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    So uhhhh where did the first part of the year go? Yea, you tell me… because I’m over here still feeling like it should be riiiiight around March 21st, maybe April… and it’s July 2nd. Cool. Glad that it’s  Summer and that means next up, it’s Christmas. See ya later 2018. But seriously, I haven’t had much motivation to blog or run in the beginning of the year and for some reason, in my mind, those two go hand in hand. I always think that my (very small) audience will only want to read about running so therefore when I don’t run, I don’t write. It doesn’t truly make sense because I still have a lot to share and this is my small little space on the internet and I should jot down a few things here and there to look back on and laugh at later down the road. Like the photos and graphics I used to share that look like they are from 1998.Anyways, a quick recap to get you up to speed.January – I ran 35 miles. Felt pretty good. Alyssa FINALLY started crawling around a bit more and we went to Knotts Berry Farm a few times. At the end of January, B’s dad was very sick and it was unfortunately the beginning of a long stint in ICU. It was a really emotionally and physically draining time for our entire family and running towards the end of the month took a backseat. February – 24 miles in the book, C & A were sick on and off which makes running difficult when you’re up a few times during the night. B’s dad had started improving a bit but we still didn’t know how things would end up so a lot of time was spent at the hospital and back and forth. February 21st was actually the first day that C & A started to play together for the first time! I know because I have photos of them crawling after each other. It was crazy to actually see them interact together, and took long enough!March – 11 miles. Eek, this is where my motivation left me, and I don’t know where it went! I did go to an amazing Bachelorette party for one of my college best friends and it was such a fun weekend away. We toured the Malibu Wine Farm and went on a Hike and fed Stanley the Giraffe. Bryan’s dad was finally waking up and starting to improve a lot, which was a miracle and answer to prayers. He finally got to come home right in time for A’s 1st Birthday Party!April – 5 miles. HAHA. So there’s that. We had A’s First Birthday Party and it was so much fun. We decided to do it at the local park and I’m so glad we went that route. It was so easy and clean up was throwing the table cloths into the trash can. We also were able to go to Disneyland with tickets that they gave to the LAFD Firefighters and took Cora. It was such a fun, special day for all of us! Another very special event was Bryan’s Promotion Dinner at his Station. He was recently promoted to Engineer and it’s a tradition to have a dinner for your station before you move to the next station. It was a great evening seeing all the guys and thanking them for helping him throughout the 2 year long testing process.May I started off great and ran a total of 38 miles. I also was doing a lot of weight resistance training in my garage gym, which is a very generous term for the space I use. This month proved for even more interaction and more fights between these two. We’ve also frequented the local equestrian center quite a few times and have some favorite animals over there. Lately, pushing these two isn’t as easy as it used to be. There is a lot of poking and arguing with no words and hitting. I know it’s the stage Alyssa’s in and hopefully it will get better over time. By the last mile I’m sprinting home to get them to stop screaming at each other and the last quarter mile Cora’s always crying to get out. So if you see a crazy person sprinting with two screaming children, she’s not kid napping them! Overall, the beginning of the year had a lot of struggles and a lot of excitement and joy at the same time. Seems like I’m getting my motivation to work out and write back. June recap coming up next… Stay tuned…

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    August Mileage Recap

    Finally, a solid month of running to report back about! I hit 50 miles for the month and also ran a solid 7 miler toward the end of the month. I had to run that 7 miler to hit 50 miles, but both were completed and hallelujah, here we are! All my runs in August were 4 miles or more and I ran quite a few runs with the double stroller, but got it done.  Continue reading…

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    The Warm Up Miles

    While running lately, the first two miles usually always are horrible. I feel so slow and tired and always want to cut my runs short. But if I hang on and give it a chance, 90% of the time it gets much better and I get into the swing of things. It becomes easier and I feel normal again. It’s so hard to focus on getting over that 2 mile warm up hump and not throw in the towel early. So many people who do not run are shocked that I run as much as I do and ask me how I can run so far and why?! Honestly, it’s something I’ve just grown to love and I have to remember that the first two miles usually are tough but once you can get past those the runner’s high kicks in. Continue reading…

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    Postpartum Running Tips

    Running after having a baby is strange on many levels. I’m no expert and I’m still navigating this very strange land myself. You feel like your insides might just fall out on the street and you’re (probably) heavier than you were before having a baby and things are just in different places. There are things that may not have ever happened to you before while running that all of a sudden may be popping up and you’re like WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON… Yea I’ve been there on the side of the road wondering that exact thing. Here are a few things that made the transition back to running a little bit less scary. Continue reading…

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    Five on Friday

    Another edition of 5 on Friday and I have no idea where this week went! Unfortunately, B had to head to Chicago this weekend for his Great Uncle’s Funeral, but he will be back on Sunday. His test is coming up soon for Engineer with the LAFD, so hopefully he gets in some good studying on the flight there and back.

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    90 Day Fiance. This is such a weird guilty pleasure show but I can’t turn away. I’ve watched it for a while now and it’s so interesting to me and the reunions and updates on how they are all doing is so… bizarre. This new season though looks to be another winner!

    {TWO}

    Veggie Noodle Co. Noodles. B is semi picky about food and I’ve been wanting to get a spiralizer for a little while now. I was nervous that he wouldn’t like the noodles out of veggies but I found these at the market the other day to give them a try before buying the Spiralizer. He really liked the squash ones we tried! It was the perfect way to try them out before purchasing the tool and they are so easy to make!

    {THREE}

    Jumper Time! We put away the Mamaroo and took down the jumper for A and she LOVED it just like C did. It’s so crazy how fast they grow and move onto the next toy or thing. So fun seeing her develop so much and go through new stages!

    {FOUR}

    Spikey Roller Massage Ball. I’ve been having some issues with my Plantar Fasciitis again and I know it’s because I am on my feet a large portion of my day. I’ve been keeping this in the kitchen cabinet and as I stand and watch Cora eat her meals I have been rolling out my foot and it helps a ton.

    {FIVE}

    Ebates. So I have heard about Ebates for YEARS and never thought anything of it. Now that I shop a lot more online I finally signed up and got a $40 check yesterday just for buying things I normally would online. It’s awesome and also puts in the known coupon codes for sales for you. There are so many participating stores as well, like Groupon, Etsy, Gap, Sephora and Walgreens. If you want to sign up, use my referral link here.

    Hopefully I get to run tomorrow with the double stroller! :)

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