Good morning! Things weren't quite as laid back as I thought they would be over the weekend but it's now Monday morning, the kids are still sleeping and I'm lounged out in my Gopher pants with my one cup (64 ounce mug) of coffee.....Life is good!
So, I've been tagged by MiddleAged Runner the spunky mini horse rider:) and MuncherCruncher the super cute blonde/brunette with good food recipes and my dream job! The Stylish Blogger Award- I know NONE of you have heard of this and I'm about the first person to do it ha! Here goes-7 random things about me
1.) I LOVE and appreciate music! ALL music. I come from a big family of musicians primarily concert pianists, opera singers, music profs, etc. My dad was singing professionally when I was young before I wrapped him around my little finger and he didn't want to travel anymore!!! Anyway, I went to Concordia College in Moorhead, MN on a music scholarship and actually considered the life of a poor musician temporarily. (Disclaimer-I also considered the life of a nurse, doctor, and small business owner briefly......but now prefer the life of a poor hockey mom!) Next to running, exercising my fingers with Chopin or Beethoven is my favorite stress reliever! I LOVE classical music. I'm not exclusive though!!!! My ipod is piled with hip hop and rap trash, Brittney, Skillet, Linkin Park, Eminem, Christian, Country. You NAME it!! I especially love LIVE music-small artists in their local venues trying to catch a break! EVERY vacation we take involves seeking out some sort of local music attraction!
2.) I am extremely impatient or maybe stubborn.... This is perhaps not a virtue. If I want something done, I want it done immediately and I'm willing to do it myself. My husband travels. He is ALWAYS coming home to my new projects. I decided to build railings off the entry way of my house, I wanted sand on Thursday for my 20X30 swingset area and they couldn't bring a truck until Monday so I moved it from the gravel pits with a wheelbarrow myself. It took me until Tuesday anyway, I couldn't walk for a week and my hands had none of their original skin left on them. I am not the brightest bulb in the box at times.....
3.) I love to travel, even just within the US! We go on one family vacation a year and then Joe and I try to get one trip a year to ourselves. Family vacations where I just have my kids to myself without any of their outside influences are the highlight of my year!!! My trips with Joe consist of visiting at least 6 different restaurants each day! I love unique food, unique restaurants, unique atmospheres! My perfect date would be a small wine bar enjoying a massive plate of assorted cheeses, while listening to a guy on an acoustic guitar in the corner! (I've also had some good dates with a pitcher of beer and hotwings while watching a football game at Champs though-ha!)
4.) I love being a mother. This is pretty common sense as no sane person would admit otherwise! Truthfully though, I envisioned my life so entirely different about 15 years ago. I ended up married at 22 and a mom the same year. Not for one second do I regret this (OK-a few seconds but they were VERY short seconds, like milliseconds....) I love having an almost 13 year old, Ryan. She totally gets my humor, her friends still think I have somewhat of a "cool" factor (except for the time when I made them help me can tomatoes last summer...lost a few cool points there...) I love seeing her grow into such a strong determined individual with real goals and dreams!! My classic middle child Reese.... She is my peanut, as sweet as they come. She's a momma's girl and maybe my future running partner-I have big dreams for the both of us together! My son, Max. I was one of 6 girls, no brothers. He has taught me so many lessons and I just LOVE having a boy!
5.) My family is my WORLD! My parents and my sisters are a MAJOR reason why I live here at the end of the earth. We are extremely close! I have 2 sisters along with my dad who are also runners! When I was training for my first marathon we would do family Sunday long runs where we would meet at my parents and then start running. I would run with my sister Laurie (we run nearly the same pace) and my dad and sister Christy would run together. My mom, my other sister and my kids would travel along in the car setting up mock water stops, feeding us oranges, ice chips (yes it gets hot here believe it or not) and handing us cold washcloths. I am WAY more pampered by my family than I am in a race! We would then meet to inhale copious amounts of food while complaining about which body parts hurt the most! I missed this so much last summer being injured. My dad used to run about a 10-11 minute mile. He met me on my birthday which was 10/10/10 to run 10 miles (I'm wierd like this and it just sounded fun). Our pace was 8:24. He is now running 10 miles under 8 minute pace. I am so inspired by his attitude and determination! He never stops believing he can improve in some way and helps remind me of how not to let my age limit me.....
6.) I almost NEVER sleep more than 6 hours a night-sometimes 4-5. I can't sleep because it makes me tired.....
7.) I am a very healthy eater but I'm all about moderation. If I want it, I eat it!
There you have it!! I tag Heather at Momma Running Amok. She is a new blogger! Head over and give her some encouragement!!!!
Quick running update. Finished the week with 55 miles. The plan I'm using (massive combination of plans) generally has a mileage range for each day. This is working out well and I'm not as stressed out about those days that I just can't make as many miles work. I didn't start my long run until 6 pm last night and there was NO part of me that wanted to do it. I ALMOST skipped it and moved it to this morning. I talked myself into running 10 really slow on the treadmill. Ended up running 13.1 miles in 1:38 so it turned out a little better than I had planned! Sometimes the runs you dread the most turn out to be the best ones! Got to watch movies on the couch in a SUPER GOOD mood afterwards!!
The kids are awake and hassling me to play Clue again. I better go and show them up......Happy Monday!!