Tuesday, May 15, 2012

My bi-yearly post....or so it seems!

Why Yes, I do still have a blog:) Thanks for asking. One I haven't signed into in QUITE some time but I'm still here-ha! For those who may still read I'll humor you with an short life update and then a bit of what I've been doing as of late.

Very Random Life Bullets off the top of my head:

Busy as ALL get out. This is life and I love it but man oh man, we are go go go!

Ryan and Max play on AAA traveling summer hockey teams. They are doing well! Ryan is also playing on a traveling JO volleyball team. Baseball, golf, summer track, swimming lessons.... We are gone EVERY weekend often in 2 separate cities in separate hotels and I'm very thankful that I planted that money tree in my back yard as I'm just pulling off the harvest daily.....Ummm-yes. Love watching my kiddos but what a commitment. Of course, no one else has busy kids so I'm sure none of you can relate to this....

Reese is getting excited for some summer races! She was the top girl in the elementary for the mile in gym class. I laughed because she was sick the day they ran the mile but she refused to stay home and ran it anyway. Then, she asked for a second chance to try to better her time when the kids who were gone had to make it up. Then she did it a 3rd time after the teacher gave the kids the option. I'm nearly positive I faked sick the day we had to run the mile for gym-ha! I dreaded this day and surely would not have run it 3 times!! I took her to the HS track meet last night and she is now obsessed with hurdles. So fun watching her just watch.....She ended up in the football field in the center of the track after the hurdle races were done setting them up in the grass and trying them over and over!

I died laughing at the track meet when Reese's friends were talking about their mom's and I was eavesdropping. Apparently, I dress like a "normal" mom. What does this mean??? Ella's mom only likes to shop in old lady stores that sell stuff like "Kate Spade" or "Channel" purses. Not pronounced "Chanel" but "Channel" This made me blow my cover and laugh out loud. When did Kate Spade become old lady.....

I just had a super getaway weekend with my hubby. SO necessary to make time for this for me!!

Heading on a hockey trip this weekend in which Ryan will stay with her team and I will stay in a hotel! Dragging a good friend along so a girl's weekend of sorts. I'm bummed out in a sense about not being at the Fargo Marathon this weekend though. This was one of my first races (HM) and I haven't missed it since! Lots of friends running though so I'll be stalking!!

I have a ticket BOOKED for Boston in July. Didn't get my trip there in April so making up for it in July! Love Boston. Love the opportunity to spend time with some people near and dear to me!


Random Running:

What's new..... I'm not running a lot of miles yet but I'm running pain free and I'm running well. I've been running more by HR and a bit by a time frame instead of miles. Something new and a nice change up for me in approaching running right now. I've been doing very little speed but seeing improvements training in primarily my aerobic zone.

Yesterday I ran 16 miles (8 miles out and back). I stopped my Garmin for a charging dog and forgot to restart it explaining the 15.33 when I actually ran 16.

Really happy with this. Not pushing but finding myself comfortable here now.

I'm having a Love/Love relationship with running and how it's fitting into my life right now! Don't know how long this honeymoon will last but I'm surely enjoying it!! I feel passionate and hungry but yet content and my stress level is low low. I am seeing the big picture more clearly. I am less concerned about what everyone else is doing and more in tune with what I think I PERSONALLY should be doing. I'm able to allow myself some time off on a weekend away with my hubby and know that it will not ruin my marathon in October-ha! I'm able to ENJOY myself during this rest-not always easy! I also feel more confident about my ability right now even running almost NO speed and lower mileage than I felt at the peak of my marathon training. Not sure how to explain that as it's probably just a huge combination of things....

Moving on-I'm running 2 goal races (I'm not a huge racer. Hard to work them into my schedule and honestly I prefer the training). Plans are for the Dick Beardsley HM in September and the Twin Cities marathon in October. I will also be running the Women Rock HM in September but likely just using the race to pace my sister for the first half of the marathon as she's going for her BQ here. Considering she will likely break my PR, I shouldn't say pacing, I should say running WITH her:) I will likely fit in a few smaller non-A goal races but these are what I'm working towards.

As of this moment, I'm planning to head back to Boston in 2013.

SO, there you have it. AN unorganized random update!!

18 comments:

Becky at Prairie Runner said...

I am running the Women Rock marathon! It would be fun to meet you!!

Amanda@runninghood said...

Yay!! A Jenn Post. So happy. Reese ran it 3 times?? What did she do the third time?? break 6 minutes?? That girl is smokin fast! Watch out MN Track and Cross Country!

So funny about the conversation about Kate Spade and Channel. A year ago, I would have been right there with them..."What's Kate Spade? and What Channel is this purse on?" Seriously, I'm so not hip on brand names but I'm starting to pick up on the lingo here and there. But I do know enough now that I would have laughed right there with you. :) So glad you are normal.

Really happy about your running Jenn. Do you think you'll increase your mileage again once training starts or just keep it lower (50-60ish) and increase intensity? Curious how you do things this time around. Whatever you do, I am excited to watch and cheer from afar. You seem so grounded and strong and happy...at a good place with running. Very balanced. Easy to lose ourselves to it ....at least me. I love when I'm at that perfect place where I just run because I'm loving it and it feels good.

Still thinking of Twin Cities with you. If not this year then for sure another year! I've heard so many good things about it lately.

And boston 2013...I'm trying to get myself there too so I can be there with you. But no matter what, Boston in July baby!

Love you! Happy to see a Jenn ramble.

Julie Arts said...

ohhhhhhh... i love your new love/love relationship with running!!!

middleagedrunner said...

So happy you're back! Keeping up your superwoman schedule I see :-)
Kickass run too!!

Raina said...

It's about time you covered up that last post! ;)

You never cease to amaze me. It takes one incredibly organized mom to be shuffling the family to all these different things--and find time to do top-notch running. Those kiddos are pretty inspiring too. All that work ethic and natural athleticism got passed down to them. I can't wait to see what Reese does this summer and in high school. Big things ahead, there!

Really, I can just hear the happy in this post. Nice to be able to Run Happy, eh? That sounds like a good mantra. Great workout, Jenn. Boston in summer sounds fun :)

ajh said...

Always good to hear what's going on with you and your kids!

Gracie said...

Man, I can finally afford Kate Spade and she's not even cool anymore. Shucks.

Allison said...

Your posts always make me smile. Love them. Sounds like things are going great. Hoping the frozen tundra isn't so frozen anymore! It's *my* winter (misery) here in Yuma now. 108 degrees the other day. F!

Katie said...

What a 16 miler! It sounds like you're ready to race now! Great to hear things are going well. All the traveling you guys do for games and such does sound crazy, but fun too. Boston in July eh? I'm about 25 minutes outside of Boston. Maybe we could run together...

Shawn said...

Cripes, your "easy" pace smokes my race pace...note to self: lose more weight fatass.

We are busy with 2...don't know how you do it with 3.

Happy Runner Girl said...

Great updates Jenn! Sounds like all is going well!!

XLMIC said...

You sound like you are doing really, really well. Busy but well. I am so glad to see this update. I've been wondering what's the haps in Minnesota.

Nicole Wagner Makeup said...

what a GREAT 16 miler! I will be back! miss you!!

lindsay said...

I'll take a sapling of your landscaping! I could use a forest of those in my backyard.

I would guess you are "normal" because you wear Reese's A&F clothes ;) Need to get a pair of mom jeans!

16-miles, weren't you just complaining about not being able to run? Woo hoo! I'm jealous as im still struggling along in the 3-4 mile slogs. I've been struggling with motivation (still! After 6mos off!) and really questioning why I "want" to run. So It was nice to read your little diddy about doing your own thing and not worrying about what others do.

Lindsey Ann said...

Glad to see you're running pain free!! Good luck with all the crazy kid-sport-related travels!

Irene said...

"Kate Spade" and "old lady" in the same sentence. Hilarious!

Jill said...

Okay, back. You didn't even know I left...but I read this a couple days ago and didn't have time to comment.

So good to see a post and catch up on what you've been up to. *ahem* I think one of your comments on a blog post of mine a couple weeks ago was that you were compiling an email to me....that's going to be one very LONG email when I finally get it ;). You know I'm not serious...I know you are incredibly busy. Just thought it was funny.

Anyhoo...

You have some amazing kiddos and your little Reese is going to be getting track AND hockey scholarships, holy smokes that girl has an incredible gift. As do all in your beautiful family.

Fun you're thinking about Boston again. Just let the happy love affair legs do their thing and the mind will follow suit with what feels best. I'm really looking forward to following your training and can't wait to see how you're going to kick some serious road ass! :)

Happy Weekend to you, my friend! Have a great one.

Julie D. said...

seriously, i feel busy now with my 3 kids 8 and under and I'm bracing myself for the busy ahead. You are my hero in that dept. I'm taking notes. :) Love that your daughter already has her love affair with running. Can't wait to hear you talking about her in the HS/College headlines someday!! So happy for you, that you are running strong. Enjoy your (very busy) summer!!! oh, and thank God you dress like a 'normal mom'. I would love to overhear a conversation like that! who knew kate spade was old lady???!!! good to know. :)