the next day. You must keep going and try again. And if you did your workout I bet you feel a heck of a lot happier after the workout than when you started.

If you haven't found the workout groove yet and just can't find the motivation, that's ok too. It will happen. It takes hard work but the first step is always the hardest because that is when you decide that you want it! And when you go YOU WORK HARD FOR IT! And do it because you, yes you, are so worth it!

We all need and will look for that breaking point to help us get moving. Just start walking everyday or every other day. Make a schedule and pretty soon you are going to start feeling better and you will enjoy it more. I promise you! It just takes 1 step at a time and just keep going! Even if you walk, walking is amazing for you and you will feel so happy by the end of it! Just try it and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

2014 Charlottesville's Woman's 4 Miler - Race Recap

I have done my first repeat race ever! It was kind of fun knowing the course and what to expect going into my second time doing the same race. What an exhilarating experience running with so many other women though! It is such an awesome feeling.

My race I knew I was going to be slower than last year since I hadn't trained for it and certainly not like last year. I went into the race last year ready to conquer it and to kick it's butt. This year I was just happy to be there and to actually do it. I was nervous and scared of getting hurt so I did not push myself like I could have. (which makes me wonder how well I could have done if I had.) But it was my first postpartum race, and first time doing 4 miles in a row for a very long time!

We lined up in our corrals and I lined up with the 13-14 min mile pace. I trusted my body and knew that I could sustain that for a little while. I had a couple of friends in this pace group that I was going to run with, so why not!

We made our way to the line ups and before we knew it, it was time to go! Me and 2 other ladies who were starting together. One took off like a rocket and we told her to keep going, she did! The other 2 we ran together. One friend took a stumble just before mile 1 and I stayed with her to make sure she was ok and T kept on trucking along. It took me awhile to get back up to her. V was ok and got back up. Her ankle was hurt so we slowed our pace to let her get back into the groove. I started running with another lady and encouraged her to pump her arms more and we started talking. V caught up with us and then there was a third lady I started talking to along the course. She said she was going to pace with me and another lady did as well. So we just kept on trucking.

My my calves were on fire and starting to cramp up around mile and a half. I kept thinking, how on earth am I going to do this. I am so silly to think I could just up and do 4 miles. I have to keep going to help these ladies. And that last thought gave me the motivation to just trust my body and to listen to it and keep going. We walked then jogged back and forth doing intervals. Allowing all of us to not over do it. Around mile 2 my legs started to feel pretty good and 2.5 miles in they were finally warmed up and I felt like I could keep going and fly! I started to push my pace a little more and 2 out of the 3 ladies I had with me now were keeping up but V and her ankle were hurting. She said to keep going and we did. At some point I lost another of the ladies but me and one other were able keep on going and push each other.

I was shocked at how my body was feeling. I was breathing fine, and my legs were doing great. It felt like I had been running all along. It is amazing what the body can remember doing even after so long of a break. Mile 3.2 is the long downhill and I just let gravity take me and ran the whole way down. I caught up with one of my starting buddies at that time. She was just trucking along! As we approached the end, I had to take a 15 second little walk break and K who was my running buddy kept going. I sucked up the little bit of tiredness in my legs and just ran the last 1/4 mile to the end. Thankful to have actually finished with doing as much running as I did. 59:53 is what I finished in. Last year I finished in 55 min so I was pretty pleased with myself. I knew I could have gone faster, but didn't want to risk injury and I had ladies that I was running with. It wasn't about me anymore it was about making sure they finished and crossed the finish line safely! And they did. I waited for V to make sure she was ok. She was fine until she stopped running and then the pain hit. Her knee was pretty banged up too but SHE FINISHED and that is what it is about people, just finish. It doesn't matter if you run the whole thing, walk or run/walk as long as you finish is the key!

Overall it was a great race. It wasn't too hot, it was humid but it was overcast the whole time! It was well organized and everyone I talked to had a great time. I love the field where the spectators watch and it allowed Mason to run around like the crazy 3 year old boy he is! I am looking forward to next years race and blowing my time out of the water!

I am so proud of all the women who ran for the great cause of supporting the University Of Virginia's Cancer Center Breast Care Program. And all the money that goes towards their research and care of the women. Donations are still being accepted. So if you would like to donate, click on the picture below and make a donation in support of me as the runner! EVER PENNY COUNTS!

Monday, September 1, 2014

August Week 4 Weekly Recap

I made it! I did my first postpartum race Saturday, and I did it! I am feeling pretty good about my race and everything! I was expecting like 1 hour and 5-10 min time to do the 4 miler but nope, I made it under an hour, BARELY! But that is ok. I was also under my 15 min/mile rule that I had during my pregnancy. AND I know that I had negative splits for the last 2 miles because my legs finally warmed up and I know I was running and walking faster! I will have my race recap up later this week!

I am trying to get into more of a routine schedule with Mason and his "pre-pre school" with me. He isn't potty trained yet so he can't go to pre-school yet so WELCOME to the Allen Academy! I am also trying to schedule in more play groups during the week to give him more social interactions. We went to 3 last week. It was great watching him play, but I was still the center of his attention. Except at the race. There were tons of other kids that would rough house with him and while I was running, he was too. He was exhausted when we got home!

This week on the workout front wasn't as great as I wanted, but it was also taper week. I adjusted my workouts so they wouldn't kill me for the race. Next week, the first week of Sept. I am buckling down! Getting back into my schedule and will finish PiYo soon. Looking into starting another workout routine that includes portion control. I have lost inches, it is now time to start losing weight too!

Workout Recap: 
Sunday: rest
Monday: PiYo Upper Define
Tuesday: PiYo lower Define
Wednesday: 1.5 mile walk
Thursday: rest
Friday: rest
Saturday: 4 mile

5.5 total mileage
14 weeks postpartum

QOTD: Do you do extra workouts "doubles" on Labor Day? Let me know below in the comments!  I am planning on doing my workout plus a nice family walk later today! 
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