Friday, June 29, 2012

Movin Things Around A Bit this First Week!

Well, as many of you know, the schedule you put together for yourself looks so pretty and perfect on paper, but trying to get it to go so smoothly in life with kiddos is a whole differerent feat.  I was supposed to run 3 miles yesterday, but couldn't because Jason had a late meeting and there was no one home to watch the little one while I ran and she is not a cooperative running partner for longer than a mile, so.....  I decided to do a Cross Training day instead.  I completed two 10 minute leg workout videos on demand (which my legs DID feel, due to the fact I can hardly walk today), then I was going to try a 40 minute cardio video, but noticed the little one in her high chair starting to nod off.  It was only 7pm and if I had let her go to sleep, she would have been up and ready to go at 9pm, so I stopped my workout, got her up and into the bath tub and by the time we were done, daddy was home and it was play time and then book time and then bed time.  All I can say is I gave it a good effort and at least I got 20 minutes in!!!  I was going to do the 3 miles this morning, but couldn't get myself out of bed in time.  Mornings are not the best for me to workout due to the fact that when the alarm goes off, sleeping sounds so much more fabulous than getting up to workout.  We have a very busy evening, so I guess I can chalk it up to I'm doing the best I can with what I have to work with!  I did do an extra 2 miles Wednesday that weren't on the schedule, so really I'm only down 1 mile which I can make up this weekend and extend one of my weekend runs this weekend by 1 mile.  Such is the life of a MOM trying to train for something, it's so worth it though, just look at that little bug I have the blessing of holding in the above picture!!  My whole body is sore though due to the extra push ups I've added in this week, the river run which was new to me and the leg workout last night.  My body is saying HELLO muscles and I feel really good!!  TGIF everyone!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Felt Good Yesterday!

Yesterday wasn't a running day, but I was feeling the need to get my shoes on and go for a run.  I decided I'd only do two miles because it wasn't an actualy running day.  I set out at a good pace and sped up too get a few sprints up and maybe increase my overall average speed.  I don't know what it was yesterday, but I felt GOOD and FAST.  I kept going at my sprint speed and slowed down a little at times.  I knew I was only doing two miles so I was able to really keep pusing and I ended up running the two miles in 15mins and 30 seconds..  That is a 7min 45second mile pace...  My fastest EVER by far.  I was pretty excited when I looked down at my watch!!  After I got home, my fabulous friend Julie was over, so we chatted, cooked some yummy healthy dinner, had some wine and watched some Sex And The City..  Lisa showed up about 8:30 and we talked until bedtime at 10pm... All in all a great day started with the river workout and ending with a great run.  I hope I feel the same motiviation tonight for our scheduled 3 miles!!! 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Marathon Training Has Begun!

Jason and I have decided to run the Seattle Marathon on November 25, 2012.  We started a 22 week training program on Tuesday with a 3 mile run in 25mins.  Today was a CT (cross training) day so I got up at 5am and went to the pool with my friend Amy to do an hour workout running against the current in the pools river.  It was a really good workout and a nice way to start the day.  You can put water weights on your feet to make the workout harder so I think I actually burned a few caloreis.  I definately have more energy right now than I usually do at 8:25!!  Another run tomorrow, CT Friday and Runs Sat/Sun...  I'm really motivated and excited.  I hope I can keep the motivation up!  The sun is shining today!!!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Good Weekend!

The past weekend was filled with some much needed family and Jason and me time.  We got a ton done around the house, played with the kids and had some time to enjoy each other.  I was so done with the week by 5pm on Friday night, I immediately went home, put on my pj's and poured myself a big glass of red wine.  I then decided the only thing that could go along with my fabulous evenin was an episode of Dawsons Creek, so of course I sat and watched that!  Jason went to play soccer Sunday morning, so after he got home, I took the babe and went to the kiddie section of the pool which she loved.  I had Jason pick her up and bring the big kids for open swim, so I swam some laps and got a workout in while they played!  It was a fabulous weekend, but even though it was somewhat layed back for us, today is feeling much less hectic than the weekend did.

Tonight Jason and I officially start our Marathon training!  We are going to run the Seattle Marathon in November and start our 22 week training program tonight.  I"m super excited and nervous and hope I have the heart and mind to train and do this like I need to do it!  Here goes nothing!

Friday, June 22, 2012


Had a great girls night last night!!!  Went for a run with Christine right after work, then we picked Kenley up from daycare and grabbed subway for dinner before heading to Meadowdale playfields to watch Jackie's softball game.  Kenley had a great time and found a puppy who she quickly made friends with.  After the game, we headed back to my place to go through Christine's give away clothes from her closet cleaning extravaganza, had some drinks and totally enjoyed watching Emily send Ryan the big dumb good looking jerk home from the bachelorette!!  Fun fun night and today is FRIDAY!!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Finally Hit the Pavement!

Well, this has been a funky week for me in more ways than one.  I just haven't mentally or physically felt like myself.  Spent two days not feeling right because of a migraine and just haven't felt right since.  Did NOT want to go run yesterday, but got a little motivation from my hubby and set out to do 2 slow miles..  I could have done 3-4 after we got going, but Jason's calves and ankles were really hurting him, so we did just over 2.5 miles at about an 8min 30second pace.  Not bad for not really feeling into it and starting out nice, steady and slow.  I am looking forward to my run tonight with my lovely friend Christine, followed by a quick stop to watch Jackie play softball, then back to my house for some wine and Bachelorette since the guys will be off dirt bike riding!!!  Here's to a fun day and tomorrow being Friday!!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Back At It - Gotta Keep On Movin!

I'm a super slacker and that's all there is too it...  I didn't run Friday, didn't run Saturday and yep, you guessed it, didn't run Sunday...  I had high hopes of running yesterday (Monday) but ended up with a darn migraine and didn't get myself up off the recliner for pretty much the entire day.  So, needless to say, today will be a running day for sure, not 100% yet after the migraine, so we'll see how I feel after an easy two miler, but two miles is better than none and a good way to get back into it after 4 days off.  I have to start getting serious, I have a 10k trail run in less than a month which I'm actually pretty darn excited about.  I always love to try something new and different!  Now, if only the weather would cooperate with my high hopes of getting back into it, the sun would sure help the motivation factor!!  I'll let you all know how my run tonight goes in the morning!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Good Run Yesterday!

  • So, I really wasn't in the mood yesterday, but my lovely friend Shana told me I'd feel so much better if I just run, so I did.  At first I thought I'd do a slow 2 miler, but I got out there and felt good, so I did a pretty quick 3 miler.  3.07 miles in 25.45 to be exact!   Not my fastest, but not bad at all for not pusing myself too hard and just listening to what my body felt was a good pace.
    After that I went to pick up doods from daycare, we stopped at the grocery store on the way home, then we had a little dinner and watched finally finished a great episode of the bachelorette before the guys got home from dirt bike racing!  It was a peaceful quiet night and I loved it!!  TGIF everyone!!  Have a great Friday and an even better weekend!
    Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads!

Thursday, June 14, 2012


I'll be honest with you all, I've been in a funk.  Getting myself motivated after a full day at work to do anything other than snuggle with my baby on the couch is taking much more effort than I think it should.  I don't really know what's going on with me, but whatever it is, I hope I snap out of it sooner rather than later.  As I type this now, I'm telling myself I have all of my running gear here at work and no reason to not go run before I pick up the babe from daycare, but if only I could find the energy and motivation to go out to the car, get my running gear and then put it on and run!  I won't tell a lie, I failed Juneathon last night by not doing anything at all.  I did make dinner, did some laundry, cleaned up the dinner dishes and kitchen and chased my baby around all night, so I must have gotten some exercise in there somewhere, but not enough to log anywhere, so I've failed Juneathon, but I can't let that get me down... I can run tonight, I will run tonight, I will feel better after, I will get out of this funk!!  The boys are off to go race motorcross tonight and I have plenty of time to get my run in before I go pick Kenley up...  So I'm going to do it!  Even if it's only 2 miles, I will get my run in!!! (I'll let you all know how it went tomorrow!)  Hope everyone is having a great day..  I'm having an AWESOME day....... I am a lucky person!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sore Mama!

So, my workout that we've added on top of the running is waking up some muscles I haven't used in quite some time.  Jason and I did a quick 3 miles last night followed with one round of the sexy leg workout.  We aren't quite ready yet to do 2 sets of it and from the way my body feels today, I think it was a good call to stop when we did!!  I think tonight may be a pool night followed by some time in the hot tub, that actually sounds fabulous!!  I love swimming laps, one of the best feelings in the world and it's an awesome recovery type of work out!  I have been attempting to eat pretty healthy and went home at lunch to get dinner going in the crock pot and it was so yummy,  all of the kids even liked it so I thought I'd share the receipe.

Turkey Chili:
1.25lb lean ground turkey
1 onion
2 garlic cloves
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
1(28oz) can crushed tomato
1(8oz) can tomoato paste
1(15oz) can black beans
1 packet of chili seasoning

Brown the first three ingredients until the turkey has no pink left, then add the first three ingredients and all other ingredients into the crockpot and mix together.  Cook on low approx 5-6 hours.  (The recipe I read said high 4-5hrs or low 7-8hrs, but I did low about 5.5hrs and it was perfect.)  Top it off with lowfat sourcream, some shredded cheese and tortilla chips if you'd like.. 

Yum!!  I'd never had chili with peppers in it and so little beans, but I actually really enjoyed it that way.  It's a recipe we'll be eating at the Baker household again soon!

Yesterday was a stressful workday, so here's to having a stress free workday and hoping I can make it out of the house for some laps tonight!! Happy Wednesday everyone!

P.S. - Blue is the color today in honor of the horrible weather we keep having here in Seattle.  Where is the Sun???

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Greenlake Run/Workout!

Had a GREAT evening with an awesome friend!!  Christine and I met up and ran half way around the inner loop of Greenlake.  We then stopped to do our new workout routine which was really fun, then ran the last half of the lake.  We treated ourselves to veggie burgers and wine aftewards.  We worked hard!!  So I did steal this new workout routine from another blogger who says she's seeing quick results from adding this into running and then swimming a few days a week.  I think my body is at a point where it's pretty used to running and I'm ready to change it up and throw some other things in there!  So here's the workout routine:

20 squats
20 forward lunges
20 burpees
20 inner thigh leg lifts
20 jumping jacks
60 second wall sit
70 sit ups
15 push ups (girlie ones are ok!)

Repeat the above 2 times.

We did this only one time due to the fact that it was our first time trying it out and we coupled it with an almost 3 mile run!  Our goal is to do this for the next 30 days (4th of July we get the day off) and then whomever sticks to the plan best gets to buy the other dinner!!  I'm not going to buy anyone dinner, so I'm motivated to do this!  All in all, it was a GREAT night which ended on the deck of this very fun restaurant!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Weekend Update!

I think I have a serious case of the Monday Blues today.  I had such a great weekend, I didn't want it to end.  I didn't realize I don't know my log in info for the blog because it automatically comes up on my work computer, so I didn't get to post daily over the weekend like I was supposed too, so this post will cover the entire weekend.  I also failed my Juneathon challenge and didn't do any running or walking at all yesterday other than a long walk through the new Whole Foods with my mom.  I think it had to have been a mile or two all said and done, but I'm not going to count it... 

Friday - Friday night would have been a day off, so I set out to do just a mile.  Tyler was home and I figured he could handle a mile, so he put on his Vans (we have since purchased some running shoes for him), we packed up Kenley in the stroller and we set out for a quick mile.  We ran it in 8mins 50seconds which I personally think is pretty darn good for a 15 year old kiddo who never runs.  I think I'll take him on my mile runs a few more times and in no time he'll be ready for a 3 miler!  Yay for new running buddies, especially when they are your kiddos!

Saturday - Really was unmotivated to be productive this weekend and Saturday was a busy day for me.  Got up early to go get a hair cut, came home and left again to go meet my fabulous friend Shana and her super sweet daughter Maranda for lunch at Macaroni Grill and then browsed through Hobby Lobby.  After I got home I felt like we needed to do something active, so we packed up the babe in her stroller and hooked up the kiddy trailer to the bike and off we went for a 1.6 mile walk to the grocery store, did our shopping, packed the kid back up and the groceries and walked home.  Saturday night Jason and I had the house to ourselves (with the acception of our adorable 21 month old) so we bbq'd up some steak and veggie skewers and just relaxed on the couch with a good bottle of wine..  That's my kind of Saturday!

Sunday - Jason got up and went to play soccer, and all the big kiddos were gone, so it was just doods and I and she can't sit in the stroller longer than a mile run, so I opted to stay in my PJ's and catch up on my reality TV instead of being active - BAD ME!  I can't tell a lie though, it was pretty nice!  Jason came home and we did get up and shower and get dressed, but by that time it was nap time for the little one, so I went to have lunch with my parents and after lunch, mom and I decided to check out Whole Foods.  I LOVE that store, they have such fun ideas!  After my outing I should have done something productive, but the sun was out so instead I drug all of Kenleys toys out to the deck, grabbed a few magazines and a cold beer and relaxed and played in the sun for a few hours..  It was AWESOME!  We ended the night with a great dinner that included more steak, bacon wrapped hot dogs and clams wiht melted butter!!  Fun dinner on the deck!

I know I really slacked this weekend and after running every day last week, I hope I didn't ruin my stamina, but I'm super excited for my date tonight with Christine, Green Lake and dinner, can't wait and am more than ready to get out again for a good long run!!  Happy Monday Everyone!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

National Running Day

Had  a good day at work yesterday and Jason had a late meeting so I decided to get out for a short easy run in honor of National Running Day.  It's funny how when you tell yourself you aren't going to push to go fast and you are just out for a nice easy run, you actually get a pretty darn good time.  I have a 3 mile loop around my house I've been running quite often and the first two miles are easy and flat, but the last mile is almost ALL uphill, so it gets a little hard at the end.  Anyways, yesterday I was only going to do two at a really easy pace, but got out there and felt great, so finished up with my hilly thrid mile and actually had a pretty darn good time, just over 25 mins..  Same time I got the two days prior, however I was really pushing those days..  Another day down, lets see what I decided to do in the wind and rain tonight - have to get out there, but may be a one miler kind of day!  Happy Thursday!  Today's blog is pink in honor of Kenner's, she was pretty in pink this morning and looked so darn cute!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Juneathon 2012

So, I just joined a group called Juneathon 2012 and in order to be a part of this group, you have to do the following:   Run EVERY Day, Blog Every Day, Log Every Day.  So, there have been a few days in June (I'm a little late as today is the 6th) that I didn't run, but that will change starting today!  Today is National Running Day, so what better day to start right?  So, here I am blogging and I'm going to blog about what I've done over the past week or two since I haven't blogged in a while. 
Inspiring Hope Run 10k - Jason and I kicked bootie at this and did it in 51 mins which was like an 8 min 20 second pace.  My fastest 10k by far, so we were pretty proud of that!  It was a really small local run and we had a great time.
Surivior Mud Run - This was AWESOME!  It was 3.5 miles with 22 obstacles throughout, Jason and I did it together and we did it in 38 mins.  We placed 280 and 281 out of 4200 people, so I was pretty proud of that as well!  Heres a pic of us at the finish line..  What an awesome experience.

Jason and I did our 3 mile loop around the house with the last mile uphill on Monday night in 25:10 and Jackie and I did the same run last night in 25:05.  Keeping the pace and getting better each day!  Tonight will be an easy 2, as I wasn't planning to even run at all unitl I realized its National Running Day and then I joined Juneathon 2012.  What a fun thing to do!! 

Happy Running Everyone and Happy National Running Day!!