It’s official!

Last years medal (My finger is covering the “1”.  It says “13.1”)

I am happy to report that my half marathon training is finally in full swing again!!  3 days of running, 2 days of pump, and 1 day of yoga are in my plan each week.  I have officially signed my family up for the Shamrock race.  Steven is signed up to run the full MARATHON, Gabby is signed up to run the 8k, and I am signed up for the Dolphin Challenge (8k on Saturday and half marathon on Sunday).  Makayla is not a fan of running but is still excited about spectating.  My mom and my cousin Paul & his wife Missy are signed up for the 8k as well.  Sam will be officially signed up very soon.  I’m also going to try to talk another running friend (guy Sam) to run as well.  If anyone else is interested in a great race in March, I highly recommend this race.  Come join us in one (or all) of the races or just to hang out for the weekend.




On Wednesday, I had my last physical therapy session!  Yay!  I finally graduated.  My strength in my right leg/hip is still not quite equal to my left side, but it’s so much better than it was when I started.  My therapist gave me some exercises to continue at home. 


On Thursday, I had planned on getting up at 4:45 a.m. and heading to the gym to meet Sam.  I knew there was a strong possibility that I would not be able to get up and so “Plan B” was to get my run in during my lunch hour.  When my alarm went off, I saw that I had a text from Sam from 4:30 saying she had a headache and was going back to bed.  Now…I am very sorry that she had a headache, but I have to say that I was not all that sad to go back to bed.  I’m still not sure if I would have gone or not, but luckily she made that decision very easy for me.  So at this point I was thinking I would go ahead with “Plan B”, only I did not realize how freaking cold and windy it was going to be.  I have actually become pretty comfortable with running in low temps (which is kind of surprising because everyone knows I HATE the cold), but I don’t think I’ll ever adapt to running in the wind.  So, I decided to resort to “Plan C” which was to head to the gym after dinner and hit the treadmill.  Which is exactly what I did.  I didn’t get there until about 7:45 that evening so I just missed Sam and Steven was just finishing up, but I got my 4 miles in.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to run 3 or 4, but when I got to 3 I was still feeling pretty good so I thought, why not?


Friday was my rest day.  Dentist, taxes, budgets, oh my.  I did download some new music for my running playlist.


I got up early to make Gabby some healthy blueberry pancakes before swim. 

20160213_071927She was not a fan, but I liked them!  Sam and I headed back to body pump later in the morning.  It was very tough, but I made it through.  I rewarded myself with a protein shake on my way out.  Gabby and I made Banana Oat Energy Bites that afternoon (we also made Valentine’s Day cupcakes).  Thanks for sharing the link, Crystal!


Gabby had a swim meet on Sunday morning.  We had to be at the College of Southern Maryland bright and early.  She did great!!  I’m so proud of her.  She qualified for the 2015 MD Swimming Junior Championships in 3 events!

The plan was to connect with Crystal sometime in the afternoon to run 5 miles together.  It was very cold once again (negative temps with wind chill) so I started to think running outside wasn’t a good plan.  Finally around 4ish, I decided to just head to the gym to get it over with on the treadmill. Screenshot_2016-02-15-16-06-23 Steven had just finished his treadmill run (he was supposed to run 18 outside, but didn’t think 3+ hours of freezing cold air in his lungs was a great idea so he modified his plan a bit).  Sam was still at the gym so I grabbed a couple of the energy bites I had made and headed to the gym.  I figured she could test them out for me since she had a much longer run than I had and I figured she might need the energy (she gave positive reviews)!  I grabbed the treadmill next to her and we chatted and chatted and chatted.  It was so nice to run with her again.  She decided to keep going and ended up running 15 miles total (which is especially impressive for a treadmill run)!  I ran 5.  I felt okay.  Not as great as my weekday runs, but pretty good.  I stopped to walk for a minute at mile 4, but then finished it out with a run.  Sam and I forgot to grab a pictures together -darn it!  I could feel blisters forming on the outside of my big toes – ouch!!  I was glad to hit mile 5 and headed home to help Steven make heart-shaped pancakes for dinner.  It’s become our Valentine’s Day tradition! 


I finished off my Sunday with a warm soak in an Epsom salt bath and then watched The Walking Dead with Steven (truth be told, I fell asleep half way through and had to finish it Monday morning…thank goodness for the holiday) .  What a great episode!!

QOTD – What did you do for Valentine’s Day?